A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 11
Sunday Worship
Special Offering: Golden Cross Sunday 
Supporting our  Health and Welfare Ministries
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler 
"Like Newborns"
Text:  1 Peter 2:2-10
Music: Chamber Choir (9:00), Adam Shelton, Soloist (11:15)
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Education & Spiritual Formation 
Sunday, May 14, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for Children and Youth
Classrooms on Lower Level

Shaping a Generation - Room LL12
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler will facilitate the class this week. 
Parents of children and youth are invited to a time of spiritual nurture.  Read More > 

FUMC 101: The Wesleyan Movement - Chapel
Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, facilitator. 
Survey the history and theology of the Wesleyan movement.

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 >
Sermon on Acts 2:42-47

One little word: AWE. But when we let our souls fill with awe because of God's love and grace, and awe for Jesus and his Way, we find the strength to transform our lives and our world.
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!
Roses in the Octagon
Sunday, May 14, All Morning

This Sunday we will celebrate our Christian family. Honor your mother, father, grandparent, neighbor or friend with a beautiful bloom. The youth will be selling roses for a freewill donation to support their summer mission trips.

TRANSforming Faith Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., FUMC

This day will be dedicated to strengthening understanding between transgender youth, their parents and their faith leaders. The event will consist of panel discussions, caucus break out groups and workshops on a variety of pertinent topics. This conference is organized by Joanne Lee in honor of Skylar Lee. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Wesleyan Heritage in England
Travel and Learn Together

Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England next summer, July 9-16, 2018. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk in the Narthex, in the class being led by Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, or request one from Rev. Tina Lang at 608-467-5108 or tlang@fumc.org. There is a $50 price reduction for those who register prior to July 9, 2017 and the number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.
QPR/Suicide Prevention Training
Monday, May 15, Noon-1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall  
Governing Board Meeting
Monday, May 15, 6 p.m., Room 208 
Grief Support Group
Tuesday, May 16, 2 p.m., Room 208
Rev. Milton Ford will lead this gathering for those who have recently lost a loved one. This is an ongoing program involving conversation, reminiscences, questions of faith and an opportunity to get to know each other better. 
UMW Tabitha Circle
Thursday, May 18, 1 p.m., Room 208
The group will discuss Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins. All are invited to attend.
Search 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 for Northcott House. 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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