Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, May 27, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, May 29, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
"The Return of the Five Shining Stars: 
The Next Generation!"  
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins
       As Rev. Wadkins began his interim ministry with us in 2014, we explored the stories and values that were important to this congregation. Rev. Wadkins summarized that process in a sermon where he explored the Five Shining Stars that he gleaned as important touchstones and guiding lights in our shared path. In this service, Rev. Wadkins will revisit these ideas and share some thoughts, hopes and wishes as we move into a new and exciting chapter as a congregation! 
What's happening in Religious Education this week?
This Sunday we will have all ages together for Religious Exploration in Room 208.  We will focus on random acts of kindness, make blessing bags for people in need, and finish our Ben's Bells project.
Sign Shari's Ordination Photo Matte on Sunday
   Rev. Shari Woodbury, a member recently ordained by our congregation, was given a beautiful frame with signable matte, in which to place a picture from her ordination. The matte will be out in the Commons on upcoming Sundays so members may sign it with their good wishes, before Shari heads off to her new ministry in Texas soon. She plans to hang this special photo in her office in Fort Worth.
Beacon Young Adult Lunch at Church - this Sunday
     Our May Young Adult Lunch will be this Sunday after the second service. Enjoy free pizza and conversation with other young adults and Shari Woodbury, our Connections Coordinator, on our theme of the month (Blessing) or any other topics that may arise. Head up to the church library on the 2nd floor after the 11:15 service. Any young adult (age 18-35) who is interested is welcome, whether you have been a regular at these lunches or are new to the church.
UU Freethinkers Meeting Sunday, 12:45 p.m. Room 208
The purpose of the UU Freethinkers bi-weekly meeting is to create the opportunity for participants to raise questions and engage in open and non-structured discussion of issues of social concern, political concern, and theological/religious concern. Info, contact John Crosby.
Monday, May 30 Memorial Day -- Church Offices Closed
Our church offices will be closed Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. Office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31 at 10 a.m.
UU Men Meet Tuesday, May 31
    The UU Men's Group will meet on Tuesday evening, May 31, at the home of Will Watt. For information please contact Harv Hegarty.
Talk on Prompt Concussion Detection June 2
Our own Nicholas Port, a researcher at the IU School of Optometry,
will be the guest speaker at our Women's Alliance Meeting on Thursday, June 2. He has been working on "prompt concussion detection," creating a device that can diagnose concussions on the football field sideline. Brown bag lunch at 11:30 with the program at 12 noon. Drinks and dessert provided. All are welcome.  Hosts are Julie Cauble and Ann Watzel.
Green UU Hoosiers Gathering June 4 at UU Indpls
UU congregations in Indianapolis, West Lafayette, Columbus, and Bloomington are calling all Hoosier UU's to join together in the vital work of earth care. Every Unitarian Universalist in the state is invited to a gathering on: 
 Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
615 W 43rd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208
We will learn about the UU Green Sanctuary program and Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light's energy conservation and solar programs, enjoy a free lunch, and tour a church that has managed to reduce its utility bills by over 45% in the past six years. Questions, talk with Molly O'Donnell.   Click here to register.
Red Cross Blood Drive Sunday, June 5
Get ready to donate blood here at our church on the Red Cross bus on Sunday, June 5, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Register at 1-800-733-2767 or, and at the "Find a Blood Drive" box, enter sponsor code "UUC."
Loving Day Celebration June 12 - Send Photos to Share!
    You're invited to participate in a special celebration of Loving Day on June 12th at 12:45 p.m. here at the church in Fellowship Hall. A potluck lunch is included and the whole community is invited!
    Loving Day commemorates the US Supreme Court decision in Loving vs. Virginia (1967), which established interracial marriage as a constitutionally protected right and made it illegal for states to enforce laws against it.  Click here for details!
Bylaw Change Proposed for 
June 12 Congregational Meeting
Members: Please see full text of the proposed bylaw change on Page 1 of the May 16, 2016 Prologue newsletter. We'll vote on this at the Congregational Meeting on June 12.
Ramadan Iftaar Celebration Friday, June 17
    Mark your calendars for this heartwarming and delicious celebration of Ramadan, and help break the fast with our friends from the Islamic Center of Bloomington!
One Summer Sunday Service at 10:15 a.m. 
June 19 through July 31
     Once again this Summer, we will hold one service and one Religious Education program each Sunday, June 19 through July 31. The service will begin at 10:15 a.m. during this period, with Religious Education classes beginning about 15 minutes later after the Story for All Ages. Regular schedule will resume on August 7.
What Do I Do With This...?
One of the finest qualities of Unitarian Universalist people is their desire to be helpful. Here are some ways to increase your Helpfulness Quotient even more, as a part of our community:
What do I do with...
  Coffee cup--I missed the kitchen crew: Rinse and place in sink
  Open window after my meeting: Close it securely
  Easel I used in Fellowship Hall: Place in Rm 110 or Rm 112
  Door I unlocked for my meeting: Lock it up before you go
  My Coffee mug or water bottle that I brought to church: 
Take it home!
THANKS FOR HELPING!   -- Your church staff  
For More Information see the May 16 issue of our newsletter, The Prologue. 
 Masthead photo by John Woodcock.
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Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator