Friday UU Update                          Friday, July 26, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, July 28, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Building Bridges and Crossing Borders
Reverend Scott McNeill
From Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to Paso del Norte International Bridge in El Paso, Texas, bridges represent a powerful image of connecting two places. Join us as we explore stories and questions regarding how we move between places familiar and unknown, both literally across physical borders or figuratively through difficult emotions or new stages in life.

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 create with playdough and make new friends. 
(1st Service) Preschoolers - Adults are invited to join us in the kitchen to serve up some fun. Food will be offered to all the early risers who come to 9:15 a.m. service! 
(2nd Service) Preschoolers - Adults Spirit Play for All Ages will meet in Room 103 and will share "Old Turtle," which is a favorite story of several members of the congregation. Then they will explore our Violet UU Promise: Value our earth, which we share with all living things.  
(2nd Service) Kindergarten - Adults will meet in Room 208 to work together to create wind chimes. These will remind us to offer random acts of kindness and remind us we can find beauty and grace when winds are blowing. 
Middle School and High School Youth are encouraged and welcome to join us in any of the above offerings! (Separate youth groups will resume in the fall.)  
* We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions  and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Our Folks...
It is with great sadness that we learned this week of the death on July 22 of the Reverend David Johnson, one of our former ministers. He died as the result of an auto accident in New Hampshire; his wife Julie was also injured and is in critical care. Reverend Johnson was our minister from 1964 to 1970, later serving other congregations, including the UU Church of Tucson, where he was named Minister Emeritus after 15 years of service.
At Church this Sunday:
Gardeners' Gathering this Sunday, 10:30 am
Gather with other gardeners this Sunday to share tips, ideas, successes, and questions. Join us in room 112 at 10:30 am. We will gather on the fourth Sunday each month during coffee hour between services. If you would like to be added to the Gardeners' email list, email
This Sunday, July 28, Young Adult Brunch 
Are you age 18 to 35? If so, join us for brunch after second service. We will meet in the Commons after the second service (about 12:30 pm), near the social justice table, and carpool to the Owlery.  Anyone ages 18 to 35 is welcome. Thanks to a generous donation to our Young Adult ministry, brunch is on us. That's right, we'll buy!  Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at
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!   
UU Humanist Forum Meets July 28 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Barbara Backler will lead a discussion on "Obituaries."
Earth Kin Lughnasadh Ritual and Potluck
Sunday, July 28, 3-5 pm
Join Earth Kin, our earth-centered spirituality group, on Sunday, July 28th for a Lughnasadh Ritual from 3 to 5 pm. We will meet in Fellowship Hall, then move outside, weather permitting. Lughnasadh (also called Lammas) celebrates the wheat harvest and the transition from the growing time to the harvest time of the year. This event is a potluck, and all are welcome!
Click here for details.
UU Singles Game Night, First Friday of the month
Friday, August 2, 7-10 pm in Fellowship Hall
Come as you are, bring a friend, and feel free to bring games and/or snacks to share! Upcoming dates are August 2, September 6, October 4.  
Fall Religious Education Registration Begins August 4
Stay tuned for details on how to register your child(ren)! 
Has your task force, committee, or group signed up for the Getting Involved Fair?
The upcoming Getting Involved Fair will be held  August 11, 18, and 25 in the Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. Your group can register to use half of a six foot table to offer information about their group or activity. This is a great opportunity to encourage our UU community to get involved.  Sign up here to represent your group or email Ann LeDuc at and let her know which Sunday (August 11, 18, or 25) your group would like to be at the fair.
Automatic Payment of Your Pledge? 
We Can Help with That!   
Many thanks to everyone who has made a financial pledge for the current fiscal year (2019-20), which began on July 1. If you would like to arrange to pay your pledge automatically on a recurring or one-time basis with a credit card (Mastercard, VISA, or Discover), debit card, or e-check, please call our Church Administrator Carol Marks at 812-332-3695 and she will be happy to set it up.
Monroe County United Ministries Seeking Volunteers
Monroe County United Ministries needs helpers in their food pantry. Please contact Sandi Clothier if you can help,
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.

For More Information see the July 16  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, August 6 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
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