A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 27
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Guest Preacher
"Things Aren't the Same in Joppa These Days"
Text: Acts 11:1-10
Music: Madison Brass Band Sextet, Chancel Choir
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
Beginning This Sunday, April 30
New Sunday Schedule

Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus
Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers
Sunday, April 30
10:15 a.m., Sanctuary

Dr. Meyers, guest presenter at our annual Lyons Lecture this Saturday (onsite registration will be available), is a prominent writer, speaker, and minister who proposes that the best way to recapture the spirit of the early Christian church is to recognize that Jesus-following was, and must be again, subversive in the best sense of the word because the gospel taken seriously turns the world upside down.
Education & Spiritual Formation 
Coming Sundays in May, 10:15 a.m.

Shaping a Generation
Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, facilitator. 
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FUMC 101: The Wesleyan Movement
Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, facilitator. 
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Theology in the 21st Century
Facilitated by class participants. 
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Through Believing We May Have Life

Through our belief in the Spirit we can become blessers of Mother Earth. Rise up and act so that Mother Earth and generations to come may have life.

Ministries Highlights

On Sundays during worship we express our appreciation for the wide variety of critical ministries to which our friends and members give their gifts of time and energy as an offering to God. There are many ways we can give to God and serve our neighbors. Maybe you will be inspired to become involved in one of these ministry areas too!
Seeking Donations
Youth Silent Auction
Sunday, May 7

Help the youth raise money for this year's summer mission trips. Donate NEW items, gift certificates or certificates for services rendered. Donations accepted until Monday, May 1. Bring your items to the youth table in the Octagon this Sunday or contact Seth Schroerlucke (608-338-0158) to make other arrangements.
Spring Fling Senior Social
Tuesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

Enjoy lunch and a program by Norm and Mazie Webb offering Glimpses of Southern Africa. They will share photos and impressions of recent travels in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The delicious lunch will include food with a nod to southern African cuisine. Sign up by Friday, May 5, either at the Information Desk on Sunday or by contacting Jim Ostrander ( 608-338-0268).
Limited Masonic Center Parking on Sunday
The covered parking next to the Masonic Center will not be available for use by First Church attendees this Sunday. (The surface lot leading down to the covered parking is always reserved for Masonic Center members only.) The upper Heibing lot will be available.
Quarterly Statements Available
Please stop by the table in the Narthex this Sunday to pick up your statement.
Lyons Lecture 2017
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m., FUMC
Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers will give two presentations on his work. Onsite registration available Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
Parents' Night Out
Sunday, May 7, 4-7 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Take some time off and let members of the First Church United Methodist Women's group and high school youth group watch your kids for a few hours. Drop off your kid(s) for this FREE service and know they'll be well taken care of with fun games and food.  To sign up, contact Seth Schroerlucke by Monday, May 1. 
Prayer Shawl Team
Monday, May 1, 2 p.m., Chapel
Bring your needlework or just yourself. Patterns will be available. Members are always happy to teach simple knitting or crocheting stitches to get you started!
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, May 9, 6 p.m., La Brioche 
(2862 University Ave., Madison)
Ann Odom will tell us about STARS (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success), a summer education program that provides preschool age children with the head start needed to succeed academically. Come and hear about this volunteer opportunity for service as part of First Church's Racial Equity initiative. This meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.
App Available for Electronic Giving: Give+
Give+ is a free app available through the App Store that lets you make donations via your smart phone. Check it out today or learn more details and pick up directions at the table in the Narthex on Sunday.  Learn More >
Church Women United Friendship Day Luncheon
Friday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian 
(4100 Nakoma Rd.)
A short annual meeting will be followed by a catered lunch and celebration, "Kindling New Fires of Love." Cost of lunch is $8.  RSVP by May 1  to Ruth Hein or 608-374-4724.
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