• Sunday Morning Worship – Sundays @ 10:30am; Join Zoom Webinar here
  • Off-Topic Scripture Circle – Mondays @ 10am; Join Zoom Meeting here
  • Morning Café and Discussion – Tuesdays @ 10am;Join Zoom Meeting here
  • Scripture Reader sign up – Click here
  • Usher sign up – Click here (needed 06/25 & 07/02)
  • Flowers sign up – Click here (needed 07/02)
  • Coffee Hour Host sign up – Click here (needed 06/18 & 07/02)
  • Communion Server sign up –Click here (needed 07/02)
  • Donate to First United Online – Click here
  • First United Vimeo Channel – Click here


Special Offering for DISP

Throughout 2023, the Board of Outreach invites you to offer additional support to a variety of local organizations and ministries through monthly special offerings. On Sunday, June 18th, a special offering will be received to support our Displaced Immigrant Support Program (DISP). Our DISP team is awaiting notification from Exodus regarding our next family sponsorship. When a new family is assigned to us there will be many new challenges as well as new joys. We invite more church volunteers to help with this deeply meaningful work as part of the DISP team. And, we welcome your financial support of this impactful ministry with new refugees. A reminder that funds for DISP are independent from the regular church budget.

Please consider supporting this impactful work financially giving to this special offering or give anytime by designating your gift as “DISP” or online here. If you’re considering joining the DISP team, please contact Dave Meyer (dwm@davemeyer.org) or Hopi Stosberg (hopi@stosberg.com) to get connected and learn more.

UCC General Synod: Attend &/or Volunteer

The 34th General Synod of the United Church of Christ will convene in Indianapolis June 30th-July 4th, 2023. The Indiana-Kentucky Conference (UCC) will host this biennial meeting of the wider church and needs your help to extend an extraordinary welcome. There are special needs with pre-Synod set up (furniture and worship space) on June 28th and greeting guests as they arrive at the hotel on June 29th. There is also a great need for help with providing child care (June 30th-July 4th), Committee Secretaries (July 2nd; training July 1st), Plenary Floor Stewards (July 3rd and 4th), and the Outdoor Festival (July 2nd). Feel free to contact Pastor Jessica with any questions, and learn about volunteer opportunities and sign up here to serve as a volunteer here.

With Synod taking place so close this time around, you are encouraged to consider attending this meaningful event as a guest and getting to know this part of our wider church family better whether you are interested and able to volunteer or not (though volunteering will certainly help with the registration fee; think $275 for regular full registration compared to $65 if you volunteer!). Anyone can attend Sunday, July 2nd, free of charge (this day includes the Community Worship Service at 2:30pm). Online registration is no longer available; register onsite in Indianapolis. Visit the UCC’s General Synod website here to learn more about what’s in store for General Synod 2023.


MCUM’s Each One Feed One

The Board of Outreach invites you to bring your gifts of food and cleaning and hygiene items and place them on a table in the narthex throughout the month of June as we participate in MCUM’s largest annual food drive Each One Feed One June 1st-25th. So far, we have collected (and delivered) 142lbs. of food and hygiene products toward our goal of at least 240lbs. as we help MCUM reach their overall goal of 7000lbs. (enough to serve 200 local families). Keep the donations coming! Food pantry most needed items: peas, carrots, jiffy mix, pasta, sauce, detergent, soap, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, cereal, rice, oatmeal, corn, crackers, canned fruit, canned meat. Learn more by visiting mcum.org\events.

Office Closures and Announcements Temporary Deadline

In addition to being closed on Mondays throughout June and July, the church office will also be closed on Monday, June 19th (due to the Juneteenth holiday) and Thursday, June 22nd and Friday, June 23rd (as Lisa will be away for vacation). Please contact Pastor Jessica if you need immediate assistance during these times.

If you would like an announcement included in next week’s church email (Friday, June 23rd), please have your item to Lisa Stanger by 9am on Tuesday, June 20th.

Indiana Humanities Interview

Lisa Kwong, First United member and author, recently had the honor of being interviewed for Indiana Humanities. You can read her two-part interview here and here.

Online Directory Now Available!

At long last an online church directory is available for all members of First United! You may access the directory by clicking on “Member Directory” from the “Member Area” drop-down menu located at the top of any page of the church website. Contact Lisa in the office for your sign-in credentials (you are encouraged to change your password after logging in for the first time).

Congregational Meeting Follow Up

Thank you to all who gathered in Fellowship Hall and online for our regular June Annual Meeting last Sunday, June 11th. During the meeting the proposed slate of officers and board members was approved. The new church administrative year will begin and new elected leaders will take their positions on July 1st; see incoming leadership here. The meeting also included written and spoken reports from church leadership regarding activities of the past year. Additionally, there was conversation about the temporary policy regarding unhoused guests and their property adopted by Council during their April 2023 meeting, and attendees were asked to share their thoughts regarding who we are, what we have, and what we do. Finally, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the renaming of the church to First United Church with fabulous food (provided by YOU) and joined together in singing four songs written by congregants in celebration of First United.


Sunday Morning Hybrid Worship

Join us for worship each Sunday morning at 10:30am. The service will feature Rev. Jessica Petersen-Mutai in the pulpit; she will also offer a message especially for the young and young at heart. Lisa Kwong will present the day’s scripture reading and serve as our congregational lead. Hansol Kim will lead us in singing throughout the service, and Jean-Paul Etienne will offer special music. Rebecca Keith will highlight some of the many ways we are invited to engage in the life of the church and our wider community. Kim Yaussy Albright, Keith Gerber, and Linda Smith will offer a warm welcome to all those who gather in the sanctuary, while Dedric Dennist will welcome all who join via Zoom. Bill and Phyllis Perkins will provide a lovely floral arrangement in celebration of their 63rd wedding anniversary. Finally, Kyle Hetrick and Jim True will ensure the audio/visual pieces run as smoothly as possible. Coffee hour following worship; join us in Fellowship Hall!

Join the Zoom Webinar by clicking here

Dial-in number: (312) 626-6799; Webinar ID: 828 3681 0281

The service will be posted on Sunday evening on First United’s Vimeo channel (where you can access all of our previous worship services).

Donate online by clicking here

Musically Inclined

All those who are musically inclined are encouraged to offer your gifts of music during worship throughout June, July, and August while the bell and adult vocal choirs take a break for the summer months. Please contact Eric Meineke or Pastor Jessica if you are interested.

Choir and Bell Choir Rehearsals

All music lovers are welcome to join both the vocal and bell choirs. The bell and adult vocal choirs have concluded their seasons and will begin rehearsing again in late August: Vocal Choir in the Choir Room on Thursdays at 7:30pm and Bell Choir in Roger Williams Hall on Thursdays at 6:15pm.


Visitors Welcome!

After a very eventful few weeks, Norm and Jeanne Overly have moved and settled into their new home at Hearthstone Health Campus (3043 N Lintel Dr, Bloomington, IN). They invite First United friends and family to come visit them there. Call ahead or just show up.

The People’s Market

All are invited to join The People’s Market every Saturday, 9am-1pm, in First United’s southeast parking lot (or in Fellowship Hall if it’s raining or too hot) for extras not in their regular CSA like seasonal fruit, baked goods, canned goods, extra veggies, or specialty veggies! Plus visit their local vendors selling hot food from Mexico, Colombia, and Venezuela as well as their local artisans who change every week with home, health & beauty products, glass art, books & journals, candles, jewelry, plants, teas, coffees, and so much more!

Volunteer with Community Kitchen

First United has a long history of volunteering with and financially supporting Community Kitchen of Monroe County. We currently volunteer there on the third Thursday of the month, 3:30pm-6:30pm. Our next shift will be on July 20th. To volunteer for this month or subsequent months click here to access our online sign up or contact Laurie Eynon (leynon73@icloud.com or (812) 336-1219). Thank you!

The Joy of Hosting

We continue to offer support to weekly coffee hour hosts and encourage everyone to sign up to host—it’s easy, fun, and a great way to serve your church family with a one-time commitment. Sign up as buddies or families, invite someone you’ve been wanting to get to know, use the occasion to showcase a family recipe or try out a new one. Sign up to host by clicking here.


Ivy Tech Community College

First UC member Lisa Kwong will be teaching “Who am I, and what matters to me?”: A Creative Writing Workshop (Grades 6-8) in July at Ivy Tech. If you would like more information, please click here.

Nursery Care

Our youngest children are welcome to spend time from 10am-11:45am playing in the nursery or on the playground, weather permitting. Lena Stosberg and Rebecca Keith will ensure our little ones are safe and engaged in fun activities during worship this Sunday. We are always looking for additional volunteer assistants to help in the nursery occasionally. Contact Molly Koontz if you are interested and with any questions.

Children’s Learning Time

Each Sunday, kids age 5 and up are welcome to Children’s Learning Time (CLT) in Room 2 after Children’s Time during the morning worship service. Many thanks to Emily Mathes and Ted Wininger for leading CLT this Sunday. Interested in joining our CLT assistant teacher rotation? Contact Molly Koontz.

Off-Topic Scripture Circle

You are invited to join members and friends of First United each Monday morning at 10am to check in and explore the week’s lectionary scripture readings in a casual setting where you will never be asked to leave your brain or your heart at the door. We meet via Zoom only in an effort to be more accessible; join the Zoom meeting here.

Tuesday Morning Café and Discussion

Join us in person or online at 10am-11:30am each Tuesday as we continue a 36-session adventure exploring “The History of Christianity II: From the Reformation to the Modern Megachurch” presented by Dr. Molly Worthen. After a time of informal conversation, we engage in thought-provoking theological study and discussion as we explore the story of Christianity as it transformed from the end of the Middle Ages into the diverse global religion of today. This week, we will consider “Vatican II and Global Renewal.” Previous participation and perfect attendance are not required. Those interested and able are welcome to gather in Roger Williams Hall; those choosing to join online via Zoom can do so here.

Check out Our New Library Books

The Board of Education invites you to stop by the table at the end of the hallway as you exit the Sanctuary to explore some of the newest additions to our fabulous church library. Please fill out the simple sign out sheet provided to check them out. Some of the new titles available are: Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry by Joy Harjo; Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church by Jack Rogers; Harvesting the Heart: A Novel by Jodi Picoult; and I’m Not a Girl (children’s book) by Maddox Lyons and Jessica Verdi.


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