WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART OF TALKING ABOUT RACE? Have you ever felt awkward or uncomfortable when discussing race or racism?? Are there particular issues related to these topics that you feel are difficult to discuss??? Next Sunday 8/21 the Sacred Conversation on Race group will begin to talk about such responses, which some scholars have called “White Fragility.”? Please join us at 9:30 am in Room 6 for conversation and short video clips.?????

“A SLICE OF HEAVEN” PIE FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER – SEPTEMBER 10TH. Save the date! Join us on Saturday, September 10th for the ?A Slice of Heaven? annual pie baking contest! All sales and entry fees will benefit Wheeler Mission, Bloomington (formerly known as Backstreet Mission/Agape House). New this year will be a pie eating contest, entertainment, games, and fun for the entire family. The event is from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. More details on how to register coming soon!?

THE BELLS WILL BE RINGING AGAIN!? Rehearsals will start on Sunday, July 31st at 12:00 P.M in Room 5 following the Sunday Service.? If you would like to play the bells or learn to play the bells, please join us.? Questions:? call Pat Briggs at 812-332-5337 or hcbriggs@att.net or the church office.

GROUNDS KEEPING. Have you ever wished you had a large home with great grounds to putter in? ?You do. First United Church with its 5+ acre lot is yours and mine. ?Join me, Laura Kao of the Board of Building and Grounds, on Thursday mornings at 8:30 this growing season for an hour of yard work. ?There is always weeding, trimming, and tidying to do, and I’ll be here every Thursday morning that I am in town. ?If you let me know you’re interested by e-mail, I’ll know to keep you in the loop. ?laura_b_kao@hotmail.com ?Thanks!

?SCRIPTURE READERS NEEDED FOR ALL OF SEPTEMBER.?Reading the?Sunday?scripture is a great way to contribute to the?worship service. You will be given the scripture reading on Friday. Please sign up or contact the church office.??

UPDATE FROM BUILDING AND GROUNDS. The lights along the 3rd Street drive underwritten by the will of?Hassel DePree are now installed. ? Have you noticed that the sign by the Woodscrest Entrance has been replaced with a bolder-faced sign? ?Again, thanks to Hassel. John Turner of 5daughters is installing dimmer switches for our sanctuary lighting so that we no longer have to turn lights on and off at the breaker box. ?Cabinetmaker?Nancy Hiller is building the sound control booth for the improved?audio equipment?we will be installing in the sanctuary with the Petranoff gift. John Turner has the platform ready for Nancy’s cherry wood cabinet.?

SOLAR PANEL UPDATE. We are awaiting late August, early September install on our solar panels. ?The install will take about 3 weeks.?

THE TUESDAY MORNING ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP will continue thru the summer months this year. Anyone wishing to stop by and check it out is welcome. The class meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30a.m.?

LOOKING FOR CHILDREN’S LEARNING TIME TEACHERS.? Do you like working with kids aged 3-12?? Do you have a passion for helping children learn how to live well with others?? Do you find fulfillment in teaching children about our shared faith and this amazing world we live in?? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we may have a teaching opportunity for you!? Please see Ted Wininger, Hopi Stosberg, Derek Roe, or anyone else from the Education Board for more information!

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 14, IS PHYLLIS PERKINS.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their homes.