FIRST CONGREGATIONAL

UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST
INDIANAPOLIS

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 30 

Jesus taught in parables, but ever since we got past that first generation of Jewish Christians we have struggled with what they meant.  The Greeks sought allegories, moderns sought morals.  What did Jesus mean?  Treasure in Parables,  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.


C4 Choir | August 6 and 13

The ‘Circle City Chamber Choir (C4 Choir) will join our 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 6, singing works by Anton Bruckner and Stephan Paulus. They return for a full concert on Sunday, August 13 for a 7 p.m. concert on ‘1000 Miles from Comfort: Journey Songs’


Chautauqua Sunday | August 20, 2017

August brings our 160th Anniversary, and we will celebrate by hosting a ‘Chautauqua Day’  series of events that reflect the values that have guided us over the years.  We were an early advocate for ‘The Social Gospel’ which holds that to follow Christ requires doing good in the world.  So on this day we:

8:30 a.m.            Breakfast

9:45 a.m.            The A.L.I.C.E Cohort by Dr. Sheila Kennedy.  A lecture and discussion on the problems faced by the part of our society---37% of Indiana---that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained but Employed.  The working-almost poor.  What are the opportunities for ministry here?

11 a.m.               Worship.  Neil Gaiman’s American Gods takes a whimsical look at the gods Americans really worship.  Some of this is good fun, others hold the potential for real evil.  Who’s ‘God’s Competition’ today, and what do we do about this in our lives?

12 p.m.               Lunch

  1 p.m.               Spiritual exercises, outdoor and indoor games.

  4 p.m.               Tea, Scones and Birthday Cake

  4:30 p.m.          Vespers: A celebration of the continuation of our journey


Come for part or all of the day.  If you want to join in the meals, please contact the church and make your reservations.


Opportunities

In response to expressions of interest, we  are exploring the creation of two new groups:


A Faith in Action group will convene during the afternoon of August 20 to explore becoming aware and acting upon important issues of our day.  This will be a non-partisan group, but will be an activist group that will witness for Jesus in both private and public ways.  Contact Jim Rutherford if interested.


A Spiritual Explorers group will convene on Saturday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at the church to explore different strategies for becoming more spiritually alive.  The group will meet monthly to discuss their results and learn about new ways of encountering God.  Dessert will be served!