Friday UU Update                          Friday, June 28, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
From the Board President...
     The congregation's response to the Board's request to help us meet the $670,000 budget goal has been wonderfully positive and enthusiastic. Our current total is $645,260. Sincere gratitude for those of you who have been able to increase your pledge or make a special one-time gift.
     A reminder that all one-time gifts made toward the 2019-20 budget received prior to June 30th will be matched by an anonymous donor from our congregation. 
     Many thanks to those who have voiced their support for the Board's request, without being able to designate an increased pledge amount or one-time gift. We all contribute what we can, when we can, and your gifts are appreciated. 
     Please call the office, 812-332-3695, to make a pledge, raise your pledge, or stop by the church office to make a one-time gift toward the 2019-20 budget.
     Michelle Cook, Board President
Tomorrow! Hike at T.C. Steele
Saturday, June 29, 9:30 am 
Join us to hike at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site tomorrow, June 29. This is approximately a 2-mile hike. We will meet at the old east-side K-mart parking lot (behind Bloomingfoods) at 9:30 a.m. 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 If it rains, we will cancel.
Sunday, June 30, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
The Five Invitations: A Weaving of Journey
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Janiece Jaffe, Worship Artist in Residence
Join us for an integrative blend of music, reading, poetry, improvisation, and insight as we explore, for a final time in June, Zen teacher Frank Ostaseski's book  The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Life Fully. Writer Anne Lamott says of this book, "I love this book and its gentle, radical, charming, wild, and comforting truths. It may well be the most important book you read this year."
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 and enjoy some 4th of July fun.
(1st Service) Preschoolers - Adults are invited to join us in the kitchen to serve up some fun. We will be making fruit smoothies and cutting up watermelon to go with our homemade muffins and will start bread for next week. Food will be offered to all the early risers who come to 9:15 am service!
(2nd Service) Preschoolers - Adults Spirit Play will meet in Room 103 and learn about how the flaming chalice came to be a symbol for Unitarian Universalism. 
(2nd Service) Kindergarten - Adults will meet in Room 208 to tinker, explore, and create. We hope you will join us to make items to be shared with the community about our ideas of hospitality as we make LGBTQ Pride items for the Monroe County Fair, as well as signs and musical instruments for the 4th of July parade.
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!
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
This Sunday! Past and Current Residence Life Employees at the Common Interest Table
Were you, or are you, a member of the Residence Life staff for your college or university? If so, join us at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest table this Sunday, June 30, during coffee hour to swap stories! Look for the "reserved" table. 
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
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. Sandy Dolby will lead a discussion on "Storytelling."
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!   
Our Folks...
     The year 2019 has seen the loss of beloved elders and long time members in our congregation. This past week two of our congregation's inspiring matriarchs died peacefully with family nearby, Tommie Owens and Velma Harrison.  As a congregation we honor these women with open hearts which break a little with each loss, signifying our love. 
      Our deepest sympathy is with the family and friends of  Tommie Owens, long time member of our congregation, who passed away on June 23rd. A memorial for Tommie is tentatively set for the weekend of August 10 and 11; time yet to be determined.
      Our heartfelt sympathy is also with the family and friends of Velma Harrison, a dear member of this congregation for many years, who passed away the afternoon of June 27th. A memorial service for Velma will be held in our sanctuary on July 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

      Meanwhile . . .
      We continue to send our healing thoughts to Gladys DeVane as she deals with serious pneumonia recovery. Cards are welcome, mailed to her home, but absolutely no visitors, due to severity of the situation. 
      Our thoughts are with Jack Harlow and family. Jack suffered a stroke last week, but is on the mend. He is in the rehab unit on the second floor of Bloomington Hospital. Cards and visitors are welcome.
      Happy 96th Birthday to Edrice Baker! Edrice will be celebrating her birthday this Sunday, June 30.        
Yoga and Taiji on July 2
Please note the room change: Hatha Yoga (5:30 pm) will meet in Room 208 on July 2, instead of in Fellowship Hall. Taiji will not meet.
Come march or ride with us in the 4th of July Parade!
EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to march or ride your bike or mobility scooter in Bloomington's 4th of July Parade! This is a great way to tell the larger community about our church. NOTE: Our meeting location has changed. We will meet in the parking lot across from the Law School, on Indiana Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Everyone participating needs to have signed the liability waiver before 9:00 a.m. Participants can sign the waiver at church this Sunday (6/30), or on the 4th before 9:00 a.m.   We have signs to be carried, bubbles to blow, and more. (The parade route is 1.3 miles long, but you can join us at any point along the way! Don't forget to bring a water bottle, hat, and sunscreen. Wear bright solid colors to represent the colors of the rainbow. Q uestions? Contact Ann LeDuc at or (812)332-3695.  
UU Singles First Friday Game Night
July 5, 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 July 5, August 2, September 6.
Explore Unitarian Universalism, July 7 and 14
Everyone (ages 14 to 100+)  is welcome to attend the Exploring Unitarian Universalism (UU) class on July 7 and 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m . in the church library. In this class we learn about our UU Principles, consider and discuss how we live into them, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of this UU community. To sign up for the class, just email Ann LeDuc at or stop by the Welcome Table in the foyer. Plan to attend both dates. We ask for completion of this class before becoming a member of the church.
Women's Alliance Meets July 11
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.
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 18  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, July 2 at 10:00 am.)
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Masthead photo of Summer Solstice service on June 23 by Adam Leite.
The Last Word...
Get a free UU tee shirt on Sunday, June 30! 
The first twelve people (planning to march in the 4th of July parade) who find Ann LeDuc on Sunday, June 30, will receive a free UU tee shirt to wear in the Parade! (Limited colors and sizes) And congratulations to you, Dear Reader, for reading this issue of the UU Friday Update to the very, very end!
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