May 14, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Please Share Memories and
Flower Selfies for this Sunday!
In preparation for our Flower Communion service this Sunday, May 16, please share your presence in our community by sending a photo of yourself with a flower by May 14--send to Ned at media (at) We also hope you might share a favorite memory of your time with the UUCB community--either recent or long ago--by sending Reverend Emily an email (to mre(at) or texting her a short video (812-333-9822). 
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, May 16, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Celebrating Our Congregational Story:
A Flower Communion
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
All ages are invited to enjoy stories, singing, and a lively celebration of our community this morning as we celebrate the beauty of each and all of us, near and far. The service will also provide time to acknowledge the many transitions still happening in the lives of community members though we are apart, to make room for both the grief and joyfulness of those changes, and to show up in support for one another as our hearts are broken or uplifted.

Interested in the history of this annual service? Read a little about it here:
If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Early Bird Coffee Hour
Bring your coffee and join us at 9:15 am to relax with friends and enjoy your coffee before the service. Everyone is welcome!  Click on this link to register for Early Bird Coffee Hour and receive the Zoom link
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
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!  -Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator

Breakout rooms this Sunday:
  • Intergenerational Summer Play Groups
  • General Discussion
UU Humanist Forum Meets May 16, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom. Elof Carlson will lead a discussion on "Genetics, eugenics and responding to human gene mutation." Contact Ann Watzel at awatzel(at) to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Join the UU Hikers May 16, 2:30 pm
The UU Hikers will hike the Mason Ridge Trail in Morgan-Monroe State Forest at 2:30 pm this Sunday. The sign up and all the details can be found here.
When was the last time you played? 
If you haven't jumped rope, hula hooped, blown bubbles, or drawn with chalk recently, we want to invite you join an Intergenerational Summer Play Group. If you are a play enthusiast, we want you to be part of the fun too and perhaps help lead. Please let us know your interest by completing this form
Curious to learn more? Join Adrienne during coffee hour this Sunday or by emailing dre(at)
Annual Reports from Committees and Task Forces Due May 15
Yes, indeed! We are creating an Annual Report to the Congregation to be available on June 13, the date of our annual congregational meeting.
  • Committee and Task Force chairs are invited to submit 100-200 word reports of their activities since June 2020. Please send to office (at) by May 15.
  • Social Justice task force leaders, please send your reports to Jackie Hall at jmhall (at) by May 15, and she will compile and send on to the office.
What's It Like to Make a Pledge?
Why, It's Easy as Pie!
Our goal is $675,000 for the coming year (2021-22 begins July 1) and our current total is $526,000.

Making a financial pledge to the church is easy and every pledge counts, no matter the amount!

There are several different ways that you can choose from to let us know how much you would like to pledge. You can use this handy online form, Or you can pledge by calling or texting Church Administrator Carol Marks at 812-287-9615 or by sending your pledge amount to her at admin (at), or by mailing in the pledge card we mailed you awhile back. Choose the way that makes you happiest, but please make your pledge today, so we can continue to Seek the Spirit, Build Community, and Change the World together!

And of course, many, many thanks to everyone who has already pledged.

Ray of Sunshine CDs Still Available
If you would like to order a Ray of Sunshine CD, they are available to order for $25 each by clicking here. We'll mail them to you!
Our Folks . . .

Clarke Miller's wife, Mary, has a serious case of Shingles. She is now at Bell Trace Health & Living to try to control her pain. Please no phone calls or visits for now to Clarke or Mary. They do appreciate your caring thoughts, and cards are welcome.

Congratulations to Jane Goodman and Ray Fellman, who both recently received faculty promotions from IU to full Professor. Jane is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Ray is a Professor in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance.
UU Online Book Club
Now Reading: Nomadland by Jessica Bruder
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Their current book is Nomadland by Jessica Bruder and will be discussed on June 7 at 6:30 pm. If you would like to join the book club, use this link to register for the Zoom meeting: UU Book Club Registration
Writing as a Spiritual Practice
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 pm, May 11 through June 29
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. You will need to register by clicking here to get the Zoom link.  
Green Sanctuary Task Force
Spring Clothing Swap
Saturday, May 22, 10 am - 1 pm
Bryan Park Woodlawn Shelter
The Green Sanctuary Task Force will hold its Spring Clothing Swap next Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bryan Park Woodlawn Shelter. Volunteers are needed to assist with sorting clothes and delivering what is left over. Please contact Stephanie Kimball at stephanie.k (at) for info or to volunteer. All participants are expected to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Habitat Building Opportunity
Saturdays, May 15 and 22
If you would like to work on a Habitat house on May 15 or 22, let Barb Berggoetz know right away, barbberg (at) The work will be painting and inside trim installation. Anyone (over 16) can help for a full or half-day. COVID precautions will be taken.
In Harmony with Habitat online concert 
Saturday, May 22, 7:00 pm
The UU Habitat Task Force is hosting a livestreamed fundraising concert for a Habitat for Humanity home in Bloomington on Saturday, May 22, 7:00-9:00 p.m. A group of talented musicians will perform in recorded videos and live from our sanctuary. The concert, emceed by Rev. Bill Breeden and Angela Lexmond will feature Jenn Cristy, King Bee and the Stingers contemporary blues band, Grammy Award winning singer Sylvia McNair, pianist Keaton Springfield, Teddy Gonyea and Ben Lopilato, and the Radical Moderates with David Sharp, Dan Lodge-Rigal and Pat McNaughton.
Pitch in for Shalom
Here are the latest needs of the SHALOM CENTER for spring and summer. Please drop off your donations in the bins marked "Pitch In for Shalom" on the north side of the church, under the portico. Thank you for your continued support!
Pasta - Cereal, large boxes - Canned food
Condiments - Coffee, not instant - Tea
Hygiene products - Clothes, especially socks
Jewish Theatre of Bloomington Presents
A Pickle -- May 20, 22, 23
You'll LOVE this darkly comedic look at the Minnesota State Fair, pickle prejudice, and culture clash! This hilarious and heartwarming show will take place via Zoom. Click here for complete information.
Vaccinations available for age 12 and older!
People age 12 and older in Indiana are now eligible for the covid-19 vaccine. Visit this website or call 211. Extra vaccines may be available in adjoining counties.
Green Sanctuary Task Force Weekly Tip

Use Green Cleaning Products: You can concoct healthy, green cleaners using common household items like baking soda and vinegar that will get your home clean and shiny without using harsh chemicals.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)
Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158