Everyone is welcome at our Sunday morning gathering. We meet at historic Bethania Church on the Vesterheim Museum grounds, 113 N. Mill Street, with our service at 10:00, followed by our social time and refreshments at 11:00. Come a few minutes early for meditative music before the service.

Sunday, September 24 – Don’t Give Up: Resort to Beauty, with John Hall. One way of refusing to give up on humanity is to resort to the beauty that is woven into every aspect of life and lived experience. Poetry speaks of a beauty which comes from focus, engagement and comprehension, not escape and isolation. Sue Otte, service leader. Julie Fischer, greeter.

Childcare is available with Steve McCargar during the service.

Share-the-Plate – Our plate recipient for September-October is Winneshiek County Celebration of Life, a 501(C)3 which pays for mammograms for women or men with breast cancer who live in Winneshiek County or whose providers are in Winneshiek County. To donate to the recipient, simply designate so on your check or offering envelope. Loose cash in the offering plate goes to NEIUUF.

Upcoming Sundays

October 1 – Unitarianism: From Antitrinitarianism to Something More, with Karen Esterl. Unitarianism had its roots in rejection of the trinity, but it grew to encompass many other beliefs, including free will, innate human goodness, and the use of reason in religion. We’ll explore the history of this strand of our faith, noting significant developments and people associated with Unitarianism and considering how that history affects our present. Carol Hagen, service leader. Bill Pardee, greeter.

October 8 – A service with Richard Simon Hanson. “From the New Testament’s Letter to the Hebrews 13.1: Remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some have entertained angels unawares.” Beth Wahlberg, service leader. Cathy Pardee, greeter.

Of Note

Workshops for Parents – “We are a group of parents concerned for children’s health and sexual well-being who have organized a series of workshops. Professionally facilitated, these workshops are meant to empower parents and caregivers of children to talk with their kids about health and sexuality. The focus is on body positivity, decision-making, and having a healthy understanding of themselves and their relationships with others. These monthly parent-oriented workshops (inspired by the nationally recognized program of lifespan sexuality education, Our Whole Lives – OWL, which offers curricula for all ages) are being offered at no charge, September thru May, on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Decorah Middle School.” For more information, contact Michelle J. Bloom at mjb@michellejbloom.com.”

A Message from Ellen Macdonald – “Sue Peterson’s obituary lists charities the family wishes donors to support in lieu of flowers. NEIUUF is one of them. I am working out plans for the memorial bench and tree at Twin Springs Park with Park and Rec. It will probably be best if we do separate fundraising for that project when details are known.”

A Message from John Hall – Decorah UU needs help getting the word out about our fellowship, our services, our activism and our upcoming Circles. Volunteers are needed for sending notices and photos to media and updating/managing our media list. Long commitment not necessary. An hour or two a week. Three month stint. Contact John Hall, chimrock@mabeltel.coop.

Member Emergency Fund – Unforeseen troubles come our way from time to time. If you or someone you know in the fellowship could use some help, please let Otter know. We may be able to provide support or short term monetary assistance. Confidentiality will be respected.

NEIUUF online – For more information, please visit our Facebook page.


We are a Welcoming Congregation