Friday UU Update                          Friday, July 12, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps
Tonight at 7:00 pm, Monroe County Courthouse
On Friday July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring together thousands of Americans across the country to vigil outside of detention camps, in the streets, and in their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.  Beginning at 7 pm, advocates, activists, and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 pm, around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil. Check here for more information.
UU Singles First Friday Game Night Tonight
Fellowship Hall, 7 to 10 pm 
Come as you are, bring a friend, and (optional) feel free to bring games and/or snacks to share as well! Upcoming dates are August 2, September 6.
Green Grounds Path Maintenance Tomorrow Morning, July 13
Have an hour or two to help clear the perimeter path on the east side of the church parking lot? Please email Molly O'Donnell, at, if you would be a ble to help on Saturday, July 13th, between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Join Molly for as long or  little time as you want.
UU Families Adopt-a-Stream Work Day at Bryan Park
Tomorrow, July 13, 10 am
This Saturday is the Families with Young Children monthly stream walk and cleanup at Bryan Park. We will meet at 10 am at the main playground off Henderson, near the bridge. We will work on invasive species removal for an hour, then reconvene at the playground at 11 am to play and picnic. (Feel free to meet us just to play!) Wear shoes/boots that can get wet, sunscreen, etc. Please bring a gloves and shovel if you have one. All are welcome!  Hope to see you Saturday!  - -Anna Knust
Sunday, July 14, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Going Back to Kent
Reverend Barbara Child 
Reverend Scott McNeill
Rev. Barbara Child will lead our congregation in worship this Sunday. Join Rev. Child as she reflects on reconnecting with powerful memories of the Kent State shootings in 1970, during the Vietnam War. Rev. McNeill will also participate in the service. Reverend Child, a guest in our pulpit, is a retired UU minister who has served our congregation twice in the past as sabbatical minister.

Early Risers Breakfast Club for 9:15 am service attendees: Simple breakfast foods (i.e. fruit, breads, etc.) will be provided in Fellowship Hall immediately after first service for 9:15 attendees.   
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
        Childcare  will meet in Room 108 to build with duplos, play, and make new friends. (1st Service) Preschoolers - Adults are invited to join us in the kitchen to serve up some fun. We will be making banana shakes and a casserole for next week. Mixed breads, toppings, and shakes will be offered to all the early risers who come to 9:15 a.m. service.  (2nd Service) Preschoolers - Adults Spirit Play will meet in Room 103 and will be exploring our UU Source of Jewish and Christian heritage as they hear the story of Moses and the Burning Bush.  (2nd Service) Kindergarten - Adults will meet in Room 208 to tinker, explore, and create. We hope you will join us as we investigate grace. Special guests will be there to help us create our own set of meditative beads and calming sensory bottles. Middle School and High School Youth are encouraged and welcome to join us in any of the above offerings. (Separate youth group gatherings will resume in the fall.)  
Do any of these sound like fun?  Join us as a volunteer! 
* We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions  and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Events at the Church this Sunday
UU Humanists Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Noretta Koertge will lead a discussion on "End of Life Medical Choices."
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group 
Lunch Every Sunday
Join us for a weekly lunch date! Every Sunday after the second service, we will meet up by the coatroom near the sanctuary to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!   
Are you new here?  Take your "First Steps" 
This Sunday, July 14!
Join us to discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism this Sunday in Room 112, 10:35-11:00 a.m. and 12:35-1:00 p.m. (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required. This class is offered on the second Sunday of each month.      --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Mark your calendar! Hike with us on July 20
The UU Hikers will hike Saturday, July 20.  We will meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to  Beanblossom Bottoms, if the trail is open. If Beanblossom Bottoms is not open, we will meet at Griffy Lake parking lot and hike the trails there. Watch the Friday Update for updates.  If you plan to join us, or would like to be added to the UU Hikers email list, email Ann LeDuc at .
Membership Ceremony July 21
      Is this your church? Do you want to show your commitment to the values, goals and general welfare of our church? The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m.
      If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before signing the membership book. Let Ann LeDuc know if  you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at or call (812) 332-3695.
Tabletop Role-Playing Gamers Unite July 21
Are you interested in playing tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons? If so, this is an opportunity for you. Join us on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest table during coffee hour to connect with others interested in playing. Look for the special "reserved" table. Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at
Community Kitchen of Monroe County Needs Volunteers for the Month of August (1515 S. Rogers St.)
      The Community Kitchen invites new volunteers during August, when many student volunteers are still away. Volunteer shifts are from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm and 3:30- 6:30 pm each Monday-Saturday.
      Volunteers ages 10-13 accompanied by an adult are welcome, and those 14 and older can volunteer without an adult. Volunteer one time or sign up for a regular shift, once/week or once/month. Come make a difference in your community!
      Please call 812-332-0999 to volunteer, or email June, Volunteer Coordinator, with questions at

Ministers Away
Reverend Macklin will be away through July 31 on scheduled time off. Reverend McNeill is in El Paso, Texas, July 12-13 to protest the federal government's inhumane and illegal immigrant detention camps.
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
Bloomingfoods, Lucky's and Fresh Thyme!
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. We can earn at least $400 per quarter from Kroger!
Deadline for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursday at 9:00 am
Please send us information for the Friday Update and the upcoming order of service each week by Thursday at 9:00 am.
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 July 2  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 am.)
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