Friday UU Update                             Friday, May 10, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
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Sunday, May 12, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Abide With Me: A Mother's Day Remembered
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
Join us for this Mother's Day service, in which we will honor the many aspects of Mother's Day and hear a Mother's Day tale from two years ago. Originally, Jean Knowlton was going to participate in this worship service, in which she would tell an unfolding story from 2017. But, as many of you know, Jean died at age 91 on March 23rd. It was Jean's wish that her story be honored, and so, with permission and help from her family's recollections, we will share an amazing adventure in which science, secrets, and society converge.
This Week in Religious Education: Hope
Childcare   will be making cards for someone they love.  World of Wonder (Preschool) will explore the UU Orange Promise, Offer Kindness, through the story "What If the Zebra Lost Their Stripes?" Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will draw upon our UU source of World Religions and introduce our children to Ramadan in preparation for the Iftar celebration here on May 17th. Curiosity Club (3rd-6th grade) will learn about prophetic person Julia Ward Howe, the origins of Mother's Day, and tools they can use to be peaceful people. Middle School & High School Youth Groups (7th-12th grade) will be meeting earlier than usual in Room 210 and will be headed out to Griffy Lake to canoe. Important: please note that permission slips are required! 

For Middle School and High School Youth, there are just a few more weeks of official meetings before summer. To see what our youth are up to and to sign up for activities, please visit these SignUpGenius Links:
Events at the Church this Sunday
Auction Dinners Available for Purchase
This Sunday during coffee hour, stop by the Fellowship Hall to reserve a seat at one of the wonderful dinners offered at last Sunday's Auction. There are seats available for every budget and age. There are also spots available for the coffee house featuring Bill and Glenda Breeden ($20), and a pie crust making workshop by master pie maker Ruellen Fessenbecker ($30). Sign up early, before all the spots are gone!
  --The Auction Committee
Children's Choir Rehearsal 10:30-11 am, Room 110
Preparation for the Flower Communion Intergenerational service next Sunday, May 19th - see details below.
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, t his Sunday in Room 112 from 10:35-11 am or 12:35-1 pm  (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required. This class was previously offered on the first Sunday of each month. Due to space limitations, it is now offered on the second Sunday of each month.                 --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!
Our Folks...
     We are saddened by the death of congregation member Tony Reilly who died early Thursday morning. Our hearts are with Tony's spouse Maureen Biggers as well as family and friends. Tony wanted us to know that he had a "reverse Irish Wake" from his terminal diagnosis on March 18th through early May, being visited by friends and family from near and far--all who arrived to celebrate and honor his life with him. What a blessing.
     Our thoughts are also with Tom Albright, whose brother Gary Allen Albright died Wednesday night, May 8,  in Wausau, Wisconsin. It was not unexpected, and he passed peacefully in his sleep. He was 76, to be 77 next month. A memorial service will be held at the Helke Funeral Home in Wausau, Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 am. His obituary is posted at
Upcoming Children's Choir Schedule
Join us for the Flower Communion Intergenerational service next Sunday, May 19th. It is so wonderful to have the Children's Choir contribute their voices at the end of the 1st service and start of 2nd. We will be singing a fun and sweet flower song (suggested by some of the kids), "All in the Golden Afternoon" from Alice in Wonderland, as well as another short and simple closing/opening song. 
Please join us if you are able! We rehearse again THIS Sunday! It's never too late to bring a friend to join us.  Contact Jill here.
Sun May 12: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am
Sun May 19: Sing end of 1st Service, start of 2nd Service, Intergenerational Flower Communion Services (meet at 9:45 am, done approx 11:30 am)
Auction Results
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our UU Goods and Services Auction on May 5, and to all who donated desserts, soups, items, and offered dinners and services! It was a fast-paced and enjoyable afternoon, and we raised $10,892 - that total might go up a little with the sale of a few more items that will be offered this Sunday. What a great way to work together to seek the spirit, build community, and change the world!                       --Debbie Fish, 2019 Auction Chair
EarthKeepers Community Compost
Ready to start composting? 
EarthKeepers staff will be in Fellowship Hall with empty compost buckets for you to pick up from 10:30 to 11:15 and 12:30 to 1:00 on Sundays, next to the Green Sanctuary coffee/chocolate sales table. They will be collecting full buckets just outside the doors, on the patio.
Haven't signed up yet?  Sign up online here: 
but wait to pay until you pick up a bucket at church**
They offer two sizes of buckets for rent (with tight-fitting lids) to hold your food scraps and more! Cost per bucket:  
  --> $2.25 for each 1.5-gallon bucket
  --> $5.50 for each 5-gallon bucket
Learn more, including a full list of compostables, on the Green Sanctuary page on church website, at
** Because we are piloting this program for local congregations, please bring cash for the next couple of weeks to pay EarthKeepers. We'll transition to the PayPal and credit card options listed on the sign-up form once their wooden corral for buckets is in place next to our small shed. (Watch for more updates later in May!)
--Molly O'Donnell, Green Sanctuary Task Force
Ramadan Dinner  Friday May 17
Doors open at 8:30 pm
Dinner begins approx. 9:15 pm
We are hosting an Iftar dinner next Friday evening to extend goodwill and support for our Muslim friends. The dinner is a celebratory breaking of the daily fast. To help, sign up this Sunday between services or sign up online here. You can also contact Judy Berkshire, coordinator of this year's dinner, at or 812-318-2668. 
   -- Judy Berkshire, chair
Habitat Monthly Build on  Saturday, May 18
Anyone over age 16 is welcome to sign up for the Habitat Task Force's next monthly build on Saturday, May 18. We need about 10 people to paint and install siding on a house in the Trail View neighborhood, off of the B-Line (905 W. Moravec Way). No experience, donation, or skills necessary; training provided. Work day is 8 am to 4 pm, but you can work a half-day. Lunch provided. 
Social Justice Movie Night 
Sunday, May 19th, 5 pm
The Visitor
The Refugee and Immigration Social Justice Task Force (RISE) will host the Third Sunday Movie Night on May 19th at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall. Christie Popp, Immigration Attorney here in Bloomington, will introduce the movie,  The Visitor. There will be an intermission with pizza. Info about this heartwarming film  here
(Childcare available by request, if requested by May 12 - click here to request child care.)
--Debbie Fish and Barb Backler, Co-Chairs
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
Our high school youth and facilitator attended a youth conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan this past weekend, and our Connections Coordinator Ann LeDuc attended the three-day UU Membership Professionals Conference in Milwaukee recently.
Please Do Not Leave Food Out in the Church
We love to celebrate with food, but please remember to put all food trash in covered receptacles after your meetings, and please do not leave food of any kind out in the rooms. Instead, take it home with you!  Thanks, The Ant Patrol
Voces Novae Performs Vonnegut Requiem
As part of the second annual Granfalloon, Voces Novae, directed by our Music Director, Susan Swaney, will premiere The Vonnegut Requiem here in our Meeting Room Saturday, May 11, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, at 3:00 p.m. Click here  for ticket info.
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 Kroger organization ID number is EW763.
In the first quarter of 2019, 129 households used their Kroger Plus Cards to donate a total of $413.73 to UUCB!
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.
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 May 7  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 am.)
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