A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 11
Sunday Worship
Text: Deuteronomy 26:5-11, Luke 4:1-13
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"The Right Things for the Wrong Reasons"
Music: Blessed Brass, Chamber Choir @ 9 a.m.
Prelude Begins @ 8:50 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Lenten Conversation/Study Series
Begins Wednesday, February 17
"Of One Blood" (Acts 17:26): Conversations on Race
Wednesdays, February 17 - March 16 @ 7-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

The Emerging Ministries Team has been studying the problem of racial disparity in its many forms in Dane County. Next Wednesday they will share news about their pilot program this spring for working with young students in Madison schools. Over the next five weeks the conversations will also include several members of the community who will share their perspectives. Among our goals are to define what we as a congregation can add to the public discussion and what we can do that matters. The provocative companion book to this series is America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis.
Lenten Series Book Available for Purchase
"Racism is a system of oppression for social and economic purposes. As many analysts have suggested, racism is prejudice plus power."

Copies of Jim Wallis' new book,  America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America are available for purchase at the Information Desk. The book will supplement the "Of One Blood" Wednesday evening Lenten series, but will be helpful for those not able to participate in the Wednesday night series too.
Biblical Resurrection Stories: A Lenten Study
Sundays, February 14 - March 20 @ 10:30 a.m., Room 208

Rev. Jim Scorgie will lead a six session class on the resurrection accounts found in scripture. These texts are both difficult and significant for the modern world and one's faith journey. It may be helpful bring your own bible for making notes.
Youth Fruit Sale Continues 
Sundays, Feb. 14 & 21, Octagon

Mouthwatering citrus fruit is hanging ripe on the trees now. You could be slicing into a fresh grapefruit or peeling a luscious orange by the beginning of March. Order yours now! Cheese and sausage assortments also available. Proceeds benefit local outreach programs.
Answering the Call 
International Health Work with Center for Disease Control
Sunday, February 14, 10:30 a.m., the Choir Room (Lower Level)

Dee Dee Downie has been part of our faith community for several years. During her time with us she has served two deployments in Liberia as part of her work with the Center for Disease Control's response to Ebola. In a few weeks she'll be moving from Madison for an Atlanta-based position with the CDC's Center for Global Health and 50-70% of her work will be done internationally. Dee Dee says, " I have been praying a lot lately and it feels like God is calling me in this direction. I am so grateful and will work to the best of my ability to answer this call." Come on Sunday morning to hear more about the important work Dee Dee and many others are doing and to offer Dee Dee your farewell and blessings.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus, Dave Steffenson.
Karen Andro Featured in Media
Karen Andro, Director of Outreach Ministries at FUMC, was featured in a Wisconsin State Journal article this week.  Read More >
Order Easter Flowers for Worship
Remember or honor family, friends or loved ones at Easter. We are now taking orders for Easter flowers. Deadline is March 3.
The Crossing Concert Series Presents Under A-Rest
Friday, February 12 @ 7 p.m.
Focusing on musical genres such as pop, rock, country, and classical, this UW-Madison group seeks to engage the audience through their performance and create community. Enjoy a night of entertainment and fun! Reception to follow. Suggested donation: $2. The Crossing is located at 1127 University Ave. 
Share the Love: Stuffed Animal Collection
Sunday, February 14
First Kids are collecting stuffed animals for the Madison Police Department to share with children in traumatic situations. Kids can bring NEW stuffed animals to their classes to donate and adults can drop them off in the Narthex on Sunday, February 14.
Fun Times at Mardi Gras
Over 120 people filled Fellowship Hall on Tuesday night with feasting and merriment. Thanks to everyone for coming out for a fun time in support of Youth Missions. A special shout out to the youth and adult volunteers who made this festive night possible. Photos & Video>
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