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

Peace with Justice Sunday
Preaching: Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler 
Text: Isaiah 6:1-8
Music: The Handbell Choir and The Quadrilateral Quartet will provide the music ministry at the 9 a.m. service with The Quadrilateral Quartet leading at the 11:15 a.m. service. 

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
Youth Room

Adopt a School Presentation
(see spotlight below).

Theology and the 21st Century
We'll continue with discussion on chapters 9 & 10 of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson.  

Spotlight on Spiritual Formation
Spiritual Formation this week will feature reports from several members who attended an Adopt-a-School Summit hosted by Madison Foundation for Public Schools and a brief introduction of the STARS summer tutoring program. There will be time for brainstorming about ways FUMC might continue support in efforts to bridge the racial achievement gap in public education. Anyone who participated in race and religion discussions, Garrett on the Road's "Something Inside So Strong" event focused on Freedoms Schools, or the lectures by Dr. J. Kameron Carter will find this conversation of interest. All are welcome.

This Sunday, May 27, in the Chapel.

Race Parking and Driving This Weekend
The Run Madison Half Marathon will be starting at the Capitol and heading down Wisconsin Avenue to Langdon Street starting at 7 a.m. this Sunday. Please plan to park in the  State Street Capitol Garage (Carroll Street, Dayton/Pinckney Ramp) and/or take this opportunity to ride share or take public transportation (though pay attention  to possible reroutes). You can see a detailed route here. 

Good luck runners and we'll see you Sunday!
Next Weekend @First
Don't miss as we celebrate the confirmation of several of our youth next Sunday, June 3, at 9 a.m. and as we celebrate Holy Communion at both the 9 and 11:15 services.  A reception for the confirmation students will take place in Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. Spend some time visiting with confirmands and their families and then visit the farewell reception in the Choir Room for Anna Polum, the soprano in Quadrilateral Quartet.  Next Sunday will be her last day making music with us.

Last Week @First
Last week, the 9 a.m. service received one final gift of music from the Blessed Brass and Chancel choirs before their summer hiatuses. We also celebrated Pentecost Sunday and learned from Rev. Tina how communication still persists even when language fails us.

If you missed services, you can still catch Rev. Tina's message.  Watch on our YouTube channel or on the website.

Joys and Concerns
We extend our love and sympathy to the family of FUMC member, Georgene Vitense, who died on Tuesday, May 15. 

We also send love and sympathy to Mark Finger and family on the death of Mark's father Kendall Finger on Saturday, May 19 . Read the obituary here.  


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.

Books Available
We have a few books left from the Lyons Lecture book sale which need a good home. You can purchase either of the following books for $20 each: Do No Harm, by Stephen G. Ray Jr and Enfleshing Freedom, by M. Shawn Copeland. Call the Welcome Center at 608-256-9061 or email Brooke Seeliger to claim your copy.

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. 

Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
Our next Spouses Now Alone luncheon will be held Tuesday, May 29. We'll meet at noon at Imperial Garden restaurant at the corner of University Ave. and Allen Blvd. in Middleton. For reservation purposes, please contact Jim at 608-338-0268 if you plan to attend.

STARS Training
FUMC is partnering with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for another year of STARS (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success). This program helps provide our community's youngest scholars with the head start needed to succeed in school. Volunteer opportunities range from one to four hours for anywhere from 1-6 weeks during the summer. STARS is a great opportunity to continue our congregation's work around racial equity and education.  Join us at FUMC on Sunday, June 3, after the second service for a training. Contact Kathy Carpenter for more information.

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 Cleveland this May. 

ASP Trip - Only 2 Spots Left!!
First UMC youth are headed to Appalachia Service Project this summer from July 14-July 22 to repair homes and serve God. We still have 2 spots available and are looking for more youth to join us. Cost is $400 with fundraisers are available. Please contact Breanna to sign up or get more info.

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