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2023 Annual Congregational Survey

The Fellowship Governing Board and Executive Team are hoping that all members and friends of the Fellowship will participate in our annual congregational survey. The information gathered in this survey is of critical importance as we evaluate progress toward the Fellowship’s goals and identify areas in which we need to dedicate additional time and resources. Your opinion counts.
The survey includes 59 questions and may take around 15 minutes to complete. The questions are about Fellowship demographics, how we live, and our engagement with the Fellowship over the last 12 months. All responses are anonymous.
We will report on the survey results at the 2023 annual meeting. We administered the same survey last year and plan to continue asking the same questions every year so we can track our progress over time.
The survey will be available through March. Thank you so much for sharing your input.
Click Here for Survey

Sunday, March 12

9:00 & 10:45 am CT - In Person and Livestream
The Perspective of Years: Stories and Wisdom from our Senior Wonders Fellowship Group Members
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:
    o  The March Share the Plate organization is Even Start Family Literacy – Appleton & Menasha.
  o  In February, $1,108.51 was raised for the Diverse and Resilient. Learn about Share the Plate and past recipients HERE.
March: Peeling Back the Layers
We come to the Fellowship to be known and loved in our fullness. But in order to be known in such depth we must be willing to share ourselves with honesty and learn from others with openness. Join us this month as we set down our armor and peel back layers, revealing and celebrating hidden complexities and truths. 

Religious Education - Youth

Bridging Seniors

On Sunday, June 4th we will take time in our service to honor/acknowledge/congratulate our high school seniors who will graduate this spring. We will collectively celebrate this pivotal moment in the life journey of our youth and welcome them into our midst as new adults.
Please contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at kim@fvuuf.org by March 26 if your child plans to participate in this service.

Notes & News

Office Closed

The office will be closed at noon on Friday, March 10.

Half Day Sit

Come experience the joy of zazen with Joyful Mind Sangha on March 25, 7:00 am - 12:00 pm in person and on Zoom at the Fellowship. Potluck lunch to follow.
We will be doing zazen (sitting meditation), a short zen service, followed by a dharma talk. For the rest of the morning, we will alternate between sitting and walking meditation. We will end the formal retreat with a closing circle followed by a vegetarian potluck. If you bring a dish to pass, please make sure it’s vegetarian. For more information, please contact Taizan Alford at taizan.alford@gmail.com. All levels of experience are welcome.

RIP Medical Debt Campaign

SUCCESS! We eliminated over 1 million dollars in medical debt for our neighbors through our RIP Medical Debt Campaign, combining existing abundance from our Ministers' Discretionary Fund along with additional new donations to that fund and some donations directly to our RIP Medical Debt campaign page. The total amount we were able to donate was $11,569! Since RIP Medical Debt purchases the debt that has been sold to collectors on the debt market for pennies on the dollar, they are able to clear $100 for every $1 we donate, meaning our impact clears about $1,156,900 in crushing debt for those most in need of that relief. Thank you for your generosity. We can rejoice and take pride in this community effort! To see the article that the Post Crescent did on this campaign in January, click HERE.

Bayside UU Family Camp

Looking for a great summer experience? Join us at Bayside UU Family Camp held at Lutherdale Camp on the shores of Lauderdale Lakes in Elkhorn, WI. This year, camp will take place July 2nd to 8th. This special week includes adult workshops, activities for children, free time for family fun and relaxation, and intergenerational activities. For more information visit our website at baysideuu.org or contact baysideuu@gmail.com.

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

Get Out the Vote Postcard Campaign

Please join members of our JAM ministries after services on Sundays March 12 and 19 to address postcards to help get out the vote for the April 4 election. All supplies and instructions are provided. Help us turn up voter participation in this important election. Postcards and addresses are supplied by Wisconsin UU Action Network (WUUSAN).

Braiding Sweetgrass Book Discussion

If plants are our teachers, what are their lessons, and how might we become better students? Green Sanctuary is looking forward to your participation in the discussion of the book Braiding Sweetgrass on April 20 at 6:0 pm at the Fellowship. See you there!
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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! 
In this week’s Justice Hub:
  • Get Out the Vote Postcards THIS SUNDAY
  • Madison Action Day with ESTHER – 4/27
  • Braiding Sweetgrass discussion – 4/20
  • Bread for the World Letters – 4/16
  • And more!!! 

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