Friday UU Update 
June 12, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Glenda and Bill Breeden at June 5 "Enough is Enough" protest/march in Bloomington
(Full banner reads "Stop the violence, Start the healing")
Our Sunday Service 
Sunday, June 14, 2020
The Wisdom of Ursula K. Le Guin
Reverend Bill Breeden

Join us via livestream for this week's service at 10:15 am  via  our  Facebook page  or our  website livestream page . In case you miss the livestream, archived videos  are always available on our website  
Our Building Is Closed Through at Least July 31, but Our Hearts Are Still Open. 
To help disrupt the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our Board of Directors has voted to close the building through the month of July 2020. All in-person events and meetings have been cancelled. Everyone please stay safe, stay well, and stay home.

Join us this Sunday for virtual  Coffee Hour
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm, 
click on this link to join us for engaging conversation!

This Sunday's Breakout Rooms:
  1. Choir
  2. Families - Hosted by Amy Beck 
  3. End of Life - Hosted by Tracy Turner and Kathy Gilbert
  4. General Discussion
  5. Worship Service Discussion
Email connect(at)  before Saturday if you would like to request a conversation topic and be a small group conversation host.  
--Ann LeDuc,  Connections Coordinator
Learn how to use Zoom
Would you like to connect with your UU friends via Zoom, but don't know how?  This is a great time to learn! Our simple instructions are available here. Extensive instructions, videos, and online workshops are available at Zoom's Help Center.
--Ann LeDuc, connect(at)

Religious Education Updates and Resources 
      Our Religious Education team has been busy cultivating resources for you on grief, creating sabbath space in your home, a simple calendar of activities and Anti-Racism Resources. These can all be easily found on one landing page (click the link above!)
      Through June, we are creating our program in collaboration with Interfaith Friends, an interdenominational group connecting Bloomington congregations, and sharing social justices activities for all ages to help some of the people most affected by the pandemic. You can engage with one activity or many. This week we are supporting Immigrants and Refugees; next week is Essential Workers. Please click here to get involved
--Your Religious Education Team (Adrienne, Stephanie, and Emily
Spammers Are Out Again
On Thursday, several UU staff members received bogus emails from someone impersonating our congregational president Stuart Yoak. Do not respond to these emails. They are false. Simply delete. Thanks.   --Carol Marks, Church Admin.
From the Board

To Members, Friends and Staff of the UUCB:
Please see below a quick report on the motions and votes taken at the Congregational Meeting last Sunday.
  • The Motion to Proceed Under Emergency Rules - Passed. This permitted electronic voting by members.
  • The Motion for the Board of Directors to Approve the Congregational Meeting Minutes at a Future Board Meeting - Passed.
  • The Motion to Change sections of the UUCB Bylaws regarding length of terms in office for Directors and Officers - Passed.
  • The Motion to Approve the Leadership Cultivation Committee 2020-2021 Slate of Elected Directors and Officers-Passed.
Board of Directors:
Stuart D. Yoak President
Abby Gitlitz, Vice President
Steven Gilbert, Secretary
At-Large Members, At-Large Member
Julia Karin Lawson, At-Large Member
Jane McLeod, At-Large Member
Drew Schrader, At-Large Member
Leadership Cultivation Committee:
Pat Brantlinger
Beth Hollingsworth
Nicole Motz
Special Purposes Fund Committee:
Andrew Appel
Ruth Aydt  
  • The Motion to Approve the UUCB 2020-2021 Budget - Passed. 
  • The Motion to Adjourn - Passed. 
  • The Vote to Approve our 25% Sunday Plate Recipient was awarded to Bloomington Refugee Support Network. 
Watch for further details and results on the Congregational Meeting in the next edition of the Prologue, on June 16.
Our Folks...
Our hearts are with Tom Albright on the passing of his brother,  James "Jimmy" Albright, who  died on June 6 at the age of 73. He passed, surrounded by immediate family, in his hometown of Wausau, Wisconsin. A memorial service will be held in Wausau at a later date.
Have you signed up for a Postal Pal? 
Sign up today!
If you would like the opportunity to connect via snail mail with another adult, child, or youth in the congregation,  please sign to be a Postal Pal!  Deadline to request a pal is Sunday, June 14th. Contact Religious Education Assistant Stephanie Kimball at rea(at) with any questions.
All-Ages Book Discussion 
Saturday, June 20th, 10-11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness 
by Anastasia Higginbotham
Join Reverend Emily Manvel Leite and Adrienne Summerlot via Zoom for a discussion about this book and how to talk with children about race, racism and how to dismantle white supremacy culture. For safety and security of the children and youth who are welcomed and encouraged to attend the conversation, we ask you to email Adrienne directly at dre(at) if you plan to attend, so she can provide you with the Zoom information. If you do not have a physical copy of the book, t hrough June 19 Dottir Press is offering free downloadable PDFs of their books, to support families as they unlearn white supremacy. Find the event on Facebook.
Please Double Check Your Recurring Pledge Payment
      As the 2019-20 fiscal year comes to a close, it is important for you to check on your recurring pledge payment arrangements (if you have such an arrangement set up), if you would like them to continue after July 1, making payments on your pledge for 2020-21. Please send an email to Carol Marks, Church Administrator,  admin(at) uubloomington.orgor call/text after June 14 at 812-287-9615 and she can give you a call to get it all set up for you for the coming year.
      Thank you to everyone who supports our congregation financially!
PayPal Available for Donations  
We now have a PayPal page where you can make a Sunday Plate contribution and other donations to the church using a major credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this page.  It's also not required to use the PayPal page. You can still mail in your pledge contributions using paper checks.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, through June 30
You are welcome to attend any or all sessions through June 30.  Click here for a full description of how the group works. If you have not participated yet,  register by clicking here  to get the Zoom link.
Are you interested in learning more about advanced care planning as it relates to issues specific to COVID-19? 
The End of Life Task Force (EOLTF) has added a link on their resource page to the "COVID-19: Advanced Care Planning" page on the Compassion & Choices website. Access the full EOLTF list of resources at: .
Free Money from Kroger
Fresh Thyme and Bloomingfoods Cards Also Available by Mail  
      Did you know that  Kroger sends us about $1,600 each year? This is made possible by those of you who participate in Kroger's Community Rewards program. R egister your Kroger Plus card  online at this link and select the UU Church as the recipient -- o ur ID number for the program is EW763.
      We are also still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are currently available. We just obtained more Bloomingfoods cards. Send your check to the church (payable to UU Church) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you. (UU Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, IN 47408)
Ways We Can Help: 
Click on the link below to help with ongoing resource drives and other calls to action you can participate in:
Volunteer Opportunities at Local Shelters
Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities and coronavirus health precautions for volunteers at Shalom Community Center and Wheeler Mission.

June Food and Hygiene Drives: NEW AGENCIES & NEW LISTS
Now Helping Black Lives Matter with Dignity Bags
Through June 30, we will be collecting hygiene items for Black Lives Matter, food items for our Pantry at College Square, and food and clothing for Shalom. Click here to see the updated lists of needed items. We have placed collection bins outside the building, under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off--we are collecting donations from these bins daily. 
Many thanks! --Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force

Volunteer Opportunities at Middle Way House
Click here to see the ways you can volunteer at Middle Way House, Bloomington's emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
--Alan Backler and Marlin Howard, Homelessness Task Force

Enjoy a Tasty Meal and Support Middle Way House!
Order carry-out from DeAngelo's Bloomington any time June 8 thru 14. DeAngelo's will generously donate 20%   to help MWH provide alternatives to living with violence!
Free COVID-19 Testing Now Available in Bloomington
Free COVID-19 testing is now available in Bloomington at the National Guard Armory. Testing is  for those with Covid-19 symptoms or other people in vulnerable groups. In English click here en espaƱol, haga clic aqui.

Where? 3380 S Walnut St., Bloomington, IN 47401
When? Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm
Who pays? Hoosiers will not be charged for testing. If you have health coverage (including Medicare/Medicaid), please bring that information with you.
Why? To help keep you, your family, and your community safe.
What happens? Healthcare professionals will share information just for you and your family - fully CONFIDENTIAL.
Register here: or by phone at: 888-634-1116 (if you do not have access to the internet or are registering a minor.)
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to

Friday Update is for Events Happening in the Next 10 Days
The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our twice-monthly Prologue newsletter.

For More Information
See the June 2  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, June 16, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks   has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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