Friday UU Update 
September 25, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
International Outreach Task Force 
African Benefit Yard Fair and Bake Sale  
Saturday, September 26th, 11 am - 6 pm 
3502 E. William Court, Bloomington 47401 
(Directions: Turn into Hyde Park off of Moore's Pike onto Olcott, take first right on William, last yard on the left). We will have African jewelry, cloth, handblown glass, etc., and a special collection of jigsaw puzzles this time--vintage and new, fine art--impressionists, op art, pop art, rainbow art, etc. CHECK OR CASH ONLY! Given COVID, we will be socially distanced, bring a mask. We'll provide hand sanitizer and appropriately wrapped food items. We hope to see many there, especially since we are way behind in fundraising and the need is great; it is unclear if we'll be able to participate in the virtual Bazaar (we need volunteers to enter the merchandise). Questions or want to volunteer? Call Claire Robertson at 812-336-3696. 
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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.

Send Us a Photo of You and Your Pet for the October 4 Service
Join us for a Time for All Ages on Sunday, October 4 to celebrate the special animals in our lives. Email Adrienne by October 2nd at with photos of your pets!

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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 September 27, 2020
A Time for Renewal
Reverend Dave Clements
Interim Minister Consultant
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays, are celebrated by Jewish people all over the world. Rosh Hashanah (literally "head of the year" or New Year) is the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur, which comes ten days after Rosh Hashanah, is the Day of Atonement. Together, they are sometimes referred to as the Jewish High Holidays. They mark a period known both as the "Days of Awe" and the "Ten Days of Repentance," during which Jewish people are supposed to reflect on the sins they have committed during the past year. Rosh Hashanah combines the joy of a New Year celebration and its theme of renewal with the seriousness associated with confronting one's failings and seeking forgiveness, both from God and from those one has wronged. Come and explore with me what we can learn about renewal from these Jewish Holidays.

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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) There is also one space available in our story box-based Practicing Our Promises program. Contact Reverend Emily if you're interested in that spot.

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:
  • Gardeners Gathering
  • 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.

Our Folks . . . 
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cusack and Loftman families upon the passing of UU member Maryann Cusack on Monday, September 21, with her son Sam at her side and family members nearby. An obituary for Maryann can be read here.
Young Adult (YA) Bring Your Own Brunch (BYOB) on Zoom 
Sunday, September 27 at 12:30-2 pm
     The Young Adults at Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington are here for you--wherever you are! Those of us that find ourselves between the general ages of 18-35 are having unique experiences right now. Many of our expectations about big transitions have been shattered. Most of our plans have changed or will eventually. One of the only things we DO know is that we need each other. How can we promote connection in this time of disconnection? We want to connect with YOU!
     Please join Rev. Christin Green and others this Sunday, September 27, 12:30-2:00 p.m. for a DROP-IN Bring Your Own Brunch (BYOB) on Zoom! All are welcome in whatever capacity they can. No need to register. Simply show up. Here's the Zoom link
     Contact beacon (at) with questions or to get on the YA email list. 
     If you're a Young Adult, fill out this short survey for a chance to win a gift card for UberEats, Doordash, or GrubHub!
UU Freethinkers meet September 27, 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), to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
-- Chalice Circles Start in October --
Registration Closes this Sunday, Sept 27
     There are still a few spots open in Chalice Circles starting soon! 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 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)
Women's Alliance Meets on Zoom
First Thursday of Each Month
The Women's Alliance will meet on Zoom on Thursday, October 1, at 11:30 a.m. For added security, this meeting requires registration. Click here to register and receive the Zoom link.
Beware Email Fraud
Some of our members recently received bogus emails from an entity impersonating our Senior Minister Reverend Macklin, asking for money in the form of gift cards. Fraudulent emails like this should be immediately deleted. Do not respond to them. Do not send money. Our ministers, staff, and board members will never email you asking for any money besides your pledge payment! For details on how to report fraudulent emails, click here.
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.
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)
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.    
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:
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.
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

Friday, September 25, 8:00 p.m. 
Shift political power for the 2020 election and beyond! An online concert with Annie Patterson and Peter Blood (creators of Rise Up Singing and Rise Again songbooks).
Please help spread the word - and help make the difference on Nov. 3rd!


A Gift Match for donations to WFIU radio in honor of 
Bill and Cookie Lynch
This encouragement to donate comes from UU member Sandy Lynch, The gift match will be going on during the program "The Hidden Brain," 10:00-11:00 a.m. this Saturday, September 26. The first 20 donations will be matched up to $2000 during the show. You may make your donation here.


I.U. Student Advocates Office Recruiting Volunteer Advocates!
Next Q & A Orientation for interested IU retirees--
Thursday, October 1st 10a-12n
If you are an IU retiree, you may be highly qualified and interested in becoming a student advocate volunteer here at IUB. It is easier than ever to volunteer as an advocate during this challenging COVID-19 season; services are being provided remotely this year via phone or Zoom appointments. Our services remain greatly needed by students--almost more than ever. Click here for details. Contact Darrell Ann Stone if you are interested, dastone(at)
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 15 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
If you are not already regularly receiving emails like this from us, you can subscribe by sending an email to office(at)
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