A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 21
Sunday Worship
Scripture: Exodus 16:2-15
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: 8:50 a.m.: Prelude
9 a.m.:  Blessed Brass
11:15 a.m.: Quadrilateral Quartet
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, September 24, 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
Room LL12

Adult Study: Theology for the 21st Century
Class Description >
Room LL05
Sing for Your Supper: 
Quadrilateral Quartet in Concert
Sunday, September 24
12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 

Come and hear the members of this talented group perform a wide range of music in a relaxed setting. Enjoy lunch at the food cart in the church parking lot before the concert and stay for dessert at its conclusion. Donations will be accepted at this event to fund the Quartet.
Mission Work in Houston

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ready to receive a team in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area for the week of October 9-13. First Church is planning to send a team of volunteers October 7-15 which allows for two travel days on either side of a five-day work week. UMCOR representatives tell us that the area is in need of people to volunteer and that gas and electric are up and running, and grocery stores and restaurants are open. Our team will be housed in a local church and will likely be helping tear out and clean up from water damage and possibly hang new drywall. If you're interested in participating, please contact Tina Lang ASAP at  tlang@fumc.org  or 608-467-5108.
Sing a Song of Courage and Hope
Message on Exodus 14 & 15

We are free to be in the fullness of what God meant us to be. We must be diligent in continuing forward on our journey because love has the power to change the world.

First Church Ministries Highlights

During worship we 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!
Young Adults at The Crossing
Sunday, September 24
2-4 p.m. or 4:30-7 p.m.

Help prepare and serve a meal and enjoy an intimate Vespers service together. Come to any or all of the event: help prep at the church or meet us at The Crossing to serve. To sign up contact Breanna Illéné or call 608-338-0545 .
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.
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. The number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.
Joys & Concerns
We offer our condolences and love to the family and friends of Chris Cramer, who died on September 13. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 4058 Lien Rd., Madison. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of service.
Read Obituary > 
We offer prayers and support to the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Vernon Visick, who died on June 18. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 22 at 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Following the service there will be a time for fellowship and remembrance in Fellowship Hall.
We extend condolences to Lisa Olmsted, whose mother died Tuesday, September 19. Our prayers of support are with her family during this difficult time.
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 Illéne > or call 608-338-0545
UMW Envisioning Team
Wednesday, September 27, 1 p.m., Room 208
The First Church unit of United Methodist Women has some very special projects and activities in the works for the coming year. All interested women are invited to attend. We need many heads and hearts to help with these new activities and to help determine the ongoing direction of our unit. Your presence is important! Please join us. 
Spouses Now Alone
Tuesday, September 26, Noon, Concourse
Please join us for lunch and fellowship. Contact Jim Ostrander at 338-0268  by Friday, September 22 if you plan to attend.
A Visual Journey: 22 Watercolor Paintings
Art Gallery Night
Friday, September 29,  7-9 p.m., Chapel
Talk with the artist Ann Herrold-Peterson about her artistic process and how it has influenced how she sees the world around her. Refreshments will be served.
The Christian Family (This Could Be Fun)
Sunday, October 1, 4:30-6:15 p.m., FUMC
Join us this fall on the first Sunday of each month for a time of fellowship and faith development for parents and children. Children will enjoy their own activities in the Read 'n' Play Room while parents meet for a content-based program in Fellowship Hall. The evening will end with a meal and fellowship.
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