A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 28
Sunday Worship

First Sunday after Christmas
Sacrament of Holy Baptism at 11:15 a.m. for Finley Casper Hancheck
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, "Anna and Simeon"
Text: Luke 2:22-40
Music: Low Brass (euphonium/tuba ensemble) will play at 9 a.m. Andrea Guptill will play the music of Handel on alto horn at 11:15 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. -  noon in the Narthex
This Sunday at 10:15 a.m. 

Sunday School Classes 
Children and Youth
Lower Level

New Year's Eve Labyrinth Walk
Take as little or as much time as you choose on a guided, but self-directed labyrinth walk to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new year and all of it's possibilities.
Last Week Recap  

We celebrated our 35th Christmas Community Meal on Monday and with the help of nearly 100 volunteers Hope's Home served over 400 people! A special part of the meal was opening our lower level to create a North Pole setting where Santa visited and shared gifts and families took photos of their children. Santa's Lead Elf and Secretary led festivities while volunteers served a meal family style where all broke bread together. Many, many thanks to all who contributed to this wondrous event. 

Books Available
Weeks two through four of the  Race and Religion series  (see note below)   will include discussion of James Cones' book,   Risks of Faith: The Emergence of a Black Theology of Liberation Copies of Cones' collection of essays  will be  available  Sunday in the Narthex. Section 1 will be discussed on January 14, section  2  on January 21, and section 3 on January 28.  
Old Befana
Join us on January 7, at 11:15 in the sanctuary, to welcome back Old Befana! Ken Lonnquist will return to First Church in this beloved tale of miracles, kings, stars, and one very special child. Based on an ancient holiday story, Old Befana will delight and enchant people of all ages. Be sure not to miss this very special performance!
Race and Religion: Social and Political Impacts in Our Time  
With Guest Presenter Henry Sanders
CEO and co-founder of Selfless Ambition
Starting January 7 in the Chapel at 10:15 a.m. 

The mission of Selfless Ambition is to build capacity and excellence in Madison neighborhoods by connecting them to caring faith communities leverag ing  the resources of faith communities for genuine, transformative change ,  and creat ing  the greatest possible community impact.   Mr. Sanders'  presentation is the kick-off of a six-week  series beginning next Sunday, January 7, which  leads FUMC into the next step of our  commitment to work for racial equity.  

Holiday Office Hours and Hope's Home Schedule 
The church offices will be closed January 1-2, for the New Year's holiday. Hope's Home Ministries, including the Food Pantry will be closed for winter recess Tuesday, December 26 - Monday, January 1. Hope's Home Food Pantry will be open from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2. 

Spouses Now Alone
This monthly luncheon, normally held the last Tuesday of each month, will not take place in December due to the holiday. Get-togethers will resume in January 2018.

Young Adult Discussion Group
The Young Adult group will meet this Tuesday, January 2, at Barriques. Join us for discussions on faith, current events, and what we can do. Contact Breanna Illéné for more information.  
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