Friday UU Update                  Friday, February 22, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group
Movie Night at IU Cinema -- Saturday, Feb 23 at 7:00 pm
Join us to watch 3 short movies presented by the  Black Film Center/Archive and IU Cinema, part of a series entitled "Black Sun, White Moon: Exploring Black Cinematic Imaginations of Space." This event is free but ticketed;  click here for more info about the films and ticketing.  Questions? Contact Marie at 812-391-0900.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
"The wood s are lovely, dark, and deep, 
But I have promises to keep"
Reverend Scott McNeill
Our gift of music (from Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening") will be a helpful reminder to pause and appreciate beauty, of course. And, the ending (from which the title originates) reminds us of our responsibilities. Sunday, we'll wrestle with the difficulty of balancing our need for restorative practices (like poetry, art, music, mindfulness) with a world that also needs us to keep moving forward, working as hard as we can.

This Week in Religious Education: Knowing
Our Spirit Play classes will explore the Red UU Promise: Respect all people. World of Wonder (Preschool) will hear the story of "Elmer the Elephant," about an elephant who wishes to change his role in his community. Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) share the story of "Crow Boy," who has a hidden talent--one that the other children don't know about. Curiosity Club (3rd grade +) will learn about how our church is working to build community and change the world and work together on planning their own fundraiser that will give back to our community. Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (7-8th grade) will discuss sexual decision making. High School Youth Group (9th-12th grade) will be going on a field trip to the Sculpture Trails this Sunday. Bring a brown bag lunch, dress for the weather and make sure you have a permission slip signed.
Events at the Church this Sunday
The Getting Involved Fair Continues! 
The Getting Involved Fair will continue this Sunday (2/24) and next (3/3), to help you learn about all the groups and activities of the church, and get involved in the groups that interest you. Join us for the fair during Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall. A different set of groups will be represented each Sunday. 
 --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Humanists Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Rich Janda will lead a discussion on " Crisis from Charisma."
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group: Sunday Lunch
Join us for a weekly lunch date! Every Sunday, after the second service, we will meet up by the coatroom to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there.
Our Folks...
    Reminder that a memorial service for long-time member Lloyd Orr will be held on Saturday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. here in our Meeting Room. Reverend Macklin and Reverend McNeill will officiate.
    Judy Bennett very much appreciates all the cards and well wishes from her friends in the congregation, as she recovers from a broken ankle.  
Meet Me in St. Louis!
The MidAmerica UU Regional annual conference is in St. Louis, 
April 5-7. We will be carpooling. Several members have expressed interest in attending. Early bird registration ends February 28th. Reverend Macklin and UU member Frank Diaz will be leading a workshop at the conference. 
Click here for info:
If you are interested in being a delegate and joining us in St. Louis, please contact Iris Kiesling or Rev. Scott McNeill by February 27.
Children's Choir Schedule for March
Sunday, March 3: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am
(Sunday, March 10 - no rehearsal)
Sunday, March 17: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am
Wednesday, March 20: Sing at Spring Equinox Family Service (Rehearse 5:55 pm, Service 6:15-7:00 pm)
Gratitude and Information Regarding Black Lives of UU
On February 10th our worship service lifted up the UUA's "The Promise and the Practice" campaign, a fundraiser dedicated to racial justice within the larger UU Association. We're grateful that we now have raised $4,150, so close to our goal of $5,000. We'd like to wrap this up by the end of March so we can get our pledge in early! Please help if you can! 
UU Singles Fellowship and Activity Group 
First Friday Game Night, March 1, 7 pm
Mark your calendars! We'll be having our monthly First Friday game night next week, upstairs in the Library at 7 pm.
Love Songs for a Lasting World: Picture Book
Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm
Join Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolites at the Buskirk Chumley Theater on Saturday, March 2 for an extravaganza of song, dance & apple pie. This is a benefit for Middle Way House, and in honor of Toby Strout. It is a family show full of songs of the natural world.  Click here  for a reminder of the magic of this community event. Tickets available at the BCT Box Office.
Take Home Chili on March 3 to Support Habitat
The Habitat Task Force will be selling take-home chili (several different types, meat and vegetarian) and corn bread between services and after the 2nd services on March 3 in Fellowship Hall. All proceeds will go toward a memorial gift to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County in honor of Lloyd Orr, a long-time supporter of Habitat builds and participant in our El Salvador mission trip four years ago. At both services on March 3, Wendi Goodlet, the newly appointed CEO of Habitat, will offer our social justice moment. Also, we are starting a regular build date with Habitat on the third Saturday of the month beginning March 16, using SignUp Genius.
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 also completed 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  here Our new Kroger organization ID number is  EW763.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Click here for a semi-comprehensive list of which UU Staff Member to call for various kinds of questions. A staff email directory is included.  
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator, 812-332-3695, ext 200
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 February 19  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 am.)
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Masthead photo by David Orr (Brown County State Park).
Unitarian Universalist Church