Tag Archives: Bloomington

Installation of Rev. John Napoli

The Presbytery of Ohio Valley invites you
to attend the installation of

The Reverend John Napoli
as Pastor of

United Presbyterian Church
1701 E Second St., Bloomington, Indiana,
on Sunday, November 6th at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)
(812) 332-1850

All ministers are invited to vest and wear red stoles.

Concert Saturday evening at Bloomington First

Taifa Mziki
Kenyatta University

Sylvester Makobi, Director
Wilson Shitandi, Director

together with The International Vocal Ensemble
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Katherine Strand, Director
Loida Pineda, Assistant Instructor


Building Cultural Bridges through Music and Art

March 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington Indiana

A note about Taifa Mziki:
Taifa Mziki was founded on 20th February 2010 by Collins Murambi and Sylvester Makobi who also serves as the group’s director. The name of the group means, ‘music which brings people together to make one nation.’ The group’s repertoire is mainly African pop music and folksongs arranged for male voices.

Being one of the best all male choral groups in Kenya, in 2012, the group participated in the first televised choir competition in East Africa, ‘The Kwaya,’ and thrilled fans due to their wonderful and creative performances. In 2011 the group was invited to perform during the premier of the International Student Film Festival held in Nairobi, Kenya. The group has also been performing in various corporate, state functions, and concerts.

Taifa Mziki members, most of them being University students, are involved in a choral music mentorship program in high schools in the country. Through this program, the group encourages young people to join or form choirs. The performances and workshops create a platform for the group to preach peace. The members of the group come from different ethnic communities and use the diversity as an opportunity to learn songs from different languages.

Taifa Mziki aims to be an ambassador of African Music.

October Gathering of the North Central Region

Join us for fellowship, food, worship, and program on Monday, October 14th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. The gathering will be held at First Presbyterian Church (221 E. 6th St., Bloomington)The church is located a short distance east of the downtown square.

To assist with a count for the meal, please RSVP to Sadie in the church office at (812) 332-1514 by Friday, October 11th. The cost of the meal will be $6-8.

The program will be a presentation by Nora Kort, a Palestinian Christian from Jerusalem. She is one of the authors of the Kairos Document and is one of the International Peacemakers of the Presbyterian Church.

Worship will be led by the Rev. Deborah McKune, and there will be a “speak-out” session for

See you on October 14th!

Retirement Announcement: Rev. David Bremer

An Invitation to all POV members:

The Reverend David A. Bremer has announced his retirement.   On Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 10 a.m., he will deliver his farewell sermon at United Presbyterian Church where he has faithfully served the congregation for nearly 22 years.   All are warmly welcome to attend.

The service will include his farewell sermon, a performance by pianist Jeeyoon Kim (PhD Jacobs School of Music) and a presentation from the congregation.   A Pitch-In of Love Luncheon will immediately follow in Fellowship Hall on the lower level of the church.  Entrees will be provided by the UPC congregation.  Please plan to bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share.

If you are unable to attend but would like to send a card or message to pass on to Reverend Bremer, we would be happy to accept it and pass it along for you.  Please mail them to:

Allen Pease
United Presbyterian Secretary
3080 E. Covenanter Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

Best regards,

Elder Souheil Haddad, Chair
UPC Worship Committee:
Shannon Bahr, Alejandra Haddad, Elaine Hubbard, Jeeyoon Kim, Allen Pease

Four Doorways Workshop

The Church Transformation Team of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley is sponsoring a special one day worship workshop called Four Doorways.

Learn to unlock the gifts your congregation already has to revitalize worship.

The event takes place:
Saturday, April 13th
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church Bloomington

Workshop leader and church musician, Adam Kukuk, will help us explore ways of engaging people in worship.

Adam’s greatest passion is nurturing participatory and creative Christian worship.

What is Four Doorways?

Four Doorways is a workshop exploring all-age worship resources. It incorporates inclusive, participatory, and ecumenical music from all over the planet.

Specifically tailored to the gifts & challenges of small to medium size churches, the workshop will help you do more – and connect more deeply – with what God has given you. I firmly believe – You already have everything you need to deepen your worship of God.

Pre-Registration will begin at Assembly on March 5th
Printed registration forms will be available at our March 5th Assembly meeting.

Cost $15 per participant and includes lunch. There is a group discount price of $10 per participant if you bring five or more from your church. Churches that register at least two unrelated people by Friday, April 5th, will receive a special musical gift at the workshop.

Find out More:

Register online here!

If you have specific questions, interests or concerns you would like to see addressed at the workshop, please e-mail Rev. Anne Marshall at acs.marshall@nullsbcglobal.net

Additional Information:

  • Parking is available in the lot behind First Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. The adjacent bank parking lot is also available to the church for Saturday events. Some street parking will also be reserved. We encourage car-pooling!
  • Enter the church through the parking lot doors. A check-in table will be set up as you walk into the church. Coffee and snacks will be available at check-in.
  • Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and the workshop will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
  • The workshop will conclude at 4:00 p.m.

IUkirk for Bloomington Students

Dear Ohio Valley Presbytery Pastors,

United Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington, IN would like to reach out and welcome any of your members who may be college students, especially the freshmen at IU who may be looking for a church “home away from home.” We would love to be a support system for them here, and connect them with some folks and families who are eager to encourage them in this season of life. Would you pass on our information to them, and if they’re willing, could you provide us with a current email for him/her/them?

There are a number of wonderful activities including weekly gatherings and a mission project being planned for this hope, and ways we hope your church members can continue to grow in God’s community while in Bloomington.

In faith,

Mihee Kim-Kort

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New Hymnal Workshop May 17th

Probably you’ve heard!! The Presbyterian Church USA is preparing a new Hymnbook, and it will be out very soon.  I’ve been named an Advocate for the hymnbook in our Presbytery, and want to alert you to an event coming up to promote it!

This Thursday, May 17 th, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm (Eastern),  the North Central Region will host a workshop to introduce the hymnbook at First Presbyterian Church, 221 E Sixth Street, in Bloomington.

Representatives from the Louisville offices will be present to share some of the songs in the new book and hear our questions and concerns.   Folks outside the region are invited.   Please notify the Church (812-332-1514) if you plan to attend.

There will be other events throughout the coming year to introduce the Hymnbook in your area.  Please stay tuned, and get ready to sing!
Tim Jessen, Hymnal advocate