March 5, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, March 7, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
The Choices That Create Your Life –
The Role of Commitment and Promises
Rev. Dave Clements
Rev. Emily Manvel Leite
How do we choose what we will commit to, and how do we execute those commitments? In each of our lives we usually make four major commitments: those to family or partner, faith or philosophy, community, and a vocation. How do promises and a desire to follow our highest ideal work together in creating our lives and our commitments? The service will explore the connection between promises and commitment and choices and how they help us to create our lives.
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 on Sunday mornings 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 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. 

Just click on this link after the service to join us!
Breakout Rooms this Sunday:
  • The 8th Principle and Commitment
  • Habitat for Humanity Task Force - Information and meeting
  • General Discussion
UU Car Choir Rehearsal Sunday, March 7 at 11:45 am
Car choir will rehearse this Sunday at 11:45 am in the parking lot. Zoom choir rehearsals continue on Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, with opportunities before and after rehearsal for discussion of the congregational read, "Caste: the Origins of our Discontents." Contact Music Director Susan Swaney for details, music (at)
UU Humanist Forum meets March 7, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. Jason Michálek will lead a discussion on "The internet of things." Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Are you new here?
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, March 7, at 2:00 pm you are invited to join in a brief online introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this congregation. Just click on this link at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. If you are new to using Zoom, please read these instructions before the meeting. Additionally, here is our online connection form if you are ready to get involved. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at)  or call me at (812) 720-3688. Welcome!  -- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Online!
Explore Unitarian Universalism with us online on March 14 and 21, 3-5 pm.  Use this link to register. These small group gatherings are a great opportunity to learn about the UU Principles, our ministers, the history of this church, all the ways to get involved here, and what it means to be a member of the church.  Plan to attend both dates, since different material will be discussed in each session. We request completion of these sessions before becoming a member of the church. Everyone ages 14 to 100+ is welcome! Questions? Email Ann LeDuc, connect (at), or call Ann at (812)720-3688.
Happy Crocus Season, everyone! Our Director of Religious Education, Adrienne Summerlot, is away this month enjoying spring, but the rest of the RE staff is available, and you can still visit our website for information on exploring our UU Principles and/or bookmark our calendar for read alouds, meditations, and more. This week, Reverend Emily will be holding space 7-8PM on Thursday, March 11 for parents to gather for mutual support. Use this Zoom link or Meeting ID: 854 9800 5282, Password: home. We'd love to see you there.
Join in the Dancing and Lip Syncing Extravaganza!!!
We need your help to make a video of our UU Community lip-syncing and dancing to Carrie Newcomer’s uplifting song “Lean in Toward the Light.” Not so sure about your skills?... We also need videos of people showing examples of how they “shift the balance toward the light,” as Carrie sings in the song. The best part is, you can record the video yourself wherever you are and submit it electronically. Please accept this invitation to connect and create something beautiful with your UUCB friends. We are certain to have fun doing it! For more details about how to contribute to this project, please email Nicole at motz.nicole (at)  
Working Group Planning for Eventual UUCB
With vaccines becoming more widely available, we have begun to receive inquiries about when the church will reopen. At the same time, we know that many members of the congregation remain concerned about COVID-19 infections.

The Board along with the ministers recently formed a Working Group to begin a discussion of re-opening plans for the church. The members of the group are Reverend Mary Ann Macklin, Reverend David Clements, Abby Gitlitz, Ann LeDuc, Jane McLeod, and Melinda Swenson. Read more.

We welcome any input that you might have. Please send ideas, questions, and concerns to Abby Gitlitz at agitlitz(at) or Jane McLeod at jmcleod(at)
Our Folks . . .

63 Suffragists of Color at Grunwald Gallery
Don’t miss your chance to see UUCB member Patricia Coleman’s commemorative quilt, the centerpiece of the exhibition Empowering the Women’s Vote and 63 Suffragists of Color, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment at IU’s Grunwald Gallery. The exhibition is open 12-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday through March 12th. The Grunwald Gallery is located at Fine Arts Building 123,1201 E. Seventh Street.
Congregational Read: Weekly Reflections & Resources
Facilitated discussion groups resume this Sunday, March 7. The Congregational Read Resource page is updated regularly with information that may be of interest to all who are reading the book.

Looking ahead, there will be a Virtual Coffee Hour discussion of the first three parts of the book following the service next Sunday, March 14, that is open to everyone. Some questions we'll discuss include: What surprised or disturbed you in parts 1-3? Have you noticed any changes in your day-to-day thoughts or actions after reading parts 1-3?
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 has begun. An application form with guidelines is available here: Social Justice Funds Committee: 25% Sunday Plate Fund. The application deadline is April 15th.
The Annual UUCB Goods and Services Auction starts on April 25!
Spring is just around the corner and so is the Annual UUCB Goods and Services Auction. The auction will be virtual again this year, with an online catalog and bidding. Bidding will start at noon on April 25 and end at 6pm on May 2. We realize that a few services and dinners from last year's auction were not able to be held. We are hoping that your creative juices will start flowing for what could be offered with masks, socially distanced, and outside. Watch for a link to the donation form in an upcoming Friday Update to donate a service, dinner, or item! 
Auction Planning Committee: Deb Fish, Drew Schrader, Sarah Kopper, and Ann LeDuc

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) or phone at (812) 720-3688. Use this link to drop-in and talk to Ann on Fridays at 3:30 p.m.
Reverend Macklin and Adrienne Summerlot Away in March
Reverend Macklin and Director of Religious Education, Adrienne Summerlot, will have the month of March off. We thank all of our staff and ministers for the extra time, energy, and effort required by these pandemic times. 
  • Anyone in Indiana age 50 or older can now sign up for the Covid-19 Vaccination. Register here or call 211.
  • Standby Waitlist for Unused Vaccinations: 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.
Winter Shelter Needs
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. 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 Food for Area 10 Agency on Aging
For MARCH AND APRIL our food drive will focus on Area 10 Agency on Aging. Click here for information.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Weekly Tips

Even when your computer is sleeping it still uses energy... shut it down completely at the end of the day. Turning off your monitor when you're away from the computer for extended times during the day also saves energy.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)
Masthead photo by David Orr, Redbud.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158