NO-CONTACT Human and Pet Food Drive
SATURDAY, August 8th, 9 – 1 First United will hold another NO-CONTACT Human and Pet Food Drive to support MCUM and Area 10 on Aging emergency food supplies.
Bring non-perishables to First United’s circle drive near the kitchen entrance. Wear your face mask! Assistance will be available.
Hope to see you all there! A great chance to see friends in socially distant person while helping our community. Questions? Contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 345-1116
AN UPDATE ON OPERATIONS FOR FIRST UNITED
From the COVID-19 Task Force: While Sunday church services and most meetings will continue virtually for the time being, Pastor John Krueger is available for conversation and consultation: email@example.com or h: 317-467-1529/ c: 317-498-0710.
POSTING WORSHIP ON FACEBOOK
Due to privacy and other concerns, we will no longer livestream or post worship on Facebook. The relevant scripture reading, pastoral prayer, and sermon will be posted on a new more secure account not supported by advertising at https://vimeo.com/firstunitedchurch
PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP!!
Liturgy and Scripture Readers Needed
Families, couples, and singles are all welcome! Please Derek to schedule. Thanks so much!
Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
First United’s Board of Christian Education is fortunate to be bringing in an accomplished facilitator, Chidimma Ozor, to lead our congregation through a two-day training experience in August, rescheduled from the session we were to have in March. Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training takes place online /via Zoom on Friday, August 21 6-9 pm, and Saturday August 22, 10 am – 4. Please call or text Rebecca Keith at (812) 325-0145 if you have questions.
Deadline to sign up is August 14, and please do so at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJkeH-Y0YofDb3GQqIOOyf_6NXf9_PGiOIzvpGpyQBmJG-pw/viewform. Shortly before the training, you’ll be sent a link and password to join the virtual meeting as well as other materials that will be used during the training.
Racial Justice Book Club
The Board of Christian Education’s newly-formed a Racial Justice Book Club will read and discuss a different book related to racial justice each month. Our first meeting will be Saturday, August 29th, from 2-3:30 over Zoom. We will be discussing “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo.
Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.”
Jennifer Fultz has set up an online discussion board for the group, so you can participate even if you are unable to attend the virtual meetings. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Don Wooldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org
We depend on your sustained giving in this difficult time. If you can, please maintain, or consider increasing your regular giving, to support our work. Options for giving include:
- mail (checks strongly preferred)
- online giving at https://tinyurl.com/GiveFirstUnited
- by phone at 1-800-675-7430 [account ID is ES799783 (First United Church, Inc.)].
- by text: 812-432-2002
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY OFFERINGS Our work as a caring community continues on Zoom through Sunday worship and lectionary study, and Tuesday’s Virtual Café and Adult Study class. Please visit https://firstuc.org/online/
JOIN US FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP!! at 10:30am. You may login to Zoom at 10am.
Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 946 3570 8633
OFF TOPIC SCRIPTURE CIRCLE (formerly known as Lectionary Discussion)
Want to read and discuss the week’s scripture readings with friends before church in a casual setting where you will never be asked to leave your brain or your heart at the door? We have the place for you! Click below to join us, Sunday mornings 9-10am.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 0240 3978
VIRTUAL CAFÉ and TUESDAY ADULT DISCUSSION Tuesdays at 10:00am
Tuesday Adult Discussion group led by Derek Roe.
We will jump start our conversation with an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/ . We are currently watching Dr. Bart Ehrman’s Great Courses series on the New Testament. Discussions range over many topics, and it’s a great way to keep in touch with church friends during social distancing. We’ll start at roughly 10:30 and end at noon.
- From your laptop or desktop computer https://zoom.us/j/309686166?pwd=OVZ2VXFUSDV6R2IwM0xTMTd4TEVCdz09, OR
- From your landline telephone or cell phone: (253) 215 8782 then enter the meeting ID: 309 686 166# Password: 399499
- Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aCaOLQbW3
FIRST UNITED’S SPECIAL COVID-19 FUND APPLICATIONS
If you have a relationship with First United Church, you may apply for assistance economic hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Click here for an application form and instructions to apply for Covid-19 assistance. Contact Sharon McCann with any questions at email@example.com
Exploring the Future of the Carillon
In recent years First United’s carillon has been silent. The current Schulmerich system was purchased in spring of 1958 at a cost of around $2,800. Parts are no longer in production, and there are no known service technicians working on this particular make and model in the US.
Steve Doerger of the Verdin Company (which acquired Schulmerich) will be offering a virtual demonstration of the latest carillon technology on August 13 from 5:30-6:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Details will be provided closer to the event. Contact Mitchell Farmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
PREVENT THE SPREAD
All church activities will be out of the building at least through August. Our COVID-19 Task Force is advising Council as we move ahead into a challenging new period of finding best practices for opening our congregation. Remember that much of our success depends on us–we can and must make responsible choices to protect ourselves, our families and our community: maintaining 6 feet of social distance; washing hands often; wearing a face mask in public; staying home when sick; getting tested immediately if symptoms appear.
Need a fabric face mask? Let Rebecca Nunley know: email@example.com
MEANWHILE GRASS AND WEEDS CONTINUE TO GROW whether church is open or not. If you have time and energy to work at socially distanced mowing, weeding, or general upkeep on our grounds, Laura Kao is graciously available to provide guidance. Laura has also posted a to-do list of discrete tasks on the shed door for all comers. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-361-6074