Based on the latest Monroe County data and weighing the impact in our local community, all church activities, including worship, will be offered online only. We hope to return to in-person activities on Sunday, February 6

READINGS FOR THE COMING WEEK 

Proper 22 (27) (October 4, 2020)

  • First reading and Psalm
    • Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
    • Psalm 19
  • Alternate First reading and Psalm
    • Isaiah 5:1-7
    • Psalm 80:7-15
  • Second reading
    • Philippians 3:4b-14
  • Gospel
    • Matthew 21:33-46

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu//texts.php?id=162

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Updates on First United Operations and Activities

As always Pastor John Krueger is available for conversation and consultation: john.krueger425@gmail.com or h: 317-467-1529/ c: 317-498-0710.

From the COVID-19 Task Force: Sunday church services and most meetings will continue virtually into the fall. We encourage outdoor activities (less than 15 participants) while the weather is good. The latest guidelines can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FNf5CO4_-CaFs8KlIxTAA_4vV9MK9JXhCRB09Q2AFpY/edit?usp=sharing

Drive-In/Outdoor Vesper Service October 11th at 5 p.m.

Our first socially-distanced Vespers service on September 27th was a wonderful gathering. We look forward to at least one more opportunity to worship (distantly) together in person. Rev. Krueger will offer a 30-minute evening vesper service from the First United grounds. Details will be in a special email closer to the event. Rain date Sunday, October 18th at 5pm.

Looking for ways to connect in person? First United Needs YOU

Are you yearning to talk with people in person? The Board of Worship is seeking people who are interested in meeting in small groups, either for fellowship or a particular purpose – guided meditation, prayer circle, stand-up-comedy practice? If this sounds like you, please contact Elizabeth Busey (ebusey@yahoo.com) or Siri Loescher (sannloescher@gmail.com) so we can help you get a gathering started while the weather is still fine.

2nd ZOOM LISTENING SESSION TUESDAY, OCT 6th 2 p.m.
In preparation to welcome Pastor Jessica this fall, our ABC/UCC ministers hosted the first of two listening sessions with some congregation members last night. The aim of these short sessions is for us to look toward the future and help set Rev. Jessica up for a successful start. A joint ABC/UCC team of trained listeners is offering small group listening sessions through zoom. The facilitators are listening for our hopes and dreams, but will also allow us space to explore any areas of our past, or concerns for the future that may need to be addressed as our new journey begins. The facilitators and Conference Ministers will identify some of the themes that arise, and share them with us.

The second session will this Tuesday. Click on this link to REGISTER and you will be emailed a link to participate.

#2 Tuesday, October 6, 2pm Eastern

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAlduupqTgsHt3aHK1YawpTRADxqnHBQMpY

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY IS OCTOBER 4
Thanks to all who contributed photos to the Visual Hymn collaboration created by Elizabeth Busey, Sam Grace, and our Choir

This Sunday we observe World Communion Sunday. We invite you to make or purchase a bread from around the world and display the bread with you at Sunday Worship. Click here for some recipes from members from the congregation, if you want to borrow a recipe.

Thanks also to those who contributed recipes to Sam Troxal’s Breads of the World Collection.:

FROM THE BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Calling All Parents! Please join us for an outside, socially-distanced gathering Sunday, October 11th 3:30-4:30 p.m. under the church pavilion. We will spend time enjoying conversation and re-connecting. Please bring your own chair and mask. Children are welcome, but there will not be nursery care – kids may play on the playground area if needed. Then join us for our second Vespers service! Questions? Email molly.koontz@yahoo.com

Racial Justice Book Club

The third meeting of the Racial Justice Book Club will be Saturday, October 31st, from 2-3:30 over Zoom.  We will be discussing the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.  

Antiracism is a transformative concept that reorients and reenergizes the conversation about racism—and, even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. At its core, racism is a powerful system that creates false hierarchies of human value; its warped logic extends beyond race, from the way we regard people of different ethnicities or skin colors to the way we treat people of different sexes, gender identities, and body types. Racism intersects with class and culture and geography and even changes the way we see and value ourselves. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.

This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Jennifer Fultz has also set up a discussion board for the group, so even if you are unable to attend the in-person meetings, there is another way to participate.  If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Don Wooldridge at dontylw@gmail.com.

FROM THE BOARD OF OUTREACH

A HUGE thanks to everyone for another successful drive! The September 26th No-Contact Food Drive results were: $615 in cash and checks for MCUM, 231 pounds of pet food for Area 10 (Thanks to Kyle for this total), 787 pounds of human food for MCUM (Thanks to Don and Florence Shelton who deliver for us)

FIRST UNITED’S SPECIAL COVID-19 FUND APPLICATIONS

If you have a relationship with First United Church, you may apply for assistance for economic hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Contact Sharon McCann at 1041sharon@gmail.com for an application form and instructions to apply for Covid-19-related assistance.

Peace Pole Update

A new peace pole featuring the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Swahili, and braille has been ordered! Donations are still being accepted (ex: $5 per family or $1-2 per person) and can be sent to the church office. Approximately 25% of the $200 goal has been met. A dedication event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Construction Update

This week new code compliant handrails went up on the front choir loft, back choir loft, and basement/Wayland Room stairwells. Installation of the new flooring in the choir loft also started. The spirit of volunteerism remains strong with a fresh coat of paint on the existing black balcony railing and a (thankfully) uneventful move of the organ console. A complete overview of the project and long overdue recognition of all volunteers will appear in First News once the project is complete.

VIRTUAL COMMUNITY OFFERINGS Our work as a caring community continues on Zoom through Sunday worship and lectionary study, and Tuesday’s Virtual Café and Adult Study class. Please visit https://firstuc.org/online/

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP!! at 10:30am. Log in to Zoom at 10am.

Zoom Meeting Link:

https://zoom.us/j/94635708633?pwd=NE9CdGtTWk5ndGRzRnQ2TTVrQmlZZz09

Meeting ID: 946 3570 8633

Password: 879535

OFF TOPIC SCRIPTURE CIRCLE (formerly Lectionary Discussion)

Want to read and discuss the week’s scripture readings with friends before church in a casual setting where you will never be asked to leave your brain or your heart at the door?  We have the place for you!  Click below to join us, Sunday mornings 9-10am.  
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84002403978?pwd=N0sxS093T1JobkVxTVVGRlFBdVUwUT09
Meeting ID: 840 0240 3978
Password: 122688

VIRTUAL CAFÉ and TUESDAY ADULT DISCUSSION Tuesdays10:00am

Pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and join us for the Tuesday Adult Discussion group led by Derek Roe as we begin a new video series: Confucius, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad presented by Prof. Mark Muesse. We hope to see you there!

Discussions range over many topics, and it’s a great way to keep in touch with church friends during social distancing. We’ll end somewhere between 11:30 and noon.

  1. From your laptop or desktop computer  https://zoom.us/j/309686166?pwd=OVZ2VXFUSDV6R2IwM0xTMTd4TEVCdz09, OR
  2. From your landline telephone or cell phone: (253) 215 8782 then enter the meeting ID:  309 686 166# Password: 399499
  3. Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aCaOLQbW3

MEANWHILE GRASS AND WEEDS CONTINUE TO GROW whether church is open or not. If you have time and energy to work at socially distanced mowing, weeding, or general upkeep on our grounds, Laura Kao is graciously available to provide guidance. Laura has also posted a to-do list of discrete tasks on the shed door for all comers. Contact laura_b_kao@hotmail.com or 812-361-6074