Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, March 25, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, March 27, 2016  
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Easter: A Resurrection of Universalism 
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins 
          Join us for our Easter Sunday worship services in which we will explore our theological roots in Universalism, the historical Jesus of Nazareth, and a liberation theology for this day.  As part of the Easter celebration we will have our beloved Baby Dedication at both services, and the Habitat for Humanity Task Force will hold their much anticipated breakfast fundraiser between services!  Music from our Choir will include "We Are As One," text by Moses Jumper Jr. with music by Mary Goetze, and Don Freund's "Welcome Prayer," with text by Clarke Dewey Wells.
Our Choir Hits the Big Time March 26
The UU Choir under the direction of Susan Swaney will perform Don Freund's "Welcome Prayer" on Don's faculty composition recital on Saturday, March 26 (tomorrow!) at 8:00 p.m. in Auer Hall. The event is free and open to all.
Our Folks...
   We continue to hold Sandy Taylor in our hearts, along with her family and friends.  To be added to an email list for updates on Sandy's condition, please contact our office at
Easter Fundraising Breakfast for Habitat March 27
   The Habitat Task Force is holding an Easter fundraising breakfast 10:15-11:15 a.m. this Sunday, March 27. Funds will support an interfaith build in Bloomington. Adults, $7; children 10 and under, $5; families pay no more than $20 total.
The Board of Directors Is IN this Sunday
This Sunday, stop by the yellow Connections booth in Fellowship Hall between services to ask a Board member any questions you may have about the future direction of our church, financial oversight, or other board matters, or to share your hopes and observations with them.  
Seder Organizational Meeting March 27
The UU Seder will be held April 23 at 6:00 p.m in Fellowship Hall. This non-Kosher Passover celebration includes a full dinner with a UU influence. Want to help? Attend a short organizational meeting on Sunday, March 27, 12:30 p.m. in Room 110. Info, contact Ruellen Fessenbecker  812-837- 9550 or
Open Hearted Open House at Islamic Center on April 10
The Islamic Center of Bloomington (ICOB) and the Openhearted Campaign cordially invite you for a casual evening of dinner and sharing at their first Openhearted Open House, on Sunday, April 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m. They look forward to getting to know you through interactive presentations, including these topics: 
     Common Ground: Promoting Understanding among 
          Abrahamic Faiths
     Envisioning the World
     From Our Hearts to Yours: ICOB in the Community
Parking is available at the center and in the surrounding neighborhoods.  
"We Are!"  We are Unitarian Universalists! 
Open pledging for our Stewardship Campaign for 2016-17 will run through our Stewardship Celebration on April 3rd (with snacks at coffee hour)! We are encouraging friends and members to share "Selfie" photos and pledge to the annual campaign (2016-17) to celebrate your connection to the congregation . More information at the Stewardship Table and on our new Stewardship webpages.  Send your creative photos to Reverend Wadkins and share the love: You can pledge online by going to You can also pledge with a paper pledge card at church!
"Light the Chalice" - 2005  painting by Patricia C. Coleman
The Cinquains Are Up!
The beautiful cinquains that we wrote together during the services on March 13 are now up on the walls at church in friendly groups in various locations. See if you can find yours!
25% Sunday Non-Pledge Plate Recipient Nomination Campaign - Application Deadline is April 1st
   The process for nominating our next local non-profit agency to receive 25% of Sunday non-pledge plate collections in the coming year, July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, has begun! The application deadline is April 1st, after which the Social Justice Funds Committee will choose three nominee finalists for the congregation to vote on at the spring congregational meeting on June 12th. 
    Contact Steve Mascari, Social Justice Funds Chair, at for a grant application. See here for details.
Diaper Drive through end of April
The Reproductive Justice Task Force is working with the All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center to collect disposable and reusable diapers for families in need.  Please leave your donated diapers in the Commons by the Social Justice table.
For More Information see the March 21 issue  of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Masthead photo by John Woodcock 
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator