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

Sixth Sunday of Easter
We will celebrate an infant baptism of Natalie Kristen King at the 11:15 a.m. service. 
Sacrament of Holy Communion 
Preaching:  Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: John 15:9-17
Music: The Chamber Choir will offer musical selections at 9 a.m. and the Quadrilateral Quartet will provide the music ministry at 11:15 a.m.

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

Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. - noon in the Narthex

For infants and toddlers - Noah's Ark Nursery (entrance 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
This week's leader: Alison Long
Youth Room

Media Today: Ethical Implications of Data and Public Communications
Presentation by Katy Culver of UW Journalism School (see spotlight below).

Theology and the 21st Century
We'll continue with discussion of Chapter 2 of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson. Books will be available in the room. 

Love and Logic
Week 4 in a series on positive parenting and teaching techniques led by Margot Fisher.
Room 208

Spotlight on Spiritual Formation
Katy Culver, from the UW Journalism school, will present on ethical implications of data and public communications beyond journalism and the rights and responsibilities involved. Culver was the founding education curator for MediaShift , where she helped advance innovation in journalism curricula and courses, and a visiting faculty member for the  Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

Meet at 10:15 THIS Sunday, May 6, in the Chapel.

Welcoming Simon!
We're thrilled to welcome the newest member of our First UMC community into the world! Say hello to Simon Francis Nagel and congratulations to his parents, Laura and Paul Nagel! 

Paul reports that mom, Simon, and big sister are all doing well! 

Last Week @First
We celebrated another baptism, learned how to advocate for the climate, and welcomed new members into our FUMC family at both services. 

If you missed church last week, catch up with Rev. Mark's message on 1 John 4:7-21.

Watch on our YouTube channel or on the website.


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 member donations can 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 
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 8, at Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery at 2827 Atwood Ave. We will have the backroom to ourselves. Donalea Dinsmore and her colleague, Kirsten Held, will bring us up-to-date on our Wisconsin DNR. Our June meeting will be on Tuesday, June 12. Mark your calendars.

Fair Maps Coalition Meeting
FUMC will be hosting The Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition on Tuesday, May 15, from 4-7 p.m. The Wisconsin Fair Maps Coalition is comprised of organizational leaders from member groups working to fight partisan gerrymandering and to promote independent redistricting. The group will be holding a public hearing, open to all, in the Fellowship Hall. Come see this important process in action and find out how you can get involved. 

Tabitha Circle
Our May meeting will be the last until September as we take our usual summer hiatus. Please note the day change! We will meet on Wednesday, May 16, in Room 208 from 1-2:30 p.m. at FUMC.  Emily Ford will lead the discussion of The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by  The Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu. This is certainly a book needed for our time. All are welcome.

UMW Envisioning Meeting
UMW will meet Monday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at the church to focus on plans for next year. Your ideas and dreams are needed! Please join us. Meeting will be no longer than 2 hours and this will take the place of an August meeting. If you can't make it, do voice your concerns, hopes, and ideas to Josie Gobel or Emily Ford.

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.

ASP Trip
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 6 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.

Wesleyan Heritage in England: Travel and Learn Together
Rev. Mark will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England this summer, July 13-20. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk or contact Rev. Tina for more information. Number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.

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