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

This week, Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will preach on the text of Luke 5: 1-11, with the title of Deep Water Fishing is Absurd! We will focus this week on our newest Quardrilateral Quartet. Members of our Quadrilateral Quartet will be providing the music ministry at both 9:00 and 11:15 this Sunday. We hear members of the quartet each Sunday as section leaders in our choirs and sometimes as a quartet; but this Sunday we will have the opportunity to hear them as soloists. Jacob Elfner, baritone, will be providing the prelude music for the services. Alexandra Zulauf, soprano, will conclude our time of prayer with Mallot's setting of The Lord's Prayer. Brooke Wahlstrom, mezzo soprano, will offer the ministry of music. Thore Dosdall, tenor, will provide a music offering as our morning offerings are received.

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. 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
Coming This Fall - A Fund Appeal to Retire the Mortgage

During the recent Polar Vortex, our church building provided a warm and welcoming space for people without a home. In this instance and in so many more, our church building is essential to our ministry of being Downtown for Good. 
Making our church building available to meet the needs of our downtown and our ongoing ministry has a cost. One of the costs is $90,000 in mortgage debt service payments every year until 2037. To free this money to continue growing our ministry and invest in our staff, last December at the annual Church Conference the members present voted unanimously to conduct a special fund appeal this fall to seek financial commitments to retire our mortgage in three years and to support First Church's ministry in 2020. During the coming months, please pray as the leaders are selected for this special fund appeal and prayerfully prepare yourself to respond generously when you are asked to make your financial commitments. 

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 .

February Music Events
We will be hosting three performing groups in February: Edgewood High School Choral concert on Monday February 11, a chamber music concert from LunART on Saturday February 23, and the Madison Wind Ensemble on Sunday February 24. Please see this week's Supplement for more details.

Flower & Coffee Fellowship Sponsorships
Flower and Coffee Fellowship sponsorship sign-up is available online. The physical sign up signs are up 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 began 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 browse the products here and 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.

Upcoming, A Prayer Vigil for the Special General Conference
There will be time for self-guided and guided prayers, with Pastors Mel and Linda Vance. This vigil is at Wellspring United Methodist Church, February 24, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. "Come and go as the spirit moves you"

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.

A Note from Keith and Sandra
We want to thank the members and friends of First UMC who expressed love and sympathies at the death of Keith's mother. Knowing we were encircled in love and prayer gave us great comfort. Thank you. Keith and Sandra Schroerlucke

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