October 23, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Join Us for a Fall Grounds Party!
Saturday, October 24, 3-5 pm
Join us tomorrow afternoon at 3 pm to enjoy conversation, community, and a little sprucing up of the church grounds. Bring your favorite snack and mask and hang out with us (safely distanced) after the work is done. Please let us know you are coming by emailing greengrounds(at)uubloomington.org.
This Sunday's Service
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
10:00-11:30 a.m. Livestream
Abandon Ship? The Answer is No!
Star Trek and Inspiration for the 21st Century
  • Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
  • Reverend Dave Clements
  • Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
  • Adrienne Summerlot, Director of Religious Education
  • The Valdez Voyagers & Friends
10 am: Special "Star Trek Themes" music with Ray Fellman
Wait, in the midst of global pandemic, rising authoritarianism, disrupting debates, uprisings and the future of democracy on the line, Reverend Macklin is planning a worship service based on Star Trek? Of course. Star Trek is about maintaining one’s determination, values, and integrity in the face of challenging and dangerous times. Join us as we celebrate the spirit of Star Trek, its creator, and unusual connections to our congregation and the city of Bloomington - the future birthplace of Star Trek Captain Kathryn Janeway in the 24th century. Will this worship service offer deep meaning-making for Trek fans and non-Trek fans alike? Indeed. We will “Make It So.” Special thanks to Techie, not Trekkie, Ned Joyner.
We're hoping our livestream will be back in action on Facebook by this Sunday, but if not, you can watch on our website! 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:
  • Singing in Klingon: The Basics 
  • Animation
  • Dang it Jim, I'm a Fan Scholar not a Doctor
  • General Conversation
  • Gardeners Gathering

Email connect(at)uubloomington.org if you would like to host a breakout conversation on the topic of your choice.  --Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Join Adrienne on Saturday, October 24th, at 10:00 a.m. via Facebook Live for a Spooky Storytime with a favorite interactive tale that requires Deep Listening.

Parents and Caregivers are invited to join Reverend Emily for community conversation in UU Home Tuesday, October 27th at 10 am. Email mre (at) uubloomington.org for the Zoom Link. 

Please visit us online for a Deep Listening Fortune Teller, interactive calendar, and information about our programming and events.
Our Folks...
Best wishes for quick healing to Duncan Searle, who is recovering at home from a recent stay in the hospital. Cards and calls are welcome.
Caring for Our Community - A Message from Our Ministers and Staff 
Dear Members and Friends of our UU Community,
During the pandemic, our staff and ministers want to stay in touch with you. We want to know how you are doing. Are you struggling? Are you okay? Have you been able to stay connected to the church through our online Sunday services, various online classes, groups, and meetings? Below is a link to a short questionnaire we would like you to complete so that we can know how you are, and stay connected.

Young Adult Sunday Brunch
Sunday, October 25, 12:30 via Zoom
Hosted by Reverend Christin Green
Young adults are invited to gather again or for the first time at our Young Adult Brunch on Sunday, October 25, at 12:30 p.m. We are gathering on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month in October, November, and December to share our lives and break some brunch-bread together virtually. Come as you are! No registration required. Here's the Zoom link.
Visit with Ann 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.
Upcoming UU Singles Events
Thursday, October 29, 6 pm: Happy Hour, Costume Night, and Memories and Dreams
We are a group of single adults within the UU Bloomington community who gather from time to time for fun events. We'd love to have you join us! If you are not already on the UU Singles email list, contact mariedeer1961(at)gmail.com or 812-391-0900 to get the Zoom link.
End of Week Chat Friday at Noon with Rev. Dave
Oct. 30: Looking for a sense of balance in our lives?
Join our interim minister, Reverend Dave Clements, in online discussion Friday at noon.
Gathering of Spirits Pilgrimage 
October 31, 2-5 PM, November 1 and 2, 5-8 PM.
  • Photos of congregation members who have died in the past 12 years will be posted in our windows.  
  • You can write the names of your beloveds on colorful ribbons to tie on the tree in our courtyard.
  • Offerings of electric candles, Post-Its, and flowers will be available, or bring your own.
  • We will also have a memorial for the victims of Covid-19.
Contact mre(at)uubloomington.org to learn more.
New T-shirt Available!
Dates extended -- Order by November 20
Mary Blizzard and Marcia Hart have designed a new t-shirt for us (also available as a pullover hoodie.) Join in and order one today! (Not a fundraiser--just for fun!)
After the Election: Invite to Join the Ministers in a Vespers Service
Wednesday, November 4th, 6:30 pm - 7 pm
We invite you to join a special Vespers service the evening of November 4th, followed by a Zoom meeting at 7:00 pm called “Circle of Hope.” These events are being designed as a means for all of us to come together, regardless of the outcome of the election, and to be present and to share our thoughts with one another. We are a community that enjoys fellowship with each other as well as sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. These are trying times, and it is in community where comfort and hope can be found.