Congregational Meeting/Vote.

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.

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.

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: June 5th , 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 (

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.

Paid Mowing Opportunity.  First United Church needs someone to mow part of its grounds (approximately 2 hours weekly).  Mowing around the courtyard, a strip by the east 3rd street sidewalk, and the Labyrinth. This is paid work. Please contact Lisa Stanger at 812-332-4439/

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 or to the Facebook event page:
            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 (, the organizer.

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,

Minister Of Care For The Week Of May 26, Is Norm Overly.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.