Friday UU Update                  Friday, September 13, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
UU Families Adopt-a-Stream Work Day at Bryan Park
Tomorrow, September 14, 10:00 am
This Saturday is our monthly work day & play date at Bryan Park. This time we will be testing water quality and looking for water bugs. Meet us near the bridge at the main Henderson St. playground at 10 am for some cool science, or at the playground at 11 am to play and socialize. We will be getting in the stream, so be prepared to get wet feet. Hope to see you there!  -- Anna Knust
Recipes Due this Sunday for New Cookbook 
Send in your recipes by this Sunday, September 15, for a new UU cookbook that will hit the shelves in December, available for sale at our annual Holiday Bazaar. A fundraiser for the  Help Feed Your Hungry Neighbors Task Force. Send recipes to Mary Blizzard.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
9:15 and 11:15 am
Here's Who I Am
Reverend Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd
Truly knowing, understanding, and sharing your authentic, vulnerable self is one of the bravest things we do. How do we wrestle with the ways in which our experiences have shaped us so that we can offer our whole, broken selves to the world?
Reverend Carrier-Ladd serves as the Coordinator of Youth Programs at the UU Church of Muncie, Indiana. She is a 4th generation Unitarian Universalist originally from Boston. She received her Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and was ordained by Hope Unitarian Church in Tulsa. She met her husband, Seth, at UU General Assembly. Together they have three young children.

Reverend Carrier-Ladd will be a guest in our pulpit on four Sundays during Reverend Macklin's sabbatical time away: September 15th, October 20th, October 27th, and November 24th. 
This Week in Religious Education: Identity
Caring Connections (Childcare)  will embrace the last bits of summer and explore outside as much as possible.
Our Spirit Play Classes:  
World of Wonder (Preschool) and Roots and Wings (9:15 am K-8, 11:15 am K-2) will be hearing The Color of Me  as they explore our Red UU Promise, Respect all People, and learn the science behind the different shades of people's skin.
Curiosity Club (11:15 am, 3rd-5th grade) will continue to get acquainted and learn about each other, the commonalities they have and the unique things that make them who they are.
Jedi Academy (11:15 am, 6th-8th grade) will have their Padawan Initiation where they are introduced to the areas they will hone and develop through mindfulness training: skill, senses, courage, insight, and spirit.
High School Youth Group (12:30-2:30 pm) Bring a lunch-worthy snack to share.  We'll be playing favorite board games!
Registered Your Children and Youth for Religious Education!
It takes 2 minutes, and there is no payment needed at the time of registration.  We will also have volunteers in Fellowship Hall this Sunday during coffee hour to help you register or pay your fees in person.

Top 5 Reasons to Register Your Kiddos for Religious Education:
1) Helps convey important safety and security information about your child to us
2) They will have their preferred name and pronouns on their name tag on Sunday if registered before Friday afternoon
3) Allows you to receive emails. Starting this week, we are only sending weekly emails to registered families.
4) We use the list in the database to relay important information about youth conferences, family programming, OWL, etc
5) It makes your RE Team very happy and allows them to better prepare for classes so your kiddos and their volunteer teachers have the best Sunday experience.
Spirit Play for Ages 3-103! 
Wednesday, September 18, 5:30-7:30 pm
Do you love stories, spiritual exploration, or crafts? Join us for supper and play this Wednesday as we hear the story of our UUCB Self-Hugging Tree.  Click here to sign up for pizza or childcare for young ones.
At Church this Sunday:
Please wear your name tag
Lots of new people are visiting this month!
UU Freethinkers Meet September 15 at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm in Room 208 for an open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
Training for New Greeters and Welcomers Sunday
12:45 pm in the Meeting Room
Greeters and Welcomers are vital to making ours a welcoming church. It's a great way to meet people, and you set your own schedule. Join us at 12:45 on Sunday in the Meeting Room.
Third Sunday UU Singles Potluck Night
September 15th, 5:30 pm 
Join the UU Singles Fellowship group for their monthly potluck night this Sunday! This month the potluck will be at the home of Beverly DeFord in Unionville, at  7326 N Tunnel Road. For questions or directions, call  812-336-7366.  Bring a dish or drinks to share. We'll eat, sit, talk, and just be together in the evening.  For questions about the Singles Fellowship group or to be added to the e-mail list or Facebook group, email Marie Deer  or call her at 812-391-0900.
Please note that there will be no Singles Fellowship lunch after church this Sunday because of the evening potluck. 
Our Folks...
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Millie Jackson and family upon the passing of her brother Tom earlier this week.  
Hike with us on September 21
Join us on Saturday, September 21 to hike the Scarlet Oak Woods trail and the Mt. Gilead Friends Retreat Center trail. This hike will be approx 3.5 miles of moderate terrain. A short portion of the hike will have weeds and brambles, so wear long pants. We will meet at 8:30 am at the old east side K-Mart parking lot, behind Bloomingfoods East, to carpool to the trail head.  Let us know if you plan to join us by emailing We will cancel if it rains.
Ready to become a member?
The next membership ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, at 10:30 am. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, we ask that you complete the Exploring Unitarian Universalism class before signing the membership book. 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 or call (812)332-3695.
V olunteer at the 12th Annual Buddy Walk and support our very own Molly Moo's team! Sunday, September 22
Sign up here to volunteer on Sunday, September 22, at the Monroe County Fairgrounds:  Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome 2019.  You can also sign up to walk with or donate to our very own Molly Moo's walk team here:  Molly Moo's Walkers FundraiserThe   Buddy   Walk is organized by  Down Syndrome Family Connection and supports their advocacy work in south-central Indiana.
Fall 2019 Social Justice Grants - Application Now Available!
Deadline for submission: Sunday, October 12
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.
Caring Committee Volunteering
Our Caring Committee provides occasional rides to medical appointments, meals during severe illness or recovery, visitors to those who have difficulty attending services, hospital/procedure accompaniment, and hosts memorial receptions. If you are willing to help meet one (or more) of these needs of our church members, please take time to fill in this form: Caring Committee Volunteer Sign Up. There are only occasional needs for assistance, but your willingness to be available is deeply appreciated.  
--  Sharon Yarber , Caring Committee Chair
Join the Choir! Build Your Community!
UU Choir rehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Meeting Room. All are welcome! (Need childcare? Click here.)  
-- Sue Swaney, Music Director
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 Hannah Worton with any questions or ideas you may have:
Our Pledge Dollars at Work  
This summer our pledge dollars enabled the church to be represented at three Pride festivals - Spencer Pride, Vincennes Pride (Rainbow over the Bridge), and Bloomington Pridefest. Our Connections Coordinator reserved a table and organized volunteers at each event to tell attendees about our church.
For More Information  see the September 3  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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