BIRTHDAY WISH: This Sunday, August 5th, is Lora Johnson?s 95th Birthday. She won?t be with us in worship, but if you?d like to send her a card, please do!!

Lora Johnson:? 2320 Covenanter Drive,?Bloomington, IN. 47401?

Backpack Blessing: THIS SUNDAY DURING CHURCH!??During our Time with Children we will have a ?Backpack Blessing.? We encourage all children to bring their backpacks to church to receive a Backpack Blessing as we send them off to school for a new school year.

If your child still needs a backpack for the?school year, we can help. Please reply to this email to let us know.?See you this Sunday!


The library committee has been hard at work adding records online to our new catalog hosted by Library Thing. Over 550 items from our collection can now be searched based on title, author, tags, subject and/or topic. The checkout process will remain the same. Books may be checked out by writing your contact information on the circulation slip in the back of each book and placing it in the black box on the library table.??To see the holdings currently in the online catalog, please visit The Library Thing app is also available for free on both iPhone and Android platforms.

Please contact a member of the committee with any questions: Allison McClanahan, Jeannine Roe, Christine “Chris” Naulty, or Ralph Gaebler.”

?PLAY FRIDAY. School is coming up fast and we’ll celebrate having finished the first few days with fun and games at Play Friday on August 10 from 5:30-8. Join us for the usual pizza dinner (served at 6), games galore and opportunities for free play outside and craft projects. Play Friday is a recurring event on the 2nd Friday or each month. It helps with food planning if you RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at or to the Facebook event. See you there!

?NEWCOMERS MEAL AND INFORMATIONAL SESSION. On Thursday August 9, there will be a supper in Roger Williams Hall for newcomers to First United Church. It is hosted by the Committee on Community Development. ?We will gather at 5:45 p.m., eat at 6:00 p.m. and be done before 7:30. ?We mailed many invitations, but if this event is of interest to you and you didn’t get one, please join us. ?We want you there! ?RSVP to and note any food allergies/restrictions.

THE SPIRITUAL READING BOOK GROUP will meet on Saturday, August 4, from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m. in Roger Williams Hall. Moureen Coulter will lead the discussion of chapters nine and ten of Beyond Religion, by the Dalai Lama. All are invited! Please come and bring your questions.

FREE KOREAN YOGA (KUKSUNDO) CLASS. KukSunDo is a traditional Korean yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and spirit. You will practice cultivating your self-awareness through stretching, breathing and meditation. All movements are intentional, and the practice is a time to pause and focus on what is happening internally, spiritually, and physically. Just bring your yoga mat.

Days, Time and Place

Monday, Fri. 9:30 ? 11:00,?Wednesday 5:30 ? 7:00 Saturday 10:00 ? 11:30, Roger Williams Room in First United Church?Questions? Contact YouShin Choi,


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

  • 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? Summer Series event!? In August, we will take advantage of the cooler afternoon temperatures and meet from 4-6, which will include dinner.? We hope to see you!? Please see any member of the Education Board with questions.

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 812-361-6172:…anual/

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 05, IS PHYLLIS PERKINS.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.