Friday UU Update                     Friday, February 2, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
An Invitation from Resilience Productions: 
Celebrating Rosa Parks 
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 3
On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Bloomington Transit System will celebrate Rosa Parks' birthday. This program--a Bloomington Black History Month Celebration--highlights Rosa Parks' contributions to ending bus segregation and ensuring African American civil rights. As a part of this celebration, Resilience Productions presents  She Changed the Course of History: The Rosa Parks Story, written and performed by UU member Gladys DeVane, narrated by Liz Mitchell, and directed by Danielle Bruce. Additionally, bus rides are FREE ALL DAY so please park your car, take a bus, and join us at the Bloomington Transit Terminal at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3. The poster for the event can be found by clicking here.
Sunday, February 4, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Simply Living, Simply Dying 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Our theme for the month of February is  Simplicity.
       In this age of information overload and complex technologies, how do we reclaim simplicity in our lives?  Can we?  Do we even want to?  How does the lack of simplicity affect our quality of life---from cradle to grave?  These questions will be explored in this worship service, featuring choral selections from our choir:  Swing Low, (sweet chariot) and Bobby McFerrin's The 23rd Psalm.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
The Show Starts Now: Live in the Moment
Our High School Youth
Cloud Cult has a song entitled, "The Show Starts Now," which is one of the sources for this service. With all that's going on in the world, we need to remember to come back to ourselves and live in the moment. Join our youth for a service that encourages and challenges us to ground ourselves, one day at a time, one step at a time, one moment at a time.
Are you new here?  Come to First Steps on Sunday!
First Steps is a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Join us Sunday in Room 112 at 10:35 am or 12:35 pm. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required. --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator or (812) 332-3695 ext 203.
This Week in Religious Education:
   Our Spirit Play classes, Preschool and Kindergarten through 2nd grade will be exploring the Flaming Chalice lesson and thinking about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and a part of our congregation.  Our 3rd+ classes will be discussing The Golden Rule and the platinum rule and how to apply them in our lives as Unitarian Universalists.
   Our 11:15am Harry Potter and UU will be playing with potions.
High School Youth group will share a pizza lunch and make final plans for their Youth Led Service on February 11th.
   For the month of February, we will be singing the children out to their classes with  'Tis a Gift to Be Simple, hymn #16 from the grey hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition.  This Shaker tune is also known as Simple Gifts. Families might appreciate this link which has the music and lyrics, so you can get more familiar with the song at home.
Bake Sale this Sunday for Racial Justice
Our Racial Justice Task Force will hold its monthly bake sale this Sunday, February 4, between services, 10:15-11:00 a.m. Come buy some goodies!
The Labyrinth Returns February 4-10
Our Labyrinth Walk will be re-created by Rev. Leite on Sunday, February 4, and will be open that day 2-4 p.m. You may also come and walk the labyrinth next week, February 5-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please use the West Office Entrance on weekdays. The Labyrinth will also be open on Saturday morning, February 10 from 9-10:30 a.m. (use Main Entrance on south side on Saturday).
January Religious Education Intersession Survey
We hope your child enjoyed the January Intersession and learning about Sophia Lyon Fahs. We would sincerely appreciate it if you would complete this brief survey online or visit religious education volunteers Lisa Meuser and Jamie Kirkley at the Lucy Booth this Sunday, February 4th during coffee hour to give your feedback. They can also answer questions you may have about Religious Education this spring.
Complete the survey here; it will take 2 minutes or less!
Calling all COOKIE BAKERS!  Reproductive Justice Wants You!
The Reproductive Justice Task Force is holding a Once-A-Year Bake Sale on  Sunday February 11th, just in time for Valentine's Day!  Please bring your cookie offerings to the kitchen on the 11th, in time for us to sell them back to you after each service that morning!  THANK YOU!
Snacks Needed for Planned Parenthood Patients
Our Reproductive Justice Task Force provides snacks and beverages for patients and their loved ones accessing abortion services at Planned Parenthood Bloomington each week, so they don't have to leave the building while they are waiting, and walk through a sea of anti-choice protesters. We invite you to donate individually wrapped, single serve snacks like granola bars, bags of pretzels, cheese and crackers, etc. No spicy snacks, please (can create upset stomach). Also welcome are small water bottles and juice boxes. Donations may be placed in the basket under the social justice table in the Commons. Thank you!
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
Your pledge contributions help pay for criminal background checks, which we run on all new employees and all volunteers who work with children and youth here in our congregation. 
Helping keep people safe!

Parking Options on Sunday Mornings
Our parking lot is often full on Sundays, especially at the second service. For those of you in good health and sure of foot, it would be wonderful if you could park on Jordan Avenue, or across the Bypass at Marching Hundred Hall (former Church of God), or across the street on the paved areas west of Fee Lane, to leave room in the lot for those who can't make the hike. This opportunity is especially helpful during winter weather.
Snow Emergencies and Event Cancellations at Church
When travel conditions become hazardous after snowfall or ice storms, please always check our home page,,  or our Facebook page,  or  for updates on event cancellations or delays. If church services or other events in our building are canceled, this information will also be broadcast on radio at FM 103.7 and WTIU television.  Group Leaders: Please check your email often on snowy or icy days--administrative staff may be trying to reach you.
For More Information see the  January 16 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo - "Sanctuary Window" by Linda Mjolsnes
Unitarian Universalist Church