Friday UU Update                            Friday, May 4, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana

Special Message for 5/4/2018:
May the "Fourth" Be With You!  

The Force was definitely with Reverend Macklin on January 1st, when she took the plunge at Lake Monroe! It was 0 degrees Fahrenheit that day.
Green Grounds Project 
Terracing Progress - 
Come Help Tomorrow, May 5!
      Here are some cheerful UUs working hard to make a beautiful terraced garden on the south side of the building. Many thanks to Jana Pereau, Stuart Yoak, Chris Haynes, Greg Haas, Ed Robbins, Rich Slabach, Kelly Rockhill, Molly O'Donnell, and Miles Eddy. So much shoveling! So much worthwhile sweating!
      There will be more work to do on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. til 12 noon if it does not rain. (Rain date May 12.) Come join the fun!
Sunday, May 6, 2018    
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Ministry in, with, for and by the Community 
Reverend Forrest Gilmore
     Join our Affiliated Community Minister this Sunday, as we learn about his experiences of Unitarian Universalist ministry in various settings! 
     Graduates will be recognized during the services this Sunday.
     Our annual goods and services lunch and auction will follow the second service this Sunday. Childcare provided 2:00-4:00 p.m.   More info here.

     Reverend Mary Ann Macklin will preach in Columbus, Indiana this Sunday, May 6th   about our Chalice Circle program and deep listening.   Members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, will be joining us for our Chalice Circle Facilitator Training    on August 18th , 2018.
This Week in Religious Education: World Religions
World of Wonder (Preschool) will hear the Sufi story of The Lost Key.
Roots and Wings (K-2) class will learn about one way Hindus celebrate by hearing The Spring Rangoli. Curiosity Club (3rd grade+) will continue to expand their understanding of Buddhism by taking a field trip to the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (details here:  ).
Our 11:15am Harry Potter and UU class (6th-8th graders) will investigate ways to fight the animal cruelty horcrux leading up to their visit to the Exotic Feline Rescue Center on May 20. Our high school youth group will welcome next year's incoming 9th graders with a potluck picnic and games the Southeast YMCA.
Are you new here?  Come to First Steps this Sunday!
First Steps is a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Join us today in room 112 at  10:35 am or  12:35 pm. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required.           --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Our Folks . . .
     Our sympathy and healing thoughts are with Ruth Aydt and Von Welch and their family upon the passing on May 2 of Ruth's father, August Aydt, in Illinois. Cards are welcome sent to Ruth and Von's address here in Bloomington.
     Congratulations to Ann and David McIntosh, who recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
      Sing for Joy Senior Choir enjoyed their first concert on Sunday, April 29 at Bell Trace. The group is conducted by UU member Sandra Freund and is a project of our Music Program. Another series of rehearsals will take place in June. Info, contact Susan Swaney,
Support the 5th UU Principle and REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, MAY 8! 
MEGA Bounty Full Sunday Food Drive, May 13! 
The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force will collect non-perishable food (no expired food, please!) and toiletries for Monroe County United Ministries on Sunday, May 13. Thank you for helping feed our hungry neighbors.  Click here to see a poster !
Annual Reports from Committees and Task Forces Due May 15
Each year, we compile an annual report for our spring annual congregational meeting. It contains reports from ministers, staff, and task forces and groups within the church who would like to be included. It is a fine historical record of the work of our congregation, and we post it on our website as well (  Suggested maximum length of each report is 250 words. Social Justice task force leaders should send their reports to Jackie Hall, by May 8, and she will format a large Social Justice report to submit. All others should send their reports to Carol Marks by May 15,
Pledge Drive Update
THANK YOU to those of you who have already pledged!  If you have not pledged yet, please do so (Click here to make your pledge for 2018-19 - choose "I want to make a Pledge Commitment" or contact the office staff). We are working hard to reach $650,000 and are 87% of the way there, so this is a critical time to receive pledges (and any increases you are able and willing to make). Thank you, again and again, for supporting this congregation!
Writer's  Scrivener (tm) Workshop
with Rich LeDuc
5 Wednesdays, May 9 - June 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 210
      Writing is one of the oldest spiritual practices that is still commonly in use.  Enheduanna, author of the oldest writing that can be attributed to a named person, wrote her dreams with a stylus on damp clay over four millenia ago, but today's writer needs to be comfortable with other tools.  Many of us use the Scrivener software.  This workshop will provide novice and advanced users the opportunity to meet and discuss how to get more from the tool they're already using.  The workshop is designed to help better use the software, rather than focusing on what we are writing.   Participants will be asked to explore features of the software and share what they've learned with the group.
     Sign up by contacting the church office:  or 812-332-3695, ext 204.
Your Pledge Dollars at Work - Dies irae 
Next Sunday
On Sunday, May 13, our  choir, with a 15-piece orchestra and guest soloist Amanda Russo Stante, will perform Cary Boyce's "Dies irae," a movement of his Flower of Departure Requiem that we premiered a few years ago. The piece cleverly turns the 14th century "Day of wrath" text into a powerful (and entertaining) indictment of war and ecological destruction by interpolating a text by Leonardo da Vinci. 
When Parking, Please pull all the way in
When parking on our lot, especially on the northwest corner of the property, please pull your vehicle all the way in until your tires or bumper touch the parking block. Larger vehicles and vans (like the Meadowood bus) cannot clear that corner easily on Sundays unless we pull our vehicles all the way in to their parking spots. Thanks!  - -Carol Marks, Church Administrator
For More Information see the May 1 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo from the internet.
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