Friday UU Update 
October 2, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Our Sunday Service 

Join us via livestream for this week's service at 10:15 am via our Facebook page (anyone can view) or our website livestream page

Sunday October 4, 2020
The Wolf Is at the Door
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
UUA Vote Team
Special music begins at 10:05 a.m.
      In the midst of global pandemic, rising authoritarianism, debacle debates, and uprising, lives hang in the balance and the future of democracy is on the line. In response, Unitarian Universalists are answering the call of our faith, building powerful partnerships to mobilize our communities to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in the 2020 elections. Our ministers will be joined virtually by UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and other powerful, prophetic UU voices as we explore the intersections of faith, justice, and democracy in this collective virtual service.
     Special music from Carrie Newcomer, the UUA Virtual Choir, and UU choir director, Amanda Thomas.
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Our Building is Closed for the Time Being, but Our Hearts are Still Open.
To do our part to disrupt the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 in our community, our Board of Directors has reaffirmed the decision, announced at the June 7, 2020 Congregational Meeting, to plan on keeping our building closed through May 2021. The Board, in consultation with ministers, will continue to reassess this decision at their monthly meetings, and will keep us updated as the situation evolves. All in-person events and meetings have been canceled. Everyone please stay safe and stay well.
Sunday, October 4th 
Time for Young Families
9:00-9:30 a.m. via Zoom or 11:30-12:00 p.m. via Coffee Hour (see below)
Join Olivia and Natalia from our Childcare Team to see your friends, play games, and share in fun activities!
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
We understand that in these times when things are changing daily you may need more drop-in opportunities for story time, offline activities, and time to virtually connect with the congregation or friends from church. Find out what is coming up by visiting our Religious Education webpage and calendar. If you would like to join our UU Home program, which offers resources for families to explore our monthly theme at home, or our Practicing Our Promises program, which offers story boxes to use at home, please contact Reverend Emily Manvel Leite to sign up: mre (at) We are also welcoming families into the Anti-Racist Families group where we are using children's picture books to have ongoing conversations and hand-on activities. Contact Adrienne Summerlot, dre(at)

Curious about what we are up to in Religious Education? View our monthly email and subscribe to it easily here.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, 
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour!
Everyone is welcome to join us after the worship service until 12:15 pm for engaging conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour. Just click on this link to join us!
Breakout Conversations:
  • Time for Young Families
  • Choir
  • General Discussion
Email connect(at) if you would like to host a breakout conversation on the topic of your choice.   --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Learn how to use Zoom
Would you like to connect with your UU friends via Zoom, but don't know how?  This is a great time to learn! Our simple instructions are available here. Extensive instructions, videos, and online workshops are available at Zoom's Help Center.

UU Humanists meet October 4, 12:45 pm
he UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. Mary Yoke will lead a discussion on "Antiracist Education." Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at), to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Are you new here?
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, October 4, at 2:00 p.m. you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. If you are new to using Zoom, please read these instructions before the meeting. Additionally, here is our online connection form if you are ready to get involved. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at) or call me at (812) 720-3688.  Welcome!   
 -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Beware Email Fraud
Often members receive bogus emails from entities impersonating our ministers or staff, asking for money. These emails are fraud. Our ministers, staff, and board members will never send you email asking you for any money besides your pledge payment!
Writing as a Spiritual Practice (Season 2)
A Drop-in Group with Rev. Barbara Child
Tuesdays, 1-2 pm, Sept 1-Oct 27
     This is an invitation to join me on an autumn journey of personal exploration through autobiographical writing in community on Zoom. This will be a drop-in group just like the group this past spring, which I now think of as Season 1. We will meet every Tuesday afternoon, 1-2 pm, September 1 through October 27. Join us for any or all of those Tuesdays! Here is a description of "Writing as a Spiritual Practice" and what happens in our Zoom room each Tuesday afternoon at 1:00.
     REGISTRATION: Please register for Season 2 by clicking here. (You do need to register to get the Zoom link, even if you attended Season 1.) You need to register only once, and can then attend as many Season 2 sessions after that as you choose. You may register up to a few minutes before a session begins.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online!
Explore Unitarian Universalism with us online on October 11 and 18, 3-5 p.m. Use this link to register for the class. This is a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles, our ministers, 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 request completion of these sessions before becoming a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect(at) or call Ann at (812)720-3688.
Watering Volunteers Needed
Plants on the church grounds are in need of a little more watering this season, due to the drought. Please help out by signing up for these easy and enjoyable volunteer tasks: 
- Sign up to water the NW Arborvitae.
- Sign up to water the NW Holly.
Thank you!  --The Green Grounds Group
The Bloomington Projection Project 
Submission Deadline October 4
The Bloomington Projection Project is a community outreach project which includes collecting anecdotes, poems and short creative writing pieces from the people of Bloomington on the theme of "community."  Our church community has been invited to participate in this project which will include a projection of images and text on a downtown building just before Thanksgiving, along with reading stories/poems during the event.
Prompt: "What Makes a Community"
Submissions Due: October 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM
Day of Projection Event: November 20, 2020
Climate Solutions Forum, October 6
The League of Women Voters and Citizens' Climate Lobby invite you to a virtual nonpartisan Climate Solutions Forum on Thursday, October 6, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Register here to participate. Learn more about the impact of climate change in Indiana. After the opening presentations, break into small groups for discussion, followed by a Q&A with the panelists.
Collection of Items for New Leaf-New Life
September 20-October 20
Our Hope for Prisoners Task Force is allied with Monroe County's New Leaf-New Life, Inc., a non-profit that, in addition to assisting local jail inmates, supports those returning to our community from jail or prison via a local Transition Support Center (TSC). Many of our incarcerated neighbors come home with only the clothes they are released in. The TSC accepts clothing donations of any type. (Any not needed by TSC clients are exchanged for Goodwill clothing vouchers, which are distributed to clients.) There is always a need for new socks, new underwear, hygiene products, and backpacks. To support this effort, our Task Force is providing a labeled tote for such donations outside the church portico entrance from September 20 through October 20. Donations will be collected regularly and delivered to the TSC. Donations are deeply appreciated! --Chris Haynes, Hope for Prisoners Task Force
Ask your questions on Mondays!
Every Monday, from 1-2 pm, join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, via Zoom to ask any church related questions. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect (at) or phone at (812) 720-3688. Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Mondays, 1-2 pm.    
PayPal Available for Donations 
Plus: NEW Mailing Address for Paper Checks
We now have a  PayPal page where you can make a Sunday Plate contribution and other donations to the church using a major credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this page. It's also not required to use the PayPal page. 

Please use our new P.O. box address to mail in your pledge contributions or other gifts using paper checks:
UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana, 47448-1158

Using this new P.O. box will eliminate the need for mail to be forwarded.  Please note the new P.O. box is in NASHVILLE, INDIANA. 
Changing the World
Click here for updates from our Social Justice Task Forces:
Homelessness and Hunger Task Forces Still Collecting Items
Through October 31, we will be collecting food, hygiene items, and clothing for Shalom Community Center and food for our Pantry at College Square.
Needed items: Chunky soups, tuna, canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, coffee, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, powdered milk, pasta, institutional size cans of food, condiments, tea, new socks. We have placed collection bins outside the building, under the north side porch near the Portico Entrance. Simply drive up and drop off--we are collecting donations from these bins daily.  Many thanks! 
--Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force
Pennies from Heaven 
It's amazing what you can find tucked beneath sofa cushions and under car seats. Many thanks to everyone who participated in the recent "Time for Change" fundraiser with the Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force. We raised nearly $400! This money will be used to purchase extra food to give away at our food pantry at College Square. 
--Mary Blizzard
We have grocery cards      
We are still selling grocery cards for Bloomingfoods and Fresh Thyme. Click here to see what kind of cards and how many are currently available. Send your check to the church (payable to UU Church) with a note to let us know the type and value of card(s) you want, and we will mail them to you. (UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana  47448-1158)
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)

Friday Update is for Events Happening in the Next 10 Days
The Friday UU Update is designed to remind the members of the congregation about events and services that are coming up within the next 10 days. For events that are further in the future, please consult our twice-monthly Prologue newsletter.

For More Information
See the September 15 edition of our newsletter, The Prologue, published on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, October 6, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)

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Masthead photo by Carol Marks.
Unitarian Universalist Church
2120 N. Fee Lane   Bloomington, IN   47408

Mailing address for the UU Church during COVID emergency: 
UU Church, P.O. Box 1158, Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158