Friday UU Update 
December 13, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Extinction Rebellion (XR) Meeting
Tonight, December 13, 7 pm 
There will be an XR-Bloomington meeting at 7 pm tonight at 1626 South Olive (Jana and Stuart's house).  Get involved with the activist push for URGENT action on climate change, and/or with the Regenerative Culture aspect of XR - rebuilding our democracy, regenerative agriculture, reforestation, and sustainable communities to get us through the tough times ahead. Contact : janapereau (at),  (314) 313-3688.  Extinction Rebellion is supported by our Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change. There is also an XR presentation this Sunday at 2 pm in Fellowship Hall. 
Another All-Church All-Adult Game Night  (this time with Euchre!)
Tonight, December 13, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
We had so much fun last month, we're doing it again! Calling all adult game players! (Card games, board games, word games, parlor games, guessing games... and a Euchre table!) The Singles Fellowship group is inviting all adults in the church to game night next Friday. Come as you are, or bring a friend, snacks, games, drinks to share (totally optional). Questions? Contact Marie Deer, 812-391-0900.
Bryan Park Stream Clean-up Tomorrow, December 14
All are welcome! 10 am
This Saturday, December 14 is our monthly work day at Bryan Park. Meet us near the bridge at the main Henderson Street playground at 10:00 a.m. to tackle invasive species, or at the playground at 11:00 a.m. to play and socialize. Bring gloves and a shovel if you can. I will be there rain or shine! Hope to see you there!
--Anna Knust
Sunday, December 15, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Gloria: Music and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Choir
directed by Reverend Dr. Susan Swaney
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill
Join us for this special music Sunday in which our full choir ( with guest musicians), directed by Susan Swaney, brings us the refreshing promise of the coming year with The Ground, by  Ola Gjeilo; Glinka's Cherubic Hymn; and Gabrieli's Gloria.
This Week in Religious Education: Promise
Caring Connections (Childcare) will build with blocks and play with playdough.
World of Wonder (Preschool) and Roots and Wings (K + at 9:15am, K-2 at 11:15am) will be hearing the story of the Nativity and learning that the birth of each baby is a sacred thing.
Curiosity Club (3-5th grade, 11:15 am) will explore the promises we make as Unitarian Universalists.
Jedi Academy (6-8th grade, 11:15 am) will not formally meet this week, but kids are encouraged to sit together in the special big music service this Sunday.  
High School Youth Group (9th-12th grade) will gather in Fellowship Hall at 12:30 for a candy house-making reunion with youth group alumni.

Want to know what Religious Education events and happenings are ahead in December?    Find out here:  December RE Newsletter
At Church this Sunday:
Dismantling White Supremacy, Fellowship Hall, 10:15 a.m.
Visit members of our Dismantling White Supremacy working group at their table in Fellowship Hall this Sunday during coffee hour to talk about their presentation at the congregational meeting, learn more about the 8th principle or to grab your free copy of the book Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness.  
UU Singles Fellowship Group -- Sunday Singles Lunch
We meet in the Commons after the second service every Sunday to gather and decide where to go out to lunch. Please join us!
Humanist Forum Meets December 15 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208. Jan Steenblik will lead a discussion on "Water Stress in the US."
Heading for Extinction and What to Do About It
December 15 at 2:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
Our world is plunging toward the destruction of the planetary ecosystem that supports human life. Join us for a presentation on the URGENCY of action in Fellowship Hall after church this Sunday - discussion to follow. Join our young people, stand up for action on climate change!  Extinction Rebellion is supported by our Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change. 
Social Justice Film Series
December 15, 5:00 p.m.
Better Angels: Reuniting America
      Better Angels: Reuniting America shows eight Democratic-leaning voters and seven Republican-leaning voters moving through a Better Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. You'll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one--and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country.
      You are invited to a free screening of this documentary on December 15 at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. There will be a Q&A featuring Better Angels volunteers.
For more information visit
Questions? Contact Miles Eddy at .
Hike with Us! This Sunday at 2 pm
Join us for a 2.6 mile hike at Trevlac Bluffs, part of the Sycamore Land Trust, this Sunday, December 15. We will meet in the parking lot of the old east side K-mart, behind Bloomingfoods East at 2 pm to carpool to the trailhead. Email if you plan to join us. We will cancel if it rains, or if the roads are slick.
Our Folks . . . 
      Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric Paull and family. Eric's sister, Katherine Marie Paull, died in late November (6/27/66 - 11/29/19). A memorial will be held in January.
      Best wishes for quick healing to Kathy Kardynalski, who is recovering well from recent surgery to help mend a broken arm.
      Remember that pastoral care is available if you are experiencing sadness or loss at this challenging time of year. Please contact a minister if you need support, 812-332-3695.
Refugee and Immigration Support & Education (RISE) Potluck
Monday, December 16, 6-8pm, Fellowship Hall

Join us for a potluck supper as we hear about Bill and Glenda Breeden's trip to the border in El Paso last month. Bill went back December 5-9th to share more funds collected through RISE and to travel across the border with an interpreter to a detention center, where he hoped to talk with detainees. In addition, some local immigrant families with children will be our guests. We want them to "feel the love," so please email Debbie Fish if you can attend, and what dish you can bring. (We also need people willing to help clean up after!)
Winter Solstice Celebration for All Ages
Wednesday, December 18th, 6:15 p.m. 

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, and
Reverend Scott McNeill
with special music by Ray Fellman and our Children's Choir
Come share in a quiet, reflective service celebrating the returning sun. We will fully inhabit this place on our planet as we join together in a candlelit spiral procession and reconnect with the earth and its natural cycles. Childcare provided for very young children in Room 108. Join us for snacks, beverages, and conversation after the service.   Click here for Facebook event   
♫ Holiday Sing Along ♪ Thursday, December 19, 6:15 p.m. 
Everyone is welcome to join our Pianist, Ray Fellman; our Music Director, Reverend Susan Swaney; and our Director of Religious Education, Adrienne Summerlot for this annual tradition. We will be enjoying Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice and Winter songs as they are chosen by those who gather. Newcomers and visitors especially welcome. Pizza dinner to follow in Fellowship Hall! No childcare for this event.
Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24
Away in a Manger 4:00p
Nativity story pageant; esp. for young children, 
with Rev.  Macklin and Adrienne Summerlot.  In Fellowship Hall.
Candlelight Service 7:00p
UU Christmas Carols (incl. Silent Night) and candles, 
with Rev. Macklin, Rev. McNeill, and the Choir
Bazaar Net Income May Top $14,000!
We still have some expenses to cover, but it looks like this year's Bazaar will net around $14,000, which exceeds our budgeted goal of $10,000! Many thanks to all who volunteered and donated and then came back and shopped!
Drop-in Childcare on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 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, when available, or another room, will be available for quiet meditation. 
No drop-in childcare on December 25 or January 1! 
      Contact Childcare Coordinator Hannah Worton with any questions or ideas you may have:
For More Information  see the December 3  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, December 17 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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