Friday UU Update                Friday, November 17, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Blessing: Cultivating Calm
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
As we enter Thanksgiving week and the holiday season, the ability to cultivate calm within ourselves becomes a blessing.  In this worship service, Reverend Macklin will return to John O'Donohue's book "To Bless The Space Between Us" as a means to create space for mind, body and spirit.  
Giving Tree Continues
On November 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
Following the Time for All Ages, all kids will go upstairs to the library to join volunteers from Habitat for Humanity. We will  celebrate the many blessings in our lives and how we can share them with our community. Childcare will also be available. 11:15am, Harry Potter and UU will be going on a shopping field trip to purchase items for Crawford Homes rapid re-housing project. High School Youth group will share a soup lunch and Charlie Jesseph will lead music making for youth of all musical confidence levels.
Active Shooter Response Class--Sunday, November 19
For most of our lives, we have been trained for various emergencies, from "Stop. Drop. Roll" to how to take shelter in a tornado. But responding to hostile attackers or active shooters is something that few people have considered. We will discuss some research-based realities of active shooter incidents as well as sharing the FBI and Homeland Security best practices for responding, should you ever find yourself in such an incident at church, at work, or in the community. The class here at church this Sunday, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the Fuchs Library, led by John Summerlot.
Church Directories Available
We have completed an update of our in-house church directory, and copies will be available for pickup in Room 204 this Sunday.
Save Yellowwood
Urgent!  300 acres of the Yellowwood State Forest backcountry old growth forest are slated for timbering by the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources. Call Governor Holcomb and help save this area, set aside almost 60 years ago as a preserve. Yard signs available this Sunday at the Green Sanctuary Task Force coffee/chocolate sales table in Fellowship Hall. 
UU Bazaar is coming -- December 1 and 2 -- Volunteer to Help!
Help is still needed to fill volunteer spots selling i
tems and with set up and tear down.  The link to volunteer spots is  Donations of books and white elephants will be accepted starting November 26 at 1:00 p.m.   Donations of baked goods and cookies will start  Thursday, November 30 at 10:00 p.m .
Lasagna Dinner at the Bazaar December 1
The UUnique Cafe of the Bazaar will be serving a Lasagna dinner on 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. Buying tickets in advance will save $2 per adult ticket and $3 for children.  Tickets will be on sale in the Commons between services.   Be sure to bring cash or a personal check to participate. If you forget to bring cash, the nearest ATM to the church is at the IU Credit Union at 17th and Dunn Street.
Taiji Winding Down for the Year
Through the end of December, Taiji will meet on Tuesday, November 28, and  Tuesday, December 5. All other practices on Tuesdays and Saturdays are canceled. The group may resume in January. Please watch The Prologue for details.
Holiday Food Baskets
Webster's New World Dictionary defines HUNGER as the discomfort, pain, or weakness caused by a need for food. We can ease the hunger in our community during this upcoming holiday season. Please sign up for a Monroe County United Ministries Holiday Food Basket. The sign-up sheets can be found in the foyer along with instruction sheets.   And if possible, please deliver your food items directly to Monroe County United Ministries. A  map is provided with your instruction sheets. 
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. Tickets are available in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour on November 19 and 26 and December 3. $10/person, $25/family. Proceeds benefit Backpack Buddies. We encourage you to come dressed as your favorite characters. Find the event on Facebook
For More Information see the November 7 issue    of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
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