Friday UU Update                 Friday, September 27, 2019
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Attention to Traffic this Weekend
A friendly reminder that Bloomington is brimming with activities this weekend  that could impact traveling through downtown and campus ( Lotus World Music Festival, Indiana University Bicentennial Celebrations, and Hoosiers Outrun Cancer, to name a few!) - we recommend using the bypass to get to and from church. 
Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:15 am and 11:15 am
Hide and Seek 
Reverend Scott McNeill
      Throughout all of the stages of our lives, we play the game "Hide and Seek" most regularly. To be sure, there are few opportunities for adults to run and hide while others count down from 20 - but we hide (our identity, our stories, our needs) just as much as we seek (community, affirmation, peace, love).
      Our choir and music theatre students of Sue Swaney and Ray Fellman will provide our gift of music, "You Will Be Found" from the musical Dear Evan Hansen, as we reflect on the idea that no matter where we hide we can be found when we open ourselves up to community.
Food donations welcome for RE Teacher Breakfast this Sunday
We will be providing a "Thank You!" Breakfast for all of our volunteer RE teachers, advisors, and mentors this Sunday morning. If you are a non-teaching family and would like to help provide food for our volunteer teachers,  please sign up here.
This Week in Religious Education: Identity
Caring Connections (Infants-3 years) will search for signs of fall as they play outside, create fall inspired artwork, and share stories. 
*World of Wonder (Preschool) will investigate evolution through the story of Grandmother Fish.
*Roots and Wings (K+ 9:15 am, K-2nd grade 11:15 am) will hear The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore as they engage with our Green UU Promise: Grow by seeking what is true and right in life. This story is a celebration of each of our unique life stories, and children will be invited to write a little book about themselves. 
*It's Visiting Day in our Spirit Play Classrooms!   Please come by right after the service so your child can show you around the classroom.  
Curiosity Club (11:15 am, 3rd-5th Grade) will continue their exploration of identity through art activities that encourage them to think about these questions:  "What makes you, you?" and "What makes you, UU?"
Game Gurus (6th-8th Grade) our dynamic duo of Margie and Drew Schrader will be hosting fun and games in Room 208 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm with SNACKS! Jedi Academy will be back next week. 
High School Youth Group (12:30 pm, 9th-12th grade) Bring a brown bag lunch and your favorite apple recipes to share. We're headed apple picking! Click here to sign up so we can secure transportation and make sure we don't leave anyone behind. 
Families in Religious Education: 
Email is our main mode of communication
If your child is registered for RE for the 2019-2020 school year, you should receive weekly emails regarding their classes. If you are not receiving emails, please check your spam folder. If you do not find messages, please email Adrienne Summerlot ( so we can ensure that you will receive our important communications. If your child is not registered for RE, you will not receive emails, so take a quick moment and register online now at
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education 
for 1st & 2nd Grade!
We are pleased to announce that Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL) is being offered this fall for 1st and 2nd grade children. Please note, your child only has one opportunity to take OWL at these grades; the next time OWL will be offered for these grades is in the 2021-2022 school year.  Mandatory Parent Meeting, Wednesday, October 2nd from 6-7:30pm in the Library.   For IMPORTANT information about class times, facilitators, and class content, please visit:     OWL Fall 2019 Schedule .
     Spaces are limited!   Click Here to Register Your Child for OWL.
At Church this Sunday:
UU Freethinkers Meet September 29 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.
UU Singles Fellowship and Activities Group  Lunch
Join us for a lunch! Sunday after the second service UU Singles will meet by the coatroom near the sanctuary to agree on a lunch spot. Hope to see you there!
Workshop on Responding to an Active Shooter or  Hostile Aggressor
This Sunday, September 29, 1:00 pm
This workshop, led by our Usher Crew chair and safety and security expert John Summerlot, will train you to think through your options and consider what actions will help you survive if ever faced with an active shooter or hostile aggressor. We will also discuss what a community such as our church can do to be prepared if ever faced with this challenge. Sunday, September 29, 1 to 2:30 pm in the Library. 
UU Singles First Friday Game Night
Friday, October 4, 7 pm, in Fellowship Hall
Bring yourself for sure, and if you'd like you're also welcome to bring a friend, some snacks or drinks, and games to share!
Fall Clothing Swap in Fellowship Hall
Saturday, October 5, 9:30 am to Noon
Time to clean out your closets and drawers! Our fall clothing swap, organized by the Green Sanctuary Task Force, is next weekend. Bring any clothes you'd like to give away (or just bring yourself!) and pick up something new-to-you.
Our Folks . . .
A memorial service for Marcia Harlow will be held here on Saturday, October 5, at 3:00 p.m. Reverend Bill Breeden will officiate.
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.
Time for a New Paper Church Directory!
We will print our own in-house congregational phone directory soon, aiming to have copies ready to pick up by mid-October. If you have changed your name, phone number, address, or email since October 2018, please send your new information to us at You may also make corrections on the draft directory, which will be available in the Commons on 9/29, 10/6 and 10/13.
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 Childcare Coordinator Hannah Worton with any questions or ideas you may have:
For More Information  see the  September 17  edition  of our newsletter, The Prologue. Past issues for quite awhile back can be found here
(Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 am.) 
Carol Marks has editorial responsibility for our congregation's publications.

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Masthead photo: From our 2019 Splash of the Sacred potluck picnic.
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