MONTHLY POTLUCKS.? Bring yourself and a dish for food and fellowship. Potlucks will be after service on the following dates: March 18, April 15, May 27, June 10, July 15, 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 bulletin board outside Jack?s office. Questions? Contact Laura Kao or Hopi Stosberg

SPIRITUAL READING AND DISCUSSION GROUP. Beginning on Saturday, March 3, and continuing on the first Saturday of each month thereafter, a new spiritual reading and discussion group will convene at First United. ?Our first book will be Beyond Religion, by the Dalai Lama. We will read and discuss two chapters each month. Subsequent books will be chosen by group members, who will take turns leading the discussion. All are welcome to attend!

Time: 11:00-12:30, first Saturday of the month

Place: Roger Williams room

Facilitator: Youshin Choi

For more information, contact Youshin at

LENTEN FLOWERS. As many of you are aware, we are doing something very different this Lent for flowers.? We have 15 saplings in the church in pots and 3 in water.? Hopefully, over the course of the next 6 weeks these will begin to leaf out.? At the end of Lent these can be planted.? We invite you to purchase a sapling in honor of someone or in thanksgiving or just as a gift to yourself or a friend.? The potted saplings are $10 each; we also have 9 bare root saplings for $5 each that you can put into your own pot until the weather is appropriate to put them outside (these should be purchased and potted soon).? The saplings are all native plants: redbud, flowering dogwood and re-osier dogwood (a shrub).? Please see after church or contact either Pat Martin ( or Janice Lilly (

NO STEP COMMUNION SERVICE. If you would like to serve Communion but are not comfortable negotiating the steps up to and down from the altar, be not afraid! ?We welcome anyone who would like to serve but avoid steps.? We will set up Communion so that you may come forward and sit in the first pew.? When it?s time to distribute the elements, we will happily bring them to you and allow you to distribute as usual.? If this service is of interest to you, just sign up and let Florence Shelton know so that we can prepare accordingly. Eric Metzler, Chair, Board of Christian Worship


Just Friday: Just Friday is a monthly discussion group taking place on the last Friday of each month from 7-9 p.m. Each evening there will be a media presentation and we will discuss various issues relating to Justice. There will be light refreshment, no child care provided. From February-May there will be a focus on health and justice. There are many justice issues related to health, including access to quality care, health insurance, and availability of healthy food. We will focus discussion and media in the following areas:

February 23: Access to care-economic conditions

March 23: Equal Treatment-issues of discrimination

April 27: Navigating the System-You need a phd for that!

May 25: Healthy Food-can you buy that near you?

If you have any questions, please contact Hopi Stosberg or Derek Roe.

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 18, IS NORM OVERLY.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.