A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 3
Sunday Worship
All Saints Celebration and Communion
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Speak Their Name"
Text: Luke 6:20-31
Music: Chancel Choir,  Quadrilateral Quartet
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Why do we want to leap forward in financial support for our church's ministry? Paula Primm shares her experience as a newer member of First Church. 

My relationship with First Church is complicated. When I relocated to Madison a few years ago, I was initially attracted by the variety and quality of the music program, the lovely and meaningful worship services and the warm and welcoming congregation. That's the warm, fuzzy, comfortable part of my relationship with First Church.

But this church sometimes makes me very UN-comfortable. It challenges me to examine my personal Christian beliefs and to translate those beliefs into action. First Church has a powerful commitment to serving our community in large and small ways I never imagined possible, and I have witnessed how that commitment and service are reverberating through Madison.
" Downtown for Good " is not just a catchphrase. For the members of First Church, it ' s a calling, a calling worthy of my financial support. Together we can and do make a difference.

Please reflect on what First Church's ministry means to you and prayerfully consider leaping forward in your financial support on Commitment Sunday, November 20. 
Racial Justice: A Meal and Conversation
Sunday, November 20, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

Join the conversation as our church answers the sacred call to engage in efforts of racial reconciliation and justice in our community. Our discussion this day will help us develop a plan for becoming actively involved as a downtown church. Lunch and childcare will be provided.
" Nailed "

Martin Luther broke open the Word and reminded us that the grace of God is given to us all.
Decorate the Church for Advent
Monday & Tuesday, November 21 & 22, 1-3:30 p.m.


Help with the annual Hanging of the Greens as we decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Come either day or both days - many hands will make the job merry and bright!
To-Go Meals Travel to Bethel Lutheran

On Tuesday, Bethel Homeless Support Services opened as a Day Resource Center. First Church volunteers transported our To-Go Meals across the street to be served at the Center where guests are able to sit down and enjoy these meals together. The meals are assembled at First Church by students in LaFollette High School's community vocation program.

Here are some ways you can get involved with Outreach services at First Church:
  • Greet people during the week at the first floor Welcome Center
  • Help with the Community Outreach Breakfast on Wednesday mornings
  • Volunteer in the Food Pantry
Please contact Karen Andro to learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities.
or call 608-338-0320
Support Bethel ' s Thanksgiving Meal

Bethel Homeless Support Services will serve a Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 22. First Church is lending our support by supplying the desserts for the meal. If you can help with this effort please bring your homemade pie or other dessert to the church on either Sunday, November 20 or Monday, November 21 (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.). 

If you are interested in volunteering to help serve a meal on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, please contact the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Dane County at 608-246-4380 or volctr@uwdc.org
Announcements
Fall Back This Saturday
Remember to move your clocks back one hour Saturday night!
Food Pantry Needs Bags
The Food Pantry is in need of both paper and plastic grocery bags. Please drop your extras off in the grocery cart in the Narthex on Sunday. Thank you!
Get to Know Mark Gathering This Sunday
Sunday, November 6, 11:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall
This is a chance to connect and get acquainted with our new lead pastor, Rev. Mark Fowler, and to share ideas about the church. Mark will lead the discussion. Lunch will be provided.  Sign Up Online > 
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Monday, November 7 , 2 p.m., Chapel  Learn More >
UMW 
Deborah  Circle
Tuesday, November 8 , 6 p.m., Sa Bai Thong 
(2840 University Ave.)
This will be the group's last meeting until March.  More Details >
Our Night at the Shelter
Saturday, November 12  I'd like to help > 
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