REMINDER: This Sunday, Nov. 4 we are changing the time worship starts at First United.?

Our services will begin at 10:30am.

Don?t forget to set your clocks back an hour?AND to show up 15-minutes earlier this week.

ALL SAINT?S DAY.? As part of our observance of All Saint’s Day on Sunday, November 4th, we are inviting people to bring candles to light in remembrance of loved ones. These can be for family members and friends, or other influential individuals. There will be a table on the side of the sanctuary to light and display the candles. People should take the candles with them at the end of the service.




The Christmas story is at its core a celebration of creativity. During the Advent and Christmas season, we would like to celebrate the creative talents of our congregation with a display in our education hallway. We need creative contributions from everyone, no matter what age. These might include:

poems, short stories or essays


song lyrics or musical scores

a painting, collage or other 2D artwork

an original recipe

We can help prepare these items for display in the hallway. Please contact Elizabeth Busey ( or 812-345-3840) and she will help get your creation ready to share with our congregation. Deadline is Monday, November 26th. Let’s fill the hallway with creativity, just in time for Advent!

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP. We will have a meeting on November?10th (Next Saturday). Our second book is Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris. This book was on the New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list in 2014 and a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. We will discuss the 2nd?Chapter: The Mystery of Consciousness.?All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions! For more information, please contact YouShin Choi ( Time: 11:00-12:30, Place: Roger Williams Hall?

CHILDREN?S CHORUS FOR CANDLELIGHT COMMUNION.?Dust off your Christmas Ties and Dresses!? Candlelight Communion is being held at First United on Sunday, December 9, at 7 p.m.? All children – even little ones –are welcome to participate in the Children?s Chorus!? We will practice in the choir room right after church beginning November 4, and will continue to practice at that time until December 9.? Parents are welcome to stick around for the 15-20 minute rehearsal.? We are learning 3 simple pieces including the traditional Silent Night/Stille Nacht that concludes the time-honored tradition at our church.? Contact Rebecca at if you have any questions at all.?

TIME TO ORDER OUR BEAUTIFUL POINSETTIAS.? Brighten the church sanctuary with Holiday Poinsettias and support the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra! The BSO’s Annual Poinsettia Sale has begun! To order poinsettias to decorate the chancel during Advent and take home afterward, bring your check no later than Monday, November 18, made out to BSO Poinsettia 2018. Write “poinsettias” in the memo line. Each plant costs $13.00, beautifies the church, and supports the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Your poinsettias may be picked up outside Fellowship Hall on Monday, December 16, if you would like to take them home. Please let the church office know if you would like to order one.?

PLAY FRIDAY: The next Play Friday is November 9 from 5:30-8:00pm. Join us for this family night that is fun for all ages. The usual pizza dinner will be served at 6:00pm. A theme of “Give and Take” will carry through November and December. Each month there will be an assortment of art and craft projects to create and give to friends and family, ex. card making, upcycled craft gifts, yarn crafts, and more. In November we will also be collecting food items for the Backpack Buddies program at Community Kitchen (donation requests include: peanut butter, meal helpers, fruit cups, instant oatmeal, dried fruit, and mac and cheese. See the full food request list here:? ) . We hope to see you there! It helps with food planning if you RSVP to Hopi Stosberg at or to the Facebook event page:

MONTHLY POTLUCKS.? Bring yourself and a dish for food and fellowship. Potlucks will be after service on the following dates: November 18, and December 16. To help ensure a diverse food offering at the potluck, let us know what type of dish you are bringing. There is a sign-up sheet on the table outside the kitchen. Questions? Contact Laura Kao or Hopi Stosberg

VOLUNTEER NOTICE OPPORTUNITY. The Board of Outreach has an opportunity for some interested person(s) to tell the folks of First United Church about volunteer opportunities for a pilot program. This opportunity calls for placing one volunteer opportunity each week in the bulletin gathered from our partner agencies that we support. Please contact Sam Troxal 812-361-6172 for more information.?

FREE KOREAN YOGA (KUKSUNDO) CLASS. KukSunDo is a traditional Korean yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and spirit. You will practice cultivating your self-awareness through stretching, breathing and meditation. All movements are intentional, and the practice is a time to pause and focus on what is happening internally, spiritually, and physically. Just bring your yoga mat.

Days, Time and Place:

Monday, Fri. 9:30 ? 11:00,?Wednesday 5:30 ? 7:00 Saturday 10:00 ? 11:30, Roger Williams Hall in First United Church Questions? Contact YouShin Choi,

YARD WORK ? STILL CONTINUES! If you would like to work with Laura Kao for an hour sometime, contact here at

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 04, IS NORM OVERLY.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.