A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 14
Sunday Worship
Text: Luke 10:38-42
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music:  Women's Vocal Ensemble; Steve Tweed, Tuba Soloist (9:00)

Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:15 a.m.
A Great Beginning!

Listen to Pastor Mark's introductory comments on his first Sunday at First Church.
"A City Set Upon an Isthmus"
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler

New Sermon Video Available
Pokémon Go to Church

Do you know any Pokémon trainers? First Church is a confirmed "Pokéstop" on the new mobile game Pokémon Go! This new augmented reality app has grabbed a lot of attention in the news recently and has kids (and kids at heart) exploring their local communities to find imaginary game related items in real locations using their cell phones. Join us for worship this Sunday and "Catch em' all."
Aldo Leopold Nature Center Inter-Generational Picnic & Field Trip

Join a group of all ages from FUMC for a picnic lunch and a guided tour of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center grounds and indoor climate science displays. It will be an enjoyable and memorable afternoon. Reserve your spot by Sunday, July 17 by emailing info@fumc.org or by signing up at the Information Desk on Sunday morning. Cost is $5 for the entrance fee; please bring your own picnic lunch.
Last Chance: Come to "Summer Vacation": A Senior Luncheon 

We all remember how excited we were at the approach of the end of each school year. Recapture some of that excitement while enjoying a "school days" inspired lunch and listening to author Susan Apps Bodilly reminisce about one-room school houses.
If you have photos from your own school days that you would be willing to share with the group please drop them off at the church or email them to jostrander@fumc.org. (Photos will be returned to you.)
Summer Vacation is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and FUMC's Homebound Ministry.
Holy Land Tour

Join Rev. Joan Deming (WI Conference United Methodist clergy and director of Pilgrims of Ibillin) in visiting Peacemakers in Israel/Palestine, October 18-31, 2016. Meet the "Living Stones" of Palestine and Israel during a 2-week listening/study tour, organized by  Pilgrims of Ibillin. Visit Holy Sites and "Living Stones." We'll meet with Archbishop Elias Chacour, stay four days at his schools in Ibillin, and meet with vital organizations in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Zababdeh, and Ibillin. You'll learn directly from leaders in the West Bank and Israel who are seeking a nonviolent path to peace.  Yes, it's safe!  
Details: October 18-31, 2016; Program Cost: $1850/person, double occupancy (excluding airfare, 4 lunches, insurance, personal spending). Supplement for single room, $300.

Joys & Concerns
Bob Kramer, Frank Siedschlag, Mary Andreas, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus. 
How to Contact Pastor Mark
With pictures on his office walls and books lining the shelves, Pastor Mark is fast settling into life at First Church. You can reach him directly at mfowler@fumc.org or 608-234-5189.
Newcomer Gathering
Sunday, July 17 @ 10:30 a.m., Room 201
If you are interested in learning more about First Church and its mission and ministries, please join us for an informal gathering. Let us know you are interested in attending by contacting Mary Hasheider at 608-338-0107. RSVP Today>
Summer Harvest of Good Books
Sundays @ 10:30 a.m., Chapel
The series continues this Sunday with Doug Maynard reviewing Rejoicing: Or the Torments of Religious Speech by Bruno Latour.
Just Bakery Initiative
Don't forget to stop in the Octagon this Sunday for fresh, locally baked products from the Just Bakery Initiative.
Wanted: Oranges and Blueberries for Kids
There are two opportunities left to help with snacks for Children's Summer Sunday School. Can you help provide a simple fruit snack one Sunday?  Yes, I can help > 
Booklet of Rev. Phil Blackwell's Sermons
We will be compiling a booklet of  Pastor Phil's   sermons given during
his ministry at First Church. If you are interested in ordering one or more booklets, please contact the church office at  info@fumc.org or 608-338-0545. Cost is $10 per booklet. Deadline for orders is Friday, July 22.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Brian Cowing is the Director for Four Seasons Theatre's production of Spamalot, playing August 5, 6, and 7 at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Cast members include Doug Swenson and Andy White.
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