A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 22
Sunday Worship
Christmas Day
Special Offering for Missions
A Service of Holy Communion and Carols
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: Quadrilateral Quartet, Mary Ann Harr, Harpist
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee, Hot Chocolate available in back of Sanctuary all morning
Christmas Eve Worship
Saturday, December 24 
7 and 9 p.m., Sanctuary

A Service of Lessons and Carols accompanied by candle lighting to celebrate the Holy Birth. Childcare will be provided during the 7 p.m. service.
Christmas Day Worship
Sunday, December 25
9 and 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary

We will celebrate the birth of the Christ Child with Holy Communion at both services, music by Quadrilateral Quartet and a  profusion  of carols. A special Missions Offering will be received to support mission ministries in Madison, across the state and nation and around the world. Please give generously. 
Community Christmas Dinner
Sunday, December 25
12-2 p.m., Fellowship Hall

We welcome our brothers and sisters without homes and all who want to share this special day together. Our volunteer family will prepare and serve a traditional meal led by Chef John Haines. Cliff Frederiksen will share festive music.
Sunday Chancel Reset Help Needed

Would you like to help reset the Sanctuary furniture between worship services on Sundays? Each week we need to move furniture in preparation for the 10:30 service. This usually includes setting up a lectern, moving a piano, chairs and music stands. It is mainly light lifting. Help is needed between 10:10 and 10:20 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We hope to develop a monthly schedule, so this will not be an every Sunday commitment.
Thank you for your response to help with our technology needs on Sunday mornings! As always we could still use more help with PowerPoint and video, particularly at the 10:30 service, but we are pleased to have five regular technology assistants.
Please contact Ross Cowing if you would be willing to help with the technology needs or resetting the chancel for the second service on Sunday morning.
or Call 608-338-0545
" The Birth of Jesus the Messiah Took Place "

Visit the Sermons page on our website to watch Pastor Mark's sermon from the fourth Sunday of Advent.
2017 Offering Envelopes Available

Please pick yours up at the Information Desk on Sunday. If you need yours mailed to you, please contact Sarah Flanagan.
or Call 
Loving Our Neighbors Signs

We have a few yard signs left. If you would like to purchase one ($10) to display in your yard please contact Rev. Tina Lang. 
or Call 608-467-5108
Joys & Concerns
Congratulations to Matt Schluntz and Amanda Lang Schluntz, who welcomed the birth of their son, Elliot Michael, on Sunday, December 18. Greg and Tina Lang are elated grandparents.
Warming Up the Manger Bed
Through Sunday, December 25, 
Located at Information Desk

Help fill the manger with cozy hats, mittens and scarves for families at Northcott Neighborhood House.
No Sunday School or Adult Classes This Sunday
There will be no Sunday School classes for children or youth on Sundays, December 25 or January 1. The Theology for the 21st Century class will also be on hiatus these two weeks.
Spouses Now Alone - No December Gathering
Spouses Now Alone will not meet on December 27. The next luncheon gathering will be on Tuesday, January 31.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
The Prayer Shawl Ministry Team will not meet in January. The next gathering will be on Monday, February 6.
UMW Interfaith Brunch and Program
Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Greet our neighbors from the Orchard Street Mosque and learn more about the Islamic faith. Music by the Raging Grannies. To reserve your tickets ($10) RSVP to Jim Ostrander at jostrander@fumc.org or 608-338-0268 by December 30.
Church Building Closure
The church building and offices will be closed Monday, December 26 for the Christmas holiday.
Outreach Services Break
The Food Pantry, Community Outreach Breakfast and Come As You Are Worship will be closed Monday, December 26 through Monday, January 2 (reopening Tuesday, January 3).
When the Weather Outside Is Frightful
We try to keep our doors open through all kinds of weather, but in the event of extreme weather conditions please check the FUMC website, Facebook page or local TV stations for notice of last minute closures or cancellations. 
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