A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
This Sunday in Worship
Services at 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Graduate Celebration and Presentation of Van Dyke-Alton Scholarships, 9 a.m.
Preaching: Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler 
Text: Mark 4:26-34
Music: The Quadrilateral Quartet will offer musical selections at both services. 

This Sunday in Christian Formation
Classes at 10:15 a.m.

Coffee Fellowship: 8:15-11:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (treats served at 10 a.m.)

For infants and toddlers - Noah's Ark Nursery (in Octagon), 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For young children - Read N' Play Room (LL07) from 9-10 a.m.

Youth Sunday School
Joining youth celebration in the Fellowship Hall

Digging Deeper into the Christian Faith
Faith and the Search for God, Rev. Tina Lang facilitating 

Joining Digging Deeper class in the Chapel (see spotlight below)

Theology and the 21st Century

Spotlight on Spiritual Formation

We'll continue our church wide study on  Introduction to Christian Faith: A Deeper Way of Seeing, written by a former president of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Neal Fisher. Each weekend offers new ways to grow in faith and connect with the community, so join us whenever you're in town - even if you miss a week in between!

The series, Digging Deeper into the Christian Faith, will run through August 26 (we'll suspend class on August 19 to welcome Sarah McBride during Pride weekend). 

We'll meet in the Chapel. 

Welcoming Bishop Khegay on June 17!

We're delighted to welcome Bishop Eduard Khegay to First UMC on June 17. 

Bishop Eduard Khegay was born and grew up in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, Soviet Union. He became a Christian through the missionary work of Jonathan Park during his student years in Moscow, Russia. He received his Master's degree in Hydraulic Engineering from Bauman Moscow State Technical University in 1993, Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in 2001 and Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC in 2010.

Bishop Eduard was elected to the Episcopacy in 2012 and serves in Eurasia Episcopal Area which includes Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan. Prior to election he served as a pastor, director of church development, district superintendent of St.Petersburg district and Central Asia district, and assistant to the Bishop.

Bishop Eduard is married to Victoria Nogay. They have two daughters and live in Moscow. 

Summer Choir Call
Have you always wanted to sing in the choir but can't commit to weekly rehearsals? Interested in being a part of bringing beautiful music to our services over the summer? Got family visiting and need something to do with them on Sunday mornings at 8:15?! Then Summer Choir is for you!

Summer Choir sings every other weekend through the summer. The choir gathers at 8:15 on those mornings to catch up, warm up, rehearse. No robes, no folders, no carry over from week to week, and no commitment! Music is accessible in 30 minutes and guests are invited and encouraged to participate!

Summer choir will sing next on June 17.

Special Celebrations in Worship this Month
Summer kicks off at FUMC with a busy month of June! Join us for these special Sundays as we celebrate our youth and welcome guest preachers to our community. 

June 10: High School Graduate Recognition and Presentation of Van Dyke-Alton Scholarships
June 17: Welcoming Bishop Eduard Khegay, Bishop of Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference in the Moscow Episcopal Area
June 24: Welcoming Mallory Moore, Executive Director of The Crossing Campus Ministry and candidate for Deacon's Orders in the UMC

Joys and Concerns
Our love and sympathy are extended to Jan Von Haden and the family of Terry Von Haden, who passed away on June 2 at Oakwood Village. The funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 13, with visitation from 1:30-2:30 p.m. followed by the service at 2:30-3:45 p.m. 

We also offer love and sympathy to Jim Hartman and Paul Fritsch on the June 1 death of Jim's brother, Bill Hartman.

Vacation Bible School

Ahoy! We expect some information about this summer's VBS will be washing up on shore this weekend. Keep an eye out in the Narthex for a table and save the date for July 9-13!


Support our ASP trips
Show your love to our youth and adults headed to Jonesville, VA this summer by providing snacks. Sign up near the Welcome Center to bring a variety of treats and then drop them off in the welcome center by July 8. While you're there, please write a note for our group and drop it off in the box. Notes will be distributed throughout the week to help keep our spirits strong.

Communications Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for a way to get involved and serve this community? We're looking for volunteers to help in Communications - from printing bulletins to helping us with our social media! Timing and tasks are flexible and open to all skill levels and abilities. Contact Alison Long with questions or to express interest. And thanks for your help!

Food Pantry Needs You!
The food pantry ran out of bags and needs your help! If you have any to spare, please bring bags to church on Sunday, or drop in the Welcome Center throughout the week. Paper bags are preferred. This is an on-going need and any help is much appreciated. 

Changes to Coffee Hour
We're making some changes to coffee hour on Sunday morning. In an effort to be more environmentally and economically responsible, we'll be phasing out our paper coffee cups and lids and replacing them with reusable mugs. You're always welcome to bring your own mug with a lid if you'd like your coffee to travel with you around the building! We're excited for this opportunity to live into our mission for sustainability and appreciate your cooperation.  Also, beginning this weekend and continuing through Labor Day, we'll be serving coffee on Sunday mornings from 8:15-11:15 in the Fellowship Hall, with treats served at 10 a.m.

Coffee Sponsorship
We all love Sunday's Coffee Fellowship Hour, but did you know that we rely on member donations to help support this valuable time? We now have two easy ways for you to sponsor the Sunday of your choice - add your name to the list in the Narthex or sign up online. You can also reach out to the Welcome Center by email or phone at 608-256-9061. 

Deborah Circle
Deborah Circle will meet at Sa Bai Thong at University Station on Tuesday, June 12, at 6 p.m. Josie Gobel will share her experiences at the worldwide UMW Assembly which met in Columbus, OH this May. 

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