During our Annual Meeting and Potluck Sunday after worship, we will also hold a congregational vote on becoming a Gun Free Congregation in response to the bill signed by Governor Eric Holcomb at the NRA convention in Indianapolis on April 25th, which ends our protection as a worship site housing a school as of July 1, and:

Permits a person who may legally possess a firearm to possess a firearm on school property if the person possesses the firearm: (1) as an employee or volunteer of a house of worship located on the school property; or (2) while attending a worship service or religious ceremony conducted at a house of worship.

The Church Council unanimously approved holding a Yes/No vote on this statement:

Firearms are not allowed in First United Church, nor on church property.

Summer Series

Save the dates for our Summer Series! The Board of Christian Education is hosting three special events this summer with activities for all ages. The first Summer Series will be June 16, next Sunday, from 4-6pm. There will be a church scavenger hunt, games, hymn singing, a library presentation, and other activities representing different parts of church life. Nursery care will be provided.  The other Summer Series events will be on July 21 after the potluck and August 25. Stay tuned for more details! 

Centering Prayer Embraces Summer

The cool quiet of the First United chapel is perfect for summertime contemplation. In keeping with the laid back tempo of summer in Bloomington, some Sunday mornings there will be some quiet music and a reading. Other times the space will be just quiet. Candles and meditations are always there for you. All that is really required for you to seek the presence of God is you. Sundays from 9:45 – 10:15am.

First United’s new website is up! You can now create a profile for yourself in the secure online directory, access member-only files, and RSVP for events. You can still see weekly announcements and listen to sermon recordings too. To register, please go to http://www.firstuc.org/register. To see an instructional video for how to fill out your profile, please go to http://bit.ly/JoinFirstUC.

Welcome John Krueger to First United Church!

The Church Council has hired John Krueger to serve as Bridge Minister.  John is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 1963. He served three churches in Minnesota and northern Indiana before becoming the Conference Minister of the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference. Since retiring in 2003 and moving to Greenfield, he has continued to serve as Interim Minister in three settings and two bridge ministries. He and his wife Pat, have three children, ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

John will be serving for 20/hours a week until an Interim Minister is hired by the pulpit committee.  He is available for pastoral support and counseling during this time of healing at First United.  Please contact him through the church office.

Sunday Flower Announcement The sign-up book for 2019 flower donations is available in the lobby of Fellowship Hall.  We are looking pretty sparse for the upcoming summer months.  Your donations are appreciated and the flowers are yours to take home following worship.  Please sign up.  Cost $40. Thanks.

Upcoming Play Friday Events.

Play Friday June: Welcome summer at Play Friday on June 14 from 5:30-8! Hopefully the weather will be amazing for playing outside (maybe a water balloon fight!) and having a lot of fun appreciating school being out! Of course, the usual pizza dinner and games will be ready for your enjoyment.  It helps with food planning if you RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at hopi@stosberg.com or to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2520910837942654/
            Play Friday
is a recurring game night at First United Church. Dinner is served at 6. We offer vegetarian and vegan options. Come spend a relaxed evening playing your favorite games, hanging out with friends, and creating. This is an evening of fun for all ages. We hope to see you there.


In the pew registry visitors will find paper name tags which they are invited to use.  If you would like a more permanent name tag which attaches by magnet, please make a note in the pew registry or see Florence Shelton or one of the ushers.  Long-term First United Church people, if you have a name tag, please wear it.  They’re so helpful, in learning who is who.  Your Committee on Community Development thanks you!

Bringing Joy To Jail Inmates. 

    Did you know that a small but dedicated group of First United folks brings a little joy into the local jail by performing Jail BINGO twice a month?  We are looking for folks that can commit to two hours for one Tuesday per month to let their inner game show host shine.  Will you help?  It is very easy but it can be a little intimidating at first. 

    After getting over that bump you will quickly see the joy in the faces of the inmates as you bring them treats, needed hygiene items, snacks and some fun.  Please talk to or email Dave Meyer (dwm@davemeyer.org), the organizer.

Minister Of Care For The Week Of June 09, Is Phyllis Perkins.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.