Friday UU Update                     Friday, November 8, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
All-Church All-Adult Game Night
Tonight, November 8, 7 pm, Fellowship Hall
Calling all game players! Join us in Fellowship Hall tonight at 7 pm for a game night open to all ages 18 and up. Snacks and games provided, but if you have a favorite game you'd like to play, go ahead and bring it! For questions, contact Marie Deer, 812-391-0900. Sorry, no childcare for this one. The UU Singles Game Night returns next month, and will be on second Fridays from now on. 
Bryan Park Stream Clean-up tomorrow, all are welcome! 10 am
This Saturday, November 9, is our monthly work day at Bryan Park. Meet us near the bridge at the main Henderson Street playground at 10 am to tackle invasive species. Bring gloves and a shovel if you can. Hope to see you there!  
Hike tomorrow at Beanblossom Bottoms, 2 pm
Join us to hike at Beanblossom Bottoms Nature Preserve on Saturday, November 9. We will meet at the church at 2 pm to carpool to the trailhead. This is an easy 2.5 mile trail, which is mostly on a plastic boardwalk and accessible. We will cancel or reschedule if it rains.  Email  if you plan to join us! This is a family friendly event.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Inheriting the Church
Reverend Scott McNeill
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist, and how has that changed over time? What will be our legacy as Unitarian Universalists (here in Bloomington, and throughout the country)? As we reflect on our position as inheritors of our community (and as the ones who will pass it along to other inheritors), we're delighted that our choir will share John David's "You Are the New Day" as our gift of music.  
This Week in Religious Education: Inheritance
Caring Connections  (Childcare) will play, sing songs, and share stories.  
World of Wonder  (Preschool) will be hearing the traditional Muslim tale "True Inheritance," which explores the ways we sometimes learn and grow even without realizing that we are.  
Roots and Wings (9:15am  K+, 11:15am K-2) is exploring our Yellow UU Promise: Yearn to learn and accept one another as they share Juana Martinez-Neal's story "Alma and How She Got Her Name."  
Curiosity Club (11:15am 3rd-5th grade) will investigate the five smooth stones of Unitarian Universalism.
Jedi Academy (11:15am 6th-8th grade) will begin their investigation into their senses and will begin with their sense of smell this Sunday.  
High School Youth Group  (9th-12th grade) is not meeting this Sunday, but will return next week when they will bake cookies to send to recent youth group grads. Sign up here:
At Church this Sunday:
Are you new here?  Take your "First Steps" this Sunday!
Join us for a short introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation this Sunday in Room 112 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM (after each service). Just stop in, no registration is required. Free childcare is available in Room 108.
UU Freethinkers meet at 12:45 pm, Room 208
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues.
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!
This Sunday! Young Adult Lunch Out (Ages 18-35)
Let's go out to lunch after the second service. We will meet in the Commons at about 12:30, near the Social Justice table and carpool to a nearby restaurant.  Anyone age 18-35 is welcome. As a result of a generous donation to our Young Adult and Campus Ministry we are able to buy lunch for everyone. Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect@uubloomington.orgChildcare is not available for this event.
Explore Unitarian Universalism: This Sunday and November 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. 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!  Email  if you plan to attend.  Childcare is not available for this event.
Our Folks . . .
Our hearts go out to Molly Gleeson and her family upon the death of Molly's mother, Pat Gleeson, this morning. Cards to the family are welcome.
Benefit Sale for International Outreach Task Force
Projects in Kenya --  Jewelry, Glass, Soapstone, Baskets, Fabric
Friday, November 15, 11 am - 6 pm
This sale is a fundraiser for the International Outreach Task Force (IOTF). Proceeds will go towards projects that support orphans and women in Kenya. To be held in Room 208 at church; please enter at Portico entrance on the north side of the building. If you would like to volunteer at the sale, contact Claire at 812-336-3696.
Leadership Workshop, November 16, 1:00 pm
Finding Your Power for the Greater Good
On November 16, from 1 to 4 pm, join us for a leadership workshop called "Finding Your Power for the Greater Good." This workshop will help you identify your power and use it to live into our UU Principles.  Experienced consultants, Dan and Sharon Wiseman, will lead the workshop.  Light snacks will be provided.  Register by emailing Free childcare is available if requested by November 9:   Childcare Request Form
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
Holidays are coming, but without our help, many of our neighbors will have no holiday meals. Join the Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket Drive - the sign-up sheet and instructions are on display in the Commons. Items should be delivered directly to MCUM by December 6.
Spiritual Companion Info Sessions by Stone Belt
Wed, Nov. 13, 6:00 pm and Sat, Nov. 16, 10 am
Are you interested in helping someone have access to their faith community? Attend a Spiritual Companion info session on November 13, 6-7:30 or November 16, 10-11:30 to find out more. Members of all faiths in our community are invited to attend. Currently there are at least two Stone Belt clients who would like to attend our church, but need someone to bring them to church and accompany them. If you think you might be willing to be a companion to one of them at church, this presentation will help you learn more about what it means to be a Spiritual Companion. This is a casual info session led by the Rev. Sarah McKenney, Stone Belt's spiritual support coordinator. Questions? Contact Sarah at or (812) 333-6324, ext. 153.
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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