Friday UU Update                    Friday, November 2, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Tomorrow Morning, Saturday, November 3
Free Leadership Workshop: "Five Practices for Getting Things Done in Volunteer Organizations"
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Join us for a practical and experiential leadership workshop tomorrow morning from 9 am - 12:30 pm in the Library. Make your passion come to life! We will explore the five leadership practices of Kouzes and Posner that evidence shows produce results and help people work together. Dan and Sharon Wiseman will be facilitating the session. The Wisemans have more than 60 combined years of experience in helping people be better leaders. (Sorry, no childcare is available for this event.)

Tomorrow Evening, Saturday, November 3
Trivia Night and Chili Cook-Off to Support Habitat
5:30 to 8:30 pm
Have fun and enjoy good chili at the Habitat Task Force's Trivia & Chili Cook-Off event from 5:30 to 8:30 pm this Saturday night in Fellowship Hall. We'll have about six different kinds of chili -- hamburger, turkey, chicken, vegetarian, and vegan -- to sample and vote for the best kind, as well as salad, desserts, and drinks. Our three-round trivia game starts at 7:00, shown on our big screen. Questions are about art, music, Supreme Court, UU history and all sort of fun topics! Play in small teams or by yourself for small prizes. $10 per person; $25 for family of four. Game table for children will be available. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County to support building homes for local families.
From Reverend Macklin: "Try the 9:15 am Service!"
This Sunday, November 4th, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am, inviting us to turn our clocks back an hou r Saturday night. For those of you who have a choice, this is a rich opportunity for 11:15 am worship attendees to try the 9:15 am service which is less crowded and offers ample parking. Of note, we do have folks who arrive for the 11:15 am service who need to park near the building, cannot find a spot, and so cannot attend service. Parking is seriously limited so, depending on weather, you might also consider carpooling, biking, or walking OR park with me, down on Jordan Avenue or at IU tennis courts. 
Peace and Love, Mary Ann
Sunday, November 4, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
A Defining Moment
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
While there are many defining moments in a country's life, the upcoming vote on Tuesday is certainly one in our time.  Elder advocacy network "Greyroots Action" states concisely, "After a week that scorched our souls, we are faced with an election that could go either way. The American people will either continue down the road to authoritarian nationalism, or we will take the exit ramp and begin the journey to repairing the breach in our democracy."  Our worship service, led by Reverend Macklin, will engage this moment.

This Week in Religious Education: Gratitude
       Our Spirit Play classes will explore our Orange UU Promise: Offer Kindness through experiences of friendship. World of Wonder (Preschool) will hear Frog and Toad: The Surprise and Roots and Wings (K-2nd grade) will enjoy Mo Willems', "City Dog and Country Frog." Curiosity Club (3rd-6th graders) will explore the celebration of Diwali. Our Whole Lives will investigate gender identity.  
     High School Youth Group will meet from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Room 210 and should bring their favorite take out food to share for lunch and play board games.
Events at the Church this Sunday
Are you new here?  Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
We will discuss the basics of Unitarian Universalism and this congregation, and watch a short video about Unitarian Universalism. Join us! This Sunday in Room 112 at 10:35-11:00 AM and 12:35-1:00 PM (after each service). Free childcare is available in Room 108. Just stop in, no registration is required.   -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator  
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. Jon Chaffin will lead a discussion about "Sin, Evil--In Quest of Universal Morality."

Exploring U.U. Class Rescheduled for December
The November 4 and 11 Exploring Unitarian Universalism class has been rescheduled to December 2 and 16, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm in the church library. If you want to learn more about UU Principles, this church, and opportunities for involvement, sign up for this class by emailing Ann LeDuc at
Hats and Hunger!  That's What It's All About!
November is Hunger Awareness Month at UUCB, and in keeping with this theme, the Hunger Task Force will be selling hats between services every Sunday in November. 100% of all sales goes directly to running the 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!
Holiday Food Basket Drive Kicks Off this Sunday
Join us this year in contributing to the annual Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket Drive for fa milies in need this season. Look for the Food Baskets Contributors sign up sheet in the Commons this Sunday for details and instructions about what to include in the food basket! You can also visit MCUM's website to learn more:
Grief Support Grief  
     Grief may be one of life's most challenging and difficult transitions. To help give support to this transition, our UU Caring Committee is offering a five-part series to explore the grief process. We will create a safe place to share our feelings about the death of a loved one and other losses in one's life; to normalize the grief experience; and to share coping strategies. We will meet on five Saturdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on November 10 & 17, December 8 & 15, and January 12.  We are offering this series around the holidays as this can be a difficult time with losses in our lives. 
     We ask that participants commit to most of these sessions. This will be a shared group experience honoring member's privacy and confidentiality. Facilitators for the support group will be Melinda Swenson and Sharon Yarber. We will be meeting at Sharon Yarber's home at 2310 N. Fritz Dr, very close to the church. Please call Sharon Yarber if you are interested at 812-345-0364 or email at Phone calls are best. Please respond by November 8 if you are interested.
McNeill and Macklin: Autumnal Away!
Reverend Scott McNeill is taking some deserved time away. He will return November 7th to engage ministry. Reverend Macklin will depart November 8th to attend a "Death Doula" training in Asheville, North Carolina, and then spend a few days with family. She will return November 17th.

Reverend Macklin is also on jury duty for the month of November.
Rev. Ernest D. Butler: Rebel with a Cause
Sunday, November 18, 5:00 p.m., Fellowship Hall
This short documentary highlights Reverend 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.   If you need childcare to attend this event, contact Kitty McIntosh at by November 4.  Sponsored by the Social Justice Task Force, Adult Religious Education, and the UUCB Racial Justice Task Force.
Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Here on November 22
Once again this year 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 .
Buy Grocery Cards on Sunday and Support the Church
We have grocery gift cards for sale in the Commons every Sunday between services. 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 new Kroger organization ID number is  EW763. 
New Congregational Directory Coming Soon
We will be generating a new in-house paper directory by the middle of November. If your address, email, or phone info has changed since last November, please send updates to Monica and Mandy at by November 11. You may also update on the directory draft at church on November 4 or November 11.
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

       October 28

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the  October 16 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, November 6 at 10 am.)
Masthead photo: Taffie Matiure & the Mbira Queens, in worship 10/21/18. photo by John Woodcock
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