A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
Thursday, January 18
Sunday Worship
Third Sunday after Epiphany
Message:  Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: 1 Samuel 3:1-20
Music: Blessed Brass and Chancel Choir will sing at 9 a.m. The 11:15 service will feature the Quadrilateral Quartet and Bells and Keys.

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 2 of James Cones'  Risks of Faith, books are available in the Narthex.
Chapel

FaithLink
Joining in Race and Religion series

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

Bells and Keys Rehearsal
FUMC's newest handbell ensemble, Bells and Keys, will rehearse this Sunday at 10:15 in the Sanctuary. Bells and Keys plays for worship just once a month at the 2nd service. If you've played handbells before you are very welcome. If you always wanted to play handbells, we will have teachers on hand to help you. Please come and try us out!

Staff Welcome
Meet Brooke Seeliger!

In this season of staff transition, we're excited to welcome Brooke Seeliger to our staff. A long time volunteer, Brooke will now be staffing the Welcome Center on Sundays and during the week when the church is open. She's available to answer all your questions and can be reached at 608-256-9061 or by email at info@fumc.org. We're so glad to have her on-board and hope you'll extend a warm welcome whenever you see her. 
Foot Care Clinic This Saturday

First United Methodist Church, in partnership with MACH OneHealth, will be hosting a foot care clinic this Saturday, January 20. Free breakfast and professional, compassionate foot care will be provided. No fee, no reservations needed. 
Last Weekend to Reserve Your Space!
Two Branches of a Family Tree:
Islam & Christianity 
January 27, 9 a.m.-Noon
 
All women are welcome to attend. We will be welcoming panel members and guests from Madison's Muslim community to share in conversation and a meal (vegetarian and gluten free options will be available).

Suggested donation of $10. Contact Emily Ford with questions or stop by the Welcome Center to reserve your space by January 21. 

#Rally2EndRacism
April 3-5, 2018

The Wisconsin Council of Churches invites you to join us in a transformational journey, beginning this April. 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. 

Join people from around the nation for an Interfaith Service of Prayer and Preparation at the Lincoln Memorial and a Rally on the National Mall. Participants will be blessed and sent. We will be neighbors and kin, building beloved community along the way. Let this be a transformational experience. Come prepared for the work of building community. We are looking for people who represent the great diversity of Wisconsin and our faith communities, to build connections across the lines that typically divide us. We are looking for people willing to dream together about what comes next. When you commit to this trip, we pray that you will commit to an ongoing conversation!
 
Last Sunday Recap
 
Watch Rev. Mark Fowler's sermon on Mark 1 from Sunday, January 14, and learn what it means to be from Lynn, MA. 

Announcements

Spouses Now Alone
Our next Spouses Now Alone luncheon will be held Tuesday, January 23. We'll meet at noon at Circ restaurant in the Concourse Hotel. Please note that for this month only, the luncheon is taking place on the fourth Tuesday of the month rather than the last Tuesday. For reservation purposes, please contact Jim at 608-338-0268 if you plan to attend.

Fruit, Cheese, and Sausage Sale
We'll begin taking orders next 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!  

Leadership Development Gathering
All members involved in ministry teams, committees, boards or any type of lay ministry are encouraged to attend a lunch and leadership development gathering from 12:15-3 p.m. on January 28. This time together will be important as we focus on strategic directions for our ministry together. Please let us know that you plan to attend by signing up at the Info Desk or  register by email.

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.

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