Friday UU Update                     Friday, October 25, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
TONIGHT! Friday, October 25 at 7:00 pm
Sweet Sunshine: An Evening of Music with Janiece Jaffe and Curtis Cantwell Jackson to Support Solar for All
Join us tonight here in our Meeting Room for a wonderful evening of music with Janiece Jaffe and Curtis Cantwell Jackson. Tickets are $20 at the door ($10 for youth).  A fundraiser for Solar for All to support installation of solar panels on local homes, hosted by our Green Sanctuary Task Force.   Contact  Sura Gail Tala  for details. 

Last Call for Families of First Graders

Age of Reason Ceremony is this Sunday
This Sunday, October 27, we will be recognizing first graders during the service as we observe our Age of Reason celebration. If you have a first grader and have not received an invitation in the mail, please email Reverend Emily ASAP ( mre@uubloomington.orgso she can send along information about this important ritual. We hope your family will be able to join us!
Seeking Donations for Teacher Appreciation Breakfast
Are you able to contribute any items (store-bought or homemade) to our teacher breakfast this Sunday morning, October 27? We need items to be brought to the RE kitchenette upstairs before 10 am Click here to see the list of items we need & sign up!
Wear Your Halloween Costume to Church!
All children, and children at heart, are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to church this Sunday. We look forward to seeing them!
Sunday, October 27, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Through Accepting Limits
Reverend Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd  
In what ways have you limited your own potential? What voices from your past keep telling you to stay small or not take the big risk that could seriously pay off? How might you re-frame these limitations to find greater courage and possibility?  Special music is Lauren Bernofsky's "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers," in memory of Sandy Wood Taylor, with Shelley Taylor on cello and Alain Barker on flute.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Those We've Known
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Scott McNeill
     Our traditional celebration of ancestors will take place on Sunday, November 3 at both services. For our shared altar, you are invited to bring photos or mementos of loved ones who have died. 
     Around this time of year, many cultures and religious traditions pause to reflect on life and death. Each year, we hold a service to remember our ancestors, and people in our lives who have recently died. Joining together as a community - with our children joining us for the first half of the service - gives us a different opportunity to process grief and lift up memories, as we all move forward through the various losses we have experienced.  The Choir welcomes guest musician Wilson Shitandi from Kenya. 
Our Folks . . .
     Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Greg Haas upon his sudden passing in September. A memorial service for Greg will be held here tomorrow, Saturday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Leite will officiate.
     Sandra Hernshaw is recuperating after having lung cancer surgery on Tuesday, 10/22. The surgery went as expected and she is looking forward to hiking again once she has recovered.
     Best wishes for quick healing to Patsy Flint, who recently had surgery. She would enjoy receiving care cards, mailed to her at home.
This Week in Religious Education: Letting Go
We encourage all kids, teachers, and adults to come in costumes, if you wish! 
Caring Connections (Childcare) will have fun with jack-o-lantern art, stories, and songs. 
World of Wonder (Preschool) will be hearing the story Enemies, a tale of two rulers who figure out the best way to deal with an enemy. They're learning more about our Indigo UU Promise: Insist on peace. 
Roots and Wings (K+ at 9:15 am, K-2nd grade at 11:15 am) will be hearing a story in three languages: Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torres. How can people who speak three different languages work together to help a trapped bird? This story explores our Blue UU Promise: Believe in your ideas and act on them.
Curiosity Club (3rd-5th Grade) will explore the joy in letting go and dancing to various music. Feel free to bring your favorite song title for our dance party!
Our game gurus are back again at 11:15 am in Room 210 to play games with our 6th-8th graders in Jedi Academy, as their fearless leaders take a week off.
High School Youth Group will not meet this Sunday as many are attending a Coming of Age outdoors workshop this afternoon.

At Church this Sunday:
Gardeners' Gathering, 10:30 am, Room 112
Join other gardeners this Sunday to share tips, ideas, stories, and questions. Join us in Room 112 at 10:30 am. We will gather on the fourth Sunday of each month during coffee hour. If you would like to be added to the Gardeners' email list, email
Young Adult (18-35) Continuing Conversations  & Free Lunch
12:30 pm, Room 112
If you are age 18-35, join us this Sunday, October 27, to go deeper into Sunday's sermon topic. We will gather after second service at 12:30 pm in Room 112. Lunch
will be provided.  Bring a friend! Questions? Contact the Connections Coordinator at
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.
Letter to the Editor and Op Ed Workshop, 2 pm, Library
We will offer a workshop this Sunday to help you write Letters to the Editor and Op Eds and get them published. Experienced LTE and Op Ed writers will facilitate this free workshop, from 2 to 4 pm in the Library. Email to let us know you plan to attend.
Voces Novae Concert - Haunted Bloomington
Sunday, October 27,  5:00 and 7:00 pm, at the Irish Lion
Master storyteller David Matlack will narrate this creepy musical retelling of some of Bloomington's spookiest legends at the Irish Lion on Sunday. Tickets (available at the door only) are $10 general, $5 students. Howard Klug accompanies on clarinet.  (Voces Novae is our Music Director Susan Swaney's "other" choir, and they use our sanctuary for rehearsals during the academic year.)
Samhain Ritual with Earth Kin
Wednesday, October 30, 7 pm
Join Earth Kin for its annual Samhain Ritual on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 7-9 pm in Fellowship Hall. On Samhain (Sow-in)--the Celtic New Year and third final festival--the veil between the world of the living and the dead is thinnest. The ritual will honor this sacred time of the year by remembering and communing with our ancestors and preparing ourselves for the dark time of the year. All are welcome to bring photographs of or offerings to the ancestor(s) you wish to honor.
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 October 15  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here.
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, November 5 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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