Reminders for Our Current Circumstances

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

Hello Dear Ones,

I am so grateful that we are still able to be connected, even while we’re unable to be together in person. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or to any of our ministers or staff if you need emotional or pastoral support, modest financial assistance, or just help getting connected (or re-connected!) here at the Fellowship. Here are a few more reminders…

•  Thank you so much to each of you who have continued supporting the Fellowship financially or have continued paying your pledge. Your support makes all our programs possible.
•  E-mail scammers are working hard! Staff and ministers will never ask for money or gift cards via email. If you have any questions please reach out directly to the minister or staff to ask.
•  The building is closed. If you need to drop something off, please pre-arrange it with a staff person and mark the drop-off clearly for whom it is intended.
•  The Sunday services are now fully pre-recorded to allow us to have more enriched services and to free our staff to attend to other offerings like R.E. on Sunday mornings. You’re invited to log on early to socialize before the service begins!
•  Technology is never perfect, so please be patient. If you’re having issues, try these options first: turn off your own video (we won’t be able to see you but you’ll see us!) which might make your own internet bandwidth work better. Try logging off and logging back in. If that doesn’t work, you can always view the service later, in its entirety. Check out our Youtube page for the services and other recorded programs.
•  If you want to submit a video or photo for use in our Sunday services, but are having trouble let us know. We will do our best to help you and we can mail you paper copies of the permission forms if needed.
•  We know Zoom fatigue is real, and it’s not the same as being in-person, but we are working hard to make our Sunday mornings and other offerings places of true connection. Please come—we think you’ll find it meaningful.

See you soon. With love…

-Rev. Christina

Sunday Service

10:00 am CST 

UU the Vote by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
On October 11, our service will share many ways we can (and should) support the UU the Vote efforts happening right now. Sign up here to commit to doing something for electoral justice between now and election day here in our own community! 
Click HERE for Worship Service details
Call in: 312-626-6799
with meeting ID 176 319 484 
  • Click HERE for worship service Zoom link, Passcode UU
  • Listen to past sermons HERE
  • Watch some of our past services on our Youtube channel
  • Click HERE for information on hosting a traveling chalice in your home
  • 2nd through 6th-grade Children’s Chapel meets via Zoom at 9:00 AM. See our website (here) for more information about all Religious Education classes for children and youth.
  • Click here for Max Bruch's Kol Nidrei, special music performed by members Dan Van Sickle and Mark Urness, for our High Holy Days service on 9/20.

Adult Faith Development

Click the image above for details on all these events.
  • October 8 - What does it mean to join the Fellowship? with Marie Luna, director of congregational life
  • October 15 - Defining Your Spiritual Practice with Marie Luna, director of congregational life
  • October 22 - How Colonialism Sows the Seeds of Racism with Tina Main
  • October 28 - Anti-Racism Learning Group Discussion Part 2 of 3 with Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy

October 14: The Stonewall Generation: How To Be More LGBTQ Elder Inclusive by Jane Fleishman
More information HERE.

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Our new program year has begun!

We are very excited about our virtual Sunday programs for our young people this year! All classes have been designed to be fun and engaging with online learning in mind. Don’t miss connecting with our Fellowship friends and family this year!
Program Year Format for Registered Students:
•  Pre-K through 1st grade meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST
•  2nd through 6th grade meets the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 9:00 am CST
*All students are invited to attend all classes; however the classes will be geared for the target ages.
•  7-12th grade meets each Sunday at 11:00 AM CST
Please visit our website for more information about our classes. Contact director of religious education, Kim Hartman, at with questions.

On the Horizon

Need Help Voting?

  Are you registered? (The last date to register online in Wisconsin is October 14th!)
•  Do you need help getting an absentee ballot?
•  Do you need someone to witness your absentee ballot?
•  Do you want someone to deliver your absentee ballot to a local dropbox?
•  Do you need a ride to the polls to vote? (Early voting starts October 20th!)
Contact Marie Luna, director of congregational life, at or 920.731.0849, if you have questions about voting or need help in any of these areas. We want everyone to be able to vote their UU values! 

Popcorn Fundraiser for Deva 2022

We’re doing a Double Good Popcorn virtual fundraiser to support travelers (especially youth!) going to Deva, Transylvania in 2022! It’s 100% contactless, the group earns 50% of the profit, and the product ships right to you, the buyer! Prices range from $16 - $99. It’s really delicious!
Our pop-up store will be open from Thursday 10/15 through Sunday 10/18. The popcorn is made in Chicago, fresh just for us, then sent out to your home, workplace, family, or wherever you want it to go!
In the event that travel is not feasible, the funds will support the general mission of the partner church program. Contact Theresa Spoehr @ with questions.

In-Person Tech-Support, Video & Picture Event!  Sunday, Oct. 11, 5:00-7:00 pm

RSVP to Christina at by Friday, October 9 at 3:00 pm if you plan to attend.
If you have been hoping to submit a video or picture, but are finding the technology a little daunting or struggling to find the time, or if you have been having issues connecting online to our Fellowship offerings… Join us this Sunday, October 11 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Fellowship parking lot, and Rev. Christina or Music Director Steve Sieck will help you! We will record videos or take pictures for you, have paper copies of permission forms, and offer tech support! We ask that if people are already being helped that you wait in your car to allow physical distancing. We’ll do our best to maintain six feet of distance but tech-support might warrant closer contact if you feel comfortable. We will wear masks and ask that you do so, too. If you need tech help, please bring your device.

Costume Car Parade

Saturday, October 31st at 1:30 pm
Children, their grownups, and the young-at-heart are invited to a drive-through costume parade at the Fellowship. Wear your costume, pick up a goodie bag at the final station of the route, get a physically distant photo taken, and wave to some Fellowship friends! No sign up needed to participate, but if you want to dress up and wave to people as they drive by on the route, contact Angie and Matt Demers at

Slightly Spooky Stories with Rev. Leah and Friends

Saturday, October 31st at 4:00 pm
Zoom link HERE, passcode: boo
Log on in your costume with whatever treats you like best for a few family-friendly (read: not very scary at all) stories, featuring Ongiri family favorite Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter

Call for “Embrace” Selfie Photos!

We are moving into our next worship theme: A Community of Embrace! We need you to send in your “selfie” photos of you and/or your family with your arms outstretched like you’re giving a hug, so we can share them in our Sunday services! Find out how to submit a selfie picture or other videos HERE.

Justice Action Ministry

The Justice Hub webpage is live!

The Justice Hub webpage has information about our JAMs, justice groups, justice events, and opportunities here at our Fellowship and out in the community right there at your fingertips any time you need it.
This week: Read more about each of these on the Justice Hub webpage!
•  Partner Church chair Tina Main will be offering a session (Oct. 22, 6:00 pm) exploring ways colonialism sows the seeds of racism.
•  Two opportunities with our Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Team: a book discussion and a fun rock-painting project.
•  Save the date for our Fellowship’s big phone-banking event on October 21 from 6-8:00 pm.
•  UU the Vote information: local election information and ways to commit to act for justice.
•  ESTHER (interfaith organizing) information: Register now for their upcoming virtual “banquet” on November 1.
•  Sign up to help deliver food with Volunteer Fox Cities.
If you want to share something on the Justice Hub webpage, please do so by completing this form by Thursday to be posted when the page is updated each weekend. Submissions may be subject to staff approval and editing.


Fellowship Endowment Feedback

As our endowment matures, we have the opportunity to take annual disbursements under our endowment distribution policy. We'd like to hear from you how those disbursements could be used. Please take a moment to complete this quick, two-question SURVEY.
If you'd like to share additional feedback, please contact the Planned Giving Committee at

Why Do You Come to the Fellowship? A Word Cloud!

During a recent Sunday service, Rev. Christina invited people to share the reasons they come to the Fellowship, and particularly to Sunday services, even though we can’t meet in person. Here is a word cloud depicting those responses. Words that appear bigger were listed more often.

Notable Extras

Click HERE for details.
  • Black Lives Matter Lending Library
  • Zoom Guidance
  • Masks Available at the Little Free Library

Small Groups

Click HERE for details about these groups.
  • Anti Racism Fellowship Facebook Group
    A group for people affiliated with our Fellowship who want to learn about racism, anti-racism, and how to be better allies in the struggle for racial justice ongoing, find the group and ask to join by clicking HERE

  • Fellowship Community Journal
    Ongoing, submit your work to

    More information HERE.
  • Fellowship Pen Pals - Click HERE for information.
  • Journey Group Facebook Group - Click the small groups link for information
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am CST
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays & Third Tuesdays, 7-9:00 pm CST
  • Music-Making Online - Click the small groups link for information
  • Pollinate (BIPoC), Email for meeting information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm CST
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm CST
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm CST. Click the link above for the reading list.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, First Monday of the month, 6-7:30 pm
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