A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 25
Sunday Worship
Youth Missions Sunday
Special Offering for Youth Missions
Message/Reflections: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler and Youth
Music: Paul Woolson and Youth, Guitar and Vocals
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
First Church Hosts Public Forum

Over 190 people from greater Madison and beyond came together on Tuesday to hear Rep. Mark Pocan share information about the delegation trip to Israel/Palestine that he participated in earlier this summer with several other members of Congress. Many participants said "thank you!" in appreciation for our church hosting such a gathering. Pocan shared what he saw, heard and learned on this historic fact-finding mission.
Backpacks-for-Food Drive
Sunday, August 28

The Food for Thought Initiative is partnering with schools in Madison to open school-based food pantries. Using backpacks reduces the stigma some students feel about needing food, allowing them to carry food home to their families without peers knowing. Please bring new or gently used backpacks suitable for high school students to the church and place in the receptacle in the Octagon. Thank you for supporting this ministry.
Bring a Symbol of Your Labor
Sunday, September 4

On Sunday, September 4 we will join many other congregations across the nation to celebrate Labor in the Pulpit Sunday. Please bring a symbol of your labor to contribute to a collection that will be recognized and blessed during worship. Think broadly about your labor: paid employment, volunteer work, assistance offered others, etc.
UMCOR Responds to Louisiana Floods

UMCOR has already sent nearly 3,000 "cleanup buckets" to Louisiana, with another 2,000 of these emergency aid kits being assembled to help even more people. Today we received an urgent call for cleaning bucket supplies and monetary donations for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center for UMCOR. Here's how you can help.
Joys & Concerns
We offer prayers of love and support to Joe Nagle and his family upon the death of Joan Nagle on Thursday, August 18. A memorial service will be held at First Church on Friday, August 26 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. A luncheon will follow in Fellowship Hall.
We extend our love and sympathy to Rev. Tina Lang and her family upon the death of her mother, Leah Sailor, on Saturday, August 13. A memorial service will be held at First Church on Wednesday, August 31 at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.  Read Leah's Obituary >  
Summer Harvest of Good Books & More
Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
This Sunday, for the last session of the series, Ann Herrold-Peterson reviews Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity by Ronald Rolheiser.  More Details >
UMW Envisioning Team Date Change
The Envisioning Team will not meet on August 31. The next meeting will be Thursday, September 8 at 1 p.m. in Room 208. 
Black Marigold Concert
Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a free concert by this local wind quintet.  Learn More >
Spouses Now Alone
Tuesday, August 30, Noon, Imperial Garden, Middleton
Please contact Jim Ostrander if you plan to attend. 
Contact Jim >  or call 608-338-0268
Overdose Prevention and Response Training
Tuesday, August 30, 5:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Please RSVP to Karen Andro if you plan to attend. 
Contact Karen >  or call 608-338-0320
Weekly Sermon Video Available
Did you know? You can listen to each week 's 9 a.m. worship service and watch a video of the sermon on the church 's website.
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