November 20, 2020
NOVEMBER 20 - 30
The Bazaar has begun! Share with your friends!
Our online catalog and auction site is now LIVE:
Final Day to Order T-shirts and Hoodies!
Today, November 20, is the final day to order t-shirts and hoodies. As long as your order is postmarked by November 20, that's fine. We realize we may received some orders after November 20, since they are coming via the U.S. Postal service. This is not a fundraiser, but it is a way that we can show solidarity when we join together as 1) witness to a social justice event or 2) a celebration within our community (i.e. 4th of July parade). If finances are a hardship, let Reverend Macklin know.

Last call for Comfort Food contributions! 
Bring your comfort foods to the bin by the portico entrance by this Sunday, November 22. Thank you!
BIRTHDAY MESSAGE TO THE CONGREGATION
Click on the button below to view Reverend Macklin's birthday message to the congregation.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, November 22, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
Giving Thanks for What?
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Rev. Dave
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Gather your crayons and join us for this Playful Thanksgiving service for all ages, featuring coloring, drama, music, our traditional Alphabet of Thanks, and opportunities to share with one another. We will be enjoying the healing possibilities of play and gratitude while acknowledging the ongoing challenges of this time. Our UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be singing via the magic of video!


If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Connect with our UU Community during Virtual Coffee Hour! Every Sunday after the service
Everyone is welcome to join us after the worship service until 12:15 pm for engaging conversation in Virtual Coffee Hour. 
 
Breakout Conversations:
  • UU Holiday Bazaar information
  • 8th Principle Discussion with our Board members
  • Gardeners Gathering
  • Choir
  • 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
Our Giving Tree Is Waiting for YOU: 
Seeking Gifts, Support for Justice, and Self-care Practices

Giving Tree: Though much is different about this season, the needs in our community are much the same. 

  • Support a homeless teen, a child getting a head start, or a family living with HIV/AIDS by clicking here to offer a gift: GIVING TREE 2020 SIGN UP

  • Supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: Click here and choose "UUSC" from the drop down menu to offer a donation to support the ongoing justice work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. If you'd like to choose the color of the star that will mark your donation, type that color in "write a note." Learn more about their work here.

  • Self-care: Click here to report your favorite self-care practice--we can learn from one another the best ways to stay happy and whole.
Gathering Online for Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 26
Thanksgiving is more complicated than usual this year, but we can still find ways to celebrate together. Click here to learn about how we can enjoy the day together, including mindful walking in the morning, an afternoon feast we share remotely, and an online game night! Please RSVP by Monday, November 23rd. Click here to RSVP.
--Marie Deer, mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com
Help us envision the future of our church

If you have not participated in one of the "Envisioning the Future" meetings which have been held this week and scheduled for December 1-3, please sign up for one of the two meetings below. In these meetings we will discuss your experiences at UUCB, as well as your hopes and dreams for the future. After you sign up for a meeting, you will be sent a list of discussion questions in preparation for the meeting. Thank you! 

Thursday, December 3

-- Rev Dave Clements, Interim Consulting Minister
Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Believe it or not, we are looking ahead to winter holidays. Reverend Dave Clements and Adrienne Summerlot have been brainstorming about our Christmas Eve, 4pm Away in a Manger service. We would love to hear your thoughts. Please take a moment to complete this quick survey before Sunday, November 22nd. 

Our Winter Play kits are ready! If your family signed up to receive one, they can be picked up at the portico at your convenience or, if requested, they are on their way to you.

Anti- Racist families will have a family conversation this Sunday, November 22nd, at 11:30am via Zoom. Contact Adrienne Summerlot for more info.

Parents wanting a moment for support and connection, drop in to UU Home on Tuesday, November 24th, at 10am via Zoom, contact Reverend Emily for the link.

Looking for fun activities and ideas to explore this week with your family? Check out our website and calendar for links to crafts, read alouds, and events you don't want to miss!
Our Folks . . .
We send our care and support to Madeline Rivera-Gill , Kevin and children, Elijah and Maya on the death of Madeline's father, Professor Benito V. Rivera, who died on 11/2/2020 surrounded by his loving family.
Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-in
ONLINE - November 19-26, 2020
Hosted by the UUA, UU Ministry for Earth, UUSC, & more
In 2016, Unitarian Universalists voted to pay special attention to learning our history and rethinking Thanksgiving in the year 2020, in observance of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth. Sign up and help spread the word about the many powerful programs and documentary film screenings being offered for the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-In. Click here for the program and to register.
UU Freethinkers meet November 22, 12:45 pm
The UU Freethinkers will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom for an open discussion of social, political, and theological/religious issues. If you'd like to join us, please contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com, to get the link to the Zoom meetings and to be added to our email discussion list.
Visit with the Connections Coordinator on Mondays!
Every Monday, 1-2 pm, join the Connections Coordinator, Ann LeDuc, via Zoom to ask questions, or just to visit. Newcomers and current congregation members are all welcome. 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 Mondays, 1-2 pm.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office (at) uubloomington.org
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158