Friday UU Update                              Friday, April 12, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Visit the Pledge Booth to Support Our Budget for Next Year!
This Sunday and on April 21 there will be friendly helpful people at the Pledge Booth in Fellowship Hall after each service to assist you in  making a financial pledge for the coming fiscal  year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). There will be  pledge cards already labeled with your name if you made a pledge last year. There will also be pledge cards in the orders of service for your convenience. 
Look for the Blooming UU Pledge Booth in the Commons!
we  know to expect you. We will meet at the westside K-mart parking lot at 1:30 pm to ca r pool to the trail head. This is a 1.6 mile "moderate"  hike . For more information about the property, visit the Sycamore Land Trust website
We will reschedule if it rains.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
It's Little 500 Weekend...
Be sure to use caution around town this weekend. It's Little 500, and there will be 25,000 extra people in Bloomington. Some of them may be a little worse for wear after all the celebrating!
Sunday, April 14, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Lectio Divina: A Palm Sunday Invitation
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Adam Leite
De nise Breeden-Ost
In this worship service, you are invited into the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina, Latin for "Divine Reading." This traditional Benedictine practice invites its participants to enter into a text on several levels in order to gain a deeper understanding of its meaning. Our choir will provide music in the spirit of Palm Sunday to enhance the flow of the service.    
This Week in Religious Education: Invitation
World of Wonder (Preschool) will explore another way of celebrating springtime by hearing "Spring Rangoli," a tale about a family creating a Hindu art form from India. Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will learn about our Green UU Promise, Grow by Seeking, as they share the story of our Universalist ancestor John Murray. Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will play various games together. YUUMS (7th-8th grade) welcome special guest Judy Berkshire and will learn about our church's partnership with the Islamic Center to host the annual Iftaar dinner in celebration of Ramadan. High School Youth Group begins a three-week anti-racism program called "Be the Change," facilitated by Martha Oakley and Rev. Emily Manvel Leite. Lunch will be provided. High School Youth can sign up here:  
Baby Dedication -  Sunday, April 21
Contact Adrienne by April 18 if you are interested
Our congregation will be setting aside special time in both of our worship services on Sunday, April 21st to celebrate a rite of passage for the youngest members of our congregation. Baby dedications are intended as celebrations of the miracle of life, the sacredness of the child-parent bond, and the importance of a strong reciprocal relationship between family and a supportive faith community. If your family is interested in participating or you have additional questions please contact Adrienne Summerlot,
Events at the Church this Sunday
Donate to the UU Goods and Services Auction 
* Auction Donation Forms Due this Sunday, April 14! *
Call Debbie Fish 317-431-8071 or Ann Kamman 812-325-0767 if you have questions.
     Have you considered donating your talents, services, or gently-used goods to this year's UU Auction? (Coming up on Sunday, May 5.) We'd love to see what you've got! Previous items have ranged from themed meals, small artwork, and voice lessons to home baked bread, babysitting, and handmade socks. This year, consider donating gently used kids items for our new kid's table in the silent auction. Your generosity is appreciated!
     --> Or visit the Auction table in Fellowship Hall between services. 
     Deliver your items on April 28th.
Fiber Arts Enthusiasts Unite this Sunday!
This Sunday, April 14, in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour, all fiber arts enthusiasts are invited to gather at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest table. This will be a great chance to meet and share ideas with other knitters, crocheters, quilters, fabric dyers, and more!                      --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Freethinkers Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group: Sunday Lunch
Join us for a weekly lunch date! Every Sunday, after the second service, we will meet up by the coatroom to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!
This Sunday! UU History Class, 2:00 pm
Join us Sunday, April 14, for an in-depth journey through the history of Unitarian Universalism. This class is taught by Stuart Yoak, a member of our congregation. We will meet in the Library, 2:00-4:00 pm.
UU Seder Dinner
Friday, April 19, 6:00 pm
The UU Seder will be held Friday April 19 at 6:00 pm. This important Jewish festival tells the story of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. We will celebrate with a UU-influenced retelling. This child-friendly event includes traditional Seder foods as well as a full dinner. Tickets will be sold between services on Sundays: Adults (vegetarian or omnivore) $9, children $4, or $25 per family. We need some help with clean up. Those who sign up to help can attend for free.  Contact Ruellen Fessenbecker via email  or call 812-837-9550 for details.
Habitat Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 21
Please bring your appetites to church with you on April 21, Easter Sunday, for the annual fundraising brunch between services in Fellowship Hall to support the Habitat Task Force and future builds for Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County. We will serve a full breakfast and a la carte items. If food remains after the 2nd service, we will offer take-home items. Suggested donations: 
$10/adult, $5/youth, $25/family.
Upcoming Children's Choir Schedule
Thursday, April 25:  Rehearse 7:00-7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 28: Sing at end of 1st Service and start of 2nd Service, Multigenerational Earth Day Services - meet at 9:45 am, done by approximately 11:30 am
It's always helpful to know if your children are coming - let them know they can invite friends to join too!  Contact Jill here.
Got Questions about Pledging? 
Here's the gist: 
1) Please make your pledge for '19-'20 soon. You can call the office at 812-332-3695, email, or fill out a pledge card on Sunday. 
2) Please consider raising your pledge by 10% to help us fund a budget with social justice at its heart.
Click right here for more details!
We need YOU!
Our fun-filled Pledge Day Community Day wouldn't be possible without you! On April 20, stop by and enjoy everything the day has to offer, and stay to help out. We especially need help cleaning up after the potluck dinner.   
Sign up to let us know how you would like to help!
Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc at .
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
      Your financial support recently funded the attendance of several staff and lay leaders at the MidAmerica UU regional conference in St. Louis. Hans Kelson, Dan Wiseman, Sharon Wiseman, Iris Kiesling, Frank Diaz, Reverend Macklin, Reverend Forrest Gilmore, and Carol Marks all attended.
     Funding from your pledges also supports the training of facilitators for Our Whole Lives Sexuality Curriculum. Two more facilitators will be trained soon to lead the Young Adult version and 7-8 Grade version of this important curriculum.
"Wasted: The Story of Food Waste" 
Sunday, April 21
Did you know that 40% of food produced for human consumption in the US goes to waste? And over 90% of that ends up in a landfill, where it produces methane gas?
Join us April 21st at 5:00 pm for the Third Sunday Social Justice Film Series to recognize Earth Day:
  • 5:10: showing of documentary "Wasted! The Story of Food Waste"
  • 6:40: vegan dinner prepared by members of the Green Sanctuary Task Force
  • 7:00: talk "Zero waste kitchen" and discussion led by IU Professor Nikki Pohl.
  • Before you leave: compost any leftovers, to be collected by EarthKeepers Community Compost*
Free childcare available if requested by April 14th - email
*Learn more about EarthKeepers -and sign up to participate- at the GSTF table between services starting on April 28.
Hatha Yoga Class with Kate Mulligan
Tuesdays thru April 30
5:30 to 7 pm in the Library
A gentle hatha yoga practice to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Includes: warm up and gentle asanas (yoga poses) for strength, flexibility, and relaxation along with breath work and guided meditation. You may join the class at any time. Please bring a yoga mat or large size bath towel. The class is free, but please register by calling or emailing the church office:  or 812-332-3695.
Volunteer Training for All Options Pregnancy Resource Center
May 11, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Indianapolis) 
The Practical Support Network of All Options Pregnancy Resource Center will have a new volunteer training on Saturday, May 11th from 10 am - 4 pm at All Souls UU Church in Indianapolis. Volunteering involves providing rides and being present for women seeking abortions. Visit for more information.
Contact Nan McKinley with questions: or 626-824-8955.  
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
Fresh Thyme Cards Now Available
We have grocery gift cards for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services. The participating grocery stores send a percentage of your purchases back to the church to support our operating budget. We have gift cards for Fresh Thyme, Bloomingfoods, and Lucky's, and you can register your Kroger Plus card by clicking  here Our Kroger organization ID number is EW763.
In the first quarter of 2019, 129 households used their Kroger Plus Cards to donate a total of $413.73 to UUCB!
New Deadlines for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursday at 9:00 am
Because we have shifted the rhythm of our work week to hold our weekly staff meeting on Thursdays now, we encourage everyone to send us information for the order of service by 9:00 am on Thursdays. Deadline for info to be included in the Friday Update is also now due by 9:00 am on Thursdays.
Livestream This Sunday's Service
If you can't physically make it to church this Sunday, we invite you to join us via the livestream on our website. At the church we also have screens set up in the nursery (Room 104) and in Fellowship Hall, if you need to leave the Meeting Room for any reason but still want to watch the service.

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 

For More Information see the April 2  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 am.)
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