REMINDER: Play Friday is tonight, September 14 from 5:30-8 in Fellowship Hall. Join us for pizza, games,and a clay craft led by Cindy Stone. Email Hopi Stosberg,, with questions or to RSVP. See you there!

KETTLEFEST. SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16! JOIN US! September’s?3rd Sunday Potluck is KETTLEFEST. ?And this one will be JAZZY. ?On Sept. 16, the main courses will be provided, steaming from the kettles. ?Please bring a side dish, bread, salad or dessert to share or just come. ?We’ll have a jazz duo provide background music starting about 12:30. Kettlefest is our annual celebration of being?together, held toward the beginning of the school year. ?It is an excellent opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor to come to church with you.

PAINT THE TOWN PURPLE. Help kick off Opioid awareness week and recovery month! Monday, September 17 from 6:00p-8:00p. At the Monroe County Courthouse, 100 W. Kirkwood Ave. Music, Food trucks, Family friendly fun activities! Let?s celebrate recovery with sober fun! Wear purple!

Hosted by? Monroe County Government, Indiana Center of Recovery, Indiana Recovery Alliance, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Groups, Centerstone, Courage to Change and more!

SPIRITUAL READING GROUP. We have read through Beyond Religion by the Dalai Lama since last March. 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 read only 2 chapters each month for deeper understanding and discussion. The first meeting will be October 13th. (We usually meet on the first Saturday of each month.) All are welcome to attend. Bring your questions! For more information, please contact YouShin Choi ( 11:00-12:30, first Saturday of the month Place: Roger Williams room?

USHERS NEEDED FOR OCTOBER. As the cool breezes of autumn approach, October?s usher captain needs your help. ?Would you be willing to serve as an usher for a Sunday or two in October? ?If so, please contact Dave Meyer at ?It is easy and a fun way to get to know folks.??

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY ? OCTOBER 7?On Sunday, October 7, we will celebrate World Communion Sunday by including a variety of traditional breads from cultures all around the world on the patens (bread plates) for our Communion service.? To add to the international flavor of the day, we invite you to wear traditional clothing from other cultures (e.g., saris, Lederhosen, kilts, kimonos, Mayan huipiles) in honor and celebration of the diversity of the human experience around the globe.

?WELCOME BACK TO THE YOUTH GROUP!?Summer vacation is over and the school year has truly started back, which means it’s time to welcome the Youth Group back at First United!

For the 2018 to 2019 school year the youth group’s regular meetings will be noon to 1:30 on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, with special events any time there is a fifth Sunday in a month.

If you have any questions about the Youth Group, or would like more information, please contact Derek Roe at

FEEDBACK. Each year, First United asks for feedback on each of our paid staff members. This year, the church leadership is trying a new way of gathering this feedback from the congregation. Vice President Mary Peckham explains the reasons for this change here:?

If you would like to provide feedback on any of our staff members, you can do so online:? Feedback can be left anonymously or you can tell us who you are. If you would like to provide feedback on paper rather than online, please contact Mary Peckham.

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

SUNDAY FLOWER ANNOUNCEMENT. The sign-up book for 2018 flower donations is available in the lobby of Fellowship Hall.? We have spaces available in September, October, November and December. Choose any Sunday to provide flowers for the sanctuary.? Your donations are appreciated and the flowers are yours to take home following worship.? Thanks.??

MONTHLY POTLUCKS.? Bring yourself and a dish for food and fellowship. Potlucks will be after service on the following dates: September 16, October 21, 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

SEARCH CAPABILITIES FOR THE CHURCH LIBRARY ARE GOING DIGITAL!?The library committee has been hard at work adding records online to our new catalog hosted by Library Thing. Over 550 items from our collection can now be searched based on title, author, tags, subject and/or topic. The checkout process will remain the same. Books may be checked out by writing your contact information on the circulation slip in the back of each book and placing it in the black box on the library table.

To see the holdings currently in the online catalog, please visit The Library Thing app is also available for free on both iPhone and Android platforms.

Please contact a member of the committee with any questions: Allison McClanahan, Jeannine Roe, Christine “Chris” Naulty, or Ralph Gaebler.”??

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,

MINISTER OF CARE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, IS SARAH BURTON.? A minister of care is a church volunteer who visits members in their home.