A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 26
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"The Efficacy of Scripture"
Text: Micah 6:1-8, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12
Music: Chancel Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Recycle the Warmth Blanket Collection
Sunday, January 29

Help us collect blankets for St. Vincent de Paul to distribute to individuals and families in need by bringing new or gently used blankets to church on this Sunday. Another way to help is to purchase blankets at a discount on Friday, January 27 or Saturday, January 28 at Shopko stores in Madison, where you can make a blanket donation in the store. Thanks for helping us Recycle the Warmth.
The Wesleyan Covenant

How is it with your soul? Do you know God loves you? How do we respond to this love and hold each other accountable as we journey on this path together?
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!
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, February 6, 1 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!
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 visit their online catalog.
Wisconsin UMW Mission Seminar Experience 
August 5-12, 2017
Washington, D.C./New York City
Registration Deadline: January 30

Study the topic of Climate Justice at the Methodist Building in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. Then travel to New York to the Church Center for the United Nations to delve into Income Equality issues. Pick up a brochure at the Information Desk or visit www.wisconsinumw.org for details.
Joys & Concerns
Our love and sympathy are extended to Jane Wendricks and other family and friends of Bernie Wendricks, who died Friday, January 20. A memorial service for Bernie was held at the church on January 25.
Announcements
2016 Giving Statements Available
This Sunday, January 29, Narthex
Please pick up your statement this Sunday and save the church the cost of postage on Monday.
Seeking and Serving God in a Time of Public Turmoil
Sundays through February 25, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Mel Vance
Our faith tradition affirms that through the study of "the Word" faithful communities can find theological wisdom and spiritual courage to address today's challenging issues.
Spouses Now Alone
Tuesday, January 31, Noon
Imperial Garden, Middleton
Contact Jim Ostrander if interested in attending.
Contact Jim > Or Call 608-338-0268
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Washington Ave.)
Engage in provocative conversation about current local and world issues and ways we can be part of the solution.
Contact Seth > Or Call 608-338-0158
UMW Envisioning Team
Wednesday, February 1, 1 p.m., Room 208
Join our UMW Envisioning Team to plan for an exciting year ahead! All are invited to the discussion. (Rescheduled from January 25.)
Church Women United
Friday, February 3, 9 a.m.
First Baptist Church (518 N. Franklin St.)
Coffee, refreshments and announcements. Program at 10 a.m.: "The Triangle Ministry in Today's Community." Meg Nielsen, Outreach Coordinator, will speak about her organization's holistic approach.
Healing House Fundraiser 
Thursday, January 26 (Tonight), 5 p.m., 
HotelRED (1501 Monroe St., Madison)
Come out and support Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM) Healing House, the first medical respite center in Wisconsin, will assist homeless families where either the parent or child is in need of a safe recuperative place to stay pre or post hospitalization.
Community Forum on Immigrant and Refugee Issues
Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m., Monona Terrace
Sponsor Chancel Flowers
You can sponsor one of the beautiful flower arrangements that grace our Sanctuary during worship ($35). It's a nice way to honor or remember friends and loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. The 2017 signup sheet is now available online.  Sign Up to Sponsor >
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