A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 4
Sunday Worship
Celebration of Holy Communion
Message: Rev. Tina S. Lang
Text: Acts 2:42-47
Music: Chancel Choir
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
Extending the Table Lunch: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
Purchase lunch from one of the food carts (Sliders and Mexican cuisine) in the parking lot.
Education & Spiritual Formation 
Beginning this Sunday, May 7, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for Children and Youth
Classrooms on Lower Level
Adult Classes
Shaping a Generation - Room LL12
Rev. Tina Lang will facilitate the class this week. 
The years of parenthood call us to pour ourselves into shaping another generation... Read More
FUMC 101: The Wesleyan Movement - Chapel
Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, facilitator. 
Survey the theology of the Wesleyan movement, from John Wesley's heart being "strangely warmed" at Aldersgate... Read More
Theology in the 21st Century - Room LL05
Facilitated by class participants. 
Bernard Brandon Scott's book, "The Trouble With Resurrection," poses questions for discussion... Read More
Bid for Good
Youth Silent Auction 
This Sunday, May 7
Octagon and Fellowship Hall 

Help the youth raise money for this year's summer mission trips and find some goodies for yourself!

Bidding Begins:
9 a.m.-1 p.m.,  Bid on a variety of items and services. 
Extending the Table Lunch:
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lunch 
Use your auction voucher towards purchasing lunch from one of the two food carts in the parking lot. Then sit down in Fellowship Hall and enjoy good company and live background music. 

This is a fun way to share in the excitement of the mission trips that spread God's love while youth participants help people in need and explore facets  of their own faith. Thank you for your support!
Things Aren't the Same in Joppa These Days

Things aren't the way they used be - and that's not always a bad thing! Imagine a world where our old fears - of "others" who are "different" from us - are replaced by an experience of oneness in God's grace and love.
First Church Ministries Highlights

Keep an eye on the projection screens in the Sanctuary during the worship Offertory time. Each week we will 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!
Bishop Jung Responds to Judicial Council Ruling
Read Bishop Jung's letter to the Wisconsin Conference.
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 everyone who would like to attend.
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, by contacting Jim Ostrander.
  Contact Jim >  or call 608-338-0268
Last Roundup for Campbell's Soup Labels
Campbell's is ending the long-running program this summer, but there is still time to put the labels to good use. Bring the labels you've been collecting to the Octagon and the gray canister marked Labels for Education that sits on the bench there. Thank you!
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