September 17, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, September 19, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin

Limited In-Person Attendance is 50 for this Sunday
(Advance Registration Required Each Week -- See Details Below)
Join us as we mark the changing of the seasons and the time of harvest through story, song, and ritual. We will be connecting to the energy of the earth and providing an opportunity to reflect upon balance in your own life as we near the day of equal light and darkness. 

The UU Children & Youth Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will offer a beautiful butterfly-themed song for this service.

To enrich your experience of worship, you might figure out which direction is east where you are and gather: a candle to light, a couple of pieces of paper, some markers or crayons, some yarn or string, and a pen.
Register for In-person Sunday Attendance
Have you been missing in-person church attendance on Sundays? If you feel the need to attend in-person, you can sign up online here:
Space is limited. 
All the details and safety information are on the sign up. Please read the details carefully, because a lot has changed. 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 programming will not be available this Sunday - see RE update below for upcoming outdoor activities!) If you have questions or difficulty registering, please email office(at)
Virtual Coffee Hour Returns!
During the months of August and half of September we took a break from offering Virtual Coffee Hour. We are going to try it again. Here is the link to register to attend. 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 fewer than 5 participants for multiple Sundays we may cancel this event.
A Video Message for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN
This week’s Interim Religious Education update is brought to you Michele Grove and Tiberius.
In the message, you will learn about:
  • Upcoming Sunday morning religious education program on Sunday, September 26
  • The new outdoor religious education classroom work party scheduled for Saturday, September 25
  • And much more…
Michele is open to questions and conversations. Call/text 605-237-1319, or email:
Creating Stepping Stones Work Party Date changed to September 25
Creating Outdoor RE Spaces: Tour & Work Party
Saturday, September 25, 2-4 pm
For our children’s safety, we are planning Outdoor RE experiences this fall. You’re invited to tour the spaces we’ll be using and hear about our plans for developing them into truly special places. This will also be the kick-off to our series of work parties to make this transformation happen! There will be projects for all ages and abilities, including the creation of our first batch of stepping stones.
Please register for details, or contact Stephanie: rea(at)
Raindate: Sunday, September 26, 2-4pm
Spirit Play
Sunday, September 26, 10-11:30 am
Children of all ages are invited to join us for Spirit Play outside, in the woods! Meet in the Courtyard at 10 am and we'll walk together to our emerging outdoor “classroom.” Dress for the weather, and please wear a mask.
Please register, or contact Stephanie: rea(at)
UUCB Check-in: Safety and Engagement Questionnaire

Dearest Members and Friends, 
We miss you. We also know that many, if not all of you, have felt somewhat distanced from the congregation as a result of the pandemic. 
While we have heard from a number of you through various channels, we want to reach out to discover how everyone is doing as we enter a new church year, beginning in September.  
We will rely on your completion of the questionnaire to understand who we are as a congregation, as well as the wellbeing of each of you.

We look forward to hearing from you!
With well wishes and blessing, 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Senior Minister
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

NEST Update 
The NEST (Next Steps in Transition) Working Group continues to work to ensure the safety of our congregation, staff, and ministers during the pandemic. We recognize that each congregant must weigh safety from COVID exposure with their spiritual need to gather in-person. 

Current building and in-person Sunday worship service attendance:
  • Currently in-person attendance is limited to 50 registered participants each Sunday. Online registration for Sunday Service will open nine days before the service and close at 5:00 pm on the Saturday before: If in-person service is cancelled, registered attendees will be notified via email, signs will be displayed on outside doors, and a note will be published in the Friday Update. Detailed information can be found here.
  • For meetings other than Sunday worship attendance, our church building status is LIMITED ACCESS, which is defined here

As the Covid situation changes, the NEST Working Group continuously works to stay abreast of the changes and reevaluate applicable safety protocols. If you have questions about the work of NEST, please email Jane McLeod at jmcleod(at)
Be a Greeter!
Whether you have been a Greeter in the past, or are looking for a new volunteer opportunity, you are welcome to sign up and greet on Sunday mornings. Here are the duties of GreetersSign up to greet today! 
Questions? Email
Farewell to Rev. Dave
Tuesday, September 21, 6:30 pm
The board would like to let everyone know about two opportunities to share farewells and appreciations for Reverend Dave Clements, both in writing and through Zoom:
  1. We encourage you to share expressions of appreciation in writing through this online formFarewells to Rev. Dave. We will collect and share your notes with Dave as one means by which to commemorate his time with us. 
  2. If you prefer to communicate with Dave more directly, we will be hosting an informal Zoom farewell session on Tuesday, September 21, from 6:30-7:30 pm. You can access this meeting at the link below:
Meeting ID: 818 6619 4888
Passcode: 731498
We hope you will take advantage of one of these means to let Rev. Clements know that you appreciated his service with us.
Chalice Circles Small Group Ministry
Signup continues through September 26
Chalice Circle signups began online on Sunday, September 12th, and will run through Sunday, September 26th. Please visit the sign up page for more information, including dates and times for all Circles:

Chalice Circle Testimonial
by Carol Ver Wiebe
"This year I will be signing up for my fifth Chalice Circle and am looking forward to another year of getting to know a small group of fellow church members a little bit better. I like the group’s size—easier to have everyone’s participation. The topics for our discussions are meaningful and frequently seem to address issues that particularly concern me. If you would like a calm, peaceful discussion of important personal issues sign up for the time and day that best suit your schedule."
UU Humanists Meet September 19, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom. This Sunday we will select our discussion topics for Fall 2021If 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.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
A Drop-in Group on Zoom with Rev. Barbara Child
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, September 7 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.
UU Online Book Club reads An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. 
On October 4 they will discuss An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz. Our RE Consultant, Michele Grove, will lead the discussion. If you prefer, you are welcome to read the For Young People version of the book and join the discussion on Oct 4. If you would like to join the book club, use this link to register for the Zoom meeting:
Online Giving Link
We are inviting everyone to use our new Giving page for online contributions:   
You can use a major credit card there to make a non-pledge gift or a contribution towards your annual pledge, or both. This new Giving page is integrated with our new database, and is secure. If you have used our Paypal account in the past to arrange a recurring gift, that will continue to work just fine, but you can also use the new Giving page to arrange a recurring gift if you would like. Questions?
Carol Marks, Church Administrator
Email Problems with music(at)
We discovered this week that there was a google mail problem with Music Director Rev. Dr. Susan Swaney's email address, music(at) If you have been trying to reach her with that email, it should work now. We think we have it fixed.
Save the Date
Represent UUCB at Spencer Pride! 
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. In the past, some Pride attendees have asked questions about where the church is located, or have told us about the UU church they attended elsewhere. 
I hope you will join us! Information about the Spencer Pride Festival can be found here:
Fall Diaper Drive
with the Reproductive Justice Task Force 
Did you know that 57% of parents experiencing diaper needs who rely on child care said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn't have diapers? One of our UU youth, Mojo, created a video about the issue with more facts which you can watch here
Support our local diaper bank at All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center with a donation:
Bethel AME / Fairview School Supply Drive
Thanks to everyone who dropped off school supplies for the Bethel AME / Fairview School Supply Drive! Donations (shown in photo) were delivered to Bethel AME where they will be used to fill backpacks for Fairview Elementary. Click here to read the wonderful thank you we received from Bethel AME, along with more photos. We look forward to partnering with Bethel AME Bloomington again in the future. —The Racial Justice Task Force
Afghan Resettlement Donation Drop-Off
Sunday, September 19, 12 - 5 pm at UUCB Portico Entrance
The Association of Central Eurasian Students at IU is organizing a relief effort for the Afghan refugees that are being housed at Camp Atterbury, near Columbus, Indiana. Drop off donations this Sunday afternoon at the church. They particularly need baby supplies like diaper cream, diapers (an estimated 30,000!), wipes and powdered formula. And clothes! They are trying to make sure everyone has at least two sets of clothing. Modest clothing for women includes full length skirts, long pants and long sleeve crewneck shirts. Pashmina head scarves (at least 48” long) and hijabs would also be appreciated. Can't make the drop-off time? There is an Amazon wishlist that you can use if you would like to purchase things that are needed, and they will ship it directly: 
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:
Masthead photo by Mandy Skinner.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9:00 am, to office(at)
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