Friday UU Update 
September 18, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Our Sunday Service 

Sunday September 20, 2020
Intergenerational Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Dave Clements 
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
and many more!
Join us to welcome autumn through a multi-sensory exploration of harvest, balance, and preparation for the coming season of waning light. We will share story, singing and time for individual reflection upon the harvest of the season, accompanied by all of our UUCB affiliated ministers and UUCB member and healer Cynthia Bretheim. Our children's choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will share a gift of music
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)

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

Questions? Contact Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education, 
dre (at) 
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:
  • Meet the Interim Consulting Minister, Rev Dave
  • Chalice Circles Information
  • Choir
  • General Discussion
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.

Send Us Your Theme-Related Photos by 9/26 for the Slide Show
On Sunday, September 27, we will have a slide show of your shining faces at the end of the service. Please send your photos that relate to the theme of Renewal (you should be in the photo) to media (at) by noon on Saturday, September 26.
UU Humanists meet September 20, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "Mentoring and Biography." Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at), to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
UU Singles Meeting Thurs, Sept 24, 6 pm
     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! 
     Join us Thursday evening, September 24, at 6:00 p.m. for Communal Cooking and Eating Together over Zoom (with mystery ingredients - stay tuned!) 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.
Come meet our Interim Consulting Minister!
Our Interim Consulting Minister, Reverend David Clements, would really like to meet members and friends of our congregation and get to know you.   

Please plan on joining Rev Dave for lunch this Tuesday at Noon, or for dessert on Thursday at 7:00 pm.  

On Tuesday, September 22, bring your lunch and click on this link at Noon.
On Thursday, September 24, bring a dessert and click on this link at 7 PM.
-- Chalice Circles Start in October --
Registration Now Open 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. 
     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 20 and 27 to answer questions.
     Or, contact a member of the CC Executive team
Jan Armstrong, 812-278-8711, janet_k_armstrong (at)
Anne Haynes, 812-360-2619, anne.haynes3 (at)
Linda Pickle, 812-369-4430, linda.pickle (at)
Beware Email Fraud
     This week, some of our members received bogus emails from an entity impersonating our Senior Minister Reverend Macklin, asking for money in the form of gift cards. These emails are fake and should be deleted.
     Our ministers and staff will never email you asking for any money besides your pledge payment!  
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 classThis 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)
Watering Volunteers Needed
Some plants on the church grounds are in need of a little more watering this season, due to the drought. Please consider signing up for one of these easy volunteer slots.
Thank you!  --The Green Grounds Group

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.    
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.
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.  Please note the new P.O. box is in NASHVILLE, INDIANA. 
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) 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
Film screening: UnCivil War: U.S. Elections under Siege
September 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 a virtual screening that offers deeper insights into the issue of voter suppression. The film will be followed by a question and answer session with local and state panelists. The stories in this film are moving, and they will leave you ready to take action.  
      For more information and to register to receive the Zoom link, click here
Middle Way House Photo Contest
Submit photos by September 22 
Want to support Middle Way House while also getting your art out to a wider audience? Submit up to 10 photos; winners will be included in a holiday calendar. Details and how to enter are here. (Deadline has been extended.)
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)

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, October 6, 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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