Friday UU Update                        Friday, April 7, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Memorial Service for John Lawson Saturday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.
Our sympathy and thoughts of healing to Julie Lawson and her family upon the death on April 5 of John Lawson. A memorial service for John will be held here in our Meeting Room tomorrow, Saturday, April 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9, 2017   9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
Keepers of the Dream
Reverend Scott McNeill
HG Wenzel, in a book about Unitarian Universalism, talks about everyday people who transform the world by their daily actions. We, too, are keepers of the dream--people who change the world for the better by living our values. Join us for inspiration as we continue our month of focus on "Transformation." 
This Sunday in Religious Education: Transformation
     Our younger children will be learning about our Indigo UU Promise: Insist on a peaceful, fair and free world.  Preschoolers will be exploring the story of Jonah and the Whale. Our K+ classes will hear the story The Coconut Monk as they think about the different ways people work for peace.  Curiosity Club will investigate art and stories from the Hebrew and Christian Bible.  YUUMS will meet during second service to work on their contribution to Pledge Day.  The High School  Youth Group will gather for pizza, ping pong and party games.
     RE Staff will be in the Lucy Booth between services on this Sunday to answer questions and hear your thoughts regarding religious education.  
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class This Sunday and April 23
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation? Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you. The Exploring UU Class will be offered this Sunday, April 9, and April 23 from  2-4 p.m.  in the church library. Please plan to attend both Sunday sessions since different material will be covered in each session. Let Ann LeDuc know if you will attend at or  (812)332-3695 ext. 203 or in person on Sunday . Free childcare is available.  Carolyn and David Emmert will facilitate this fun and informative class.
Our Folks . . .
     Our sympathy and thoughts are with Ray Fellman and Scott Hogsed, upon the recent death of Ray's Aunt Emily, who was the matriarch of Ray's family.
     Congratulations to Delachaise Cusack who is performing in The Music Man at the MAC on 4/7, 4/9 and 4/15; Joe Grimme and his quartet also perform in this production.
     Congratulations also to youth from our congregation, including Catherine Barker as the lead, performing in Urinetown at Bloomington North this weekend and next weekend.
Rob Boston Chalice Series Lecture Informative, Inspiring
Many thanks to John Crosby and Rob Hongen and everyone else who helped make our Chalice Lecture Series event a success on March 31. Rob Boston's talk was provocative and inspiring and many interesting questions arose during the talk back. Of those gathered, several made the trek from Indianapolis and Hendricks County to attend, and good connections were made. For more information on the foundational work done by Americans United for Separation of Church and State to support our democracy, click here.
Baby Dedication on Easter Sunday, April 16
Our semi-annual Child Dedication will be a special part of both services on Easter Sunday, April 16. If you are interested in having your child dedicated please contact Adrienne Summerlot at or 812-332-3695.
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, inspiriting 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!
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,
Do You have Plants for the 
Earth Day/Pledge Day Plant Exchange April 22?
Plan now to bring plants, seeds, and cuttings for our Plant Exchange Table during our Pledge Day celebration on April 22.  Perennials, saplings, shrubs, houseplants, starts, bulbs, seeds and veggie seedlings are all welcome.  Plan to label your offerings so others can choose well for their setting.  No invasive species, please!  Questions?  Or would you like to help out?  Contact Reverend Emily Manvel Leite .
Current Membership: 511
Sunday, March 26                9:15:    123    11:15:  168    TOTAL:  291
Sunday, April 2                    9:15:   137    11:15:  211    TOTAL:  348
Non-Pledge Offering:
March 26: $807.06               April 2: $710.26
Total to be donated to New Leaf-New Life: $379.34
Grocery Card Sales:
(Bloomingfoods, Marsh, or Lucky's)
March 26: $1,325, income to UUCB $66.75    April 2: $1,000, income to UUCB $52.50
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 3 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by Jack King.
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