A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 7
Sunday Worship
Second Sunday of Advent
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: Chancel Choir  and Blessed Brass at 9 a.m.; Quadrilateral at 11:15 a.m.  
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall;  11 a.m.-noon in the Narthex
This Weekend in Christian Formation

Children's Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms  
Children age 3 - Grade 5 
 
Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms 
Middle School and High School Youth 
 
25th Anniversary of our Austin Pipe Organ: A Forum of Highlights
Sanctuary 
Ross Cowing offers a unique and up-close overview of our spectacular Austin pipe organ. The forum includes a brief history of pipe organs, a power point presentation with historic photos during the installation project, and good organ music! Celebrate the anniversary of this marvelous instrument with music during the holiday season.
   
Adult Study: FaithLink
Room LL12
Led by Karyn and Tom German
 
Theology for the 21st Century
Room LL05  
Discussion of Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the 21st Century, a collection of writings by Marcus Borg
 
Young Adults: Beyond the Pulpit
Chapel Lounge 
A new weekly discussion about the day's scripture and sermon topic. 
 
Advent Meditations

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Special Concerts at First
 

Perfect Harmony Winter Concert: "A Winter Evening"

Friday, December 8, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 10, at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary


Isthmus Brass Christmas Concert
Tuesday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m. Free concert with a free will offering to benefit Porchlight.

Looking Ahead
Upcoming Christian Formation Opportunities
10:15 a.m., Sundays in December

Everybody Visits the Stable: A Christmas Program and Reception
Sunday, December 17  
Sanctuary
An intergenerational, fully participatory retelling of the traditional Christmas story. Children will choose costumes (if and as they wish) and EVERYBODY else gets involved in the storytelling too. This will be a short, fun-filled, and faithful celebration for people of all ages followed by special Christmas treats in Fellowship Hall.

Share the Warmth at Christmas  
 
During the four Sundays of Advent we will again have opportunity to donate mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to be shared with families who participate in the ministries of Northcott neighborhood House, a United Methodist community ministry in Milwaukee. New items that have been purchased or made by hand are all appreciated. Bring items to Fellowship Hall and help fill up the manger bed which serves as the collection spot. The gifts will be lovingly packaged up by United Methodist Women and sent to Northcott Neighborhood House where they will be distributed to those in need of warm clothing for winter weather. Thank you for sharing the warmth!  

Christmas Community Meal Signup
 
Our annual Christmas Community Meal will be served in Fellowship Hall on Monday, December 25, from noon to 2 p.m. This meal is free, with no reservations needed. If you would like to help prepare or serve the meal, donate homemade desserts and other meal items, donate money to support the dinner or help in other ways visit the table in the Octagon this Sunday or contact Karen Andro at 608-338-0320 .
 
Pilgrims of Ibillin Gift Sales
 
Sundays, December 10 and 17, Octagon
Find some alternative Christmas gifts and help Palestinian Christians in the West Bank and Israel. Your purchase of these fair trade items change lives for students by providing scholarships, and for families by supporting living wage jobs. If you have questions or special requests, contact Joan Deming at  608-241-9281 .
 
Examples of products available: Organic olive oil (fresh from this year's harvest), olive oil soap, embroidered coin purses, mother-of-pearl dove earrings, traditional Palestinian kafiyahs (scarves) in new color patterns, pashmina scarves woven in the West Bank, stained glass ornaments made from broken glass in Bethlehem, olive wood ornaments, hand-embroidered decorative pillow covers, alternative Christmas Gift Certificates in any amount you want to give ($10 or above) to help give the Living Stones a better life in the land of Jesus, book: Blood Brothers by Father Elias Chacour.

Joys and Concerns

We offer condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Ray Wahlton, who died December 2.  A Celebration of Life will take place  Friday, December 8 at 1:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary at First Church .  Refreshments and a time to greet the family will follow in Fellowship Hall. The family invites memorial gifts to be given to FUMC.
Announcements

Paper Bags for Food Pantry
Our Food Pantry is in need of paper grocery bags. Please bring your extras to the shopping cart in the Narthex on Sunday. Thank you!
 
Young Adult Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 12, 7-9 p.m.
Genna's Lounge (105 W. Main St., Madison)
We have reserved the upstairs of Genna's for a Christmas gathering with food, games and good fellowship. Wear a Christmas sweater and bring a dish to pass. Invite a friend! Contact Seth Schroerlucke at 608-338-0158 for more info or visit us on Facebook

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