Rev. Scott Aaseng:


Office Hours:

4-6pm, Friday, August 22
2-6pm, Sunday, August 24


*Walk-ins are welcome, though emailing for an appointment is helpful. Rev. Scott will be on vacation from Monday, August 4, through Monday, August 18. Janet French is available for pastoral emergencies while he is away.



Board and Committee Chair Retreat: 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, August 22 at Maggie Reister's House and the following day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for board members), Saturday, August 23 at the Center for Congregations located at 9801 Connecticut Drive, Crown Point.


August 29, Faith in Action Project: The Fuller Center for Housing in Gary is sponsoring a blitz building project the last week of August. They will build two new homes and renovate two existing homes. Michele Ferrell with the Faith-in-Action Committee is heading a group to volunteer on Friday, August 29. Anyone interested in joining this group please contact Michele through the church office. Skills are not necessary, but welcome!

Fundraising: It's Back to School time. You can do all your back-to-school shopping with SCRIP cards and make a little money for the church. Clothes and shoes, paper and pencils, computers and laptops, we can take care of all of it. How does it work, you may be wondering. You buy a card for face value, so it costs you nothing. We purchase cards a discounted price, and the balance is our profit. How much can we make? It is a percentage, which varies by the store. Some give back 2%, and some as much as 9 or 10%. But it is all our profit, and it all adds up. We made $851.00 last fiscal year, at no cost or effort to us.We can order cards for most major retailers, so ask to see the list. And don't forget groceries and gas, and your other everyday expenses. Chances are we can get cards for that too!

If you have any questions or want to order cards, see Beth Porch or any other member of Fundraising. Using SCRIP cards is a win-win for us!


7 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, Common Reader Book Group: Book Group will meet at the church. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Park Restaurant, 7 E. Ridge Road, Hobart.  The book selection is “The Greatest Generation,” by Tom Brokaw. The book is available at public libraries and other sources. Reading it is not mandatory. Contact Wendy Masters.


Saturday, August 23, Café Agape: Every Saturday, the Presbyterian Church of Hobart hosts Cafe Agape, a free  community meal. First Unitarian volunteers coordinate a meal once a month. Arrive at the Presbyterian Church to prepare food from 9 - 11 a.m., to serve food from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and to help with clean-up from noon - 2 p.m. (Help with all if you can.) This month’s coordinator is Michele Ferrell. There is a sign-up sheet in Parish Hall.  August is traditionally a month of low attendance for our congregation. Please make a special effort to help put your faith in action by helping at the Cafe.


10 a.m. Sunday, August 24, First Hour Forum: Forum in Parish Hall. “Long Strange Trip,” UU history video series, part 6: The UUA and the Future. 11 a.m. service Sunday, August 24, join our music director Jeremy Jacobsen for a unique presentation of classic songs as well as a few of his own. Folk songs blues and hymnody will be emphasized in this program that celebrates the role of music in our faith and in our lives.


10 a.m. Sunday, August 31, First Hour Forum: Forum in Parish Hall. “Long Strange Trip,” UU history video series, part 6: series wrap-up. 11 a.m. service, Annual In-gathering Water Ceremony. Have you collected any water this summer? We come together at the end of summer to share a symbol of life and hope,  to honor our connections with one another and this church, and to blend our water together in demonstration of our commitment to one another an the world. There will be water available for any who do not bring some from travels or home. May the water inspire us to a year of hope, love, and courageous faith.  Amen.


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