Friday UU Update                        Friday, March 29, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, March 30 - 
8:30 pm
Turn Off Your Lights for EARTH HOUR
International Dark Sky Week, March 31-April 7
From World Wildlife Fund: " Life is resilient when we give it the chance to bounce back.  Please join us in turning off our lights for one hour at  8:30 pm, your local time, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, to show your support for a healthy planet."  Also see  for more information about reducing light pollution and ideas for celebrating the night sky! 
Sunday, March 31, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Be Strong, Be Fearless, Be Beautiful
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill 
     Join us this Sunday as we conclude Women's History Month. The choir will premiere a new piece by Keaton Springfield, "Be Strong, Be Fearless, Be Beautiful," set to a text by Misty Copeland, American Ballet Theater's first African-American prima ballerina. This piece was commissioned in memory of former choir member Herb Kiesling. 
     Herb's passion was that every child and young person would have an equal opportunity to develop their talents. He focused much of his work on activities that would remove the "risk" for children in school. Mr. Kiesling led a study to determine how early educators in the Monroe County Community School Corporation could identify those children who were most at-risk for dropping out, and he supported efforts to provide mentors in elementary schools for  those children.  
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at  4:30 pm
Unity in Community Service at Bethel AME
      Please join our racial justice team this Sunday afternoon, March 31st, at 4:30, for a Celebration of Unity in Our Diversity at the Bethel AME Church here in Bloomington. This event is organized by the Bloomington Area Interfaith Alliance, and is an opportunity for all to join together and celebrate our friendships and common values with some joyful music and worship.
      The service will be followed by a reception at Bethel AME, co-sponsored by the UU Bloomington Racial Justice Task Force. Bethel is on the northeast corner of Rogers and 7th Street (302 N Rogers St).
This Week in Religious Education: Generosity
World of Wonder (Preschool) will be exploring our Indigo UU Promise: Insist on Peace as they hear "Horton Hears a Who."  Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will think about memory and intergenerational connections through Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge and the Orange UU Promise: Offer fair and kind treatment to all.  Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will continue to work with Green Grounds to rake and get the ground ready for spring planting, as well as start some indoor seeds. Kids in 6th grade and up are welcome to join us in Curiosity Club!  High School Youth Group will be sharing a potluck lunch and playing favorite board games.

Events at the Church this Sunday
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!
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.
Outreach Table for Community Justice and Mediation Today
Envisioning a fair community that learns from conflict, prevents harm, and grows in understanding, CJAM aims to promote civility and peace through mediation, education, and restorative justice. As a local non-profit organization with more than 40 community volunteer mediators, their work focuses on restoration, education, empowerment, and community-building. Terry Amsler, a member of our congregation, will be at a table in Fellowship Hall between services to share information about this community asset. Learn more at .
Our Folks... 
     Best wishes for quick healing to Lois Holl, who is recovering at Bell Trace from hip replacement surgery. Care cards are welcome, mailed to Lois's home address.
     Our sympathy and prayers to Melinda Swenson and Carol McCord and their family upon the passing this week of Melinda's mother, in Buffalo, New York.
     Our sympathy also to the family and friends of long-time member 
Jean Knowlton, who died on March 23. A memorial service for Jean will be held here on Thursday, April 11 at 1:00 pm.
Seeking Volunteers for Pledge Day:  Join Us on April 20 to 
Celebrate and Support Your UU Community!
Our fun-filled Pledge Day / Community Day wouldn't be possible without you! Stop by for the fun and community, and stay to help out. There are opportunities to help by cooking ahead of time, or pitch in anytime between 7:30 am and 9:00 pm on April 20.  Let us know how you would like to help! 
SIGN UP to Volunteer or   Donate Food
Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc at .
Visit the Pledge Booth to Support Our Budget for Next Year
Beginning this Sunday, March 31, there will be several easy opportunities for you to make a financial pledge for the coming 2019-20 year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). This Sunday and April 7, 14, or 21, there will be friendly helpful people at the Pledge Booth in Fellowship Hall after each service, with pledge cards already labeled with your name if you made a pledge last year. There will also be pledge cards in the orders of service for your convenience. 
Look for the Blooming UU Pledge Booth in Fellowship Hall!
Women's Alliance Meets April 4
Kristin Bishay, Executive Director of Monroe County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) will speak about what's happening at the agency and with kids in our community at the Women's Alliance program from 12:00-12:30 on Thursday, April 4. Join us at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch. The presentation begins at noon, followed by a brief business meeting. The  hostesses for the month, Karen Cassidy and Katherine Hopkins, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone is welcome, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons.
Hatha Yoga Class with Kate Mulligan
5:30-7:00 pm, Tuesdays thru April 30
in the Library
A gentle hatha yoga practice to balance the mind, body, and spirit. Includes: warm up and gentle asanas (yoga poses) for strength, flexibility, and relaxation along with breath work and guided meditation. Kate holds a 500 hour yoga teacher certificate from the Institute of Holistic Yoga. You may join the class at any time. Please bring a yoga mat or large size bath towel. The class is free, but please register by calling or emailing the church office:  or 812-332-3695.
Upcoming Children's Choir Schedule
Sunday, March 31: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am
S unday, Apr 7: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am
(No rehearsal 4/14 & 4/21)
Thursday, April 25: Rehearse 7:00-7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 28: Sing at end of 1st Service and start of 2nd Service, Multigenerational Earth Day Services - meet at 9:45 am, done by approximately 11:30 am
It's always helpful to know if your children are coming - let them know they can invite friends to join too!  Contact Jill here.
Join us April 14th for an IU baseball game!
Help us represent the UU Church on April 14th at the 3rd annual Faith and Family Day at Bart Kaufman Field. Everyone is welcome to attend, and the church will buy your ticket. If you'd like to purchase food vouchers ($5 for an entree and a drink), they are the only thing you would need to pay for. Please email Reverend McNeill at before April 11 to let us know how many tickets and/or food vouchers you would like. 
Donate to the UU Goods and Services Auction 
Coming Up on Sunday, May 5, 2019
Have you considered donating your talents, services, or gently-used goods to this year's UU Auction? We'd love to see what you've got! Previous items have ranged from themed meals, small artwork, and voice lessons to home baked bread, babysitting, and handmade socks. Your generosity is appreciated! 
Click here for the 2019 Auction Donation Form - or visit the Auction table in Fellowship Hall between services.  Donation forms are due on Sunday, April 14th. Deliver your items on April 28th.
Day-of Details
Luncheon: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Auction Item Browsing: 1:45 pm
Auction:  2:00 - 4:00 pm
Childcare will be available, as well as a special silent auction table for children!
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.
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.
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 19  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, April 2 at 10:00 am.)
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