A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 21
Sunday Worship
Text: Luke 11:1-13
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"God Meeting Our Deepest Desire"
Music: Summer Choir; Laura Mediski, Oboe Soloist
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
FUMC Emergency Cooling Center Needs Supplies

In response to the forecast for dangerous heat indices today and tomorrow, the church is opening its doors as a cooling center both days. We will offer meals, snacks and beverages for people while they are here. We will need lots of the following items:
  • Bottled water (for homeless guests to take with them)
  • Juice (Large bottles to serve from at the church)
  • Fruit and fruit cups
  • Healthy snacks
You can drop off items at the church TODAY until 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our guests deeply appreciate our open doors and hospitality. Thank you so much for your help!
Summer Choir 
This Sunday
Meet: 8:15 a.m., Choir Room

All singers are invited to join the Summer Choir this Sunday. If you have been thinking you might like to sing with the choir, now is the perfect time to try it out! The group will rehearse the anthem for the morning at 8:15 a.m. and then will sing at the 9 a.m. worship service. Those who are able can stay to sing the anthem at the 10:30 a.m. service too. (No robes this Sunday.)
Wednesday Community Breakfasts and CAYAW Resume
Community Breakfast, 
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. 
Come As You Are Worship,
Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m.
We will resume hosting Community Breakfasts and worship services in Fellowship Hall next Wednesday, July 27. Join us for this time of mid-week fellowship and worship whenever you can. To learn about Wednesday morning volunteer opportunities contact Karen Andro at kandro@fumc.org or 608-338-0320.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center Inter-Generational Picnic & Field Trip
Sunday, July 24, Meet: 11:30 a.m., FUMC Parking Lot

There are still a few spots left! Join a group of all ages from FUMC for a picnic lunch and a guided tour of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center grounds and indoor climate science displays. It will be an enjoyable and memorable afternoon. RSVP to info@fumc.org. Cost is $5 for the entrance fee; please bring your own picnic lunch.
Booklet of Rev. Phil Blackwell's Sermons
Deadline for orders: 
Friday, July 22

We will be compiling a booklet of his sermons given during  his ministry at First Church. If you are interested in ordering one or more booklets, please contact the church office at  info@fumc.org  or 608-338-0545. Cost is $10 per booklet. 
Joys & Concerns
Bob Kramer, Frank Siedschlag, Mary Andreas, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus. 
How to Contact Pastor Mark
With pictures on his office walls and books lining the shelves, Pastor Mark is fast settling into life at First Church. You can reach him directly at mfowler@fumc.org or 608-234-5189.
High School Mission Trip
We offer our blessings to the 28 high school students and adults leaders who are leaving this Saturday for Knox County, Kentucky. We will keep them in our prayers as they work with the Appalachia Service Project to provide warmer, safer, drier housing for area residents.
Summer Harvest of Good Books
Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
The series continues this Sunday with Peter Hamon giving his take on America's love affair with the supernatural, covering books, TV shows, movies and lore.  More Details > 
Spouses Now Alone
Tuesday, June 26, Noon

If you have lost your spouse, we invite you to join us for our monthly luncheon and time of fellowship. We meet at Imperial Garden West (University Ave. & Allen Blvd., Middleton). Please contact Jim Ostrander if you plan to attend or have questions.
Contact Jim > or Call 608-338-0268
QPR-Suicide Prevention Training
Tuesday, July 26, Noon, Fellowship Hall
Young Adult Life Group
Tuesday, July 26, 7 p.m., Barriques, 127 W. Washington Ave.
Got Egg Cartons?
Second Harvest Foodbank is in need of egg cartons. You can drop them off at the Foodbank (2802 Dairy Drive, Madison) Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thank you!
Holy Land Tour
Join Rev. Joan Deming in visiting Peacemakers in Israel/Palestine, October 18-31, 2016. You'll learn directly from leaders in the West Bank and Israel who are seeking a nonviolent path to peace. Yes, it's safe! Details: October 18-31, 2016; Program Cost: $1850/person, double occupancy (excluding airfare, 4 lunches, insurance, personal spending). Supplement for single room, $300.  Learn More >
Always Look On the Bright Side of Life
Brian Cowing is the Director for Four Seasons Theatre's production of
Spamalot , playing August 5, 6, and 7 at the Wisconsin Union Theater. Cast members include Doug Swenson and Andy White .
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