Friday UU Update                         Friday, June 14, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Tomorrow! Hike at T.C. Steele
Saturday, June 15 at 9:30 am
The UU Hikers will hike at the T.C. Steele State Historic site on Saturday, June 15. This is approximately a 2-mile hike. We will meet at the old east side K-mart parking lot (behind Bloomingfoods) at 9:30 am to carpool to the trail. Mary Reardon will lead this hike. If you plan to join us, or would like to be added to the UU Hikers email list, email Ann LeDuc at We will cancel if it is raining.
Sunday, June 16, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Wellspring: Stories of Spiritual Deepening
Members of Our Congregation's Wellspring Program
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Denise Breeden-Ost
In September, we began our second year of offering the Wellspring Program, which was created to enhance spiritual lives within a small group setting. In addition to meeting twice a month, each member of Wellspring commits to a daily spiritual practice, meets at least once a month with a spiritual director, and completes readings and other assignments towards increased spirituality. In this worship service, we will hear from our first-year Wellspring members about their 9-month journey of spiritual deepening. The group was co-facilitated by Denise Breeden-Ost and Reverend Macklin.
For 9:15 am service attendees - Join the Early Risers Breakfast Club
Free simple breakfast foods,  Yogurt Parfaits (vegan, gluten free, sugar free options available), served for 15 minutes after first service in Fellowship Hall.
Captioning of Services Not Available During June
Our congregation is setting up a program to provide live captioning during Sunday morning services for people using mobile devices. We are currently testing the system, and it will not be available again until July. For details on the program, please see the May 21 issue of The Prologue
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
  • Childcare will meet in Room 108 to share stories, play, and make new friends.
  • (1st Service) Preschool - Adults are invited to join us in the kitchen to cook up some fun and make simple breakfast foods to share with all the early risers who come to 9:15 am service. 
  • (2nd Service) Preschool - Adults Spirit Play will meet in Room 103 and reflect on our Orange UU Promise, Offer fair and kind treatment, as they explore the story Charlotte's Web
  • (2nd Service) Kindergarten-Adults will meet in Room 208 to tinker, explore, and create. Colleen Haas will join us to help us make instruments out of recycled materials to use in the 4th of July parade. 
  • Middle School and High School Youth Groups are on hiatus for the summer, but encouraged and welcome to join us in any of the above offerings! 
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* We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Children's Choir Schedule for June
Sunday, June 16: Rehearse, 10:30-11:00, Room 110.
Sunday, June 23: Sing for Sunday Summer Solstice Services; sing end of 1st service, start of 2nd. Children will meet in Room 110 at 9:45 for a quick run-through prior to singing at the end of the 1st service.
Events at the Church this Sunday
International Outreach Bake Sale in Fellowship Hall
This Sunday, June 16th, International Outreach will hold their monthly Bake Sale between services.  Buy some goodies to take home or munch with your coffee. The Task Force is also collecting children's K-12 clothing in the Commons (bin provided) through August 25. We help AIDS orphans and a women's agricultural cooperative with infrastructure, scholarships, food, with the priorities set by them, in the best tradition of encouraging development of human capital. We much appreciate your continuing support!  All best, Claire Robertson
Free Children's Books by Scott Sanders Available on Sunday
Member Scott Russell Sanders has copies of children's books written by him that he would like to share. They will be in Fellowship Hall this Sunday, free to anyone who would like to take copies to share with children they know.
UU Humanists Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Jon Chaffin will lead a discussion on "The Green New Deal?"
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 to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!   
Third Sunday Social Justice Film Series
Stories of Monroe on June 16, 5 pm
The Racial Justice Task Force will host the Third Sunday Movie Night this Sunday at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Resilience: Stories of Monroe, by Gladys DeVane and Elizabeth Mitchell and directed by Danielle Bruce, is a moving history of African American life in Bloomington, Indiana, which was home to both abolitionists and slave catchers in the 19th century. The play was performed here in October 2018 and was very well-received. There will be an intermission with pizza.
Our Folks...
      Our sympathy and thoughts are with the family of Bryan and Roxanne Smith. Bryan's father, Charles Smith of Bowling Green, Ky, passed away peacefully Monday morning. In addition to being a stellar father, he was an accomplished flutist and composer. Care cards are welcome.  
      Congrats and safe travels  to congregation member David Keppel. David was invited by the Letters Editors of The New York Times to an event at their New York office for their 'regulars.'  Since 1987, The Times has published 75 of his letters, mostly on nuclear dangers.
      Daniel Reed's inspiring song about living with Parkinsons, "I Will Fall Down," was  part of the Opening Ceremonies at the World Parkinson's Congress on June 4, 2019. You can  watch the video that Daniel sent to the Congress and also
Join the fun! Make a sign for the 4th of July parade!
On  Thursday, June 20, and Thursday, June 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Room 208, we will  visit and eat pizza together while making signs for the 4th of July Parade. Even if you cannot march in the parade, you are welcome to create a sign for someone else to carry. Our theme this year is our 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. All ages welcome! Let Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, know if you would like to eat pizza by emailing
Dear Unknown Generous Member:
A wonderful member of our congregation raised their pledge for 2019-20 by $1000.00 on Sunday at the congregational meeting, but forgot to write their name on the card. If this was you, please give us a call or email the church office so we can make a record! And thanks so much!! (812-332-3695,
Fee Lane South of 17th Street: single lane traffic and west sidewalk closure June 10-August 16
Fee Lane between Law Lane and the circle drive at McNutt Quadrangle will be reduced to one lane for vehicular traffic June 10-Aug. 16, 2019, for underground utilities work. 
Reverend McNeill Away Until July 1
Reverend McNeill will be away from the office May 23-June 30 for scheduled time off and attendance at UUA General Assembly at the end of June. 
He will return on July 1.
Church Administrator Out June 15-25
Our Church Administrator, Carol Marks, will be out of the office June 15-25 at administrators' meetings in Spokane, Washington, followed by a visit to some relatives in northern Washington. In her absence, please direct your administrative questions to Monica Overman or Mandy Skinner, our office assistants, office  or 812-332-3695, ext. 204.
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

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For More Information see the June 4  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, June 18 at 10:00 am.)
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