Friday UU Update 
March 6, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
This Weekend
Though it still seems silly, here on the western edge of the Eastern Time Zone, once again we must spring forward for Daylight Saving Time, this Sunday morning at 2:00 am. Remember to set your clocks FORWARD (spring ahead) 1 hour on Saturday night, so you aren't late for church! Also, please drive carefully and watch out for sleep-deprived people.
Protecting the Health of Our Congregation and Community
On Sunday morning, to limit possible exposure to viruses on door handles, we are asking ushers and greeters to be our "door people," having them open frequently used doors near the sanctuary for us. As usual, hand sanitizer is available throughout the building, and as well as plenty of soap and water in the restrooms. Click here or here to see materials on this topic that Board and staff leadership are currently reviewing.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
9:15 and 11:15 am
We Were Never Meant to Survive!
Reverend Bill Breeden, Minister EmeritX
The words of Audre Lorde provide a jumping off place where we may lean face forward into the future. The times are not easy, but walls come down, voices are raised, and we continue the struggle for justice.
This Week in Religious Education
Caring Connections (Childcare) will enjoy stories and playtime with familiar caregivers.
Our Spirit Play classes (Preschool and K+/K-2) will be exploring our Indigo UU Promise: Insist on peace/Insist on a peaceful, fair, and free world.  World of Wonder (Preschool) will hear a traditional Iroquois story, "The Argument Sticks," and Roots and Wings (9:15am K+, 11:15am K-2nd grade) will hear Thich Nhat Hanh's story about a monk living at a time of war in Vietnam, "The Coconut Monk .
Curiosity Club (11:15am 3rd-5th grade) will continue their exploration of Hinduism as they learn about deities, rituals and the festival of Holi. 
6th-7th Grade (11:15am) will work together to bag pet food for the Back to Basics Pet Food Pantry, which works to help people and their pets in our community.
Youth Group (11am, 8th-12th grade) are digging into the many levels of racism this week as they try out sketchnoting and take a closer look at racial privilege.

For the month of March, we are singing our children out to their religious education classes with hymn #1024 When the Spirit Says Do. This is really a fun one to practice at home with friends and family!  Click here for a video.   
Our Folks...
      Our healing thoughts are with Rick Holl who is recovering from a broken arm. Cards are welcome.
      Our thoughts are also with our Music Director Susan Swaney, who is with her brother David and his children in Iowa. David had emergency surgery this week for a torn aorta.
At Church this Sunday:
Are you new here?  Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
Join us for a short introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. This Sunday in Room 112 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM (after each service). Just stop in, no registration is required.  Free childcare is available in room 108.
Bake Sale for Humane Association, this Sunday, March 8
Our 6th-7th Graders will be hosting a Bake Sale to benefit  Monroe County Humane Association this Sunday, March 8th, during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy some homemade delicious treats for your dog, yourself, or a friend and support a good cause.
Support the All Options Pregnancy Resource Center
All Options Pregnancy Resource Center is petitioning to have special Indiana license plates for their organization. The signature deadline is March 22nd. The Center will receive $25 per plate per year. Sign the petition this Sunday at the Social Justice table in the Commons, with Nan McKinley in Fellowship Hall, or as you leave the second service.
This Sunday! Young Adult Lunch Out 
Let's go out to lunch after the second service. We will meet in the Commons at about 12:30, near the social justice table, and carpool to Siam House. Anyone age 18-35 is welcome. As a result of a generous donation to our Young Adult and Campus Ministry we are able to buy lunch for everyone. Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect@uubloomington.orgChildcare is not available for this event.
Humanist Forum Meets March 8, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208. Sandy Dolby will lead a discussion on "Why do we have pets?"
Social Justice Film Series: 
Briars in the Cotton Patch
Sunday, March 8 at 5 pm
Please join the Habitat and Racial Justice Task Forces at 5 pm this Sunday in Fellowship Hall for a free screening of the award-winning documentary Briars in the Cotton Patch,  part of the UU Social Justice Film Series. This one-hour film, narrated by former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, tells the story of Koinonia Farm, a small Christian community in Georgia, where whites and blacks chose to live and work together as equals, despite terror, boycotts and intimidation  in the years before the Civil Rights era. Millard Fuller became involved in the farm, which led to him creating Habitat for Humanity International. Free pizza, popcorn and drinks provided. Discussion will follow. Childcare is available in Room 108.
Extinction Rebellion  General Interest Session
Monday, March 9, at 6:00 pm
Bloomingfoods East,  Community Room
The recent Extinction Rebellion retreat was a great success! Working groups and Action/Affinity groups are generating ideas and firming up action plans. Ready to get involved? Come to our next General Interest session on Monday night at Bloomingfoods East. We are holding these sessions for everyone who has not yet received the short introduction to XR - Demands, Principles, and Strategy.  Come soon so you can join a Working Group and/or an Action/Affinity group. Living murals, Dragon Buses, Vegan Chefs, Music & Crafts... things are happening!  --Jana Pereau
Extinction Rebellion Non-Violent Direct Action Training
Friday, March 13, 9 am - 5 pm 
Friends Meeting House, 3820 Moores Pike
A non-violent direct action (NVDA) training is everything you need to know when standing up for Climate Action. From keeping your cool when being shouted at to knowing how to respond to police challenges. Essential knowledge for activists. Contact us at for more info. --Jana Pereau
Drop-in Childcare on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
On Wednesday evenings, from 6-8 pm in Room 108, our caring childcare staff are here to offer free drop-in childcare (as space allows). Parents must remain on site, on the building grounds or in the building. Please use the Courtyard Entrance. We hope to provide a moment for parents to breathe deeply, have a cup of tea with a friend, or sit in silence before running children to their next event. When possible, the Meeting Room is available for quiet meditation.  For more information, please contact our Childcare Coordinator, Hannah Worton, at .
Sunday, March 15, 2020
9:15 and 11:15 am
The Presence of Now,  The Presents of Now
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Sarah Flint
As we enter into the beginning of spring break for many in the congregation, we invite you into a worship service of slowing down and being.  As part of our time together we will explore insights from Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" and we will also share meditation, reflection and poetry, including poetic blessings from John O'Donohue in honor of St. Patrick's day. 
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
     We have grocery gift cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services - pick one up before your Sunday afternoon grocery shopping! (We buy them in bulk at a small discount, and sell the cards as a fundraiser to support our operating budget.)
     Y ou can also click here to register your Kroger Plus card to request that 5% of your food purchase amounts be donated to the UU Church through their Community Rewards program - o ur organization ID number is EW763. During the last quarter (September thru December 2019) we received $424.87 from Kroger, with 135 UU households participating.
Friday Update is for Events Happening in the Next 10 Days
The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our twice-monthly Prologue newsletter.

For More Information
See the March 3  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, March 17, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks   has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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