Friday UU Update                          Friday, April 27, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Green Sanctuary Task Force Spring Clothing Swap this Saturday, April 28
     T he Green Sanctuary Task Force encourages all of us to examine our habits of consumption.  What do we buy? Where does it come from? What happens to it when we're finished with it? What impact does our consumption have on the earth and its inhabitants?
      This spring's Swap will be held on tomorrow, April 28 from 9:30 am until noon.
      For more information, please contact Stephanie Kimball ( Kimball.stephanie@gmail.com ).
Sunday, April 29, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
The O of Home
Reverend Scott McNeill
Each of us has different experiences with the idea of home (for instance, Harry Potter's home was difficult, until he found his way to Hogwarts)--and yet we join together here in Bloomington to create our spiritual home, which can be a magical place. What would it be like if we could wave a magic wand and make home just right? Join us for magic spells, music, and a chance to make new memories as we think about home in all of its forms. 
Kids and those who are young at heart - 
Bring Your Wand on Sunday!
If you made a wand on pledge day or in Harry Potter class or have your own from home, please bring it  THIS SUNDAY for a magical Time for All Ages.

This Week in Religious Education 
Our preschoolers will hear the story of Jason's Bus Ride and learn about our orange UU promise, offer kindness. Our K-2 class will continue to explore diversity in their class and our world as they reflect upon The Color of Me. This week in Curiosity Club we will draw upon spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions as they celebrate Beltane. The Harry Potter class will hold a bake sale between the services to support the Exotic Feline Rescue Center and make dragon eggs later. The high school youth will have a potluck and play games together.
There is a Softball Game this Sunday, April 29, at 1:00 p.m.
and a Baseball Game at 2:00 p.m.
Parking May Be Challenging!
Parking on the west side of Fee Lane near the ball fields will be unavailable this Sunday. Parking on Jordan is also still sometimes available when our lot is full, as well as parking at the tennis courts or at the old Church of God across the bypass.
Celebrate Beltane with Earth Kin Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 p.m.
      Please join Earth Kin in celebrating Beltane on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 3-5 in the Fellowship Hall.
      This will be more of a celebration than a formal ritual in order to honor the start of the summer season, which is traditionally a time of music, dancing, and merriment. 
      There will be a brief Beltane Blessing to kick off the event. 
      This event is a potluck, so please bring food or beverage to share. You might also want to bring a camp or folding chair so you can sit down outside and weave some flowers (real or artificial) for garlands. Finally, we welcome (and encourage) drums and other instruments.
      Questions, please email Brooke at bopel88@gmail.com.
Film Screening of Handel's Partenope Sunday at 4:15 p.m.
Join Sandy Dolby and other Handel enthusiasts in viewing a film version of G.F. Handel's comic opera Partenope, in our Library at 4:15 this Sunday, April 29. L ight refreshments provided, or bring some snacks to share. Please enter at the Portico Entrance. Info, contact Sandy Dolby, dolby@indiana.edu
Auction Donation Items due April 29
Please bring all auction items  next Sunday with item clearly labeled with your name.  Joan Caulton, Ann Kamman and Debbie Fish will be at the Courtyard Door to gladly receive your items before, between and after services.  Please stop by the auction table to sign up to bring a dessert to the Auction Luncheon on  May 6th  starting at  12:30  in Fellowship Hall.  Thanks for all your support to make this a successful event! Auction catalog is online now! Debbie Fish
Pledge Drive Update
THANK YOU to those of you who have pledged - over 300  have made a commitment for next year's budget! If you have not pledged yet, please do so (Click here to make your pledge for 2018-19 - choose "I want to make a Pledge Commitment" or contact the office staff). We are working hard to reach $650,000 and are three-quarters of the way there, so this is a critical time to receive pledges (and any increases you are able and willing to make). Thank you, again and again, for supporting this congregation!
Women's Alliance Meets May 3
The  May 3rd  Women's Alliance meeting is "Sharing Our Art and Salad  Pitch-in . " Artists, bring your art and tell us about it.  Everyone, bring  a salad to share with several others.  The hosts for the month, Ann  Connors and Doris Wittenburg, will provide drinks and dessert.  Come and  chat with friends and make new friends.  We meet in Fellowship Hall at  11:30 a.m.   Everyone is welcome.
The Hoosier Abortion Fund needs your support!  
Please pledge for our Reproductive Justice Task Force team at  https://bowl.nnaf.org/team/164274.
25% Sunday Plate Recipient Nominations 
Deadline Monday, April 30
      The process for nominating the next local non-profit agency to receive 25% of our Sunday non-pledge plate offering has begun. CONTACT STEVE MASCARI for an application form:  uucbsjfunds@uubloomington.org.
       Click here  to read the application guidelines. The application deadline is April 30.   The Social Justice Funds Committee: RuthAnn Cooper, Kelly Rockhill,
Anna Beauchamp, Steve Mascari. Advisor: Jackie Hall
MEGA Bounty Full Sunday Food Drive, May 13! 
The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force will collect non-perishable food (no expired food, please!) and toiletries for Monroe County United Ministries on Sunday, May 13. Thank you for helping feed our hungry neighbors.  Click here to see a poster !
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
Many of our members and staff worked incredibly hard to bring us The Lorax, for last Sunday's Earth Day service! This is a perfect example of YOUR pledge dollars at work - which supports our music program, our religious education ministry, our building and infrastructure, and our technology! It was an incredible worship experience - if you missed it (or would like to watch it again, or share it with friends), you can see it on our website ( http://www.uubloomington.org/live-stream/  - note that as of 4/27, the video from the April 22 worship contains some blank footage. If you load it and the screen is black, please scroll forward to minute  15:00 ).
Annual Reports from Committees and Task Forces Due May 15
Each year, we compile an annual report for our spring annual congregational meeting. It contains reports from ministers, staff, and task forces and groups within the church who would like to be included. It is a fine historical record of the work of our congregation, and we post it on our website as well (http://www.uubloomington.org/about-us/annual-reports/).  Suggested maximum length of each report is 250 words. Social Justice task force leaders should send their reports to Jackie Hall, jmhall@indiana.edu by May 8, and she will format a large Social Justice report to submit. All others should send their reports to Carol Marks by May 15, admin@uubloomington.org.
For More Information see the April 17 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo from the internet.
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