E-News Summary 9/22/21

Please tell us what you think!This is the last week to fill out the three surveys about religious education for children and youth, our justice work and involvement in the community, and your sense of connection to our congregation.  If you haven’t taken the time to fill them out, please do so this week, 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 of actions below) –

Saturday, Sept. 25, 10am Brittingham Park Solidarity Saturday: redistribution of wealth
Sunday, September 26th, 6:30-7:30pm on zoom- Help Afghan Refugees and Write Letters to People at the Border
Monday, September 27th, 9:30am-4:30pm Virtual Training for Legislative Lobby Day–How to Talk to Legislators
October 1, 2021 – First Friday Film- Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
October 2, 2021, 1:00-3:00PM – Bans Off Our Bodies WI

JRUUC Justice Leadership Team meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7pm via zoom. Please contact Beth Esser at beth_esser@hotmail.com if you want the zoom link sent to you. Please join us!

**NEW** Social event at Warner Dog Part October 2 at Noon! – In-person and in-dog gathering at the Warner Park Dog Park. Bring your dog, or just yourself. Chairs are optional, masks are required, at least initially. Catherine Armina-Quinlan will host. Contact Catherine or Rev. Karen if you want to attend virtually.

Minister’s Availability – Tuesday on Zoom, Friday in person – click for details

Reeb Rave 2021 is Happening! – Nov 13th
We have picked a date for our annual fundraising auction and party “Reeb Rave 2021” – Nov 13th with live Zoom socializing 6-8pm!   This event has become one of the most important fundraisers for our congregation over the years, and one of the most fun socializing events. Because of COVID-19, we are doing the auction bidding and entertainment online in Zoom like we did last year. But we are planning on providing some in-person, safe opportunities to socialize or share depending on the COVID-19 levels in Dane Co.   

We are soliciting suggestions for a theme and seeking volunteers to help with the event, including providing entertainment. Last year we had some wonderful singing, music, stories, and poetry.        

Items and services can be donated to our auction using an online donation form that will be available next week on our JRUUC website and the newsletter. Donations can include all kinds of things like household and sports items, tools, art, dinner parties, vacation stays in cabins, help with yard work or snow removal, outdoor excursions, pet-sitting etc. Other ideas for donating will be posted on our website or take a look at last years catalog as well. Help with delivering items to winning bidders can be provided by volunteers if necessary.   If you have any ideas or suggestions please contact Tom McClintock at tom.mcclintock@wisc.edu.  Thanks!

Small Group Ministries – Sign up for Cov. Groups, Journaling (next is 10/4), Meditation Wednesdays, Octavia’s Parables

No Sustainable Saturday Night this month – If interested in the effort to save the Voit Farm, mark your calendars for SSN for Oct. 23 at 6 pm.

Reeb and Covid-19 – Our congregation remains very cautious at Level 4 of our Covid-19 Strategic Plan, with all activities online or outdoors. Despite Dane County’s high level of vaccination, average daily new cases here are at their highest level since January.

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