Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, June 3, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, June 5, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Standing Here
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
          What does it mean to be a people of simplicity?  "Don't just do something, stand there" -- is attributed to many people including Lewis Carroll's White Rabbit (1951) and Father Daniel Berrigan (1960s).   Mahalia Jackson sang the haunting spiritual "Standing Here Wondering Which Way to Go."   Our choir and Voces Novae will bless our worship services with special music on our theme of the month:  Simplicity.   
Yasuko Watt will also participate. (After their summer hiatus, our choir will return to Sunday Services on August 14.)
What's happening in Religious Education this week?
This Sunday we will begin our Summer of Seuss for preschool -8th grade in the Library following Time for All Ages. Our featured story this week: The Shape of Me and Other Stuff will help us connect to our Red Promise-Respect All People. We will celebrate the things that make us unique and also those that bring us together through art, movement and games.
Rainbow Rights Task Force Is IN this Sunday
This Sunday, stop by the yellow Connections booth in Fellowship Hall between services to learn more about the work of our Rainbow Rights Task Force, including ways to get involved.
First Steps Class Meets This Sunday
First Steps, a 40-minute drop-in class for newcomers, will meet this 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.
Caregiver Network Support Group Meets on Sunday
Caregiver Network Support Group meets this Sunday, June 5, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Library.  If you are caring for an elder or person with a disability, we would like to hear from you about the challenges of caregiving as well as the gifts it brings; support you have or need; and resources available. Info contact Sharon Yarber at 336-4427 or
Sign Shari's Ordination Photo Matte on Sunday
   Rev. Shari Woodbury, whom we recently ordained, 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. 
Thanks from Bob Taylor
To the congregation--
What you did for Sandy Taylor:  Electric, profusion, plethora, generous--not enough words to describe what you did for Sandy and family.  Fortunately the church is a container, a "step down transformer." The giving, hymns, meditations, ritual-- shield us from Divine powers of raw intensity.  Thank you.  -Bob Taylor 
Attention Delegates to UUA General Assembly - Planning Meeting June 5 at 10:15 a.m.
There will be a pre-GA meeting on Sunday, June 5, 10:15-11:15 a.m., in Room 210. We will review plans for the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (GA), and answer any questions you may have. Those who are attending GA for one day on Saturday, June 25, please join us for this meeting. Questions? Contact Iris Kiesling at 812-325-4348 or
Thinking of going to GA for Just June 25? 
Come with us in the Van!
If you would like to go to General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, just for one day, on Saturday, June 25, please let us know if you would like to come with us in the van we've rented.You will also need to register for June 25 attendance. Cost info and registration at  Questions? Contact Deb,
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." The bus will be in the north parking lot.
UU Humanist Forum Sunday at 12:45 p.m. in Room 208
This Sunday at 12:45 p.m. the UU Humanist Forum will meet in Room 208 after children's Religious Education classes end. The topic of discussion is "Reframing" and will be presented by John Crosby.
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.
25% Fund Candidates are Friend's Place and 
New Leaf-New Life
The 25% Plate Fund applicants will make presentations at both services on 6/12. The vote will be taken at the congregational meeting at 4PM on 6/12.
     New Leaf - New Life, a local non-profit organization, offers services to individuals during incarceration in Monroe County, and outside to former jail and prison inmates. The primary goal is to reduce recidivism by helping clients gain access to treatment, education, housing, transportation, and employment.  
     Shalom Community Center--Friend's Place Program
In the spring of 2015, Martha's House, Inc. went bankrupt. If the shelter were to die, over 400 homeless people each year would have no place to turn to in the midst of crisis. Shalom Community Center (SCC) stepped up and has taken on the operation, management, and provision of social services for the shelter--now called Friend's Place. 
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! Doors open at 8:30 p.m.Childcare provided.
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  
Preparing a New Office for our New Associate Minister
We are currently preparing Room 207B to become Rev. Scott McNeill's new office later this summer, so please be patient during any minor disruptions. After Sunday, June 5, the current Connections Coordinator's office, Room 207B, will not be as available.  However, we do now have Room 110 and Room 112 that are comfortable and available for meetings.  Thanks for keeping a sense of humor, everyone!   -Carol Marks, Church Administrator
For More Information see the May 16 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