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Illuminating Women Art Show
We are pleased and excited that our Assistant Minister, Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave, is featured in Illuminating Women, a current art show at the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton.
From the Trout Museum: Illuminating Women features 30 remarkable women from the Fox Valley region. They are from different walks of life and backgrounds. Each woman is featured with a photograph and a biography. The women and their stories are sure to inspire and are a love letter to the community.   
If you would like to know more about the project please visit the Trout Museum Facebook page HERE.
The Fellowship congregation has been invited to attend the celebration of the show on February 23 at 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. The illuminated women will also be in attendance. Click HERE for details.

Are We There Yet?

During services at the Fellowship the last couple of months we have been thinking about how to best navigate continuous change. We’ve said that we need different kinds of ideas to bring about what we seek for our world and the many ways of being in it. We want to learn more about your reflections on these themes. We are hoping you will join our ministers and some of our member leaders for a conversation about what you see as possible for our beloved Fellowship community now and in the future.
Help us explore these topics in this small-group discussion:
•  What are your dreams about ways the Fellowship could be a force for good in the future?
•  Are there any community-facing programs you think the Fellowship is uniquely suited to create and sustain?
•  How can we sustain the Fellowship’s future?
Join us on Thursday, March 14th, 5:00-7:00 pm, or Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
Your Generosity & Engagement-Ministries (GEM) Team
Ann Fisher, Heather Maass (co-chairs) and Theresa Hannah, Hilary Haskell, Nancy Middleton, Julie Putman, & Marti Wheeler
The 5000 Shades of Green Cash Raffle & Celebration Wrap-Up
The kitchen has been cleaned up, the sanctuary reset for Sunday services, the money from ticket sales has been counted, and the winning raffle tickets have been drawn. After tallying up the expenses for the prizes and other raffle and raffle celebration-related costs the 5000 Shades of Green Cash Raffle and Celebration Dinner and Showcase netted $7,436 in proceeds for the Fellowship’s 2023/2024 operating budget!
Some of you provided food for the dinner, some of you performed during the showcase, and others provided behind-the-scenes support; by selling raffle tickets, helping with the cooking, or set up and clean up on the day of the dinner and showcase, while others bought tickets for the raffle, the dinner and/or showcase or all the above.
Whatever way or ways you pitched in to help we are grateful! And a special thank you to our Fundraising team - Angie Miller, Mary Gerlach, Brianna Gallagher, Denise Smits, Nadine Miller, and Theresa Hannah for all their hard work!
It is great to see the Fellowship family come together for these fun events!
Phyllis Schmitt, director of finance and operations
On behalf of the Executive Team

Sunday, February 25

9:00 am CT - In-Person
Sunday Coffeehouse
10:45 am CT - In-Person and Livestream
Traditional Service with Sermon
Sharing a Vision: A Dialogue with
Rev. Hannah and Ligia Rivera
*Dialogue at 10:45 service only.
Click HERE for Worship Service Zoom Information & the Order of Service
•  Visit fvuuf.org/Sunday to learn more about Sunday Coffeehouse.
•  Watch clips of our services on our YouTube channel.
•  Upcoming Services HERE
•  See our website HERE for information about our Sunday religious exploration classes for children and youth.
•  Share the Plate: In February we Share the Plate with The Coalition to Save the Menominee River.

Religious Exploration - Children & Youth

Take Our Fellowship-wide Survey! ALL Voices Needed!
Whether you have young children, adult children, or no children, we want to hear voices from our entire Fellowship community. As we work to realize a Fellowship-wide vision that aligns our Religious Exploration program with the Fellowship's 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, it is critical to hear thoughts and ideas from each and everybody.
Thank you for doing your part to help create our future!
Click here to take the survey.

Seeking Fun-loving Adults!

We will be hosting a Spring Camp for kids on the first weekend of April (6th and 7th) and are looking for fun-loving adults to join us! If you would like to help our young people between the ages of 4K-5th grade create community through exploring our UU faith and having fun together, we would love to have you!
Please contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at kim@fvuuf.org for more information.
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Are You Making Family Plans for Summer?
Did you know that there are many ways to engage with other UU’s like you and the members of your family during the summer months?
Visit the UUA Mid America Region’s Camp website HERE for information about events in our area such as…
    • Wisconsin: Bayside UU Family Camp
    • Michigan: Chalice Sparx UU Camp for Families
    • Minnesota: Camp UniStar
Thinking larger? Visit the UUA’s Camps, Retreats, and Conferences website HERE for information about opportunities throughout the states.
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Join us in our 2023-2024 Religious Exploration Program Year!
Come join us in fun and friendship to explore ourselves and our values through enriching lessons and activities that are designed to nurture our student’s spiritual, ethical, and intellectual growth
Click here for information about our Sunday programs. For information about our teen programs; Crossing Paths, Being a Teen, and Our Whole Lives, click here.
Please register your children today! Click on the button below.
Coffee House Service Childcare
Children are highly encouraged to attend the 9:00 am Coffee House service; childcare is available for young people in grades 4K-5 who are better served in a self-directed play environment.
Contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, for more information.
*Regular RE classes will continue to be offered at 10:45 am.
Religious Exploration Registration

News & Notes

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Tell Me More!
Thursday, February 29, 5:30 pm
Join Rev. Hannah and a member of our Generosity & Engagement Ministries for an informal 90-minute session to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and this Fellowship. This is a great opportunity for newcomers to learn more, and for longtimers to refresh their connection to this congregation and the larger UU tradition.

From the MidAmerica Region Office: Article II Update

Article II proposed by-law changes have been updated! At our 2023 General Assembly, amendments to the language for Article II proposed change were voted on and accepted.  Based on these amendments, the “final” proposed revisions to Article II were published in October 2023. The following link includes the “final” proposal, a Letter from the UUA Board of Trustees, and another from the Article II Study Commission: CLICK HERE. Final (truly final) amendments and a final vote on proposed Article II changes will take place at General Assembly 2024.

Unitarian Church North Job Posting

Unitarian Church North in Mequon, Wisconsin, is hiring for the position of Religious Education and Family Programming Coordinator. In this role, the successful candidate will play a key role in developing, implementing, and administering children’s Religious Education programs, aligning with the mission of their congregation. If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to reach out to Lyn Gust, Office Administrator at Unitarian Church North (262-375-3890 or info@ucnorth.org). They are looking forward to connecting with talented individuals who share their passion for fostering spiritual and intellectual growth within a progressive Unitarian Universalist community. Click HERE for the job posting.

Care and Support

To submit a Joy or Concern, fill out the form on our website or contact Rev. Pam Rumancik, Sabbatical Care Minister, at pam@fvuuf.org or 920-731-0849. For pastoral emergencies call 920-383-1565.

Justice Action Ministry

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Justice Hub

Check out our revamped Justice Hub, now featuring an easy-to-use calendar! Each event on the calendar includes time, location, and program details to help you learn more about how to get engaged with our community.
PS – Want a pro tip? When you click on an event, at the bottom of the description you can click “Copy to my calendar” to add the event to your calendar and never miss a chance to act courageously for justice in our world.
•  Feb. 24, Afro-Hair Day, noon-4 pm, Fox Valley Tech
•  Feb. 27, 7:30 pm, Makin' Cake at PAC, storytelling about race, culture and class
•  Check the UW-Oshkosh calendar for a list of many Black History Month events. A few are highlighted in the Justice Hub calendar.
•  Registration is now open for March 23, Amplify Love event, (follow-up to last year's Rising Together) 9 am - 1 pm at the Fellowship. Details HERE
•  Monthly JAM team meetings are included in the calendar

"Reach Our Goal" Campaigns

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Reach Our Goal
During the annual meeting in June members approved a 2023-2024 budget with a shortfall of $40,000. In a quest to cover this budget gap, the Generosity Engagement Ministries team is hosting “Reach Our Goal” campaigns, each designed to highlight areas of the Fellowship's budget that need additional support. Watch this space for a series of articles on each of the monthly highlight areas.
Click HERE for details about the Reach Our Goal campaigns.
February Focus: Justice Action Ministry
Immigration Justice - A Testimonial from Ronny
I was born on November 19th, 1992 on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua Central America. This region is the only region in Nicaragua that has indigenous people that speak their own language apart from the standard Spanish. It’s also the only region that has people with African heritage. The black population make up only around 9% of the entire population. We speak creole which is a form of English but with a deeper accent that I’m sure you would not understand a word should I start rambling off away in my native tongue. I am the 8th and last child of my immediate family.  Half my family are Pentecostal and the other half belong to a faith called seven day Adventist. I grew up in a small town next to the Caribbean Sea called pearl lagoon. Population of roughly 20 thousand people living off agriculture and fishing. I came from a very religious background. Seventh day Adventist. One that in my personal opinion has some of the most extreme rules and beliefs. Women can’t be pastors or hold high positions in the church, pluck their eyebrows, put on makeup or wear pants and men can’t grow their hair because they’re not women. Where Saturday is the true day of worship according to the Bible and every other religion are wrong for keeping worship on Sunday. Where being gay cannot just get you killed but can also make the entire town lose their respect for you. I came from a background where you can’t have your own opinion about God and you better not be an atheist because people will immediately think you’re not in your right mind and they will either make fun of you or try to avoid you at all cost. I don’t have the best memory but I do remember the first time I realized that I was gay was when I was six years old. READ MORE
To make or increase your financial contribution in support of the Fellowship and help us "Reach our Goal", you may give a one-time gift by:
  • Mailing a check with "Reach" in the memo field, or enclosing cash or check in one of the pre-printed envelopes found in the Fellowship Lobby (please do not mail cash).
  • Contribute online here.
  • Or tell us of your intention to increase your annual giving by completing our giving intention form.
Thank you!
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