Friday UU Update                Friday, December 1, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Lasagna Dinner at the Bazaar Today, December 1
The UUnique Cafe of the Bazaar will be serving a Lasagna dinner this evening, Friday, December 1, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Price of the complete dinner with vegetarian lasagna, bread, salad and drink is $12 for adults and $10 for children. 
Holiday Art Fair and Bazaar is Today and Tomorrow
The 2017 Bazaar is in full swing!  There is still time to come to the bazaar to check out the amazing offerings of the artisans, the cookie walk, gourmet galaxy, the cafe, the book sale and white elephants.  We could also use more volunteers. If you have an hour on Saturday stop by and find Ruellen, she'll put you to work. We also need help re-setting the Meeting Room after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The bazaar is open today  until  7 p.m.  and open  Saturday   9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Bring your own shopping bag to help save the planet.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Celebrating Compassion 
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Scott McNeill,
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin 
In this story-based service for all ages, we will share Eve Bunting's beautiful tale "December" and will reflect upon the gift of compassion during this busy month. Our celebration will include drama, time for quiet reflection and seasonal singing, and a joyful parade as we collectively offer congregational gifts for people in need. 
       For this special service, please bring a gift, if this is possible for you.  We are collecting: 
       * Mittens, hats, and socks for adults or children  
       * Toiletries, tissues, hairbrushes 
       * Non-perishable food--proteins are especially welcome 
       * The gifts you selected from our Giving Tree 
       * "Golden Gifts" of cash or checks in amounts small or large to benefit the                      Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 
This Week in Religious Education
Children are encouraged to join us for our service this morning. Child care is available in room 108 for our youngest. 6th-8th graders are meeting at 11:15 to complete their planning for the Hogwarts dinner next week (see below). The high school youth group is assisting with the service and will then meet at 12:30 with a brown bag lunch to sort gifts and play laser tag with the ministers.
Giving Tree Update--Help Still Needed This Sunday
The Giving Tree has 5 tags left.  Stepping Stones still needs 3 vacuums, 1 personal carpet cleaner/steamer, a flat screen tv, and a tv stand.  If you have one of these items that is current and only gently used or are willing to purchase, please bring to The Procession of Gifts this Sunday, December 3rd.  Thank you!
Holiday Food Baskets
      It's not too late to sign up to support those less fortunate than we are. The sign -up sheets for the Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) Holiday Food Baskets are in the foyer. The last day to deliver your food basket to MCUM is  Tuesday, December 5th . So, please think seriously about the ever growing need for food in our Bloomington community and if you haven't already done so, please sign up today.
      Please deliver your food items directly to MCUM. A  map is provided with your instruction sheets.
Women's Alliance Meets December 7
      "A Touch of Christmas" with Beverly McGahey and Fran Shelly is the program for our December 7th meeting. The hosts are Ann Watzel and Cathy Hiatt.
      The Women's Alliance meets the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.  The meeting begins with a brown bag lunch.  Drinks and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month.  The program begins at noon. Everyone is welcome.
Church Directories Available
We have completed an update of our in-house church directory, and copies are available for pickup in Room 204. These will not be mailed, so please pick yours up!
Notice of Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Room
Childcare provided.
Hogwarts Holiday Dinner December 10
Our Middle School Youth are hosting a Hogwarts Holiday Dinner in The Great Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. following the Congregational Meeting. Tickets are available in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour THIS SUNDAY! $10/person, $25/family. Proceeds benefit Backpack Buddies. We encourage you to come dressed as your favorite Hogwarts characters. Find the event on Facebook

For More Information see the November 21 issue    of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo from the internet.
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