Love Fund

The Love Fund provides funds for local people in need who struggle to meet financial obligations, including rent payments, utility and rent deposits, utility bills, prescription drug or medical costs, gas and grocery purchases, and auto maintenance costs. (Food and clothing are not available through the Love Fund but are available from many local agencies.) Gifts from the Love Fund are provided as one-time emergency assistance and are given via referral, not in cash.

Those who seek assistance from the Love Fund must have a referral from the Shalom Center, the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Monroe County United Ministries, or a Township Trustee; the referring agency can call us on behalf of potential recipients. For more information about financial assistance, call the church office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 812-332-4439.

Referring agencies:

Bloomington Trustees (812) 336-4976
MCUM (812) 339-3429
Saint Vincent De Paul (812) 961-1510
Salvation Army (812) 336-4310
Shalom Center (812) 334-5728

 

Church Library

The church library is open during office hours and before and after Sunday services. Our book collection is carefully curated by our librarian and the ministers and includes books for adults and children, fiction and nonfiction, current periodicals, books about nearly every facet of Christian life, several different translations and versions of the Christian Scriptures, and holy texts from other faith traditions.

The library is located in the main hallway, just to the right of the sanctuary. Feel free to browse the thousands of publications in the library or check out our librarian’s featured selections on the table across the hall from the library entrance. To check out a book, find the card on the book’s back flap, fill out your name and address, and drop the card in the box on the table in the library. Books may be kept for two weeks. Anyone can check out a book; we simply ask that books be returned promptly so everyone can benefit from our collection!

 

Memory Garden

We honor all stages of the life cycle, including death. The Memory Garden is available for members and friends of First United who wish to be cremated and have their remains buried on church grounds. A person may prepay for a plot while making advance funeral preparations; plots may also be purchased after a death.

Plots in the Memory Garden measure one square foot. The cost of a plot is $400. Our ministers are available for funeral or memorial services. Contact our office manager for further details.