Friday UU Update                  Friday, November 30, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar November 30 and December 1
Join us at the UU Bazaar for shopping, food, friends, and festivity!
Friday, November 30, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
         Featuring the lasagna dinner from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. 
        Child care for ages 3 and older available from 6:00 - 8:00 pm while you shop.
Saturday, December 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
 Lunch available 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, soup and sandwiches
 Child care for ages 3 and older available from 10:00 - 2:00 while you shop.
For more information about the Bazaar, click here.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Listen Deeply
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin 
In this story-based service for all ages, we will consider all that we and our world wish for at this season. The celebration will include drama, time for quiet reflection and seasonal singing, and a joyful parade as we collectively offer congregational gifts for people in need. 
For this special service, please bring a gift, if this is possible for you. 
We will be collecting:  

* Men's socks and hotel-sized toiletries 

* Full-sized toiletries and cleaning supplies 

* Non-perishable food--proteins are especially welcome  

* The gifts you selected from our Giving Tree  

* "Golden Gifts" of cash or checks in amounts small or large, to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, uusc.org

This Week in Religious Education
Our children and youth are invited to attend the Multigenerational Procession of Giving service with their families. Our Whole Lives for 7th-8th grade will discuss sexual orientation. High School Youth group will be helping with the service, sorting the gifts from service, then sharing a brown bag lunch and going to Laser Tag with the ministers. Please note, youth group ends at 3:00 pm and pick up is at Laser Tag. High School Youth group is always welcoming new members! Check out what they are up to here: UU High School December Activities

Keep up with all the exciting things going on at UU for families in this handy guide: November/December Family Events
Events at the Church this Sunday
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. Lloyd Orr will lead a discussion about "Diversity and Tribalism."
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 from 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  

Exploring Unitarian Universalism class this Sunday
Join us for the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class to be held on Dec 2 and 16, 2:00-4:00 pm, in the church library. This class covers important information about Unitarian Universalism, this church, and opportunities for involvement here. Different material is covered in each session. Members of our congregation, Abby Gitlitz and Melinda Swenson, will guide us on our journey. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Let us know if you plan to attend by emailing Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at  connect@uubloomington.org  
Women's Alliance Welcomes Special Guests on December 6
Our very special guests at the Women's Alliance meeting on December 6 will be Reverend Mary Ann Macklin and Beverly McGahey. Bev will begin our program at noon with a surprise musical prelude. Mary Ann will present "MAM's Music Musings," a short bio of her life through music that inspired her along the way. We gather at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch. The presentation begins at noon, followed by a business meeting. The hosts for the month, Ann Kamman and Marcia Hart, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
The Season of Giving
There's Still Time!  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 Commons along with a grocery list and instructions. Please deliver your Holiday Basket directly to MCUM by December 7. Thank you for your generosity!

Also Collecting Donations of Cleaning and Hygiene Supplies for Monroe County United Ministries
Monroe County United Ministries is also collecting donations of soap, shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry soap, and more -- you can pick up the full list of needed supplies in the Commons, next to the Food Basket info, or find it online here:  Cleaning and Hygiene Buckets 
Seeking Donations of Coats, Gloves, Scarves for Refugees
The RISE Task Force is collecting new or used coats, gloves, and scarves for refugees in Indianapolis from Sunday December 2-16th. The donation box will be inside the Courtyard entrance. Donations will go to Exodus Refugee Immigration, "dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana."
Help Shalom Community Center and Keep Our First Principle: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person
Shalom Community Center needs donations of coffee, macaroni, socks, and gloves. Please place your donations in the Shalom box under the social justice table in the Commons. Unfortunately Shalom can't accept donations of medications.  
Thank you!                                                             --The Homelessness Task Force
Toy Drive for Children with Incarcerated Parents
In conjunction with our Hope for Prisoners Task Force and Kids with Absent Parents Program (KAP), Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) Watch is requesting donations of toys or money for their second annual Toy Drive for children affected by incarceration. They have received an unexpected outpouring of gift requests for over 300 children from parents and grandparents incarcerated in Indiana, as well as from the children in the KAP program. Collection box is in the Commons at church, through December 18th.  Read more...
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.
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 25

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the  November 20  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00 am.)
Briefly:
The Friday UU Update is for brief articles about church events or action needed in the next 10 days. Submissions of 75 words or less may be sent to  office@uubloomington.org by Thursday each week for possible publication. 
--Carol Marks, Church Administrator
Unitarian Universalist Church