Friday UU Update                        Friday, August 30, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Join us this Sunday evening for Splash of the Sacred at Bryan Park :
5 - 7 pm Potluck Picnic at Woodlawn Shelter,  7:30 - 8:30 pm Pool Party!
Volunteers needed this Sunday at Splash of the Sacred
We are looking for a few more volunteers to make our Splash of the Sacred event possible. Sign up here:  Picnic and Pool Party Volunteers . Thank you!  
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator and Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
Tomorrow! Celebrate Pridefest with UUCB
Come to Pridefest and stop by the UUCB tent! Pridefest is Bloomington's annual celebration of LGBTQ+ life and culture. Saturday, August 31, 2-11 pm, on E. Kirkwood Ave. between Walnut and Grant. To volunteer in our tent, sign up here:  UU Church at Bloomington Pridefest 2019.  Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at
Did you sign up for a Wednesday Chalice Circle?
Oops... we misplaced a sign-up sheet from August 18th. If you signed up for the Chalice Circle that meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 7 pm at the facilitator's home, please contact Anne Haynes at or 812-360-2619. Or stop by the Chalice Circles sign-up table again this Sunday and check in. Thanks!
Sunday, September 1, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Water Communion Service 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Adrienne Summerlot
    This lively intergenerational service will include story, song, reflection, and ritual. Come to explore and celebrate your part in our covenantal community. Our children and youth will help bring our story to life and our children's choir will perform. If possible, please bring a small container of water representing the spirit of your summer experience, near or far. 
     Click here for historical info on the Water Communion in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
This Week in Religious Exploration:
      We encourage all children, youth, and families to attend our Intergenerational Water Communion to celebrate our community coming together. Childcare is available in Room 108. 
      High school youth group will be meeting at Splash of the Sacred and will play games with Kelly Rockhill and Michelle Cook.
At Church this Sunday:
Please wear your name tag
Lots of new people are visiting this month!
Chalice Circle Sign-up Continues this Sunday, September 1
On Sunday, 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 Freethinkers Meet September 1 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.
No UU Singles Fellowship lunch after services this Sunday 
Meet up at Splash of the Sacred at Bryan Park in the evening instead!
Our Folks...    
   Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Jack Harlow and family upon the passing of his wife Marcia earlier this week. A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, October 5.
   Jeff Stone, our custodian, will be out for the next 3-6 weeks as he recovers from surgery. We wish him all the best for quick healing. While he is away there will be a large group of people accomplishing all the tasks he usually takes care of for us by himself!    
The Church Office will be closed Monday, September 2.
Shambhala Meditation will not meet on Monday, September 2.
Women's Alliance Meets September 5 at 11:30 am 
The program for the Women's Alliance on Thursday, September 5 will be presented by Carey Beam Champion, Director of Wylie House Museum, on Sarah Parke Morrison and early female students at Indiana University. Ms. Morrison was the first woman to receive a degree from Indiana University, in 1869. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverage and dessert will be provided. All are welcome!
Join the Choir! Singing Reduces Anxiety
UU Choir rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome! Click here to request childcare.  
--Sue Swaney, Music Director
Recipes Needed for Cookbook
The Help Feed Your Hungry Neighbors Task Force is soliciting recipes for our latest fundraiser, a cookbook that will hit the shelves in December, available for sale at our annual Holiday Bazaar. Send recipes to Mary Blizzard, maryblizzard6 (at) Deadline is September 15. Here's a poster!
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:
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
We've been working in the Meeting Room this week on worship-enhancing changes, including re-installing the fall/winter window insert, created by Steve Krahnke. All this is supported by your pledges.
For More Information  see the August 20  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, September 3 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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Masthead photo by John Summerlot, from 2018 Splash of the Sacred.
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