A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 31
Sunday Worship
Special Offering for UMCOR/Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Scripture: Matthew 16:21-26
Message: "Rocks or Blocks"
Rev. Tina S. Lang
Music: 9 a.m.:  Adam Shelton
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Fellowship Hall,
Special this Sunday: 
Root Beer Floats 10-11 a.m.;
8 a.m.-Noon, Narthex
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, September 3, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Summer Sunday School
Room LL17
"Forgiveness Is Key"
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Summer Sunday School
Room LL04
"Who Is My Neighbor?"
Middle School and High School Youth

Adult Study
Chapel
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Mental Health and Mental Illness
Presented by Leah M. Rolando, MSW, Suicide Prevention Specialist and Crisis Counselor
Responding to Hurricane Harvey

The United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR) is already swinging into action to help people in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help you can donate directly to UMCOR's Domestic Disaster Response fund - 100% of the donations are used for relief efforts - or visit the UMCOR website for details about other ways to support recovery efforts. First Church will also be collecting a Special Offering this Sunday, September 3 in response to this great need. 
Fall Kick-Off Day
Sunday, September 10

A change of seasons brings new opportunities for learning and growing together. Join in the all-church activities, pick up information about new adult classes that begin Sunday, September 17, and celebrate coming together again as we head into Fall.
"It's a God-thing"  

A God-thing is a moment of inexplicable grace, forgiveness or love. Guest preacher Rev. Ann Scott tells how through the United Methodist Hospital Ministry program she offers love and spiritual support to people without a Madison-area church affiliation and trusts God to do the rest.
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!

Young Adult Book Study
Begins Thursday, September 14, 
7 p.m., Location TBD

Examine the book, Simpler Living, Compassionate Life in this six-week, small group book study. Sign up Sunday in the Octagon or email Breanna Illéné.
Foot Care Clinic Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday, September 16
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., FUMC

Help our neighbors in a variety of capacities at this clinic hosted by First Church. Email Beth Wild or call 608-772-0350 with questions.
Parking Fundraiser for Youth Missions
Saturday, September 2 
& Sunday, September 3 
(Afternoon only)

Our youth will be taking donations for parking in the church parking lot this weekend during Taste of Madison. Friends and members of First Church already do so much to support the youth programs, so please do not feel obligated to donate. But please do share with your friends and neighbors this opportunity to support a good cause when they come downtown to enjoy the fun this weekend.
Announcements
Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 4
The church building, offices and Hope's Home outreach services, including the Food Pantry, will be closed next Monday for the Labor Day holiday.
Recycle Solar Eclipse Glasses
Give your eclipse glasses a second chance! Astronomers Without Borders will send them to schools in South America and Asia for students to use when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. This organization works to spread STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) resources to students around the world. Bring your eclipse glasses to the Green Team table in the Octagon on Sunday.
QPR/Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday, September 7, Noon-1:30 p.m., Room 208
Learn QPR/suicide prevention techniques. Free, no registration required. Please feel free to bring your own lunch with you.
Young Adults Terrace Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Seth Schroerlucke > or call 608-338-0158
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, September 11, 2 p.m., Chapel
Bring your needlework or just yourself. Patterns will be available. Members are always happy to teach simple knitting or crocheting stitches to get you started!
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, September 12, 6 p.m.
Capitol Lakes Health Center (334 W. Doty St., Madison)
We will enjoy a pizza dinner with Valerie Brown.  For specific directions contact Diane Scorgie at 608-836-6705.
UMW District Annual Gathering
Saturday, September 23, Fennimore UMC
Deadline for Registration is September 10
There will be educational breakout sessions and keynote speaker Rev. Wesley White will discuss "Living As a Covenant Community." Contact info@fumc.org for registration form and other details.
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