February 19, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, February 21, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
The Central Task of the Religious Community
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
“The central task of the religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all. There is a connectedness, a relationship discovered amid the particulars of our own lives and the lives of others. Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice. It is the church that assures us that we are not struggling for justice on our own, but as members of a larger community. The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen, and our strength too limited to do all that must be done. Together, our vision widens and our strength is renewed.” --Mark Morrison Reed

We invite you to join us as we describe and explore the tasks of a beloved community.
If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Early Bird Coffee Hour at 9:15 am
Bring your coffee and join us at 9:15 AM to relax with friends and enjoy your coffee before the service. Click on this link to register for the early bird coffee hour and receive the Zoom link.
Connect with 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. 
Just click on this link after the service to join us!
 
Breakout Rooms this Sunday:
  • End of Life Discussion
  • General Discussion
  • Choir
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION UPDATES
Youth Group: Sunday, February 21 at 7 pm via Zoom 
We are thrilled to have our 7th-12th graders gathering on the third Sunday of the month from now through May. Click here to join the fun. (Meeting ID: 897 0538 6354; Password: youth) We also have a virtual youth conference coming up in March. Please contact Adrienne for more information! 

Parent Gathering: Tuesday, February 23 at 10 am via Zoom
Join Adrienne via Zoom to connect, share and find support with other parents during this time. (Meeting ID: 889 4579 7509; Password: home)

Visit our webpage for family-friendly activities to explore this month, read-alouds, a Lent photo challenge, and more! 

Reminder: Reverend Emily Manvel Leite is away for the month of February. Please contact Adrienne Summerlot or Stephanie Kimball for any Religious Education questions or support.
Our Folks . . .

We are sending caring thoughts to Joan Middendorf for the recent loss of her sister Patti.

A memorial service will be held for Mallory Kuhl via our livestream page tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, February 20, at 1:00 pm. Mallory died at age 31 from a medical emergency in mid-December. Mallory's family invites you to join a Zoom reception which they are hosting after the memorial service: Click here to join the reception.
Congregational Read: Weekly Reflections & Resources
Every Friday we will share quotes and prompts for reflection related to our congregational read of Caste, as well as resources and events:

You can also bookmark this new page on the church website, where we will compile it all: 2021 Congregational Read of Caste (Reading Schedule, Prompts, & Resources)
Join the New UU Online Book Club on March 1 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
This month's book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, will help us dive into February's congregational theme of Beloved Community. If you are interested in joining, please sign up here for the Zoom link: UU Book Club Registration
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Race, Caste, and Inequality: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson
Recording of Panel Discussion Available Until March 3
If you missed the presentation "Race, Caste, and Inequality: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson" on Wednesday, it's not too late! Follow this link to view a recording. It will be available until March 3.
UU Humanist Forum meets February 21, 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 "What is science?" Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
25% Sunday Plate Fund: Nomination Process for 2021-2022
Applications available March 1
Application deadline April 15
The process for nominating our next local non-profit agency to receive 25% of Sunday non-pledge plate collections is approaching. An application form with guidelines will become available on March 1, 2021 for those who would like to nominate an agency to receive the funds from July 2021 – June 2022. The application deadline will be April 15th, after which the Social Justice Funds Committee will choose three nominee finalists for the congregation to vote on at the spring congregational meeting on June 6th. More details here: Social Justice Funds Committee: 25% Sunday Plate Fund.

Our contributions to the current recipient, Monroe County United Ministries Compass Early Learning Center, is $3814 in the first two fiscal quarters (with 2 more quarters to go!). The total donated to Volunteers in Medicine, last year’s recipient, was $8323! What local non-profit agency would you like to see be our next recipient? Contact Denise Ogren, SJFC Chair, at uucbsjfunds (at) uubloomington.org with any questions.
Writing as a Spiritual Practice, with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, through February 23 
I invite you to come along on this journey of personal exploration through writing in community. You are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Click here for a full description of how the group works. Register by clicking here to get the Zoom link. 
Visit with the Connections Coordinator Fridays at 3:30 pm
Join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, on Zoom Fridays, 3:30-4:30 pm. Ask your questions, or just visit. Everyone is 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 Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
COVID-19 Vaccination News
  • Information about joining a standby wait list for possible unused doses of vaccine at the end of a vaccination clinic day can be found here: Vaccine Standby Waitlist Information
  • Anyone in Indiana age 65 or older can now sign up for the vaccine. Register here or call Area 10 Agency on Aging at (812) 876-3383.
Help Keep Beacon Winter Shelter Open
Concerned Bloomington community members quickly came together to create the Beacon Winter Shelter. Now it's up to us to keep it open. Click here for details about how you can help. Donations may be placed in the bins on the north side of the church that are labeled Beacon Winter Shelter - LARGE BLACK PLASTIC TRASH BAGS are currently needed.
You can also donate financially via Beacon's PayPal page. Or, if you are writing a check, make it payable to "Beacon, Inc." and mail it to Beacon, Inc., Donations, PO Box 451 / 620 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47402-0451. Be sure to write Winter Shelter in the memo. Note: This is not a fundraiser for our Homeless task force, but an encouragement for people to support the shelter directly.
Help Feed Our Hungry Neighbors Task Force
Collecting Kitchen Items for New Hope for Families
For JANUARY & FEBRUARY our food drive will focus on New Hope for Families. We often think of food for those in need, but we overlook kitchen items that enable people to COOK the food. For a list of needed items, click here.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Weekly Tips

When you need new batteries, buy rechargeable when possible, and be sure to dispose of all batteries at our local recycling centers.

Batteries contain such metals as mercury, cadmium, lithium, and copper. All of these metals pose a potential threat to our health and environment if they are improperly disposed of by dumping or burning.

Learn more about recycling household batteries (and other hazardous materials) at: http://gogreendistrict.com/hazardous
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)uubloomington.org
Masthead photo by Marcia Hart, Mourning Doves on Persimmon Tree.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158