Friday UU Update                          Friday, August 2, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Singles Game Night, First Friday of the month
Tonight, August 2, 7-10 pm in Fellowship Hall
Come as you are, bring a friend, and feel free to bring games and/or snacks to share! Upcoming dates are August 2, September 6, October 4.  
Sunday, August 4, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Roots and Wings: Singing Our Living Tradition
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Bloomington Chamber Singers
     In this worship service, we will explore the power of music within our Unitarian Universalist congregations, particularly in terms of our  Singing The Living Tradition hymnal which states in part, "Religion is a present reality, it is also an inheritance; a living faith must have both roots and wings. A hymnbook is one place where we find both."  
     Join Reverend Macklin and the Bloomington Chamber Singers as we journey within our hymnbook via a Hymn Sing, and much more. During the Time for All Ages, we will hold our annual school backpack blessing. (UU Adult Choir returns to worship on August 11.)
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
Childcare will gather in Room 108 to share stories, play and make new friends.
Preschool will meet in Room 103. They will be hearing "You Be You," a story exploring our Red UU Promise, Respecting All People, and  celebrating our uniqueness and differences.
Kindergarten ages and up are invited to join us upstairs in Room 208 for a special sneak peek into what is coming up in August in our "Stream of Possibility" Intersession. Children and Youth will have opportunities this month to be involved in art, movement, singing and musical creation elements of the Water Communion Intergenerational Service on Sunday, September 1st. We will share a story and song this week and play some games as we reconnect from our summer adventures!  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.

Announcing our August Intersession: 
Stream of Possibility! 

For the month of August, we will be singing our children out to their classes with Hymn #1007 from Singing the Journey (the teal hymnal): "There's a River Flowin' in My Soul" (verses 1 & 2).  Here is a video to help get acquainted with the song - there are even hand motions to go along!
Our Folks...
     A memorial service for Tommie Owens will be held here Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m., with a reception following.
     Best wishes for quick healing to Nedra Carlson, who is recovering from recent surgery. Care cards mailed to her at home are welcome, but no visits yet.
At Church this Sunday:
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 4 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.
Religious Education Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is now open!  
Please take a moment to register your child for Religious Education this Sunday in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour or at home.  Register here.
New! Drop-in Childcare Wednesday, August 7, 6-8 p.m.
     Beginning Wednesday, August 7th from 6-8 p.m., we are offering free drop-in childcare in Room 108 (as space allows).   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. 
     We will be providing this drop-in childcare on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. free of charge throughout the year. At some point we may be able to offer active and passive programming or encourage folks to schedule church meetings and chalice circles here during this time. Contact Adrienne Summerlot with any questions or ideas you may have
Thank you for the beautiful backpack charms
Gratitude to the chalice circle that helped make the beautiful charms for our Backpack Blessings ritual this Sunday during Time for All Ages: Steve Arnold, Veda Stanfield, Marion Sinclair, Rebekah Spivey, Sally McGuire, Ruth Aydt, Veda, Barbara Murray, Laura Hannum, and Sandy Davoren.

Volunteers in Medicine - Serving the Underserved
Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church
Dr. Nancy Richman, Executive Director of Volunteers in Medicine Clinic of Monroe County, will discuss the challenges VIM is facing, future plans, and how we can help. Dr Richman will speak on Tuesday, August 6, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 111 S. Grant Street.  Volunteers in Medicine is our 25% Sunday Plate Recipient for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
Vigil for Victims of U.S. Atomic Bombling of Nagasaki, August 9
The Just Peace Task Force invites you to join us for a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Friday, August 9th, from 8 to 9 p.m. on Courthouse Square.  There will be poetry, music, silence, and some speeches about the struggle to stop the new nuclear arms race and build a world free from the threat of nuclear annihilation.  It will be a joyous, convivial event.  We hope to see you.   For information, please contact David Keppel.
Has your task force, committee, or group signed up for the August Getting Involved Fair?
The upcoming Getting Involved Fair will be held  August 11, 18, and 25 in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Your church group or task force can reserve half of a six foot table to offer information.  Sign up here to represent your group or email Ann LeDuc at and let her know which Sunday (August 11, 18, or 25) your group would like to be at the fair.
Painters sprucing up our space.

Our Pledge Dollars at Work
Painting of the nursery (Rooms 104 and 106) is currently underway. Your financial contributions support the maintenance of our beautiful building.
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church!
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 Bloomingfoods, Lucky's, and Fresh Thyme, and you can  register your Kroger Plus card  by clicking here. Our Kroger organization ID number is EW763. 
Deadline for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursday at 9:00 am
Please send us information for the Friday Update and the upcoming order of service each week by Thursday at 9:00 am.

For More Information see the July 16  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, August 6 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.
Masthead photo by Jack King.
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