A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
This Sunday in Worship
Services at 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Confirmation Sunday, 9 a.m.
Celebration of Holy Communion, both services
Preaching: Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler 
Text: 1 Samuel 3:1-20
Music: The Summer Choir will sing at the 9 a.m. service. 

This Sunday in Christian Formation
Classes at 10:15 a.m.

Coffee Fellowship: 8:15-11:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (treats served at 10 a.m.)

Childcare    
For infants and toddlers - Noah's Ark Nursery (in Octagon), 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For young children - Read N' Play Room (LL07) from 9-10 a.m.

Youth Sunday School
Joining Confirmation celebration in the Fellowship Hall

FaithLink
Joining Confirmation celebration in the Fellowship Hall

Theology and the 21st Century
We'll conclude our discussion on Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson.  
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Sunday Celebrations and Farewells
 
Be sure to join in on our reception for the confirmation students this Sunday at 10 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Spend some time visiting with confirmands and their families and then make your way to the farewell reception in the Choir Room for Anna Polum, the soprano in Quadrilateral Quartet.  This Sunday will be her last day making music with us.

We're looking forward to a weekend of joyous celebrations and bittersweet farewells. Hope to see you there!
Summer Choir Call
 
Have you always wanted to sing in the choir but can't commit to weekly rehearsals? Interested in being a part of bringing beautiful music to our services over the summer? Got family visiting and need something to do with them on Sunday mornings at 8:15?! Then Summer Choir is for you!

Summer Choir sings every other weekend through the summer. The choir gathers at 8:15 on those mornings to catch up, warm up, rehearse. No robes, no folders, no carry over from week to week, and no commitment! Music is accessible in 30 minutes and guests are invited and encouraged to participate!

Upcoming in Spiritual Formation

Join us next Sunday, June 10, for a church wide study on  Introduction to Christian Faith: A Deeper Way of Seeing, written by a former president of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Neal Fisher. 

Rev. Dr. Fowler has the following (and likely a bit more!) to say about the book: "(It) ventures into the key intersection of new paradigms in science and theology. Right on point to where many of my congregation live, this book helps to provoke critical conversations in the effort of both faith and science to seek understanding."

The series, Digging Deeper into the Christian Faith, will begin next Sunday, June 10, and run through August 26 (we'll suspend class on August 19 to welcome Sarah McBride during Pride weekend). We'll meet in the Chapel. 

Special Celebrations in Worship this Month
 
Summer kicks off at FUMC with a busy month of June! Join us for these special Sundays as we celebrate our youth and welcome guest preachers to our community. 

June 3:  Confirmation and Holy Communion
June 10: High School Graduate Recognition and Presentation of Van Dyke-Alton Scholarships
June 17: Welcoming Bishop Eduard Khegay, Bishop of Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference in the Moscow Episcopal Area
June 24: Welcoming Mallory Moore, Executive Director of The Crossing Campus Ministry and candidate for Deacon's Orders in the UMC

Vacation Bible School

Ahoy! We expect some information about this summer's VBS will be washing up on shore this weekend. Keep an eye out in the Narthex for a table and save the date for July 9-13!


Announcements

More Traffic Alerts for this Sunday! 
John Nolen Drive and North Shore Drive will be closed this Sunday, June 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Ride the Drive.  John Nolen Drive will be closed from Olin Avenue to the South Blair Street & Williamson Street intersection.  North Shore Drive will be closed from Proudfit Street to John Nolen Drive.  More information about Ride the Drive here.  

STARS Training - This Sunday!
FUMC is partnering with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for another year of STARS (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success). This program helps provide our  community's youngest scholars with the head start needed to succeed in school. Volunteer opportunities range from one to four hours for anywhere from 1-6 weeks during the summer. STARS is a great opportunity to continue our congregation's work around racial equity and education.  Join us at FUMC on Sunday, June 3, after the  second service for a training.   Contact Kathy Carpenter for more information.

Food Pantry Needs You!
The food pantry ran out of bags this week and needs your help! If you have any to spare, please bring bags to church on Sunday, or drop in the Welcome Center throughout the week. Paper bags are preferred. This is an on-going need and any help is much appreciated. 

Changes to Coffee Hour
We're making some changes to coffee hour on Sunday morning. In an effort to be more environmentally and economically responsible, we'll be phasing out our paper coffee cups and lids and replacing them with reusable mugs. You're always welcome to bring your own mug with a lid if you'd like your coffee to travel with you around the building! We're excited for this opportunity to live into our mission for sustainability and appreciate your cooperation.  Also, beginning this weekend and continuing through Labor Day, we'll be serving coffee on Sunday mornings from 8:15-11:15 in the Fellowship Hall, with treats served at 10 a.m.

Coffee Sponsorship
We all love Sunday's Coffee Fellowship Hour, but did you know that we rely on member donations to help support this valuable time? We now have two easy ways for you to sponsor the Sunday of your choice - add your name to the list in the Narthex or sign up online. You can also reach out to the Welcome Center by email or phone at 608-256-9061. 

Deborah Circle
Deborah Circle will meet at Sa Bai Thong at University Station on Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. Josie Gobel will share her experiences at the worldwide UMW Assembly which met in Cleveland this May. 

ASP Trip - Only 2 Spots Left!!
First UMC youth are headed to Appalachia Service Project this summer from July 14-July 22 to repair homes and serve God. We still have 2 spots available and are looking for more youth to join us. Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Van Dyke/Alton Scholarship, the cost is $100, with fundraisers available. Please contact Breanna to sign up or get more info.

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