A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 7
Sunday Worship
Special Offering: First Church Christian Education
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-3a, 14
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music:  9 a.m. Chancel Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet 
11:15 a.m. Woodwind Ensemble, 
Savon Vanderbloemen, 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)
Fall Kick-Off Day
Sunday, September 10

A change of seasons brings new opportunities for learning and growing together. Join in the all-church activities, pick up information about new adult classes that begin Sunday, September 17, and celebrate coming together again as we head into Fall. 

10:15 a.m., Lower Level Classrooms

9:45 a.m., Meet in Fellowship Hall to help with Inter-Generational Gathering

by Ann Herrold-Peterson
10:15 a.m.-Noon, Chapel

Church Library Open House
Church Library Open House
Sunday, September 10
9 a.m. - Noon, Room LL14

The church library has moved! Come and "check things out" in its new location on the Lower Level. Stop by to meet John Wesley and grab a chocolate. 
Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Even before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the United Methodist Commission on Relief (UMCOR) was preparing to help the people in its path. Last Sunday our congregation donated $2,949 to assist UMCOR, which uses 100% of its donations for relief efforts. Visit the UMCOR website to read about its most recent recovery efforts. 

As flood waters recede and assessment of losses begins, UMCOR will coordinate the deployment of work crews to assist residents. If you are interested in joining a possible work crew from First Church, sign up on Sunday at the Information Desk or send an email to info@fumc.org.   
"Rocks or Blocks"
Living faithfully by Jesus' teachings comes at a cost; wishing otherwise is a stumbling block to our faith. By our choices we can be stumbling blocks to others or we can become foundational, "living stones".
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 Adult Book Study
Begins Thursday, September 14
7 p.m., Location TBD

Examine the book, Simpler Living, Compassionate Life in this six-week, small group book study. Sign up Sunday in the Octagon or email Breanna Illéné
Foot Care Clinic Volunteers Wanted
Saturday, September 16
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., FUMC

Help our neighbors in a variety of capacities at this clinic hosted by First Church. Email Beth Wild or call 608-772-0350 with questions.
Joys and Concerns
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of First Church members who have recently passed away. We surround them in love and support at this difficult time.
Anona Gilbert, a back pew member for many years, who died Sunday, August 27 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Alan Brown, Valerie Brown's father, who died Sunday, September 3.
Helen Block, who died Monday, September 4.
Ironman Road Closures Sunday
Some main streets in downtown Madison will be closed Sunday morning, but the path to First Church will still be open:
  • Pinckney Street to the ULI parking ramp will be open.
  • Dayton Street at the church parking lot will be open to Carroll Street.
  • Cars will be able to turn from Dayton Street onto Wisconsin Avenue.
Young Adult Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Washington Ave.)
With cooler weather coming, we will move to a familiar indoor location next week. Come and talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, September 11, 2 p.m., Chapel
Bring your needlework or just yourself. Patterns will be available. Members are always happy to teach simple knitting or crocheting stitches to get you started!
UMW District Annual Gathering
Saturday, September 23, Fennimore UMC
Deadline for Registration is September 10
There will be educational breakout sessions and keynote speaker Rev. Wesley White will discuss "Living As a Covenant Community." Contact info@fumc.org for registration form and other details.
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