December 11, 2020
*DATE CHANGE*
Now happening on TUESDAY, December 15, 5 - 7 pm
Give Good Gifts!
Our Celebration of Light and Giving
Join us for a special drive-through, no-contact celebration on Tuesday, December 15, between 5 and 7 pm. We will be enjoying beautiful lights together and will listen to our very own UU choir singing live over our radios!
We will also be collecting:
  • Gifts for homeless teens, children participating in Head Start, and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Make sure your gift has a tag on it with its number and additional notes as indicated here; Visit this link for reference.
  • Food for the food pantry
  • Hats, gloves, and warm socks for adults at Beacon (formally Shalom Center)
Regardless of whether you can bring a gift, you are welcome to come enjoy the lights and singing. We will provide a special gift for each vehicle that visits the Celebration. Friends and visitors welcome!
Find the event on Facebook. We hope to see you there.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, December 13, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
A Celebration of Light
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Dave Clements
Join us for our annual celebration of our congregational community and generosity. We will be lighting the menorah and sharing tales of the season, and we hope to feature images of YOU–please send a photo of yourself before Saturday enjoying a favorite holiday activity so we can see one another’s faces at this sacred season (images from this year or last year are both welcome!) Send to media(at)uubloomington.org and mre(at)uubloomington.org.

This year, our procession of giving with gifts and singing that is usually a part of this service will be held on Tuesday, December 15, from 5-7 pm as a contactless drive-through event - see above for details.

At our Congregational Meeting at 4 pm this Sunday, members will consider the proposed adoption of the 8th principle (see below).
If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
New this week! Early Bird Coffee Hour at 9:15 am
Before the pandemic, many enjoyed meeting in the Fellowship Hall before the early service to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation. We are going to try doing this via Zoom starting this Sunday. Bring your coffee and join us at 9:15 am to relax with friends and enjoy your coffee before the service. 
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour
Everyone is welcome to join us after the worship service, until 12:30 pm, for engaging conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour. 
 
Breakout Conversations:

  • 8th Principle Discussion with our Board members
  • Hanukkah discussion for all ages (Winter Play) 
  • General Discussion

Email connect(at)uubloomington.org if you would like to host a breakout conversation on the topic of your choice.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Fall Congregational Meeting
Sunday, December 13, 2020 4:00 p.m. on Zoom
All members encouraged to attend.
 All members received an email on Tuesday, December 8, with the Zoom link.
Questions, please contact the office: office(at)uubloomington.org

8th UU Principle Discussions

“We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

  • As part of a faith community deeply rooted in the fight for social justice, members of this congregation will be asked to vote on a motion to adopt the 8th principle (above) at our congregational meeting December 13, 2020.
  • To learn about the 8th principle, its history, and why it is coming up for a vote at this time, we invite you to join UUCB board members at a series of informal zoom discussions. There is one more opportunity for discussion before the Congregational Meeting. Please do join us: Saturday, December 12, 1:00-2:00 pm

We encourage you to visit www.8thprincipleuu.org for more information. You can also review the current seven principles on the church website.
UUSC Giving Tree: Roots and Stars
Join us this season in supporting the UU Service Committee's justice work around the world. Each contribution will be celebrated with a colored star on our tree. Go to http://bit.ly/UUCBdonate and choose "UUSC" from the drop-down menu. Add a note to choose the color of your star! And add a strong root to our tree by sharing a self-care practice here. We will share your ideas throughout December.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION UPDATES

Winter Holidays are upon us! St. Nicholas Day was last Sunday, we are in the second week of Advent, and Hanukkah has begun. 
  • Please visit our Winter Play webpage to explore our Hanukkah Room and find lessons and activities to explore holidays at home with your family. 
  • Join Adam Leite and Niki Motz in the Winter Families Breakout Room during Coffee Hour this Sunday, December 13th, to learn about their Hanukkah traditions. 
UU Humanist Forum meets December 13, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "Science policy in the Biden era." Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Now on Tuesdays! Visit with the Connections Coordinator via Zoom
Every Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 pm, join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, via Zoom to ask questions, or just to visit. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome to drop-in. Additional ways to contact Ann are via email at connect(at)uubloomington.org or phone at (812) 720-3688. 
Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Bazaar Earns Over $11,000
Many thanks to all who participated in our online Holiday Bazaar this year. It was an amazing and inspiring effort, and earned over $11,000!
How Much Do I Owe on My Pledge?
When Will I Receive a Giving Statement for 2020?
Wonder of wonders! You can find this information by logging in to the church database. Here's how!
(We will also send out paper statements of 2020 donations by January 31, 2021, but you can print out your own statement sooner by using these instructions.) If you need help, please contact Monica or Mandy at office@uubloomington.org.
UU Singles Events Coming Up
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who meet occasionally for various kinds of connective events as a group. We'd love to have you join us! Our events take place over Zoom. Contact Marie Deer for the Zoom link and to join our email list.
Voices from the Holy Land Film Salon: Detaining Dreams and Obaida
Zoom discussion on Sunday, December 13, 3 pm
Note from Rev. Bill: Here is a link to register for a zoom conference and info about two films regarding the situation in Palestine. The films are free to view, and I recommend you do. Sorry for bad poetry. Peace--bill
Detaining Dreams and OBAIDA are two short documentaries about Israel’s military detention of children. Click here to register for the Zoom salon on Dec 13th to discuss the films - when you register you will get links to watch the documentaries ahead of time. The discussion will feature a child advocate and a former Palestinian youth detainee. Co-sponsored by Voices from the Holy Land film Series and Churches for Middle East Peace (UUA is a member of CMEP). --Rev. Bill Breeden, Minister Emeritus
DECEMBER DONATIONS: UU Hunger Task Force will be collecting food for the Community Kitchen Christmas Dinner
Help the Community Kitchen put on a holiday feast for those in need this year! Please drop off donations in the bins on the north side of the church (Portico entrance).
Requested items:
  • 300 cans of green beans
  • 200 cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 100 large cans of sweet potatoes
  • Other canned vegetables  
  • 120 cans of tropical fruit, 120 cans of mandarin oranges, 120 cans of pineapple

THANK YOU AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE UU HUNGER TASK FORCE.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office (at) uubloomington.org

Masthead photo from the internet, public domain, Winter Berry by Anna Langova.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158