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

SUMMER SERIES OF SERVICE AND SOCIALS. This Sunday is the July summer session. These afternoons are designed to be of interest to all ages and provide an opportunity for people to participate in new activities, get to know each other better, and have fun! This afternoon starting at 3:00p.m. there will be a schedule of activities including making a community quilt, playing bells, personal reflection activities, acts of service to the church, adult discussion group, and whole group teambuilding activities. We will share a light meal. The afternoon will wrap up around 6. We hope you can join us! The third and final summer session will be on Sunday August 6.?

WEST BADEN COLORED CHURCH. There’s a great opportunity coming up to see the 1909 West Baden Colored Church that Bloomington’s Second Baptist Church is leading the campaign to restore to its original condition. The church was part of the black community where workers at the French Lick Resort lived in the early 20th century. The church is a national historic landmark, and the committee to restore the church is expecting it to be a functioning, integrated Baptist congregation again, as well as a historic site open to the public. They are working in cooperation with the French Lick-West Baden Museum, which also has an exhibit on local history including this community and church.

Cool Jazz for a Good Cause will be on Saturday, July 15th, from 11 am-1 pm, at the church, at the corner of Elm and Sinclair in West Baden. There will be an ice cream social, and live jazz by the Laser Blades. There are some terrific restaurants in the area, so there will be some groups going for lunch after the ice cream and jazz – eat dessert first, then a great lunch!

(If you are interested, contact me and I’ll look into transportation.Jo McClamroch on behalf of the UU Bloomington Racial Justice Task Force)

Peggy Petranoff- Our member, friend Peggy has moved. Her new address is; Heartway House ? 8383 N. Meridian St. Indianapolis, In 46220. Peggy loves to receive cards.

DISCIPLE Bible Study.? First United Church will be offering a DISCIPLE Bible study class beginning this fall. DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders.

DISCIPLE gives the Hebrew and Christian Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. The 2 hour class meets Tuesday evenings September through May with winter and spring breaks. Participants should expect to study approximately 30 minutes daily and will need a study manual and a study Bible. Past participants are welcome to repeat the class as you bring new experience to the table.

The titles of the sessions along with theme words and theme verses, and major persons, events, and topics will set the sequence of the biblical story in the minds of the participants. The principal Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story.

Additional info may be found at https://www.cokesbury.com/product/9780687783496/disciple-i-becoming-disciples-through-bible-study-study-manual/. For more information, contact class facilitator Sam Troxal stroxal@yahoo.com or 812-361-6172.

THE SCREEN BEHIND THE PULPIT reflects the amount of workers and?elbow grease available for last Sunday’s session of polishing. ?We found there are 85 (or 86) rods, and we only got the equivalent of 8 polished nicely. ?However we will take up this task again at?July 9’s Sunday afternoon event. ?We would be happy to set other sessions, if we had some avid polishers. ?Interested? ?Contact Laura at laura_b_kao@hotmail.com

?USHERS NEEDED. More ushers are needed throughout July. It is an easy way to get acquainted with folks here at First United. You will be given instructions. If you are available any Sunday in July please notify the church office or Pam Potter who is the Usher Captain for July: info@firstuc.org or pmpotter317@gmail.com Thank you!?

FRIDAYS AT FIRST UNITED?

Play Friday:? Play Friday is this week! On Friday, July 14 we will gather from 6:00-8:00p.m. in Fellowship Hall for the usual pizza and games. Weather allowing we can have some more outside fun (maybe even more water balloons). Hope to see you there! It helps with food ordering if you can RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at hopi@stosberg.com or to the Facebook event. Thank you!

Just Friday: Just Friday is a recurring adult justice related discussion group on 4th Fridays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Roger Williams Hall. From May-August our justice discussions will be focused on climate change.

Each month will focus on different aspects of climate change and how the things we do contribute to or help improve the problem. Discussion will revolve around how we can change and create change in the world to positively impact this issue. At our first discussion in May people set goals that included allowing time for slower methods of transportation, appreciating travel destinations closer to home, working with local government on infrastructure improvements, and sharing outdoor enthusiasm with others. It was an engaging and encouraging conversation.

Future dates and themes for these discussions are: July 28 (Climate Change and Our Daily Habits), and August 25 (Climate Change and the Stuff We Own). Contact Hopi Stosberg at hopi@stosberg.com if you have any questions.

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 09 IS DOUG PETERSEN.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.