A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 12
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Tina Lang
"A Light to the Nations"
Text: Isaiah 49:1-7
Music: Handbell Choir, Chamber Choir
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
CHIMES Moves to Weekly

Next week First Church will launch a new quarterly publication called First Look. The monthly Chimes is being changed to meet the "news and announcement cycle" more effectively by being primarily available in print on Sundays. Please continue to send your article submissions for Chimes to chimes@fumc.org by Tuesday afternoon of each week. Once received, any events announcements will be edited for publication space available and concurrently published on the FUMC website calendar and in this weekly @First electronic newsletter. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Hillner at chimes@fumc.org or call the communications office at 608-338-0107.
Human Relations Day
Special Offering on Sunday, January 15

As we celebrate the promise and potential of a new year, let us not forget those living in the margins of society - those who have lost hope. The UMC's annual Human Relations Day offering gives us an opportunity to change their outlook. When we join thousands of other United Methodists across the U.S. in a special offering, we become a voice for the voiceless and shine a light on the overlooked and ignored. Our Special Sunday offerings support advocacy, community development, at-risk youth, elderly, disabled and others in need. When we give on Human Relations Day, we effect change today and for generations to come. Come to worship on January 15 prepared with your special gift. Thank you.
Adjourned Session of Church Conference
Monday, January 16, 6:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

The evening will begin with a brief worship service in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Then we will review the church's work this past year and look forward to our new plans.
Wesleyan Covenant Renewal
Worship, Lunch and Program, Sunday, Jan. 22

It was John Wesley's tradition in worship at the first of each New Year to include a renewal of one's covenant with God. Wesley's Covenant Prayer and other parts of the Covenant service will shape worship at both 9 and 10:30 a.m. services on January 22.  To learn more about our Wesleyan heritage, lunch and a program presented by Pastor Mark Fowler will be offered following worship. The lunch will be provided with a suggested free-will donation of $6 per person. Please register for lunch so we are  well-prepared for everyone. Sign up for lunch no later than Tuesday, January 17 by contacting the church office or signing up at the Info Desk on Sunday.
Or call 608-338-0545
Seeking and Serving God in a Time of Public Turmoil
New Adult Class Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Mel Vance
Six-week series beginning Sunday, January 22, 10:30 a.m
(Also offered Tuesday evenings in February)

What authority can the Bible have when culture and society seem to have moved beyond the reach of our past versions of biblical teaching? How is the relationship between God and the world going? How do we form relationships with contemporaries when progressive Christianity doesn't seem to be high on their list of attractive options? Judeo-Christian biblical tradition affirms that through the study of "the Word" faithful communities have found and will again find theological wisdom and spiritual courage to address these and other questions.  Learn more about this series and pick up class packets in the Octagon this Sunday or email info@fumc.org.
Thank You, Thank You Kindly
Giving is rooted in the understanding of "thank you". When our hearts are filled with gratitude, there is no room for guilt, blame or shame.
Million Pound Challenge On Again
Second Harvest and the Princeton Club are joining up again this year to help food pantry partners earn pounds of food. It's easy to participate: Click the link below to register, then sign up for our church team, "FUMC Food Pantry" and choose for your earnings to go to "First United Methodist Church Food Pantry". Select whether you are tracking exercise time or weight lost. Then weekly go on line and record your results. For every exercise hour or pound of weight loss, the Princeton Club will donate 10 pounds of food to our Food Pantry. Last year we received the equivalent of $350 of food. Have fun!
Announcements
Volunteer for Foot Care Clinic for the Homeless
Saturday, January 21, 8 a.m.
Help out at this monthly clinic that provides essential services for our neighbors in need. Sign up online or contact Karen Andro at kandro@fumc.org or 608-338-0320.  Sign Up Online >
Wanted: Sunday Movers and Shakers
Would you like to help reset the Sanctuary furniture between worship services on Sundays? Help with this light lifting is needed between 10:10 and 10:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We hope to develop a monthly schedule, so this will not be an every Sunday commitment. Please contact Ross Cowing if you are interested. Contact Ross >  or Call  608-338-0545
Sunday in the Octagon
  • Just Bakery Initiative
     
    Fresh bakery products for sale from this program of Madison Urban Ministries (MUM). Learn More >
     
  • International Ministries Equal Exchange Coffee
    What goes better with bakery than a good cup of coffee? Coffee, chocolate and other goodies now available only on the third Sunday of each month. Learn More >
UMW Tabitha Circle
Thursday, January 19, 1 p.m., Room 208
All are invited for a discussion of recent articles and topics in Response magazine. The gathering will begin with a time of refreshments and devotions.
UMW Envisioning Team
Wednesday, January 25, 1 p.m., Room 208
Join our UMW Envisioning Team to plan for an exciting year ahead! All are invited to the discussion.
Climate Justice Book Study
Sunday, January 22, 1 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Start the New Year off on a thoughtful, hopeful note with this four-part study of the book Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action. All ages are invited to join the inter-congregational dialogue. Sessions will meet at First Church and several other Madison churches during January and February. More Info and Full Schedule > 
Recycle the Warmth Blanket Collection
Sunday, January 29
Help us collect blankets for St. Vincent de Paul to distribute to individuals and families in need by bringing new or gently used blankets to church on this Sunday. Another way to help is to purchase blankets at a discount on Friday, January 27 or Saturday, January 28 at Shopko stores in Madison, where you can make a blanket donation in the store. Thanks for helping us Recycle the Warmth.
Church Building Closed on MLK Day
The church building, offices and all Hope's Home Outreach programs will be closed during office hours on Monday, January 16 in observance of  Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day. The church building will be open that evening at 6 p.m. for the church conference.
Sponsor Chancel Flowers
You can sponsor one of the beautiful flower arrangements that grace our Sanctuary during worship ($35). It's a nice way to honor or remember friends and loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. The 2017 signup sheet is now available online.  Sign Up to Sponsor >
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