Friday UU Update                               Friday, May 3, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Join us for a Maypole Dance this Sunday at 12:30 pm (weather permitting!) and the
Pre-Auction Luncheon, then settle in for the Goods & Services Auction starting at 2 pm.
First Friday UU Singles Game Night   
Tonight! May 3, 7 to 10 pm,  Fellowship Hall 
Come as you are, bring a friend, and (optional) feel free to bring games and/or snacks to share as well! 
Saturday, May 4, 9 am to Noon --
Green Grounds will be mulching the new northwest corner wind break 
   Last weekend, 7 volunteers planted and mulched around 25 new holly bushes and laid cardboard and wood chips between the bushes and new evergreen trees. We ran out of time, cardboard, and energy, so we plan to finish mulching this Saturday from 9 am to noon -  a few more hands would be greatly appreciated! 
   Once the area is fully mulched, and no longer needs to be mowed, we plan to move the drip irrigation hose from the east side of the parking lot to make it easier to water the evergreens this summer.   --Molly O'Donnell 812-345-7399
May the 4th Be With You -- Star Wars Party this Saturday
Saturday, May 4th from 5:00 to 9:00 pm 
(drop in or stay the whole time).  Join us for Snacks, Games, Crafts, Costume Contest and more!  Family Friendly. All Ages Welcome! 
Sunday, May 5, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
The Tiny Ripples of Hope
Reverend S cott McNeill
With an ever-changing world, many of us  are wondering where to find inspiration amidst the chaos. Of course hope can be found in major, significant places -- the picturesque moments in nature, watershed moments in our lives. But each moment of each day gives us the chance to offer and receive hope, and those tiny ripples (as Robert Kennedy once called them) have a big effect over the course of our lives. Join us as we rediscover and appreciate the everyday glimpses of hope in our lives. 
Sharing Our Pronouns - New Nametag Stickers this Sunday
   Recently, Amy Makice (organizer of our Rainbow Rights Task Force, among other roles) led a discussion reflecting on sex and gender (particularly on issues around language regarding people who are cisgender* and transgender, genderqueer, and/or non-binary).   
  One of the next steps for our congregation, as we continue to build our community as intentionally inclusive and accessible as possible, is the introduction of stickers that tell people which pronouns (if any) you'd like people to use -- h e/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, etc. Everyone is encouraged to take a sticker and place it on the paper part of their nametag. Rev. Scott will talk about this more in worship on Sunday morning.   
  If you'd like to learn more about people who identify as trans,  here is a good video; if you'd like to read more about pronouns, we encourage you to read this article.  

*Cisgender = a term for people whose gender identity matches the sex that they were assigned at birth.
This Week in Religious Education: Hope
Childcare will have the option to make May Day crowns and engage in pretend play with money as they connect to the events happening at church today. World of Wonder (Preschool) will explore the Red UU promise, Respect All People, as they learn the story of an unlikely friendship in Owen and Mzee. Our Kindergarten-6th grade classes will learn about hope and activism as they hear Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Pride Flag. YUUMS (Middle School Youth Group) will meet from 11:30-12:30 pm in Room 208 for rainbow snacks and to test their LGBTQ+ trivia. High School Youth Group will not meet this Sunday; they are away at a youth regional conference.
Events at the Church this Sunday
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!
Maypole Dance this Sunday at 12:30 pm, weather permitting!
Everyone is invited to dance around the Maypole in the courtyard this Sunday after the second service. Tamara Loewenthal will teach the dances, and our String Band will play! (probably best for children Kindergarten age and older)
This Sunday after 2nd Service!
Auction Lunch and Maypole Dance at 12:30 pm;  Auction starts at 2:00 pm
   This Sunday, May 5, we will hold our great and wonderful Goods and Services Auction, starting at 2:00 pm. We also hope you can join us for the pre-auction Luncheon and Maypole Celebration, right after second service at 12:30 pm.  
Childcare provided in Room 108 from 12:30 to 4:00 pm.
   This entertaining annual fundraiser is a blast, with many delightful items to bid on in all price ranges.  The Auction Catalog is now online
   Can't make it? Peruse the catalog and send in an Absentee Bidder Form  (by tomorrow, Saturday, May 4) to participate from afar!
Our Folks...
   Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Emily and Adam Leite. Emily's mother, Anne Manvel, died Thursday night after a long journey with Alzheimer's Disease.
Reverend Emily is on her way to Colorado to be with family and friends.
   A memorial service for Marion Sinclair will be held here on Wednesday, June 12 at 2:00 pm.
    Best wishes for a quick healing to Perry Hodges, who is recovering at home from a car accident requiring several hospitalizations. Cards and virtual hugs welcome.
   Congratulations to Kim Carballo, who is one of the recipient's of this year's Women Excel Bloomington Awards from the Chamber of Commerce. The 10th Annual WEB Awards ceremony will be held on May 30 at IU's Henke Hall.
   And a big congratulations to all graduates and those who support them!
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 Sunday, 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
Upcoming Children's Choir Schedule
Thank you to the children who joined us and sang so beautifully for our Earth Day services last Sunday! It was truly a pleasure to work with them! We have one more big Sunday morning intergenerational service coming up this Spring -- the Flower Communion on 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 5: Rehearse 10:30-11:00 am
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)
Your Pledge Dollars at Work
    Updated faucet in the island sink in our kitchen, new motion sensitive light switch in the accessible restroom, and repair of the remote door opener at the courtyard entrance! All this and more is supported by your pledge dollars.
SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training  May 13 at St. Mark's
If you would like to attend a SafeTALK Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training at St. Mark's Methodist church on May 13 at 12:30 pm,  click here to register, before May 8.  The cost is $10.  Questions? Contact Michelle Martin Colman at 812-322-1500, or . Michelle also facilitates a survivors support group.
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

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 

For More Information see the April 16  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, May 7 at 10:00 am.)
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