Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, October 28, 2016


 
In This Issue
Sunday, October 30, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"Ancestors: Who will be the one?" 
El Dia de los Muertos
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The Reverend Scott McNeill
   In this annual "El Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead" worship service, we will remember our personal and congregational ancestors.  As Unitarian Universalists we honor all souls with this special day of ritual, remembrance and music.  
   You are invited to bring a picture or small memento of an ancestor, loved one or beloved pet that has died;  a special altar will be created during the worship service, when the children are still in the sanctuary with us, to celebrate those who have given us love and life.
What's Happening in Religious Education This Week . . .
Preschool and K+ classes will continue the exploration of El Dia de Los Muertos through crafts and activities. Our  11:15am 3rd-6th graders will learn about belief systems and discuss the big question, "what happens when you die?"  Our Whole Lives continues for 7th-8th graders. High school youth will be continuing their discussion about civil conversations across the political divides.

Parents of First Graders!
Our Age of Reason ceremony for first graders learning to read will be included in both services next Sunday, November 6th! If your child would like to participate in this special rite of passage, please email Adrienne Summerlot  dre@uubloomington.org as soon as possible. 
Habitat Task Force Bake Sale October 30
The Habitat Task Force will have a bake sale on Oct. 30 after each service to raise funds for the Interfaith Habitat Build planned to begin next April. UU is sponsoring the build, along with five other faith communities. We are trying to raise at least $10,000 of the $70,000 needed. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Samhain Celebration with Earth Kin October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Earth Kin, our earth centered spirituality group, for celebration of Samhain, the pagan new year, on Sunday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Details, see October 17 Prologue. Questions, contact Brooke Opel.  
Our Folks...
A celebration of life for Grafton Trout will be held here on Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. A long time member of our congregation, Grafton died on July 30, 2016.
The Healthy Communications Covenant -- Your Thoughts?
The Board Wants to Know!
The Board wants to hear your thoughts and questions on the Healthy Communications Covenant. We'll be at the Lucy Booth in Fellowship Hall this Sunday between services and will be hosting a Town Hall next Sunday, November 6th, in the Library between services from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. You can find the covenant posted in the courtyard foyer and online at  http://www.uubloomington.org/about-us/board-of-directors/
Vespers Service Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a post-election worship service on Wednesday, November 9, (6:30pm-7:15). Each election carries heavy weight, but many people have experienced this past cycle as a particularly stressful one. Join some of our youth leaders and our ministers in celebrating our diverse community. We will begin our time with a personal reflection of what we need to release (fear, frustration, anxiety, sadness), hear songs and readings about the difficulties of democracy, and share our hopes for the future we will create with the elected and appointed officials across our city, state, and nation. Childcare provided for young children.
Adult Enrichment Opportunities--You Can Still Join These Classes!
You are welcome to join either of these classes offered through our Adult Education Program, even though they have already started. Chris and Earon look forward to seeing you. Register by emailing office@uubloomington.org or calling 812-332-3695, ext 204. Classes are free of charge. Detailed class descriptions can be found here.

Yogic Wisdom for Modern Problems
Chris Haynes, chaynes56@gmail.com or 812-360-0296
Mondays 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Library
Feeling disturbed by modern problems such as social polarization, global warming, and stress? Ancient yogic knowledge includes philosophical insight and practical approaches for addressing such problems.
 
A Conversation on Stress
Earon S. Davis, EaronDavis1@gmail.com
Wednesdays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Room 112
How do you prevent or manage stress in your life?  Clearly there are many approaches.  We are not all the same, plus our needs are always changing.
Additional Adult Religious Education Opportunity:
The Divine Feminine Part 3
Sara Steffey McQueen,  Quanyinsara_mcf@yahoo.com
Third Thursdays November 17-March 16, 7:00-8:30 pm,  Rm 210
How is the "Feminine" showing up in your life? Where have archetypes and expressions of the feminine appeared throughout history, and in world cultures? In these classes we will explore expressions of the Divine Feminine in books, music, art, and in our own lives, as well as what "She" is asking for the Earth and from us at this time in history. This is a class for women. Maximum enrollment 12 participants. Register by emailing office@uubloomington.org.
Correction in Meeting Dates for Tolkien Class
CORRECTION: Please note that Rich Janda's class, "Tolkien's Belief in Story-Telling: How to Create a Mythology without Losing Faith," will meet from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, and 11/30 in Room 208.  To register, please contact  office@uubloomington.org  . There is no fee to attend our adult religious education classes.
Save the date!
Thursday, November 10th
Storytelling & Spirit Play Basket Making
5:30-7:30pm .  Pizza, Cookies, stories with Rev. Scott McNeill and DRE Adrienne Summerlot.  Spirit Play Basket making with Rev. Emily Manvel Leite.  Childcare available. Info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1783035845297618/
Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM)
Holiday Food Baskets Starting this Sunday
Sunday, October 30 marks the beginning of the annual Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket food drive. Please sign up on the poster in the Commons and take an instruction sheet. The deadline for delivering your baskets to MCUM is December 5th. 
UU Children's Choir Upcoming Dates
Sunday, Oct 30 -  Rehearse  10:30-11:00 a.m.  in Room 110
Sunday,  Nov 6 -   Rehearse  10:30-11:00 a.m.  in Room 110
Thursday, Nov 10 -   Rehearse 7:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 110
Sunday,  Nov 13 -  Sing at Multigenerational Thanksgiving Sunday Services; rehearse at 9:45 a.m. in Room 110; sing at the end of the first service and again near the beginning of the second service.
New and returning singers welcome! Contact jillmcourtney@gmail.com.
Multigenerational Games Night November 4 and 11
Relax with games on Friday, November 4 and Friday, November 11 in Fwp Hall from 6:30 til 8:00 p.m. Bring a snack to share and a smile. Board games provided. Questions, contact Anna Beauchamp, annabeauchamp39@gmail.com
November 13 Red Cross Blood Drive
The Red Cross Blood bus will return on Sunday, November 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, in our north parking lot. Make an appointment by calling 1-800-733-2767 or go to  redcrossblood.org  and use sponsor code "UUC" to schedule your appointment. 
For More Information see the October 17 issue o f our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Masthead photo by John Woodcock. Planting trees, Oct. 23, 2016
 
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
 
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator
admin@uubloomington.org
812-332-3695