A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 5
Sunday Worship
Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: Chancel Choir at 9:30 a.m.; 
Woodwind Ensemble at 11:15 a.m.
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, October 8, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Middle School and High School Youth

Adult Study: Biblical Economics and the Abundant Life

Adult Study: FaithLink
Focus this week: DACA
Adult Study: Theology for the 21st Century
Begin new book October 15

Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Exodus Covenant: 
Its Reforms and Dangers
Wednesdays through October 11
6:30 - 8 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
A bible study led by Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler.
First Church at 180: 
Holy Communion from the Wesley Chalice
Sunday, October 15, 10:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

First Church is turning 180 years old this fall! On Sunday, October 15, we will begin our anniversary celebrations by receiving Holy Communion together from a chalice that Methodism's founder, John Wesley, sent to the American church from England. Rev. Fred Day, General Secretary United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, and our guest preacher that morning, will bring the chalice to us from its permanent home in Old St. George's Church in Philadelphia. Join us during the Christian Formation Hour at 10:15 a.m. for this special intergenerational event.
New Sunday Adult Education Class: The Protestants
Sundays, October 22 - 
November 11
10:15 a.m., Chapel
Led by Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler 

October 31 is the 500th anniversary of the advent of the Protestant Reformation. Rev. Fowler will lead a romp through a sweeping encounter with the Reformation and its impact on the life of the world. 
"This Do in Remembrance of Me"
Message on Exodus 17

World Communion Sunday gave us time to pause and remember who presides at the table we are called to. As we remember Christians around the world we are reminded that God knows and remembers each of us too. 
Senior Social: Fall Fest!
Tuesday, October 17, 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.,
Fellowship Hall 

Join us for a harvest lunch, and a not-to-be-missed program with Anne Lambert discussing UW's Chazen Museum. Sign up by October 13 at the Info Desk on Sunday, email Jim Ostrander  or call 608-338-0268.
Young Adult Apple Picking Outing
Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
Door Creek Orchard 
(3253 Vilas Rd, Cottage Grove)

Join us for a fall gathering to go apple picking at Door Creek Orchard. We will meet at the Orchard in the Barn and enjoy the fall festivities. For more info contact Breanna Illéné at 715-864-2638 and check out the Facebook event.
Wesleyan Heritage in England
Travel and Learn Together
July 9-16, 2018

Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England next summer. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk in the Narthex or request one from Rev. Tina Lang at 608-467-5108 or tlang@fumc.org. The number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.
Sunday, October 15, 12:45 p.m., First Congregational Church
It's time once again to walk together to fight hunger in Dane County. Sign up in the Octagon this Sunday to be part of the First Church team or donate to support the walkers.
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor: A Women's Luncheon on Islam
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Madison Labor Temple (1602 S. Park St., Madison)
The Madison Inter-Faith Coalition invites women of all faiths/no faith to join the Muslim community for a lunch and discussion about Islam and the intersection of the Abrahamic religions. Contact Sadat Abiri with any questions at 608-358-5705.
Young Adult Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Washington Ave.)
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Breanna Illéné >  or call 608-338-0545
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, October 10, 6 p.m.
La Brioche (2862 University Avenue, Madison) 
Speakers from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) will tell about their work. Come join us.
Call for Knitters 
This year during Advent the UMW will once again be collecting new or handmade caps, gloves, mittens and scarves to give to Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee, a United Methodist agency. So please dust off those knitting or crocheting patterns or look for sales in the stores of this much needed cold weather clothing. Thank you!
Carrie Newcomer/Parker Palmer Concert:
Hope, Hard Times, and the Human Possibility
Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.,  FUMC
An evening of song and spoken word in a concert to benefit Madison/Dane County Courage to Teach.
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