What is Just Peace?  Just Peace envisions a renewed, vibrant, diverse, and sustainable world free of violence.  Shalom is the vision that pulls all creation toward a time when weapons are made into ploughs and all creatures lie down together without fear. As Christians, we offer this conviction to the world: Peace is possible!

Stay for a few minutes after TODAY’s worship service for the POTLUCK meal AND to participate in a LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN to advocate helping migrant families.

SERVICE OF HEALING AND RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 22 @12 NOON IN THE CHAPEL: a time to offer farewell and thanksgiving for the former ministry of Rev. Dr. Jack Skiles.

Spiritual Reading Group

We will have a meeting on Sept. 21stwith a new book, Mind in the Balance – Meditation in Science, Buddhism and Christianity by B. Alan Wallace who taught in the Department of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is now the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. Adam Frank, professor of University of Rochester comments “Always challenging and controversial, B. Alan Wallace’s abilities as a scholar and writer give this book an accessibility and breadth rarely encountered. As a book intended for a broad readership, Mind in the Balance successfully bridges history, theory, Christianity, Buddhism and science, making it truly unique.”

Chapters 5-10 will be discussed on Sept. 21st. All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions! For more information, please contact YouShin Choi (youschoi@gmail.com).

Time: 11:00-12:30, Place: Roger Williams Hall    

Youth Group Kickoff!

All students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to help kick off a new year of the Youth Group! The kickoff party will be in Roger Williams Hall on Sunday September 22nd, from 12:15 to 2 p.m.

There will be pizza, games, and door prizes! Vegetarian and vegan options will be available, as always.  Bring your friends!

Please see Derek Roe with questions, or email him at youthgroup@firstuc.org.

A Shower for First United Church!  
Please join us after church on Sunday, September 29 for a celebration of what our church offers to young families and the launch of an effort to bring in even more! Consider supporting a reinvestment in our programs and spaces for young children with a gift from our wish lists, a monetary donation toward some of the bigger ticket needs, and/or your enthusiasm and prayers. See the display by Fellowship Hall for more information. We hope you can join us!

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 scottcall2018@gmail.com

Picnic at Fowler Pumpkin Patch

The Board of Christian Education has reserved space at Fowler Pumpkin Patch on 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.  All are welcome.  We hope you’ll join us!

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  smckenney@stonebelt.org OR visit Stone Belt’s Events on Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/StoneBeltArc/ 

Minister Of Care For The Week Of September 15 is Sarah Burton.  A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.