Friday UU Update                    Friday, January 26, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Reimagining Opera for Kids Presents  Spirit
Saturday, January 27
On Saturday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. here in our Meeting Room, Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK)  will offer a free performance of Spirits by Tony Plog, followed by community conversation and a panel discussion.  The panel discussion will include Reverend Scott McNeill, Rabbi Brian Besser, and Professor Ed Linenthal.  The 50-minute opera is an exploration of moral integrity in challenging political times.  Parental Guidance suggested. Children under 13 may attend at their families' discretion. The performance contains some violence and some moderately vulgar language.
Sunday, January 28, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
The IKEA Church
Reverend Scott McNeill
Do-it-yourself takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to building furniture--and when it comes to building faith. Come to church and see what you can create (no allen wrenches needed!). Please know that towards the beginning of the service, there will also be a brief reflection about sexual assault and harassment, as we continue to reflect on current events.
This Week in Religious Education: 
Creativity and Sophia Lyon Fahs
      During ing the January Intersession, children have been learning about our Unitarian ancestor, Sophia Lyon Fahs. Parents of K-8th students: Find out where to pick up your children after class by checking the list on the nursery window (Room 104).
      The 9:15 am preschoolers will begin and end in Room 103, and will visit the Spiritual Practices classroom together this week. The 11:15 am preschool class will hear the story "Ring-around of Temper" from Myanmar in their Spirit Play class. Kindergarten- eighth graders should gather in Fellowship Hall after the Time for All Ages to join a mixed-age group.  Over four weeks, each group will explore the life of Sophia Lyon Fahs through cooking, science, spiritual practice, and history.     
      "Harry Potter and UU" is on hiatus until February 4th; 6th-8th graders are encouraged to attend service or join the intersession. High School Youth group will gather at 12:30 pm for sandwiches and will work on the youth-led service.
Our Folks . . .
     Our sympathy and healing thoughts are with Sonny and Jamie Kirkley and their family upon the death of Sonny's father this past week. 

Parking Options on Sunday Mornings
Our parking lot is often full on Sundays, especially at the second service. If possible, 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.
  Women's Alliance Meets February 1
     "Arctic Travel" by Doris Wittenburg and Harlan Lewis is our program for Thursday, February 1st. The hosts are Hayden Bangert and Sue Medland.
      The Women's Alliance meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The meeting begins with a brown bag lunch. Drinks and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month.  The program begins at noon. Everyone is welcome.
An Invitation from Resilience Productions: 
Celebrating Rosa Parks on 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 Gladys DeVane, narrated by Liz Mitchell, and directed by Danielle Bruce. At the Bloomington Transit Terminal at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3. Details here.
Fairview Students Receive a Surprise Gift of Winter Boots
All the students at Fairview Elementary recently received a surprise gift of winter boots, owing in part to the work of our Hope for Prisoners Task Force's Kids with Absent Parents project. Details on this story here.  
"Bloomington United in Diversity" Yard Signs Now Available
A limited number of yard signs are  available  at the following locations: City Hall (Suite 260), Monroe County Public Library, Hillel Foundation, and Indiana University Police Department. The yard signs are free; however donation checks may be made out to Hillel (noting "Bloomington United" in the memo) or online by clicking here.
LAST CHANCE for Parents to Show Interest in 
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education 
for 4th & 5th Graders in the Spring
If you have a child in 4th or 5th grade, please follow the link below to a Doodle Poll to help us decide if there is enough interest for us to run the class this spring. There was not enough interest in the fall. Mandatory parent meeting would be the week of March 25th.  Classes would run for 8 weeks, April 1-May 26th. Please complete the doodle poll below to let us know what days your child could attend. If we have at least 8 kids commit to the class, we will go with the day/time that works with the majority. If we cannot get enough kids, we will work to support parents to cover the material at home.
-- Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
      Your pledge dollars support the work of our fabulous Multimedia Specialists Andy Beargie and Ned Joyner, who make our services audible and accessible, as well as making the livestream possible. Click here to go to our recently updated livestream page (also supported by your pledges)!
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 - "Blue Blood Supermoon eclipse" from the interwebs, with permission.
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