A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 7
Sunday Worship
Text: Matthew 5:13-15
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"A City Set Upon an Isthmus"
Music: Blessed Brass, Quadrilateral Quartet, Summer Choir
Prelude Begins @ 8:50 a.m.
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10: 30 a.m.
Welcome Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler 
Sunday, July 10:
Special Reception,
10 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

Please join the FUMC community as we continue to celebrate the season of New Beginnings at First Church by welcoming Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler and his wife, Susan. Pastor Mark will preach at both the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship hours. The Summer Choir, Blessed Brass and Quadrilateral Quartet will contribute their musical gifts to worship that morning as well. You won't want to miss this special first Sunday with Pastor Mark! 
Summer Choir Sings Sunday
Meet @ 8 a.m. in Music Room

The Summer Choir will sing this Sunday, July 10 for the 9 a.m. worship service. Join us as we provide special music for Pastor Mark's first official Sunday at First Church. Members of the Quadrilateral Quartet will be singing with us to give us all confidence. We will meet in the lower level Music Room before the service to rehearse the anthem. See you there!
Breakfast by the Cross & Worship in the Garden
Wednesday, July 13 

8:30 a.m. Breakfast Served Outside Church
9:30 a.m. Worship in the Garden
Music by Cliff Fredericksen
Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
An Invitation to Enjoy "Summer Vacation": A Senior Luncheon 
Tuesday, July 19  
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Sign Up by July 15

We all remember how excited we were at the approach of the end of each school year. We'll recapture some of that excitement at Summer Vacation, our July 19th senior luncheon, when author Susan Apps Bodilly will reminisce about one-room school houses.  Chef Steve is planning a delicious "school days" inspired lunch.

We're asking you to look for photos from your own school days that you would be willing to share with the group. You may either drop them off at church or email them to  jostrander@fumc.org.   Please note that any photos received will be returned to you. 

Summer Vacation is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and FUMC's Homebound Ministry. 
or call 608-338-0268
Booklet of Rev. Phil Blackwell's Sermons 

So many have enjoyed Phil's sermons while he served as Interim Lead Pastor  the past 15 months.  We will be compiling a booklet of his sermons given during  his ministry at First Church. If you are interested in ordering one or more booklets, please submit an order form, which will be included in Sunday's bulletin, or contact the church office at  info@fumc.org  or 608-338-0545. Cost is $10 per booklet. Deadline for orders is Friday, July 22.
Holy Land Tour

Join Rev. Joan Deming (WI Conference United Methodist clergy and director of Pilgrims of Ibillin) in visiting Peacemakers in Israel/Palestine, October 18-31, 2016. Meet the "Living Stones" of Palestine and Israel during a 2-week listening/study tour, organized by  Pilgrims of Ibillin. Visit Holy Sites and "Living Stones." We'll meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour, stay four days at his schools in Ibillin, and meet with vital organizations in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Zababdeh, and Ibillin. You'll learn directly from leaders in the West Bank and Israel who are seeking a nonviolent path to peace. Yes, it's safe!  
 
Details: October 18-31, 2016; Program Cost: $1850/person, double occupancy (excluding airfare, 4 lunches, insurance, personal spending). Supplement for single room, $300.
Joys & Concerns
Bob Kramer, Frank Siedschlag, Mary Andreas, Leah Sailor, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus. 
Announcements
Summer Sunday Youth Gathering
Sunday, July 10 @ 9 a.m., Youth Rooms
Middle School and High School Youth: Join us for a special get-together with games, food and a discussion.
Summer Harvest of Good Books
Sundays @ 10:30 a.m., Chapel
The reviews continue this Sunday with Mark McIntosh discussing "The Mystery of the Trinity, Creation, and Prayer: A Classic Christian Perspective." Mark is married to Anne Nagle McIntosh, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Nagle.  More Details > 
Foot Care Clinic for the Homeless
Saturday, July 9
We host a monthly clinic for individuals experiencing homelessness to address foot care and help connect all to health care. Clinics are led by medical professionals through Madison-Area Care for the Homeless (MACH OneHealth). If you are available to help this Saturday as part of our Welcome Team or Hospitality Team, please contact Karen Andro, Director of Outreach Ministries. 
Contact Karen >  or call 608-338-0320
Wanted: Fruit for Our Kids' Spirits
There are still opportunities to provide snacks for Children's Summer Sunday School. Can you help provide a simple fruit snack one Sunday?  Yes, I can help >
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