Friday UU Update                     Friday, November 9, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
New Long Bike Rack Installed! 
This is our new bike rack, located near the monarch garden and peace pole. 
We are happy to complete this project to be more welcoming to folks who travel by bike. 
Automobile drivers, please take note and be aware of cyclists and bikes in this area.

Sunday, November 11, 2018 
9:15 am and 11:15 am
We Give Thanks: 
A Multigenerational Thanksgiving Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Adrienne Summerlot 
Reverend Scott McNeill  
All ages are invited to join us for songs  and stories as we reflect together on the gift of 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. This year, we will have gift tags supporting Positive Link, Head Start, and Stepping Stones.
This Week in Religious Education: Gratitude
     Children and youth are encouraged to join us this week in our multigenerational service of thanks. Preschool-6th grade classes will not meet. Our Whole Lives sexuality class for 7th & 8th grade will investigate gender expressions, roles, and stereotypes. High School Youth Group will be away at a youth conference in Indianapolis. Childcare will be available during both services in Room 108. 
Events at the Church this Sunday
Booktable this Sunday, Half-price Children's Books
Our Booktable has been re-organized and spruced up! It will be open in Fellowship Hall this Sunday between services, offering a variety of engaging titles for sale. There will be a special half-price sale on selected children's books this Sunday. 
--Glee Noble, Booktable Chair
UU Freethinkers Meet at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
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!
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 or update your info at church on Sunday, November 11.
This is what we're striving for!
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 Holiday Food Basket. The signup sheet is i n the foyer along with a grocery list and instructions. Food baskets are due at the church no later than December 4, or deliver directly to MCUM by December 7. Thank you for your generosity and spirit of giving during this approaching holiday season!
Open House November 16 for Rev. Dr. Laurel Hallman
One of our former ministers, Laurel Hallman (1981-1987) will be visiting Bloomington this week to organize archivable materials from her ministry here to donate to Meadville Theological School. There is an Open House for friends and members who know Laurel so people can stop by to greet her, Friday, November 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Please bring a snack to share; beverages will be provided.  Laurel is looking forward to seeing her old friends!        --Melinda Swenson and Carol McCord
Connecting Families with Young Children 
Sunday, November 18, between services
All Families with young children are welcome to join us on Sunday, November 18, 10:30 to 11:15 AM, in the church library to connect with other families and share snacks. Bring your calendars so that we can plan upcoming events. Free childcare will be available in room 108, but children are welcome to attend.  Questions?  Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at
Let's Hike! On November 18
As a result of our recent gathering of hikers at the Birds of a Feather (BOF) Common Interest Table, we will hike at the Sycamore Land Trust Porter West Preserve on November 18. It's okay if you weren't able to connect with us at the BOF table, you are welcome to join us. Meet at the parking lot of the former K-Mart on the west side of Bloomington, behind Bob Evans, at 2:00 PM on November 18 to carpool to the Porter West preserve, about five miles west. Here's a link to more information.    If it rains, we will reschedule. Let Ann LeDuc know if you plan to hike with us, by emailing .   
--Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Film Screening: Rev. Ernest D. Butler--Rebel with a Cause
Sunday, November 18, 5:00 p.m., 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)
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class
December 2 and 16, 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism, this church, and opportunities for involvement here? Sign up for the next Exploring Unitarian Universalism class to be held on Dec 2 and 16, in the church library. To sign up, email Ann LeDuc at Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be covered in each session. Abby Gitlitz and Melinda Swenson will guide us on our journey. Ages 14 to 100 are welcome! Free childcare is available, if requested by November 16 by emailing   rea@uubloomington.orgWe ask for completion of this class before becoming a member of the church. Email with any questions.
Ready to become a member of UU Bloomington?
If this is your community, if you feel at home here, join us! 
A Membership Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, December 9, at 10:30 am in Room 112. We ask for participation in our Exploring Unitarian Universalism class prior to signing the membership book. To arrange to become a member, or for questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator, at  (812) 332-3695 ext 203 or
Please welcome our newest member!
Marie Deer grew up in Congo (then called Za├»re) and has lived at various times in Strasbourg, New Haven, Heidelberg, Berlin, Hamburg, Oakland, and Cambridge. She's been settled in Bloomington since 2000 (the longest she's ever lived anywhere in her life), where she works as a freelance editor and translator and enjoys contra dancing, game nights, poetry, swimming, and conversation with you lovely UU folks.  

Macklin Autumnal Away!
Reverend Macklin is attending a training in North Carolina this week. She will return on November 18th.

Reverend Macklin is also on jury duty for the month of November, and may need to reschedule appointments.
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 .
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 4

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: Molly O'Donnell
Unitarian Universalist Church