Order of Service for April 5th

Chalice Lighting #447

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer

Opening Hymn “Come Together”

Announcements & Speaking for Social Action

Presentation: “Telling Stories” by Judy Barisonzi

Joys & Concerns & Comments


Closing Hymn “Be Still With Us”

Extinguishing the Chalice #456: We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.

Friendship Circle: Go well into life now, and when you need us, remember that here you will find the hands of friends.

Additional Reading/Resources:



April 5, 2020

Your intrepid Board has conjured and contrived ways to hang-together through this challenging STAY HOME & BITE IT time zone. We will begin on APRIL 5 to gather in cyberspace via ZOOM. Members all received detailed instructions yesterday on the April Calendar. (edit, for security reasons the ZOOM meeting link is not posted public — If you do not have the link please email kchood@gmail.com and Ken will provide you access)

It might be wise to download the app/program ahead of time for my fellow neanderthals who can hardly negotiate our own cell phones, as we attempt to broach the River Zoom.

Judy Barisonzi has an April morning planned for us that’s sure to lift your spirit and affirm the “why” of our bond, so we’ll “see you” on April 5th! With hope, peace and love in our hearts.

~Jude Genereaux, Board Chair

Concerns for COVID-19?

UPDATED on 3/24/2019

To our BHUU Fellowship:   

Your BHUU Board has discussed steps taken and advisories sent from our national leadership, the UUA, both within our recent Board meeting and via e-mail. At this time all meetings at our Fellowship building on West Messenger Street are suspended.

       We, the Board want to assure you that:

  • We are monitoring the situation and will take steps in line with what our local public health agency advises as they develop;
  • We are working on a phone tree and other ways to stay in touch with our members spread across Northwest Wisconsin;

 Everyone:  Keep heart and Stay Well.  Spring is in the air.

February 9, 2020

Pat Shifferd, Emerita Professor of Sociology, Northland College, will lead the Service at Blue Hills UU Sunday, February 9th.  

Prompting our “Reflections on Winter”, Shifferd will consider how we, as well as wildlife, cope in these months, seeking to bring focus to the gifts of the season.  Those attending are invited to share where each of us finds beauty in winter and its corresponding solitudes through poetry or music; if you have a favorite poem or remembrance, please bring them along.    

After the 10:00 Service, all are invited to stay for fellowship and light nourishment, as well as the BHUU Board meeting at 12:00 noon.  The BHUU is a welcoming congregation, located at 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake. 

Prof Patricia Shifferd

February 2, 2020

Our friend and member/music director Brian Rude will conduct the Service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist fellowship on Sunday, February 2nd.   As sermon topic Mr Rude has chosen the issue of “Societal Health” and will lead us in exploring what the term actually means.   How important is it to have a “healthy society? And how is one distinguished from a “sick society?”  Examples should generate constructive thought and questions for the talk-back session that follows. 

Brian Rude

The BHUU invites those attending to stay for light nourishment and fellowship after the 10:00 a.m. Service.   We are a small but welcoming congregation and invite all who are interested to attend,  230 W Messenger in Rice Lake.

January 26, 2020

The Service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist fellowship Sunday January 26th will include a Celebration of Books and Reading.  Without this critical human tool we have to wonder -where would we be?   Those attending are encouraged to “Come prepared to share reading suggestions for the cold winter months, along with a brief comment on the book(s) chosen.”  A list will be compiled and circulated to everyone soon after;  those aware of poems or a brief reading on the value of books are invited to share those as well.

After the 10 a.m. Service, all are invited to stay for coffee and light nourishment, as well as the Drum Circle which meets at 12 noon.    BHUU is located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake and is a Welcoming congregation.

January 19, 2020

Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship in Rice Lake will explore the book”A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You” by Donna Cameron as part of their Service on Sunday January 19th.   

Cameron posits that “Just being nice will not be enough to save the civility of today’s world.  It will take the patience and focus of true and loving kindness.”  The 10 a.m. Service will include a summary of Cameron’s recently published book, followed by conversation about individual choices we can all make.

All are welcome at the BHUU, located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake.  The Service is followed by a time for fellowship and gathering for light nourishment; our monthly Pot Luck will take place at 12 noon, which is always open to everyone.  

January 12, 2020

The 10 a.m. Service January 12 at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship will address “Engaging The Climate/Extinction Crisis: BHUUF In Action.” Dr. Kent Shifferd, Prof Emeritus of Northland College, Ashland, will present for discussion the recommendations of BHUU’s Social and Environmental Action Committee for positive engagement with the community concerning these challenges.

Joining with UU’s Earth Ministry and Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light are part of the first steps considered;
the hope is also to engage other faith communities in the effort. Various plans to bring focus to Arbor Day during Earth Week in April will be shared, and plans made with the fellowship.

Following a short “talk-back” session at 11:00, the congregation will adjourn for fellowship and light refreshments. The BHUU Board will meet at 12 noon. All are welcome to attend all the activities at BHUU, located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake.

January 5, 2020

The Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist fellowship in Rice Lake will begin the new year by welcoming Josh Morey to speak at the January 5th Service, 10:00 a.m. Josh is the liaison for homeless students in Rice Lake’s school district, tasked with working with needs and challenges they face.  

As he addresses the problems of poverty and homelessness for these children in our community, we may hope to learn ways to help them surmount some of those challenges.  According to a recent report in the Chronotype 4.6% of students in the Rice Lake school district are identified as homeless. 

A gathering for fellowship and light snacks follows after a short discussion period.  The BHUU is located at 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake, where all interested are welcome to attend.