EASTER BREAKFAST & EGG HUNT. Easter is just around the corner (April 1st!). Please join us for a light Easter breakfast beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by an egg hunt at 10 a.m. If you’d like to bring something to the breakfast or if you can help with set-up/clean-up, please sign-up online or on the sign-up located on the events bulletin board near the nursery. Email Molly Koontz (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. We hope to see you there!
APRIL COMMUNION. Because Easter falls on the first Sunday of April, the Board of Christian Worship thought it best to reschedule Communion from the first Sunday of the month to the second Sunday. Accordingly, Communion for April has been commuted from April 1 to April 8. Thank you. Eric Metzler, Chair
SCHOLARSHIPS. The Board of Christian Education would like to announce three scholarship opportunities for college students and graduating high school seniors this year. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please pick up an application(s) in the office as applicable for the scholarship(s) for which you are applying. Applications can be emailed to board chair, Hopi Stosberg (email@example.com), or given directly to her or another member of the board of Christian Education. If you have any questions, please contact Hopi. Thanks!
Derrick Ping Memorial Scholarship: Applicant must be an active participant in the life of First United Church who demonstrates outstanding character through service to the church, community, or his/her family.
Weigand Family Scholarship: The scholarship is to be used to support college tuition costs of graduating high school seniors at First United Church.
The Walling-Troxal Scholarship: The award requires a beginning or continuing undergraduate or graduate student be engaged in studies in education or a closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants who are studying the arts in connection with education, are members of First United Church, identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, are the child of LGBT parents, or are a long-time supporter of/ally to LGBT people.
THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE (NC) is working to fill vacancies on the Boards in preparation for this year’s elections. The Council has set May 6 as the date the congregation will vote to elect the nominated slate; thus the closing date for nominations from the congregation is April 29th. According to the By-laws: “Members of the congregation may submit nominations for church offices to the Nominating Committee during the period from the announcement of the Nominating Committee until one week prior to the election. Nominations from the congregation must be made in writing. Persons nominated by the congregation must declare their willingness to serve before they can be placed on the ballot.”
We would welcome your input. Self-nominations are always appropriate. You may send your nomination on/before April 29 to any of the NC members: Pat Martin (Co-Chair), firstname.lastname@example.org; Sara Ivey Lucas (Co-Chair), email@example.com; Laura Kao: firstname.lastname@example.org; Sam Troxal: email@example.com; Hallie Devido: firstname.lastname@example.org; and Hopi Stosberg email@example.com.
MONTHLY POTLUCKS. Bring yourself and a dish for food and fellowship. Potlucks will be after service on the following dates: April 15, May 20, June 03, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.
To help ensure a diverse food offering at the potluck, let us know what type of dish you are bringing. There is a sign-up sheet on the table outside the kitchen. Questions? Contact Laura Kao firstname.lastname@example.org or Hopi Stosberg email@example.com
FRIDAYS AT FIRST UNITED
Play Friday: The next Play Friday will be on Friday, April 13 from 5:30-8 (or when the euchre ends!). Please note the earlier start time. Pizza will still arrive at 6, but crafts and games will be ready for play starting at 5:30. Play Friday is a great event for all ages. In April Play Friday will feature a double elimination euchre tournament! Grab your favorite partner and let Hopi know you are coming, or just show up that night and we can work you in. If you don’t have a partner to play with, sign up as a single player and you will get matched with a partner. Tournament play starts at 6:45. It helps with food planning if you RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just Friday: Just Friday is a monthly discussion group taking place on the last Friday of each month from 7-9 p.m. Each evening there will be a media presentation and we will discuss various issues relating to Justice. There will be light refreshment, no child care provided. From March-May there will be a focus on health and justice. There are many justice issues related to health, including access to quality care, health insurance, and availability of healthy food. We will focus discussion and media in the following areas:
April 27: Navigating the System-You need a phd for that!
May 25: Healthy Food-can you buy that near you?
If you have any questions, please contact Hopi Stosberg or Derek Roe.
MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 01, IS NORM OVERLY. A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.