The Spiritual Reading Group will be meeting on:
Date: May 18
Time: at 11:00 am
Place: Roger Williams Hall
The book: The Disordered Mind by Eric R. Kandel. Eric is a recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize. His research is on the physiological basis of memory storage in neurons. This book is for the general readers. Through reading this, we will deepen our understanding of thought, feeling, behavior, memory, and creativity. And understand the big question of how billions of neurons generate consciousness itself for spirituality cultivation.
Chapter 6, 7 and 8 will be discussed.
All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions!
For more information, please contact YouShin Choi (email@example.com)
The Music in Bloom Festival.
Join members of the First UC congregation and the Bloomington community for an interactive musical event taking place May 16-18 in the First UC Sanctuary! The Music in Bloom Festival is a live performance event dedicated to music by living classical composers. The festival will feature three evening concerts at 7:00pm, each of which will be preceded by a pre-concert talk with the artists. Each of the nine Music in Bloom artists is a new music specialist that brings passion, energy, and expertise into their interpretations of contemporary music. The events are ticketed ($15 General, $10 Student), but a portion of the ticket proceeds will be returned as an offering to the First United Church. Please join former First UC substitute pianist Clare Longendyke and the Music in Bloom team for this exciting musical event!
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.
There will be a congregational meeting and vote after worship on Sunday May 26 to elect a Pulpit Committee. The Church Council realizes that this vote falls on Memorial Day weekend, which is not optimal in normal circumstances. However, we were strongly encouraged by Chad Abbott (UCC Conference Minister for Indiana/Kentucky) and Sandy Hasenauer (ABC Executive Minister, Rochester Genesee Region) to hold a vote for the committee as soon as allowable by our bylaws in order to maximize the chances of hiring an Interim Minister with skills needed to guide First United during this time.
5th Spirituality Forum: “The God of the Philosophers: Some themes from Kant and Schopenhauer for contemporary spirituality”
Speaker: Sandy Shapshay
Join us in a monthly conversation to share your unique experiences and perspective on spirituality in your daily life. At each meeting, an invited speaker will share how s/he relates spirituality to her/his personal and/or professional lives within 45 minutes, then open up the floor for questions and discussion. The tone of speech is conversational rather than academic.
Time: May 1st, 7:00-8:30 P.M. Place: Roger Williams Hall
If you have any question or if you want to invite any speaker, please contact Youshin Choi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 email@example.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!
Pot Luck Sundays.
Third Sunday Potlucks are almost always on third Sundays in 2019. Plan to bring a dish to share and to stay after worship service. We’ll eat in Fellowship Hall shortly after the service ends.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), the organizer.
Why not make some time for yourself in the New Year? Join us for A Time of Centering (Sunday mornings from 9:45 – 10:15 in the chapel.) Learn and practice techniques to be present and seek the presence of God in a nurturing space with compassionate people. Always running late? Can’t come every Sunday? Join us anyway.
Free Korean Yoga (Kuksundo) Class. KukSunDo is a traditional Korean yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and spirit. Just bring your yoga mat.
Days, Time and Place:
Monday, Friday 9:30 – 11:00a.m., Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00p.m., Saturday 10:00 – 11:30a.m., Roger Williams Hall in First United Church Questions? Contact YouShin Choi, email@example.com
Minister Of Care For The Week Of May 19, Is Phyllis Perkins. A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.