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Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A Beacon of Light in the Northwoods

Volume 19, Number 6 – December 2017



Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.

Dec. 10: Rev. Mary Beth O’Halloran

“Let It Snow, Let It Snow:” Northerners pride ourselves on toughing out the dark winters, and we even find great beauty in this time of year. Today we will focus on the spiritual significance of both the darkness and the brightness.

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  

Dec. 3, “The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience”

Dec. 17, No Religious Education will be held

Dec. 31, “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.



Men's Discussion Group meets on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Fellowship

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



Dawn Holt 12-06

Natalia Graf 12-08

Julie Wambach 12-12

Julie White 12-14

Cathy Peterson 12-14

Guthrie Linder 12-15

Diane Reupert 12-19

Laurie Figueroa 12-20

Bob & Marilyn Feser 12-22

Suzy Foster 12-27

Marilyn Hendry 12-27

Dan Padberg & Sally O’Brien 12-30

Dana Collins 12-30

Peter Frost 12-31

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!


Our hearts are saddened to learn that Candace ZahnCain has died.

There will be a memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for Candace ZahnCain Saturday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. A luncheon will follow the service. All are welcome.


Candace's sons (Erick and Zack) have requested that cards and memorials to go to their home in the Twin Cities and addressed to:

Zack Boustead

3820 3rd Ave South

Minneapolis, MN 55409


For Candace's service we will provide appetizers and desserts that are considered finger foods so we can serve them on napkins. If you would like to contribute, please email Kate at upnorthkate@gmail.com with your name, food you will bring, and approximate quantity it will serve.

We also ask that you have your dish to the fellowship by 12:30pm on Saturday. We will have a table for drop off. If you have a serving platter/plate/dish that needs to be returned, please label it with your name and phone number. We will have masking tape and sharpies available but it would be great if you label ahead of time.



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
  • 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 Sunday, Dec. 17, at 4 p.m. 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.

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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 Dec. 28 for the January 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!