July 30, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, August 1, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Taking Flight: Relationships and Gratitude
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Ned Joyner
The monarch butterfly, in its ongoing journey of transformation, teaches much about the nature of change that comes with time. In preparation for our September theme of Possibility, Reverend Macklin will do some pulpit wing walking (not sure what that is yet) in her reflections about the coming church year. She has some important things to share with the congregation. 

Our Social Justice Moment will be delivered by David Keppel and the Just Peace Task Force, with acknowledgment and invitation regarding the 76th anniversary of the US bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

In this worship service we will also hear from tech guru Ned Joyner as he prepares to leave UUCB and Bloomington on August 15th to continue his seminary studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Special music provided by Ned and Andy Beargie’s band, Birrrd. Fly well. 

Come say hello (in person!) after the service (11:30 - 12:30) in the Courtyard to pick up a backpack charm, or stop by anytime after that until August 8 to pick up charms from a bin at the Portico entrance.
Zoom Virtual Coffee Hour
Goes on Hiatus for August
Because relatively few members have been taking advantage of the Zoom virtual coffee hour after the livestreamed Sunday service in recent weeks, we are suspending this activity for the month of August. If it seems like it would be helpful to a larger number of people later this fall, we can certainly start it up again. Thanks to everyone who has participated!
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Happy New School Year!
The UUCB community offers our support and blessing for all teachers and students heading to school as the year begins, especially since we truly do not know what it may hold.

This Sunday, August 1, Reverend Mary Ann will offer our Backpack Blessing ritual during the Time for All Ages, and it would be great if families could attend online.

After the ritual, we hope you'll stop by the church to pick up a backpack blessing charm for each student and teacher in your family. Come say hello (in person!) on August 1 after the service (11:30 - 12:30) in the courtyard to pick up a backpack charm, or stop by anytime after that until August 8 to pick up charms from a bin at the Portico entrance. If you know you will be unable to get to the church, let Stephanie Kimball know by emailing rea(at)uubloomington.org and we can send yours in the mail.

We are glad to be to starting the school year with you, however far away we are from one another, and we look forward to seeing you in person whenever that may be.

Reverend Emily Leite, Minister of Story & Ritual
Stephanie Kimball, Religious Education Assistant
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
  • 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
Thinking about Childcare for
Infants & Toddlers
as We Plan for Gathering in Person
Our ministers and staff are discussing needs and possibilities for childcare during Sunday services for children under age 3 in our nursery (Room 108). Children aged 3 and older will accompany their parents to the services on September 5, our first day back for in-person worship, since it is an intergenerational service.
To help us plan for future childcare needs, please let us know:
1. Would you use childcare for your children under age 3 if we are able to provide it during Sunday services?
2. Are you interested in perhaps serving on our paid childcare staff?
Stephanie Kimball, our Religious Education Assistant, welcomes your responses. Please email your thoughts to Stephanie: rea(at)uubloomington.org. Thanks!
UU Freethinkers Meet August 1, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. 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.
Our Summer Read: An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Here are questions related to Chapters 4-6 of our summer read. You can look forward to more questions in the Friday Update each week, and on August 22 at 4 pm we will have a discussion about the first half of the book. 
Cheers, Rev. Dave Clements
UU Online Book Club Discussion
Monday, August 2, 6:30 pm
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Their current book, Beaten Down, Worked Up by Steven Greenhouse will be discussed on Monday evening next week. 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 Thomas G. Albright, who will lead the August 2nd discussion.  
Join Us for Two Grounds Work Parties! August 6 and August 13
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.
Let's meet up at Slip-n-Foam!
Saturday, August 7, 1 - 4 pm
$5 per person
Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park For ages 3–12 years old w/adult guardian. Participate in water-themed games and crafts. Wear a swimsuit to cool off in the summer sun, and savor the last days of summer break! This is a Bloomington Parks and Recreation event. All the details are here: bloomington.in.gov/recreation/programs/11440
Vigil for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World
Sunday, August 8, 8:00 pm at the Courthouse
The Just Peace Task Force invites you to stand with us on Courthouse Square for a vigil "For a Nuclear Weapons-Free World," on Sunday, August 8 at 8 pm, to commemorate the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to oppose the $1.5 trillion program to "modernize" the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Rev. Bill Breeden and David Keppel will be among the speakers. For information, please contact David at keppel(at)sbcglobal.net.
Saturday, September 4, 1 - 4 pm
Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the end of summer and the opportunity to be together. This will be a fun relaxing event with activities for all age groups. Here are just a few of the planned activities:
- Water Balloon Toss
- Sponge Dodge Ball Pull
- Water Color Painting
Social Distancing will be practiced. We are looking for someone who would like to be our DJ for the afternoon. To volunteer, please contact Rev. Dave by email at clements(at)uubloomington.org or by text at 216-333-8055. For other questions, please contact office(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.
New Online Giving Link
We are inviting everyone to use our new Giving page for online contributions: 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, Church Administrator, 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 Marcia Hart.
Coneflowers and butterflies photo by Marcia Hart.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158 Church mobile phone: 812-287-9615