Sunday Mornings: Sunday School at 9:30; Worship Service at 10:45
Ash Wednesday Service
We invite you to join us next Wednesday, February 10, at 7:00 PM for our Ash Wednesday service - a meaningful beginning to the season of Lent.
More Blessings to Share
Sunday, February 21, promises to be a Sunday you won't want to miss.
Our guest preacher for the day will be Kerry Thompson, the Executive Director of the Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, telling us about her call to this work and how she has known God working through Habitat over her many years in Bloomington.
After the worship service, we’ll have a potluck lunch and hear a presentation from Kerry Thompson and from Don Weiler, of Bailey & Weiler Design & Build, on how UBC might sponsor a new home for a local family this year. This is an exciting ministry opportunity, and you will certainly want to hear about it firsthand.
Please make February 21 a priority on your calendar!
2015 Christmas Benevolence Project
Of the projects suggested by members of the congregation, the deacons chose the Community Kitchen’s BackPack Buddies Program as our 2015 Christmas Benevolence Project.
Deacons collected money from November 22 through January 3 with the goal of raising $6000! -- enough to fill 1200 backpacks (approximately 1 month of the program), $5 per kid per week.
Because of your generosity, we met and even exceeded this goal (final total = $6,278). Later in January we placed a food pantry order with Aldi’s Grocery Store, who packed the food onto pallets which were then picked up and delivered straight to Community Kitchen. Take a look at the photos above to see one result of your generous Christmas giving. Thank you for helping to meet this great need!
The St. Thomas Community Garden group is sponsoring a seed-saving workshop next month, and they have invited us to participate.
What is seed-saving? How do I do it? Why does it matter? ~~
Learn the basics at Seed-Saving 101, a conversation and workshop led by local expert Roger Hartwell. The event takes place Saturday, February 27 from 9 AM-Noon at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 3800 E. Third St., Bloomington. In this interactive workshop, participants will discuss the many benefits of home-based seed-saving, from economics to ethics to flavor! They will leave with basic techniques for saving popular garden seeds such as tomatoes, peppers, beans and squash.
There is no charge for this event. Adults and family groups are welcome! Registration is appreciated but not required. For information or to register, contact Paula Perron at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-935-7424.
Seed-Saving 101 is the first in a series of learning labs for 2016, sponsored by the St. Thomas Community Garden. Future topics include Small-Space Gardening and Food Preservation.
Visit https://stlconline.wordpress.com/community-garden/ to reserve space for the 2016 growing season in the newly-expanded garden space south of the building. Deer fencing protects the area; water is convenient; and, judging from last season’s experience, plants and pollinators love the raised beds and full sunshine!
SAVE THE DATE ~
There is no shortage of ways for you to be involved in the life of UBC. Besides our Worship Service, Sunday School, & various ministries, we have several committees gathering year-round, each with varying ways to participate in our church family!
- Building & Grounds -- are responsible for the recent cleaning and staining of our building's exterior. Thank you!
- Church Council -- Church Council meets the third Sunday of most months at 12:30.
- Deacons -- Deacons are available for prayer needs, benevolence requests & congregation news.
- Missions -- Check out the bulletin board in the foyer for information on our long-term mission, the Kenyan School Project.
- Outreach -- Check out the other bulletin boards in the foyer for our focus on ministry and service opportunities.
- Personnel -- We're working on hiring a part-time pianist.
- Social -- What's up next? Watch for announcements of our times of fellowship.
- Worship Committee -- We work with Pastor Annette to take care of details of our worship services.