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Monday Devotional

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June 10, 2024

Dear friends,

I would like to share a portion of a poem by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. She writes: 


We do not become healers. 

We came as healers. We are, 

Some of us still catching up to what we are. 


We do not become storytellers. 

We came as carriers of the stories 

We and our ancestors actually lived. We are, 

Some of us still catching up to what we are. 


We do not become artists.  

We came as artists. We are, 

Some of us still catching up to what we are. 


We do not become writers, dancers, musicians, 

Helpers, peacemakers. We came as such. We are, 

Some of us still catching up to what we are. 


I love this sentiment. And I believe it is true. We are healers. We have always been healers. We are storytellers and have always been so. We are artists, writers, dancers, musicians and so much more. Rather than putting up barriers that define what we are not, we are holy creatures continually exploring new gifts and talents that may surprise us to discover. We are still catching up to what we are and have always been. 





Upcoming Activities

Love Chapel Food Booth

Love Chapel is sponsoring a food booth at the Bartholomew County Fair. First UMC has agreed to serve the breakfast on Friday June 28th. If you are able to assist during that morning, please contact the church office. If you would like to volunteer at another time or date, please contact Love Chapel at


Mountain Mission Truck

The Mountain Mission will be stopping at First UMC on Tuesday June 11th. If you have gently used clothing, furniture or household items, you can bring them to the church prior to this date. Some of their most needed items include sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows, towels, crafting supplies and pots and pans.


Fridays @ First

On Friday June 14th our organist, Destin Wernicke, will provide an organ recital in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. This performance is a prelude to his participation in a national competition where he will compete against eight other organists. Come and enjoy the concert at First UMC and support Destin in his preparations.


Farewell Reception

Sunday June 16th will be Pastor Harriet's final Sunday with us. She will be returning to her home state of New York where she will continue her studies while serving a local church. To express our appreciation for her ministry among us, the Staff Parish committee will hold a reception next Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. Be sure to stop by to offer your support and blessings to Pastor Harriet as she begins this new adventure.


Book Club

Hoosier author, Scott Russell Sanders has written a wonderful collection of short stories that will be the focus of our June Book Club. The book is entitled, “Small Marvels.”  We will meet in the church library on June 16th at 6:00 p.m.


Upcoming Events

June 19 Brown Bag Luncheon

June 23 Holy Humor Sunday

July 21 Mill Race Theater presentation of "Damn Yankees!"

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