A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 11
Sunday Worship

Second Sunday after Epiphany
Human Relations Day
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: Mark 1:4-11
Music: Chamber Choir will sing Take Me to the Water at 9 a.m. The 11:15 service will feature the Quadrilateral Quartet and a saxophone quartet.
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. 

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 1 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

Got Questions? We've Got Answers!
 
We're excited to announce that our Welcome Center will soon be staffed full time for all your hospitality needs. You can call the church at 608-256-9061 or email us. You can also stop in during the week on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in January from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Monday through Thursday beginning in February. 

Flower Request
 
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to sponsor chancel alter flowers! We are making wonderful progress but there are still available date slots. Please check out the sign up board in the Narthex for opportunities to contribute a $35 arrangement. You can donate one of three ways:  sign up online, contact the Welcome Center at 608-256-9061, or email Brooke Seeliger. If you sign up on the board, please let Brooke know if you would like to include a dedication statement with your sponsorship.

Coming Soon! 
An Interfaith Event
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.   

Staff Farewell
 
Last week in services we announced that member-turned-volunteer-turned-staff person-extrodinaire Tricia Hillner will be leaving the staff at First United Methodist Church. It seems that this is a time full of promise and possibility for Tricia and the very best news for us is that she isn't going anywhere! She'll still be here in Madison, still an active member of the congregation, and we'll see her on Sundays! We would like to echo the thanks that Rev. Tina expressed in services last weekend. If you weren't able to connect with Tricia last week, please be sure to find another opportunity to express your gratitude and best wishes. Thank you, Tricia!

Announcements
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Have an event or class you'd like to feature in @First? Email us your announcement by 9 a.m. on the Tuesday prior to publication and we'll get it included. Please be sure to include all relevant details and a contact. (Please note that this is a new email address from the chimes account that was receiving 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.

Young Adult Discussion Group
The Young Adult group will meet this Tuesday at Barriques at 7 p.m. Join us for discussions on faith, current events, and what we can do. Contact Breanna Illéné for more information.  

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.

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Madison, WI 53703
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