October 8, 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 10, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Weave In: Forever Weave
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
UU Virtual Choir and friends, with Winnie Cheung, tango pianist, and Ben Bogart, bandoneon
Limited In-Person Attendance is 50 for this Sunday
(Advance Registration Required Each Week -- See Details Below)
Let us weave together the theme of relationship in this worship service in which we will highlight a musical composition entitled “Weave In, My Hardy Life” by composer Aaron Travers; the piece was commissioned in honor of the late Dan Quilter, a member of this congregation who also served as Board President. In the early 1990s, Dan was an ally in our congregation's (as it was known then) gay-straight alliance, called Interweave. He advocated and fought tirelessly for those in our congregation who were and are members of the GLBTQ community.

In the music, we hear the words of Walt Whitman, “For great campaigns of peace the same the wiry threads to weave, We know not why or what, yet weave, forever weave.”

This worship service is in honor of those who forever weave.
 
Hearing assistive devices are now available at the AV Tech booth in the rear of the sanctuary for use during Sunday worship services.
Represent UUCB at Spencer Pride! 
Next 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. I hope you will join us!
Information about the Spencer Pride Festival can be found here: spencerpride.org/festival
Get your Autographed Ray of Sunshine CD
Ray of Sunshine CDs will be available for sale after service this Sunday. Ray himself will be available to sign them! The CDs are $20 each, and can be paid with cash (exact change only), check, or online with your phone at uucb.churchcenter.com/giving.
There is room for you at in-person Sunday worship!
If you would like to attend Sunday worship service in-person, please sign up via this link:
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 or difficulty registering, please email office(at)uubloomington.org.
Greeters are Great!
Whether you have been a Greeter in the past, or are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, you are invited to sign up to greet on Sunday mornings. Here are the duties of GreetersSign up today! 
Questions? Email connect@uubloomington.org.
NEW Zoom link for Virtual Coffee Hour
Join us for conversation after the Sunday service in Virtual Coffee Hour. Here is the NEW link to register to attend on Sunday. 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 less than 5 participants for multiple Sundays we may cancel this event.
Our Folks...
We mourn the unexpected death in August of Duane Schau, longtime well-loved member of our community. Our thoughts of sympathy and healing are with Natalia and their family and all their friends. An online celebration of life for Duane will take place on Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 p.m., from our sanctuary. The link to an online order of service will be posted on our livestream page.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION Updates
Outdoor Spaces Work Parties
Saturday October 9, 2-4 pm
Saturday, October 30, 2-4 pm
All ages and skills welcome; there will be projects appropriate for all as we work together to develop our outdoor "classroom" area. The current plan for October 9 is to create paths with woodchips and set the stepping stones. Outdoors; masks required; rain cancels. Please register for the October 9 work party by the end of the day Friday, October 8.
Family Worship & Play Time
Sunday, October 10, 2:30-4:30 pm
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite will lead us in a brief service on Relationship and Sunflowers in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day (Oct. 11). Then we'll explore the themes of the service through activities and crafts. Outdoors; masks required. All ages welcome. Register at uucb.churchcenter.com/registrations.
Outdoor Spirit Play
Sunday, October 17, 10-11:30 am
Spirit Play is a story-based approach to religious education that encourages participants of all ages to reflect and make meaning for themselves. Meet in the Courtyard, then we'll walk together to our outdoor classroom. Adults, be sure to sign up for in-person Worship that day, unless you plan to attend Spirit Play with your child(ren). Ages 3+  Dress for the weather! Masks required.
 
Questions? Contact Stephanie at her new email address: kimball(at)uubloomington.org.
UU Freethinkers Meet October 10, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. 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.
Special Online Event with Gladys DeVane
Next Sunday, Oct 17
Just click on this link after the service on October 17 to join the Q & A session with Gladys DeVane about her new book, Come Sit With Me: Life in Poetry, Prose, and Plays.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online!
October 24 and 31, 2-4 pm
These small group gatherings are 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 discussed 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 connect(at)uubloomington.org or call (812)720-3688.
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 Online Book Club reads...
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school. This heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written tale, featuring poignant drawings that reflect the character's art, is based on the author's own experiences. Judy Owens has generously volunteered to lead the discussion. If you would like to join the discussion of this book on November 1, sign up here. The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
A Drop-in Group on Zoom with Rev. Barbara Child
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, 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.
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
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 John Woodcock.
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