Friday UU Update 
September 11, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday September 13, 2020
Renewal: Wild Things
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Dave Clements
Our theme for the month of September is renewal. In a time when we face multiple pandemics, COVID-19, systemic racism, west coast orange fire skies, climate devastation, police violence, economic inequality, and an election on the horizon, we will explore questions of renewal. Without renewal, we can easily become overwhelmed. In this worship service we will invite the wild potential in life to inform our renewal. Where are the wild things? The peace? What makes your heart sing? If we truly want to change the world, we have to seek the spirit, ongoing.
Join us via livestream for this week's service at 10:15 a.m. via our Facebook page or our website livestream page. In case you miss the livestream, archived videos are always available on our website.

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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.

Religious Education Updates and Resources 
 
We understand that in these times when things are changing daily you may need more drop-in opportunities for story time, offline activities, and time to virtually connect with the congregation or friends from church. Find out what is coming up by visiting our Religious Education webpage and calendar. If you'd like to join our UU Home program, with September resources exploring Renewal, contact Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, our Minister of Congregational Life and Religious Education, at mre(at)uubloomington.org.

You can view our monthly Religious Education email and subscribe to it easily here.

Questions? Contact Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, 
dre (at) uubloomington.org 
All are welcome in Virtual Coffee Hour!
Every Sunday after the worship service until 12:15 pm, join us for engaging conversation. 


Breakout Conversations this Sunday:
  • Chalice Circles Information  
  • Choir
  • General Discussion
Email connect(at)uubloomington.org 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.

UU Freethinkers meet September 13, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. If you'd like to join us, please contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com, to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Get-togethers with Rev. Dave Coming Soon
Our new Interim Minister Consultant wants to get to know us! He will be scheduling some Zoom get-togethers soon (for morning coffee, lunch, or dessert in the evening) so keep an eye on The Prologue on September 15 for details.
-- Chalice Circles Start in October --
Registration Now Open! Sign Up Today through Sept 27
     Online sign-up to join a Chalice Circle beginning in October is now available! The registration window will end on Sunday, September 27. 
     Follow this link to see all available days/times and sign up:  20-21 Chalice Circle Sign Up
     Note there is also a Waiting List in case the times of the Chalice Circles do not work for you. You may sign up on the Waiting List, giving your name, contact information, and the days of the week and times you are available to join a Circle. Daytime or evening, week days or weekends are possible. You will be contacted after September 27 if we are able to form a new group that would include you.
     For more information about what to expect when you join a Chalice Circle, check out our brochure - Chalice Circles: Small Group MinistryMembers of the Chalice Circle Executive Team will also hold Zoom coffee hour gatherings after the church services on September 13, September 20, and September 27 to answer questions.
     Or, contact a member of the CC Executive team
Jan Armstrong, 812-278-8711, janet_k_armstrong (at) hotmail.com
Anne Haynes, 812-360-2619, anne.haynes3 (at) gmail.com
Linda Pickle, 812-369-4430, linda.pickle (at) wku.edu
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online
Sundays, Oct 11 and 18, 3-5 pm
The Exploring Unitarian Universalism (UU) class will be offered online next month on October 11 and 18, 3-5 pm. Click here to register for the class. This class is 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 covered in each session. We request completion of this class before you become a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Questions? Email Ann LeDuc at connect(at)uubloomington.org.
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.
UU (Virtual) Children's Choir -- New Singers Always Welcome, Grades K-8
The UU Children's Choir will contribute music (virtually) to selected services throughout the year. This involves learning a song from a pre-recorded audio or video, and then recording your child singing along with a master track to send in. If you are already on the Children's Choir email list, watch for a message this weekend regarding our first project for the Fall Equinox service (soon!). If you are not on the list, and would like to be, email Jill at jillmcourtney(at)gmail.com. (Being on the list doesn't commit you to participating, but will give you the most up-to-date information on singing opportunities.) We're always happy to have new singers, grades K-8!   --Jill Courtney
Social Justice Funds Committee Fall Grants Available
Application Deadline October 16
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. The funds for these grants are provided through the Lundin Social Justice Fund in the Special Purposes Funds. Awards are based, in part, on available funds, number of grant applications received and the guidelines outlined below. 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 members of the congregation, and (3) applications to seed new projects that will have an enduring benefit. The monies cannot be used to pay for professional services or salaries. Click here for details and the application form.
Ask your questions on Mondays!
Every Monday, 1:00-2:00 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)uubloomington.org or phone at (812) 720-3688.  Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm.   
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, and should be quicker.  Please note the new P.O. box is in NASHVILLE, INDIANA. All our ministers and staff continue to work from home because of the Coronavirus pandemic. If you have questions, please contact admin(at)uubloomington.org. Thanks!
Changing the World
Click here for updates from our Social Justice Task Forces:

Time for Change
The Hunger Task Force is asking for your change to help end hunger in our community. Assemble all of your loose change into a ziplock bag and put it somewhere on your front porch. Respond to Mary Blizzard (maryblizzard6 (at) gmail.com) with your address and clues as to where you've stashed your change by September 20th. We will be collecting your donations the week of September 20-26. We hope to put coins back into circulation and to help feed our hungry neighbors. Thank you for your continuing support.  --The Hunger Task Force
Volunteer Opportunities at Shalom or Wheeler Mission
Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities at these shelters.

Volunteer Opportunities at Middle Way House
Middle Way House's recent newsletter includes lots of ways you can be supportive in their work to assist survivors of domestic abuse. Click here for details.
Voter Suppression Film Series
September 15 and 22 at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom
      The League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County along with several other local organizations, will host two "virtual screenings" that offer deeper insights into the issue of voter suppression.  Each screening will begin with a film, followed by a question and answer (Q&A) session with local and state panelists.  The stories in these films are moving, and they will leave you ready to take action.  
      You must register in advance for each of these free screenings. For more information and to register, click here
Middleway House Photo Contest

Submit photos by September 15
Want to support Middle Way House while also getting your art out to a wider audience? Details and how to enter are here.
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)
Deadline for Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org

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 September 1 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, September 15, at 10 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications. Email her at admin(at)uubloomington.org.

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