Have you been hanging around a while?

Everyone gets used to a new church differently. Some people know immediately, This is the place for me! and jump right in. Others may visit off and on for a year before they start to feel at home. We want to help you feel comfortable at whatever pace feels right to you. If you feel like you want to explore life at First United outside of the pew you’ve been inhabiting, the ideas below might help you get moving:

• Come to coffee hour after worship! It’s a great way to meet people.
• Sign up to help with worship: read Scripture, usher, greet, help serve communion.
• Take the plunge, and ask for a name tag. You can make a note on the sign-in sheet during worship.
• Make sure you’re on the mailing list so you’ll get updates about what’s going on at First United. If we have your e-mail address, we can invite you to one of our quarterly welcoming dinners. You can e-mail our Office Manager or leave your info on one of the sign-in sheets during worship.
• Consider joining the choir or the bell choir.
• Come to Sunday School. There are classes for adults and kids at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.
• Bring food donations for Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) on the first Sunday of the month.
• Follow our Facebook page.
• Find a way to give back: teach a class, volunteer at the Interfaith Winter Shelter, be a Minister of Care.
• E-mail our ministers to set up a casual conversation over coffee.

How do I join? Why would I want to?

If you’ve been attending for a while, you’ve noticed that we don’t have altar calls. And the ministers aren’t showing up at your door, begging you to become a member. We love new members; we just want you to feel like you’re able to make that commitment when it feels right to you.

What does it mean to become a member of First United Church? Basically, you are saying in a public way, “This is my place. These are my people. I want to learn, serve, grow, and be challenged alongside you.” We do not require you to believe a certain way. If you have not been baptized but wish to be, we would certainly love to be a part of that ritual with you.

Our congregation makes significant decisions via congregational vote. Once you become a member, you’re able to vote. And here’s a fun fact: non-members can serve on many of our church committees and boards, so if you were holding off on joining because you don’t want to be asked to serve on a committee, you’re out of luck!

When you feel like you want to be a part of us, just contact one of the ministers. We’d be happy to meet with you, get to you know (if we haven’t already), and answer any questions you have. Then we’ll pick a Sunday to make it official. You’ll stand up during worship and enjoy a multitude of smiling faces welcoming you as a member of First United Church.