Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, April 1, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, April 3, 2016  
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
We Are: Stewardship Celebration Sunday
The Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins 
and friends
          We are Unitarian Universalists.  Our liberal religious voice is vital in order to create a better world today, tomorrow and into the future.  Join us as we conclude our Open Pledge Stewardship Campaign with a celebration including food, fun, thought provoking reflections, special music, and important stories of who We Are!  The Choir will sing Haydn's "Achieved is the glorious work," and there may even be a few surprises along the way.
Daffodils this Sunday!
          If you have some to share, please bring daffodils in a container this Sunday to brighten our day.
Mega Bounty Full Sunday Food Drive this Sunday! 
Twice a year our congregation collects non-perishable food and toiletries for Monroe County United Ministries' Emergency Food Pantry. Don't forget to bring an item or two with you to Sunday service on April 3. PLEASE check expiration dates. Expired food cannot be distributed and must be thrown away.  If you are interested in transporting donated food to MCUM on Monday, April 4, please contact Anne Graham.
"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)!  More information at the Stewardship Table and on our new Stewardship webpages
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
Ordination of Shari Woodbury This Sunday at 4PM
Don't forget: We're holding a special and joyous event Sunday afternoon, the ordination of one of our members, Shari Woodbury, as a Unitarian Universalist minister. We'll have lots of special guests, including Reverend Doctor Lee Barker, President of Meadville Lombard Theological School, who will give the sermon, and Voces Novae offering gorgeous music along with our UU choir. Reception to follow in Fellowship Hall.

Stewardship Moment
by John Woodcock
     One Saturday afternoon in 2005, never having regularly attended a church in all my 65 years, I went to a UU memorial service for a friend and found myself deeply attracted by the spirit of the occasion and, after the service, by the open, happy faces of the strangers around me. It took me by surprise, but I immediately knew I wanted to be part of this community. Peggy and I attended Sunday service the following day, and we have been attending, and supporting this community, ever since.
     Eleven years later, I have been inspired by countless sermons, and I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you attractive strangers and of working with you in a variety of church activities. From the beginning I have been mightily impressed with the congregation's devotion to social justice and by its members' ongoing practice of respect for all people, especially as the world seems increasingly filled with intolerance. And I have come to a deep admiration for the ways in which children are incorporated into the life of the church.
     How many ways there are to be supported at UUCB! And when we give, we support them all. I've noticed that the giving and the receiving sometimes get jumbled together-but probably that's a good thing. Peggy and I plan to keep giving, knowing that the receiving will take care of itself--a mysterious process that began on those two days when this community first moved my being. 
First Steps Class Meets This Sunday
First Steps, a 40-minute drop-in class for newcomers, will meet Sunday at 10:35 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. in Room 207B. It offers a brief introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. Free childcare is available in Room 108 (snack provided for children at 12:35 p.m.). Questions? Contact Shari Woodbury, Connections Coordinator, 812-332-3695 x209
We are getting close to making an offer to a candidate for our new Associate Minister. We will be able to make an offer on Thursday, April 7thIf all goes as we hope, we will announce the candidate at Sunday service on April 10th. The candidate will then visit this congregation for what is known as Candidating Week April 17-24th, -- mark your calendars --which will include a number of opportunities to meet and greet the candidate and to hear the candidate preach. We need a quorum of at least 170 members of the congregation to attend the special congregational meeting on April 24 to vote and more than a 90% acceptance vote is needed to call the minister.  See the ministerial search committee page for details.
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. Parking is available at the center and in the surrounding neighborhoods.  
Special Congregational Meeting April 24 
All Members Encouraged to Attend
Following a week of visitation by the candidate for associate minister, we will have a special congregational meeting on April 24th from 1-2pm to vote to call the candidate to join our ministry team. Childcare will be provided. Please mark your calendars and see for details and the latest information.
For More Information see the March 21 issue  of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
Masthead photo by Linda Mjolsnes 
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator