Friday UU Update                        Friday, April 21, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Saturday, April 22, 2017   8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Now More Than Ever 
Pledge Day Celebration 
For our Annual Pledge Campaign,  we will hold a fun-filled, day-long "Pledge Day Celebration" on  Saturday, April 22nd . The day will feature community meals, celebrations of congregational leaders and volunteers, inspiring talks, fun games, Zumba, opportunities to help work on the grounds, and a very special evening worship service with Carrie Newcomer. We will also be receiving pledge commitments for the upcoming fiscal year with the goal of having everyone's pledge turned in on or before  April 22nd, in person or by phone (812-332-3695), or on our donate page or by email to
    Click here to download a schedule for the day*. So much fun and fellowship!

*Weather forecast or rain and winds for Saturday has unfortunately led to a cancellation of the Bounce House for Saturday.  We will have alternative fun for kids in Room 208 during that time- Earth Day Volleyball and Balloons and Juggling with Miles Eddy.  
Volunteer to Help at our Pledge Celebration April 22
     During this fun filled day we will need help from many members of the congregation.   If you are available to volunteer on April 22, even for a short period or time, please volunteer via this webpage:
     If you are not available on  April 22   or would prefer to provide the gift of food, food donations are also needed.  Here is the sign up for food donations:  
     Let's make this Pledge Day celebration a great success!
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator,
Get ready for our Sing Along with Ray Tomorrow, April 22
Earth Day/Pledge Day at 4:00PM
We can sing whatever you like--musicals, pop songs from any decade, folk songs, campfire songs, songs from the hymnals--as long as you or Ray have the music for it. Want to lead a particular song (i.e. sing solo, though others might sing along)? 
Have a favorite show or song you want us to include? Bring the music or email Sue:
Think you can make Ray's chihuahua Montezuma sing? You'll have a chance to try.
Think you're a terrible singer? Florence Foster Jenkins will make you feel good about your abilities.  This event will be livestreamed.
Potluck dinner followed by Ice Cream Sundaes this Saturday!
As part of the Earth Day Pledge Day Celebration, everyone is invited to a potluck dinner  this Saturday evening,  April 22.  Just bring food to share. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and veggie dogs will be provided.  Dinner starts at  5:30 pm. After the potluck, stay for the story time for kids, Sundae Bar, and Earth Day worship service.

Saturday, April 22, 2017  7:00 p.m.
Intergenerational Earth Day Celebration
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite,
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend Scott McNeill
with special guest Carrie Newcomer
     Join us for the culmination of Earth Day/Pledge Day as we enjoy a story, sing together, and hear both familiar and new music from Carrie Newcomer.  We will celebrate our planet and reflect upon the promises that we make to one another and to the Earth to sustain a healthy future together.  All ages are invited to attend. Our UU children's choir, conducted by Jill Courtney, will also be performing. (Childcare for children aged 3 and under is available for this event.) 
Getting Here for Pledge Day/Earth Day Celebration April 22
There are several IU events during the day on this side of town on  April 22 , and so parking on Jordan Avenue and by the softball field are not options for us that day, especially between  11 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Access to the church is going to be easiest from the Bypass, due to foot traffic on south Fee Lane for the Little 500. There will be some parking available at Marching Hundred Hall across the Bypass. And since it's Earth Day, we encourage everyone to get friendly and carpool to church for the events you are interested in, or ride your bikes, or walk, or take the IU Transit B bus, which stops nearby on Jordan Avenue, a short walk around the corner to the church. B Route schedule is  here
*Walk, Bike, Carpool or Bus! 
Sunday, April 23, 2017   9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
Unitarian Universalism: Where All Lifted Hearts Can Be Free
Reverend Chris Long
     As the theme for April here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington is "transformation," Reverend Chris Long will be joining us to continue to explore what transformation may mean within this religious community as the country continues to struggle with the reality we find ourselves in, post the 2016 election, whether immigrants and refugees should be accepted in this and other communities around the country, and what spiritual/religious resources do we need to continue to face the realities of loss, grief and joy we may be experiencing within our own lives.  Is Unitarian Universalism a faith tradition that can lift hearts where more people can be free during such times as these?  He looks forward to seeing some of you again very soon. 
     Reverend Long was ordained by First Unitarian Church of Oakland, California, in June 2009. He currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is a member of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, serving on the Inclusivity Ministry Task Force. He also provides pastoral care and support to Black Lives Cleveland and SURJ North East Ohio (Showing Up for Racial Justice) in their activism to eradicate racism.  
This Sunday in Religious Education: Transformation
Our children will be focusing on our Violet UU Promise: Value our earth which we share with all living things. Preschool will hear the story "Something from Nothing" and think about how to reuse things rather than purchasing new. K+ kids will explore our connections to the earth as they share the story of "Hiawatha." Curiosity Club will investigate nature and energy use and create art from recycled materials. Our 11:15am- 7 th & 8 th graders will gather to play games. High School Youth group is away at a youth conference.
Our Folks...
   Our thoughts of sympathy and healing are with Jana Pereau and her family.  Jana's brother died this past week. 
Peace Vigil at Courthouse Wednesday, April 26
The Just Peace Task Force requests your turnout at its vigil "Stopping the Next War,"  Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 p.m.  on Courthouse Square in Bloomington.  We need to show our Senators and Representative that we insist they debate and vote on the administration's dangerous escalation.  Rev. Scott McNeill will be participating, along with other speakers.  Please join us.  For information, please contact David Keppel, .
Friday May 12th at 6:30pm---Final Acts: End-of-Life Scenarios and Conversation
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington
Actor and local favorite Diane Kondrat will take the stage again in Bloomington to appear in "Final Acts: End-of-Life Scenarios and Conversation", a one-hour show that portrays some of the complicated questions raised by end of life situations.   Donations at the door will benefit programming for end-of-life-issues.
The Friday UU Update Is for Upcoming Events that will take place SOON, within the next 10-12 days. If you would like an event further in the future to be publicized, please send it to so it can be included in The Prologue newsletter on the 1st or 3rd Monday of the month.
For More Information see the  April 17 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo from the internet.
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