Friday UU Update                             Friday, May 17, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Ramadan Dinner  Tonight, May 17
Doors open at 8:30 pm
Dinner begins approx. 9:15 pm
We are hosting an Iftaar dinner this evening to extend goodwill and support for our Muslim friends. The dinner is a celebratory breaking of the daily Ramadan fast. Everyone is invited! 
   -- Judy Berkshire, chair
Habitat Monthly Build,  Saturday, May 18
8 am to 4 pm
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. 
Green Grounds Work Day,  Saturday, May 18 
9 am to Noon
Grounds work tomorrow, May 18, 9:00-12 noon. Trimming bushes, debris clean up, weeding, mulching, setting up drip irrigation.  Join us for an hour or 3, and be sure to bring water, gloves, a hat, and your favorite tools with your name on them!  Volunteers will be needed throughout the growing season. To help, contact
Molly O'Donnell at or 812-345-7399. Want to volunteer regularly this summer? Sign up at to help a week at a time with the Garden Tower and watering, etc. Thanks!   -- Molly O'Donnell
Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
H o pe: Our Annual Flower Communion Sunday
(Bring a flower to share!)
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
Each year, we pause to bear witness to the beauty that blooms in our lives and in nature. Please bring a flower (or several) to share at this service! All ages are invited to join us for story and rituals as we celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of each individual within our community and acknowledge the changes happening in our lives. Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be singing at both services.
This Week in Religious Education: Hope
Childcare will read stories and make crafts about flowers. Preschool-6th grade classes will not meet; we encourage families to attend our annual Flower Communion Intergenerational service together. Middle School Youth Group will meet in Room 210 at 11 am to go to canoeing at Griffy Lake - permission slips are required. In the event of inclement weather, they will stay on site and play games. High School Youth Group will meet at 12:30 pm for a trip to the Sculpture Park - permission slips are required. Parents, please note the later pick up time.

Middle School and High School Families
We only have two more meetings left for the 2018-2019 school year, please visit the SignUpGenius pages below to see what we are up to and let us know if you plan on attending, so we can secure transportation for our outings: 
-->   Middle School    -->   High School
Events at the Church this Sunday
Auction Dinners Available for Purchase
This Sunday, stop by during coffee hour to purchase a seat at one of the wonderful dinners offered at our Auction on May 5. There are seats available for a Family Pizza Party, a Pre-Columbian Dinner, and a Vegetarian Dinner (Indian influence). There are also a few spots left for Ruellen Fessenbecker's pie crust making workshop on June 1. Sign up early, before all the spots are gone!  
Questions? Contact Debbie Fish.
Photographers Unite this Sunday!
All photographers are invited to come to the  Birds of a Feather Common Interest table in Fellowship Hall  during coffee hour this Sunday. All levels and types of photographers are welcome. This is a great  opportunity  to meet others who enjoy photography, exchange tips, ideas, etc.        --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Humanist Forum Potluck at 12:45 pm
This Sunday the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Fellowship Hall at 12:45 pm for a potluck lunch and to decide on discussion topics for the upcoming season.  The Humanist Forum meets every other Sunday, with a different  discussion topic .
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!
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
--Debbie Fish and Barb Backler, Co-Chairs
Our Folks...
    Our hearts are with Russ and Bonnie Boulding and their family; Mikey Brooks, beloved partner of their daughter Kit Boulding, was killed by a hit and run driver on Monday evening, as he was returning home from work. Care cards are welcome. 
From Our Board of Directors: 
     We are grateful that our UU Church of Bloomington Core Staff is making time to be on retreat May 20th through 22nd after a busy and demanding congregational year. Support staff will be on hand to keep things running during specified office hours (see below). 
     During their retreat, Core Staff will engage a number of local activities as selected by each staff member, from bird watching and Putt Putt to water aerobics and art, as well as nurturing meals and important conversations. If you happen to see our Core Staff around town during those days, next Monday through Wednesday, please offer your gratitude for all they do to keep our Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington afloat in the ever-changing stream of life. 
     Our congregation's Core Staff: Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc; Music Director, Susan Swaney; Director of Religious Education, Adrienne Summerlot; Church Administrator, Carol Marks; Minister of Religious Education, Reverend Emily Manvel Leite; Associate Minister, Reverend Scott McNeill; Senior Minister Reverend Mary Ann Macklin.  --Michelle Cook, Congregational President
May 20-22 Office Hours
Monday, May 20: 10-12:30
Tuesday, May 21: 10-1
Wednesday, May 22: 1-4
Monday, May 27th from 10 am-1 pm at UU Bloomington 
Interfaith Friends: Saving the Earth
Join Beth Shalom, First Christian, First Presbyterian, Trinity Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist Churches for an Intergenerational Memorial Day Environment Event. Lunch is provided; please bring a dessert to share (no nuts). Story, Hands on Activities, and Fun!  Find this event on Facebook
(first notice)
Annual Congregational Meeting
Sunday, June 9, 2019    
4:00 pm
In the Meeting Room
2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington, Indiana
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Childcare provided.
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
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
   Our awesome UU Children's Choir, under the inspired leadership of Jill Courtney, is singing for services twice this month (including this Sunday for Flower Communion); they sing in our services five or six Sundays per year. Jill's stipend and other resources for the choir are supported by your financial pledges. 
Annual Reports from Task Forces and Committee Chairs Due 
All task force and committee chairs and senior staff members are invited to submit 150-200 word annual reports to be included in our 2019 Annual Report to the Congregation, which will be distributed at the congregational meeting on June 9. Please send your reports to Carol Marks at by May 20. If you are leader of a social justice  group, please send your report to Jackie Hall at All other leaders should send their reports to Carol.
Please Do Not Leave Food Out in the Church
We love to celebrate with food, but please remember to put all food trash and compost 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
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!
Deadline for Order of Service and Friday Update Info
Thursday at 9:00 am
Please send us information for the Friday Update and the upcoming order of service each week by Thursday at 9:00 am.
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 May 7  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 am.)
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