Friday UU Update                        Friday, March 15, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, March 17, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Light is Generous: A Celtic Circle
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
St. Patrick's Day coincides with this Sunday's worship, so it's a safe bet that Reverend Macklin will explore the Irish poet and Celtic Spirituality teacher, John  O'Donohue, whose words provide generous guidance for living in these challenging times. "May I live this day compassionate in heart, dear in word, gracious in awareness, courageous in thought, and generous in love."

OPTIONAL: Wear green or Celtic garb, or dress as your favorite green action hero.
This Week in Religious Education: Generosity
World of Wonder (Preschool) will investigate our Yellow UU Promise: Yearn to Learn, as they share a favorite story from Frog and Toad, "The Garden." Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will be exploring "Ruthie and the (not so) Teeny Tiny Lie." Curiosity Club (3rd grade +) will meet in the kitchen to prepare soup for their Social Justice Soup Lunch fundraiser at 12:30 pm. Our Whole Lives (7th-8th grade) will not meet this week, but students are encouraged to join Curiosity Club. High School Youth Group will gather from 12:30-2:30 pm for a soup lunch and a movie.

Events at the Church this Sunday
Gardeners Unite!
On March 17, a ll gardeners are invited to gather at the Birds of a Feather Common Interest table in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour, 10:30-11:15 am. Bring your garden stories, knowledge, questions, and ideas to share. All types of gardeners are welcome, whether you grow veggies, fruit, or flowers. 
 -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Soup Lunch Fundraiser this Sunday at 12:30 pm
To  Benefit Backpack Buddies
Our 3rd-6th graders are hosting a Soup Lunch to benefit Backpack Buddies on Sunday, March 17, at 12:30 pm. Tickets will be available during coffee hour between services in Fellowship Hall. Backpack Buddies is a program that sends extra food home with school children on Fridays, so they have enough to eat over the weekend.  Find the event on Facebook:   Soup Lunch for Social Justice
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!
3rd Sunday Social Justice Film Series:  
The Day After
March 17 at 5:00 pm 
This Sunday the Just Peace Task Force will screen  The Day After , a 1983 film set in Lawr ence, Kansas, in the weeks leading up to and following a nuclear war. A brief discussion will follow the movie, and pizza will be provided.  Please note, the film is quite graphic and not appropriate for children. 
Children's Choir Schedule for March
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)
Our Folks... 
   We wish everyone who is traveling this week safe travels!
    Our thoughts are with Mary Jo Conley, who is recovering from surgery at home. She would appreciate cards and well wishes.
   Our thoughts and hearts are also with Velma Harrison, who is in failing health with 24 hour care at her apartment at Bell Trace. Cards and short visits (please call first) are most welcome.
   And our warm congratulations to Judi Epp and Lucie Mathieu, who were married on March 9.
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.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm
Intergenerational Spring Equinox Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
R everend Scott McNeill 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Come and celebrate the changing season through song and ritual. We will reflect upon this time of balanced light and darkness and consider what we would like to have emerge in our lives in the coming season of growth. The UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will sing during the service.
Reverend Barbara Child's New Book Available 
on Sunday, March 24
Reverend Barbara Child's new book, Memories of a Vietnam Veteran: What I Have Remembered and What He Could Not Forget will be available for sale at our book table between services on Sunday, March 24.  Reverend Child will be a guest in our pulpit that morning.
Big Conversations: Decentering Cisgender Experience  
Sunday, March 24, 1:00 pm
Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT) provides us with a framework of connection, knowing that we grow through our relationships with others. RCT also aims to dismantle toxic power differentials and oppressive cultural structures. Using RCT we will look at the recent article in UU World r ecounting experiences with Transgender individuals and the reaction of the Transgender community to it. How does RCT apply to conversations around de-centering? How does RCT help us listen and understand trans people? How can we shift our narratives to ones that celebrate and welcome trans people, how can we become a truly welcoming congregation? Join us next Sunday from 1 to 2 pm to explore these questions.
New Deadlines for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursday at 9:00 am
Because we have shifted the rhythm of our work week to hold our weekly staff meeting on Thursdays now, we encourage everyone to send us information for the order of service by 9:00 am on Thursdays. Deadline for info to be included in the Friday Update is also now due by 9:00 am on Thursdays.
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
Our salting and plowing services are two of the important budget lines supported by your pledge contributions. We care about your safety--please use caution during the winter months!
Can you help us raise $400 more  for racial justice?
Our congregation has raised over $4600 as part of our pledge of $5000 to the UUA's "The Promise and The Practice" fund to support Black Lives of UU --  for more information,  please click here .  If you are able to give, please send a check to the office (or place in the offering on Sunday), payable to "UU Church" with "BLUU" on the memo line.  We hope to meet our goal by March 30.
Our Donate Page Has Changed
     Credit card security is an important issue these days. Because of the increasingly stringent rules governing online credit card transactions, and the expense associated with complying, the company that has supported the Donate page on our website for the last several years has discontinued this service. However, if you have already set up a recurring pledge payment using our Donate page, that arrangement will continue without any interruption. 
     We will be deciding the best way to move forward with our Donate page in the next few months. In the meantime, we can still accept credit card transactions over the phone, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We follow industry guidelines in keeping your card information secure, and we do not keep copies of it here in our office, either on paper or electronically. 
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator, 812-332-3695, ext 200
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

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 

For More Information see the March 5  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, March 19 at 10:00 am.)
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