Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, September 30, 2016

In This Issue
Pizza Picnic Tonight, September 30,
Building & Trades Park
Everyone is invited to join us  for pizza, fun and fellowship at Building and Trades  Park tonight, September 30, rain or shine. This event is free and open to all. Check here for more information.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Fall Clothing Swap, Saturday, October 1
This fall's clothing swap will be held on   Saturday, October 1   from   10 am until noon   with drop off starting at   9:30 am in Fellowship Hall .  You don't have to bring any clothing to shop for free!
Grounds Work Day Saturday, October 1
Our next grounds work day is tomorrow, Saturday,October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Tasks will include deadheading, weeding, spreading mulch, and (if you bring bulbs or plants you've separated) some planting. Please bring appropriate gloves, hat, water and tools. Weather prediction is a brief shower or two, but if it pours the rain date is Sunday, October 9, 12:45-3:45.
Bring a Friend Sunday is this Sunday!
Don't forget to bring a friend to service this Sunday, October 2.  If you bring a friend, you and your friend will be treated to coffee, fruit and pastries in the library from 10:30-11:15. Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at  [email protected].
Sunday, October 2, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
A Thousand Beautiful Things
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Reverend Scott McNeill
Annie Lennox writes, "Every day I write the list of reasons why I still believe they do exist (a thousand beautiful things)...And even though it's hard to see the glass is full and not half empty (a thousand beautiful things)..."  In this worship service we will explore the spiritual interplay of optimism and pessimism as we encounter the challenges of the 21st Century.   We encourage everyone to bring a friend, who might enjoy our liberal religious community, to this newcomer friendly service.
What's Happening in Religious Education This Week
Our preschoolers will be hearing the story of Theodore Parker, historical Unitarian, and his childhood experience with being kind to a turtle. Our K+ classes are learning about the response of Unitarian Universalists and the Bloomington community when the Islamic Center was attacked in 2005. Our 11:15 a.m. 3rd-8th graders will be sharing joys and sorrows and exploring healing together. 7th-8th grade will have Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education class together. There is no high school youth group  this Sunday; they are away at a Regional Youth Conference.
Caregiver Network Support Group Meeting, Sunday, October 2
The Caregiver Network Support Group will meet Sunday, October 2, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Library.
Join us for the Suicide Prevention Walk this Sunday!
Register before this Sunday, October 2, to join the UU Team or donate to the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk by clicking here. To walk with our team, meet at the church on the curved steps. We will walk to the stadium at 1:45. You can also register to walk on October 2 at 1 pm in front of Memorial Stadium. The walk starts at 2 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Ann LeDuc at  [email protected]

First Steps Class this Sunday, October 2
First Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. The First Steps class will be held this Sunday, Oct 2, at 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 [email protected].
Diaper Drive for All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center
The Reproductive Justice Task Force is helping with All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center's fall Diaper Drive. Please consider donating diapers any time, but especially this weekend, October 2. Diapers size 4 thru 6 are most needed, along with pull-ups and wipes. Collection box is in the Commons. Contact Matt Stonecipher for info.
Women's Alliance Meeting, Thursday, October 6
The Women's Alliance will meet on Thursday, October 6, at 11:30 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Monroe County Council member Shelli Yoder will be the guest speaker.
Our Folks...
     We send healing thoughts to Margaret Strong, a long-time member who moved to Minneapolis in 2009. She is currently in hospice care and she and her family are in our prayers.
     Lauren Bernofsky's new opera, Rufus and Rita, will be performed on Saturday, October 1, at 1:00pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre and it's free! Choir member Amira Sabbagh is in the cast for this performance. 
Fall Social Justice Grant Applications  due October 10  
Click here for an application. 
New Directories Available
New paper congregational directories have been printed and are available in Room 204, upstairs.
Blanket and Coat Collection for Those Struggling with Addiction  LifeDesigns  Community Education Opportunities Class will place a collection bin here in the Commons from September 30 through October 28 to collect blanket and coat donations for the Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA). For details see the September 19 Prologue.
For More Information see the September 19 issue o f our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator