Friday UU Update 
October 9, 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 11, 2020
Listening To That Voice That Is Calling Us To Live Authentically
Reverend Dave Clements 
To really listen to others, we must first learn to listen to ourselves. This requires us to learn the art of deep listening. Deep Listening involves listening from a deep, receptive, and caring place in oneself. It is listening that is generous, empathic, supportive, accurate, and trusting. I invite you to come and worship as I share with you some personal stories of how I learned the importance of Deep Listening. Sunday is also National Coming Out Day and we will celebrate that in the service. Coming out can be an arduous journey that requires being willing to listen to oneself and to honor one's decision to live authentically.

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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.
Send Us a Photo of You and Your Pet 
for the October 18 Service
Our Time for All Ages on Sunday, October 18 will celebrate the special animals in our lives. Email Adrienne at dre(at) with photos of yourself with your pets by Wednesday, October 14th. 
Religious Education Updates and Resources 
This month our congregation is engaging with Deep Listening. This week, we encourage people of all ages to take advantage of the beautiful weather to head outdoors for some Deep Listening. What do you hear in your neighborhood? What are your favorite sounds? Are there any sounds that you have never heard before?

Curious about what we are up to in Religious Education? View our October email and subscribe to it easily here
If you'd like to join any of our fall RE offerings, 
Contact Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, dre(at)
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!
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.

Young Adult Sunday Brunch
Hosted by Reverend Christin Green
Young adults are invited to gather again or for the first time at our Young Adult Brunch on Sunday, October 11, at 12:30 p.m. We are gathering on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month in October, November, and December to share our lives and break some brunch-bread together virtually. Come as you are! No registration required. Here's the Zoom link.
        You are also invited to fill out this short survey for a chance to win a gift card for UberEats, Doordash, or GrubHub!
Spots still open in Chalice Circles
A few spots have opened up in this year's Chalice Circles. Visit our sign up page to see if one suits you, or to add your name to a wait list for future openings.
This Sunday! Explore Unitarian Universalism Online, 3 pm
Explore Unitarian Universalism with us online on October 11 and 18, from 3 to 5 pm. Use this link to register. 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 Ann LeDuc at connect(at) or call Ann at (812)720-3688.
Wednesdays at Noon with Rev. Dave:
Coming up on October 14th - How to Handle the Thanksgiving Holidays 
Join Rev. Dave on Zoom at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, October 14, in online discussion as we share ideas and concerns regarding how to handle the upcoming Thanksgiving Holidays. For many of us, this has been a time for gathering with friends and family. How can we honor this tradition and at the same time be safe? Click here on Wed. to join the discussion. 
Upcoming UU Singles Events, Thursday, Oct 15
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for various kinds of connective events as a group. We'd love to have you join us!
Thursday evening, October 15 (via Zoom):
* 6 pm - Happy Hour
* 7 pm - Share a Poem Night
If you are not already on the UU singles e-mail list, please contact mariedeer1961(at) or 812-391-0900 to get the Zoom link.
Become a Member on October 25
Membership indicates your kinship and affinity with this church and the larger Unitarian Universalist religious community.  The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, October 25 at 2 pm via Zoom. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before becoming a member.  Let the Connections Coordinator know if you would like to attend the membership ceremony and become a member of the UU Church of Bloomington. Email Ann at connect(at) or phone (812) 720-3688.
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.
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.    
Beware Email Fraud
Our ministers, staff, and board members will never send you email asking you for any money besides your pledge payment! 

Here's a Handy Email Fraud Detection Tip:
Be very leery of links in emails, especially links that you were not expecting to receive. Clicking on a malicious link could download malware to your device; or take you to a website that asks for your user name and password, only to steal it for malicious purposes. Instead of clicking on the link, go to the trusted website for the business mentioned in the email, or call the business using a known phone number.  For example, if the email says your account has been compromised and you need to login to fix it, go directly to the webpage of the business, don't use the link in the email. Also, if an offer in an email sounds too good to be true, it probably is a phishing scam.
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. 
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. Collection bins are near the Portico Entrance. 
--Homelessness Task Force and Hunger Task Force
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)
Community Connections: Our Faith in Action in the Community

Spencer Pride's 2020 Festival -- Events October 12-18
In lieu of our 2020 Festival, Spencer Pride is holding a series of online and limited in-person events from October 12 through October 18. Visit our Facebook page for a complete list. I'd like to personally invite you to take part in our limited seating, socially distanced fundraiser, Documentary and Drag. Our very own Reverend Mary Ann Macklin is the featured speaker! Learn about the history of the AIDS quilt and support Spencer Pride. Here's the link to buy tickets! (& here's the event poster.) If you can't attend, consider purchasing a ticket to donate to a youth who might otherwise not be able to attend. (Just notify if you do that.) Thank you to this wonderful, generous community for your continued support!   --Judi Epp, for Spencer Pride
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 October 6 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 20, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)

How to Subscribe
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Masthead photo by Nicolette Toussaint.
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