A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 24
Sunday Worship
Scripture: Matthew 25:34-40
Message: "It's a God-thing"
Guest Preacher: Rev. Ann Scott, 
Chaplain, UM Hospital Ministry
Music: 9 a.m.: Serina Jolivette, Vocalist 
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)
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, August 27, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Summer Sunday School
Room LL17
"Forgiveness Is Key"
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Summer Sunday School
Room LL04
"Who Is My Neighbor?"
Middle School and High School Youth

Parents' Group
Rev. Tina Lang will facilitate a discussion about "Abundance".
Learn More >

Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Hope's Home and Community Volunteers Care for Homeless Neighbors' Feet
Pride is Faith in Our Belovedness

First Church publicly reaffirmed our commitment to being a Reconciling Congregation as we participated in Madison's Pride Parade on Sunday, August 20.
A Visual Journey: 
22 Watercolor Paintings
by Ann Herrold-Peterson
September 10, 
10:15 a.m.-Noon, Chapel

Ann says that the discipline needed for painting "continues to influence my ability to look deeply at the world around me and to rekindle a sense of awe and gratitude." You are invited to enjoy Ann's paintings on Sunday mornings in September or visit on Gallery Night, Friday, September 29, from 7-8:30 p.m.
"Blind Guides, Blind Fools"

Watch Rev. Mark Fowler's sermon from Sunday, August 20, based on Matthew 15, as he reflects on love and justice.  Love will prevail and be the light into the world.
First Church Ministries Highlights

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!
Young Adult Brunch at Curdfest
Sunday, August 27, 
Noon, Breese Stevens Field

Few things bring people together as much as our love for cheese curds! Meet in the Narthex after the 11:15 a.m. worship service to carpool or walk over together.
Growing Ministries Bring Changes in the Building

A steady increase in visitors to worship means the development of new ministries to meet and engage with potential new members! The desire for an attractive, intimate space to offer luncheons for growing numbers of newcomers and offer hospitality for recitals, small group gatherings, labyrinth events, etc., has led the Governing Board to approve the re-purposing of a couple of spaces in our building. Keep watching over the next couple of weeks as the second floor Library space is transformed to a hospitality area and a new Library is created in the Christian Education wing of the Lower Level. The new Library is intentionally located at the intersection of lots of traffic in the lower level so you can't miss it. Both "new" spaces will be inaugurated with Open Houses on Sunday, September 10. Enjoy a reception for the Chapel Art Display on second floor and check out the new Library in the Lower Level, where you'll also want to check out a book! As John Wesley said, "Reading Christians are growing Christians. When Christians cease to read, they cease to grow." Visit our new spaces soon!
Recycle Solar Eclipse Glasses

Give your eclipse glasses a second chance! Astronomers Without Borders will send them to schools in South America and Asia for students to use when eclipses cross those continents in 2019. This organization works to spread STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) resources to students around the world. Bring your eclipse glasses to the Green Team table in the Octagon on Sunday.
Joys & Concerns
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Betty Land, who died Friday, August 11 in Spring Park, Minnesota. Our love and prayers are with them during this time of transition.
Paper Bags for Food Pantry
Our Food Pantry is in need of paper grocery bags. Please bring your extras to the shopping cart in the Narthex on Sunday. Thank you!
Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
Tuesday, August 29, Noon, Imperial Garden, Middleton
Join us for lunch and fellowship. Please email Jim Ostrander or call him at 608-338-0268 by Friday, August 25 if you plan to attend. 
Young Adults Terrace Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Seth Schroerlucke  or call him at 608-338-0158.
Faith Alive!
Do you question how your faith impacts and informs your daily living? Join others exploring these and similar questions. New session begins September 15.
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