Be the Reign You Want to See by Rev. Dr. Jack E. Skiles

Posted on November 25, 2012

Sermon text: 2 Samuel 23:1-7 and   John 18:33-37                                                                                        One of the many advantages of getting chronologically older is that I have grown accustomed to my traditional blind spots.  I’m still blind for awhile when it happens.  But I’ve learned to compensate by doing a fairly good job of knowing from experience what sort of


Real People: Al Ruesink

Posted on November 15, 2012

Why should a retired IU biologist be active at First United Church of Bloomington?  Good question, not quickly answerable except perhaps just by saying that it feels right. When Kathy and I first arrived in Bloomington in 1967, we had lots of things to think about and do besides affiliating with a church.  After our


Real People: Lanier F. Holt

Posted on November 13, 2012

Choosing a church is one of the hardest things a family can do. You can’t just plop yourself down anywhere and say, “Hey, this is where we’re going to church,” especially when you have a family. It has to be the right kind of church…the right kind of church for you and your family. Still,


“The Redeemer” by Rev. Caela Simmons Wood

Posted on November 11, 2012

Sermon Text: Ruth 3:1-9, 4:13-17 Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a woman named Naomi who had two sons. She and her husband, Elimelech had moved from Bethlehem, in Judah, to a foreign land, Moab, because there was a famine. After they moved to Moab, Naomi’s husband died. Her


Real People: Eric Metzler

Posted on November 10, 2012

My spiritual life and faith journey are extremely important to me, but I have a restless heart and a questioning mind that have prevented me from settling into faith traditions that seem to be passed along without much thinking or reflection.  That’s why I call First United my church home.  There, I can question.  There,