July 23, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
People of All Ages are Invited to Puppet Play
Tomorrow! Saturday, July 24, 1:30 - 3 pm 
Join Ginny Richey and Patty Callison to play with puppets! Participants will explore puppet conversation, and watch a puppet show of the Nigerian folktale "Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky." Puppets will be on hand for children to re-enact the story, and puppet-making kits will be available to take home. 

Want to learn more about this summer's Intergenerational Play Group? Click here for an overview. To connect with future playful events offered this summer, sign up here.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, July 25, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Change Is Our Friend
Reverend Charles Eduardos
Reverend Dave Clements
Change is happening all around us, and the question we need to ask ourselves is, “Are you the same today as you were 10 years ago?” Will you be the same in the next 10 years? The adoption of the 8th Principle by this congregation has brought another area of change and focus. Change can be our friend. This Sunday's sermon will explore this concept.

We welcome the Reverend Charles Eduardos as a guest in our pulpit this Sunday.
Connect with Our UU Community during
Virtual Coffee Hour
Everyone is welcome to join us after the worship service, until 12:30 pm, for engaging conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour. 
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Gardeners Unite!
This Sunday during Virtual Coffee Hour all types and levels of gardeners are invited to gather in a special discussion group for Gardeners. This is a great opportunity to learn from other gardeners and share your gardening experiences. Join the fun following the service on Sunday. Use this link to enter Virtual Coffee Hour after the service and ask for the "Gardeners' Gathering."
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator 
Next Steps in Transition (NEST) Prepares for In-person Sunday Services Starting September 5
As the date of our first in-person worship services (September 5!) draws closer, the NEST Working Group has created this guiding document: Guidelines for in-person worship services. We so look forward to seeing you in person! A few highlights of the guidelines: Because some members of our congregation cannot be vaccinated (including young children), masks will be required of all attendees and we will not sing together as a congregation at this time. We will prearrange chairs in small pods (of 1, 2, or 3 seats) so that attendees can easily find a socially distanced spot to sit. In the two weeks before September 5, we will provide opportunities for congregation members and friends to visit the Sanctuary in preparation for being together in that beautiful space. We look forward to seeing everyone in September! 
--The NEST Working Group
UU Humanists Meet July 25, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom. Harold Ogren will lead a discussion on "Why are we going to Mars?If you'd like to join us, please contact Ann Watzel for the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Meet up with the UUs this Sunday!
July 25, 5:30 pm, Bryan Park
Meet us this Sunday at Bryan Park for two great free concerts by Matixando and Skaaholics, starting at 5:30 pm. Look for Barb Backler with the "UUs Meet Here" sign.  
Mark your calendar for this and other great UU meet-up opportunities! For all the details, click here.
Our Folks . . .

Our thoughts for healing go out to Tom Hollingsworth, who is in rehab at Bell Trace following a short hospitalization. Caring cards are welcome at Beth and Tom's home address.
Pastoral Care is Available 
If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact Reverend Bill Breeden at breeden1949 (at) gmail.com or 812-360-1779, or Reverend Dave Clements at clements (at) uubloomington.org or 216-333-8055.
Our Summer Read: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Here are some questions to begin to think about as you are reading this book. Each week I will post more questions, and on August 22 at 4 pm we will have a discussion about the first half of the book. Thank you for being willing to read this book as part of your summer reading.
Rev. Dave Clements ☺
UU Online Book Club reads Beaten Down, Worked Up by Steven Greenhouse
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Their next book is Beaten Down, Worked Up by Steven Greenhouse and will be discussed on August 2 at 6:30 pm. This book gives an in-depth look at working men and women in America, the challenges they face, and how they can be re-empowered. To join the book club, use this link to register for the Zoom meeting: UU Book Club Registration. Special thanks to Tom Albright for volunteering to lead the August discussion.  
Join us for two Grounds Work Parties!
You are invited to join us on two Friday evenings, August 6 and August 13, from 5 to 8 pm to enjoy conversation, community, and a little sprucing up of the church grounds. We will pull weeds and spread some wood chips. Staying the entire time is not required, just come for as long as you are able. If you can, let us know you are coming by emailing connect(at)uubloomington.org.
Masks Are Required in the Building
In respect for those who are vulnerable or unvaccinated, our Next Steps in Transition Working Group asks that we wear a mask while in our building. We have disposable masks if you forget to bring yours with you. Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

Please Make Your Pledge Today--It's Not Too Late!
We are still encouraging everyone who has not already done so to make a financial pledge for this fiscal year, July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022.

New Online Giving Link
We are inviting everyone to use our new Giving page for online contributions: https://uucb.churchcenter.com/giving   
You can use a major credit card there to make a non-pledge gift or a contribution towards your annual pledge, or both. This new Giving page is integrated with our new database, and is secure. If you have used our Paypal account in the past to arrange a recurring gift, that will continue to work just fine, but you can also use the new Giving page to arrange a recurring gift if you would like.
Carol Marks, admin (at) uubloomington.org, 812-287-9615, 812-332-3695.
Helping The Little Free Pantry and Beacon Shalom Center
The Little Free Pantry by Needmore Coffee needs donations of: peanut butter, canned meat, canned protein meals, canned fruit, Spam, pasta, pasta sauce, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo. You can place these items directly inside the Little Free Pantry on Pete Ellis Drive next to Needmore Coffee.
Beacon Shalom Center needs donations of: cereal, canned food, condiments, bottled water, protein drinks, instant coffee, pasta, hygiene products, socks, tea. These items can be dropped off in the bins on the north side of the church near the Portico entrance.
Vaccinations available for age 12 and older
People age 12 and older in Indiana are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit this website or call 211. Extra vaccines may be available in adjoining counties. vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org
Masthead photo by some nice person on the interwebs.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158