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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A Beacon of Light in the Northwoods

Volume 19, Number 5 – November 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.

Nov. 12: Rev. Jennifer LaPorte

Nov. 26: Rev. Denise Tracy    

Dec. 12: Barbara Beutler  

Dec. 17 Holiday Program 4:00 p.m.

Dec. 24 No Sunday service

Jan 7 David Barnhill

Jan. 21 Rev. Denise Tracy




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

Nov. 6, The Spiritual Brain, Lecture 11: “Religion and Mental Health” and Lecture 12: “Religion and Brain Dysfunction.”


Nov. 19, The Spiritual Brain, Lecture 13: “Transmitters to God” and   Lecture 14: “Stimulated States and Religious Experiences.”


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.


Men's Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship

.All are invited to attend this potluck followed by discussion. Main course provided by Mel Hoff, others to bring a dish to pass and beverae of your choice. New members welcome. Contact Dick Fields, dmafields@yahoo.com, for more information.

Women's Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. at the Fellowship

All are welcome to join the sharing circle. The topic for discussion will be “What is something that drives you crazy?" 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.





Dana and Jerry Collins                                11-01

Megan Kratz                                      11-03

Faye Calvey                                       11-04

Dan Padberg                                     11-09

Jana Mirs                                           11-09

Cathy Farrell                                     11-09

Ron and Diane Reupert                  11-11

Bob Polfus                                         11-12

Dennis Kobes                                               11-15

Ted Rulseh                                        11-15

Zach Boustead                                             11-15

Herb White                                       11-16

Rick Immler                                       11-19

Richard Olson                                               11-20

Veronica Mucci                                 11-23

Amy Holt                                            11-24

Celeste Gonder                                11-25

Perry Junkermann                            11-29

Patty Buehler                                                11-30

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



  • Frederick Place in Rhinelander has a sizeable number of dates open for meals. If you can help out with one of these dates you can either call Frederick Place at 715-369-9777 or email Tammy Modic at frederickplace@ gmail.com

  • To celebrate the start of National Hospice month, please plan to attend the screening of “Defining Hope” Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Minocqua Public Library, hosted by Doctor Kate Hospice, part of Ascension at Home. The subject is what the hospice team is about every day: how to help families and individuals define "Quality of Life" for them. This event will be considered the November inservice for all hospice volunteers.
  • Sharon Reilly will host a Sketching Birds class, offered through Nicolet College, those interested in participating will need to register ASAP.

     Course information: Nicolet College Course Number 5085, Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8625 Peggy Lane in Woodruff.

To register, please call Nicolet College at 715.365.4694 or Toll Free at 800.544.3039 ext 4694

     In this class, I will demonstrate how to sketch birds more accurately through a better understanding of bird anatomy, and recognizing the importance of posture, proportion and overall shape. I will share my tips on how to view and sketch birds from multiple angles. If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Reilly anytime at your convenience: 608-963-0742 or reillyhi@earthlink.net

  • The AAUW Northwoods and Wausau branches and the League of Women Voters are proud to co-sponsor “A Year of Resistance: The Work of the ACLU in Wisconsin and the Nation” presented by Mary Jo McBrearty, ACLU statewide board president, Monday, Nov. 6, at The Waters of Minocqua.

     Gathering and open bar at 4:30 p.m. Gathering and open bar. Buffet dinner at 5 p.m. followed by the program at 6 p.m. Price is $20 and includes tax and gratuity. RSVP to Pam Taylor 253-326-7026 or ptreadymore@gmail.com by Oct. 31. Dinner and the program will be held at The Waters of Minocqua, located at 8116 US Highway South in Minocqua.

     Since 1920, the ACLU has been the nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.

     The ACLU is best known for litigation efforts as the country’s largest public interest law organization; many of the ACLU’s ground-breaking cases have changed lives and made history.The ACLU of Wisconsin is the state affiliate of the national ACLU and is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, private organization. The ACLU of Wisconsin has 24,000 members and is dedicated to defending the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents.

  • LiL Rev at Tara and Jerry's Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m.

     Lil Rev is known for his ukulele, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, guitar, and vocals. Elsewhere he performs for kids, seniors, veterans, developmentally disabled and anyone with ears enough to listen.

     Rev’s repertoire includes traditional and original songs, poetry, and stories. Audiences sing-along, clap, laugh, and even shed a tear. He is a preeminent ukulele instructor with seven instructional books to his credit. Lil Rev tours North America appearing at festival, music stores, house concerts, schools, libraries, coffee shops, and retirement homes coast to coast.

     He been in the Traditional Old Time Music Hall of Fame since 2003, was voted Best Folksinger in Wisconsin in 2004, and was 1996 National Blues Harmonica Champion at Avoca, Iowa. For more on Lil Rev see lilrev.com and fountainofuke.blogspot.com.

  • Wade Fernandez & family will be at Tara & Jerry’s Saturday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

   Email jerryw@earlham.edu for reservations, including the number in your party. Donations of $10 to $15 per person go to the performer. 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.

  • Seven artists, including Jana Mirs, Toni Polfus and Phyllis Schuit, will present their work at an Artists' Home Show Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. The show will be held at 7164 Clawson Drive in Hazelhurst –- the home of Phyllis Schuit and David Barnhill. A variety of media will be represented, including textiles, pottery, wearables, painting and ornaments. All items will be for sale.
  • The NUUF holiday service will be on Sunday, December 17, at 4:00. A potluck will follow at 5:00. This years theme will be "My Thoughts on Christmas" If you would like to share your thoughts about Christmas during the service contact Patty Buehler at pattybuehler@yahoo.com or 715-356-7834. Music will be performed by the NUUF choir and other groups. The choir needs more singers. Please contact Patty if you can help the choir out for this service. Practices will be on some Thursday mornings at 9:30 and some Tuesday nights at 7:00. We'll also practice right before the service at 3:00. If you can make 3 practices you can learn the 4 songs we'll be singing. Contact Patty to join the choir.

Our NUUF Community

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.

Check out our website https://nuuf.com/joomla4. Also take time to "LIKE" us on Facebook. Click here on Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for direct access if you already have a Facebook account. We're posting pictures, reminders about upcoming events and more.



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 Nov. 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!