CALLING ANY and ALL DRIVERS.? The Outreach Board has been capably served by the talents of Phyllis Eads in driving our church?s food grocery donations over to Monroe County United Ministries each month.? A huge thank you to Phyllis for donating her time and vehicle to do this.? We need to identify one or several folks who are able to take this fairly easy duty on after the first Sunday of the month.? It involves loading up the prior month?s donations into your own vehicle and driving them over to MCUM at 827 W 14th Ct, Bloomington.? If you can volunteer, ideally a couple of people taking turns, please contact Outreach chair, Sam Troxal at:? or speak to him after church.?

USHERS NEEDED FOR AUGUST. We need several people to serve as ushers for the month of August. Ushers perform a very important role for our Sunday Church services in greeting our members and guests and answering their questions.
You do not need to be a member of the Church to serve as an usher. All you will need to do is to arrive early for Church service (about 10:20 AM).
To volunteer to serve as an usher, you can to do so by signing up on the August usher list, which is next to the kitchen door near the Fellowship Hall, or see Don Shelton, who is serving as usher captain for the month of August. You can email Don at (or call him at 812/822-2749.)
Please consider volunteering for this very important service for the church.?


Here are some things I want to draw your attention to:

  • Hope you will stay after service today for the second First United Summer Series Event after service.? It will start with a potluck right after church, leading into the afternoon activities featuring interfaith speakers from Beth Shalom and the Islamic Center of Bloomington. Don?t worry if you didn?t bring a dish?there is ALWAYS PLENTY.
  • The Church Council is considering a suggestion to change the time of the Sunday worship service.? Your input is important.? Please let me or Siri Loescher, Chair of the Board of Worship, know thoughts on the matter.
  • Please remember that the church is operating on a deficit budget this year for the first time in memory.? Regular giving tends to slow down during the summer months.? If you can help by giving a bit more to support the work of the church, I encourage you to do so.

Rob Potter, President of the Congregation?

Do you love having fun?? Are you generally in church on Sundays?? Well, the Board of Christian Education would love to invite you to have fun in church during the next two Summer Series events!? Activities will vary between July and August, but there will be things to do for all ages.? In July, we will meet right after the potluck, 1-3.? We should also have special guests that day from Beth Shalom and the Islamic Center of Bloomington!? (Please keep our guests’ dietary concerns in mind for the potluck; it would be great to have a selection of foods with no pork or alcohol.)? In August, we will take advantage of the cooler afternoon temperatures and meet from 3-6, which will include dinner.? We hope to see you!? Please see any member of the Education Board with questions.

JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER. Purses, phones, and other valuables are easy targets for folks looking for something quick to take, even in church.? Please remember not to leave them unattended anywhere in the building.

NEEDED: COFFEE HOUR?host(s) may volunteer by signing up on the pad in the Fellowship Hall Foyer. Treats are provided by the Board of Worship and Kitchen Committee, but special goodies, especially in celebration of a noteworthy occasion, are always appreciated but never an obligation. If you have never been a Coffee Hour host(s), please sign up and indicate whether you wish to be paired with an experienced kitchen helper.? Contact Malissa Sparks? any questions.

?HELPING TO BEAUTIFY THE GROUNDS.? Have an hour to work outdoors? Contact Laura Kao to find a task and arrange a time. Weeding, dead-heading flowers, trimming bushes, painting a rail. We? could work together.?

MONTHLY POTLUCKS.? Bring yourself and a dish for food and fellowship. Potlucks will be after service on the following dates: 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 or Hopi Stosberg


DISCIPLE is an exciting Bible study opportunity to explore the Bible and your faith while surrounded by, encouraged by, and challenged by others in the class. This class is not meant to offer answers but encourages you to develop and explore your own questions.

DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing bold Christian leaders. DISCIPLE draws on the work of scholars, personal Bible reading and study, and dynamic group discussion to aid in understanding the Bible and how it relates to live out your values. DISCIPLE will begin in September for 34 weeks with breaks and complete in May.

For more information please click the link below or contact Sam Troxal…anual/

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 15, IS PHYLLIS PERKINS.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.