A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
Thursday, January 25
Sunday Worship
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Message:  Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: Mark 1:14-20
Music: Handbells and Chancel Choir will perform at 9 a.m. The 11:15 service will feature the Quadrilateral Quartet and a string ensemble.

Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. -  noon in the Narthex

Growing in Faith
Opportunities for Christian Formation this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Childcare for Infants and Toddlers 
Noah's Ark Nursery, adjacent to Fellowship Hall, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday School Classes for Children and Youth
Lower level

Race and Religion: Social and Political Impacts in Our Time
Discussion based on Section 3 of James Cones'  Risks of Faith.

Joining in Race and Religion series

Theology in the 21st Century
Joining in Race and Religion series

Leadership Event This Sunday!

Join us Sunday from 12:15-3 p.m. as we focus on strategic directions for our ministry together. We'll share in lunch and conversation around leadership development. All members involved in ministry teams, committees, boards, or any type of lay ministry are welcome.  
Share the Warmth!
This Weekend
Once again we are participating in St. Vincent De Paul's Share the Warmth Blanket Drive. We will be collecting good quality, new and used blankets at services this weekend, January 28. Thanks for your help!

Last Sunday Recap
Last Sunday, FUMC hosted neighbors from Trinity UMC and Madison Korean Church. What a delight to share in worship with so many new faces! If you weren't able to share in the day with us, you can still catch Rev. Mark's sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-20 by clicking below.

Joys and Concerns

We extend love and sympathy to Dr. George Gay on the January 18 death of his husband, Brian Soper. You can read Brian's obituary here. 

We also send love and sympathy to Susan Schmidt-Thomson following the death of her husband, John Thomson, who passed away unexpectedly last week. A visitation and funeral will be held on Friday at First United Methodist Church, beginning at 2 p.m. You can read John's obituary here. 

Fruit, Cheese, and Sausage Sale This Week
We'll begin taking orders this week, January 28, in the Octagon for pick up on March 3. The sale will run through February 11. Profits benefit  missional programs of FUMC. Double the benefits by buying fruit and donating to the food pantry. Thanks!  

Interfaith Day at Holy Wisdom Monastery 
Sponsored by Church Women United on February 2. Join us at  9 a.m. for gathering and coffee followed by an Interfaith Day Program at 10 a.m.

Garrett on the Road
Join us for a one-day workshop on Saturday, February 24, that will include interactive lectures, a panel of Madison educators, and small group discussions around the achievement gap in Madison. The event will be led by Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture, and Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies. We will also be welcoming Dr. Blount to Sunday services as our guest preacher for that weekend. Read more about Garrett on the Road here. 

The Wisconsin Council of Churches invites you to join us in a transformational journey, April 3-5. We are sponsoring bus departures from four cities to events taking place in Washington DC on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Find out more here. 

Wesleyan Heritage in England: Travel and Learn Together
Rev. Mark will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England this summer, July 13-20. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk or contact Rev. Tina for more information. Number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Opportunity 
Join Rev. Joan Deming and Pilgrims of Ibillin on a 14-Day Journey to Meet the Peacemakers of the Holy Land: October 12-25, 2018. Visit holy sites and meet the "Living Stones" of Palestine and Israel during a listening/study tour that includes in-depth visits on both sides of the Green Line. Questions, contact Joan Deming at 608-235-1046. For full tour information click here. Registrations received by June 30 receive a $50 discount off the $500 registration fee. Total cost, including registration, is $1995 - which covers all on-the-ground costs, excluding only airfare, insurance, and several lunches.

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