Friday UU Update                       Friday, August 11, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana

Sunday, August 13, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
Well, That's Fascinating!
Reverend Scott McNeill
    This month, we explore the theme of "Wonder." When we are present to ourselves and the world, we can find ourselves filled with awe and amazement at all aspects of life. Approaching life with curiosity, we can find ourselves substituting these words for a newly famous acronym, exclaiming, "Well, That's Fascinating!" 
   Our adult UU Choir and Director Susan Swaney return from their summer hiatus this morning and will provide music at both services.

Reminder--Bring your items for the Mega Food Drive for MCUM 
on August 13. For details, click here!
This Week in Religious Education
This Sunday, Religious Education continues their journey through Kenya. Kids of all ages will explore our theme of wonder as they rotate through music, games, or visit with our International Outreach Task Force. 9:15 preschoolers will explore the music of Kenya and will enjoy rhythms and trying out instruments together. 11:15 preschoolers will be in their spirit play class hearing a traditional Kenyan story,  Fadhila's Secret, a tale of a girl who always found the tastiest fruits. Middle school youth group is on summer hiatus. High school youth group begins on August 20th, 12:45 p.m.
An update from Rev. Mary Ann Macklin and Deb Phelps
    Earlier this week, Rev. Mary Ann sent this picture and an update to Rev. Scott. Here is a snippet from their journey:

   Hope all is well in Indiana. Last week was intense and exhausting but we are feeling alive in mind, body and spirit! The north Long Trail was extremely rugged and eroded. We covered about a dozen mountains then got caught in a wicked thunderstorm at end of week one. The first week was more endurance test than hike for me so now we are going to hike our own hike. Highlights:  All the hues of greens just expand my spirit; the joy of seeing Deb so at home and one with the mountains; this week---more downtime to rest and dream, the kindness of strangers, being away from cell phone and news, the clear Vermont air.  With best wishes to you and all! MAM 
 
PS The other day I met a bulldog named Gladys! Her breath smelled like peaches. 
Getting   Involved  Fair Starts  this Sunday !
Looking for new ways to seek the spirit, build community and change the world? Over the next three Sundays,  groups from our church will be available each Sunday during coffee hour in Fellowship Hall to assist you. Friendly folks will be ready to share info, answer questions, and invite you to get involved in activities that interest you.   Come join the fun!      --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Humanist Forum Meets this Sunday, August 13
This group offers an opportunity for regular, open, wide-ranging discussions of issues relating to morality and ethics, human development, and the nature of the universe. The bi-weekly forum will meet next on Sunday, August 13 at 11:45 a.m. in Room 208. The topic will be "Virtue, Ethics and Your GP" led by Noretta Koertge.
Contact Your Senators on North Korea
The Just Peace Task Force suggests you contact Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young to express your concern over President Trump's threat to unleash "fire and fury" on North (and South) Korea.  Please ask our Senators to co-sponsor S.200, "The Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act," which requires the President to obtain Congressional authorization to launch a "preventive war" with nuclear weapons.  Senator Donnelly: (317) 226-5555; Senator Young (202) 224-5623.
get some pizza Fundraiser Success!
Our Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors fundraiser at get some pizza restaurant on Wednesday went very well, and the task force will receive about $350 to use for the Walnut Grove Food Pantry. Many thanks to all who participated.  
Our Folks...
     Our sympathy and thoughts of healing are with Sandy Churchill upon the passing on July 22 of her husband Fred Churchill, while they were with family in Vermont. A celebration of life for Fred will take place here on Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m.
     Our sympathy is also with Suzanne Ziemer upon the passing of her husband Bill on Saturday, August 5, in Wisconsin. Suzanne and Bill were part of our congregation for many years before their retirement.
Happy August, Religious Education Families!
We know this time of year can be overwhelming with information as we prepare to get back in the swing of things. We have tried to put most of the helpful info for RE all in one space. You can find out about the August Intersession, OWL for elementary age kids, RE Registration (with clickable links) and more by clicking here.
How Can You Help?
Here's a List of Items We are Collecting Currently
Homelessness Task Force
for Shalom Community Center: macaroni; Rapid Rehousing housewares and linens;  and until Aug. 13, men's shoes, socks and summer clothes 
Reproductive Justice Task Force
for Planned Parenthood: Snacks for patients
for All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center: Diapers
Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
for Monroe County United Ministries: Volunteers needed for sorting and picking up donations for Each One, Feed One Food Drive August 11-13, contact Sandi Clothier at sandiclothier@gmail.com.
Mega food drive here Aug 13--non-perishable food and cleaning items. Click here for details.
What's With All These Yellow Signs at Church?
We are purchasing (your pledge dollars at work) new way-finding signs throughout the building, and so we took our old signs down so the walls could be repaired and touch up painting done. But why did Carol tape them up so the tape shows?--it looks so tacky! Because she was moving quickly, and it also shows that these signs are Temporary.  We plan to have our new interior signage installed by the end of August.
Information About Chalice Circles
Coming Sunday to Your Inbox 
This year we will be sending you information about our Chalice Circles small group ministry program with a special email on August 13, instead of spending money and lots more time creating a 996-piece paper mailing. Saving some trees and staff time! Please look for this special email in your Inbox on Sunday afternoon, August 13.
For More Information see the August 1 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo by John Woodcock, echinacea flowers. 
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