October 1, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Enjoy small (mostly outdoor) gatherings in October!
One thing many of us have learned during this pandemic is that social interactions (preferably in-person) are extremely important for our overall well-being. Several of our wonderful congregation members have volunteered to host small (mostly outdoor) gatherings in October, while the weather is still reasonable. Register today to attend a wonderful small group gathering! These gatherings are truly a gift! --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, October 1, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Dystopia Smorgasbord
Reverend Bill Breeden
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Limited In-Person Attendance is 50 for this Sunday
(Advance Registration Required Each Week -- See Details Below)
We will reflect upon the need for a blessed community in difficult times. Relationships are essential in dystopian environments. We will never find utopia, which in the Greek simply mean "no place," but we might create a possible place, i.e. a community.
There is room for you at in-person Sunday worship!
Have you been missing in-person church attendance on Sundays? If you would like to attend in-person, please sign up via this link: uucb.churchcenter.com/registrations
Space is limited. 
All the details and safety information are on the sign up. Please read the details carefully, because a lot has changed. When deciding whether or not to attend in-person services, please take into account your health risk factors and that we cannot ensure that all participants are vaccinated. Childcare and Children's Religious Education (RE) will not be available every Sunday. If you have questions, please email office(at)uubloomington.org.
Hearing assistance devices are now available again for in-person services.
Be a Greeter!
Whether you have been a Greeter in the past, or are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, you are welcome to sign up and greet on Sunday mornings. Here are the duties of GreetersSign up to greet today! 
Questions? Email connect@uubloomington.org.
Virtual Coffee Hour Returns
Sunday at 11:30 am
During the months of August and half of September we took a break from offering Virtual Coffee Hour. We are going to try it again. Here is the link to register to attend. Virtual Coffee Hour is a time to connect with other members and friends of UUCB via Zoom following the Sunday Service. Please invite your friends! If we have fewer than 5 participants for multiple Sundays we may cancel this event.
Are you new to UU Bloomington? 
Join us this Sunday at 2 pm for a short introduction
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, October 3, you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2:00 pm on Sunday. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at)uubloomington.org. Hope to see you there! -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Updates
Online Family Movie Night - TONIGHT!
Friday, October 1, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Pop some popcorn, pull up a chair, and join us from the comfort of your home for a special family movie night. This month we'll be watching four Disney/Pixar Shorts: Piper, Float, Loop, and Lava.
We'll gather on Zoom to light the chalice, say hello, and introduce the movie (in this case, the shorts), then watch online (if you don't have Disney Plus, contact Michele for a link). Between the films, we'll meet on Zoom to reflect on the messages, discuss our insights and, of course, laugh together. Please register to receive the Zoom link!
Outdoor Spaces Work Party #2
Saturday, October 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Our last work party was a great success - we made stepping stones, cleared spaces, and moved mulch. On the 9th, we'll have new projects, with tasks appropriate for all ages as we work together to develop our outdoor "classroom" area. Please register. Outdoors; masks required.
Family Worship
Sunday, October 10, 2:30 - 4:30pm
Reverend Emily will lead us in a brief family worship inspired by Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 11). We'll then explore the themes of this service through activities and crafts. Outdoors; masks required. All ages welcome. Please register.  

Questions? Contact Stephanie at her new email address: kimball(at)uubloomington.org.
Social Justice Funds Committee Fall Grant Applications Due October 30
The Social Justice Funds Committee welcomes grant proposals for local social justice projects. Projects must be based in Southern Indiana and be consistent with the mission and vision of our congregation. Grant funds may not be used to pay for professional services or salaries. For guidelines and an application, please contact Denise Ogren at uucbsjfunds(at)uubloomington.org.
UU Humanists Meet October 3, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on the meanings of life. If you'd like to join us, please contact Harold Ogren or Ann Watzel for the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
UU Online Book Club reads An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
Discussion Monday, October 4, 6:30 pm
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. 
On October 4 they will discuss An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Our RE Consultant, Michele Grove, will lead the discussion. If you prefer, you are welcome to read the For Young People version of the book and join the discussion on Oct 4. If you would like to join the book club, use this link to register for the Zoom meeting:
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
A Drop-in Group on Zoom with Rev. Barbara Child
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, September 7 through October 26
I invite you to come along on this journey of personal exploration through writing in community. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Click here for a full description of how the group works. You will need to register by clicking here to get the Zoom link. The same link will work for every session during the series.
Represent UUCB at Spencer Pride! 
Saturday, October 16
This is an easy and fun volunteer opportunity. Pride attendees will stop in at our tent, and take a pamphlet about our church. Volunteers mostly offer a friendly smile. In the past, some Pride attendees have asked questions about where the church is located, or have told us about the UU church they attended elsewhere. 
I hope you will join us! Sign up here.
Information about the Spencer Pride Festival can be found here: spencerpride.org/festival
September/October: Food Collection continues for the Little Free Pantry
The Little Free Pantry by Needmore Coffee needs donations of: peanut butter, canned meat (tuna/chicken), canned protein meals, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, small juice boxes, protein bars, mac and cheese. Hygiene items like toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo are also needed. You can place these items in the labeled bins on the north side of the church (Portico entrance). Thank you from the UU Hunger Task Force!
Our collection for Beacon is also continuing
Look for bins at the Portico entrance
Still Want to Help Afghan Families Living at Camp Atterbury?
The Association of Central Eurasian Students from IU is no longer collecting items here at the church for this effort, but they recommend taking your donated items over to Sherwood Oaks, where they have an ongoing collection point. Here are the details: Afghan Resettlement DonationsSherwood Oaks Church, 2700 E. Rogers Road, Door 2 (around the back to the right), Monday-Thursday, 8am - 4:30pm. Only accepting new items, especially clothes, diapers, powdered baby formula, and menstrual pads.
Vaccinations available for age 12 and older
People age 12 and older in Indiana are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit this website or call 211: vaccine.coronavirus.in.gov
Masthead photo by Marcia Hart.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9:00 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158 Church mobile phone: 812-287-9615