A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 21
Sunday Worship
Text: Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"An Earthly Hope"
Music: Handbell Choir, Chancel Choir,
John and Corey Odom, Vocal Duet @ 9 a.m.
Quadrilateral Quartet @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
A Season of Creation
Sundays, April 24, May 1, May 8

Over the next three weeks First Church is celebrating A Season of Creation in its worship services, special programs, and activities. The purpose of this special season is to be more "creation-connected" than we might be during other seasons of the Christian year; not seeking to compartmentalize creation to just a few weeks' emphasis, but to deepen our appreciation for creation as an integral part of our worship and discipleship throughout the whole year. Visit the tables in the Octagon for intergenerational activities, the informational display tables in Fellowship Hall, and plan to participate in an adult learning option in the Chapel during the 10:30 hour each of these three special Sundays.
First Church & Habitat for Humanity-El Salvador

We recently received a letter of thanks and lovely award plaque from Jorge Molina, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity El Salvador for our congregation's efforts there. The plaque was presented during worship on Sunday, April 17 as members of various teams who have traveled and worked in El Salvador were recognized.
Newcomer Gathering
Sunday, April 24 @ 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 (608.338.0107).
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Mary Andreas, Leah Sailor, Joan Miller (mother of Judy Metz), Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus.
We offer our love and condolences to the family and friends of Rev. David Steffenson, who died on Friday, April 15. A private burial ceremony will be held at the Natural Path Sanctuary at the Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Read Obituary>
Spouses Now Alone
Tuesday, April 26 @ Noon
Meet at Imperial Garden West (2039 Allen Blvd., Middleton) for lunch and conversation.
UMW Envisioning Team
Wednesday, April 27 @ 1:30 p.m., Room 208
All women are invited to join us to plan and develop projects and events involving women in our faith community.
Worship Tech Wizards Needed
We are looking for a group of people willing to operate PowerPoint, operate a video camera and assist with audio during Sunday worship services. This is not an every week commitment. 
Contact Ross Cowing > 
Co-Ed Softball Signup
Help the FUMC Flying Angels defend their 2015 league title! Contact Seth Schroerlucke (608.338.0158) for more info by April 30.
Distinguished Lecture Series:
War Against the People: An Evening with Jeff Halper
Wednesday, May 4 @ 7 p.m.
DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery,
330 N. Orchard St.
Nobel Peace Prize nominated human rights activist, anthropologist and co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) Jeff Halper will discuss issues raised in his book War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification. Event co-sponsored by the Crossing and other local organizations. You can also hear Jeff Halper live on WORT Radio (89.9 FM) at noon on Wednesday, May 4 with A Public Affair host Karma Chavez.
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