Friday UU Update 
January 31, 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! Update! Many thanks to all of you who have re-upped for 20-21 with the same size pledge as you made for 19-20. We appreciate your generous response. We are halfway there! We had 341 pledges for 19-20, and 174 of you have responded so far with your pledge for 20-21 by using the handy online form. We'd like to wrap this up soon, so please do click above to pledge the same amount for 20-21. 

Many, many thanks!
Sunday, February 2, 2020
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Befriending Life
Reverend Barbara Child with Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
We look forward to hearing from Reverend Barbara Child this Sunday. Reverend Child retired from full-time Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2010. She is an Accredited Interim Minister and in the past served our Heartland District in various coaching positions. She continues to do short-term consulting work with congregations and ministers. She has served UUCB as sabbatical minister twice. These days she calls herself mainly a "writing fool," as she has multiple writing and editing projects in the hopper at any given time.
This Week in Religious Education - Presence
Caring Connections (Childcare) will share stories, music and crafts together. World of Wonder (Preschool) and Roots and Wings (K+ at 9:15am, K-2 at 11:15am) will be hearing the Flaming Chalice Lesson as they celebrate the promises that we make to one another and the world as Unitarian Universalists.  Curiosity Club (3rd-5th grade at 11:15am) will begin to explore the new congregational theme of presence as they learn about The Wheel of The Year and Imbolc. 6th-7th Graders at 11:15am will have their first meeting as a new group in Room 110 following the Time For All Ages. They will get reacquainted, bring their ideas, and plan for the semester. Youth Group (8th-12th grade) will be considering how our UU principles connect to the work of anti-racism and anti-oppression.
Our Folks...
      Our thoughts and sympathy are with Molly and Brian O'Donnell, upon the passing of Brian's mother Lucille Galik O'Donnell on January 29, in California. A memorial service will be held later this spring for her, in Chicago.
      Our thoughts are also with the family and friends of Peggy Bachman, who passed away January 30. A memorial service for Peggy will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. 
      We are also thinking of the friends and family of former member Don Halford who died on January 30.
      Congratulations to IU Chemistry professor Martha Oakley, who recently received the 2020 President's Award for Distinguished Teaching.
      Congratulations to IU Law professor Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, who was named a Class of 1950 Herman B Wells Endowed Professor.
At Church this Sunday:
Take-Home Chili Fundraiser February 2
for Habitat for Humanity
You won't need to cook on Sunday because you can pick up homemade chili and corn bread after both services in Fellowship Hall! Habitat Task Force members are making meat, vegetarian and vegan chili to sell in take-home containers to raise money to co-sponsor a Habitat home in the new Osage Place neighborhood. Chili prices are $5 and $10. Thanks for your continuing support!
Freethinkers Meet February 2 at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues.
Hold the Date: February 8, 2020, 9 am - 5 pm
2020 Strategy & Vision  Retreat in Fellowship Hall
Join Extinction Rebellion-Bloomington as we define our agenda and plans for 2020. We are holding an all day retreat on Saturday, February 8: Morning for Action Plan and Afternoon for Regeneration. With a free lunch!  Find out more at the Green Sanctuary XR Chocolate Table on Sunday or find the event on Facebook: XR Indiana 2020: Birthing a Movement. Extinction Rebellion - Bloomington is supported by our Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change.
Side With Love Valentine's Bakesale
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
Valentine Gourmet Dinner,  Saturday, February 15 at 5 pm  
A Fundraiser for Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Purchase Your Tickets by February 10! 
Don't miss out on an elegant, chef-prepared, four-course Valentine Gourmet Dinner, Saturday, Feb. 15, in Fellowship Hall.  Purchase your 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.
Side With Love Fundraiser Lunch, Sunday, February 16, 12:30 pm  
Tickets are available for purchase during coffee hour on February 2nd and February 9th. $8 per child, $10 per adult.  Details and menu can be found here.  
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
     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.
What is this for?
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  January 21  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 4, at 10 am.) 
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