Friday UU Update 
December 20, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, December 22, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
The -ish List
Reverend Scott McNeill
This time of year calls on people to think about their past year (mistakes, successes, hopes for the future), while many kids are worried about whether they're on "the naughty or nice list." But truly, our lives are imperfect, and one of the important things on which we can focus is not whether we're "good" but striving to be better. Sunday's service will lift up our monthly theme of "Promise" and how we can put Promises to good use as we better our lives and our world.
This Week in Religious Exploration 
We use the term "Religious Exploration" for special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Caring Connections (childcare in Room 108) will craft, sing and share stories together.  Kindergarten-8th grade will meet in Room 208 to share stories and crafts about light.

Special RE events for Christmas Eve and New Years:
  Dec 24 - Away in a Manger Service, 4 pm, Fellowship Hall
  Dec 31 - All-Ages New Years Eve Party, 5-10 pm
See our  December RE Newsletter for more details!  

At Church this Sunday:
Dismantling White Supremacy working group available for conversation in Fellowship Hall this Sunday
Members of our Dismantling White Supremacy working group will be available between services from 10:15-11:15 in Fellowship Hall for conversation about their presentation at the congregational meeting ( archived here, starting at minute 43). They will have copies of How to be Less Stupid About Race by Crystal Fleming available to borrow. You can also sign up to request a copy of the children's book  Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higgenbotham.  
Gardeners' Gathering this Sunday, 10:30 am
Join other gardeners this Sunday to share tips, ideas, stories, and questions, in Room 112 at 10:30 am. We gather on the fourth Sunday of each month during coffee hour. If you would like to be added to the Gardeners' email list, email
This Sunday! Young Adult (18-35) Continuing Conversations with Free Lunch
Join other young adults this Sunday to discuss current events and related topics. 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! The Young Adults meet every second and fourth Sunday at 12:30 pm.  Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at .
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!
UU Freethinkers meet at 12:45 pm, Room 208
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues.
Our Folks . . . 
Scott Hogsed will perform in Yuletide with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Ministers on Call During Holidays  
In case of a pastoral emergency, please contact one of our ministers on call. Reverend Mary Ann Macklin can be reached at 812-322-0205, and Reverend Scott McNeill at 812-727-0919.  Reverend Emily Manvel Leite is off duty during the break.
No drop-in childcare on December 25 or January 1! 

Contact Childcare Coordinator Hannah Worton with any questions or ideas you may have:
Christmas Eve Services, Tuesday, December 24
Away in a Manger 4:00 pm
Nativity story pageant, especially for young children, 
with Rev.  Macklin and Adrienne Summerlot.  In Fellowship Hall.
Candlelight Service 7:00 pm
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill, 
Reverend Dennis McCarty, and Reverend Barbara Child
Join us for a UU Christmas Eve, with plentiful music provided by Sylvia McNair, Scott Hogsed, the Loftman/Cusack family, and the choir, directed by Ray Fellman, with Maggie Olivo, fiddle, and Shelley Taylor, cello. We will sing carols by candlelight, including "Silent Night" - we warmly invite you to sing the traditional carol words if you are so moved.  Childcare provided.
All Church New Year's Eve Party, 5-10 pm
There will be fun and games for all ages at our All Church New Year's Eve Party on December 31. We will have separate games for adults and children, and special children's activities.  Bring your favorite game and a snack to share. We'll order pizza for those who arrive before dinner. Children's activities 5 PM to 9 PM.  Board games will end at 10 PM. This is an alcohol free event. See our  Facebook event .
Church Office will be closed Dec 24 - Jan 1
Deadline for submissions to Dec 27 Friday Update is Dec 23!
Please send any info to us for next week's Update by noon on Monday, Dec 23. (Through the magic of the internet we will schedule the Update to send automatically at its usual time on Friday, without any human assistance!)
For More Information  see the December 17  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, January 7, at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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