October 30, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Gathering of Spirits Pilgrimage 
October 31, 2-5 pm
November 1 and 2, 5-8 pm
We are entering the season of loss. The trees are letting go of their leaves, the days of gathering outdoors are drawing to a close, and the light is waning. At this season, our congregation remembers our beloveds who have died. This year you are invited to an outdoor "Gathering of Spirits Pilgrimage." Bring a carved pumpkin in memory of your beloved if you like.
  • 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.
  • During the evening hours, we will project 228,000 lights on our building as a memorial for the victims of COVID-19.
Contact mre(at)uubloomington.org to learn more.
This Sunday's Service
Sunday, November 1, 2020
10:15 am Livestream
Gathering of Spirits

Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Dave Clements
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Carrie Newcomer
Around this time of year, many cultures and religious traditions pause to reflect on life and death. Each year, we hold a service to remember those we have lost: members of our congregation who have died in the past year and also other people and animals who have touched our lives through their presence. We will join together as a community to process grief and lift up memories, as we all move through losses we have experienced. To enrich your experience of this service, you are invited to gather photos and/or mementos of your beloveds who have died to place around your screen as you join us. Carrie Newcomer will provide special music for this service.
We're hoping our livestream will be back in action on Facebook, but if not, you can watch on our website! If you miss the livestream, you can view archived videos on our website.
Daylight Saving Time Ends this Weekend
Remember to "Fall Back" and turn all your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, October 31, before you go to bed. Daylight Saving Time ENDS in the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 1.
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:
  • Time for Families
  • 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
Sunday, November 1st - Starting the Month Together from 7 - 7:30 pm
If you are unable to come to the Gathering of Spirits Pilgrimage, join us as we create a reflective space for people of all ages to remember loved ones who have died. Reverend Emily Manvel Leite and Janiece Jaffe will offer a few words and spacious music, and will offer an opportunity to tell stories or show photos of your loved ones in small groups. Join us on Zoom.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
NEWS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday, November 1st - Time for Families at 11:30 am 
This month, we encourage you to show up in your Halloween Costume and to explore emotions through the characters from Inside OutJoin us on Zoom via the coffee hour breakout room 

Tuesday, November 3rd at 12 pm
Storytime with Adrienne on Facebook LIVE
Join Adrienne on Election Day at noon for a story about voting. 

Visit our webpage for more ideas about how you can explore the congregational theme of healing, special activity ideas, and stay up to date on the latest news and information about Religious Education.  
Our Folks...
Congratulations to Martin and Brianna Horne and family who welcomed baby Hugo into their loving home on October 29th! 
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. 
In community,
Reverend Macklin, Reverend Clements, Reverend Leite,
and Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
UU Humanists meet November 1, 12:45 pm
The UU Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday at 12:45 p.m. via Zoom. John Crosby will lead a discussion on "The Projectionist." Contact Harold Ogren, ogrenh (at) gmail.com to get the link to the Zoom meeting.
Are you new here? Join us for an online introduction to Unitarian Universalism, Sunday at 2 pm
If you are new to our congregation, a very warm welcome to you! This Sunday, November 1, 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 pm on Sunday. (If you are new to using Zoom, please read these instructions before the meeting.) Ready to get involved? Here is our online connection form to share a little about yourself and what you're interested in. If you have questions, you are always welcome to email me at connect(at)uubloomington.org or call me at (812) 720-3688. Welcome!  
-- Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator
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.
Tuesday, November 3: Spiritual Grounding for Election Day
UU Ministers are gathering online from around the country to offer a space for respite, positive energy, peace and spiritual practice on Election Day. We will gather on Tuesday, November 3 on Zoom from 10am EST until 10pm EST at this link.
The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
November 4  Vespers Service and Circle of Hope
Wednesday from 6:30-7:00PM and 7-8PM
Next Wednesday we will offer online worship (via our livestream page) to reflect upon whatever the election has brought so far...which will be followed by a Zoom gathering which is called Circle of Hope from 7 to 8 pm. We will draw a Circle of Love and create a container where your thoughts, concerns and feelings can be shared. Click here to join the Circle of Hope zoom gathering following the service.
Each One, Feed TWO Food Drive
November 7 and 8
We're participating as a drop-off location for a two day Food Drive organized by Monroe County United Ministries, coming up next weekend. Drop off donations on the north side of the UU Church, near the Portico entrance. Place your food donations in the bins marked EACH ONE FEED TWO. Thank you from the UUCB Hunger Task Force!
New T-shirt Available!
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!)
Community Connections

From IU's African Student Association: #AfricaIsBleeding Vigil & Candle Lighting, Friday October 30, 2020 from 6 to 8 pm at the Sample Gates.
Vigil to bring awareness to the many human rights issues affecting Africa, tragedies, and lives lost. We will be sharing stories from Cameroon, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, and South Africa, and will open space for comments from attendees as well. Click here for flyer.

Free Flu Shots Available November 3 and November 19
There are two FREE drive-thru flu vaccination clinics in Monroe County, on November 3 and November 19. This free vaccine is being provided by IU Health. The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. It protects you AND the ones you love. Click here for details and locations.

From Noah's Ark Bloomington: Coming up Nov 8 and 15, "Stereotypes - Loosening Their Hold on our Hearts, Minds, and Actions"
The second Noah's Ark event in our series, Facing Our Fear and Outrage -Finding Ways Forward Together, happens soonThis two-part event will be held via Zoom on Sunday, November 8 and Sunday, November 15. Watch for more information in next week's Friday Update and the next Prologue.
Deadline for submissions to the Order of service and Friday UU Update
Thursday, 9 am, to office (at) uubloomington.org
Core staff members dressed up for their meeting this week to get in the mood for Halloween.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Mailing address during covid:
UU Church, PO Box 1158,
Nashville, Indiana 47448-1158