Friday UU Update                        Friday, August 4, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana


Sunday, August 6, 2017  
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Hell of Hunger
Reverend Scott McNeill
    In some way, we all know what it's like to get really hungry-but what is it like to not be able to satisfy that physical need? What is it like to be spiritually hungry and not find the sustenance necessary to feel full again? Our worship on the 6th will reflect on how we feed and nourish ourselves, and one another.
   The Bloomington Chamber Singers will provide our choral music.
This Week in Religious Education: Focus on Kenya
This week in Religious Education we begin our August Intersession where we will focus on the fascinating East African country of Kenya.  Kids of all ages will explore our theme of wonder as they rotate through art, games, or visit with our International Outreach Task Force. At 9:15 our preschool kids will participate in intersession.  At 11:15 am our preschoolers will hear the story "What If Zebras Lost Their Stripes" and explore the orange promise, offer fair and kind treatment. Middle and High School Youth groups continue their summer hiatus. The high schoolers will resume on August 20.
New to Unitarian Universalism? 
Come to the First Steps class this Sunday, August 6!
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? If so, then the First Steps class is for you! First Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. This class is offered the first Sunday each month at  10:35 am and 12:35 pm in Room 112. Free childcare is available in Room 108. No registration is required, just come to room 112 after the service.  This Sunday's class will be facilitated by Orion Day, Young Adult and Campus Ministry Coordinator, .
UU Freethinkers Discussion this Sunday, August 6
All are welcome to join the UU Freethinkers discussion this Sunday, August 7 at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208.  No topic, no presenter--just free thought discussion.
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.
Your Pledge Dollars at Work--More Music!
We recently purchased a big bunch of new music for our choir--from early Italian to Stevie Wonder to The Sound of Music. There is an exciting musical church year ahead!
Give Choir a Try!
Rehearsals begin this Thursday, August 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. No auditions--all singers welcome. Childcare provided. Contact Music Director Susan Swaney if questions: More details on the Choir's webpage, click here.
How Can You Help?
Here's a List of Items We are Collecting Currently
Homelessness Task Force
for Shalom Community Center: macaroni; coffee; Rapid Rehousing housewares and linens;  and until Aug. 15, 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
Mega food drive here Aug 13--non-perishable food and cleaning items. Click here for details.
for Walnut Grove Food Pantry: Dine and Donate event at "Get Some Pizza" restaurant at 211 N. Walnut, August 9, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Get flyer here or at church on Sunday.
No longer collecting:  clothes for Kenya sponsored by International Outreach Task Force. (They got plenty!)
Information Coming Soon to Your Inbox About Chalice Circles
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: used with permission from the Internet 
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