Friday UU Update
Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana
Friday, September 2, 2016

In This Issue
Sunday, September 4, 2016
9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Through Storms and Sunny Weather
Intergenerational Water Communion
Reverend Emily Manvel Leite
Reverend Mary Ann Macklin
Reverend Scott McNeill
       All ages are invited to this intergenerational celebration of our community through drama, innovative music, and our water communion ritual.  Please bring water representing the essence of your summer's experience.  As part of our service, we will use the quiet ritual introduced last year to combine our offerings and form the generous reservoir of all of our stories and experiences that sustain this community through all life's seasons.  Our Children's Choir, directed by Jill Courtney, will perform.
Religious Education Open House this Sunday
This Sunday between services tour your classroom, meet your teachers, and see your friends. Parents can register children and youth in their classrooms.
What's Happening in Religious Education This Week?
    Children of all ages are invited to join us for our intergenerational service this week.  If needed, there is childcare available in room 108 for younger children.
    Between services, religious education classrooms will open for visitors--feel free to stop in and discover what our children do on Sundays!
 First Steps Class - This Sunday, September 4
Are you new to Unitarian Universalism?  Join us for the First Steps class, a 40-minute introduction to Unitarian Universalism and this church. First Steps is offered this Sunday at 10:35 a.m. in Room 112 and 12:35 p.m. in Room 110.  Free childcare is available in Room 108.  No registration is required.  If you have questions, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator.
Caregiver Support Network Meeting Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
The Caregiver Support Network will meet Sunday, September 4, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library.
Women's Alliance
   The Women's Alliance program on September 1 was "New Leaf New Life" with Mary Goetze and Marilyn Dallas. They gave a wonderful presentation on how the program works with the incarcerated young people starting a new life and the process of moving on. 
   The Board Members of the Alliance are looking for the membership sheets. They went missing during the meeting. If you find them in your paperwork, please bring them back to the church office.
   Alliance members: be sure to pick up a copy of this year's program from Ann Watzel during coffee hour on Sunday.
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
Fellowship Hour Host Opportunity
Do you enjoy meeting new people at church?  Do you want to make visitors feel welcome?  We have the perfect opportunity for you --Fellowship Hour Host!  Fellowship Hour Hosts wear a Fellowship Hour Host name tag and talk to visitors during coffee/fellowship hour between services.  If you are interested, please contact Ann LeDuc, Connections Coordinator at or call (812) 332-3695 ext. 203.
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!
Beacon Young Adult Lunch September 11
All young adults ages 18-30 are invited to join Orion Day, our Young Adult/Campus Ministry Coordinator, for a taconacho bar lunch in Fellowship Hall at 
12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11. Show up on time and help cook! Info, contact Orion at 
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 or email him at
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. 
Seeking the Spirit, Building Community, Changing the World
Contact Info
Carol Marks
Church Administrator