Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, April 22, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, April 24, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"Creative Choices" 
Reverend Scott McNeill
April 24, May 3, Nov 8: These are the days of decision-making! Sunday's service invites us to think differently about the choices we make. By engaging with one another, we can create and construct the life of which we dream. Doing this means looking beyond "Yea/Nay" or "Rep/Dem/Ind". Instead, we must be willing to see voting as a means to an end - to see today and every election day not as finish lines, but as the next step to working together. 

NOTE: To alleviate overcrowding this Sunday, we encourage people to attend the first service if possible, and then return for the congregational meeting at 1:00 p.m. All first service attendees are eligible to win an earth flag!

PARKING THIS SUNDAY: Remember to please not park on the grass, either on our property or IU's property. We have 4 options for other places to park on Sundays with high attendance, as we expect this Sunday will be: 1) across Fee Lane to the west, parking on the pavement only. No ballgame this Sunday! 2) At Marching 100 Hall (old Church of God) across the Bypass, 3) At the tennis courts, a pleasant 7-minute walk south on Fee Lane, or 4) on Jordan Avenue 1/2 block south of the church. Please also remember not to park on our neighbor's grass, to the immediate south of our driveway.
Calling a Minister - 
Congregational Meeting April 24 at 1:00 p.m.
   Calling a minister is one of the most significant acts in the life of a congregation.  Members, please plan attending the special congregational meeting at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 24th to vote on calling Reverend Scott McNeill as our Associate Minister.  Your presence and vote matters!  Childcare will be provided. Thank  you.
Candidating Week Events

All are welcome to attend these events.

-- TONIGHT! Fri. 4/22, 6:00 p.m. RE Families and Teachers pizza party with Rev. McNeill, Fwp Hall. Childcare in Room 108. Sign up here: 

-- TOMORROW, Sat. 4/23, 9-11 a.m. Drop in Coffee with Rev. McNeill, Library
What's happening in Religious Education this week?
Preschool is exploring what happens when friends get angry with one another as they share the traditional Appalachian story of bridge-building: "Old Jo and the Carpenter".
K-1st hears the tale of Hermes' Theft of Apollo's White Cows and considers how to decide which of your own "brilliant" ideas should be acted upon.
2nd-5th grade will be thinking about the safety of others as a way to care for the community as they learn about medicine.  
YUUMS will be finishing up a UU Video challenge and planning for their upcoming lock-in.
YRUU  High school youth will eat cereal, attend the congregational meeting for the vote on Reverend Scott McNeill, and then head out to play laser tag. 
Auction Donation Forms Due This Sunday, April 24!
The Auction is Coming May 15!
Each year in the Spring we hold a goods and services auction that can't be beat. Many wonderful dinners, outings, and interesting objets d'art are offered for auction, and our auctioneer will be the inimitable Darrell Breeden once again. Click here for an auction donation form. Donation forms are due April 24!
Re-Visioning Religious Education
April 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
You are invited to an open conversation Tuesday, April 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with Amy Makice to deepen and focus our work around lifelong learning in our congregation. We will gather to continue to explore some of the key values and themes that surfaced in our community-wide exploration of lifelong learning on January 31. This conversation is a part of the ongoing work that will result in a philosophy of lifelong learning to carry our congregation into the new and dynamic era ahead. Limited to the first 10 participants to sign up in the church office or by emailing [email protected]
Our Folks...
   Congratulations to the amazing Liz Rosdeitcher on her recent brisk run, completing the Boston Marathon in well under four hours!
   Congratulations to Armin Moczek,of IU's Department of Biology,  on receiving a grant of  $1.25 million from a foundation promoting the advancement of science and philosophy. 
Reproductive Justice Task Force Meeting
The Reproductive Justice Task Force will hold its regular meeting on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m., in the Fuchs Library.
Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service 
Sunday, May 1st at 7:00pm
Join us for this Remembrance Service commemorating the six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories.  In this worship service we will also speak out against examples of genocide and patterns that lead to genocide in our own time.  All are welcome. Offertory will go to Exodus Refugee Center.
Join the Conversation!
 Another set of Beloved Conversations will begin in May!  We hope that you will join us. Beloved Conversations is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. We will begin the Beloved Conversation process again with a one and a half day retreat starting the evening of May 13, 6:00 until 9:30 p.m., and then Saturday, May14 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. The regular sessions begin on May 20 from 2:00-4:00 p.m., and will continue Sunday afternoons through June, ending in early July. I hope you will consider signing up by calling or emailing the office .If you have questions you can ask Reverend Douglas Wadkins, Deb Fish or Shari Woodbury for more information!   --Rev. Wadkins, [email protected]
For More Information see the April 18 issue  of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
 Masthead photo by John Woodcock
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Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator