A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 9
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"L'chaim"
Text: Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Music: Handbell Choir, Chamber Choir
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Young Adults Winter Retreat
Saturday, February 11
1 p.m., Vilas Park

Ice skating, broomball, dinner and a play! First we'll meet at Vilas Park for ice skating and broomball (free 1-hour skate rentals) Then at 4 p.m. we will depart for The Milwaukee Rep theater to see "Disgraced," a provocative play about building bridges and connecting with people who are different than you. (Suggested donation: $10) Contact Seth Schroerlucke ASAP (608-960-0535 or youthya@fumc.org) if you'd like to reserve a ticket(s).
Guide Me

We are  light in this world. Is our life leading others to God's beautiful city? We are  the salt to this world. What are we going to do with this awareness?

Lyons Lecture Registration Open
Saturday, April 29, FUMC

"Can you imagine a church where there is no acceptable alternative to hope, no substitute for joy, and no excuse not to offer the same unconditional love to others that has been so freely lavished on us?"  

So says Robin Meyers, the 2017 Lyons lecturer. If you would like to hear more, plan on attending this year's Lecture. Hurry, because seating is limited to the first three hundred registrants. Take advantage of our early bird discount. Special reduced rates for young adults and students of all ages apply. 
Youth Fruit Sale for Local Missions
Sundays, February 12 and 19

Proceeds from this year's sales will benefit local programs that are an extension of our church's mission, such as Porchlight and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. Choose from an assortment of fresh citrus fruit, cheese and sausage. Too much fruit for you? Consider donating all or part of an order to the Food Pantry. Orders will be available for pickup at church Saturday, March 4 from 3-4 p.m. and the morning of Sunday, March 5.
First Church Ministries Highlights

Keep an eye on the projection screens in the Sanctuary during the worship Offertory time. Each week we will 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 to become involved in one of these ministry areas too!
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In Mission to Northcott 

First Church's United Methodist Women recently sent a large box to Northcott Neighborhood House containing your generous Advent donations of gloves, hats, mittens and scarves. Many people will be "toasty warm" this winter thanks to your generosity.
Early Response Team Training
Saturday, March 4, 
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
UM Conference Building, Sun Prairie

The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. It is a cooperative effort between the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UM-VIM). Here in Wisconsin we have not had a great need for Early Response Teams in the last several years, so after last year's flooding we found ourselves flat footed, without enough trained responders to call upon. 

If you would like to learn best practices for responding in disaster situations and become credentialed for an Early Response Team (a background check is also required), you are invited to attend this training session. Cost: $20 (includes lunch and background check) Registration deadline is February 25.

For questions or more information contact Lynnette Jordan, Assistant Disaster Response Coordinator for the Wisconsin Conference at Lynnette.jordan0707@gmail.com or 262-370-0707.
Holy Land Trip

Join Rev. Joan Deming and Pilgrims of Ibillin on a 13-Day Journey to Meet the Peacemakers of the Holy Land: May 15-27, 2017. Visit holy sites and meet the "Living Stones" of Palestine and Israel during a listening/study tour. We'll visit Archbishop Elias Chacour, stay several days at his Mar Elias Schools in Ibillin, and meet with vital organizations in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Zababdeh, Ramle, and Ibillin. You'll learn directly from leaders in the West Bank and Israel who are seeking a nonviolent path to peace.
 
Note that registrations received by February 28 receive a $50 discount off the $500 registration fee. Total cost, including registration, is $1950 - which covers all on-the-ground costs except airfare, insurance, and several lunches.
 
If spring dates don't work for you, a second, similar trip is scheduled for October 16-29 this fall.
Or contact Joan Deming at  608-235-1046 or jdeming7@gmail.com
Just Bakery Valentine's Day Baskets

Surprise your sweetheart with a basket of goodies (Valentine cookies, stuffed croissants, brownies, truffles, chocolate buttermilk bread) for $30 or an 8-pack of Valentine Cookies for $7. Baskets can be picked up at FEED Kitchens (1219 N. Sherman Ave.) on February 13 and 14, or for $5 can be delivered on February 14. Place your order at justbakery@emum.org or visit their online catalog
Announcements
Save-the-Date: Mardi Gras Brunch
Sunday, February 26, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
This fundraiser for youth missions will feature a New Orleans style brunch with jazz music. Watch for more details next week.
Safe Communities Suicide Prevention Workshop
Thursday, February 16, Noon, Fellowship Hall
Free drop-in session led by retired police officer Jean Papalia.
More Info > 
UMW Tabitha Circle
Thursday, February 16, 1 p.m., Room 208
Discussion of That Used to Be Us, by Thomas Friedman. Devotions and refreshments.
Foot Care Clinic Volunteers
Saturday, February 18, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., FUMC
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 >
Emma's Revolution in Concert
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2146 E. Johnson St., Madison
If there was ever a time for a powerful, loving transformative revolution, that time is now--and this is the music to fuel it! Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O.) are grassroots, activist musicians whose songs have been used as tools in movements for social justice around the world. Tickets available online ($20) or at the door ($22).  Ticket Info > 
Porchlight Products "Chef Tasting" Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 28, 6 p.m.
Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
Chefs from some of Madison's finest restaurants will create small plate appetizers with a Mardi Gras theme. After the tasting concludes, dinner packages offered by the chefs and their restaurants will be auctioned off.  Details/Ticket Info > 
UMW Pine Lake Retreat
Saturday, March 4 - Sunday, March 5
The women of Bethany UMC invite other United Methodist women to join them for a retreat at Pine Lake. The theme will be "Listening to the Prophets." Registration forms available at the Info Desk.  Registration deadline is Tuesday, February 21.
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