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

As it is SOUPerbowl Sunday, we will be receiving an offering to support Thea's Table. For more information on this ministry, click here. Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will preach on the text of Luke 4: 21-30, with the title Getting Distracted. We will celebrate Communion at both services. Youth and children and their families will gather after the 11:15 service to share a bowl of soup.

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.

Children's Sunday School
Children age 3 and older
Classrooms in the Lower Level
Wee Learn Class in room LL12 at 10:30

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Youth Rooms

Bible Study I n the Chapel, with Pastor Fowler
In cooperation with the Biblical Economics Group Rev. Fowler will give a two part class based on Amanda Porterfield's Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation. This week will be on founding visions in scripture and antiquity. The goal of the class is to provide a framework of understanding of our current economic structure from its religious origins. No pre-reading is required.

Theology for the 21st Century in LL05
This class reads and discusses books about religion, theology, and past/current events. Join us as we discuss  the new book by Brian McLaren, 2019's Lyons Lecturer, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian Drawing from his work as global activist, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. Books will be available in the classroom.
Welcome Paul Melrose

Please welcome Rev. Paul Melrose to the FUMC staff as the Assisting Pastor for Pastoral Care. Paul is a retired Methodist Pastor who has been attending First Church since moving to Madison from Michigan to be near grandchildren. Paul is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with many years of experience in counseling. Paul will be working about 10 hours/week, assisting Jim Ostrander in ministering to our aging members (especially regarding end of life issues) as well as offering care to our younger members. Paul will also have an increased role on Sunday mornings, with visitation/funerals, and in assisting Pastor Mark as needed. Please welcome Paul to this important ministry position.

Ann Herrold-Peterson,  SPRC Chair
Emergency Warming Center

Due to severe weather,  our church has served as a warming shelter throughout the week, hosting at least 70 people per day. For more information about our emergency response services, please click here. To support our outreach ministry, please click here to donate. A reporter from the Washington Post reported on the cold weather and even visited FUMC and spoke with Karen Andro during her stay - click to read the article. We are so thankful for our staff and volunteers who have given their time and effort to this ministry!

SOUPer Bowl Details

Pastor Mark and Laurie Peterson would like to host a brief per-Super Bowl gathering for all children, youth, and families this  Sunday, February 3, at 12:30.  We will gather for about an hour or so, and we invite you to bring some finger food or your favorite Super Bowl snack to share. This will be a way to touch base with everyone about what is upcoming in the next few weeks, and Mark will do some individual follow up with everyone.
Joys and Concerns

Please hold the following in prayer this week: Charlotte Holzman, Helen Kuntz, Bev Duncan, Roy Jacobs, Chuck Waity, Lynn Peterson, and Leigh Roberts, and Ruth Fowler .

Flower & Coffee Fellowship Sponsorships
Thank you everyone who sponsored beautiful flowers for the Chancel and coffee and treats enjoyed during our Sunday fellowship time in 2018! These sponsorships truly make our Sundays more special and your generosity helped make that happen. We are now on to 2019 and the online sign up is available by clicking here. The physical sign up signs will be up soon in the Narthex. If you would like to get a jump on claiming dates for 2019, please feel free to email or call the Welcome Center at 608.256.9061. Thank you for another great year!

Fruit, Cheese, and Sausage Sale
Fundraiser for Youth Missions at FUMC
The annual Fruit, Cheese, and Sausage Sale begins Sunday, February 3, and continues through February 17.  Place an order for yourself or donate an order to our Food Pantry. These are some of the most welcomed products for the pantry. 
Place and pay for your order at the table in the Octagon every Sunday or you can email your order to Allan Marty.

Alternative Giving Market 2018 Recap
Good news! The Alternative Giving Market held at our church during the four Sundays of Advent netted $6,353.05 providing much needed assistance to our brothers and sisters in Madison and around the world! For more details, click here.

Human Trafficking and our Youth
Fitchburg Library,  5530 Lacy Rd.,  Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1:30-4:30
Theresa Flores, victim's advocate, founder of SOAP (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), and consultant, will be the featured speaker at this Slave Free Madison sponsored event. This event is relevant to our city and state. Sex trafficking has occurred in every county in Wisconsin. It is here, in Madison. Following Ms. Flores' presentation, a panel of local professionals, as well as a trafficked survivor, will speak on the status of sex trafficking in our state and city, why and when it occurs, and ways our youth can "arm" themselves with the knowledge to protect themselves from becoming victims. This event is free and open to the public, appropriate for ages middle school youth - adult, and will offer a safe place for youth and parents to recognize the dangers of sex trafficking in our community.

Lost and Found
Do you have the sense that you're missing something? Can't find that thing you thought you had? Come visit the Welcome Center's Lost and Found! We have quite a collection of items gathered over the last few months - coats, eyeglasses, coffee mugs, etc. Stop on by Sunday thru Thursday and check it out or call us at 608-256-9061 or email.

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