Friday UU Update 
December 6, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana

Our Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar is Underway! 
Today Until 7 pm and  Tomorrow from 9 am to 4 pm
Childcare/Kids' Activities , Rm 103:  Tonight 5:30-7 pm and  Saturday 9-11 am
From the Habitat Task Force:  Please visit our tables in Fellowship Hall during the Bazaar this weekend. We will sell many types of handmade gifts, crafts and holiday decorations to raise money for sponsoring a Habitat home. We will have puppets made by Nedra Carlson, decorative Christmas trees, cookies/soup-in-a-jar, pottery, greeting cards, jewelry made by Judy Allensworth, decorative pillows and other items. We will  also   be selling items and baked goods between services on Sunday. Thanks for your continued support!
Congregational Meeting
This Sunday, December 8, 2019   4:00 p.m.
Meeting Room -  2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, Indiana
All members are encouraged to attend.  Childcare provided.    
This information is published in accordance with our Bylaws concerning notices of congregational meetings. 
Sunday, December 8, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
The Promise of Community
Procession of Giving Intergenerational Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill
     A service for all ages! We will be celebrating the season together through retelling the story of The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Barber, with time for singing and reflection and a joyful parade, as we collectively offer congregational gifts for people in need. 
     For this special multigenerational service, please bring a gift, if this is possible for you. We are collecting:
* Men's socks and hotel-sized toiletries
* Full-sized toiletries and cleaning supplies
* Non-perishable food-proteins are especially welcome
* The gifts you selected from our Giving Tree
* "Golden Gifts" of cash or checks in amounts small or large, to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee,
Help Your Children Enjoy Worship this Sunday
* We will have a coloring page in the order of service--pick up the colored pencils as you arrive.
* There are also wooden finger labyrinths located near the north door of the Meeting Room.  
* It is easier for children to engage with the service if they can see what is going on--sit near the front if they are willing!
* Take time to explain quietly what is happening in the service so your children know what is going on.
* It is always fine to get up and walk around with your child--you can walk around in the back or sides of the sanctuary, or dip on over to fellowship hall to see what the service looks like on TV!
Finally, if you need time for yourself this Sunday, childcare is always available in Room 108. Please do come and go as your family needs.
This Week in Religious Education: Promise
Caring Connections - infants and young children will play and share stories in Room 108 during both services. 
There are no religious education classes this week for preschool-5th grade. All children and youth are encouraged to join us for our annual Procession of Giving Intergenerational Service. We are celebrating our community by sharing a wonderful story and a parade of gifts together. The service will also have singing and candle-lighting, but very few sermon-like extra words. We hope you will enjoy it with your children.  
Jedi Academy (11:15am 6th-8th grade) will continue their investigation into their senses, challenging their sight with optical illusions. 
High School Youth Group (9th-12th grade) will meet in the Meeting Room immediately after second service to help sort the gifts and then go off site for a game of Laser Tag. Sign up here.
At Church this Sunday:
Are you new here?  
Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
Join us for a short introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. This Sunday in Room 112 at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Hat Sale on December 8
Hats and Hunger! That's What It's All About!
The Hunger Task Force will continue selling hats between services on December 8. Buying and wearing one of our hats is like wearing a badge that says that you fight hunger in our community. 100% of all sales goes directly to running the College Square Pantry (previously Walnut Grove Pantry) and each hat that you buy represents 167 pounds of food that will feed the hungry.  So, keep your head and your heart warm this month -- buy a hat!   
This Sunday! Young Adult Lunch Out 
Let's go out to lunch after the second service. We will meet in the Commons at about 12:30 pm, near the social justice table, and carpool to a nearby restaurant. Anyone age 18-35 is welcome. As a result of a generous donation to our Young Adult and Campus Ministry we are able to buy lunch for everyone. Questions? Email Ann LeDuc 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 . . . 
Many blessings to Jessica Yarber and Adam Garcia who welcomed new baby Miles Lee Garcia this week, 5 lbs. 10 oz. Grandparents Sharon Yarber and Deb Hutton and older brother Leo are very proud!
Another All-Church All-Adult Game Night
(this time with Euchre!)
Friday, December 13, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
We had so much fun last month, we're doing it again! Calling all game players! (Card games, board games, word games, parlor games, guessing games . . . you name it. 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). Contact: Marie Deer, 812-391-0900 
Bryan Park Stream Clean-up December 14
All are welcome! 10 am
Saturday, December 14, is our monthly work day at Bryan Park. Meet us near the bridge at the main Henderson Street playground at 10 am to tackle invasive species. Bring gloves and a shovel if you can. Hope to see you there!  
RISE Potluck,  Monday December 16,  6-8pm, F ellowship Hall
Bill and Glenda Breeden will share their experiences on the border from their trip to El Paso last month. Please email Debbie Fish to RSVP and share what dish you can bring. We also need some people willing to help clean up dishes in the kitchen and run the dishwasher - please claim that coveted role ASAP!!
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 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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