Friday UU Update                 Friday, December 7, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Tonight! UU Singles Game Night at 7 pm
Join other UU singles at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall tonight, December 7, for a game night. Bring your favorite board game, card game, and/or simple snacks to share if you'd like, or just bring yourself. Please use the Courtyard entrance.

Sunday, December 9, 2018
9:15 am and 11:15 am
They Lit the Lamp Anyway
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The miracle of Hanakkuh is that the Maccabees were rededicating the temple after a victory to reclaim their land, but almost all of the oil necessary to light their lamp was unusable. There was just a small amount--seemingly not enough to last through the 8 days it was needed. And yet, they lit the lamp anyway--using what they had--and that was enough. Today's worship will integrate that story and call us to action regarding social justice, particularly global climate change. Our Green Sanctuary Task Force will provide a Social Justice Moment.  
This Week in Religious Education:  Deep Listening
World of Wonder (Preschool) will explore what it means to find your own voice as they hear "The Rooster Who Learned to Crow" and talk about the UU Yellow Promise, Yearn to Learn.  Roots and Wings (K-2) will hear the childhood story about UU ancestor Theodore Parker and the Turtle and talk about the UU Blue Promise, Believe in Your Ideas and Act on them.  Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will learn about Hanukkah and how a town stood together against hate in the story "The Christmas Menorahs." Our Whole Lives for 7th and 8th grade will host a guest panel to discuss sexual orientation.  High School Youth Group will  meet in the Children's Library at 11:45 am and go to the IU Women's Basketball Game --  eat before you come, or bring money for food at the game. Pick up at 2:30 pm at UU.  See what high school youth group is up to and sign up here: UU High School December Activities

Come and Sing Along with Ray Fellman!
♫ Holiday Sing-Along ♪  
Monday, December 10th 
6:30 - 7:15 pm in the Meeting Room
Everyone is welcome to join our pianist Ray Fellman and Rev. Emily Manvel Leite for this annual tradition. We will be enjoying Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, and Winter songs as they are chosen by those who gather. Find this event on our Facebook page and invite your friends! Newcomers and visitors especially welcome.

Keep up with all the exciting things going on at UU for families in this handy guide:  December Family Events

Our Folks...
      A memorial service for member Judy Andrews will be held here tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Macklin will officiate. Judy passed away on November 13.
UU Children's Choir Upcoming Schedule
Sun. 12/9: Rehearse, 10:30 - 11:00 am (Rm 110)
Sun. 12/16: Rehearse, 10:30 - 11:00 am (Rm 110)
Wed. 12/19: Sing for Winter Solstice Service. Run-through promptly at 6:00 pm (in Meeting Room), Service is 6:15 - 7:00 pm.
Questions? Contact Jill: jillmcourtney@gmail.com
UU Freethinkers Meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
Because of your generous pledge donations, we were able to replace the 35-year-old wall ovens in the downstairs kitchen this week. Many thanks to member Dick Stumpner for installing them!
Race and Criminal Justice Report Released
Press Conference, December 12, 11:00 a.m.
The Racial Justice Task Force and the Monroe County Branch of the NAACP have just published a report on "Race and Criminal Justice in Monroe County, Indiana: A Long-Range Perspective," available at uubloomington.org/race-and-criminal-justice. A press conference will be held at the Second Baptist Church annex on Wed., Dec. 12th at 11 a.m. to discuss the report's findings and recommendations.

The Season of Giving
Seeking Donations of Coats, Gloves, Scarves for Refugees
The RISE Task Force is collecting new or used coats, gloves, and scarves for refugees in Indianapolis from Sunday December 2-16th. The donation box will be inside the Courtyard entrance. Donations will go to Exodus Refugee Immigration, "dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana."
Help Shalom Community Center and Keep Our First Principle: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person
Shalom Community Center needs donations of coffee, macaroni, socks, and gloves. Please place your donations in the Shalom basket under the social justice table in the Commons. Unfortunately, Shalom cannot accept donations of medications.  
Thank you!                                                             --The Homelessness Task Force
Holiday Toy Drive for Children with Incarcerated Parents
In conjunction with our Hope for Prisoners Task Force and Kids with Absent Parents Program (KAP), Indiana Department of Corrections Watch  is requesting donations of toys or money for their 2nd annual Holiday Toy Drive for children affected by incarceration. Drop off your toys in the box next to the social justice table in the Commons at the church, through December 18th, or donate money online
Livestream This Sunday's Service
If you can't physically make it to church this Sunday, we invite you to join us via the livestream on our website. At the church we also have screens set up in the nursery (Room 104) and in Fellowship Hall, if you need to leave the Meeting Room for any reason but still want to watch the service.

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services

     December 2

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the December 4  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, December 18 at 10:00 am.)
Briefly:
The Friday UU Update is for brief articles about church events or action needed in the next 10 days. Submissions of 75 words or less may be sent to  office@uubloomington.org by Thursday each week for possible publication. 
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator

Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
Unitarian Universalist Church