KETTLEFEST SUNDAY! Join us this Sunday, September 17 after worship for Kettle Fest featuring the infectious contra dance and music of Fiddle n Feet. Prepare to tap your feet and maybe even join the dance floor to learn a few contra dance steps.
Both a meat burgoo and vegetarian stew will be provided, along with drinks. You are welcome to bring a salad or dessert, but come either way.
AN INVITATION TO FUN & FRIENDSHIP.?Coming for fall, Creative Companions and Conversations is a time and place to drop in and work on your favorite project in community, to share your skills, to laugh, to chat and to reconnect with your creative spirit.
Hunt through those drawers and closets or pack up what?s next to your favorite chair! Bring your creative project (knitting, crocheting, painting, quilting, origami, woodcarving, beading, basket weaving, coloring, needlework, collage, doll-making, scrapbooking, ? ) to begin again or to start anew.
Or just come! – empty-handed and open-hearted. Kibbitz or learn from the other folks there. Or explore something new each time as well (drawing mandalas, Zentangle?, book-making? ) – direction and supplies provided.
The first gathering of Creative Companions and Conversations will be Saturday, October 14, 9:00a.m. to noon and Sunday, October 15, noon to 3:30p.m. Come for one day or both for as much time as you can. Bring a bag lunch if you like. There will be salad and fruit provided as well.
Bring a friend! If you need a ride to attend this event or could provide a ride contact Dawna Petersen at email@example.com. ?Future dates are November 4 & 5 and December 2 & 3. Mark your calendars now!
COMPOSITION RECITAL. Come hear new music by Vini Frizzo! Works will feature First United musicians Jennie Moser, Ashley Frizzo, Tislam Swift, Joey LaPlant, and Nara Lee. Recital will be Monday, September 25 at 8:00pm in Auer Hall. The event is free and all are welcome!
SEPTEMBER STUDENT LUNCHES. Once again we will be providing student lunches in September after worship. We are looking for meat entrees, vegetarian entrees, salad/side dish, bread, and dessert for 15-20 people. You may provide one dish or an entire meal. This year we will be working to follow up with students over the school year so this is a meaningful way for First United to connect with students early on. Meal signup list is outside Fellowship Hall kitchen (though the lunch is served in Roger Williams Hall, where food should be brought. If you have questions, please contact Sara Ivey Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org, 812-876-4839).
Students, please join us for lunch in Roger Williams Hall after church on September 3, 10, and 24.? On September 17 we?ll join the full congregation for Kettlefest in Fellowship Hall.
RESPONDING TO SACRED MUSIC
First United is regularly graced with beautiful music from our choir, our organist, our bell choir, and many soloists and musicians who offer special music.? For some, it is a performance that fits into the liturgy, for others, sacred music is the cornerstone of religious experience and for still others, it?s the closest we come to touching the divine.? These various perspectives on church music make it difficult to know how to respond.
In a recent Church Council meeting, a few members indicated they feel discomfort at clapping for church music because it suggests performance.? In addition, some folks feel awkwardness when we enthusiastically clap for some musical offerings but remain silent for others.? Others appreciate the freedom at First United to clap when desired without being expected to clap for everything.
Don?t worry; the BoCW will NOT be establishing a policy or rule for responding to music at First United.? Rather, the church council has asked that we open the conversation with the congregation to see if we would like to begin a First United ?tradition? for responding to music.? Here are two ideas I have heard:? After a musical offering we say ?Amen? or we use the ASL motion for applause (hands held up, shaking like jazz hands).
Let?s talk about this.? What are your thoughts?? If you like the idea of a new ?tradition,? how might we introduce it and get people comfortable doing it?
The Board would be very happy to hear your ideas.? We are Eric Behrman, Hallie Devido, Jean Graves, Eric Metzler, and Florence Shelton.?
FRIDAYS AT FIRST UNITED?
Play Friday: Play Friday is an all ages monthly game and activity night on the 2nd Friday of each month. The next event is October 13th. Join us for some spooky Friday the 13th fun! We will have the usual pizza dinner and games along with (optional) spooky fun. It helps with food planning if you RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at email@example.com. See you there!
Just Friday: Just Friday is a monthly adult discussion group focused on various issues of justice. As the year closes we will focus discussion on issues of Abundance and Scarcity. Some people have far more than they need while others struggle, and are at times unable, to meet their basic needs. Join us as we discuss big questions of what is enough, what kind of responsibilities do we have to the world when privileged with abundance, different ways to give to the world, and how to balance abundance with scarcity. How can abundance and scarcity live side by side? There will be light refreshments, no childcare provided. Discussions will occur at First United Church in Roger Williams Hall from 7-9 p.m. on the following Friday evenings:
September 22-Space: we all take up space in the world. Spacious suburban homes, tiny houses, urban apartment living, a doorway. How much space is enough? Just because we can afford it, should we? Is housing a basic human right?
October 27-Food: Americans lead the world in food waste, yet there are people starving. When faced with packed grocery shelves it is all too easy to overbuy. Explore the abundance and scarcity of food as a balancing act.
December 1-Giving & Materialism: Just in time for the holiday season we reflect on the value of giving toward the world instead of toward ourselves, but sometimes what we want to give is not what is most needed.
?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.? 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 SEPTEMBER 17, IS DOUG PETERSEN.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.