Congregational Vote.

The Congregational vote on the finalized budget will be after worship on Sunday January 26, 2020.

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  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:

Discernment Questions survey 

If you were unable to attend but would still like to provide some feedback, please complete a printed or online survey  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:

Ushers Needed.

We need volunteers to serve as ushers for the month of February. Ushers perform a very important role for our Sunday Church services in greeting members and guests and answering their questions. You do not need to be a member to serve as an usher. All you need to do is arrive at 10 a.m. To volunteer to serve as an usher, you can sign up on the February list, which is on the table next to the kitchen door near Fellowship Hall or see Jessica Addington, who is serving as head usher for February. You can e-mail Jessica at or call 317-726-9488. Please consider volunteering for this very important service for the Church.

Community Kitchen Volunteers Needed.

We have shifts available Monday through Saturday from 11:30-1:30 or 3:30-6:30. During the summer, we also have a 7:30-9:30 shift (morning). Children 10-13 are able to volunteer with an adult; youth 14 and older can volunteer by themselves.

Volunteers can come in individually or in a group (no more than 5 in a group).

For families with children under 10,  we have a quarterly Family Volunteer Day that happens on a Sunday afternoon from 3:00-5:00. We portion items into Ziploc bags that will be included in our Backpack Buddies program. The next Family Volunteer Day will be in April.

No food service experience is necessary and we do not have a volunteer orientation. Volunteers can schedule a shift to see if it is a good fit for them and then they can schedule a recurring shift or they can come in on an as-needed basis. All of these opportunities are scheduled through me. I can be contacted by email or phone (812-332-0999).

Pulpit Committee Announcement

The Pulpit Committee is grateful for the congregation’s thoughtful participation in the nine discernment sessions occurring between December 11 and January 12 and, for anyone who wishes, the alternative discernment questions survey to be turned in by February 2.  Your contributions will help us develop a church profile, which is the next step in the search for a settled senior pastor.  Watch for more details in the February issue of First News.  We aim to keep you apprised of our progress to the degree possible while maintaining a level of confidentiality essential to the integrity of the search.  We deeply appreciate the trust you have placed in us.

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. 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. 

Minister Of Care For The Week Of January 26, Is Sarah Burton.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.