A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 19
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
" The Wesleyan Covenant "
Text: Matthew 22:36-40
Music: Blessed Brass,  Chancel Choir
Prelude will begin at 8:50 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
New Publication Launched

This week, First Look, a new quarterly publication for First Church, was mailed to church members and friends. We hope you will share your copy to invite participation in what we do in ministry together. You can also view  First Look on our FUMC website and share it electronically. 
Seeking and Serving God in a Time of Public Turmoil
Six-week series beginning Sunday, January 22, 
10:30 a.m., Chapel
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Mel Vance

(Also offered Tuesday evenings in February)

What authority can the Bible have when culture and society seem to have moved beyond the reach of our past versions of biblical teaching? How is the relationship between God and the world going? How do we form relationships with contemporaries when progressive Christianity doesn't seem to be high on their list of attractive options? Judeo-Christian biblical tradition affirms that through the study of "the Word" faithful communities have found and will again find theological wisdom and spiritual courage to address these and other questions.
A Light to the Nations

Hide it under a bushel? No! We're gonna let it shine!

Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesday, January 24, 7 p.m., FUMC

Meet at the church for a guided walk around downtown led by some of our First Church friends who were previously homeless. They will show us the lesser seen and known parts of homelessness and tell us about their life in and out of living on the streets. We will end up at Barriques on W. Washington Avenue to warm up with some coffee and reflections.
Or Call 608-338-0158
Million Pound Challenge On Again

Second Harvest and the Princeton Club are joining up again this year to help food pantry partners earn pounds of food. It's easy to participate: Click the link below to register, then sign up for our church team, "FUMC Food Pantry" and choose for your earnings to go to "First United Methodist Church Food Pantry". Select whether you are tracking exercise time or weight lost. Then weekly go on line and record your results. For every exercise hour or pound of weight loss, the Princeton Club will donate 10 pounds of food to our Food Pantry. Last year we received the equivalent of $350 of food. Have fun!
Joys & Concerns
Our love and sympathy are extended to Lloyd Frohreich and other family and friends of Julia Frohreich, who died January 11. Memorial services will be held at Gunderson East (5203 Monona Dr., Madison) on Saturday, February 4, at 3 p.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
We offer our prayers and love to the family and friends of Vicki Rice, Lynne Jeffris' sister, who died on January 13.
Climate Justice Book Study
Sunday, January 22, 1 p.m., Chapel
(Note location change this week)
Join in this four-part study of the book Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action. All ages are invited to join the inter-congregational dialogue. Sessions will meet at First Church and several other Madison churches during January and February.
UMW Envisioning Team
Wednesday, January 25, 1 p.m., Room 208
Join our UMW Envisioning Team to plan for an exciting year ahead! All are invited to the discussion.
Safe Communities Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, January 15, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Free drop-in session led by retired police officer Jean Papalia.
Recycle the Warmth Blanket Collection
Sunday, January 29
Help us collect blankets for St. Vincent de Paul to distribute to individuals and families in need by bringing new or gently used blankets to church on this Sunday. Another way to help is to purchase blankets at a discount on Friday, January 27 or Saturday, January 28 at Shopko stores in Madison, where you can make a blanket donation in the store. Thanks for helping us Recycle the Warmth.
Healing House Fundraiser
Thursday, January 26, 5 p.m.,
HotelRED (1501 Monroe St., Madison)
Come out and support Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM) Healing House, the first medical respite center in Wisconsin, will assist homeless families where either the parent or child is in need of a safe recuperative place to stay pre or post hospitalization.
Sponsor Chancel Flowers
You can sponsor one of the beautiful flower arrangements that grace our Sanctuary during worship ($35). It's a nice way to honor or remember friends and loved ones or to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. The 2017 signup sheet is now available online.  Sign Up to Sponsor >
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