Final Summer Series Event Tonight!

      Our final event in the Board of Christian Education’s Summer Series is tonight, September 8th, from 5:00p-7:00p at the Islamic Center: 1925 Atwater Ave, Bloomington, IN 47401.  

       If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it to one of our events (or even if you have!), please consider attending this one.

      Our last event will be an interfaith dialogue with members of Beth Shalom, the Islamic Center, and First United.  This year, we are inviting members of the Jewish and Muslim communities to attend this event, along with a representative from each organization.  

      To begin the event, we will be eating a potluck dinner together.  We are asking participants to bring a dish that represents their faith in some way, as well as abides by the dietary restrictions of the other faiths involved.  The easiest way to do this is to make your dish vegetarian, though seafood such as tuna and salmon will also work.  Bringing a dish is completely optional.  This dinner will give us the opportunity to intermingle a bit ahead of our discussion.  

     For religious reasons, there will be two food lines divided by gender; however, anyone who does not identity as strictly male or female is welcome to use either line.  We also encourage participants to sit and eat with members of other faiths.

     For the discussion, we will have some prepared questions but mostly will leave it as an open discussion where anyone can ask or answer questions.  Our primary goal is to learn more about how each organization is involved in the community and how we can provide support to each other and learn about opportunities to collaborate on mutual goals.  We believe this is an especially critical time in our political climate to be having these discussions, so please do join us if you are able. Childcare will not be available but all ages are welcome. Please join us!

Spirituality Forum Set For Tuesday, September 10.

The title is “Ecumenical Spirituality and Peace in Islam

Guest Speaker: Yusuf Ahmed, IU Kokomo Professor.

Date:   September 10 Time: 7:00-8:30 P.M.   Place: Roger Williams Hall

Join us in a monthly conversation to share your unique experiences and perspective on spirituality in your daily life. We can deepen and widen our spirituality in Jesus through understanding different spiritual traditions around the world. The tone of speech is conversational rather than academic. If you have any question or if you want to invite any speaker, please contact Youshin Choi (

Church Nursery. Our long-time nursery worker, Maddie Potter, will be leaving the nursery at the end of September. We will miss her and are very grateful for the care she has provided in the nursery! We are seeking an adult to fill this part-time position. If interested in applying or if you know someone who is interested, please reach out to Molly Koontz or email 

Just Peace Sunday. Please join us for worship on September 15 at 10:30am for Just Peace Sunday. We will share in hymns and interfaith prayers for peace. Stay after worship for our monthly potluck meal and an opportunity to put our faith into action writing letters to congressional leaders to advocate helping migrant families.           

Stone Belt’s BELONGING Series

You and your congregation are invited to join with us in Stone Belt’s BELONGING Series! 

80% of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a faith tradition that is important to them, yet often do not attend because they do not feel a sense of belonging in their faith community. Therefore, we are working to explore some primary barriers that faith communities and people with disabilities face regarding inclusion, full participation, and belonging.

Workshops are ongoing from September to January, and include a Spiritual Companion Info Session, Communication Training, Inclusive Religious Education Training, Inclusive Worship Training, and Autism and Spirituality. 

RSVP or to ask questions: email Rev. Sarah VanderZee McKenney OR visit Stone Belt’s Events on Facebook Page 

Put “Just Being” on your To-Do List

Late summer and early fall in Bloomington are fueled by feelings of acceleration — whether positive or negative. In addition to your new schedule, why not take a moment to breathe, be, and seek the presence of the Holy Spirit. Centering Prayer (Sundays from 9:45 – 10:15am in the Chapel) is a time to discover how to develop your own prayer and mindfulness practice. We’ll start each morning with a practice you might try and a poem, and then settle in for some time that is just for you. Running late? Just slip in and join us anyway.

Ushers Needed For September
We need volunteers to serve as ushers for Sunday Church service during the month of September. This is an excellent way to meet others at Church. We especially invite new persons attending Church to serve. You can sign up for just one Sunday or for several Sundays.
To sign up use the usher signup sheet next to the kitchen door during coffee hour, or see Don Shelton who will be serving as usher captain for the month of September.

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,

New Class Forming

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. Room#:TBD. If interested, contact Scott: 260.413.0966 or

Minister Of Care For The Week Of September 8 Is Sarah Burton.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.