A Weekly Newsletter
of First United Methodist Church of Madison
Sunday News and Upcoming Events for members and friends
This Sunday
  • “Discovering New Treasures” will be Rev. Mark Fowler's sermon topic. The corresponding biblical passage is Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52. Our preaching focus during this difficult and extended time of the pandemic will strive to offer spiritual direction for the living of these days.

  • Quadrilateral will provide music for worship this Sunday. The organ postlude is from Charles Ore's Sonata 1. Dr. Ore is a composer of organ and chorale music. He is organist at First Presbyterian in Lincoln NE.
For Children and Youth
Children's Sunday School
Watch our Facebook page and our website for some Child-focused content!

Youth and Young Adults
There are Youth and Young Adult Zoom discussion opportunities! All are welcome!  Contact Megan  with any questions. The  FUMC young adults  are gathering on  Tuesday evenings at 7 PM . Through Zoom, the group shares and explores a topic together related to spirituality. Contact Megan  for more information.
Christian Formation
Sharing our Journeys: The Sharing Our Journeys class meets every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM via Zoom.  We have a great time of sharing and learning from each other.

If you have not been attending and would like to do so,  please email Rich Oliver   or contact Rich by phone, at 573.999.0759 . Rich can help you with technology concerns, and will send the information needed for joining the group if you choose to participate.

Exploring the Edges of Theology:  We are continuing our summer book reviews this week, with Doug Maynard reviewing The Splendid and the Vile . See a full list below.
Pandemic Mail Disrupted
Regular delivery of USPS mail to First Church has suffered due to the pandemic. As a result, our new Post Office Box is the most reliable way to send any mail to FUMC. We welcome your continued communications to the church, but please address them as follows:
First United Methodist Church
PO Box 7578
Madison, WI 53707
Pastoral Care, from Paul Melrose
Please listen to a recent recording I made about my work in pastoral care here at First United Methodist Church.  Please click here for the full video . Please know that I am available by email or phone as you might feel the need to reach out to a pastor.

Sometimes a moment of “not sure what to do” or “I wonder who I should talk to” is a good reason to give me an email or call. For our new followers who have joined us on line I would be happy to hear from you, too. Blessings to all.  
Delivering Food to Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
During the pandemic, we ask that on-site volunteers are under the age of 65 for highest level of personal safety during the pandemic We provide Emergency Food and Care Bags for individuals experiencing homelessness and surviving by camping outdoors. Deliveries take place every Wednesday by a team of outreach specialists who include Karen Andro, Director of Hope’s Home Ministries.
HELP NEEDED! If you can contribute these items of greatest need, we will happily accept them at the church. You may drop them off Monday through Thursday by bringing them to the main entrance during business hours (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.). Please ring the doorbell, and Karen Andro will either come to the doors, or respond using a computer app to greet you, and share instructions on how you may leave items safely on a shelving unit in the foyer without entering the narthex of the church.

  • Toilet Paper
  • Beef Sticks (single serve wrapped)
  • Fruit Cups
  • Mini Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Contributions to Food Pantry - click "give here" button

If any of these opportunities sound like a good fit, please email or call Karen Andro: 608.338.0320 or  Kandro@fumc.org  for more information.
Delivering Emergency Food to Households Under Quarantine
During the pandemic, we continue to deliver Emergency Food Packages. Beginning in July our deliveries focus on low income households on quarantine. We would like to lift up EatStreet and The United Way of Dane County . Thanks to the United Way, we are blessed by a team of drivers from EatStreet who deliver emergency food packages Monday through Thursday every week. How can you help? We need delivery drivers to help on Saturdays, or as backup when EatStreet drivers have a change in schedule. If you are under the age of 65, available to deliver food boxes on a Saturday, or to join our weekday “on call” team, please email Margot Fischer or call her, 608.217.3112.

Photo: Karen Andro, Christa (Karen’s granddaughter), Hannah Stowell (United Way), Kallie Collins, Michelle Cagney & Allie Kisch (EatStreet).
Absentee Voting Deadline Approaching for August 11 Primary
The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot for most voters is Thursday, August 6 . (Your request must be received by 5:00 p.m. on that day). However, given the problems that occurred during the April election with some experiencing great delays in receiving their ballots, it would be best to submit your request as soon as possible. Please go to  myvote.wi.gov  to submit your request electronically, and for additional information.
When you request a ballot for the August 11th election, you will be offered an option to automatically receive absentee ballots for the November election.
Wednesday Evening Book Study Continues
The RACIAL ISSUES CLASS will continue to meet on Zoom on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm. Join us as we discuss  White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo . Milton and Emily Ford are the facilitators of this discussion. This book helps us explore our own experiences and responses to the issues of race which we find so prevalent in our world today. Please join us and if at all possible find and read the book before the sessions. Rich Oliver (see below) will send out the invitations.

To receive the weekly Wednesday ZOOM links, check the Tuesday evening eNews , or  email Rich Oliver . If you have any technical difficulties, please call Rich at 573.999.0759.
Take Time for Tea and Discussion
Now is the time to sign up for the Book Reading of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer . On Friday, July 31 at 3:00 p.m. there will be an introductory session of this book on ZOOM. Starting Aug. 3, we will Zoom together to listen to the author read the book on ZOOM. (Readings are scheduled from 3:00 to 3:40 p.m. on weekdays until we finish the book). If you are not available for the daily readings, there is the possibility we will schedule a weekly chapter review of the book on Tuesday evenings.

Email Joan Maynard for an invitation to this Zoom meeting, if you have questions or are interested in a weekly review of the book.
Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. We invite you to take a midday break, enjoy a cup of tea, as we listen to the author read, and then we will discuss this beautiful book.
Exploring the Edges of Theology, Summer Titles
The Exploring the Edges of Theology class is hosting a summer book review, featuring a different title each Sunday at 3:00 p.m. To join the ZOOM discussion, please email Doug Caves . Follow the links below, on the book titles, to learn more about each book.

Keeping Connected Ministry
Keeping Connected Ministry continues to be in contact with our members who cannot physically come to church. During this time of pandemic, staying together is even more crucial.

We are identifying those members who aren’t able to connect online or are feeling even more isolated.

A call or a card to someone who is lonely can lift the sender as well as the recipient. Our Assisting Pastor for Pastoral Care, Rev. Paul Melrose will connect you to another member who might need your loving kindness. Give him a call at 608.256.9061 or send him an email at  pmelrose@fumc.org  to be a part of this important ministry. 
Thomas Merton wrote: Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - we find it with another.
Joys and Concerns
Please hold the following in prayer this week: Gary Jordan, Rev. Robert Fowler, Shirley Blank, Roy Prestage, Rev. Tina Lang, Rod Curtis, Jim Reynolds, and Sally Hughes.

We offer our prayers and best wishes to the family of Herb Williams who died on July 3.
Corey Whitmore Update
Many of us remember Corey and Kim Whitmore and their family. The Whitmores created the Alana Rose Foundation in an effort to raise awareness of the prevalence of pregnancy and infant loss, and to help other grieving families. To read more and get an update on Corey, his family, and their good work, click here to visit their website .
Scam Alert - Updates
We have learned that some members and friends of FUMC are once again receiving fraudulent emails from Kelly Walling or Rev. Mark Fowler , asking for help and contributions. These emails appear to come from church staff, but  they are from a FALSE Gmail account. 

DO NOT RESPOND  to these emails.  DO NOT CLICK  in the emails - they are a  SCAM  and are not from First Church or Pastor Fowler. When you receive emails from us, they will be from our Constant Contact mail service ( as this one is ) or from an address ending in  FUMC.ORG .

The staff of First Church would never contact a member via email to solicit donations or funding of any kind.  If you are unsure about any email message, please contact the Welcome Center at 608.256.9061 or email at info@fumc.org .

Thank you for not responding to this spam attempt, and  be careful what you click .
203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

PO Box 7578
Madison WI 53707