• Contribution statements have been mailed and e-mailed out. Please let the church office know if you did not receive yours.
  • New phone directories are in the church office.
  • Pastor Monica will be away on vacation January 17-24, 2020. In case of pastoral emergencies while she’s away, please contact Rev. Byron Bangert: 812-336-2458.

January 20th  MLK Community Energy Fair  10 AM – 2 PM

Get information, answers, and supplies to greatly reduce your household energy footprint.

Free Earth-friendly raffle, refreshment, music & childcare.

Program by and for youth.

Convocation in honor of Dr. King – 10:00 – 10:30 AM

Energy stations 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

How do we talk about it? / Solar Info Session 1 – 2

Youth program and child care 10 AM – 1:30 PM

Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St

Authors!  Poets!  

We want to recognize you at the Third Sunday Potluck in February.  Have you written a book?  Have you published a poem?  Please let the Committee on Community Development know so we can include you in the February 16 “Get to Know our Writers” moment.  Contact

a CCD member, church librarian, or e-mail laura_b_kao@hotmail.com.  The church librarians also want church members who are authors and poets to let them know about their published works for possible acquisition.  E-mail:  jeanninemroe@gmail.com.

Congregational Vote.

The Congregational vote on the finalized budget will be after worship on Sunday, January 26.

Discernment Questions survey 

Thank you for your participation in the discernment sessions. Your feedback will be helpful in creating a church profile that will be used in the search and call process for calling a settled Senior Pastor. 

If you were unable to attend but would still like to provide some feedback, please complete a printed or online survey  https://tinyurl.com/rye6joj  and submit it by Sunday, February 2, 2020. (Printed copies are available in the narthex or on the table next to the kitchen by Fellowship Hall). Contact Pastor Monica if you have any questions: pastormonica@firstuc.org

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.

Deliberate Acts of Kindness

In preparation for Lent, the Board of Outreach is asking members to make deliberate acts of kindness during the month of February.  The church bulletin on January 19th has a form to complete so you can suggest specific acts of kindness that we all can undertake during the month.  Through member voting last year, the congregation selected Food Insecurity/Poverty and Climate Change/Environmental Resilience as our community priorities.  Therefore, we encourage you to focus on these areas for your ideas on specific acts of kindness.  We’ll put as many of these ideas as possible into a daily calendar for February that we will distribute on or before Sunday, February 2nd.  We are proud that First United Church continues to be dedicated to kindness in the community.

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.

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 non-perishable 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

Minister Of Care For The Week Of January 19, Is Sarah Burton.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.