Friday UU Update                       Friday, January 18, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Snow and Ice Storms and Church Events
   We may get a mixture of rain, snow, and ice this weekend. 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 the condition of our parking areas. On Sunday mornings, we will post information about cancellations by 7:30 a.m.
   If you are a member of a task force or small group meeting, contact the leader of your group for information on whether your meeting is canceled or not during snow or ice conditions.
RESCHEDULED: Game Night and Pitch-in for Families with Young Children
Due to pending inclement weather, Game Night and Pitch-in for Families with Young Children has been rescheduled. Join us this Saturday, February 9th, from 4-6 pm in Fellowship Hall to play board and card games and enjoy a meal together. (If the weather isn't too snowy!) If you are able, please bring a game and food to share. Childcare will be provided for this event.   Contact Sarah at  with any questions.
Church Office Closed Monday, January 21
Some groups will meet that day. Please contact your group leader to confirm.
MLK Day Project, Monday, January 21, 9:00 to 11:00 am
Last Call for Items for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
      Our Religious Education Program and Homelessness Task Force will make "Blessing Bags" for people in our community who are experiencing homelessness on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, from 9 to 11 am at Congregation Beth Shalom. The event will include information about homelessness.  If you would like to support this project, please bring any of the following to church this Sunday and place them in the collection basket in the Commons. We especially need
Hand sanitizer / Shaving cream / Lip balm / Hand warmer packets / Protein bars
      If you have questions about this project, please contact Reverend Emily Leite at .
Sunday, January 20, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Time for "R & R" - Resistance and Resilience 
Reverend Scott McNeill
In these early days of 2019, as we stop to pay heed to the words and wisdom of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how are we taking care of ourselves (as individuals and communities)? I believe some measure of resistance, as well as resilience, will be what guides us on our way.
This week in Religious Exploration: Imagining
Our preschool through 6th grade students will continue to explore the life of our Unitarian ancestor, Beatrix Potter--who, besides being a beloved author and illustrator, was also a mushroom expert, sheep breeder, and ecologist. There is plenty to learn! Preschool will meet in Room 103 and learn about creature care with a special visit from an animal guest. K-6th graders will begin in Fellowship Hall and be divided into groups (1st service pick up in the Kitchen, 2nd service will be listed on Nursery Door-Room 106). Our Whole Lives sexuality class for 7th-8th grade will meet from 10:45-12:15 pm and discuss consent. High School Youth Group will meet from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 210 to share a brown bag lunch and continue planning their youth service for Sunday, January 27.    

Playful Re-Imagining, Sunday, January 20, 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Our religious education vision team invites people of all ages to join us in Fellowship Hall for pizza and salad lunch, and an opportunity to connect with your sense of wonder and play, as we use our imaginations to dream together of what Religious Education could look like here at UU Bloomington! This is designed for families to be able to participate together (childcare is also provided). Come play with us! Find this event on Facebook.
UU Freethinkers Meet Sunday, January 20, 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.
Social Justice Film Series Continues January 20 at 5:00 pm
with The Day After
Our Third Sunday Social Justice Film Series (and pizza) will continue on Sunday, January 20 at 5:00 p.m. with our Just Peace Task Force hosting a screening of The Day After, a 1983 film set in Lawrence, Kansas, in the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear war. A brief discussion will follow the movie. Please note, the film is not appropriate for children.  No childcare is available for this event.
Miss Potter Film Screening, Friday, January 25, 5:30 pm
Join us for pizza dinner at 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall, followed by a screening of the film Miss Potter as we wrap up our January Wintersession learning about the imaginative Beatrix Potter and the legacy she left behind. No childcare for this event--Children Welcome. Suggested for Children in 3rd grade and up. Movie is rated PG due to "Brief Mild Language" and run time is 88 minutes. Find this event on Facebook.
Membership Book Signing Date Changed to January 27
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! A membership book signing is scheduled for Sunday, January 27 at 10:30 am in the church library. Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, to make arrangements to become a member at (812) 332-3695 ext 203 or
Green Grounds Visioning on January 27 at 12:45 pm
     Inspired by last year's good work Green Grounds is taking on the west side entry area's similar problems: weeds, erosion, invasives, and no sense of place.      
     Please join us in our efforts to re-envision this area. What could happen here? What needs to be changed to create more comfort and beauty? What could you imagine? A place to breathe, to meditate, to gather, to sing, to sit and ponder, to read, to eat a sandwich?
     Join us next Sunday afternoon, January 27, at 12:45 pm in the Library to see what we can create together. All are welcome.
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
Last week Adrienne Summerlot, our Director of Religious Education, was able to attend an intensive 2.5 day workshop  offered by Crossroads AntiRacism Organizing and Training that focused on Dismantling Racism and Building Racial Justice in Institutions. She looks forward to bringing the experience and information learned into her work with our children and youth and the congregation as a whole. 
Bakers Wanted for the  Reproductive Justice Task Force 
Valentine Bake Sale,  February 10
Love baking? Can't get enough of candy making? Like to get into the action selling or prepping goodies in support of this cause? The Reproductive Justice Task Force's Valentine's Bake Sale is just around the corner, on February 10th. Let us know if you want to help! Email either co-chair with your availability and for further details: Deborah Meader  or Nan McKinley
*** Donations of goodies can be left in the kitchen on Friday the 8th or Saturday the 9th, if open. Please make sure they are clearly labeled for the Bake Sale. On day of sale, please bring them at 8:30 am (or prepped to sell at 10 at the latest!)---and Thank You for your help.
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, January 29 at 10:00 am.)
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