LENTEN VESPERS – Meal & Worship service (March 25)

     —      Soup and bread meal 5:30pm –6:45pm

     —      Worship service 7:00pm (chapel)

     Call 812-332-4439 or signup to register for soup and bread meal



            — April 5 at 10:30am (no Communion)


            — April 9 at 7:00pm (with Communion)

GOOD FRIDAY (Community Service hosted at First United Church)

— April 10 at 12:10pm


            — April 12 at 10:30am (with Communion)

(Easter Breakfast 9:30am and Egg hunt 9:05am)



In March and April MCUM (Monroe County United Ministries) is holding a special food collection drive to support its emergency food pantry.  Its goal is to collect 40,000 pounds of food and household cleaning supplies.  MCUM accepts all forms of non-perishable food items and cleaning/hygiene products.  Here are some of the most needed items:

Cereal                         Pasta                           Canned tuna               Laundry detergent

Canned fruit                Rice                             Canned chicken         Shampoo

Canned vegetables    Ramen noodles           Mac & cheese             Toothpaste

Tomato sauce              Crackers                      Corn bread mix                         Dish soap

The MCUM food and cleaning collection area is the red shelves next to the entrance to the Church’s kitchen near Fellowship Hall.  Please make an extra effort to support this special food drive.  Thanks for your support of MCUM.                       

Third Sunday Potluck, March 15th. Bring a dish to share and plan to stay after the service for a potluck in Fellowship Hall.

Play Friday March Come join in the fun 5:30-8pm this Friday (4/13) as we enjoy pizza, games, and crafting!

Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training – March 27 and 28

Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

As part of the Justice Forum Series, First United’s Board of Christian Education is fortunate to be bringing in an accomplished facilitator to lead members of our congregation through a two-day training experience in March.  Chidimma Ozor is a social justice advocate, podcast host, author, researcher, and consultant. Mark your calendars now for Friday, March 27, 6-9 pm, and Saturday, March 28, 10 am – 4 pm.  The training will take place at First United, and we plan to offer a simple lunch on Saturday.  Some of the discussion topics include:

  • Faith and diversity
  • Who is marginalized and why?
  • Sitting in discomfort

The registration page is https://bit.ly/38HSbas. Call or text Rebecca Keith at (812) 325-0145, or any member of the Board of Christian Education, if you have questions or childcare/special needs.  Space is limited so make your plans now.

Time To Order Easter Flowers! 

Every year we decorate the sanctuary. This year we will have assorted potted spring flowers; Daffodils, Tulips, Hyacinths, and Lilies. If you would like to help by purchasing one or more potted flowers please let Lisa in the office know. The cost is $9.00 per plant. We will need your order and check no later than Wednesday, March 26th. Be sure to make your check payable to First United Church and in the memo area put “For Easter Flowers”. Thank you!

Newcomer Event March 22, 11:45 -1:15.  If you are a newcomer, please come to a lunch and informational session after morning worship.  We will gather and dine in Roger Williams Hall.  We will have church leadership available to answer questions and will provide handouts with more information on First United Church.  Childcare provided.   If you have dietary restrictions, please let us know.  RSVP to info@firstuc.org.

The Pulpit Committee has been hard at work completing church profiles for the United Church of Christ (UCC) and American Baptist Church USA (ABCUSA).  The profiles will be used by potential applicants to learn about First United and to decide whether they want to apply for the senior minister position.

The profiles have been posted at the UCC and ABCUSA web sites, although one must register as a user to see the ABCUSA profile. To view the UCC profile, log in to http://oppsearch.ucc.org/id/3966.

Minister Of Care For The Week Of March 8 is Susan Bassett.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.