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.?????

NARTHEX PLAY AREA – toys are set up in the Narthax area with a small rug so parents can bring small children out, when needed, and still hear the service. Please talk to Hopi Stosberg or another member of the Board of Christian Education if you have any questions.?

“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. Registration is online and can be completed via the link below:


If you are interested in volunteering for this event or have any questions, please contact me directly at KearstinTocco@wmm.org. You may also contact our special events team at events@wmm.org. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you as we enjoy ?A Slice of Heaven? together!?

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!?

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED.?Don’t be shy, step up and be an important part of the worship service. Soft voice, no problem, we have a microphone you can use. Loud voice, that is great, we will be able to hear you! Your voice is needed! We are in need of readers for the month of September. Please let the church office know if you are available, or you may sign up by the Fellowship Hall kitchen. The readings will be sent to you on Fridays. Thank you!?

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 21, IS NORM OVERLY.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their homes.