A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 12
Sunday Worship
Scripture: Romans 5:1-11 and Luke 9:2-6
Message: Rev. Fred Day
Music: Blessed Brass at 9 a.m., 
Prelude begins at 8:50 a.m.
Quadrilateral Quartet at 11:15 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (Fellowship Hall); 
11 a.m.-Noon (Narthex)

  Anniversary of First Church Begins
Sunday, October 15, 
9 & 11:15 a.m.

Guest preacher: Rev. Fred Day
General Secretary,  United Methodist Commission on Archives and History
First Church at 180: 
Holy Communion from the Wesley and Otterbein Chalices
Sunday, October 15, 10:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

First Church is turning 180 years old this fall! This Sunday we begin our anniversary celebrations by receiving Holy Communion together from two chalices that represent the foundation of the modern United Methodist Church. The Wesley Chalice was sent to the American church from England by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. The Otterbein Chalice comes to us from the Evangelical United Brethren tradition. It is named after Philip Otterbein, the founder of The Church of the United Brethren of Christ.  Rev. Fred Day, General Secretary United Methodist Commission on Archives and History , and our guest preacher that morning, will bring these chalices to us for our special  intergenerational  event during the Christian Formation Hour at 10:15 a.m. this Sunday.
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, October 15, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Middle School and High School Youth

First Church at 180: Holy Communion from the Wesley Chalice
Fellowship Hall

Adult Study: Theology for the 21st Century
Begin new book October 15
Room LL05

Biblical Economics and the Abundant Life
Sunday, October 15, Noon, Fellowship Hall
This adult education class will hold its final session over lunch this Sunday. If you would like to request a lunch for this session, please complete this poll by Saturday afternoon, October 14.
New Sunday Adult Education Class: 
The Protestants
Sundays, October 22 
- November 12
10:15 a.m., Chapel
Led by Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler 

October 31 is the 500th anniversary of the advent of the Protestant Reformation. Rev. Fowler will lead a romp through a sweeping encounter with the Reformation and its impact on the life of the world. 
"The Ten Commandments"
Message on Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments are our foundational teachings on how to love each other. This is the foundation on which we can build our hope of a new world and a beloved community.
Senior Social: Fall Fest!
Tuesday, October 17, 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall 

Join us for a harvest lunch, and a not-to-be-missed program with Anne Lambert discussing UW's Chazen Museum. Sign up by October 13. Contact Jim Ostrander or call 608-338-0268.
2018 Habitat Build in El Salvador
Tuesday, October 17,   
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall 

Join the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County's trip to western El Salvador to build Habitat homes January 20-28, 2018.  The trip cost will be about $2,000, all inclusive. For more information or to register for the trip, contact the trip leader, Catherine Haberland or 608-213-6516. Deadline is October 20. The 2018 team will be working in the same region in El Salvador where First Church has helped construct Habitat homes.
Young Adults: 
Nature Walk and Bonfire
Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
Lake Farm County Park

Join us for a nature walk among the fall colors and a bonfire at Lake Farm County Park. Meet at Lewis Nine Springs E-Way on Moorland Rd.For more info contact Breanna Illéné at 715-864-2638 and check out the Facebook event.
Copies of "The Last Supper Revised" Available

Last summer, Artist Char DeVos and Pastor Mark Fowler led a class exploring the scripture that prompted Char's representation of the Last Supper. Copies of this original artwork are now available in several sizes and finishes. For details, contact Char.
Joys & Concerns
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Alan Brown, who died September 3. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m. at Capitol Lakes, 333 West Main Street, in the Grand Hall, with a reception following. Memorial gifts may be given to FUMC or Habitat for Humanity.
Sunday in the Octagon:
  • Just Bakery Initiative
    Fresh bakery products for sale from this program of Madison Urban Ministries (MUM). Learn More > 
  • International Ministries Equal Exchange Coffee
    What goes better with bakery than a good cup of coffee? Coffee, chocolate and other goodies available.
    Learn More > 
  • CROP Walk Signup
Sunday, October 15, 12:45 p.m., First Congregational Church
It's time once again to walk together to fight hunger in Dane County. Sign up in the Octagon this Sunday to be part of the First Church team or donate to support the walkers.
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor: A Women's Luncheon on Islam
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St., Madison)
The Madison Inter-Faith Coalition invites women of all faiths/no faith to join the Muslim community for a lunch and discussion about Islam and the intersection of the Abrahamic religions. Contact Sadat Abiri with any questions at 608-358-5705.
The Beacon Opens
Madison's new day resource center for homeless individuals opens next week. First Church's Karen Andro, Director of Hope's Home Ministries, is a member of The Beacon Community Advisory Team and is leading meal service for the first five days. You can help our church provide healthy, hearty meals at The Beacon by contributing ingredients, helping with meal preparation, transporting or serving the meals. If you are interested, contact Karen or 608-338-0320.
Young Adult Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Washington Ave.)
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Breanna Illéné > or call 608-338-0545
UMW Tabitha Circle
Thursday, October 19, 1 p.m., Room 208
The group of United Methodist Women will discuss the book,  Evicted, by Matthew Desmond.
Call for Knitters
This year during Advent the UMW will once again be collecting new or handmade caps, gloves, mittens and scarves to give to Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee, a United Methodist agency. So please dust off those knitting or crocheting patterns or look for sales in the stores of this much needed cold weather clothing. Thank you!
Carrie Newcomer/Parker Palmer Concert:
Hope, Hard Times, and the Human Possibility
Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.,  FUMC
An evening of song and spoken word in a concert to benefit Madison/Dane County Courage to Teach.
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