May 7, 2021
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, May 9, 2021
10:15 am Livestream
Care for the Mothership, Part 2
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
In this service which falls on Mother’s Day, Reverend Macklin will continue the theme from Reverend Breeden's sermon last Sunday, “Care for the Mothership”. We may explore some sailing terms such as the keel, which is the long, heavy fin on the bottom of the boat that sticks down into the water. It provides stability and is the reason why modern sailboats are nearly impossible to capsize. Reverend Macklin learned to sail with her three brothers on a small, very old sailboat, during which capsizing was part of the “sport”. A mothership, on the other hand, is a ship that sends out smaller boats or crafts to explore the surrounding unknown area.

As part of our worship service, we will honor graduates from POST-high school explorations---graduates from universities, community college, trade school and other educational endeavors beyond high school. 
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:
  • General Discussion  
  • NEST (Next Steps In Transition) Listening Session regarding transition to in-person gatherings
  • Why Pronouns Matter with the Rainbow Rights Task Force
NEST Second Sunday Listening Sessions
The Next Steps in Transition (NEST) working group offers monthly listening sessions in Virtual Coffee Hour on the second Sunday of each month. We invite everyone to join us this coming Sunday, May 9, in Virtual Coffee Hour to share your thoughts and ideas regarding the eventual transition to in-person gatherings at the church.  Just click on this link after the worship service to join us!
Rainbow Rights -- Why Pronouns Matter
Virtual Coffee Hour,
May 9 after the service
What's all this singular "they" business? And why do we feel ruffled when we hear it? Of course, I mean the plural "we" and not the roundabout you, y'all follow? Or... "yous guys"? "Yinz"? If these linguistic things frustrate or intrigue you, take a glance at Why Pronouns Matter and join the revivified Rainbow Rights crew to share a prism of perspectives this Sunday, May 9, during virtual coffee hour. Also, if you're interested in becoming more involved in the efforts of Rainbow Rights or simply want to remain informed, please complete our survey so we can include you in the ways that nurture our journeying.
UU Freethinkers Meet May 9, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers will meet this Sunday at 12:45 pm via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. If you'd like to join us, please contact Ann Watzel, awatzel (at), to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
As we welcome the month of May, we are invited to explore the theme of Story. We encourage you to utilize those rainy days to look through photos together and share stories of memories, places, and people in your life. We would especially love for you to share stories about church with us either in video, a sentence or two, or even photographs. Please email them to Reverend Emily Manvel Leite by May 14th, mre (at)

Youth Group will meet for a socially distanced hike at Griffy on Sunday, May 16th! 
Sign up by Friday, May 13th if you are in 7th-12th grade and would like to join us!

Photo: A favorite memory for many kids in our church is the circUUs they put on in 2015.
Please Share Memories and
Flower Selfies for Next Sunday!

In preparation for our Flower Communion service next 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). 

We will be sharing parts of our congregational story during the service. Here is part of a memory received from Carol Marks:

"I remember helping facilitate the Yellowwood Service in 1989 or 1990, when I was on the Sunday Services Committee. One year for the Yellowwood Service I invited everyone to bring something to drum with, and a delightful collection of homemade "drums" showed up at Yellowwood Shelter for the service. I remember especially Betty Perry brought her biggest soup pot and a wooden spoon for a drumstick..."
What's It Like to Make a Pledge?
Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy!
Our goal is $675,000 for the coming year (2021-22 begins July 1) and our current total is $502,000.

Making a financial pledge to the church is easy and every pledge counts, no matter the amount! There are several alternative 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 sending your pledge amount to her at admin (at), or mailing in the pledge card we mailed you awhile back. Or you could write it on parchment with a quill pen and ink you made yourself and roll it up and put it in a bottle with a cork in the top and throw it in Lake Monroe, or you could write it on a post-it note and stick it to a passing Canada goose's foot. 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!

Many thanks to everyone who has already pledged.

(Carol Marks, our Church Administrator, freely assumes responsibility for the portions of this message that are the silliest.)

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!
Thank you from the Auction Planning Team--
Over $10,000 Raised!
Thank you to all who helped make this year's Goods and Services Auction a success. While still under the influence of COVID restrictions, many of you got creative and people liked what you had to offer. We raised a little over $10,000. Watch for emails coming soon for information on closing the deal. So a huge virtual HUG to all who donated and all who bid!  --Auction Planning Team: Sarah Kopper, Drew Schrader, Deb Fish, Ann LeDuc
“Writing as a Spiritual Practice”
with Rev. Barbara Child
A Drop-in Group on Zoom
Tuesdays 1-2 p.m., 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.  
An Invitation to UU History
with Stuart Yoak
Sunday, May 16 and Sunday, May 23
2:00- 3:00pm.
Ever wonder how the Unitarian Universalist church evolved? Where this way of doing church came from, and who were the leaders and founders of the Unitarian and Universalist movements in Europe and North America? Join our tour guide Stuart Yoak for an inspiring and fast-paced journey through 1600 years of Unitarian Universalist history, Sunday May 16 and May 23 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Zoom.
To Register: Email Stuart sdyoak (at) and he will send you the Zoom link for the class.
Join the UU Hikers May 16!
The UU Hikers will hike the Mason Ridge Trail on Sunday, May 16 at 2:30 PM.  Information about the trail can be found here. Email Ann at connect(at) to be added to the UU Hikers email list. 
UUCB EcoChallenge: Join Our Team!
The Green Sanctuary Task Force and Reverend Emily Manvel Leite have created a month-long EcoChallenge team to support one another, consider new actions, and share tips and photos through May 21--Endangered Species Day. This is one place that is really "the more, the merrier," so click here to sign up and join our UUCB Indiana team: Hope to see you there!
Green Sanctuary Task Force
Spring Clothing Swap Returns on May 22
The Green Sanctuary Task Force will hold its Spring Clothing Swap on 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 (stephanie.k (at) for info or to volunteer.
All participants are expected to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Habitat Building Opportunity!
If you would like to work on a Habitat house on May 8, 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.

Online Fundraiser Concert for Habitat May 22
Click here for ticket information for the "In Harmony with Habitat" online fundraiser concert on May 22! The concert will be available for viewing online for 48 hours after it is livestreamed.
Little Free Pantry
Did you know that UUCB now has its very own Little Free Pantry near Needmore Coffee Company? Click here to learn all about it, and find a list of foods that you can donate (drop off bins on north side of our building, near Portico Entrance, or take directly to the Little Free Pantry by Needmore Coffee).
UU Online Book Club reads "Nomadland"
by Jessica Bruder
The UU Online Book Club meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 PM via Zoom. Their next 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
Vaccinations available for age 16 and older!
People age 16 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

Make your own coffee at home, and use a reusable cotton or linen napkin as a filter instead of a disposable paper filter.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office(at)
Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158