Friday UU Update                  Friday, September 28, 2018
Unitarian Universalist Church 
of Bloomington, Indiana
Green Grounds Fall Work Session Tomorrow Morning, Sept 29
Want to help make our church more welcoming and expressive of our UU values? Our fall work session will be from 9:00 to noon tomorrow, Saturday, September 29th (rain date, October 6th).  Bring your well-marked digging and pruning tools, gloves, a hat, sunblock, and water bottle and stay as long you like! 
--Molly O'Donnell and Jana Pereau , Co-chairs, Green Grounds Team
Sunday, September 30, 2018
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Ministry Unleashed: A Celebration
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Other Ministers
In the spirit of Lotus Music Festival Weekend, we offer this worship service of celebration and joy. In such unknown and fractured times, it is important to pause, re-gather and offer gratitude and embrace the joy of being together. In this worship service we will explore our ministry together, mark the 20th Anniversary of Reverend Macklin's Ordination, and celebrate our new Affiliated Community Minister, Reverend Forrest Gilmore.
Different Fellowship Hall Setup on September 30
Because the Planned Giving Committee has a noontime event this Sunday, there will be a bustling in Fellowship Hall during the second service. If you watch the service on the video monitor in Fellowship Hall, please note that the room will not be perfectly quiet. You may wish to borrow some headphones from Ned Joyner at the sound booth for better sound quality. Early coffee drinkers (8:30-9:00 a.m.), please note that the set up of Fellowship Hall will be quite different than usual, with lots of extra tables.
This Week in Religious Education
World of Wonder (Preschool) will reflect on the story The Starfish Thrower and our blue UU promise: Believe in Our Ideas. Roots and Wings (K-2 nd grade) hear a story of our own congregation Changing the World. Curiosity Club (3 rd grade+) will discuss how we covenant with the Earth and learn about the autumn equinox. Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (7 th -8 th grade) will be exploring the language of sexuality in popular music. High School Youth group (9 th -12 th grade) will meet in Room 210 at 12:30pm and then take their brown bag lunches and go on a hike at Lake Griffy.

For the month of September, we will be singing the children out to their RE classes with Love Will Guide Us, Hymn #131 from Singing the Living Tradition. 
UU Freethinkers Meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers discussion group will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208 for an  open and non-structured discussion of issues of social, political, and theological/religious concern.
Women's Alliance Meets October 4
Vicki Polansky of the League of Women Voters will speak at our October 4th meeting. Her topic, "Taming the Gerrymander," will deal with redistricting in Indiana.  The meeting begins at 11:30 with a brown bag lunch. The presentation begins at noon. The hostesses for the month, Doris Wittenburg and Arzetta Hults-Losensky, will provide drinks and dessert. Everyone, including women, men, and gender non-binary persons, is welcome.
Social Justice Fall Grant Program Applications Available
Deadline October 5
Each fall, the Social Justice Funds Committee (SJFC) solicits proposals for grants in support of local social justice projects. Awards are based, in part, on available funds, number of grant applications received, and fulfillment of the grant guidelines. Please click here for more information and an application form.
   --Steve Mascari, for the Social Justice Funds Committee  (Steve Mascari, Anna Alexandrova-Beauchamp,  Ruth Ann Cooper, Kelly Rockhill, Jackie Hall, advisor)
Tech Help Offered on Sunday, October 7
Mark your calendars!  Tech Help Offered 
Sunday, October 7, 1-2:30pm, in Room 210
Our youth will help you with basic tech challenges. Bring your phone, tablet, 
e-reader or laptop along, and youth will assist in deciphering its mysteries! 
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
Jessica McCanse will be getting trained to be an Our Whole Lives Sexuality Educator next weekend in Indianapolis.  We are proud of our OWL program here, what it offers to the larger community and that our congregation enthusiastically supports it and makes it possible.  
Livestream this Sunday's Service
If you can't physically make it to church this Sunday, we invite you to join us via the livestream on our website. At the church we also have screens set up in the nursery (Room 104) and in Fellowship Hall, if you need to leave the Meeting Room for any reason but still want to watch the service.

Direct Links to Archived Video of Recent Services

   September 23

You can find direct links to archived recordings on this page of our website: 
For More Information see the September 18 edition   of our newsletter, The Prologue. (Next Prologue deadline is Tuesday, October 2 at 10 a.m.)
Masthead photo by John Woodcock
Unitarian Universalist Church