Friday UU Update                  Friday, September 1, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Reminder: Water Communion Intergenerational Service THIS  Sunday, September 3
We will have an ingathering and mingling of waters. Please bring water connected with your summer experiences.  We will also have symbolic water available. Religious education classes will not meet. Childcare for our youngest children is available in Room 108.
Sunday, September 3, 2017  
9:15 and 11:15 a.m. 
"Intergenerational Water Communion"
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite,  
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin,
& Reverend Scott McNeill
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin will return as we join in an immersive celebration of our intergenerational community through story, reflection, exploration, music, and our water communion ritual.  Please bring water representing the essence of your summer's experience.  Our adult Choir directed by Susan Swaney, our Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, and a percussion ensemble led by Colleen Haas, and the UU Boomwhackers will all share gifts of music.
This Week in Religious Education 
Our children and youth are joining us for the service today. Childcare for our youngest children is available in room 108.  Room 106 is available for parents who would like to livestream the service with their babies or toddlers.  Youth will meet today at the Splash of the Sacred picnic and pool party (see below).
Greeter and Welcomer Training, Sunday, September 3, at 12:30 p.m.
Greeters are vital to making ours a welcoming church.   Newcomer Welcomers orient first-time visitors, while Greeters hold doors, distribute orders of service, and collect the offering.   It's a great way to meet people, and you set your own schedule.    A training session  will be held  Sunday, September 3, at 12:30  in the Meeting Room.   Contact Craig Coley at  812-287-3368  or
New to Unitarian Universalism? Come to the First Steps Class this Sunday!
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism? If so, then the First Steps class is for you! First Steps is a 40-minute class that provides a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation, at 10:35 a.m. or 12:35 p.m. in Room 112. Free childcare in Room 108. No registration is required, just come to Room 112 after the service. If you have questions, please contact Ann LeDuc at
This Sunday, Splash of the Sacred Picnic & Pool Party
You are invited to join us for our annual Splash of the Sacred Picnic & Pool Party. 
      5:00-7:00 p.m.   Potluck Picnic at Bryan Park--Woodlawn Shelter. Bring a dish to share and your own plates, cups, and utensils.
     7:00- 8:00 p.m.  Private pool party at Bryan Park Pool. Come splash and play or sit poolside and chat! Children must be supervised by their parents.
Newcomers and visitors especially welcome! Check here for more information.
Exploring Unitarian Universalism Class - Sept 3 and 10
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and this congregation?  Are you considering becoming a member of this church? Whether you are considering membership or are just curious, this class is for you. The Exploring UU Class will be held on  Sept 3 and 10 from  2-4 p.m. in the church library. Please plan to attend both  Sunday sessions, since different material will be covered in each session.  Melinda Swenson and Jack King will facilitate this fun and informative class.
Make Your Own Pizza Party for Young Adults, September 4
Beacon, our Young Adult program, is hosting a welcome dinner at the church in Fellowship Hall on  Monday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Anyone aged 18 to 30 can join!
Women's Alliance Meets September 7th
    The Women's Alliance meets the first  Thursday  of each month at  11:30 a.m.
in Fellowship Hall.  The meeting begins with a brown bag lunch.  Drinks
and dessert are provided by the hosts of the month.  The program begins at
noon , followed by a business meeting.  Please enter through the court yard
    The  September 7th  guest speaker is Reverend Forrest Gilmore.  The hosts
will be Karen Cassidy and Arzetta Hults-Losensky.  All are welcome.
Our Folks . . .
    We are thinking of those of you who have friends and family who have been affected by hurricane Harvey.
Bloomingfoods Shoppers Get Ready to ROUND UP!  
   For the month of September Bloomingfoods will be having the Interfaith Emergency Winter Shelter as their charity for rounding up the check-out bill to the next dollar. When you shop at Bloomingfoods this month please  be sure to Round Up to help the Winter Shelter. -- Homelessness Task Force
Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) program 
from Hope for Prisoners Invites Donations & Volunteers
    Our Hope for Prisoners Task Force has initiated the Kids with Absent Parents (KAP) Program to help children in Monroe County whose parents are incarcerated. When parents are incarcerated, their children's lives are often disrupted by changes: Where they live and go to school, extra stress on the caretaker, fear, shame, and social exclusion. We are collecting items for this project through September 17. Click here for a printable poster. Click here for details on how you can help. 
Fellowship Dinner Signup Starts Now!
     Would you like to get to know more people in our church community in a relaxed, intimate setting? In October the first Fellowship Dinners will take place. These are small monthly dinners held October through April in the homes of those belonging to the group or in other congenial locations.  You don't have to be a church member to take part. To register online, click here,
Paper registration forms are also available in the church office, Room 204.
For More Information see the August 15 issue   of our newsletter, The Prologue.
Masthead photo taken at McCormick's Creek State Park by David Orr.
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