Friday UU Update 
November 15, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church  of Bloomington, Indiana
Benefit Sale for International Outreach Task Force  Projects in Kenya - Jewelry, glass, soapstone, baskets, and fabric
Until 6 pm Tonight, Room 208
Stop by Room 208 at the church until 6 pm tonight for the International Outreach Task Force benefit sale. Proceeds will go towards projects that support orphans and women in Kenya. Please enter at Portico entrance on the north side of the building.
Workshop tomorrow at 1:00 pm --
Find Your Power for the Greater Good!
This Saturday, from 1-4 pm, join us in the Library for a leadership workshop titled "Finding Your Power for the Greater Good." This workshop will help you identify your many sources of power and understand how you can use your power to live into our UU Principles. Led by e xperienced consultants, Dan and Sharon Wiseman.   Light snacks will be provided. RSVP to
Sunday, November 17, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
We Give Thanks:  A Multigenerational Thanksgiving Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite 
and Reverend Scott McNeill 
All ages are invited to join us for songs and stories as we reflect together on all that makes our days more joyful. Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be singing! Our Giving Tree will be available beginning this Sunday, with gift tags available to support several local programs (see details below).
Giving Tree Begins this Sunday
On November 17 and 24 and December 1, our Giving Tree will be available in Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to support a local family, child, or teen in need, or a local adult living with HIV. Gift requests will be available for $5 and up and will include some tags where gently used donations would be welcome. We hope that many members of our community will be able to participate. Gifts will be collected during our Procession of Giving services on Sunday, December 8. Online sign-up for gift tags will be available next week.
This Week in Religious Education: Inheritance
We encourage families with children to attend our Intergenerational Service together this Sunday. 
Childcare is available in Room 108 for young children who would prefer to share stories and play with friends. 
11:15 am - Jedi Academy (6th-8th Grade) will meet to continue their investigation into their senses, exploring taste this week.  
12:30 pm - High School Youth Group (9th-12th Grade) will gather to make cookies and care packages for youth group alumni.  Sign up here!
At Church this Sunday:
Hat Sale on November 17
Hats and Hunger! That's What It's All About!
     November is Hunger Awareness Month at UUCB, and the Hunger Task Force will be selling hats between services on November 17, November 24, December 1, and December 8. Buying and wearing one of our hats is like wearing a badge that says that you fight hunger in our community. 100% of all sales goes directly to running the College Square Pantry (previously Walnut Grove Pantry) and each hat that you buy represents 167 pounds of food that will feed the hungry.
So, keep your head and your heart warm this month -- buy a hat!   
Humanist Forum Meets November 17 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208. Judy Berkshire will lead a discussion on "The Disconnect between Millennials and Baby Boomers."
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!
Heading for Extinction and 
What to Do About It 
Sunday, November 17, 2:30 pm 
Fellowship Hall
The Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change and Extinction Rebellion (XR) will present up-to-date information on the dire reality of climate change, and share XR's vision for using mass civil disobedience to get governments to take action on a scale that matches the scale of the global emergency. Learn more at:                                                   --Jana Pereau
Social Justice Film Night November 17, 5 pm -- 
Bag It!
Join us for  Bag It!, a film about the overuse of single-use plastic, which will be shown in Fellowship Hall at 5 pm this Sunday, November 17th, followed by a discussion. There will be free popcorn but no pizza this time. No childcare is available for this event.
Our Folks . . .
   Women from our congregation (including Sandi Clothier, Glenda Breeden, Beth Lodge-Rigal, Amy Cornell, Lauren Bryant, and Mary Beth O'Brien) will be reading at the Community Read-Around event "A Light in the Dark; Reaching Out" this Sunday, November 17, 3-5 p.m. at the Lotus Firebay, 105 S. Rogers St. A collaboration of Women Writing for (a) Change Bloomington and the Lotus Foundation. Free -- all are welcome! 
Two Ways to Push for Action on Climate Change
November 16 and 17, Switchyard Park
So little attention is being paid to the URGENCY of Climate Action. The Green Sanctuary Task Force encourages you to join Extinction Rebellion at Switchyard Park to call for No Business as Usual at the opening of Switchyard Park.  Click here for more information on these public actions.
Human Rights and Criminal Justice - 
What's Happening in Monroe County? 
Come and Learn!
Weds, November 20, 6:30 pm 
Presentation in our Meeting Room
     Monroe County is challenged to administer a criminal justice system that meets the needs and reflects the values of its citizens. Criminal justice and human rights are a concern beyond the scope of our county, but close to home we have more opportunities to make a real difference.
     On November 20th at 6:30 pm the Hope for Prisoners Task Force will host "A Comprehensive Look at Criminal Justice in Monroe County" in our Meeting Room. This is a community-wide opportunity to learn why reform is needed, what is already being done, and how we can act as caring and voting citizens in Monroe County.  
     Panelists will include Monroe County Commissioners, Monroe County Prosecutor, and a member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission. There will be time for questions and opportunities to learn about non-profits working with prisoners and their families.  Click here for details.
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Here on November 28
We will host a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. Please sign up in the Commons by November 24, indicating how many people are in your party and what food you will be bringing to share. We will provide turkey. All are welcome! Questions, contact Amy at
The Holiday Bazaar is Coming Soon -- 
and we need YOU to make it all possible! 
Calling all knitters, bakers, volunteers, and anyone with cupboards and closets full of things you'd like to donate... We've compiled all of these opportunities to get involved with the Bazaar in one place.  Click here to learn more ! And save the date for December 6 and 7.
Help a Family in Need this Season with a Holiday Food Basket
To ease the hunger in our community during this upcoming winter holiday season, please sign up to provide groceries for the Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket drive. The sign-up sheet can be found in the Commons next to the Social Justice table. The last day for food drop-off is Friday, December 6 - please deliver your food basket items directly to MCUM.
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 November 5  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, November 19 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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