A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 21
Sunday Worship

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Special offering to benefit local missions:  Special mission giving at Christ mas is added to mission gifts given at  Easter and midsummer to help make mission ministries possible in Madison, throughout Wisconsin, our nation, and the world.  
Message: Rev. Tina S. Lang
Text:  Luke 1:26-38; Luke 1:46b-55, The Magnificat
Music: Black Marigold Quintet (prelude begins at 8:45 a.m.),  Handbell Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet at 9 a.m.; Quadrilateral Quartet 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. 

Christmas Brass Ensemble
Narthex
 
Young Adults: Beyond the Pulpit
Chapel Lounge
A weekly discussion group about the day's scripture and sermon

FaithLink - resumes in 2018

Theology for the 21st Century - resumes Sunday, January 7, 2018
 
Christmas Eve at First Church

Family Oriented Christmas Eve Worship
5 p.m. at Trinity UMC, Vilas Ave. 
led by Mark Fowler, Tina Lang, and Breanna Illéné
 
Christmas Eve Worship
7 p.m. at FUMC 
led by Mark Fowler, Tina Lang, and Breanna Illéné 
 
Christmas Eve Worship 
9 p.m. at FUMC
led by Mark Fowler, Tina Lang, and Breanna Illéné 

Share the Warmth at Christmas - Last Chance!
 
This will be the last Sunday 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 the Narthex this Sunday 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
Monday, December 25
noon to 2 p.m.

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 or kandro@fumc.org
Old Befana
 
Join us on January 7, at 10:15 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!
Celebrating our Partners: Isthmus Brass and Porchlight

First Church hosted the Isthmus Brass for a Christmas concert on Tuesday evening. We're thrilled to report that the concert raised $12,345 for Porchlight with over 300 in attendance! We've enjoyed partnering with both the Isthmus Brass and Porchlight and welcome the opportunity to again host such wondrous artists for such a worthy cause. Thank you!
Message on Isaiah 40

Watch Rev. Mark Fowler's message from 9 a.m. worship on Sunday, December 17, about the true meaning of the joy of Christmas.   Watch now.

Announcements
Holiday Office Hours and Hope's Home Schedule 
The church offices will be closed Monday, December 25, and Tuesday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday. Hope's Home Ministries, including the Food Pantry will be closed for winter recess Tuesday, December 26 - Monday, January 1. 

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
Young Adults at Barriques is cancelled for the holiday. We'll resume the following week to talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do. 
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