Friday UU Update                    Friday, February 1, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Join Earth Kin for an Imbolc Ritual
Tonight at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall
All are welcome to attend Earth Kin's Imbolc Ritual on Friday, February 1st from 7 to 9 pm in Fellowship Hall.  Imbolc represents the flush of youth, where all potentialities exist. The light is becoming perceptibly stronger and the day noticeably longer, reminding us that we are halfway through the chill of winter. It is a time of sympathetic magic where fires are lit to lure back the slowly waxing sun. During the ritual we will do an Imbolc Meditation and healing work, and we will also draw tarot cards for the coming year. Please feel free to bring offerings for the altar, or a drink/snack to share. 
For more info, contact: Brooke Opel,
Tonight! UU Singles Game Night in the Library
Join us for the UU Singles game night tonight, Friday, February 1, at 7:00 pm in the Library. All single adults are welcome. Please use the Courtyard entrance. Optional: bring games and/or snacks to share. 
Contact Marie at   wit h any questions!
17th Annual Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival
This weekend, February 1-2, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater:
Sun day, February 3, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Unknown Unknowns
Reveren d Scott McNeill
We know life will throw unexpected obstacles in our way - but how do we manage to jump those hurdles, or hit the curve balls - or at least, not be hit BY them? This Sunday, we'll talk about the importance of community and having some grounding (spiritual or otherwise) that can guide us in unknown times. 
This week in Religious Exploration: Knowing
This week marks the beginning of our Spring semester as we return to our regular classrooms. World of Wonder (Preschool) and Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will hear the story of The Flaming Chalice, which celebrates our Unitarian Universalist principles. Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will play games, get to know one another, and explore what they know and don't know. Our Whole Lives (7th-8th grade) will learn about Pregnancy, Parenthood and Teenage Parenthood. High School Youth are attending a Social Justice regional youth conference in Louisville and will not meet this Sunday.
Events at the Church this Sunday
"Be Smart for Kids" at 10:30 am in the Library
A Brief Conversation about Kids, Guns, and Safety
Join Pat Slabach and Reverend Leite between services today from 10:30-11 am in the Library for an important conversation about keeping children safe. Every year, nearly 800 children under the age of 17 die in gun-related incidents, and many more are injured  We know we can keep our kids safer by introducing common sense steps. Come learn what you can do to help!
Are you new here?  
Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
We will discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism. Join us! This Sunday in Room 112 at 10:35-11:10 a.m. and 12:35-1:10 p.m. (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in--no registration is required. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Freethinkers Meet 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.
UU Singles Potluck Feb 3, after 2nd Service (offsite)
Right after the 2nd service on February 3, the Singles Fellowship and Activity Group will be having a planning potluck at  Marie   Deer 's house. If you're interested in joining, contact  Marie  at for details.
We need your help welcoming newcomers on 
February 3 and 10!
      Our Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, will be out of the office February 2 through 12. In her absence, we need everyone's help in being especially welcoming to newcomers on Sunday, February 3 and 10.
      If you see someone who is new to you, please introduce yourself. If you see someone who looks like they are seeking information, please pitch-in and show them around. The Social Justice table in the Commons and the Welcome Table are good places to start. On Sunday, February 3, at 10:35 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. the "First Steps" class will be offered in Room 112. Please encourage newcomers to attend the class. Thank you for your help! 
Our Folks...
Best wishes for quick healing to Jean Knowlton, who is recovering at Bell Trace from recent hospitalization following a small stroke. Cards are welcome.
Women's Alliance Meets February 7
Brad Schiesser, Managing Director of Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP)
will present the Women's Alliance program from 12:00 - 12:30 on Thursday, February 7.  He will speak about what goes on behind the scenes in running an
ambitious, creative organization like the BPP. We gather at 11:30 am in 
Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch. The presentation begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting. Everyone is welcome.
Our Valentine's Bake Sale Sides with Love!!! 
Support the Reproductive Justice Task Force on February 10
The annual Valentine's Bake Sale by the Reproductive Justice Task Force is just around the corner on Sunday, Feb. 10th, in Fellowship Hall, after each service. Treat yourself while picking up a gift for another! Help support the work of our task force in these difficult times. 
*** Donations of goodies can be left in the kitchen, properly labeled, on Friday 2/8, or on Sunday morning--please bring them ready to serve by 10 am at the latest. 
Thank You!
"Owning Your Religious Past" Workshop 
3 sessions, starting February 13
Join Reverend Scott McNeill for a three session workshop, "Owning Your Religious Past." We'll meet from 7-8:30 pm on Wednesdays (Feb. 13, Feb. 27, and Mar. 13). "Owning Your Religious Past" uses stories, art, and more to reflect on the faith communities of our childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. We'll think about the things we are eager to let go of, from those traditions, and explore the items, rituals, and experiences we wish to keep. To sign up, please email 

Reverend Macklin Will be Away January 28 - February 28
I will be taking the first portion of my sabbatical during the month of February. I will be gone January 28th through February 28th. We have increased Reverend Leite's hours to help cover key aspects of my ministry during my absence. She and Reverend McNeill will work together with our staff and lay leaders to create overall continuity. It is common practice for Unitarian Universalist ministers to earn one month of sabbatical for every year of service. This practice helps insure longer term ministries. I am taking February to decide about additional sabbatical time off during 2019; I will also complete my Death Doula Training during the first week of February.  -- MAM
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
Fresh Thyme Cards Now Available
We have grocery gift cards for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services. The participating grocery stores send a percentage of your purchases back to the church to support our operating budget. We have gift cards for Fresh Thyme, Bloomingfoods, and Lucky's, and you can register your Kroger Plus card by clicking 
hereOur new Kroger organization ID number is  EW763. Kroger requires you to re-register your Kroger Plus cards every January. D uring the last quarter (October thru December) we received $494.85 from Kroger, with 118 households participating.
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

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 

For More Information see the January 15  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, February 5 at 10:00 am.)
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