Friday UU Update                        Friday, May 26, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Memorial Day Sunday, May 28,2017    
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
The Questions We Embody
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
 
Did you know know that May is National Bike Month?  WALBICUS* this Sunday
if you are able!  May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling, and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.  We will celebrate with a special bicycle blessing in our Time for All Ages.       
    What are the questions we embody in our lives?  What were your first big questions?  Columnist Courtney E Martin writes about the topic of "the first big question." "Hearing about [others'] first, big question got me wondering about my own. What is the question that I asked as a little girl and have never stopped asking? How has asking that question defined, even if unconsciously, the choices I've made, the things I've created, the legacy I will leave behind?"
     We will explore the embodiment of questions as well as your first big question in this worship service.  
     Of note, my first big question had to do with loss and death; I will offer reflections on that as well.
       Between services in Fellowship Hall you are invited to bring or fill out Advanced Directives regarding your end-of-life wishes. A Notary will be present to notarize any wishes regarding your choice of Health Care Representative. 
*Walk Bike Carpool or Bus
This Sunday in Religious Education: Embodiment
This coming Sunday, all of our kids will be together for Vacation Religious Education for Memorial Day weekend.  We'll explore our congregation's May theme of embodiment by learning about how to be safe on and around bicycles.  
Middle School and  High School Youth groups are off for the summer.
Seeking Words of Wisdom for High School Seniors
If you have words or a quote that have been especially helpful to you in your life, please send them along to Reverend Emily Manvel Leite at  mre@uubloomington.org as a part of our gift to our graduating seniors.
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Your pledges at work:
You asked, and we listened. Many of you have asked for programs on deepening spirituality, and this week we made a $1500 deposit for "Wellspring," a pilot program for deepening spirituality that will begin                        next fall.
UU Freethinkers Discussion Sunday, May 28
All are welcome to join the UU Freethinkers discussion this Sunday, May 28, at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208. No topic, no presenter--just free thought discussion.
Marsh Stores Likely to Close -- Come Buy Some Marsh Cards!
     We were as surprised as you were to learn that the two remaining Marsh stores in Bloomington may be closing soon. We have a pretty good stock of Marsh grocery cards that we would like to sell before the middle of June. There are certain to be some good deals at Marsh in the near future, so buy some Marsh cards from us and stock up! Grocery cards are available for sale in the Commons every Sunday morning, 10:15-11:00 a.m. Our grocery card program contributed $7,000 to our operating budget this year.  Thank you for participating!
Church Offices will be Closed Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.    Regular office hours will resume  Tuesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. The next Prologue newsletter is June 5.
Women's Alliance Meeting Thursday, June 1
   On Thursday, June 1, our program is with Anne and Chris Haynes on Permaculture.  Hosts are Ann Kamman and Sharon Yarber.
   The Women's  Alliance  meets the first Thursday of each month at  11:30 am  in Fellowship Hall. Please enter through court yard doors. Our meetings begin with a brown bag lunch; drinks and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month.
The program begins at noon, followed by the business meeting.  
   Come and join us and see what we are all about.  --Julie Cauble, Vice President

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Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Senior Minister

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4th of July Parade Meeting and Work Time NEXT SUNDAY- 
June 4th- 10:30-12:30pm, Room 210
This year we will embody our vision statement in the Bloomington  4th of July Parade.  We will show the Bloomington community how we seek the spirit, build community and change the world.  We will create signs and small wagon floats that tell how we fulfill this vision through our work in the church.  For example, one sign might say how we seek the spirit by saying, "Meditation", or "Awesome Choir" and include graphics that represent meditation or music.  A small wagon float might tell about the work our Social Justice Task Forces do.  One small float could be filled with canned goods and have signs attached to it say "Walnut Grove Food Pantry."  These are just examples.  The people creating the signs and floats will have a great deal of say.  Here's the link to the sign up genius, if you'd like to help.
For More Information see the May 15 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
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