E-News Summary 9-15-21

Coming up this Saturday – In-person gatherings:

Outdoor Work Day at JRUUC – Saturday September 18, 9-11
Let’s get out building and grounds cleaned up at a Many Hands Work Day. Bring your work gloves and help with cleaning up the gardens, picking up litter, pulling weeds in the parking lot, cutting brush or clearing off the roof. All ages welcome.
Come to an in-person JRUUC picnic! The Membership Team is inviting everyone to a picnic at noon, Saturday Sept. 18. Meet at the lower lawn of Burrows Park (just off of Sherman Ave, turn towards the lake by Banzo), between the parking lot and the lake). Bring your own food, drinks, chairs and masks. We especially encourage attendance by people who have joined us since COVID started. We would like to meet you in person! For anyone not able to come in person who wants to briefly join the group virtually, please contact Kelly Kearns
Sign Postcards for a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants!  We will have a small table at this Saturday’s JRUUC Picnic starting at Noon at Burrows Park so you can sign your name to support the fight to get a legal path to citizenship for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders and essential immigrant workers in the immigration reform bill coming out of the Reconciliation bill in Congress, which may be voted on by the end of September!  Voces de la Frontera asked congregation members in the Dane Sanctuary Coalition to sign postcards to Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Mark Pocan, urging them to keep the path to citizenship language in the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill so it doesn’t get dropped in negotiations or amendments.  We need your support to flood our representatives with these postcards!  

Please tell us what you think! You received an email with links to three separate surveys about religious education for children and youth, our justice work and involvement in the community, and your sense of connection to our congregation. Please take a few minutes to fill them all out, and help our leaders understand your needs as we discern how to work together toward our shared mission.

JRUUC Connections Survey

JRUUC RE Family Survey

JRUUC Justice Survey

A Change to How We Share Joys and Sorrows

The Worship Team works hard to make sure we include all the joys and sorrows we receive in every service, and the process for doing that is somewhat difficult.  So we’re asking you to help us change how we participate in this important and relational worship element, to make it easier for us to manage.  Please share your joy or sorrow in one of two ways:

  • Email it to candle@jruuc.org any time before Sunday morning
  • Type it into the chat on Sunday morning during Joys and Sorrows– not before, as you’re used to

For the next few weeks, we’ll continue to check the email and the chat throughout the service on Sunday mornings, the way we have been, to give everyone a chance to get used to the new method.

A Note about Sharing Water Communion Water

Rev. Karen has prepared the water we blended on Sunday and put it into small vials, to be delivered to our members and friends.  She needs a few more people willing to bring vials to people.  Is this you?  Please call or text Karen if you’d like to help!

Justice CALL TO ACTION – click for details The Justice Leadership Team encourages members to work for justice in our community and country. Here are actions you can take this week.
Sat, Sep. 18 12:00pm Sign Postcards for a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants at the Reeb picnic
ASAP Sign the online petition for immigration reform!
Ongoing Volunteer Drivers Needed for Immigrants and Refugees
Immediate and Long-Term Help Afghan refugees in WI, many options for involvement available!
Anytime Send letter of support to Gov. Evers for his work issuing pardons and reinstating rights

Minister’s Availability Fridays 2-4 at Olbrich, Tuesdays 4-6 on zoom, or text email or call

Small Group Ministries – Journaling 9/20 7-8 on zoom, Wed. meditation 6:30-7, Cov. Groups, Octavia’s Parables

What’s Happening in Unitarian Universalism – Anti-racism groups

What’s Happening in our Community – COVID info