Friday UU Update                Friday, November 10, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, November 12, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Blessings of the Ordinary: 
Intergenerational Thanksgiving Service
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite, Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, and Reverend Scott McNeill 
All ages are invited to join us for songs and stories as we reflect together on the ordinary blessings that fill our days.  Our children's choir (directed by Jill Courtney) will be singing!  Our Giving Tree will be available beginning this Sunday.  This year we will have tags supporting Positive Link, Head Start, and Stepping Stones.  (see article below)
Sing with the Family Choir This Sunday!
Bring a family member or friend and sing with the choir this Sunday, November 12. The only requirement is to be able to read (words, not music). We'll practice together at 8:30 for the first service and/or 10:30 for the second service.  The piece is one of Rev. Leite's favorites: John Rutter's For the Beauty of the Earth.
Susan Swaney, Music Director
Giving Tree Begins this Sunday, November 12
On November 12, 19 and 26, our Giving Tree will be available in Fellowship Hall for anyone who would like to support a local child or teen in need, or a local adult living with HIV.  Gift request tags will be available from Head Start, Stepping Stones, and Positive Link.  Head Start promotes school readiness for low-income children through education, health and social services. Stepping Stones provides transitional housing and skills to enable independent living for homeless teens.  Positive Link offers personalized case management to individuals living with HIV.  Gift requests are available from $5 and up, in the hope that many members of our community might be able to participate.  Gifts will be collected during our Procession of Giving services on  Sunday, December 3.
This week in Religious Education
      Children of all ages are invited to attend our Thanksgiving Intergenerational Service with your family.  We will have lively stories, opportunities for participation, and plenty of singing.  We hope you'll choose to join us!
      Harry Potter and UU will not have class but please visit their bake sale in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour. High School Youth group will have a pizza lunch and talk gender.
Thanks for Supporting the Baby Diaper Drive!
Thank you for donating over 1,000 diapers to All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center during our fall drive! The Diaper Collection box located in the Commons will disappear after this  Sunday, Nov 12th  and reappear for the Spring Diaper Drive in April.  Bring in those diapers this Sunday that you've been waiting to donate!  Sponsored by the Reproductive Justice Task Force. 
The wrong link was published on the "Bazaar Quick Facts" sheet in last week's order of service.  The correct link is Y ou can sign up there to volunteer to help at the Bazaar by selling cookies, books, white elephants and baked goods, or to help with set up and clean up.  The Bazaar is Dec. 1 & 2.
Middle School Students Bake Sale This Sunday
to Support Crawford Homes
The UU Middle School students will hold a bake sale on Sunday, November 12 to help purchase items for "welcome baskets" for people moving into Crawford 2, permanent supportive housing.  Each individual or family is provided with a "Welcome Basket" containing toilet paper, dish soap, toilet bowl cleaner, shampoo/conditioner, hand soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, all-purpose cleaners, etc. If you don't make it to the bake sale, donations of these items may be left under the table in the Commons through N ovember 26.
Gloves and Hats for Kids with Absent Parents
Winter is coming and Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) is collecting GLOVES AND HATS to keep those little ears and fingers warm on these chilly mornings. The children range in age from 1- 12, both boys and girls. There is a collection basket near the Social Justice table in the Commons. We will be collecting until November 12th. Many thanks- the Hope for Prisoners Task Force
GET SOME PIZZA and support Habitat November 14
The Habitat Task Force is sponsoring a dine and donate event at the Get Some Pizza restaurant ( 211 N. Walnut St.) on Tuesday, November 14, from  11:00 a.m. to  9:00 p.m. Please come eat, and just tell the cashier you support Habitat for Humanity. A portion of your purchase will go to the resale building project we are financing. 
Holiday Food Baskets for Needy Families
      Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat. But unfortunately  that will not be the case for many hungry Monroe County families this year. Without your help, many of our neighbors will have no traditional holiday meal that we all are privileged to enjoy. The Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket sign-up sheets can be found on a poster in the foyer with instructions. More info here.
Volunteer to Help at Our Church's Largest Fundraiser 
Dec. 1 & 2   It's time to sign up for the BAZAAR! We need lots of cheerful volunteers to help at the Bazaar on December 1 and 2 -- click here to sign up to help!      ~Melinda Pettijohn
Attention Kroger Shoppers! 
You must annually renew your selection of UU with Kroger Community Rewards in order for the church to receive a percentage of your purchases at Kroger. Go to  and follow the directions online.  Helpers will be at the grocery card sales table on Sunday if you need detailed instructions, and there will be gift cards for sale there for Bloomingfoods and Lucky's.
Our Pledge Dollars at Work
Thanks to our providing her with a Professional Expense line, our Director of Religious Education Adrienne Summerlot recently had an inspiring and enlightening experience at the annual Liberal Religious Educators Association Conference in Denver, Colorado.
Test Your Knowledge of Unitarian Universalism-- Here's a Quiz!
Have you ever wondered when Unitarianism and Universalism merged to become Unitarian Universalism? Or why we light a chalice? Or what put the UUA on J. Edgar Hoover's radar?  Take a short quiz here:
For More Information see the November 7 issue    of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
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