Friday UU Update                    Friday, October 26, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Green Sanctuary Task Force 
Fall Clothing Swap Tomorrow Morning!  Saturday, October 27
Our F all  Clothing  Swap  will be held tomorrow October 27, from 9:30 am until 12:00 noon in Fellowship Hall. It's a  fun way to find new-to-you clothes while also clearing away things you don't need, and caring for the environment. Bring your used clothing to the church at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. You don't need to bring money or clothing to take clothing home. This is a free event! Come and get it!  C ontact Stephanie Kimball ( with any questions.
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Before Services (at 9 and 11 a.m.)
Janiece Jaffe and Tibetan Singing Bowls 
Janiece Jaffe, one of our worship artists in residence this year, will be helping us prepare ourselves this Sunday for our special Celebrating Our Ancestors service. She will play her Tibetan Singing Bowls for meditation from 9-9:15 a.m. and 11-11:15 a.m. in the Meeting Room before services begin. Please enter quietly during this time to enjoy the meditative space.

9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Cel ebrating  Our A ncestors
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reveren d Mary Ann Macklin
As we begin the seasonal transition into deep fall, our community  joins with many others in the world as we use ritual to remember  those who have died and left an imprint upon us. At the UU Church of Bloomington,  we have a history with people in our  congregation who have connected us to the celebration  of the M exican holiday El Día de Los Muertos  (the Day of the Dead), and many in our community  feel drawn to earth-based traditions, like Samhain. This year, we have also been inspired by the movie  Coco  as we celebrate our loved ones who have d ied. Our worship (with the  children for the first half of the service) will integrate different ways we can show respect for both our ancestors and ourselves, and will include music from  Coco  sung by the UU choir, directed by Reverend Dr. Susan Swaney, and the UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney.

Please note we will be honoring many of our beloved congregation members who have died over the years, but whose legacy of love remains with us, by displaying their photo images on our walls.

REMINDER:  You are warmly invited to bring photos/mementos of your loved ones who have died to place on our altar of remembrance this Sunday.  Please label mementos with your name so we can reunite you if you forget your special item after the service!
This Week in Religious Education: Healing
      Our children will join us for the first half of our Celebration of Ancestors service, and are invited to participate in our rituals of remembrance. Children will be with us for stories about congregational members who have died, a song from the movie Coco, and the ritual creation of our shared altar of remembrance. 
     Colored pencils and a coloring sheet available in the order of service. After the first half of the service, children will go to their classrooms where they will continue to explore remembering loved ones.  
     Parents of preschoolers and K-2 children  are invited to join their child's class when the service is over for Visiting Day! Our 3rd-6th graders  will investigate world religions views on death and their own personal beliefs.  
      Our Whole Lives for 7th and 8th grade will explore the topic of body image. High School Youth Group will meet in Room 210 to share a potluck with recipes from their ancestors and carve their own pumpkins (BYOP). Our high school youth will host the screening of the movie Coco at 2:30 pm in the Meeting Room--everyone is welcome to attend.
Events at the Church this Sunday
This Sunday! Families with Young Children Connect!
All Families with young children are welcome to join us between services this Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 in room 112 to discuss possibilities for a new group to connect UU families with young children with each other. Free child care will be available in room 108 during the meeting. Questions? Contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at

Dying: To Know
Directly following our second worship service will be the Dying: To Know event sponsored by our End-of-Life Task Force. The event will feature a 12:15 pm Information Fair in Fellowship Hall as well as workshops on end-of-life issues beginning at 1:00 pm. Our youth group will then host the film  Coco  at 2:30 pm in the sanctuary. 
(Of note - t here will be some finger food for snacks, but we will not be providing lunch. Please bring lunch with you if needed. Also, the workshop "How to Dispose of the Body...Yours! will be held in Room 105, not Room 110.)

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.

Our Folks...
     Our thoughts and sympathy are with Erika Stoner-Edelberg and Fiona Stoner and their families, upon the recent death of Erika and Fiona's mother, Jean Stoner, age 85. Erika has sung with our choir, and Fiona and her wife Heather were active in our congregation before they moved to Wisconsin some years ago.

     Look for members of our Choir in Cardinal Stage Company's production of "The Christians," running through November 4.
McNeill and Macklin: Autumnal Away!
Reverend Scott McNeill is taking some deserved time away. He will return November 7th to engage ministry. Reverend Macklin will depart November 8th to attend a "Death Doula" training in Asheville, North Carolina, and then spend a few days with family. She will return November 17th.
Singing Bowls Meditation with Janiece Jaffe Monday, Oct 29  
Join Janiece Jaffe for an hour-long Singing Bowls Meditation in the Meeting Room on Monday, October 29, 5:30-6:30 p.m. All are welcome. 
Fireside Fundraiser Gala October 30, Woolery Mill, 6:00 p.m.
Benefit for Shalom Community Center 
Join Reverend Forrest Gilmore and many others at Shalom's Fireside Gala at the Woolery Mill on October 30th at 6:00 pm. Tickets ($60 per person) are available at the  BCT box office  and at church in the Commons on October 28 (see Alan Backler) . Featuring Gladys DeVane, the UkeTones, Brother William Morris, Rev. Bill Breeden and Community Minister Rev. Forrest Gilmore. 
Women's Alliance Meets November 1
Nancy Richman, Director of Volunteers in Medicine, will discuss their  current projects at the Women's Alliance meeting on Thursday, November 1. We begin at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall with a brown bag lunch. The presentation begins at noon, followed by a question and answer period and a business meeting. The hosts for the month, Carolyn Emmert and Patty Callison, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone is welcome, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons.
UU Singles Game Night November 2
All UU singles are invited to a GAME NIGHT on Friday, November 2, from 7:00-10:30 p.m.  Join us in the Fellowship Hall for fun and games. Bring along your favorite game...board or cards or other. Also, bring your own drink and a munchie to share that won't require us to use the kitchen facilities. Please enter at the Courtyard door. Info, contact Debbie Fish  
"Five Practices for Getting Things Done in Volunteer Organizations -- How to Be a Leader Wherever You Are"
Saturday, November 3
This three-hour session will be held at UUCB, in the Library, on Saturday, November 3, from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. During the session we will discuss the five leadership practices of Kouzes and Posner. Come join us and figure out how to make your passion come to life. Dan and Sharon Wiseman will be facilitating the session. 
RSVP to before October 30. No childcare for this event.
Trivia Night and Chili Cook-Off to Support Habitat
Saturday, November 3, 5:30 pm
   Calling trivia buffs and chili chefs! The Habitat Task Force is hosting a new event -- a Trivia & Chili Cook-Off -- on Saturday, November 3, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, for UUs and friends in Fellowship Hall. We will have a three-round trivia contest (with prizes!) and at least five different types of delicious chili for you to judge and have for dinner, along with salads, desserts, and drinks. $10 for adults, $25 for a family of four or more. For details, see the October 16 issue of The Prologue.
Last week to register for the last 
Exploring   Unitarian   Universalism Class of 2018
This is the last week to register for the last Exploring Unitarian Universalism (U.U.) class of 2018. Join us on November 4 and 112-4 p.m. in Room 112. This fun and informative class teaches about U.U. Principles, history, and the opportunities at this church, along with introducing you to a small group of others who are new to U.U. We ask for participation in this class before becoming a member. Please plan to attend both sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Register by signing up at the Welcome Table in the foyer, or emailing Ann LeDuc 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. 
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. 
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

       October 21

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the  October 16 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, November 6 at 10 am.)
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