Friday UU Update                         Friday, April 19, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
* This Saturday, April 20 * 
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Our fun-filled Community Pledge Day wouldn't be possible without you! We  hope you find a moment to stop by the church this Saturday and enjoy everything the day has to offer.  Check out the full schedule of events here: 
Volunteers: If you'd like to stay to help out, we'd appreciate that too. We will especially need help cleaning up after the potluck dinner, 6-9 pm. It's not too late to sign up!   Click here to Volunteer Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc .

Honoring our Leaders and Volunteers: Join us for Breakfast! 
All leaders and volunteers are invited to enjoy a breakfast in your honor tomorrow, April 20, at 9:00 am as part of our Community Pledge Day celebration.  We will have pastries, breakfast casseroles, and fruit salad for you to enjoy, and a small plant to take home. The Leadership Cultivation Committee is looking forward to hosting the breakfast and honoring all you do.  
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
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,  fill out a pledge card on Sunday, or click here to pledge using our online pledge form.
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!
International Outreach Scarf Sale at Convention Center
Saturday, April 20, 10 am to 7 pm
RetroVisions: Democratizing Scarf Art, an exhibit and benefit sale organized by our International Outreach Task Force, will be at the Monroe Country Convention Center this Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm. The sale will raise funds for the Ndethya Projects in Kenya, 2 AIDS orphanages/a school, and a women's cooperative. This is a project of our International Outreach Task Force.
Sunday, April 21, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Easter Sunday: 
An Invitation into Renewal
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
     Easter morning will include a breakfast fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity between services. As we continue exploring our theme of invitation, we invite you into these words of Richard Gilbert, "A tomb is no place to stay when fresh grass rolls away the stone of winter cold. And valiant flowers burst their way to warmth and light."
     Join us for this worship service wherein we will dedicate babies into our community, and share with one another a morning of renewal and hope through poetry and beautiful music.
This Week in Religious Education: Invitation
Our wonderful childcare staff are ready to read stories and play as they welcome our youngest children in Room 108 during services and coffee hour where they will have an egg hunt. Our preschool and elementary classes will draw from our Unitarian Universalist source of Jewish and Christian teachings as they hear stories of Jesus. World of Wonder (Preschool) will think about our Orange UU Promise: Offer Kindness as they learn Jesus' parable, "The Good Samaritan." Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will hear the biblical story of the "Miracle of Loaves and Fishes". Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will explore the art and symbolism of Pysanky as they hear the Ukrainian Easter Story of "The Bird's Gift." YUUMS (7th & 8th grade) will gather for fun and games. High School Youth Group will share a soup lunch and continue their conversation about race, identity and justice in our lives and congregation.
Filming for Church PR Video on 4/20, 4/21, and 4/28
We will have a roving videographer and some volunteer photographers here at church taking footage of our activities on Community/Pledge Day (4/20), Easter Sunday (4/21), and on Earth Day (4/28). If you would prefer not to appear in such video or photos, please sit in the "Fragrance Free" section in the west side of the Meeting Room on 4/21 and 4/28. If you are at Community/Pledge Day and would rather not be in any video or photographs, please borrow a red lanyard from the person at the Pledge Central booth and wear that while you are here, so the photographers will know.
Events at the Church this Sunday
Visit the Pledge Booth to Support Our Budget for Next Year!
This Sunday 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. Or click here to pledge using our online pledge form.
Look for the Blooming UU Pledge Booth in the Commons!
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.
UU Humanists Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Harold Ogren will lead a discussion on "Couple of Lessons for the 21st Century."
VALE Meeting CANCELLED for Sunday, April 21
Please note, the Vigiling at Life's End (VALE) meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 pm has been cancelled.
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!
Wasted: The Story of Food Waste
Sunday, April 21, 5:00 pm
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. (No childcare for this event.)

  • 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*
*Learn more about EarthKeepers -- and sign up to participate -- at the GSTF table between services starting on April 28.
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.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Spring Clothing Swap 
Saturday, April 27
This spring's Clothing Swap will be held next Saturday, April 27, from 9:30 am until noon, in Fellowship Hall. (You may bring clothes for the swap beginning at 9:00 am) Start cleaning out those closets!  For more information, please email Stephanie Kimball
Pet Memorial Service Here April 29
On Monday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, there will be a pet memorial ceremony entitled "They Were Here and They Mattered." This is part of the "Before I Die" festival and will be led by Karla Kamstra. Hosted by our End of Life Task force. Info here.
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.
Remember the Auction is May 5!
Make plans now to attend the pre-auction lunch and our great and wonderful Goods & Services Auction on Sunday, May 5 here at church (starts at 2:00p). This entertaining annual fundraiser is a blast, with many delightful items to bid on in all price ranges. Auction catalog will be available at church April 28.
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 16  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, May 7 at 10:00 am.)
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