Friday UU Update                            Friday, May 31, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Dear BloomingUU Folks--
A wise owl told me...
We still have about  45 households that pledged last year but have yet to make a pledge for 2019-2020. 
   If you are able, click here to pledge online Thank you!
--Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
Help Us Fight Hunger!
Mega Yard Sale to Fight Hunger
Saturday, June 1st    1510 E. Maxwell Ln
7:00 am to 12:00 Noon
Donated items  may be dropped off at the above address today, 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!
--Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
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 
Sunday, June 2, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Creating Our Spiritual Home
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Our theme for the month of June is Hospitality. How do we create a place of hospitality and home within ourselves? How do we offer a sense of their value to others? Author and teacher Sharon Daloz Parks once stated that "home is a place where we belong and are nurtured so we can dream." How do we create a spiritual home in these changing times? Our Rainbow Rights Task Force will offer the Social Justice Moment and our musical guests will be Voces Novae, directed by Susan Swaney.
Captioning of Services Not Available During June
Our congregation is setting up a program to provide live captioning during Sunday morning services for people using mobile devices. We are currently testing the system, and it will not be available again until July. For details on the program, please see the May 21 issue of The Prologue
This Week in Religious Exploration*:
Childcare will meet in Room 108 to play outside, share stories and make new friends. ( 1st Service) Preschool - Adults are invited to join us in the kitchen to cook up some fun and make a simple breakfast to share with all the early risers who come to 9:15 am service. ( 2nd Service) Preschool - Adults will meet in Room 103 and learn about the sources we draw on as Unitarian Universalists. Kindergarten -Adults will meet in Room 208 to tinker, explore, and create. This week a special guest will be on hand to teach how to make simple origami boxes. Middle School and High School Youth Groups are on hiatus for the summer but encouraged and welcome to join us in any of the above offerings!
*We use the term "Religious Exploration" for summer sessions and other special all-ages religious education Sundays.

Summer Religious Exploration
   This summer, we are excited to offer several options. We know summer brings changing schedules and travel, and hope to provide you with opportunities to be with familiar faces, make new friends, learn, grow, and participate together as a family if you would like. 
   Adults, YES! we are inviting you to participate as well, and you can choose the same activity or something different than a child or youth you brought with you. Religious Exploration is for everyone! Adults without children and youth, newcomers and visitors are all encouraged to attend as well!
9:15 a.m.   - Early Risers Breakfast Club, (Preschool-Adult), Kitchen
11:15 a.m. - Spirit Play for All Ages (Preschool-Adult), Room 103
                 - Makerspace, (K-Adult), Room 208
   NOTE: We do require that parents of kids in 6th grade and younger sign them in and sign them out of their class during the summer months.  
Have an Instant Pot We Can Borrow?
We need some Instant Pots to borrow next weekend (June 9-10). Please email Reverend Emily at if our Early Risers breakfast club could borrow yours!
Events at the Church this Sunday
UU Humanists Meet at 12:45 pm in Room 208
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "Responding to Issues With/Without Facts."
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 our many UU High School Graduates on their graduation weekend!
      And welcome to baby girl Xylem, the newest member of the Backus family, born on May 24! Congratulations to parents Siri and Willie and big siblings Sunny and Shade.
UU Singles Game Night, First Friday of the month
Friday, June 7, 7-10 pm in Fellowship Hall
Come as you are, bring a friend, and (optional) feel free to bring games and/or snacks to share as well! Upcoming dates are Friday, June 7th; and Friday, July 5th (subject to possible 4th-of-July rearranging).

pledged yet?
     There is still time to make your pledge for the coming year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020)! Our budget to be approved on June 9 is set for $670,000 in pledges, and we are currently at $611,974 You can change the world! Help support your dynamic religious community!

(Or call the office at 812-332-3695 ext 200 to leave your name & pledge amount) 
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)
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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