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Eliminating Medical Debt with Our Abundance!

At the Fellowship we practice building a world in which everyone's worth and dignity are upheld. We are guided by a love that we know holds everyone, and we strive to be that love for each other and for the wider world.
Our Fellowship's Ministers' Discretionary Fund (MDF) is set aside to assist people in our circle of concern who are in need of tangible care. During the pandemic, our congregation members and friends were overwhelmingly generous, and the MDF currently has an abundance of funds. We plan to keep $10,000 in that fund to cover the ongoing needs of those nearest to us. But on January 31, 2023, anything above and beyond that amount will be donated to RIP Medical Debt. Medical debt is a crushing weight for so many people in our nation, given the for-profit insurance systems which force people to make impossible choices between food, medicine, life-saving procedures, housing, and other essentials. If we can help relieve that debt for some people and help them feel loved in the process, then we are living our values. RIP Medical Debt buys unpaid debt for pennies on the dollar, allowing each dollar donated to eliminate $100 of medical debt.
To donate to our Ministers' Discretionary Fund, visit fvuuf.org/give, choose Online Giving and select Ministers Discretionary Fund, or text the amount you want to give, space, MDF ($50 MDF) to 833-278-1690 and follow the prompts. On January 31, anything in our MDF above $10,000 will be donated to RIP Medical Debt. Our goal is to donate $10,000 to eliminate $1 million in debt. Thank you for your abundant, generous love!

Sunday, January 8

9:00 & 10:45 am CT In Person and Livestream
Turning of the Year
with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Click HERE for Worship Service Zoom Information and the Order of Service
  • Watch clips of our services on our Youtube channel.
  • Upcoming Services HERE
  • See our website HERE for information about all our religious education classes for children and youth.
  • Share the Plate: The January Share the Plate organization is the UUA Disaster Relief Fund! Learn about Share the Plate on our website HERE. Learn about the Disaster Relief Fund HERE.

January – Peace in the Storm

Storms rage throughout the world, throughout our lives, and sometimes within our own hearts. As we begin the year with new resolutions and hopes, we seek to center ourselves amidst the storms. This month in our Fellowship we will turn toward each other, and to the many ways we can name and experience the divine, to find and make spaces of peace.

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Hibernation Party!

Pack up your fuzziest slippers, your coziest sweatshirt or sweater, softest lounge pants, blankets, and pillows, and join us as we embrace the dark!
We will get Hygge with…
•  Glow in the Dark Snow Bowling
•  Curl up by the fireplace (bring a book or board game!)
•  Comfort food: Mac and Cheese Bar, Indoor S’mores, Invent your signature hot cocoa drink at our Hot Cocoa Bar
…and more!
All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome.
What: Hibernation Party (Youth fUUn Night)
When: January 7, 4:30-7:30 pm
Where: Fellowship Religious Education wing
Why: Because winter is long, cabin fever is real, and why not?
We can’t wait to see you there!!!

Youth Twilight Zone Hour

What are your friends saying about our Youth Twilight Zone hour?
    •  “It’s fun!!!”
    •  “It’s great! EVERYONE should come!”
    •  “It’s not the boring class you are probably thinking it is.”  -paraphrase from someone you know
    •  “I love it!”
    •  “It is amazing; really gets you thinking!” -paraphrase from another person your age
    •  “Two thumbs up! Way up!” -Kim Hartman (DRE)

    •  “SIX out of five stars” -probably something Amanda K. would say 
Meet with us on Sunday to share popcorn and relax with friends while we view another compelling episode during the 10:45 service. Your host and teacher Amanda Kramp; SUPER FAN and a walking encyclopedia of the series, brings a whole new level of understanding and appreciation of the show. You’ll be glad you came… if you DARE!!!
Amanda is so excited to share the series, that she made this video just for you!

Notes & News

Soup Saturday

Saturday, January 7, 5:00-6:30 pm
Join us at the Fellowship for an evening of soup, bread, friends, and conversation. We will need people to bring soup (including vegetarian and vegan), bread, maybe dessert... and to come hungry. Please direct questions to Angie or Matt (angiebaby826@yahoo.com or matthew_demers@yahoo.com). If you’d like to bring a game to share, feel free! It’s a low-key evening of fun. Hope to see y'all there!

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

Men's Group Retreat

The Men's Group invites those identifying as men to join us for a weekend retreat at Camp Helen Brachmann located west of Waupaca. It will start on the evening of Friday, January 20th, and end at noon on Sunday, January 22. This year we will be exploring the topic of "Enough." The cost for the weekend will be $100 which will include two nights of lodging and five meals. Be sure to register online for the retreat by January 10 to help the camp plan for buying food supplies for the weekend. Sign-up HERE. Contact Dave Gerlach at davidgerlach61@gmail.com, Dean Spoehr at tdspoehrs@gmail.com, or Dave Vicksta at   dvicksta1@yahoo.com with questions about this experience.


Nourishing Spiritual Practices Series
January 11; 6:30 pm, in person
Discovering Growth by Intertwining Poetry and Photography by Mary Ellyn Vicksta
Join Fellowship member, Mary Ellyn Vicksta for an experience in which the evocative nature of poetry is synergistically interconnected with the visual imagery of photography. Poems throughout the ages have been filled with images of growth and change, from the growing of gardens to the growth and changes that occur in a lifetime. Photography gives a chance to play with the “mind’s eye.” Together, poetry and photography provide an opportunity to reflect, explore, and imagine the idea of growth applied in various ways: personal growth, the growth of an idea, the growth of a relationship, or the celebration of new or past growth. During this session, we will explore a handful of poems and some photos suggested by the poems. We will discuss the poetic images and how they connect with the photographic images. Near the end of the session, each person will create a short Haiku to summarize their own “take” on growth. Click the image for more details.

Upcoming Open Meeting on January 24th

Join us for the second of our series of congregational Open Meetings this year to help encourage conversation and the flow of information here at the Fellowship. Tuesday, January 24, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Fellowship hall (unfortunately this meeting will not be offered on Zoom).
Prior to the meeting, our Justice Action Ministries (JAMs) will be hosting a light dinner! Come enjoy dinner and conversation starting at 5:30 pm. The meeting will have three areas of focus:
1. Justice Action Ministries and the future of justice work here at the Fellowship. We want to find out your ideas and how you want to get involved in our justice efforts.
2. Update from Generosity Ministries Team on how stewardship looks these days.
3. Hear about our new Human Resources Committee and an update on our staff team.
Photo by Lesly Juarez on Unsplash

Introduction to Everyday Mindfulness

Introduction to Everyday Mindfulness, a series of six one-hour classes presenting scientifically researched practices for greater well-being and happiness, will begin in late January via Zoom. Please call or text Karen Lindberg-Schuppe from the Open Circle UU Fellowship at 920-539-2499 for more information. The classes are offered free of charge.

Care and Support

To submit a Joy or Concern, fill out the form on our website or contact Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave at hannah@fvuuf.org or 920-731-0849. For pastoral emergencies call 920-383-1565.

Justice Action Ministry

Click the image to read the Justice Hub

Justice Hub

Check out our Fellowship’s Justice Hub for the most up-to-date information about how to get involved in social justice in our community! 
The Justice Hub is on hiatus. Updates will resume next week.

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