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June 20, 2021

Fathers Day will be commemorated with special guest Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk conducting the service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 230 W Messenger in Rice Lake, 10 a.m.   Rev Wasilczuk offers “May the Sun be Your Light” as we reflect on our Fathers and their impact in our lives.   BHUU’s monthly potluck will follow.

A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Rev Wasilczuk’s previous career was as a registered nurse, and now resides in Duluth, Minnesota with her husband. She preaches at the Mesabi UU Church in Virginia, Minnesota and also serves as part-time consultant to the Lakehead Unitarian Fellowship in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Rev Suzanne Wasilczuk

BHUU has returned to in-person gatherings at 230 W. Messenger, but will alternate weekly services on Zoom, some to be recorded for access by members later.  June 20th will be held in the fellowship hall and require all those attending be vaccinated.  If there are those who are not, please wear a mask.  Please see our website at  bluehillsuu.org for specifics.

June 13, 2021

The UU’s of the Blue Hills Fellowship in Rice Lake welcome Chaplain Dennis Peters of Hillsdale to conduct the Sunday Service, June 13t at 10 a.m.   Ch Peters invites us to explore “Stardust.”   Using Carl Sagan’s famous observation “The cosmos is within each of us.  We are made of star-stuff …”  from the calcium in our teeth, to the iron in our blood “we are a way for the universe to know itself.”   Ch Peters invites us to consider the Sagan assessment as a jumping off point to understand what “stardust” may actually mean to us.

BHUU has returned to in-person gatherings at 230 W. Messenger, with some alternating Services to continue on Zoom.  June 13th will be held in the fellowship hall, and require all those attending be vaccinated.  If there are those who are not, please then wear a mask.  Please see our home page for specifics.

June 6, 2021

Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists mark a full return to gathering en masse this coming Sunday, June 6th, meeting in the fellowship hall at 230 W. Messenger in Rice Lake.  Our music leader and member Brian Rude will lead the 10:00 Service with one of his always provocative explorations into the habits of our lives, with an inquiry into “Talks –and More Talks”.   A lively discussion is expected to follow.

Brian Rude

Returning to in-person gatherings will require all those attending be vaccinated; if there are those who choose not to or cannot, please then wear a mask.   Should there be singing during the service, all will be asked to wear their masks during that.

May 30, 2021

The Blue Hills UU Fellowship will end the budding Spring of 2021 on a positive uptake, by meeting all together, outdoors and face to face, for the first time in over a year with a potluck picnic on May 30th.

We’ll gather from 11:00-2:00 at “Veterans Park” in Rice Lake, which is a few blocks north of the Post Office, by the lake; we’ll meet near the large music stage. Bring a dish to share, your utensils and a beverage; no program is planned for the morning, but to mark a “return” to fellowship, for in June we will also begin a return to use of our building as well.

The Veteran -Statue by Don Ruedy

The decision is to alternate services for a three month period:  each month will offer at least two BHUU services in our fellowship hall, but retain the  two other Sundays via Zoom for the benefits we’ve found they offer.  Details will be posted each week on both our website and Facebook.

The caveat to returning to in-person gatherings in the building is that all those attending be vaccinated.  If there are those that choose not to, or cannot,  we ask they wear a mask.   Should there be singing during the  service, all will be asked to wear their masks for that.

Let’s celebrate on Sunday!

May 23, 2021

Order of Service

Rice Lake’s Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship is excited to bring to Sunday Services May 23rd. Cheyenne Otto-Defoe of Superior, WI to share her insight and experiences.   As an enrolled member of the Red Cliff Reservation, Gidagaakoonsikwe grew up in Ashland and graduated from Northland College.  Through the skill acquired working with “Take Action, Minnesota”, she became a lead organizer in “Progress North” based in Superior, WI.

With a goal of connecting grass roots organizations in the area to “build long term progressive infrastructures” Cheyenne calls on her Anishinaabe roots to guide her in efforts to focus on marginalized communities.  With a belief that “Solidarity connects our humanity to one another and allows trust to flourish” her goal is to bring changes to build the kind of Wisconsin where all can thrive.  

Progress North

All are invited to attend on Sundays, as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m., although some changes will take place in June with  intermittent return to the Fellowship Hall.  The internet link will be sent to members – visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

May 16, 2021

Blue Hills UU member Ken Hood will host the Sunday Service May 16,  bringing us the TED Talk Presentation by Brené Brown, “The Power of Vulnerability.”  Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation “Brené Brown Endowed Chair” at the Graduate College of Social Work;  she is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership.

Prof Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and this 2010 TED Talk is said to be one of the most viewed episodes in the world.  Ken will lead the discussion with our fellowship, which is sure to follow the video presentation.  

Brene Brown

All are invited to attend as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m. Sundays.   The internet link will be sent to members, although

visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

May 9, 2021

In observance of Mother’s Day, May 9th , Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalists will explore some of the many ways the concept of mother has provided abundance, guidance and intercession to people across time and space.  During the Sunday Service, Prof  Emeritus Pat Shifferd of Trego, will lead those attending to consider their experiences with motherhood.  “From Papatuanuku to Isis to the Virgin Mary,” Shifferd notes “our stories have provided comfort and spiritual understanding.  Is the idea of mother still as powerful a concept in our secular times?”    

“Tribal Woman Dance” -Ross Lewallen, Santa Fe artist

All are invited to attend on Sundays, as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Pat Shifferd

May 2, 2021

Our BHUU Annual Meeting takes place this first Sunday in May, beginning at 10 a.m.    The Service hour will open in the traditional manner with the Lighting of the Chalice, Opening Words and Song, and sharing Announcements, Joys & Concerns.  

Board Chairman Mark Van Etten will then conduct the business of the day,  sharing his remarks, followed by reports from our various committees.   This will  include suggested options for returning to use of our building on Sundays.  

Mark VanEtten

An overview of the proposed Budget for coming year fiscal year, July 2021-2022,  was sent to members on April 16 as required in our By-laws for review, and the Nominations Committee will offer a suggested slate for the election of officers.  All of which will conclude with an adoption of the Budget and Election of Officers this Sunday morning. 

We hope you will be with us to consider these important steps in our fellowship life.   The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

Our BHUU Banner will be part of the UUA-GA “Banner Parade” this summer.

April 25, 2021

We’re for the birds at Blue Hills UU – always eager to learn about them!   Rick Persile of northern Wisconsin will seek to guide us in the “how to’s” of attracting birds to our little corners of the world at our Sunday service, April 25th

Born in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Mr. Persile took an interest in birds at a young age;  as that grew stronger, he learned how to create habitats that would attract them.  In tandem with his interest in photography, he’s become the “go to” guy for information and questions regarding anything relating to birds.  Rick’s current “yard list” documents over 140 different species he’s spotted, including both resident and migrant species. 

~JGx

As an advocate and firm believer in keeping our waters as pristine as possible, Persile also serves as Chairperson for the “County Line Lake Association” in Sawyer County.  “Keeping a natural buffer along the shoreline protects not only the water, but provides nesting habitat for several different species of birds.”      

~Linda Ruedy

Be with us Sunday as BHUU continues to hold services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.

April 18, 2021

The members of Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Rice Lake will observe Earth Day on Sunday, April 18th by honoring our “Sacred Ground”.   Through a variety of readings, poems and pertinent quotations stressing ways we may yet save our Mother Earth, the morning will focus on the treasured planet we are part of.  Accompanied by photographs members have shared and beloved music, all attending will be considered part of the program and invited to contribute.

Photo by Norbert Blei

Be with us this coming Sunday as BHUU continues to hold Sunday services on Zoom at 10 a.m.  The internet link will be sent to members, although all interested are invited to take part.  Visitors may contact Ken Hood > ken@bluehillsuu.org < for the link needed.    Those lacking cyberlink connection or equipment to enable participation, are invited to meet in the fellowship hall located at 230 W Messenger, masked and distanced, to watch the presentation on large screen ZOOM.