A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 10
Sunday Worship
Special Offering: Local Missions
Text: Hebrews 11:29-31, 12:1-2
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Surrounded by So Many..."
Music: Krista Tweed and Margaret Talcott, Vocalists
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Special Local Missions Offering this Sunday

Connecting FUMC ministries with the needs of the world is a mission priority for our congregation. Thanks to the generosity of this congregation, early in 2016 our Mission Team was able to distribute nearly $23,000 to local groups. We hope to generously support a variety of ministries again next year. That support will come from the special mission offerings collected on Easter 2016, Christmas 2016 and this Sunday, August 14. Please give generously via the special envelope in this week's bulletin or electronically (please include a note that your special gift should be designated for Mission Giving). Thank you for supporting wide-reaching ministries that are consistent with the mission and vision of FUMC. 

Backpacks-for-Food Drive
Sundays, August 21 and 28

The Food for Thought Initiative is partnering with schools in Madison to open school-based food pantries. Using backpacks reduces the stigma some students feel about needing food, allowing them to carry food home to their families without peers knowing. On our two "Backpack Sundays" please bring new or gently used backpacks suitable for high school students to the church and place in the receptacle in the Octagon. Thank you for supporting this program.
Weekly Sermon Video Available

Did you know? You can listen to each week's 9 a.m. worship service and watch a video of the sermon on the church's website.
Summer Harvest of Good Books & More
Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
This Sunday Rev. Tina Lang will share some of her experiences from the UMC General Conference this year in Portland, Oregon, and will talk about decisions made there. We will also hear about responses to General Conference and consider FUMC's potential role as a leader in our denomination.  More Details > 
Governing Board Meeting
Monday, August 15, 6 p.m., Room 208
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