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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A Beacon of Light in the Northwoods


Newsletter of the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Woodruff, WI

Volume 16, Number 1 –July 2014


We Are a Welcoming Congregation


Upcoming Services

Services are on alternate Sundays at 10 AM

July 13: Laura Erickson Laura's Excellent Adventure Part 2: How Laura's Conservation Big Year Turned Out it was filled with fun, adventures, and new commitments for helping the birds that gave me such fun adventures

July 27: Callie Bates Sound and the Sacred. From the Sanskrit “Om” to Pythagoras’ music of the spheres, sound has “played” an essential role in our conception of the sacred. The talk will touch on the mystical aspect of sound, as well as holistic ways we can employ sound in our lives—complete with therapeutic harp music!


Adult R.E.: Adult RE is on alternate Sundays at 10 AM. We are studying a course entitled “Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition”.  Skeptics and Believers is not a course in religious doctrine but one of intellectual and philosophical exploration. It examines more than three centuries of debate in the Western world about the nature of religious faith and its compatibility with reason, even-handedly following and analyzing the arguments of both skeptics and believers. You will see how some of these argued their positions from a religious perspective—primarily Christian and Jewish, since the focus of this course is on Western thought—and how others approached the issue as one of pure philosophy. And you will also encounter still others for whom a separation between these two spheres was impossible, as well as those who sought to explain religion as a psychological or social phenomenon.

Come join us each alternate Sunday at 10:00 A.M. for intellectual stimulation, conversation, coffee, and good company.

Celebration of the lives of Ella and Abe Toigo: Please know that all are welcome to the home of Abraham and Ella Toigo for a Celebration of Life gathering. Family, neighbors and fellowship friends will gather on July 4, anytime from 10 AM - 2 PM at the TOIGO home:

8618 Timbergate Dr.

Minocqua, WI  54548

Traveling from Minocqua or Woodruff: take highway J to Brunswick Dr. Right on Brunswick all the way down and around to Woodland Dr. (Be careful to look at the right..different name on the left). Right on Woodland Dr.  and then blink once and take a right on Timbergate Cir..straight ahead to the house in the circle.

Traveling from Rhinelander: Take highway 47 past the Minocqua bridge (where our fellowship is across the water to the right). Watch for two no passing signs.  Take a left at the second no passing sign...which is Brunswick Dr. Short spurt to the stop sign...take a right on Brunswick Dr. Take the next left on Woodland Dr and then blink once to take a right on Timbergate Cir. straight ahead to the house in the circle.

There will be no formal service, except for immediately family to visit the NUUF Memorial Garden.

Peace, Teress Toigo and family


Service Auction: The NUUF Service Auction, which is sponsored by the Care Committee, scheduled for Friday, July 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Cost for the event is $10 per person which includes dinner, live music, and the auction. Rich Uspel will serve as the auctioneer. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to send a designated bidder.  Contact Joan Hauer for more information.

Highway Clean-up: Last month, Connie Lefebvre led and organized our highway cleanup crew. Many thanks to Candace Cain Zahn, Randy Wendt, Kay Hoff, Candy Sorensen., Terry Hoyt, Don and Cas Roberts and Bob Holt.  

Save the Date: NUUF turns 25 in 2014! We're planning a dinner party on Saturday, August 23. NUUF will be providing chicken and vegetarian lasagna. Members will be asked to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The Dixie Six will provide the music. Doors will open at 5 PM. There will be a celebratory service August 24, with special guests, music and more. Invitations will be sent out in mid-July. Barb Mochon is working on taking pictures for our new photo directory. You can contact her directly or sign up on service Sundays to get your portrait taken. Joan Hauer is coordinating accommodations for out of town guests. She may be contacting you if she needs your assistance. Questions? Contact Elinore, Chair of the Anniversary Committee.

From the President: Thank you John Viste for your excellent service to our fellowship as our President and for your continued willingness to assist me as I attempt to walk where you have walked! And thank you to the members of this community for honoring me with this position. Being brand new in the office of President, I have little to share other than the assurance that I will do my best to fulfill my duties. I do wish to share with you my pleasure at the outpouring of appreciation followed by offers of support that have already been given me. It is rewarding to know and to feel the helpful attitudes expressed by so many members before I even take office! My first board meeting as President will be at 2:30 p.m. on July 14, 2014 at the fellowship. If any member has an issue that may need board approval, please contact me soon. Meanwhile, I will spend some time reading the cardboard box full of files John left for me.

Bob Hanson, President

robertahanson@frontier.com or 715-358-7654


Bev & Joe Strauss 07-01

Rick & Julie Wambach 07-02

Frank Patin 07-03

Carol Potter 07-06

Mary Ann Fields 07-07

Dick and Mary Ann Fields 07-07

Ardis and Herb White 07-10

Teress Toigo 07-12

Mel and Kay Hoff 07-13

Marilyn Feser 07-14

Joe Dallapiazza 07-16

Audrey Williams 07-18

Charles & Janice Reed 07-19

Tom Sommerfeld 07-22

Randy Wendt 07-22

Candy Sorensen 07-24

David Deinard 07-24

Jacob Collins 07-27

Harley Erbs 07-29

Bob & Toni Lieppert Polfus 07-30



Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

P.O. Box 1881

Woodruff, WI 54568-1881


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Bob Hanson, President



The NUUSLetter is published monthly. Newsletter Deadline: 27th of the month. Please send submissions to Elinore Sommerfeld at esommerf@aol.com.


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