Picnic at Fowler Pumpkin Patch

The Board of Christian Education has reserved space at Fowler Pumpkin Patch this coming Saturday, October 19th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm for fun and fellowship.  We will make s’mores over a campfire and have access to the farm and petting zoo.  Hayrides will be available for $5 a person, and free for children under three.  Feel free to bring a dish to share!  We can’t “cook out,” but can bring our own things to eat.  Food vendors may also be available.  The address is 4932 N Greene County Line Rd, Bloomington, IN 47403.  We will be set up “in the yard behind the house.”  Please RSVP to the Facebook event, the sign-up sheet in the lobby, or by telling a BoCE board member.  All are welcome.  We hope you’ll join us!

Make Your Voice Heard! 

The Outreach Committee needs your input to determine priority area(s) for the upcoming year. What are you passionate about?  What would you like First United to tackle to really make some in-roads into solving?  Race/Racism…Criminal Justice/Immigration…Food Insecurity/Poverty…Climate Change/Environmental Resilience…LGBTQ?  Vote for your favorite by placing 3 stones into vases at the table along the garden/window wall of the sanctuary.  Once priority area(s) are chosen, Outreach will work to craft a year’s worth of various volunteer efforts, donations, education, conversation to further understanding, Minutes for Mission, and more to help bring this priority area to the forefront of the congregation’s mind and efforts. We want to make a definite difference!  Everyone, regardless of your age, please vote EVERY SUNDAY in October using 3 stones to let us know what area(s) you are passionate about. (Please vote with only 3 stones per Sunday. However, if you attend more than one Sunday in October, vote each time you attend.)   Questions? Ask Rebecca Nunley, Shazeeda Ameerally, Dave Myer, Cindy Stone, Cleve Wilhoit, or Catherine Gray (your Outreach Committee) 

Access Sunday Project: Accessible Playground Swings
Sunday, October 13 is designated by the UCC as Access Sunday – a time to celebrate the gifts of persons with disabilities, to recognize the strides the church has made in being more accessible, and to acknowledge that more work is needed.
This year we have set a goal of adding two accessible playground swings — one sized for those under 5 and one sized for those ages 5-12. We would need to raise around $800 in total. If you are interested in contributing to this special initiative, donations can be designated and placed in the church offering or sent to the church office. Any excess funds raised will be used to support other accessibility-related projects.   

New Class 

The Christian Roots of Antisemitism and the Holocaust: An Historical Review of a Relevant and Timely Topic. A 6-week group discussion facilitated by Scott Callaghan, MSW, LCSW, M.Div. Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and November 5, 6:30pm at First United Church. If interested, contact Scott: 260.413.0966 or scottcall2018@gmail.com

Newcomer Event October 20

We will piggyback a newcomer event onto our Third Sunday Potluck on Oct. 20.  Newcomers will go through the serving line first and adjourn to Room 6 for a time to get to know each other and church leadership, with a presentation made about First United Church by the Committee for Community Development.  We will wrap up our newcomer event at 1:15 p.m.  If you are new or relatively new, please plan to come.  To aid in our planning, please RSVP to:  info@firstuc.org  Do mention any dietary restrictions or needs for child care you may have.

Church Tour

October 27, immediately after the service and postlude are over.  Meet in front of the pulpit for a tour of our building.  We will take about 15 minutes to look into rooms and explain what goes on in them.   We will end up in Fellowship Hall where the refreshments are.  Even if you’ve been around a while, feel free to come and see.

Save the date!

The Board of Building and Grounds will host a fall work day on Saturday, November 9, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. All are welcome to come and help rake, trim, weed, woodchip, and haul leaves and brush! Please bring gardening tools if you have them. This is our opportunity to prepare the church grounds for winter!

Minister Of Care For The Week Of October 13, is Phyllis Perkins.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.