Friday UU Update 
April 24, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Thank you for your 2020-21 Pledges! Keep 'em rolling in!
Here's the link again to that easy online pledge form. We very much appreciate all the responses we've gotten! And thanks to our at-large board members who have been doing extra outreach. Our leaders are in the process of creating our budget for the coming fiscal year that starts in July, so it's important for us to know how much you are planning to give.
Sunday, April 26, 2020
10:15 am (one online service)
Credo: Coming of Age Recognition Service
Coming of Age Participants and Mentors
The Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

This Sunday, we will welcome into our congregation and into our virtual pulpit seven 9th and 10th graders who have completed our Coming of Age program. Don't miss this moving opportunity to hear from our youth and to acknowledge them as newly adult members of our community! 

     Join us via livestream for this week's service  via our Facebook page or our website livestream page . In case you miss the livestream, archived videos are always available on our website  
 
     Our Building is Closed, but Our Hearts are Still Open. To help disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our building is closed for the time being. All in-person events and meetings have been cancelled. We urge everyone to stay home.  
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
Check this page of our website every week for new stories and activities.  
Adrienne on Facebook Live, Weekdays at 1 pm 
Follow her at Dre Bloomington Summerlot.
Join us this Sunday for engaging 
Coffee Hour discussions!
This Sunday we will be featuring special discussion rooms during Coff ee Hour, following the worship service. If you would like to host an additional discussion topic, email Ann LeDuc.
1. Fourth Sunday Gardeners Gathering
2. Self Care: "How are you staying well?" - Hosted by Jason Michalek
3. Choir
4. Worship Service Discussion - Hosted by Bob Appelman
5. General Discussion
6. Coming of Age group
7. Parents of 8th graders interested in Coming of Age
Coffee Hour starts after the worship service and ends at 12:15 pm.
If you prefer to use your phone for audio, here's the phone number to call in: 
+1 646 558 8656, use meeting ID: 601 601 156    
---Ann LeDuc, connect(at)uubloomington.org
Learn how to use Zoom
Would you like to connect with your UU friends via Zoom, but don't know how?  This is a great time to learn! Our simple instructions are available here. Extensive instructions, videos, and online workshops are available at Zoom's Help Center.
-- Ann LeDuc, connect(at) uubloomington.org
Our Folks...
Our hearts are with Cathy and Dick Hiatt and their family upon the passing of Cathy's mother, Dawn Sheets, on April 16. Dawn lived in Brownsburg and Avon, Indiana, and enjoyed quilting, baking, gardening, and making clothes for her family. She was the mother of four daughters and was 93 years old. Cards can be sent to Cathy at home.
PayPal Available for Donations  
We now have a PayPal page where you can make a Sunday Plate contribution and other donations to the church using a major credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this page.  It's also not required to use the PayPal page. You can still mail in your pledge contributions using paper checks.
Free Money from Kroger    
      Did you know that  Kroger sends us about $1,600 each year? This is made possible by those of you who participate in Kroger's Community Rewards program. By annually  registering our Kroger Plus cards   online at this link and selecting the UU Church as the recipient of donations from Kroger, we receive a check for around $400 each quarter.  Our Kroger organization ID number for this program is EW763.  If more of us would participate we could receive an even larger donation from Kroger. If you haven't registered your Kroger Plus card, please consider doing so.
      We also have grocery cards from Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme for sale. See your April 21 Prologue for information about how to buy them.
Task Force and Committee Chairs: Annual Reports Due May 15
Please send your annual report for 2019-20 to us by May 15 so we have time to compile them into our Annual Report to the Congregation, which will be made available to everyone electronically by the June 7 congregational meeting. If you are chair of a social justice task force, please send your report to Jackie Hall,  jmhall (at) indiana.edu, so she can format all the task force reports together and then send the whole shebang to the office for inclusion. All other leaders, please send your 50-100 word report to  office (at) uubloomington.org by May 15. 
--Carol Marks, Ch.Admin.
Ways We Can Help: 
Links from our Social Justice Task Forces 

We're compiling information and updates from our Social Justice Task Forces about ongoing fundraisers, resource drives, and other calls to action here at the link below. This link contains the list of food and necessities we are collecting for those in need in our community.
"Writing as a Spiritual Practice"
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, through May 26
I invite you to join me on a journey of personal exploration through writing in community. This is a drop-in group and you can attend any or all sessions. Click here for a full description of how the group will work. If you would like to participate, register by clicking here to get the Zoom link and instructions.
Church Office Closed, Staff Working from Home
Our offices are closed, but staff members are working from home and checking email frequently during their regularly scheduled work hours.
  Carol Marks, Church Administrator, admin (at) uubloomington.org
  Monica Overman and Mandy Skinner, office (at) uubloomington.org
  Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, connect (at) uubloomington.org
  Adrienne Summerlot, Dir. of Religious Education, dre (at) uubloomington.org
How to Vote by Mail in the June 2 Primary Election
Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the need for physical distancing, new dates and procedures have been established by the Indiana Election Commission and the Monroe County Election Board. For the June 2, 2020 Primary Election all registered voters can vote by mail using an absentee ballot:
  1. First, check your voter registration status at www.indianavoters.in.gov - "Check Voting Status" - and make sure you are registered to vote by Monday, May 4, 2020.
  2. For Absentee (Vote by Mail) Ballot, go to monroecountyvoters.us - scroll down to "Vote by Mail for 2020 Primary!" and click where indicated.
  3. Print and fill out the application form - if you don't have a printer, call 812-349-2690 and they will mail you the form.
  4. Return the completed form by Thursday, May 21 at 11:59 pm via:
    • US Mail: Monroe Co. Voter Registration / 401 W. 7th Street - Suite 100 / Bloomington, IN 47404
    • Email: election@co.monroe.in.us (If you are able to scan the signed form) OR
    • Fax: 812-330-6460
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to  office@uubloomington.org

Friday Update is for Events Happening in the Next 10 Days
The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our twice-monthly Prologue newsletter.

For More Information
See the April 21  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, May 5, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks   has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

How to Subscribe
If you are not already regularly receiving emails like this from us, you can subscribe by sending an email to  office (at) uubloomington.org.
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