SUNDAY – Service - Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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Phone: 715-834-0690
9:00-9:45 am: Lifespan Religious Education (RE) for
children and adults
10:00-11:00 am: Service (sanctuary)
Everyone starts in the service together
10:20-11:00 am: Children’s Chapel (downstairs) Children
leave the service upstairs and spend the remainder of the
hour in a service specifically designed for children
11:00-11:30 am: Refreshments and Conversation
9-9:45 am: “Service Sundays” Each month we will live
out our UU principles by working together to serve our
community through justice activities on Multigenerational
10:00 – 11:00 am: Service for children and adults
11:00-11:30 am: Refreshments and Conversation
(Social Hall, downstairs)
Sunday, December 7
10:00 am
"Much Madness ”
Rev. Virginia Wolf, UUC Minister Emerita
What do you think madness is? How do
you respond to people with psychiatric
disorders? Do you know any such
people? What is the relationship between
madness and creativity and/or spirituality?
Come let us ponder together.
Lifespan RE Hour 9-9:45 am: “UU Parenting Circle”
Facilitated by Kurt Erickson (Seekers Room)
Sunday, December 14
10:00 am
“Powerful Honesty” Rev. Julianne Lepp
Join us for Our Second Sunday Sermon
Series based on A People So Bold:
Theology and Ministry for Unitarian
Universalists. There are times when we
must move from being humanists or theists,
Democrats or Republicans, to finding the
commons that we can all work from. How
can individual reflection and powerful
honesty move us to collective change and unity?
Lifespan RE Hour 9-9:45 am:
Adult RE: Coffee & Cocoa Tasting (Seekers Room)
Children’s RE: The Holiday Gift Shop (Social Hall)
Wednesday, December 17
“Winter Solstice Service”
Unitarian Universalist
421 S. Farwell St.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
December 2014
6:30 pm
We celebrate the winter solstice as the longest night of
the year — which means that the sun is beginning its
long journey back towards earth. It has long been a time
of celebration and for rejoicing in the knowledge that the
warm days of spring will return and the dormant earth will
come back to life. We will celebrate the elements of
winter that stir our hearts and hail the returning of the
light with winter carols and a candlelit circle of warmth.
Please bring a plate of cookies to share downstairs
after service!
Sunday, December 21
10:00 am
“The Work of Christmas”
Let us sing the carols of the
season and remember that each
night a child is born is a holy night.
“When the song of angels is
stilled, when the star in the sky is
gone, when the kings and the
princes are home, when the shepherds are back with
their flock, the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost,
to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the
prisoner, to rebuild the nations, to bring peace among
people, to make music in the heart,” - Howard Thurman.
9-9:45 am
Membership Meet & Greet (Seekers Room)
Service Project: We will make cards to send to
active duty military members. (Social Hall)
Sunday, December 28
10:00 am
“Fire Communion”
The New Year can be new ground for the
seeds of our dreams! In this service we
say goodbye to one year and welcome a
new year with our annual Fire
Communion. This involves two acts — a
letting go into the past of what belongs in
the past and a looking forward to the
dreams and possibilities of the future.
9-9:45 am Service Project: We will handcraft
neck gaiters for the Plymouth Street Homeless
Ministry (Social Hall)
A Minister’s MUUsings
Rev. Julianne Lepp
In December the darkness of winter is
palatable. We have many celebrations
of light at this time of year, because we
start to long for the return of lighter and
greener days. People have long avoided
darkness, viewing it as the scary
unknown. Yet sometimes, we need to
explore the shadow. We need to explore all sides of
ourselves, so that we may better know our motivations
and struggles.
When I was a small girl I was terrified of the dark, and it
took a lot to deal with that fear. I would cling to my
mother especially if we were staying overnight
somewhere unfamiliar. My feet would patter behind hers
and I would squeeze between her legs or grab onto her
night shirt for dear life. I would seek her out when I heard
her getting a glass of water or using the bathroom in the
night. She would laugh, and sing, “You are my
shadow...da dum dum...” I would take a great comfort in
thinking of myself as my mom's shadow. Maybe that
feeling of connectedness was less scary than being
alone in the night with my fears and uncertainties. I
would either wheedle my way into her bed or she would
tuck me back safely in mine, the darkness at bay for a
while with her words of comfort. No matter where I slept,
I would make sure that the covers covered all the way to
my neck, regardless of how hot it was. The shadow is
real for all of us. Our unrealized fears are often
manifestations of the very things we find unacceptable in
ourselves. The shadow is both fascinating and
frightening. It calls to us and repels us with the mystery
of the unknown. The messages from my upbringing and
family said that it is better to move past the things that
are unpleasant and put my best face forward. The
implicit message was not to dwell on things that made
me unhappy or uncomfortable. “Girl, make some
lemonade with those lemons.” In this darker time of the
year, we have a chance for more quietude and reflection.
There are more chances to examine our goals for the
year and who we feel we are called to be and what we
might be called to become. We can take honest looks at
how we are living our lives, rather than running from
what we might need to see.
In this time of holidays and busy gatherings, may you
find time for quiet and reflection, may your life reflect the
brightness of a distant star, the miracle of a new-born
child, and the promise of the return of new life and
Rev. Julie Lepp will be away from the office on vacation
from Monday 12/29-Sunday 1/4. If you have a pastoral
care need, please contact Lay Ministers: Bobbie
Kilmurray or Tim Hirsch.
Board Meeting
The UUC Board meets on the second Monday of the
month at 7 pm in the Seekers Room. The December
meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 8.
From the UUC Board President
Juanita Peck, President
Wow, December already! This fall has
been a whirlwind of excitement at UUC.
The Harvest Auction was a rousing
success, raising over $14,500. Thanks
to the myriad of volunteers who
tirelessly worked to create a miracle
again this year. In addition, I’d like to
extend thanks to a member of our staff whom many of us
see rarely, if at all. Jim Moen is our sexton. He is the
person who makes sure everything is ready when we
arrive-sidewalk shoveled, bathrooms and kitchen
spotless. Have you ever wondered who moves the
furniture when we have events? Jim. Who is here to
open the building when there are renters? Jim. He is a
one-man dynamo who gets things done for us. So, if you
happen to run into him sometime, be sure to stop and
say thank you.
Additionally, our congregation applied for, and received,
a grant from the Park Family Foundation to replace the
aging windows in the gathering room. This will allow us
to replace the old wooden windows and take the
necessary steps to improve energy efficiency in that area
of our building. Look for this improvement to be carried
out by the Building Committee in the next few months. In
addition, the Building Committee has been working with
the Aesthetics Committee to make improvements to the
restrooms on the lower level. The former women’s
restroom is now a family restroom with a rocking chair
and changing table. The Technology Committee is also
working with the Building Committee to get speakers
installed in the family restroom, so that young parents
will not miss the sermon, should they need to attend to
the needs of their little one. Drilling through the foot thick
walls to get wires from one location to another has been
a challenge, but, working together, the Tech Committee
and the Building Committee will get it done!
While walking Theo the Therapy Dog one morning a few
weeks ago, I was treated to the sight of a flock of geese
flying south for the winter. I watched as they flew
steadily into the wind in the V formation that reduces
wind resistance and allows them to fly such long
distances. Standing on the corner of Stein and Hamilton,
my head tipped skyward, I watched as the lead bird
dropped back and another flew forward to take her place.
For a moment, without a leader, there seemed to be
mayhem aloft. However, as one goose flew forward to
take the lead position, the random honking and diving
stopped and the flock returned to its orderly way of
moving. I watched as they even coordinated their wing
movements creating a picture in my mind of harmony in
motion. Although Theo seemed unimpressed, I
continued to think about the flock of geese as we made
our way through the neighborhood. It occurred to me
that the success of the southern bound flock rested on
the principle that together, they covered much more
ground than as individuals.
And so it was, that I realized that the flock of geese is a
great metaphor for our growing congregation. Together
we can take on the foot thick walls of the building to run
wires for speakers as well as work together to for justice
by helping at Beacon House or donating water, candy,
and gas cards for the Plymouth Street Homeless
Ministry. Madisyn Taylor writes: “By learning from the
example of our winged guides, all of us can feel
empowered to take on daring challenges as we chart
adventurous courses. Feel the strength of others moving
alongside you, as their presence lends power to your
wings during this journey across the sky of life. All of us
move faster when we move together.”
Please be sure to welcome our newest members to the
congregational flock. It is wonderful to be in community
with you all.
Council of Committees Meeting
Monday, December 15
7-8:30pm, Sanctuary
Calling all Board members and committee chairs to
attend a Council of Committees meeting which will focus
on planning committee budgets and discussing the
impact of growth at UUC. Please contact Ken Adler,
Board Vice President with any questions.
Benefits of Lay Ministry:
Available to All
Tim Hirsch, Lay Minister
For most of us, life does not
always coast along smoothly.
When our nose stops dripping
from our last cold, the car will
need repair. When we finally
finish the report hanging over
our heads, we will be worrying
about shrinking checking
accounts. And beyond this background of little
anxieties, some have more serious worries—about
health, about the future of someone they love,
about a place to live or food for their children. For
all these concerns, both minor and profound, we all
need ministry—each day, every day.
In our UUC Congregation, Reverend Julianne Lepp
serves as our primary minister. Bobbie Kilmurray
and I help her as we can. But in truth, we all
minister to one another. When someone falls and
is in the hospital, she or he receives dozens of
cards, calls, or visits from members of the
congregation. A week ago, I witnessed one
member hugging and speaking quietly to another
member. I remembered later that it was the
anniversary of a hard time for one of them. Each of
us has the power to be an instrument of healing.
In the act of ministering to others, we heal
ourselves. When we provide a ride for someone,
both we and our passengers benefit, in both
practical and spiritual ways. We all minister when
we are alert, when we listen, and when
communicate our love and appreciation for those
with whom we share community.
Music Notes
Jen Lohman, Accompanist
I like books. I was thinking recently
about this statement – one I have
uttered many times over my lifetime,
usually in an effort to rationalize why I
have so many and seem unable to
part with them, even though they are
spilling onto the floor due to a lack of
space – and realized it is an odd
statement. I certainly do not like every book there is. I do
not agree with every author. I do not even believe that the
writers of books are always authorities on their subject
matter, nor do I believe every work of fiction is of a quality
that merits my time. But the statement “I like books” is still
true, and there is something about holding the words of
another human being in my hand, holding the time and
attention and many years of effort culminating in a little
bound product that is magical.
The same holds true with music. I think most people would
say, truthfully, “I like music.” But all music? I doubt it.
What sort of music? Hip-hop? Rap? Jazz? Country?
Baroque? Dodecaphony (twelve-tone serialism)? I think
what we like is listening to the culmination of efforts of our
fellow human beings. “Music” is a result of so much coming
together in an instant in time: talents, effort and grit of the
composer, talents, effort and grit of the musicians, the
venue itself, the audience, the context and message of
lyrics, harmonies and melodies, the ability to communicate
without words, across cultures and times. All in an instant.
And this is why the statement “I like music” is genuine. One
doesn’t need to like every piece, every composer, every
performance and every musician. It is the music itself that
grounds us in reality and puts us directly in the moment.
Music makes us feel something, even if that something is
unpleasant and we want to turn it off sometimes.
I feel we are so fortunate in this congregation to have such
fantastic musicians among us, with such different talents,
techniques and personal leanings. We as a congregation
are exposed to a wide range of styles and repertoire, in
three minute time slots, just by virtue of having so many
different human beings involved in the process of bringing
to you these musical moments.
This upcoming month of December will be filled with many
beautiful interludes, and also perhaps some jarring ones. It
doesn’t matter – we like music, here at the UUC.
Newsletter Submissions
The deadline for submissions is the 18 of each month
by 9 AM. Submit articles to Office Manager Kris
Simpson at: [email protected]
All articles may be edited by the Office Manager. Priority
is given to articles involving UUC exclusively, then
denominational news. Community announcements of
interest to UUC members are added as space allows.
Newsletter Mailing Party: Monday, December 29 at 1
pm in the Seekers Room. If you are interested in helping
with the mailing, contact Karen Peters 835-3222
Outrageous Sweater & Holiday Party
Tracy Hirsch, Fundraising Cmt.
The Fundraising Committee is
hosting an Outrageous Sweater
and Winter Holiday Party on
Saturday, December 6 from 2-5
pm in the Social Hall. The event
will include a silent auction for
baked goods, a bake sale, sweater
competition, stories and movies for
the kids, and information on winter
holidays from various traditions.
This event is open to the public. Entry will be $1 per
person to the party, with a $1 entry fee for the
sweater competition. Get your sweater ready! VIP
Judges for the Outrageous Holiday sweater contest
are EC City Council member Catherine Emmanuelle
and council member, Kathy Mitchell.
If you have any questions contact
Jenn Newman [email protected] or
Rev. Lepp [email protected]
Annual Pledge-Fire of Commitment
Bob Peck, Annual Pledge Committee
The 2015 Pledge theme will be “the fire of
commitment.” I would like to share some
of the ideas our Annual Pledge
Committee had on how well this theme
connects to our congregation and its
upcoming pledge campaign.
First I want to focus on the fire. For me, fire conjures up
the sights, sounds and smells of sitting near a good
blaze burning in 1760’s vintage stone kitchen hearth.
The wonderful warmth feels great on these cold days.
Light from the fire is special during this near winter
solstice time of year. Our congregation, like a good fire,
provides warmth and light for our members and friends,
while also helping to heat and illuminate our community.
Fire basically is a chemical reaction that needs just heat,
fuel, and oxygen to occur. To take the fire metaphor a
bit further, I see the heat source as the creative ideas of
our congregation that help to spark numerous events
and experiences. The oxygen for the fire can be the
members and friends of the congregation who participate
and provide the necessary time and effort to keep the
place going. The fuel source for the congregation I think
can be seen in the connections, rewards, and needs that
keep us engaged and involved in our congregational
How can the pledge connect to this fire metaphor? The
best fires, the useful fires are contained within a
structure—a hearth for example. Also, most fires require
people to construct them, people to collect the wood, and
even to cut and store the wood. Someone has to
remember to buy and bring matches or a lighter to start
the fire. It is one thing to have an occasional fire but it is
altogether another issue to have an ongoing fire capable
of warming and lighting an entire community. This kind of
fire takes resources and this is where the annual pledge
fits into the picture.
Our pledges along with the people, the ideas, and the
activities come together to make a beautiful thing—our
congregation. The UUC helps to warm us all while also
lighting the way for our community. Pledging is a key
element that supports who we are and what we do. So
please keep this in mind in the next few months when
you hear more about our 2015 pledge drive. We need to
ignite some passion and energy for the 2015 pledge.
Let’s all start getting fired up for February! This will be a
key time to show our commitment.
The Harvest Auction – An Event That
Keeps on Giving
Bobbie Kuchta, Auction Co-Chair
THANK YOU! This expression of
gratitude is delivered to the
multitudes who made the auction
a success. It’s our major fund
raiser of the year and thanks to
the generosity of many, we will have met our goal and
raised over $14,500 to support the work of our
congregation! If you have feedback about the auction,
please talk to Bobbie Kuchta or Susanne Torrence, this
year’s Auction Co-Chairs.
Those who donated items to the Handmade and
Homegrown area will be pleased when they see items
they made and donated, being worn or when they hear
about other items enjoyed by those who purchased
them. The community we build by hosting and
participating in all the Special Events is another way the
Harvest Auction is the event that keeps on giving! (This
year a record 27 events were offered to fill your social
calendars! Check with in the Social Hall to see which
events might yet have openings – you may still purchase
a ticket if the event was not filled!)
By the time you read this, you should have received your
Harvest Auction bill. We ask that you pay your bill in full
by December 31, 2014. Included with your bill were the
tickets to the events that you were charged for.
Remember that if more people signed up for an event
than there were spots available, a lottery was held and
only the winners were charged for that event. If you are
unable to attend an event that you have a ticket for, you
may give away your ticket, or return it to the UUC office
and we will let the next person on the list know about the
ticket. Like most concert tickets, if you return your ticket
to the box office, it will be resold to the next interested
Begin today to make next year’s auction a success – knit
something, build something, root a plant, collect some art
to donate, or tell someone how talented they are at
something, encouraging them to offer that service at the
auction! There is joy in giving and receiving – It’s what
the auction is all about!
Lifespan Religious Education (RE)
Children & Youth RE
Youth Group:
Put on Your
Jingle Bells!
Sarah Ramlow, Children & Youth RE Coordinator
The Holiday Gift Shop (a perennial
favorite) will be held on Sunday,
December 14, during the regular RE
hour (9-9:45 a.m.). Kids will have a
chance to shop for their families and
friends, as well as have time to wrap
their gifts. Please plan on giving your
child spending money on that day. All items are priced
at $1 each, and proceeds go to the children’s Religious
Education budget.
Donations of gift items to the Holiday Gift Shop will be
gratefully accepted through Saturday,
December 13 at UUC. Please make
sure any donated items are family
friendly. Housewares, tools, costume
jewelry, stuffed animals, books, movies,
etc. are all wonderful donation items!
Thank you for your generosity!
This far into the current Religious Education year, I still
have a number of children who are not registered. If you
have a child who is being served by UUC, whether that is
through RE classes, child care, Children’s Chapel, OWL
or Youth Group, a registration form should be filled out
for them. We renew registrations every year, so we ask
that the paperwork be filled out every year as well. This
helps us track enrollment numbers, as well as provides
us with all of the necessary contact information should
an emergency arise. There are extra registration forms
located on the RE table in the social hall.
The UUC Mitten Line is accepting donations of new or
gently used winter items, such as hats, mittens, gloves,
scarves, coats and snow pants. All child-sized items will
be donated to the Eau Claire Area School District’s
Homeless Program. Adult-sized items will be donated to
the Plymouth Street Homeless Ministry. Please bring
items by Sunday, December 28 .
We have a couple of really fun multigenerational service
projects lined up for our Multigen Sundays in December.
On Dec. 21, we will be
making holiday cards to
send to active duty
service members which
will be forwarded to
service members
through A Million
g). On Dec. 28, we will
be crafting neck gaiters that will be donated to Plymouth
Street Homeless Ministry.
Sat., December 20
11am-12 pm
Both youth groups will join to
go caroling at Heritage
Assisted Living Facility,
3706 Damon St, Eau Claire.
UUC member, Dorothy
Crowell is a resident at
Heritage. Everyone will meet
at the facility.
Adult RE Class Offerings
Sunday Evening Meditation Group
This is a shared group open to teachings from different
members and different types of meditation that reflect
Unitarian Universalist principles. Drop-ins are welcome.
For more information, please contact Rev. Julie.
Sundays evenings 6:30pm in the Democracy Room.
December classes: Sunday, Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28.
Yoga for Real People
Juanita Peck, Yoga Instructor
Yoga class noon-1 pm Mondays in the
Sanctuary. $5 per person, per class. This
will be a gentle yoga class which will aid in
building strength, gaining flexibility, improving
posture and becoming more comfortable in one's body. No
previous yoga experience necessary. Wear comfortable
clothes and bring a mat.
December Yoga Class: Mondays 12-1. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
UU Parenting Circle
Sunday, December 7, 9-9:45am
(Seekers Room) Facilitated by Kurt Erickson
This circle will offer a time to gather and share in
community around the complex and rewarding role of
parenting. This circle is not intended to be a parenting
class, but rather a place to find companionship and
spiritual support with fellow parents. Newcomers are
welcome. Please contact Kurt Erickson with questions
[email protected].
Greeting is Easy!
Kathy Ryder, Membership Committee Chair
We are in need of more greeters on
Sunday mornings 20 minutes before
the service. An experienced greeter
will mentor you if it’s your first time.
There are 2 easy ways to volunteer –
go on the UUC website under
Sunday Volunteers, pick a date and sign up under
Greeters; or let Kris know you would like to be on the
Occasional Greeters email list. Then you can reply to the
email and one of us will put you on the schedule. We
appreciate and thank all those who do greet!
Social Responsibility Committee
Angie Zabrowski, Social Responsibility Cmt. Chair
This year, the Social Responsibility Committee
voted to focus on Homelessness, and we want to
let you know what you might expect to see in the
next few months. These are things we are working
on, and nothing is certain yet, but we hope to have
more information for you soon.
Partner with Western Dairyland to "Adopt an
Apartment." Our congregation would be
responsible for furnishing an apartment to get the
most vulnerable homeless people housed. Western
Dairyland has a grant for 15 such apartments, but
they (and the homeless people) don't have the
money to furnish them.
Game Day at Positive Avenues, a warming
shelter for homeless
people open every day in
the winter. We would need
about 10 volunteers to bring and play games for an
afternoon with their guests.
The Eau Claire Area School District may wish
to partner with area churches to provide supplies
and urgent needs to students facing homelessness,
and we are seeing if this would work for UUC.
As always, we have the shopping carts
downstairs collecting goods for the Plymouth
Street Homeless Ministry. Please see the article
on that for their needs.
Plymouth Street Homeless Ministry
Last winter was brutally cold, and
Plymouth Street Homeless
Ministry is again taking donations
in the two shopping carts in the
Social Hall for the coming winter.
Needed Items: Sweat pants,
hooded sweatshirts of all sizes up to 4X - People wear
layers so large sizes up to 4X are appreciated. One-sizefits-all gloves, ski gloves, scarves, stockings caps. winter
jackets and long underwear. Large size T-shirts 1X to 4X,
white socks, and underwear for men and women, 8 & 10
hour hand warmers and back packs. They will also always
take Gas Gift Cards or donations for fuel for the van. Fast
food gift cards for Subway, McDonald's and Burger King
are also welcome. Any gift cards or cash donations can be
left with Kris in the office.
“Fair Trade Coffee Tasting”
Sunday, December 14: 9-9:45 am (Seekers Room)
Try out some of the Fair Trade coffee and chocolate
you've been wondering about and learn more about the
benefits of going fair trade. Also, keep an eye out for
holiday gift baskets that will be available soon at the
coffee table!
Community Table Shift: Saturday, Dec. 27
Join the UUC team to serve a meal at Community Table in
December. Two shifts available: 9-11am or 10:45-1pm. We
also need a donation of 8 gallons of milk for the meal.
[email protected]
December “50/50 Share the Plate”
Guest at Your Table
Cathy Pierce, Social Responsibility Committee
In 1939, the American Unitarian Association sent Rev.
Waitsill Sharp and his wife to Europe to help refugees
escape Nazi persecution. The next year the Unitarian
Service Committee was established. In 1945, the
Universalist Service Committee was founded, to support
Universalist relief work in Europe. In 1963 these groups
merged to become the UUSC. Today UUSC is working all
around the world to support local
groups advancing human rights,
with emphasis on the right to work,
to safe, affordable water, and toward Haitian recovery.
Success is bases on grassroots groups that are a part of
the community. Through education, training, and the
support of a partnership with UUSC, they are able to make
a difference.
Traditionally at this time of year UUSC has its major fundraiser, Guest at Your Table. This year it has become an
action project, and we are encouraged to eat a special meal
together as a way of sharing in our gratitude, and to renew
membership in UUSC by providing our financial support.
We no longer were provided boxes to collect coins for the
"Guest at Your Table", but do have stories about people
who continue to need our support. Currently, an effort has
begun in West Africa, where the UUSC is working with
another new set of partners for Ebola Epidemic Relief.
Go to to read more about these projects and the
people involved.
The Social Responsibility Committee chose Guest at Your
Table to be the recipient of our 50/50 collections for the
month of December to help replace the old collection
boxes. Any cash or checks that are put in the collection
plate on Sunday morning that are not identified in an
envelope or on the description line of the check as your
pledge payment or for another specific fund, will be divided
50% to the church general fund, and 50% to Guest at Your
Table. Thank you again this year for your continued
Below is the Share the Plate schedule for 2014-15
Dec - UUSC Guest at Your Table
Feb - Chippewa Valley Free Clinic
Mar - Advancing Hope Fund
Apr - Bolton House
May – Beaver Creek Reserve
Jun-Aug - Feed My People
The October 50/50 Share the Plate Recipient was the
Community Table. We are happy to report that in
November we sent $493.95 the Community Table,
thanks to your generosity.
Activities & Announcements
Book Discussion Group
Saturday, December 13 9:30am
Book: Redbird Christmas by Fannie
Flagg. Host: Pat Bonner, 3622
Cummings Ave., Eau Claire (715852-0152)
Saturday, January 17 9:30am
Book: Elizabeth and Hazel: Two
Women of Little Rock by David Margolick. Hosts:
Tim and Karen Hirsch, 1744 Coolidge Ct., Eau
Claire (715-832-0410)
20s/30s Group Brunch
Sunday, December 28
11:30 am at the Acoustic Café.
Contact Amanda Lonsdorf at [email protected]
UUC - Littles Playgroup
Join us for a playgroup at the Mall
Play area at 9:30 am on December
12th. Bring your littles and enjoy
some fun play time. Share any
questions or concerns you have for
raising under 4's and elementary
students with other parents and socialize. These
playgroups will happen on the second Friday of every
month from 9:30 - 11:30 (come when you can!) at
various places around town. Can't wait to see
everyone! Contact [email protected] with
questions and like us on facebook by searching for
UUC Playgroup in Eau Claire!
Open Nursery Play
The UUC Nursery will be open on Wednesdays
from 9 - 10 am for free play. Drop in and play!
(December 3, 10, and 17)
Crafty Hands
Share your crafting skills and
meet other creative minds. Come
and craft with us.
Pagan Circle
Pagan Book Club
Saturday, December 6
11:30am-1pm at Camilles
Sidewalk Cafe (1120 122nd St,
Chippewa Falls). Join us to
read chapter 2: A Religion
without Converts in "Drawing
Down the Moon" by Margot
Pagan Potluck Friday, December 19
6 pm UUC Social Hall
Bring a dish to pass and an open mind. All pagan,
pagan friendly or pagan curious peoples are
welcome. Discussion starter: "What values are
important to you and your path?”
--------------------------------------Pagan Winter Solstice/Yule Celebration
Sunday, December
Handfasting at 4 pm
in the Sanctuary
followed by holiday
feast/potluck 5-7 pm
in the Social Hall.
Bring food to share, an open heart, and an open
mind. All ages welcome. Contact Amanda
Lonsdorf with questions: [email protected]
Membership Journey
One Day Class: Saturday, January 10
9:30-12:30 in the Social Hall. This class has three
components: The Faith Journey, UU History and
Opportunities for Membership. Hosted by Rev. Lepp,
Karen & Tim Hirsch in the Social Hall.
New Member Sunday: January 25
We ask that those interested in joining attend the
membership class offered on the 10 . If you are unable to
attend the class, please schedule a meeting with Rev.
Monday, December 8: General
Meeting 6-9pm (Buddha Room)
Monday, December 22-General Meeting 6-9pm at
UU (Seekers room)
Contact Amanda Lonsdorf at [email protected]
---------------------------------------------------------------------------Come Wednesday I start to
feel the need for some
socializing. Ever feel the
same? Well then, let's get
together at 10 am at BAM
(Books A Million) every Wednesday for coffee and some
conversation. There may be ten of us, there may be two.
Every Wednesday 10 am, BAM. Jack Schoen
[email protected]
Meet & Greet
Sunday, December 21, 9-9:45 am in the Seekers Room
All visitors and new members are invited to attend. Longtime members are also encouraged to attend so they can
share their experiences and meet our newcomers. Those
taking part in the Joining Ceremony will get instructions
during the meet and greet for the service
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Unitarian Universalist
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Board Members 2014-15
President: Juanita Peck 715-8311493 [email protected]
Vice-President: Ken Adler 715836-9218 [email protected]
Past-President: Pat Bonner
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Secretary: Carol Schumacher
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Treasurer: Wendy Schmock 715835-9675 [email protected]
Administration Liaison: Carole
Johnson 715-833-5382
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Membership Services Liaison:
Mildred Larson 715-834-1370
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Religious Education Liaison:
Rose Kilmurray715-497-4232
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Programs Liaison: Jacob
Gruetzman 715-834-8689
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Staff 834-0690 (office)
Minister: Rev. Julianne Lepp
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Office Hours: M, W, Th. 10-2.
Available additionally by
appointment. (Vacation 12/29-1/4)
Office Manager - Kris Simpson
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Office Hours: M-F 8-3. (Office
closed December 24, 25 & 26)
RE Coordinator: Sarah Ramlow
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Office Hours: Sun.9-11; Mon. &
Thurs. 9-2
Sexton- Jim Moen
Hours: M,W,F 7-10
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Our Mission2
is to provide a liberal religious
That promotes personal and spiritual
growth for adults and children in a
caring community, and that fosters
actions in the world that reflects our
Unitarian Universalist Principles.