Friday UU Update                 Friday, November 16, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Open House Tonight for Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman
One of our former ministers, Laurel Hallman (1981-1987), is visiting Bloomington this week. There is an Open House this evening for friends and members who know Laurel, from 6:30-8:00 pm. Please bring a snack to share; beverages will be provided.  Laurel is looking forward to seeing her old friends!        
--Melinda Swenson and Carol McCord
Sunday, November 18, 2018
9:15 am and 11:15 am 
"What Feeds You?"
Reverend Scott McNeill 
In this season of gratitude, we give thanks for quite a lot. This week of Thanksgiving will find some of us around tables bountiful with food, and others who hunger and need more sustenance. This Sunday, we'll reflect on the different ways we're fed and the sources from which we are nourished - physically and spiritually. We'll talk about the fast food of the soul and the importance of connecting with our favorite recipes, literal and metaphorical. Join us!
This Week in Religious Education: Gratitude
During our 1st service, World of Wonder (Preschool) will go to their classroom and have an exploration day. During our 2nd service, preschoolers are welcome to join religious exploration with our older children, stay in service or go to childcare to make turkeys.  During both services our kids in K-8th grade will have the opportunity to meet with veterans in our congregation, make pinwheel poppies for peace, and help decorate bags for the upcoming food drive.  Our Whole Lives for 7th-8th grade will NOT meet this week.  High School youth group will meet from 12:30-2:30 pm in the kitchen to bake cookies for the Bazaar.

November and December are buzzing with lots of activities for families!  Here is an easy to use guide for quick reference:   November and December Calendar 
Events at the Church this Sunday
Connecting Families with Young Children 
All Families with young children are welcome to join us between services this Sunday from 10:30 to 11:15 am in the library to connect with other families and share snacks. Bring your calendars so that we can plan upcoming events. The whole family is welcome; free childcare is also available in Room 108. If you want to be added to the new Families with Young Children email list, or have questions, email Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator,
Keep Your Head and Heart Warm this Month -- Buy a Hat!
The Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force will be selling hats between services every Sunday in November. 100% of all sales goes directly to running the Walnut Grove Pantry.  Each hat you buy represents 167 pounds of food for the hungry. 
UU Humanist Forum Meets at 12:45 pm
This Sunday at 12:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208, after children's Religious Education classes end. Sandy Dolby will lead a discussion about "Handel's Last Oratorio."
Let's Hike! Porter West Preserve, 2:00 pm
Join us for a group hike this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm. We will meet at the parking lot of the former west side K-Mart, behind Bob Evans, at 2 pm and carpool to the Porter West preserve parking area, about five miles west. More info:  Porter West Preserve: Sycamore Land Trust. If it rains or is icy, we will reschedule. Let me know if you plan to hike by emailing me at
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Film Screening: Rev. Ernest D. Butler--Rebel with a Cause
Sunday, November 18, 5:00 pm, Fellowship Hall
This short documentary highlights civil rights leader Reverend Ernest Butler's work to open up employment and housing opportunities for African Americans in Bloomington, beginning in 1959. Pizza dinner and discussion will follow the screening.  Sponsored by the Social Justice Task Force, Adult Religious Education, and the UUCB Racial Justice Task Force. (Sorry, no childcare this time)
Giving Tree Tags Available Sunday!
This Sunday and next Sunday, Giving Tree tags will be available in Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to support a local child or teen in need or a local adult living with HIV. Gift requests are available from $5 and up and includes some where gently used donations would be welcome. Gifts will be collected during our Procession of Giving services on  Sunday, December 2. Online sign up for a gift tag is available here:
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Tuesday, November 20th, 7:00 pm
Join the Reverend Emily Manvel Leite and other members of our UU community at this year's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, on Tuesday, November 20,  7:00 p.m., at 4235 W 3rd St, Bloomington, IN (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints). This annual service brings together members of the Bloomington community from a variety of religious backgrounds (and folks who are not members of any religious community). If you'd like to sing in the choir, gather at 6:00 p.m. to rehearse a piece for the service.
Church Offices Closed November 22-23
For the Thanksgiving Holiday, our offices will be closed November 22 and 23.
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Here on November 22
Amy Crozier will head up our Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at 5:00 pm in Fellowship Hall on Thanksgiving Day, November 22. Please sign up in the Commons by November 18, indicating how many people are in your party and what food you will be bringing. We will provide turkey. All are welcome!  Questions, contact Amy at .
Please Help Make it Possible--
A special holiday meal for ALL the families of Monroe Co unty
Please help to fulfill this goal by signing up to sponsor a Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) Holiday Food Basket. The signup sheet is i n the foyer along with a grocery list and instructions. Please deliver your Holiday Basket directly to MCUM by December 7. Thank you for your generosity!
Bazaar November 30 and December 1
The Bazaar needs your help in all areas. Sign up for a volunteer shift of 2-3 hours at or on Sunday at church . Also needed are baked goods, like breads, pies, cakes, and cookies. If you can donate a pot of soup, please e-mail Marlin Howard at . Tickets for the Friday night lasagna dinner and persimmon pulp will be on sale between services Sunday.
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

    November 11

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the  November 6  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, November 20 at 10 am.)
Masthead photo by Marcia Hart.
Unitarian Universalist Church