A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 2
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Guide Me"
Text: Matthew 5:13-20
Music: Chancel Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Youth Fruit Sale 
for Local Missions
Sundays, February 5, 12 and 19

Proceeds from this year's sales will benefit local programs that are an extension of our church's mission, such as Porchlight and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. Choose from an assortment of fresh citrus fruit, cheese and sausage. Orders will be available for pickup at church Saturday, March 4 from 3-4 p.m. and the morning of Sunday, March 5.
The Efficacy of Scripture

The potency of the Word of God opens the life-giving nature of Scripture. The God of love knows no boundaries. How do we love one another? What does the abundance of God's love teach us? It teaches us that when we try to separate people, the result has not been good. The Word is clear: Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, is about refugees and immigrants. We have all been refugees and immigrants. 
Targeting Refugees: Statement from National Council of Churches

This week the National Council of Churches (NCC) - of which First Church is a member through our participation in the United Methodist Church - published a statement addressing recent actions closing U.S. borders to both refugees and legal U.S. residents. The NCC explains why it "stand[s] firmly against these actions," calling the targeting of refugees "a fool's errand."
Foot Care Clinic Volunteers
Saturday, February 4, 8 a.m.,
1:30 p.m., FUMC

Help out at this monthly clinic that provides essential services for our neighbors in need. Sign up online or contact Karen Andro at kandro@fumc.org or 608-338-0320.
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!
Thank You, Kindly

In December we took a special offering, totaling $1,870, to support the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Rev. David Wilson, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference Superintendent, sent a thank you: "We were so pleased to receive contributions from First UMC! Thank you to all for the support."
World Interfaith Harmony Week

The Charter for Compassion will observe World Interfaith Harmony Week by presenting five unique "webinar radio" programs at noon Central Time. They will be moderated by Reed Price, Charter coordinator, and former newsroom supervisor for AP and MSNBC. Each program has its own theme and you should register for each individually.
Just Bakery Valentine's Day Baskets

Surprise your sweetheart with a basket of goodies (Valentine cookies, stuffed croissants, brownies, truffles, chocolate buttermilk bread) for $30 or an 8-pack of Valentine Cookies for $7. Baskets can be picked up at FEED Kitchens (1219 N. Sherman Ave.) on February 13 and 14, or for $5 can be delivered on February 14. Place your order at justbakery@emum.org or visit their online catalog
Joys & Concerns
Congratulations to Matt and Lindsay (Varner) Duch on the birth of their daughter, Eliza Ann on January 25. Big brother Maxwell and grandparents Max and Diana Varner are proud as can be.
Congratulations to Johnny and Andrea Hutchinson, who welcomed their new daughter, Sophia Elizabeth on January 27. Sophia joins big sister Charlotte and proud grandparents John and Judith Hutchinson.
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 on Saturday, February 4, at 3 p.m. at Gunderson East (5203 Monona Dr., Madison). Visitation will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
We hold the family and friends of Ray Wallace in prayer and love. Ray, who was part of our Hope's Home family, died Tuesday, January 24. A memorial service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m.  Ray's Obituary > 
Love and sympathy are also extended to Miriam Simmons on the death of her husband, Jim Cain.
Youth Work Day
Friday, February 3, 11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m., Youth Room
It's time to do some organizing and finish sprucing up the Youth Room! We'll start with FREE PIZZA to fuel up before we get to down to work. Contact Seth if you have any questions.
Contact Seth > Or Call 608-338-0158
Church Women United
Friday, February 3, 9 a.m.
First Baptist Church (518 N. Franklin St.)
Coffee, refreshments and announcements. Program at 10 a.m.: "The Triangle Ministry in Today's Community." Meg Nielsen, Outreach Coordinator, will speak about her organization's holistic approach.
Youth Mission Kick-Off
Sunday, February 5, 10:10 a.m., Youth Room
Get vital information about when/where we are going for our youth mission trips this summer, costs, participant requirements and fundraising opportunities. It's time to get excited! Contact Seth if you have any questions.
Contact Seth > Or Call 608-338-0158
Climate Justice Book Study
Sunday, February 5, 1 p.m., Chapel
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 February.  Full Schedule > 
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, February 6, 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!  More Info > 
Emma's Revolution in Concert
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m.
James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 2146 E. Johnson St., Madison
If there was ever a time for a powerful, loving transformative revolution, that time is now--and this is the music to fuel it! Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O.) are grassroots, activist musicians whose songs have been used as tools in movements for social justice around the world. Tickets available online ($20) or at the door ($22).  Ticket Info > 
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