Friday UU Update 
January 24, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Make Your Pledge for 2020-21 Today
In lieu of a formal Pledge Drive this spring, we are simply asking everyone to recommit to the same pledge amount as last year. Please let us know if you are willing to recommit the same dollar amount for 2020-2021 (our fiscal year is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) as you did in 2019-2020.  Below is an easy peasy link to help out. Oh, and some folks asked if it would be OK to increase their pledge. Yes, indeed. 
Here's that handy dandy link to our online form:
We hope to have everyone's responses  by January 31.  Thank you!
Your Livestream Experience - A Short Survey
Do you view our Sunday services via livestream? We'd like to hear about your experience! Please click here to complete a survey. Patterns are emerging, but we need more data. Please respond by tomorrow, January 25. Many thanks!
Let's Hike Tomorrow! 
Meet at 12:30 pm to carpool
The UU Hikers will hike Trail 8 at Brown County State Park on Saturday, January 25. We will meet at the old eastside Kmart parking lot behind Bloomingfoods at 12:30 pm to carpool to the trail. This is a 3.5 mile hike with a 150-step staircase. Email Ann at if you plan to join the hike. We will cancel if it rains or the roads are slick.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Love is the Light of the World
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Bill Breeden, Minister Emeritus
Join us for our final worship service of January, as we conclude our theme of Love for the month. (Of course, love is never concluded, just our theme topic.) Reverend Macklin, Senior Minister, and Reverend Bill Breeden, Minister Emerituls, will offer reflections on bell hook's book All About Love. We will also hear from our Task Force on Homelessness. In addition, Director of Religious Education, Adrienne Summerlot, will provide the Time for All Ages story, based on the Harlem Renaissance.
This Week in Religious Education
Caring Connections (Childcare) will share stories, listen to music, and make new friends. 
Our January Wintersession for children preschool-7th grade is connecting with our congregational theme of Love. In the Time for All Ages and children's activities, we will learn about individuals who sided with love, bringing generations and communities together and creating change in our world. Then children will enjoy cooking, art, and music. Preschool children will explore the story in their familiar Room 103. Kindergarten-7th grade students will meet in Fellowship Hall to join a small group and head to a different activity each week. Parents can find their child's classroom for the week by consulting the roster posted on the Nursery window across from Fellowship Hall.  NOTE:This is the last week of our January Wintersession and normal classes will resume on February 2nd. 
Youth Group (8th-12th grade) will meet in Room 210 from 11am-12:30pm and begin a curriculum called Be The Change! which gives youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity, and justice.
Our Folks...
      Memorial celebration of life for Michael Melby will be held here tomorrow, January 25, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Macklin will officiate.     
      Our hearts go out to Matt Zink and his family upon the death of his father on January 6.   
     Our own David Dilcher and Sylvia McNair are two of the figures featured in a new mural depicting Indiana University's history. The mural by Caleb Weintraub, IU Faculty, was unveiled on Monday in the Wright Quad dining hall. More information is available here .
At Church this Sunday:
Gardeners' Gathering this Sunday, 10:30 am
Join other gardeners this Sunday to share plans, ideas, stories, and questions, in Room 112 at 10:30 am. We gather on the fourth Sunday of each month during coffee hour. To be added to the Gardeners' email list, email
This Sunday! Young Adults (18-35) ask the big questions and eat lunch, 12:30 pm
All young adults are invited to join in deep discussions, yummy food, and fun. If you would like to order from the Trojan Horse, email Ann at to get the group ordering link. Pizza will also be available. We will gather after second service at 12:30 pm in Room 112. Thanks to a generous donation to our Young Adult program, we are able to buy lunch to all who attend. Free childcare is available during this event.  Questions? Email Ann at
Humanist Forum Meets January 26, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208. John Summerlot will lead a discussion on "Domestic Terrorism in Our State."
UU Singles Potluck
Sunday, January 26,  5:30 pm at Avram's
     The UU Singles will have a potluck at the home of Avram Primack, 5430 North Little Horse Road. Please bring a dish to share, and please bring one or two folding chairs if you have them. Avram will provide dishes and silverware. Avram's house is about an 11-minute drive from the church. If you are interested in carpooling, please contact Paula Horvath at There will be no singles lunch after church on January 26, because of the evening potluck.
     Directions: Avram's house is a green house at the top of the hill on the left on the curve. (The trailer on the right is the neighbors. Please do not block them.) Park facing the barn. Try to stay on the gravel, especially if ground is wet and muddy.
Habitat Needs Builders Now! 
If you are interested in participating in a Habitat for Humanity build in the Trail View neighborhood this Saturday or next,  click here to register on the Habitat for Humanity website. (January Construction Opportunities).  After registering, click on the "individuals" tab to see the spots available. (You can sign up for upcoming months, too!) Contact Barb Berggoetz,, with any questions.
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
We were honored to center the voices of African-American women with last weekend's two phenomenal guest speakers. See the livestream page of our website for archived videos of Dr. Maureen Walker's sermon, "When Getting Along Is Not Enough," and Jada Bee's presentation on "Confronting White Supremacy: The Negative Peace of White Liberalism," both on January 19.
Take-Home Chili Fundraiser February 2
for Habitat for Humanity
Chili take-home fundraiser: No food is more satisfying than chili on a cold winter's day! Next Sunday, Feb. 2, the Habitat Task Force will be selling take-home containers of many types of chili after both services in Fellowship Hall. We'll have several varieties of meat (ground beef, turkey, chicken), vegetarian and vegan chili, plus corn bread for you to take home. The cost will be $5 for 3-cup containers and $10 for 5-cup containers, plus $1 for corn bread muffins. All the proceeds will go toward our goal of co-sponsoring a Habitat home in the new Osage Place neighborhood that Habitat it building starting next year. Please support our efforts and enjoy some great chili made by task force members. Thanks!
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: .

Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
Bloomingfoods, Lucky's and Fresh Thyme
Lucky's Market is closing by February 12. Please buy our remaining Lucky's cards, as we can't sell them back to Lucky's. (We have three $100 cards, two $50 cards, and one $25 card left.) Lots of vitamins, wine, and meat still available as of noon on January 24. 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 to request that 5% of your food purchase amounts be donated to the church by
clicking   here Our Kroger organization ID number is EW763. During the last quarter (September thru December 2019) we received $424.87 from Kroger, with 135 UU households participating.
For More Information  see the  January 21  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, February 4, at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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