Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, November 18, 2016

In This Issue
The Opening of Fists into Welcoming Hands and Hearts 
Reverend Scott McNeill and Amy Makice
Sunday, November 20, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Reverend Mark Belletini writes about our role in bringing diversity to the world, differences of views in many areas. This happens when we can sit down with one another, comfortable in our beliefs and willing to listen to the beliefs of others. The Sunday before Thanksgiving we'll offer some concrete tools for how to engage in productive dialogue, and tips for taking care of yourself as you do. 
Children Collecting Books this Sunday
This Sunday our children will be collecting children's books for the waiting area at the jail. If you have gently used children's books that your kids have outgrown, bring them to the Library upstairs before the service
Gratitude from MAM
     Thank you to members and friends of this congregation who continue to make our community a place of sanctuary and solidarity in these trying times. I will leave for North Carolina tomorrow and drive back on Thanksgiving. I give thanks for all of you. Truly.
      A profound thank you to Martha Foster, Racial Justice Task Force,  for bringing the artwork of Kate DeCiccio to our congregation.  A profound thank you to GK Rowe, our Aesthetics Consultant, for manifesting the framing and care of this artwork.  Please take time this Sunday to view this work in the north hallway downstairs.
        Katie DeCiccio is an artist, arts educator and activist based in DC. Kate works to partner with communities to create murals and creative interventions that embody authentic representation and collective identity as tools for resistance and home grown social change. Over the last two years she has worked closely with Black Lives Matter organizers to use portraiture as a tool for counter-narrative, particularly confronting the racist story lines that follow cases of police brutality against Black and Brown victims. 

Peace and Love, Mary Ann
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Our Folks . . .
   Our thoughts of sympathy are with Amy Makice, whose father passed away on Wednesday, November 16th.
   Our best wishes for quick healing to Marty Joachim, who is in ICU at Bloomington Hospital for the weekend following heart surgery and will continue his recovery at Hearthstone. Limited visitation, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only.
What's Happening in Religious Education This Week . . .
Children in preschool through 6th grade will be working together to make our world a kinder place through social justice projects for people in need in our community. Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for our 7th-8th grade will meet as usual. High school youth will explore the spirit play story "Tree of Sorrows" with Eve Cusack from 12:30-2:30pm .
Thanksgiving Pitch-In Dinner November 24
Come and share a pitch-in Thanksgiving dinner with us on Thursday, November 24, at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Students and others whose families live far away are especially invited.  Please sign up in the Commons or email  by Sunday, November 20, to let us know you are coming. Please bring food to share. We'll provide turkey and ham. Questions, contact Amy Crozier.
Giving Tree and Guest at Your Table Boxes
Visit the Giving Tree in Fellowship Hall through Nov. 27 to make someone's holiday brighter. Guest at Your Table boxes to support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's human rights work are also available there or in Room 204.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class - Nov 27 & Dec 4
The Exploring UU.Class will be held on  November 27 & December 4 from  2-4 p.m. We ask for participation in this class before becoming a member of UUCB. The sessions contain different material, so please plan to attend both sessions. Sign up at the welcome table in the foyer or by emailing Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at  connect@uubloomington.orgFree childcare is available if requested in advance. 
Bazaar yard sign locations needed! 
We are no longer allowed to put our signs on City property, so we're looking for good, visible residential locations.  Please contact Ann Kamman if you can put a sign in your yard! Thanks.
Bazaar Needs Willing Yeomanry
Urgent need for Bazaar set-up (Nov 30) and tear-down (Dec 3) volunteers! Slots for all those shifts are way down from last year.  Please go to and sign-up. Contact Julie with questions  Santa's elves are busy.  We need you.
Volunteer to Help at the Bazaar
You can now sign up electronically for a volunteer shift at the UU Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar!  Go to
Yes, this year you can sign up any time!
Save Money and Get Lasagna Dinner Tickets Early
Tickets for sale during Fellowship Hour for the famous Holiday Bazaar Lasagna Dinner! $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. (Regular price on Dec. 2 will be $13 for adults, $8 for children.)  Purchasing in advance saves you $3 per ticket!  Join us for lasagna Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30- 7 pm.           -Nan McKinley
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)
Holiday Food Baskets
The annual Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket sign-up sheets can be found on a poster in the Commons with instruction sheets. Please share your blessings and sign up to support a family today. 
Grocery Cards: IT'S A NO BRAINER!
Buying your groceries with grocery cards is SO easy and SO helpful to the church!  Purchase grocery cards at church, or register your   Kroger card   and direct 3% of your purchase to the church.  Cards are available for purchase (cash or check) every  Sunday  between services. During the holiday season, you can pay for Thanksgiving items with a card or give a card as a gift! It's a TWOFER -- you and the church come out ahead.
For More Information see the November 7 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Masthead photo by John Woodcock
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator