Friday UU Update                      Friday, October 4, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Singles First Friday Game Night
Tonight! October 4, 7:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall
Bring yourself for sure, and if you'd like you're also welcome to bring a friend, snacks, drinks, or games to share.
Fall Clothing Swap in Fellowship Hall
Saturday, October 5, 9:30 am to Noon
Time to clean out your closets and drawers! Our fall clothing swap, organized by the Green Sanctuary Task Force, is next weekend. Bring any clothes you'd like to give away (or just bring yourself) and pick up something new-to-you.
Memorial Service this Saturday, October 5, at 3:00 pm
A memorial service for Marcia Harlow will be held here on Saturday, October 5, at 3:00 pm. Reverend Bill Breeden will officiate.
Sunday, October 6, 2019
9:1 5 am and 11:15 am
The Healing Practice of Letting Go
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
This Sunday will fall during the Jewish Days of Awe, the period between Rosh Hashanah (the world's birthday) and Yom Kippur (the day of repentance) -- the most sacred time of the Jewish year. We will explore the spiritual healing that can be found in asking forgiveness and in letting go, two practices that are central to this season in Jewish spirituality.
This Week in Religious Education: Letting Go
Spirit Play classes* will be exploring our Yellow UU Promise: Yearn to learn and accept one another.
*World of Wonder  (Preschool) will hear the story of Small Fry, a fish who learns about the world outside of the pond.
*Roots and Wings (9:15am K+, 11:15am K-2) enjoys the tale of Stellaluna the bat who encounters many challenges as she joins a family of birds.
Curiosity Club (11:15am 3-5th Grade) will delve into the complexities around forgiveness as they hear the story The Forgiveness Garden.
Jedi Academy (11:15 6th-8th Grade) will discuss the light side and dark side of Star Wars.  
High School Youth Group (9th-12th Grade) will not meet this week, since our Coming of Age group is gathering to make personal altars in the afternoon.
Families in Religious Education: 
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Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education 
for 1st & 2nd Grade! 
(Must register by October 12)
We are pleased to announce that Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL) is being offered this fall for 1st and 2nd grade children. Please note, your child only has one opportunity to take OWL at these grades; the next time OWL will be offered for these grades is in the 2021-2022 school year.  Mandatory Parent Meeting, Wednesday, October 2nd from 6-7:30pm in the Library.   For IMPORTANT information about class times, facilitators, and class content, please visit:     OWL Fall 2019 Schedule .
     Spaces are limited!   Click Here to Register Your Child for OWL.
At Church this Sunday:
UU Humanist Forum Meets October 6 at 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208, after children's religious education classes end. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "The Fallacy of the Meritocracy."
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group  Lunch
Join us for a lunch! Sunday after the second service UU Singles will meet by the coatroom near the sanctuary to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!
Solar Tour Open House this Sunday, 3 to 5 pm
We are one of 20 Indiana places of worship taking part in solar open houses the first weekend of October, as part of the National Solar Tour. Our open house is this Sunday, October 6, from 3 to 5 pm.  RSVP  to let us know you'll be there!  We will tour our solar power system to learn how it works and discuss our energy savings; we cover 86% of our electricity use with our three rooftop photovoltaic arrays.
Our Folks . . .
     A memorial service for Greg Haas will be held Saturday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will officiate.
     Congratulations to Ray Fellman, who is music directing Big Fish at IU mainstage theatre.
Fall 2019 Social Justice Grants
Applications Due Next  Sunday, October 13
Each fall, our Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. Projects must be based in Southern Indiana and be consistent with the mission of our church. Priority will be given to applications from (1) Social Justice Task Forces, (2) projects that involve a significant number of the congregation, and (3) applications to seed new projects that will have an enduring benefit. Click here to learn more and apply!
Opening Hearts, Opening Minds
Monday, October 14 
6 to 8 pm in Fellowship Hall
Drop in to learn how we can open our hearts, open our minds, and change the world. We will have story baskets, age appropriate resources, and engaged folks on hand to answer questions and support you in learning more about race, racism, refugee and immigrant support. People of all ages are welcome! Newcomers, visitors and friends. We will have childcare available in Room 108 but the event is designed to be family friendly as well! 
Find out more on Facebook and please share with your friends!
Assistance for Children in El Paso - Send-Off Gathering Oct. 11
Reverend Bill Breeden, our Minister Emeritus, and Glenda Breeden will travel to El Paso, Texas, October 16 to bring assistance to children at Annunciation House sponsored by the Children's Relief Agency. A send-off gathering will take place on the Courthouse Square next Friday, October 11, from 6-7 p.m. Donations are being accepted to help with this effort. Checks may be made payable to "UU Church" with "El Paso Trip" on the memo line. These checks can be brought or mailed to the church.
Time for a New Paper Church Directory!
We will print our own in-house congregational phone directory soon, aiming to have copies ready to pick up by mid-October. If you have changed your name, phone number, address, or email since October 2018, please send your new information to us at You may also make corrections on the draft directory, which will be available in the Commons on 10/6 and 10/13.
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 1  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, October 15 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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