Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, November 13, 2015

In This Issue
Sunday, November 15    9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
"Intergenerational Thanksgiving Celebration" 
The Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins
       All ages are invited to our annual "thanks giving" service as we explore the story of Ralph Waldo Emerson together.  What do we have in common with this Unitarian ancestor and the things he was grateful for?  What might his story inspire us to celebrate in our own lives?  
       Our UU Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will be performing "Clap Your Hands," with support from our adult choir.
Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth
Come see the critically-acclaimed documentary "The Merchants of Doubt" this Saturday at the First United Church of Bloomington, November 14th, at 6:00 PMAdmission is $5.00. This is a fundraiser for ICEY -Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth. In January, they will teach weatherization skills to other youth, jump-starting ICEY chapters throughout Indiana.
Spirit Play for Grown Ups: "Being a Dustbin" Nov 17
Tuesday, November 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
with Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
     High School youth and adults are invited to explore this Buddhist story by Ajahn Brahm. We will share deep conversation and provide time for individual artistic responses and/or spiritual practices. Childcare is available if requested.  RSVP using this link:
Conversation on Systemic Racism Nov. 21, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Come join the national Night of a Thousand Conversations in a circle held in Fellowship Hall, with our Racial Justice Task Force. We'll watch testimony about police violence, then use a restorative justice circle-based dialogue approach to process what was heard and begin to formulate a plan of action together.
Thanksgiving Pitch-in Dinner November 26
Everyone is invited to a Thanksgiving pitch-in dinner here in Fellowship Hall at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. Please bring food to share that serves 8 people. Turkey will be provided. Sign up sheet will be available at church. Info, please contact Amy Crozier at 
Introducing the Connections Booth and our New Racial Justice Task Force
Check out our new Connections booth, a la Lucy's psychiatrist booth from the Peanuts comic, in the foyer on Sunday. This will be a place to connect with people and happenings in our congregation. Unlike Lucy's booth, all connections made at our yellow booth are free of charge! This Sunday our Connections Coordinator, Shari Woodbury, will be there to answer questions about our church and ways to connect to it. She'll be joined by folks from our newest social justice group, the Racial Justice Task Force, with sign-up sheet on hand for the Conversation on Systemic Racism on Nov. 21. Come say hello!
Giving Tree Gifts Due December 13
At holiday time you will find the Giving Tree in our Fellowship Hall for a few weeks. You will have the opportunity to make someone's holiday a little brighter from Nov. 15  through Dec. 6.  Also, Guest at Your Table boxes support UUSC's human rights work and can be found in your order of service this Sunday, under the Giving Tree and in Room 204. Please bring these gifts to the December 13th services. 
The Homelessness Taskforce, Shalom's Re-Housing Program and Anne Haynes' Chalice Circle are working to provide short term assistance to people who are moving from homelessness  to permanent housing. Items needed are toiletries, cleaning supplies, dishes, sheets, blankets, shower curtain, etc. Place in the macaroni collection basket in the Commons at church. This opportunity will run through February 15, 2016.
Grocery Cards: IT'S A NO BRAINER!
Paying with grocery cards is easy and helpful to the church! Purchase grocery cards at church, or register your Kroger card and direct 3% of your purchases to the church.  Cards are available for purchase (cash or check) every Sunday between services. During the holiday season, you can pay for Thanksgiving items with a card or give a card as a gift! It's a TWOFER-you and the church both come out ahead.
For More Information see the November 2 issue of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Masthead Photo by John Woodcock
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Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator