BUDGET HEARING SUNDAY. An update on the church’s projected income and expense budget for 2017 will be held in Room 6 after the service.? Please join us to learn about the budget and share your input.


Reception Contributions

The Board of Outreach will host a reception in Fellowship Hall after Candlelight Communion. Please join us in Fellowship Hall after Candlelight Communion for a reception of warm conversation and delectables. (Contributions of edibles both sweet and savory would be greatly appreciated and may be brought any time before 6:00 p.m. Offers of help to clean up in hall and in the kitchen will also be greatly appreciated.)


Reverse Advent

Outreach has an opportunity for you to celebrate Advent with an especially hopeful twist this year. Many of you are familiar with Advent calendars where you open a window each day for a treat of some kind. For Reverse Advent you give something each day.

Our theme for Reverse Advent is Cleaning and Personal hygiene Supplies. Each day (or most days, as fits for you) from the beginning of Advent, November 27, through Christmas Eve, you add a cleaning or personal hygiene item into a paper grocery bag (Verily, I saith unto thee, thy food pantries always needeth paper grocery bags, III Samuel 1:1). You are invited to bring your Reverse Advent bag to Christmas Eve service (or later, if necessary) to be delivered to the Monroe County United Ministries cleaning and personal hygiene closets.

We encourage you to shop at stores like Dollar Tree, Big Lots, Dollar General, and Aldi and notice how these stores, which people on limited incomes rely on, are different from stores you may shop at more often.

Cleaning and Personal hygiene Supplies can be items like household cleaning solution, window cleaning solution, dish soap, laundry detergent, sponges, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, baby soap, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving supplies, etc, etc, etc.

PS: if you like this observation of Advent, be sure to look for Epiphany.


CONCERT. The Quarryland Men?s Chorus proudly presents its winter show, ?Traditions,? on Saturday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m.? The show will feature some favorites from our past holiday shows such as “Silver Bells”, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”, and “Sure On This Shining Night”, as well as some new, surprising twists on the season, including “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”, “Chanukah in Santa Monica”, and “Festival Gloria” by Randall Johnson. The men of the chorus hope you’ll join us. Oh, what fun!
Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, ages 12 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the BCT Box Office,?https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/966790, from members of the chorus, and at the door.


BOOKS READY FOR PICK UP. If you ordered the church anthology, To Do Justice, the books are ready for pick up. Please find your order form with the book(s) on the table in the church library. Feel free to pick up your book order at any time. If you need assistance, please contact Lisa in the church office.

ADVENT QUIET DAY – Opening the Door to Advent

It?s cacophonous out there! Do you long for a break?

You’re invited to open the door to some quiet and a rich experience of Advent; to gather with others to listen to the whispers of God, attend to hope, and find joy.

Come away for a day of prayer, silence, reflection, music, creating, walking the labyrinth and sharing discoveries.? The structure for the day will be a trellis to support you as much or as little as you need. There will be an opportunity to complete the Examen Through the Church Year, if you?d like. Copies of the Examen are available in the Sunday Bulletin, and at the Quiet Day.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m., Roger Williams Hall

Give yourself the gift of the whole day if you can, or come for as much as you are able. Invite a friend. Let us know if you think you?re coming – it doesn’t? obligate you but helps with planning. And if you forget and don?t get around to registering, come anyway, you?ll be very welcome!

Light breakfast items will be served from 9:00 to 9:30a.m. as we gather. A simple lunch will be served at noon. There is no charge for the day.

*Sign up online, in the Fellowship Hall lobby, email Dawna at spiritual.director.net@firstuc.org, or call the church office, 812-332-4439.

PS If you?d like to help with breakfast, lunch, or a reading, contact Dawna at the email address above.?

FIRST UNITED WEBSITE. Many people?s first impression of our church comes from visiting our website, www.firstuc.org. That?s why it?s important to keep it as up to date as possible.? The church needs people to help with this, and we?re interested in folks with all types of ?web abilities.?? So, if you don?t know anything about websites?but would like to write about what?s going on at the church?we need you.? If you?ve hosted your own website for years and edit CSS code for fun?we want you too.? Please contact Rob Potter (rfpotter@indiana.edu) if you?d like to help.? Our immediate goal is to get the website tidied up as Christmas approaches and people go surfing for a place to visit.?

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, IS NORM OVERLY.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.