Slow Church Sermon Series ~ Each Sunday we are going to explore together what a “slow movement” looks like for First Friends. As we kick off Sunday School on September 9th, Bob Henry will lay a foundation for the roots of this slow movement and why it is especially important in our fast-paced society. This invitation to explore outside of what is labeled “franchise faith” and back into the Kingdom of God – where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loved the church – is instrumental in developing an ongoing vision for First Friends. We hope you will plan to join us for this exploration during the Fall months.
Poverty 101 Class ~ The Shalom Zone is pleased to be hosting Tim Streett and his Poverty 101 course at First Friends on Monday evenings at 7 pm through October 15 and last approximately 90 minutes per session. Tim works for The Shepherd Community Center and has developed this course to help folks gain a better understanding of what poverty is really all about in contrast to what those, who have not lived in poverty, think it is all about. Tim has intentionally lived among those in poverty and has developed a unique understanding that he believes is helpful to those who take his course to be better equipped to help deal with poverty situations. Don’t worry if you cannot attend each week as Tim says there is powerful learning each week that you are able to attend. You can sign up for the course on the sheet in the corner of the hallway or by notifying the First Friends office. A donation of $20 is requested for the course and scholarships are available for anyone who would like one. Simply notify the First Friends office. All proceeds will go to the Shepherd Community Center.
Threshing Together ~ This Thursday night, September 20th, the men of First Friends and their guests will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of gathering and Threshing Together at 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Our first year of “threshings” found us in a variety of neighborhoods where the men of First Friends abide. These gatherings provided needed socialization and comradery for nearly 50 different men at our 10 venues last year. The only changes for this coming year will be a variety of new venues and a new name, Threshing Together!
If you are interested in gathering with men who mull over current issues or topics, where all points of view are heard, no decisions are made, and all in a non-threatening atmosphere over a meal, then Threshing Together is for you! Join us. See locations here: https://goo.gl/HosLVg
Sing-Along with Jim! ~ Mark your calendars for Friday, September 21 for an evening of music and fun with songs ranging from Dylan to Pete Seeger, Beetles to Stephen Foster. Some are sad, pensive, inspirational, patriotic, religious. We are now enlarging the songs and printing them, placing them in folders alphabetically, thus making a less labor-intensive process for all. Rise Up Singing and Rise Again are still useful in case we have more singers than folders. Please do bring your books. We begin at 7:00, end at 8:30 or soon after. Third Friday of the month, as usual!
Invite to Saturday’s Harvest Picnic and Work Day; Heavy Morning Rain Will Postpone Event
Everyone, including non-gardeners, is invited to the Harvest Picnic and Garden Work Day this Saturday, September 22 at 9 a.m. Feel free to come for the work day, the picnic, or both. The Picnic is a pitch-in. Rain is in the forecast and we are hoping it is dry in the morning. We can move the picnic to the Parlor if needed. If it is a drenching rain in the a.m. we will postpone the work and the picnic. Remember to bring your oats from the Glendale Library if you want to plant a cover crop!
Service Appreciation Dinner ~ Please reserve Sunday, September 23, 5:30 – 8:30 pm for a dinner at First Friends to show appreciation to a few members of First Friends for their service and dedication to our Meeting over the years. This year we will show appreciation for the service of Judy and Clarence D, Tom F, Bev and Dan H, Barbara O, Dan R, and Gary W. Look for a sign-up sheet in the corner of the hall to RSVP. There is no charge for the dinner. This is one that you don’t want to miss so mark your calendar today!
Join our Oak Leaf Meeting for Reading book group on Tuesday, September 25 for September’s pick ~ Sourdough by Robin Sloan. If you are interested in being on the Oak Leaf email list or would like the book list, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oak Leaf meets on the last Tuesday of each month in the Parlor at 7 pm, everyone is welcome.
Small Groups! ~ We are excited to offer spiritual growth small groups again this fall starting October 15th and continuing for a 5-week period (ending the week before Thanksgiving). In the past our small groups study sessions were an opportunity to deepen connections in a small group with Friends. We will be studying the book by Richard Rohr called “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.” In his book, Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that those who have fallen, failed, or "gone down" are the only ones who understand "up." Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. See below for current available sessions. Please contact the office at email@example.com with your preferred time or sign up on Sundays just outside of the sanctuary when you're at worship. We hope you will join us!
Mondays at 7:00pm at the home of Deb S in Indianapolis with Deb S and Bill H
Wednesdays at 1:30pm at the Meetinghouse in the Parlor with Linda L and Ed M.
Thursdays at 7:00pm at The Well Coffeehouse in Fishers with Jim & Leslie K.
SAWS Ramp Build ~ The Shalom Zone is planning another SAWS ramp build. Please note that the date for the ramp build has been changed to Saturday, October 6th. SAWS is an organization that builds ramps for low income folks who need a ramp to enter/exit their homes. If you would like to volunteer to help or need more information, please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers must complete the volunteer form before their first build. This form can be found on the SAWS website: http://sawsramps.org
Recycling Event! The Shalom Zone plans to have its yearly recycling event with Recycle Force on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. If an item runs (or used to run) with a plug or a battery you can recycle it! This year it will be held at Epworth United Methodist Church, 6450 Allisonville Rd. A $20 donation is requested for appliances containing Freon (fridges, freezers, ac units and dehumidifiers) and televisions. Other monetary contributions are greatly appreciated. This is a great opportunity to clean out your basement, garage, closets, attic and responsibly recycle unwanted electronics and appliances.
SAVE THE DATE! We need your blood on Sunday, December 2nd. We are having a blood drive from in Fellowship Hall. Keep an eye out for more details in coming months!