Friday UU Update                        Friday, March 1, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Singles Fellowship and Activity Group 
First Friday Game Night, March 1, 7:00 pm
Tonight! Join us for our monthly First Friday game night at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall (not in the library as previously announced). Some of us might continue on to see Free Solo at the IU Cinema at 10 pm.
Our Folks...
    Reminder that a memorial service for long-time member Lloyd Orr will be held tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, at 3:30 pm here in our Meeting Room. Reverend Macklin and Reverend McNeill will officiate.
   Our thoughts are with Kelly Patrick and her family upon the death of her father, Michael Patrick. A celebration of his life will be held this Saturday in Waupaca, Wisconsin.
   We wish Glee Noble peace and safe travels as she travels to Burlington, Vermont, to make memorial service arrangements for her brother Doug, who passed away in January.
   Jean Knowlton called to say how much she appreciates everyone who has reached out to her since her stroke. It means so much to her!
Love Songs for a Lasting World: Picture Book
Saturday, March 2 at 7 pm
Join Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolites at the Buskirk Chumley Theater tomorrow night, March 2, for an extravaganza of song, dance & apple pie. This is a benefit for Middle Way House, and in honor of Toby Strout.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
What a T-Rex Named Penny, Pittsburgh, and a Theologian Can Teach Us about The Future of Religion and the Greatest Sin of Our Time: Violence
Reverend Keith Kron
     Religion, including Unitarian Universalism, is at a moment in time. Can it survive? And what must it do in order to survive? What must we do? We'll explore our place in today's world, and why it is metaphorical meteorites and not a comet that could wipe us out. 
     Join us as we welcome Reverend Keith Kron as a guest in our pulpit. Keith is a long-time friend of our congregation, and serves as Transitions Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association. He previously served from 1996-2010 as the UUA's Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns. An elementary school teacher before entering ministry, he has taught an online course on children's literature for Starr King School for the Ministry. He also leads workshops on the enneagram and has occasionally been a part-time tennis pro.
This Week in Religious Education: Generosity
World of Wonder (Preschool) will hear the story of "Miss Rumphius" and think about how we can make our world more beautiful. Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will think about fairness and a country's leader in hard times as they learn the story "One Grain of Rice."  Curiosity Club (3rd grade+) will meet in the classroom and then head to the kitchen to make lasagnas for Shalom Center and learn about our social justice task force, Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors. Our Whole Lives (7th-8th grade) will explore the importance of healthy communication. High School Youth Group (9th-12th grade) will meet at 11:45 a.m. in the Children's Library and walk over to the IU Women's Basketball game against Purdue.  Youth are encouraged to bring their own $ for concessions.
Events at the Church this Sunday
Last Sunday for the Getting Involved Fair
This Sunday, March 3, is the last Sunday of the Getting Involved Fair in Fellowship Hall, 10:15-11:15 am. Join us to find out about the activities and groups of the church, and get involved with what calls to you. 
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator.
Take Home Chili to Support Habitat 
Chili & Cornbread Sale on Sunday
The Habitat Task Force will be selling take-home chili (several different types, meat and vegetarian) and corn bread after each service  on March 3 in Fellowship Hall. All proceeds will go toward a memorial gift to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County in honor of Lloyd Orr, a long-time member of our congregation, a supporter of Habitat builds, and a participant in our El Salvador mission trip four years ago. At both services on March 3, Wendi Goodlet, the newly appointed CEO of Habitat, will offer our social justice moment. Also, we are starting a regular build date with Habitat on the third Saturday of the month beginning March 16, using SignUp Genius Our  Women Build Date is Friday, May 3, and we're still looking for more women to participate and donors to help sponsor builders, who need to fundraise a minimum of $250.
Are you new here? Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
Join us to discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism. This Sunday in room 112 at 10:35-11:00 am and 12:35-1:00 pm (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. 
Just stop in, no registration is required.

Explore Unitarian Universalism, March 3 and 10
Join us to learn about Unitarian Universalist Principles and history, this church, how to get involved here, and much more! The Exploring Unitarian Universalism class will be held on Sunday, March 3 and 10, 2-4 pm in the church library. We ask for completion of this class before becoming a member of the church. Questions?  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator.
UU Freethinkers Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
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: Sunday Lunch
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!
Children's Choir Schedule for March
Sunday, March 3: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am, Room 110
(Sunday, March 10 - no rehearsal)
Sunday, March 17: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am, Room 110
Wednesday, March 20: Sing at Spring Equinox Family Service (Rehearse 5:55 pm, Service 6:15-7:00 pm)
Women's Alliance Meets March 7
Laura Miller, Regional Health Center Manager of Planned Parenthood, will  present the  Women's Alliance program from 12:00-12:30 on Thursday, March 7.  We gather at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch. The  presentation begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting. The  hostesses for the month, Hayden Bangert and Sue Medland, will provide  drinks and dessert. Everyone is welcome.
UU Men Meet March 19
Our UU Men's group will meet at church on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:00 pm in Room 210. For info, please contact Dan Wiseman.
Gratitude and Information Regarding Black Lives of UU
On February 10th our worship service lifted up the UUA's "The Promise and the Practice" campaign, a fundraiser dedicated to racial justice within the larger UU Association. We're grateful that we now have raised $4,150, so we are close to our goal of $5,000. We'd like to wrap this up by the end of March so we can get our pledge in early! Please help if you can! Make checks payable to "UU Church" with "BLUU" on the memo line.
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
Fresh Thyme Cards Now Available
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 by clicking  here Our new Kroger organization ID number is  EW763.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Click here for a semi-comprehensive list of which UU Staff Member to call for various kinds of questions. A staff email directory is included.  
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator, 812-332-3695, ext 200
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 February 19  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00 am.)
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