Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, December 2, 2016

In This Issue
Giving Tree
Giving Tree Gifts and other offerings (see service description) will be collected this  Sunday, December 4 .  Please plan to bring your items to either service.  If you are interested in helping a homeless teen or individual coping with HIV, we still have a few Giving Tree tags we hope to match with donors.  Contact Kitty McIntosh if you can help!   812-272-5795
Sunday, December 4, 2016    9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
"The Gift of Presence"
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, and Reverend Scott McNeill
In this story-based service for all ages, we will reflect upon the gift of being present in the season of busy-ness. The celebration will include drama, time for quiet reflection and singing, and a joyful parade as we collectively offer congregational gifts for people in need.
       **For this special service, please bring a gift if this is possible               for you.  We are collecting:
       * The gifts you selected from our Giving Tree
       * Mittens, hats, and socks for adults or children 
       * Toiletries, tissues, hairbrushes
       * Non-perishable food--proteins are especially welcome
       * Guest at Your Table boxes (please write a check payable to              "UUSC" for the amount you've collected)
Everyone will be invited to contribute a "golden gift" of money, in amounts large or small, to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee,**  
What's Happening in Religious Education This Week . . .
Religious Education classes for preschool-6th grade will not meet this week; we hope families will attend the Intergenerational Service. Our Whole Lives Sexual Education will continue for our 7th & 8th graders.  High School Youth Group will meet at 12:30pm. Bring $10 and a sack lunch!  We'll sort gifts, then head out for Laser Tag.  Pickup at Laser Tag at 3pm.   
First Steps Class - This Sunday, December 4
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? Join us for the First Steps class! First Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. This class is offered the first Sunday each month at 10:35 am and 12:35 pm in Room 112. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required. If you have questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at
Baby Dedication Sunday, December 11
Baby dedication at both services on Sunday, December 11th. If you would like to participate, please contact Adrienne Summerlot.
Membership Ceremony - December 11
The next membership ceremony for becoming a member of this church will be held on Sunday, December 11, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 112. Please contact Ann LeDuc by December 5 if you would like to become a member. Information about membership is available here. Ann LeDuc , Connections Coordinator, (812) 332-3695 or
Save the Date!
Wednesday, December 14th--Holiday Sing a Long
Sunday, December 18th--Welcome Reception for the McNeill family.
Pictorial Directory Portrait Session Sign Ups Start December 4
Come to the Commons on Sunday to sign up for a photo session in January for our new church pictorial directory. Please participate--it is so helpful to see your shining faces! Portrait sessions are free and will take about an hour. You'll receive a free 8x10 portrait and you can purchase more if you like. Beginning December 5, on weekdays you will be able to sign up online (how convenient!). See the December 5 Prologue for the link. Questions,
Homelessness Task Force is Always Seeking More Volunteers for Interfaith Winter Shelter
If you would like to help, please contact Alan Backler at or 812-340-1323. Our congregation provides volunteers on the second Saturday of each month through March. Next opportunity is December 10. Many different shifts are available; contact Alan for details. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
For More Information see the November 21 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Mashhead photo from the internet with permission.
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator