Friday UU Update                        Friday, January 4, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, January 6, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Magnificent Imagination: An Exploration
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Scott Russell Sanders
Welcome to 2019! Our congregation's theme this month is Imagination. During our January Intersession, our Religious Education program will be learning about Unitarian Beatrix Potter  through art, cooking, and animals . As said of Potter, "Beatrix Potter's magnificent imagination has affected children and adults all over the world." Reverend Macklin and Scott Russell Sanders will explore imagination through story, verse, and reflection. Our Social Justice Moment will be presented by the Homelessness Task Force. Worship Artist in Residence Janiece Jaffe and our choir will provide gifts of music.
This Week in Religious Exploration:
Our preschool through 6th grade students will 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 K-6th grade will meet in Room 208. Our Whole Lives sexuality class for 7th-8th grade will gather from 10:45-12:15 pm and learn about redefining abstinence. High School Youth Group will meet from 12:30-2:30 pm in Room 210 to share a taco bar lunch and begin planning their youth service for later this month.
Bird Watchers Unite this Sunday! 
All bird watchers are welcome to gather during coffee hour this Sunday at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest table. Meet others who enjoy bird watching,  share your bird photos, bird information, bird lists, enthusiasm,  and more.   
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Are you new here?  Take your " First Steps" this Sunday!  
We will discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism. Join us! This Sunday in Room 112 at 10:35-11:00 AM and 12:35-1:00 PM (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required.
 --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator   
UU Freethinkers Meet Sunday, January 6, at 12:45 p.m.
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
A Labyrinth, A Meditative Space
We will be installing a labyrinth in the Meeting Room this Sunday, which will be open for walking during the following hours through Saturday, January 12. We hope to see you there.  Please enter on Sunday, Wednesday evening, and Saturday at the Main Entrance by the Meeting Room, and enter on weekdays at the office entrance at the northwest corner of the building.
Sun, January 6:        2 - 4 pm
Mon, January 7:       10 am - 4 pm
Tues, January 8:      10 am - 4 pm
Weds, January 9:     10 am - 4 pm, 6 - 8 pm
Thurs, January 10:   10 am - 4 pm
Fri, January 11:       10 am - 4 pm
Sat, January 12:       9 - 10:30 am
  -- Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Minister of Religious Education
Our Folks...
Best wishes for quick healing to Beth Hollingsworth, who is recovering from surgery for a broken hip; rehab is going very well, albeit rehab turned down Beth's request for a pass to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge. 
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
Your generous contributions support our Worship Artists in Residence each year. Many thanks to this year's Worship Artists in Residence, Janiece Jaffe and Colleen Haas.
Collecting Items for People Experiencing Homelessness
Our Religious Education Program and Homelessness Task Force are collecting items to make "Blessing Bags" for people experiencing homelessness in our community. If you would like to support this project, there will be a collection box in the Commons on January 6, 13, and 20 for the following items:
Men's socks,  Cough drops,  Toothbrushes,  Travel-sized items: toothpaste / shampoo / soap / hand sanitizer / shaving cream / tissue packs, L ip balm,  Band-aids, H and warmer packets,  Protein bars
Contact Reverend Emily Leite at for more information.

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.
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 2  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00 am.)
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