Friday UU Update                          Friday, July 5, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Thank you to everyone who represented the church in the 
4th of July parade.
Sunday, July 7, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Glimpses of Grace
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Reverend Scott McNeill
Join Rev. Mary Ann and Rev. Scott as they explore the special, sacred moments where grace arrives - in our lives, through our community, and as we work toward justice. Our Refugee and Immigration Support & Education Task Force will give a brief update on their recent work and upcoming events.

Early Risers Breakfast Club for 9:15 a.m. 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 cardboard blocks, 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 fruit soup with granola sprinkles and bread. Food 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 to hear the story Whoever You Are as we explore ways we are similar and different. (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 teach us simple sewing. 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? We would love for you to join us as a volunteer!
      * We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions  and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Our RE Team is Hiring!
Last Chance to Apply Is Today
Seeking friendly, self motivated, organized person to assist in our religious education program for children and youth.  Proficient in computer skills, able to work in an environment that requires flexibility and the ability to work with different leadership styles. Knowledge of Unitarian Universalism and experience in education is helpful but not required. Working on Sundays and occasional weekends/evenings is required. 20 hours per week, starting pay $13/hour.  Please submit cover letter and resume by July 5th to Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, at  
Events at the Church this Sunday
UU Freethinkers Meet at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
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!   
Explore Unitarian Universalism this Sunday!
Join us to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and a member of this UU community on July 7 and 14, 2-4 p.m., in the church library. Let Ann LeDuc know if you plan to attend by emailing Plan to attend both dates since different material will be covered in each session.  Everyone ages 14 to 100+ are welcome! 
Our Folks...
      Our heartfelt thoughts are with Kathy Floyd and family. Kathy's father, Joe Sylvester, died this past week. Our congregation mourns the loss of Joe as well. He was a generous member of this congregation and a friend to many. A small graveside service was held this morning with family and close friends.            
Women's Alliance Meets Next Thursday, July 11
Report Back from UUA General Assembly
Rev. Scott McNeill and Hans Kelson, who attended the UUA General Assembly in Spokane as our delegates, will be our  guest speakers at the Women's Alliance on Thursday, July 11 (instead of on July 4). The focus  of this year's GA was "The Power of We." Brown bag lunch at 11:30; program begins at 12:00 noon.
Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps
Friday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m., Monroe County Courthouse
     On Friday July 12, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.
     Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, advocates, activists and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps.
UU Singles First Friday Game Night 
July 12, 7 to 10 pm, Fellowship Hall 
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.
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
We recently obtained two rocking chairs for the Meeting Room to welcome families with babes in arms. Look for them in the back, right corner.
Dear UUCB Folks,
I look forward to having time off away from the office and ministerial role. I will be gone July 8th through 31st. Our wonderful ministry team, Reverend Scott and Reverend Emily, along with our core staff, support staff and lay leaders will be here to engage fully our overall ministry of "Seeking the Spirit. Building Community. Changing the World" while I am away.
Meanwhile, last week a congregation member sent me this Podcast which was first broadcast on NPR June 25th, 2019.  The broadcast revisits the death of Unitarian Universalist Minister James Reeb, who was killed in Selma, Alabama, during the Civil Rights movement. The broadcast explores the impact of his death from his descendants' perspective as well as the descendants of his attacker.  The podcast also includes recordings of Reeb's last sermon at All Souls congregation in Washington, DC.  The entire podcast is about an hour long. May you create time for podcasts, to yourself, to summer evenings, to the waxing moon, to others, to mother earth...
Be Well, Rev. MAM
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
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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