Friday UU Update                     Friday, November 1, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Daylight Saving Time Ends this Weekend
Remember to "Fall Back" and turn all your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, November 2, before you go to bed. Daylight Saving Time ENDS in the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 3.  
Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Those We've Known
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Scott McNeill
     Our traditional celebration of ancestors will take place on Sunday, November 3 at both services. For our shared altar, you are invited to bring photos or mementos of loved ones who have died. 
     Around this time of year, many cultures and religious traditions pause to reflect on life and death. Each year, we hold a service to remember our ancestors, and people in our lives who have recently died. Joining together as a community - with our children joining us for the first half of the service - gives us a different opportunity to process grief and lift up memories, as we all move forward through the various losses we have experienced.  The Choir welcomes guest musician Wilson Shitandi from Kenya. 
     There will be a children's resource table in Fellowship Hall about aging, illness, and death, to help parents address this important topic. Room 112 will be available between services for quiet reflection and/or conversation on grieving, from 10:30-11:15. Many thanks to the End of Life task force for their assistance in gathering these resources.  
This Week in Religious Education: Inheritance
For our celebration of ancestors service this Sunday, children are encouraged to bring a memento of a loved one (family member, friend, pet or beloved public figure) who has died to participate in our congregational ritual. After an extended stay in the service, our preschool through 5th grade children will continue their exploration in their Religious Education classes about loved ones who have died. 
Caring Connections (Childcare) will share stories, make fall crafts, and play with playdough.
Our Spirit Play Classes, World of Wonder (Preschool) and Roots and Wings (9:15 am K+, 11:15 am K-2) will continue to explore feelings in their classrooms.  
Curiosity Club (11:15 am, 3rd-5th grade) will learn about world views and religious beliefs around death.
Jedi Academy (11:15 am, 6th-8th grade) are investigating spirituality and learning about force ghosts as depicted in Star Wars. 
High School Youth Group (12:30 pm, 9th-12th grade) will share a potluck lunch and play board games with Drew and Kelly. Please bring a favorite dish of your ancestors to share.  To see what youth group is up to and sign up, click here!
At Church this Sunday:
Cider, cookies, and a quiet place to reflect
If you are missing a loved one who has passed, and would like a quiet place to reflect or connect with others in between this Sunday's Celebration of our Ancestors services, The End of Life Task Force is offering cider, cookies, and quiet conversation in Room 112 from 10:15-11:15 am. Please join us. 
Monroe County United Ministries 
Holiday Food Basket Drive Begins
November 3 marks the beginning of MCUM's annual Holiday Food Basket food drive! Last year, UUs donated 75% of all the food baskets collected for MCUM to distribute to families in need. Great job! If you'd like to contribute this year, look for the sign-up sheet and instructions found in the Commons, starting this Sunday. 
Double Your Generosity - Buy a  Grocery Card on Sunday!
Buy your MCUM Holiday Food Basket items with a pre-paid grocery card from Bloomingfoods, Lucky's, or Fresh Thyme, for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services, a fundraiser for the church's general operating budget. You can also register your Kroger Plus card to donate a percentage of purchases to the UU Church by clicking here - our Kroger organization ID number is EW763.
Humanist Forum Meets November 3 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208. John Crosby will lead a discussion on "Believe and Let Live."
UU Singles Fellowship Group -- Sunday Singles Lunch
We meet in the Commons after the second service every Sunday to gather and decide where to go out to lunch. Please join us!
Fellowship Hall Is a Polling Place November 5
Please remember that we will be a polling place on Election Day--Tuesday, November 5. Fellowship Hall will be unavailable from Monday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m. until Tuesday, November 5, at around 8:00 p.m. to make room for voting. It is a Bloomington City General Election.
All-Church All-Adult Game Night
Friday, November 8, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
Calling all game players! (Card games, board games, word games, parlor games, guessing games . . . you name it.) If you've been jealous of the UU Singles group because we have a monthly game night, now is the time to come join us! We're partnering with the Young Adult group to host a game night open to all (18 and up). Snacks and games provided, but if you have a favorite game you'd like to play, you are welcome to bring that too. For questions, contact Marie Deer, 812-391-0900. Sorry, no childcare is available for this event.
UU Singles Update: Friday Game Night Now on 2nd Fridays
Please note that as of this month we are switching game night to the second Friday of the month. And, this month, we are partnering with the Young Adult group to invite all the adults in the church to join us! (See details above) Please let Marie know at if you would like to host a game table, bring a few extra snacks, or help with set up or clean up. And invite your friends!  
Explore Unitarian Universalism - Nov 10 and 17
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism class will be held on November 10 and 17, from 2:00-4:00 pm in the church Library. This class is a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles and how we live into them, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of the church. To sign up for the class, email Ann LeDuc at Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. We ask for completion of this class before you become a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Free childcare is available, if requested before Nov. 3.

Drop-in Childcare on Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
We are now offering free drop-in childcare on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Room 108.  Parents must remain on site --on the building grounds or in the building. Please use the Courtyard Entrance. We hope to provide a moment for parents to breathe deeply, have a cup of tea with a friend, or sit in silence before running children to the next event. The Meeting Room will be available for quiet meditation.  Contact Childcare Coordinator Hannah Worton with any questions or ideas you may have: .
For More Information  see the October 15  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, November 5 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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