Friday UU Update                          Friday, August 16, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, August 18, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Listening: Oh, the Possibilities
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
We human beings yearn to be heard and to be seen, listening can do both. Pianist Alfred Brendel reminds us that the word listen contains the same letters as the word silent. Check it out, it's true. Krista Tippett, host of the public radio and podcast "On Being" offers, "Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet." In this worship service, we will explore the role of listening in our lives and in our congregation's small group ministry Chalice Circles as well as the magic of witnessing one another's stories. Oh, the possibilities.
Wellspring Program Info Sessions Sunday after Each Service
10:30 am (Room 210) and 12:30 pm (Fellowship Hall)
If you have participated in at least one year of Chalice Circles (our small group ministry), and are interested in increased spiritual deepening, we invite you to learn about and consider applying to our Wellspring Program. The program includes reading for bimonthly circles, a daily spiritual practice, work with a spiritual director, and engagement with the world. Come learn more about it!
Please wear your name tag
Lots of new people are visiting this month!
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
Childcare  will gather in Room 108 to share stories, play and make new friends.
Preschool will gather in Room 103 to explore a story of generosity and chaos on the river, "Mr. Gumpy's Outing", as they engage with our Orange UU Promise: Offer kindness. 
Kindergarten ages and up are invited to head upstairs to Room 208 for our  "Stream of Possibility" IntersessionChildren and Youth will have opportunities this month to make art, create movement with Joe Grimme, sing with Jill Courtney, and make music with Colleen Haas -- all in preparation for the Water Communion Service on Sunday, September 1st. There is still room for kids to sign up to be involved in the Movement Element or as Singers- please sign up here so we can make sure you know about rehearsals! 
We will be painting this week, so please come dressed in clothes that could get messy, though we do have smocks on hand as well.  
NOTE: Art will be offered at both services, and all other activities only at the 11:15 am service.  
Middle School and High School Youth  are welcome and encouraged to join us.
* We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
High School Youth Group will meet in Room 210 at 12:30 pm before they head out to canoe at Lake Griffy. Bring a brown bag lunch and your camera or cell phone to take photos if you can. You must have a permission slip signed to be able to go on the field trip!  Sign up here so we make sure we have everyone before we leave and can secure transportation! 
Did you miss our Backpack Blessing?
Our beautiful charms this year were made with care by a chalice circle, and held and blessed with love by members of the congregation. You can visit the RE office (Room 203) upstairs to take one to carry with you this school year. 
Religious Education Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is Now Open!  
Please take a moment to register your children and youth for Religious Education this Sunday in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour or quickly and easily via this form at home.  Register here We would LOVE to have 100% of our kids registered before our teacher training on August 25th!
At Church this Sunday:
This Sunday! The Getting Involved Fair Continues
The  Getting   Involved   Fair  will continue this Sunday (8/18) and next (8/25) to help you learn about all the groups and activities of the church, and  get  involved  in the groups that interest you.  Join us for the  fair  during Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall. A different set of groups will be represented each Sunday. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator   
Chalice Circle Sign-up Begins this Sunday, August 18
On Sunday, August 18, and again on August 25 and September 1, between services in the Commons, members and friends will have the opportunity to sign up for Chalice Circles, which meet September through May. Chalice Circles are small groups that practice deep listening. Participation is a spiritual practice for some; for all, it is a way to listen deeply to others' stories and to be heard respectfully by others. Groups meet once or twice monthly for two hours, at various places and times.  For any questions, please contact one of the co-chairs: 
Anne Haynes, , or Linda Pickle, .
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group 
Lunch Every Sunday
Join us for a weekly lunch date! Every Sunday after the second service, UU Singles will meet by the coatroom near the sanctuary to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!   
UU Freethinkers Meet August 18 at 12:45 pm
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.
This Sunday! Dementia Friendly Location Training, 1:00 pm
This Sunday, August 18, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm in the church library, you are invited to participate in a  Dementia  Friendly Location training. The goal of this training is to help us learn how to better support members of our community who are living with  dementia. The training will be provided by the Alzheimer's Resource Service of IU Health. If you would like to participate in the training, please email Ann LeDuc today at so we know how many to expect. Hearty snacks will be provided. All are welcome to attend.
Our Folks...
Best wishes for quick healing to Claire Robertson who recently had a fall. She is recovering at home.
Let's Hike on August 24
Join us on August 24 to hike Trail 5 at McCormick's Creek State Park. This trail is a moderate 2 mile loop. We will meet at the church at 8:30 AM on August 24 to carpool to the trail head.  If you plan to join us, let Ann LeDuc know at  
Backpack Buddies food drive: On Sunday, August 25
The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force will collect donations for the Community Kitchen program that provides healthful, sustaining foodstuffs to students who receive free or discounted school meals on weekdays during the school year, but who often go hungry over the weekends. Please donate small containers of non-perishable, high-protein food--such as cans of meat or fish, or jars of peanut butter--on that day.
Join the Choir! Singing Reduces Anxiety
UU Choir rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome! Childcare is provided in Room 108.  
--Sue Swaney, Music Director
New! Drop-in Childcare on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
     We are now offering free drop-in childcare on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Room 108.  Parents must remain on site --on the building grounds or in the building. Please use the Courtyard Entrance. We hope to provide a moment for parents to breathe deeply, have a cup of tea with a friend, or sit in silence before running children to the next event. The Meeting Room will be available for quiet meditation.  Contact Adrienne Summerlot with any questions or ideas you may have:
August 25: Young Adult (18-35) Continuing Conversations
If you are age 18-35, join us on August 25 to go deeper into that Sunday's sermon topic. We will gather after second service at 12:30 PM in room 112. Lunch will be provided.  This is open to anyone ages 18-35, so bring a friend!  Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at
Have fun at Pridefest on August 31 and represent our church!
We need a few friendly people to represent UUCB in our tent at Pridefest on Saturday, August 31. Pridefest is Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture. To sign up for our booth, go to: Learn more about Pridefest at Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at
For More Information  see the August 6   edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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