A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 1
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Pentecost"
Text: Acts 2:1-21
Music: Summer Choir
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
It's a Pentecost Party!
Sunday, June 4, 
10:15 - 11:15 a.m., 
Fellowship Hall 

June 4 is Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit's presence and the birth of the Church. Adult classes are being suspended for the morning and children and youth will join the festivities for part of the hour, enabling us to celebrate together as a whole community.
  • 10:15 - Hear the good news about exciting and fruitful ministries the Spirit is empowering in and through our congregation. Learn about volunteer and education opportunities.
  • 10:35 - Sunday School children and youth will share a brief presentation creatively retelling the story of Pentecost.
  • 10:45 - Fellowship time with cake and "birthday" gifts for all.
Please plan to worship at either 9 or 11:15 a.m. and join in the festivities in Fellowship Hall. See you Sunday! 
Church Conference Approves Mortgage Refinancing

Last Sunday, a special Church Conference approved refinancing the $1.5 million building mortgage. Refinancing will occur on June 30. Any donations received toward "Principal Reduction" during the month of June will help lower the current mortgage prior to refinancing.  Please prayerfully consider making a one-time contribution prior to June 30 to reduce the principal of the new mortgage to save interest and retire the mortgage sooner.
Time for Vacation Bible School
June 26 - 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Trinity UMC 
(1123 Vilas Ave. Madison)

Who Is Your Neighbor? Join us for a week of activities and lessons about poverty and homelessness. First Church, Trinity UMC and Korean UMC are teaming up to provide a fun time for grade school age children to help them learn about this problem and how they can help people in our community. A light evening meal will be provided Monday - Thursday, with a potluck supper on Friday evening. Contact Laurie Peterson at lpeterson@fumc.org or 608-338-1292 with any questions. 
It's Time to DO SOMETHING!
Between 1-6 Weeks   
(June 19-July 28)
Between 1-4 Hours 
(7:45 a.m.-Noon)

Education/Formation, Direct Involvement, and Advocacy are three distinct, yet inter-connected avenues that have been identified for our congregation's continued engagement in the work of addressing racial equity. This summer we have opportunity for Direct Involvement. The STARS program (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success) prepares pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-ready students for success in school. Volunteer to help young children develop reading, math and social skills. Contact Kathy Carpenter for more information.
or Call 608-338-0545
"...Unless You're an Astronomer..."

Don't be distracted looking upward for God and miss opportunities to continue Jesus' ministry. Instead, look outward to our beloved community and all the people around us.
First Church Ministries Highlights

During worship we express our appreciation for the wide variety of critical ministries to which our friends and members give their gifts of time and energy as an offering to God. There are many ways we can give to God and serve our neighbors. Maybe you will be inspired!
Green Team UW Arboretum Work Day
Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. - Noon

Join the Green Team for a fun, intergenerational work project. We will be removing invasive plants from restoration sites. The Arboretum will provide tools, work gloves and some refreshments. Please bring your own water bottle. See link below for important notes regarding what to wear. We will meet at the front steps of the Arboretum Visitor Center (1207 Seminole Highway, Madison) a little before 9 a.m. Group size is limited to 20, so sign up soon.
TRANSforming Faith Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., FUMC

This day, organized by Joanne Lee in honor of Skylar Lee, will be dedicated to strengthening understanding between transgender youth, their parents and their faith leaders. The event will consist of panel discussions, caucus break out groups and workshops on a variety of pertinent topics. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Announcements
Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus Concert
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m., Barrique's (127 W. Wash)
Join us for a study led by Rev. Mark Fowler, who will be teaching from his book, Mentoring into Vocation.
or call 608-338-0158
Faith, Fasting and Friendship:
An Interfaith Ramadan Break-the-Fast Potluck Iftar
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S Park St #106
Newcomer Gathering
Sunday, June 11, 10:15 a.m., Room 208
If you would like to learn more about First Church and its mission and ministries, please join us for this informal gathering. Please contact Mary Hasheider if you are interested in attending.
Contact Mary >    or call 608-338-0107
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m.
Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave., Madison
All are invited to join us for our last meeting before the summer break. A representative of United Way will tell us about the services they provide.
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