Based on the latest Monroe County data and weighing the impact in our local community, all church activities, including worship, will be offered online only. We hope to return to in-person activities on Sunday, February 6

Spiritual Reading Group

We will have a meeting on Saturday, February 29th with a new book, The Gospel of Thomas by Jean-Yves Leloup. Gospel of Thomas is called “Sayings Gospel” which is not a narrative account of the life of Jesus. Here, we can meet historical Jesus rather than doctrinal or theologized Jesus, and we can get more access to Jesus spirituality. It is composed of 114 sayings. We will read and discuss 30 sayings at every monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions! For more information, please contact YouShin Choi (youschoi@gmail.com). Time: 11:00am-12:30pm, Place: Roger Williams Hall.

Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training
As part of the Justice Forum Series, First United’s Board of Christian Education is fortunate to be bringing in an accomplished facilitator to lead members of our congregation through a two-day training experience in March.  Mark your calendars now for Friday, March 27, 6-9 pm, and Saturday, March 28, 10 am – 4 pm.  The training will take place right here at the church, and we plan to offer a simple lunch on Saturday.  The registration page is https://bit.ly/38HSbas.
Call or text Rebecca Keith at (812) 325-0145, or any member of the Board of Ed, if you have questions or childcare/special needs.  Space is limited so make your plans now.

The Pulpit Committee has been hard at work completing church profiles for the United Church of Christ (UCC) and American Baptist Church USA (ABCUSA). The UCC profile is quite long (38 pages!), but the ABCUSA profile is much shorter, and is composed of just a small selection of materials taken from the UCC profile. The profiles will be used by potential applicants to learn about First United and to decide whether they want to apply for the senior minister position.

The profiles have been posted at the UCC and ABCUSA web sites, although one must register as a user to see the ABCUSA profile. To view the UCC profile, log in to ttp://oppsearch.ucc.org/id/3966. A print version of the UCC profile is also available in the church office.

Watch for the March issue of First News for a more detailed update of the Pulpit Committee’s activities.

Nursery Needs

Our wonderful nursery staff is requesting donations of washable tempura paint, paint brushes, epsom salt, and cotton balls to use with our nursery children. If you have these items at home or would be willing to purchase these items, please drop them off in the nursery. Thank you for supporting our youngest children! Email molly.koontz@yahoo.com with any questions.

MCUM food pantry.

For February please bring the following nonperishable food items to our church pantry for MCUM: Canned meats (tuna, chicken, beef), Peanut butter, Dried pasta, Cereal, Ready to eat soup, chili,  and/or pasta, Canned vegetables (carrots, greens, potatoes), Crackers. MCUM has received 75 pounds of food plus sanitary items for January. Don & Florence Shelton deliver the items donated to MCUM after the first Sunday of the month. Thanks to everyone who gives to fill these needs. 

Parenting Discussion Group is Back!

We will be meeting again at 9:30am on second and fourth Sundays in Roger Williams Hall to discuss the book Parenting Forward, by Cindy Wang Brandt, and other general parenting topics. Reading the book is not mandatory for participation! We welcome parents of all ages and stages, and child care is provided. Please contact Jennifer Duann Fultz at mrsjenniferfultz@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sunday Flower Announcement.

The sign-up book for 2020 flower donations is available in the lobby of Fellowship Hall. 

Please sign up early for your choice of dates, or just choose any Sunday to provide flowers for the sanctuary.  Your donations are appreciated and the flowers are yours to take home following worship. Cost $40. Thanks. Questions please contact Siri Loescher at sannloescher@gmail.com

Minister Of Care For The Week Of February 23, is Norm Overly.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.