SUNDAY FLOWERS. There are two opportunities for you to donate flowers in the month of August, and a few more through the fall. The flowers do add to the beauty of the sanctuary on Sunday morning and, if you give the flowers, they are yours to take home or do with as you please following worship. You can sign up on the sheets in the entry to Fellowship Hall or contact the church or Pat Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES. Want to lead an adult Sunday School class? The Board of Christian Education is looking for people to lead short-term (one- to eight-week) Sunday morning discussion groups starting in September.
Adult Sunday School is a key part of our commitment at First United to lively, engaging study and discussion as an aspect of progressive Christian witness. Adult Sunday School classes meet for an hour before church, from 9:30 to 10:30. The “flagship” is the Lectionary Class, which meets year-round at 9:30 Sunday mornings in Room 6 to discuss that Sunday’s Bible readings. Each year the Board of Christion Education also schedules a series of short-term classes and discussion groups that meet at the same time, so people can have choices. Recent examples: a four-week hymn-writing class led by our Music Director, Vini Frizzo, and a six-week comparative discussion of violence in the Bible and the Koran, led by Moureen Coulter. First United Spiritual Director Dawna Petersen has led several short-term classes on spiritual development and centering prayer. The short-term groups and classes are often discussions focusing on a book, as was Moureen’s.
(N.B.: Derek Roe leads the Lectionary class, which currently alternates every other week in Room 6 with a class/discussion called Sacred Conversation on Race, also led by Derek. Regarding the short-term classes, Derek assures us that he’s delighted to have competition and just wishes he could be in two places at once.)
You don’t by any means need to be a staff member to lead a class. Whatever your gifts or interests, if you have ideas for a short-term Adult Sunday School class, and/or would like to lead one, please contact Dave Edgerton by email (email@example.com), or talk to Dave or Christian Education Chair Hopi Stosberg at church.
FRIDAYS AT FIRST UNITED
Play Friday: The next Play Friday is August 11. Celebrate the start of school by joining us for pizza dinner and games. There will be several game and craft options available so kids have plenty to choose from after a busy week starting school. Play Friday is a recurring event on the second Friday of each month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is a family friendly event open to all ages. Please extend this invitation to your friends and family. The more the merrier! It helps with food planning if you RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Just Friday: Just Friday is a recurring adult justice related discussion group on 4th Fridays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Roger Williams Hall. From May-August our justice discussions will be focused on climate change.
Each month will focus on different aspects of climate change and how the things we do contribute to or help improve the problem. Discussion will revolve around how we can change and create change in the world to positively impact this issue. On July 28 we will continue the discussion by focusing on climate change and daily habits. While some things you do may seem like drops in the bucket (some positive and some
negative) those little things really do add up. We will focus on sharing environmentally friendly habits we have and ones we are working on and learning and talking through the concept of how habits form, changing bad habits and fostering good ones. Light refreshments will be served, there is no childcare for Just Friday. Contact Hopi Stosberg at email@example.com if you have any questions.
SUMMER SERIES OF SERVICE AND SOCIALS. Our final afternoon the Summer Series will be on Sunday, August 6, from Noon-3. We will enjoy a grill potluck as we prepare for the school year to start up again. Join us with a side dish or dessert and Board of Ed will provide a meat and vegetarian main dish for the grill. More activity details to come, but it will be planned to be fun for all ages. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the Board of Christian Education.
DISCIPLE Bible Study. First United Church will be offering a DISCIPLE Bible study class beginning this fall. DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders.
DISCIPLE gives the Hebrew and Christian Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study by the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. The 2 hour class meets Tuesday evenings September through May with winter and spring breaks. Participants should expect to study approximately 30 minutes daily and will need a study manual and a study Bible. Past participants are welcome to repeat the class as you bring new experience to the table.
The titles of the sessions along with theme words and theme verses, and major persons, events, and topics will set the sequence of the biblical story in the minds of the participants. The principal Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story.
Additional info may be found at https://www.cokesbury.com/product/9780687783496/disciple-i-becoming-disciples-through-bible-study-study-manual/. For more information, contact class facilitator Sam Troxal firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-361-6172.
MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 23 IS PHYLLIS PERKINS. A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.