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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Volume 18, Number 16 – October 2017

Northwoods Unitarian  Universalist Fellowship

8625 Peggy’s Lane, P.O. Box 1881, Woodruff, WI 54568

715-356-3908 ~ www.nuuf.com

We are a Welcoming Congregation    



Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Oct. 1:  Rev. Mary Beth O’Halloran, “Are UUs Really Protestant?”

“In this 500th anniversary year of the official start of Protestantism, we will consider how Unitarian and Universalist theologies predate Protestantism, and yet we are not allowed membership in the World Council of Churches even though we practice the essence of Protestantism.”

Oct. 15:  Richard Olson

Oct. 29:  Rev. Erv Teichmiller

Nov. 12:  Rev. Jennifer LaPorte

Nov. 26:  Rev. Denise Tracy     

Dec. 12:  Barbara Beutler        


Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. alternating with our regular Sunday services   

Oct. 8, “The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience”

Oct. 22, “The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience”

Everyone is welcome to join the new Adult Religious Education series, “The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience.” Topics include: Does God exist?  Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine?  Will life continue beyond death.  The first lecture will be “New Perspective on Ancient Questions, and the second will be “Why Do We Have a Spiritual Brain?”


Men's Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship


All are invited to attend the informative discussion preceded by a potluck dinner. The main dish will be provided by and discussion will be lead by Frank Patin.  Take a dish to pass and a beverage of choice. All are welcome.

Women's Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Fellowship

All are welcome to join the sharing circle. The topic for discussion will be “Describe a change that was difficult for you.  Why was it hard for you? What did you learn from it?" Those who wish can join us for lunch afterward. Please contact Mary Ann Fields 715 385 2975 for more information.


The Care Committee would like to sponsor another Women's Discussion Group for those who cannot come to our morning session.  If interested please contact Toni Polfus 715 277 2025 or Mary Ann Fields 715 385 2975 and we will help find a time for interested persons.



Cheryl Hanson                10-03

Eileen & Thomas Schultz        10-04

Rick Wambach                10-07

Marti & Jim Hall            10-08

Jean Polfus                10-10

Avery Koblings                10-13

Barbara and Dwight Logan        10-14

Mel Hoff                10-19

Greg Holt                10-23

Tim Muench                10-24

Tara Reed & Jerry Woolpy        10-25

Charmaine Winters            10-26

Ethan Sites                10-26

Myrle Wasko and Dawn McCusker    10-31

Is your Birthday or Anniversary missing? Or do you see a mistake that can be corrected? If so, please contact Candy Sorensen at (715) 892-2997 or sorencan@yahoo.com Thanks!


For distribution of announcements between newsletters or email/address corrections, contact Candy Sorensen at sorencan@yahoo.com



  • Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman, Sunday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m. at Tara and Jerry’s.
  • Wade Fernandez & family, Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

Email jerryw@earlham.edu for reservations, including the number in your party. Directions from Paul Bunyan’s on 51 in Minocqua: Take Old Highway 70 west one mile to Dr. Pink on the left. Take Dr. Pink 0.8 mile south

  • On Saturday, Oct. 14, we will do the fall cleanup on the UU section of HIghway 47.  Meet at County Highway F and Highway 47 North at 10:00 a.m.  Please bring work gloves; bags and vests will be provided.  As always, many hands make lighter work for all, so hope to see you there! Any questions, contact Connie Lefebvre at 715-358-2470.
  • On Tuesday, Oct. 24, we need a few volunteers to help out at Lakeland Food Pantry from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Please contact Connie Lefebvre at 715-358-2470 to volunteer.  This is UU's last turn this year to provide workers.   
  • A note from Many Ways of Peace’s Mary Jo Berner:

    For seven years, our peace center in downtown Eagle River offered an amazing array of programs — and two major peace festivals.  We’re deeply grateful for everyone who walked through our doors and supported our work for peace and justice.

    Two programs we began at Many Ways of Peace continue, and you’re invited to join us.  Yoga now meets at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Eagle River Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with teacher Betsy Schussler. The study circle on mindfulness and meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh continues to meet weekly Tuesday afternoons from 2-4 at my home.  Please email me for more information and visit website, www.plumvillage.org.

    I’m passing about the fall conference of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets: Colman Barks Reads Rumi, Nov. 10 to 11 in Stevens Point. I encourage you the look at the website and consider attending the conference.   You need to register by Oct. 9 in order to take advantage of a special rate. For more information, visit www.wfop.org/conferences/.


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If you know someone who is interested in joining the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, please contact Candy Sorensen at sorencan@yahoo.com or call 715-892-2997.  


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Hello everyone, I will be compiling the newsletter for the foreseeable future! Please send announcements and updates to me, Carly Ratliff, at carly.j.ratliff@gmail.com or to Candy Sorensen at sorencan@yahoo.com by Oct. 28 for the November Newsletter. It is very helpful if your copy is written exactly the way you want it to read so that it can be copied and pasted. Thank you!