Friday UU Update 
February 7, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 9 am - 5 pm
Extinction Rebellion Strategy & Vision  Retreat
Join Extinction Rebellion Bloomington for an all-day retreat tomorrow: Morning for Action Plan and Afternoon for Regeneration. F ind the event on Facebook: XR Indiana 2020: Birthing a Movement. XR-Bloomington is supported by our Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change.
Adopt-a-Stream Work Day at Bryan Park
Saturday, February 8, 10 am
This Saturday is our monthly work day at Bryan Park. Meet us near the bridge at the main Henderson St. playground at 10 am.  -- Anna Knust, UU Families with Young Children
Sunday, February 9, 2020
9:15 and 11:15 am
Ordinary Wealth: Three Stories
Scott Russell Sanders
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Continuing our congregation's theme this month of Presence, we welcome back into our pulpit essayist, novelist, and congregation member Scott Russell Sanders. Scott is currently working on a collection of short stories, a book about the meaning of wealth, and a collection of essays about the role of the imagination in an age of climate disruption. We look forward to his presence and all of yours on Sunday.  
THIS SUNDAY, February 9, at  2 pm
The quorum required for this meeting is a FULL meeting room of 182 members, and all members are urged to attend. 
For legal reasons, we must limit attendance at this meeting to 
only members and ministers of 
the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington.
Childcare is provided. If you are able to carpool or park off site that would be appreciated, to allow accessibility for those who need it.
All members and friends have received a separate email and/or paper letter 
in the past few days concerning this meeting. Please be sure to read it.
If you have questions, please contact Stuart Yoak or Abby Gitlitz.
This Week in Religious Education - Presence
Caring Connections (Childcare)  will play with scented play dough and build with blocks. World of Wonder (Preschool) are learning about our Red UU Promise: Respect all people as they share the story Blue Ribbon Puppies Roots and Wings (K+ at 9:15am, K-2nd grade at 11:15 am) are hearing a story of immigration and welcome, I'm New Here, by Anne Sibley O'Brien. They will consider what our Orange UU Promise: Offer fair and kind treatment to all, might look like in a class full of children. Curiosity Club (3rd-5th grade at 11:15 am) will explore what it means to be present as they try their hands at mindfulness practices. 6th & 7th graders will meet in Room 110 during 11:15 am services and dive into activities for their social justice partnership with the Monroe County Humane Society.  
Youth Group (8th-12th grade) will meet in Room 210 from 11 am - 12:30 pm to enjoy a UU-themed "Nailed It" competition.
Our Folks...
     The memorial service for Peggy Bachman will be on Saturday, March 14,  
11:00 a.m. 
     The memorial service for Edrice Baker will take place here on Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m.  
At Church this Sunday:
Side With Love Valentine's Bake Sale
for the Reproductive Justice Task Force
Sunday, February 9
Side With Love is the theme of the Reproductive Justice Task Force's annual Valentine's Bakesale, to be held Sunday, Feb. 9th between services in the Commons. This is our big fundraiser, so please consider donating sweets and/or purchasing some for your sweetie, a friend, or yourself!! Donations of goodies gratefully accepted in the kitchen by 9:15 am, if possible.  Contact: Nan McKinley
Fiber Artists gather this Sunday
Fiber artists of all kinds are invited to gather this Sunday in Room 110 during coffee hour (10:30-11:15) to talk about their projects and share information. Feel free to bring your coffee or tea with you.       -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
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). Just stop in, no registration is required. Free childcare is available in Room 108.
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, near the social justice table, and carpool to Feta Kitchen & Cafe.  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  connect@uubloomington.orgC hildcare is not available for this event .
Humanist Forum Meets February 9, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "Our Load of Munitions--Revisited."
International Student Outreach
As part of our Young Adult and Campus Ministry, we would like to provide community and support to international students ages 18-35. Future plans include arranging for families to share meals with international students, as well as providing English language help, and occasional transportation assistance. If you would be interested in sharing family meals or providing assistance to international students, please email Ann LeDuc at
Purchase Your Tickets by February 10! 
Saturday, February 15 at 5 pm
A Fundraiser for Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Don't miss out on an elegant, chef-prepared, four-course Valentine Gourmet Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 15, in Fellowship Hall.  Purchase tickets by February 10 --available at church between services, or online at $50 per person.   For more information, contact Mary Blizzard.
Menu includes: Potato Leek Soup, Beet Salad, Filet Mignon or Portobello Mushroom, Mashed Potatoes, Almond Tart, nonalcoholic sparkling wine.
Letter Writing Campaign to Support
Workplace Accommodation for 
Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women
Feb 10 and Feb 15
The Reproductive Justice Task Force is supporting a state bill for workplace accommodation of pregnant and breastfeeding women, tax free-status for diapers and sanitary products, and other issues affecting women and families. Come join us to write cards, letters, and make calls on Monday, February 10, from 6-8 pm in Fellowship Hall or Saturday, February 15, from 12-3 in the Sanctuary. Have a cuppa, a snack, and let's gather our power together!
Free Chair Massage by Millie Jackson  
February 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Millie Jackson is offering free 15-minute chair massage sessions on Wednesday, February 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Drop off your children in free childcare and enjoy a relaxing chair massage. Millie is a member of our congregation and a skilled massage therapist.  Come by Room 210 to sign up for a 15 minute block, then return for your appointment time.
Drop-in Childcare on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
        On Wednesday evenings, from 6-8 pm in Room 108, our caring childcare staff are here to offer free drop-in childcare (as space allows).  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 their next event. When possible, the Meeting Room is available for quiet meditation. For more information about childcare, please contact our childcare coordinator, Hannah Worton: .
UU Singles Dancing on Valentine's Day
Friday, February 14
On Friday, February 14th, Valentine's Day, from 9 pm to ?, some of the UU singles will be going dancing to the Soul Street band (rock, funk, ... ) at the Golf Club at Eagle Pointe, 2250 East Pointe Road. Tickets are $5 apiece, payable at the door. We do have a table reserved. Please contact Marie Deer at 812 391 0900 with any questions, up until about 7 pm that night.
Side With Love Fundraiser Lunch, Sunday, February 16, 12:30 pm  
Purchase tickets during coffee hour this Sunday, February 9th. $8 per child, $10 per adult. 
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
     We have grocery gift cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services - pick one up before your Sunday afternoon grocery shopping! (We buy them in bulk at a small discount, and sell the cards as a fundraiser to support our operating budget.)
     Y ou can also click here to register your Kroger Plus card to request that 5% of your food purchase amounts be donated to the UU Church through their Community Rewards program - o ur organization ID number is EW763. During the last quarter (September thru December 2019) we received $424.87 from Kroger, with 135 UU households participating.
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The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our twice-monthly Prologue newsletter.

For More Information
See the February 4  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, February 18, at 10 am.) 
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