Budget Hearing.

A budget hearing will be held in Room 6 after worship on Sunday, January 12. This is a time for those interested to gain information on the latest draft of the 2020 income and expense budget, provide feedback, and ask questions. The Congregational vote on the finalized budget will be after worship on Sunday, January 26.

Preventing and Reversing Chronic Disease On Sunday, January 12th from 1:00 to 3:00, there will be a whole food, plant-based potluck in Room 6 followed by a presentation. Leaders of a local Reversing Diabetes program will share successes of preventing and reversing chronic disease using diet and lifestyle. For the potluck, bring a vegan dish with no added oil. Contact Mark Stosberg with questions (765) 277-1916. 

Wanting to join the church?

Anyone wanting to join First United Church please see Pastor Monica. We will be receiving new members on January 26.


The Christmas tree in the narthex was BURIED in donations for our homeless neighbors this December!  Thanks to First United’s abundant generosity! Coats, hats, mittens, socks, and even an umbrella were offered to help keep others warm through the cold winter months ahead. The Board of Outreach delivered the following to Shalom Center on the congregation’s behalf:

48 hats                          37 pairs of mittens or gloves       4 coats

2 pairs of earmuffs     15 scarves     20 pairs of socks   1 umbrella

Thanks to everyone!  Additional donations are always accepted. Rebecca Nunley, for the Board of Outreach

Explore the New Testament with an Eye for History
The Tuesday Morning Discussion Group invites you to join us on any or all of the next 24 weeks as we watch The Great Courses’ premiere series on the New Testament.  Presented by Dr. Bart Ehrman, a well-respected scholar in progressive theology circles, the series explores the books of the Christian scriptures from a historical perspective that provides readers with context that aids understanding.

We meet in Room 6 on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30.  Coffee, tea, and snacks are always provided, and you do not have to attend each week to keep up.  We hope to see you there!  Please contact Derek Roe at droeminister@gmail.com with any questions.

Third Sunday Pot Luck.                  

Third Sunday Potlucks are almost always on third Sundays in 2020. Next one is on January 19. Plan to bring a dish to share and to stay after worship service.  We’ll eat in Fellowship Hall shortly after the service ends.  

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.

Christian Civic Engagement:  A Dialogue of Hope.

In two weeks, First Christian Church, at the corner of Kirkwood and Washington streets, hosts the Rev. Bruce Ervin who will lead a discussion titled: “Christian Civic Engagement:  A Dialogue of Hope”. There will be two sessions, 9am and 11:15am on Sunday, Jan 26th in the chapel gathering space. This will be a conversation concerning a Christian’s decision, as a civic duty, to consider engaging in the voter registration process, providing transportation for voters or to work at the polls in any of various duties.

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

MCUM food pantry.

For January 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

Offering Envelopes Ready For Pick Up.

You will find the 2020 offering envelopes on a small table, outside of the sanctuary doors. Your name will be on the box. Note: box numbers have changed from previous years. Please pick up your envelopes.

If you are new or don’t have envelopes yet, there are some new ones to pick from. Please place your name and envelope number on the piece of paper beside the offering envelopes. Thank you.

Minister Of Care For The Week Of January 12, Is Norm Overly.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.