Friday UU Update                            Friday, May 24, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Dearest UUCB Folks--
   We still have about fifty households that pledged last year but have yet to make a pledge for 2019-2020. 
   If you are able,  PLEASE take the time to pledge this Memorial Day weekend. Click here to pledge online Thank you!
--Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
Sunday, May 26, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
The Five Invitations
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Frank Seisho Diaz, Zen Hoshi
We begin our worship service on Memorial Day weekend, harbinger of summer, with a Bicycle Blessing during our Time for All Ages. During the remainder of the service, Reverend Macklin and Zen Hoshi Frank Diaz will reflect upon Zen Teacher Frank Ostaseski's book The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.  In the worship service, Mary Ann and Frank will incorporate meditations and reflections from a workshop they co-facilitated at our UU MidAmerica Regional Assembly in early April.
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
Childcare will listen to stories and play with our wonderful staff!  During the 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services we will be introducing our Makerspace for preschool-adults who want to make, tinker, and explore using tools and materials. Middle School and High School Youth group will have a joint end-of-the-year celebration starting in Room 210 at 12:30 p.m. They will have a pizza lunch and then go play Laser Tag with John Summerlot and Rev. Macklin! RSVPs and permission slips are required. Pick up will be at 2:30 at Laser Tag.
Middle School Sign up:  
High School Sign Up:  
*We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.
Events at the Church this Sunday
EarthKeepers Community Compost
Click Here for details on our new composting project - a new collection system starts soon! Representatives from EarthKeepers will be here again this Sunday during coffee hour.
--Molly O'Donnell, Green Sanctuary Task Force
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...
Congratulations to UU member Kim Carballo, a 2019 Women Excel Bloomington Honoree. Celebration with Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is Thursday, May 30.  Info here.
Interfaith Friends: Saving the Earth
Mo nday, May 27 from  10 am - 1 pm 
Here at UU!
Lunch is provided; please bring a dessert to share (no nuts).  RSVP to Didi, Connie, Kim, Emily, or Adrienne --  OR  Register Online Here .
Find this event on Facebook; invite your friends!
Earth Care Activity Stations Include:
* Healthy Soil in your Backyard: Learn from the IU Biology Department about decomposers. Get close and messy with creatures that you want in your backyard. 
* Energy Monitoring & Solar: Bring your small appliances and check out your energy usage. Ben Brabson and Trinity youth will assist.
* Bees & Seeds: Get close to bees and learn about their importance in the environment. Make seed balls to plant flowers.
* Writing for Change: Let's tell our national representatives that we believe in climate change and we want to protect our world at the postcard writing table.

Help Us Fight Hunger!
Mega Yard Sale to Fight Hunger
Saturday, June 1st
1510 E. Maxwell Lane
7 am to Noon
Donated items  may be dropped off at the above address from Wed, May 29 through Fri, May 31. Have large items to donate? Call Mary Blizzard at 812-333-
8957 to make arrangements for pick up.
Please note: Do not drop off items at the church!
Sponsored by our Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force

Make your pledge today
and make Hodor
smile! (Hodor belongs to Reverend Macklin & Deb Phelps.)

pledged yet?

     There is still time to make your pledge for the coming year! Our budget to be approved on June 9 is set for $670,000 in pledges, and we are currently at $598,735. 
     You can change the world! Help support your dynamic religious community!

(Or call the office at 812-332-3695 ext. 200 and leave your name and pledge amount!) 
Represent UUCB at the Spencer Pride Festival! 
Saturday, June 1, Noon to 8 pm
We need a few friendly people to represent UUCB in our tent at the Spencer Pride Festival on June 1, on the Owen County Courthouse Square. Sign up here for one or more 2-hour shifts: The festival is a family friendly celebration  of LGBTQ+ life and culture and provides educational opportunities within the rural Owen county community. For more info: .  Volunteering in our tent is easy and fun!  Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at  or Jay Sissom at 
International Outreach Task Force Clothing Drive for Kenya
The International Outreach Task Force is now collecting clothes for the Kenya School and orphanage that we help support. Sizes K-12 are needed. The collection box is under the table in the Commons. We are in particular need of boys clothes and any teen-sized clothes for boys and girls! Collection will continue through August 25th. --Judy Kelly
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.
SLATE of Candidates for Elected Positions at the Congregational Meeting on June 9, 2019 
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS - TREASURER: 1 Position, 2-Year Term (First) 
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS - AT-LARGE: 1 Position, 2-Year Term (Second) 
  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS - AT LARGE: 1 Position, 2-Year Term (First) 
  • LEADERSHIP CULTIVATION COMMITTEE: 1 Position, 1-Year Term (Second)
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
UU pinball wizards!
Your core staff* enjoyed a multi-faceted, refreshing, and inspiring 2-day retreat this week, supported in part by your pledge dollars. (No worries--we spent our own money on the pinball machines! Actually, Ann paid for the pinball, but we are going to pay her back!) 
Rev. McNeill contemplates his next shot at stress-reducing Glow Golf.

*Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill, Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Carol Marks, Susan Swaney, Adrienne Summerlot, and Ann LeDuc.

Church Offices Closed 
Monday, May 27
Because Monday, May 27, is the Memorial Day federal holiday, the church offices will be closed (but our minds will stay open). 
Regular office hours will resume Tuesday, May 28, at 10:00 am. 
Reverend McNeill Away Until July 1
Reverend McNeill will be away from the office May 23-June 30 for scheduled time off and attendance at UUA General Assembly at the end of June. 
He will return on July 1.
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 21  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00 am.)
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