June 16, 2024

Joining us in the sanctuary at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship this coming Sunday, June 16th., will be our local chaplain Dennis Peters.  In a former life as an I.T. specialist, Peters has joked that his career change from IT to the lay ministry and pastoral care seems to be a natural transition. 

If one suspects abit of humor in his observation, there is also a serious set of similarities found to be helpful on both ends of the spectrum.   Ch Peters will share his “Eureka!” moment with our Rice Lake Fellowship at 10 a.m. followed by the Third Sunday Potluck held each month.  All are invited to bring a dish to share and enjoy time with the membership.

Chaplain Peters and Lily

All are welcome at BHUU Sunday services, 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, although all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

June 9, 2024

Our Fellowship hosts the itinerate lay preacher Arthur Thexton, Sunday morning, June 9th reminding us that even in summer time, when “the living is easy –” it may not really be a good idea to give ourselves a vacation from our religious lives just because it’s summer.  In fact, states Arthur “I’m sure it’s a bad idea;  just as if we practiced our beliefs only on Sundays and not the rest of the week.”

But the reality is that attendance at Sunday services falls off in summer.  And being a realist, Thexton adds that even though services continue, ministers & lay leaders plan them to engage their congregations “Knowing many won’t be there – so what we have to say must last until we see you again, in September!”  We congregants may not wise to miss these important messages!

Everyone is welcome and invited to attend BHUU Sunday services at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, although all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

June 2, 2024

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Rev Terry Cummings will grace the Blue Hills UU’s morning this first Sunday in June, by conducting the traditional “Flower Service.”  Many Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate this service in honor of Norbert Capek, who founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia, introducing this special ceremony on June 4, 1923.  All are invited to join with us in celebrating the communion of flowers.

For those who are attending in person, Rev Cummings asks to please bring a flower to the service to be placed in a communal vase.  At the end of the service, all will be invited to take a different flower home with them. For those attending by Zoom, we suggest that you have at least one flower nearby during the service.   We will hold a brief ritual to bless the flowers as we close. 

For those interested in history of Norbert Capek and the Prague Unitaria Flower Communion, see: https://davidrweiss.com/2023/06/10/norbert-capek-and-the-flower-communion

The Unitarian church in Prague, “Unitaria.”

Everyone is welcome to attend BHUU Sunday services at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, but all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

May 26, 2024

Members of the Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will commemorate Memorial Day on Sunday May 26th. by gathering for their annual picnic/pot luck at the Veterans Memorial Park.   The pavilion on the north side of the park provides the shelter, and our members the good food and camaraderie at this, a traditional time together.    

All are invited to bring a dish to share and come meet your neighbors and friends of the fellowship, 12:00 noon, 20 East Stout Street in Rice Lake.

Memorial Day 2021, Veterans Park

May 19, 2024

Blue Hills Unitarian Universalists welcome Dennis Peters  next Sunday, May 19th., to address the issue of Abundance.   When does the blessing of abundance become a problem?   How many of us will confess to the tendency to hold on to too much stuff?  

Peters invites us to consider this, observing that “Our country is awash in possessions that have overflowed our homes.  One quarter of the population rent storage areas to keep the stuff they can no longer find space for;   parents don’t pass along precious heirlooms to their children, because the kids don’t want it – don’t have room for it!”  Peters will expose a more serious point to the dilemma of affluence.

Dennis Peters, ministering

After concluding the morning’s service, the BHUU Fellowship  will re-convene into the “Annual Meeting” to conclude business held over from May 5th.   Everyone is welcome to attend BHUU Sunday services at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, but all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

May 12, 2024

To commemorate “Mothers Day” at Blue Hills Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Sunday, May 12th , guest speaker Arthur Thexton, member and co-founder of James Reeb UU Congregation in Madison, WI., will conduct the morning  Service via Zoom.

Observing that “Not all of us had competent, or even willing, mothers,” Mr. Thexton reflects “If we think about the Biblical commandment to “honor” thy mother and thy father, we find the verb is carefully chosen. We are not required to love, or to cherish, or care for, or obey, or even to forgive our parents – but to “honor” them.” In another word: to respect them. Promising an uplifting sermon for this day of honoring Mom’s, Blue Hills UU invites all to take part.

Arthur Thexton

Everyone is welcome to attend BHUU Sunday services at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, but all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

May 5, 2024

The first Sunday in May promises to be an important morning for we Blue Hills UU’s.  We will gather early for a 9:30 Brunch, before our ANNUAL MEETING, that follows a short Service at 10:00 a.m. May 5th. .  We’ve come a long way and accomplished ALOT this past couple years, so let’s take a moment to celebrate that, too.

Our Annual Meeting always has important issues to be considered, effecting our fellowship as we elect new officers and adopt the coming fiscal year’s budget.  This year will also bring two additional concerns to be decided upon:  a change to our By-Laws and a Resolution that would greatly impact how we are able to use our building.  

October 2022

Please mark the morning on your calendar and be with us as we plan the coming year.   Everyone is welcome to attend BHUU Sunday services at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, but all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

April 28, 2024

As we at Blue Hills UU welcome the return of SPRING to our lives, our favorite story teller will be with us Sunday, April 285h to share the tale of the “Skeleton Woman.”  Pat Barry relishes the finding and re-telling of folklore, as well as contemporaneous morality parables; those attending the service will be drawn into sharing what meaning this particular saga brings to them.  You are invited to draw your own conclusions – and be with us in the Sanctuary or on Zoom for an enlightening, lively morning!

Pat Barry

All are invited to attend Sunday services at 10 a.m., 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, but all interested may request it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

April 21, 2024

Minister Dennis Peters will conduct the service at Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist fellowship on Sunday, April 21st.  Noting that many feel “politics” seems to have gone off the rails in this current time zone, perhaps more than in the past, Peters will address the current distress being felt.   Is this a result of personality traits of the politicians themselves?  Or do the underlying causes stem from other changes in our society?   Without being specific to individuals, Peters will examine traits and traditions we believed were inherent in our heritage, and how they, or the lack of them, effect nearly all facets of our lives and standards.

During the service, Peters will team up with our pianist for a “trumpet & piano” selection to grace the morning with music.  Being the Third Sunday of the month also brings members to the table for Pot Luck, downstairs;  all are invited to bring a dish to share and enjoy this time together.

Pot Luck

Sunday services are held at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary at 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, where everyone is welcome.  Services are also shared on Zoom;  the link is sent to members and to all interested by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org

April 14, 2014

We’re challenged to ponder “How Much Free Speech Do We Want?” this week at Blue Hills UU.  Member Judith Barisonzi asks “Do you believe in free speech? Of course you do! But think again: how much free speech do you really want?” Recent political trends and events have cast into question whether there should be limitations on what we all are permitted to say in the public arena.

Do any limitations amount to censorship and repression? Following a brief presentation, we will spend our time together this coming Sunday, April 14th.,  discussing this important, multi-faceted issue.

Judith Barisonzi

All are invited to attend Sunday services in the sanctuary at 230 W. Messenger, Rice Lake, at 10 a.m. or on Zoom;  the zoom link is sent to members, but all who may be interested will receive it by contacting patriciashifferd@gmail.com. https://bluehillsuu.org