INTERFAITH MARTIN LUTHER KING SERVICE. Bloomington’s annual Interfaith Martin Luther King Commemoration and Celebration service will be held today, January 8th, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, at 4:00 pm. ?Several of Bloomington’s faith communities will be coming together to remember Dr. King’s vision for equality, and to share our visions for equality in Bloomington.? Please see Derek Roe with questions.?

FLOWERS FOR 2017. Sign-up sheets for flowers for 2017 are available in the notebook by the door to the kitchen.? If there’s a particular Sunday you would like to provide flowers for worship, sign up and secure it now.

You will be reminded by letter about 10 days before your Sunday. The letter will include instructions concerning your dedication and payment.? If there are particular flowers you want in your arrangement, or don’t want because of an allergy or such, just let Pat Martin know

If you aren’t in the fellowship area of church and wish to provide flowers, just let Pat or the church office know. Thank you for contributing to worship in this way.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED. One of the ways we build our community of faith is through our coffer hour or fellowship time immediately following Sunday services.? Hosts help with this important aspect of our community life by showing hospitality to members, friends, and guests of First United Church. ??Coffee hour hosts typically leave Sunday services at the end of the sermon to brew the coffee and put out the snacks.??The Church provides all supplies for coffee hour.? If you sign up for coffee hour, a friendly member of the Board of Christian Worship will explain where to find the supplies.

SCRIPTURE READERS NEEDED. If you?d like to read scripture during our Sunday morning worship, please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the table by the kitchen. We love having people of all ages be a part of worship in this special way. Our Office Manager will e-mail you the NRSV version of the scriptures the Friday before you read. This is a great way to participate in the Sunday service.?

OFFERING ENVELOPE UPDATE. You may now pick up your offering envelopes outside of the sanctuary, on a small table. Please look for your name. If you do not have offering envelopes please choose a box without a name and write your name on the paper list beside the envelope boxes. Thank you for using the envelopes, it helps with our accounting.?

FRIDAYS AT FIRST UNITED: There are now two Friday evening opportunities for you to explore. Please consider inviting friends or coworkers to one or both of these offerings.

Play Friday (formerly known as Family Friday): The name may have changed, but the emphasis remains the same! Join us on the 2nd Friday of each month from 6-8 for a time of fellowship-eating pizza, playing games, making art, and having casual conversations. All ages welcome, arts and crafts will be planned to be enjoyable and accessible to all ages. Join us in January on Friday the 13th for a Get Your Wiggles Out Dance Party! It helps with food planning if you can RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at Hope to see you there!

Just Friday: Just Friday is a new offering by the Board of Christian Education. Just bring yourselves to Just Friday, an evening set aside to explore justice (hence the “Just”) related topics. It will take place on 4th Fridays from 7-9 p.m. The format will include watching a short film or movie clip and then having a group discussion. Starting January 27 we will start a 4 session series discussing how we self-identify and label ourselves and other people, the phenomenon of “us” vs. “them”, how we relate to and converse with “them”, how our own biases (including subconscious bias) impact our relationships and how we can move beyond those generalizations and bias to form real relationships between groups. Desserts and drinks will be available. No childcare will be provided for these evenings. If you have any questions, please contact Hopi Stosberg, Allison McClanahan, or Derek Roe.?

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 08, IS JEAN PETERS.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.