Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, August 26, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, August 28, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Minds on Fire for Creativity and Freedom:
Our Transcendentalist Heritage
Reverend Barbara Carlson, 
Minister Emerita

The Transcendentalists brought new vision and creativity to our culture and faith in the 19th century. Are they relevant for 21st century Unitarian Universalists? 

What's Happening in Religious Education This Week?
Preschoolers will be enjoying the story of the Old Dog and the Bobcat as they think about how to act on our ideas for justice. Kindergarten-8th grade will explore photography and face painting--watch for creative characters that may emerge after religious education. Our high school youth group has its first meeting after second service--all high schoolers are welcome!
Our Folks...
Congratulations and many blessings to Rev. Scott McNeill and Rev. Sarah Gettie McNeill and big brother Elijah, upon the birth on Thursday, August 25 of a new baby boy, Lucas David McNeill. Everyone is doing fine!
Women's Alliance September 1 
Features New Leaf-New Life
The September 1 Women's Alliance program will be "New Leaf - New Life" with Mary Goetze and Marilyn Dallas. This is the organization that receives 25% of our non-pledge offerings on Sunday mornings. Hosts will be Doris Wittenburg and Hayden Bangert. Meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with a brown bag lunch, with drinks and dessert provided. Program is at 12 noon. 
Update your info for the Congregational Directory!
If your contact information has changed, please update your information in the directory notebooks in the Commons on Sunday. If you would like your photo taken for the directory see Deeva or Monica in Room 204, 10:30-11:15 a.m. this Sunday or September 4. If you are not listed but want to be, send your info to by September 12.
Please Don't Park on the Grass
Indiana University has requested we do not park on grassy areas of their property west of Fee Lane. On Sundays or at other times when we need to park there, please only park on paved or graveled areas.Please also don't park on our neighbor's grass or on our grass. Thanks!
Call for Course Proposals:  Fall 2016
Adult Religious Education
     Do you have an interest you would like to share and explore with fellow Unitarian Universalists? If so, please submit a course proposal to teach in our Adult Religious Education Program. We are now accepting proposals for Fall 2016 classes (October 15-December 15).  Please CLICK HERE to download a proposal form, or pick up a paper form in the church office. Email proposals to co-chairs Dan and Sharon Wiseman at Paper forms may be dropped off in the church office. 
     Please submit proposals by October 1. 
   Coffee hour is part of our hospitality ministry, and new members of the Java Crew are needed.  A shift starts at 10:15 a.m. when the volunteers make extra coffee as needed, and then clean up the kitchen, finishing about 11:30 a.m.  Volunteers work in pairs, and new people will be trained by an experienced Java Crew volunteer.  The goal is for volunteers to only have to work one shift every other month, but we need more help to do it.  To sign up, please send an email to Marlin Howard
  Thank you, Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator.
Beacon Young Adult/Campus Ministry Office Hours
Beacon, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry program, is coordinated by Orion Day. Orion now has office hours on campus, in IMU 577 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Stop by and see him!
It Takes a Village to Teach Our Kids
Do you love stories? Hope to explore our congregational themes more deeply? We are still seeking one teacher to join two experienced teachers on the 11:15 preschool team. Classes begin on September 11. Please contact Adrienne Summerlot or Reverend Emily Manvel Leite if you'd like more information.
Religious Education to Offer a Multi-Age Class This Fall
At 9:15 a.m., the RE program will be trying out a kindergarten-6th-grade class beginning on September 11. We are experimenting with this idea for several reasons:  
1) parents have expressed interest in a multi-age class;
2) some children especially enjoy the freedom of a Spirit Play classroom (for info:;
3) 3rd-6th attendance at 9:15 was sometimes low enough to be discouraging for volunteer teachers.
We encourage families who would like a multi-age experience for your children to consider the 9:15 service. If you prefer the traditional separation of grades, 11:15 will continue to offer that format. If you would like to know more or have questions or feedback, please contact Adrienne Summerlot or Reverend Emily Manvel Leite.
For More Information see the August 15 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