A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 29
Sunday Worship
Celebration of Holy Communion
Scripture: Matthew 10:40-42
Message: "Welcome"
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: Summer Choir  and FUMC Combo : 9 a.m.,
Adam Shelton, Vocal Soloist: 11:15 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, July 2, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Summer Sunday School
Room LL17
"Forgiveness Is Key"
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Summer Sunday School
Room LL04
"Who Is My Neighbor?"
Middle School and High School Youth

Parents' Group
Room LL12
"Jesus' Priorities: Our Essential Habits"
Loving, Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Paul Melrose
Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Neighbors Change: Gerrymandering
Facilitated by James C. Saxon
Extending the Table: Interdependence Day Picnic
Sunday, July 2, Noon, 
Fellowship Hall 

We begin our Independence Day celebrations by recognizing that as people of faith and citizens of the world we also celebrate our Interdependence! And the real joy is the opportunity to meet the newly appointed Assisting Pastor for Young Adult Ministries, Rev. Breanna Illéné. Breanna is the Pastor of Trinity UMC here in Madison, but she'll be working part time with First Church Young Adults in an appointment that begins July 1. Come and meet her and enjoy traditional picnic foods and fellowship on this holiday weekend. 
Who Were Jesus' Neighbors?
Sunday, July 9, 10:15 a.m., Chapel
Artist Char DeVos and Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, Presenters

Char DeVos and Pastor Fowler will discuss Char's original painting, "Lord's Supper, Revised" during the Christian Education hour on July 9. They will explore the scripture that prompted this representation of the Last Supper and Char's choices as she brought the piece into being.  Her work invites participation, as Char explains,  "Openness might be needed when viewing these works seeing that they are not meant to be pretty, decorative, or traditional, but rather, to stimulate conversation and have a memorable impression. I welcome comments, disagreements and affirmations. The viewer is crucial and is part of the process."  Come and join the discussion on July 9 and view other pieces of Char's art all month in the Chapel.
Sing with Summer Choir Sunday
Sunday, July 2, 8:30 a.m., 
Music Room

This Sunday the Summer Choir will celebrate welcome and hospitality with the anthem, "All Are Welcome At the Table," accompanied by an instrumental combo. Meet at 8:15 a.m. to go through notes before the rehearsal and then rehearse the anthem at 8:30. All are invited!
Message on Romans 

We are not bound by the brokenness of this world. By God's grace, which lives within each of us, we can die to the divisions among us and rise into love.
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!
Senior Social: 
Summer Camp
Tuesday, July 18, 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall 

Join us for a picnic lunch and other summer fun. Sign up by July 14 at the Info Desk on Sunday, email  Jim Ostrander or call 608-338-0268. In addition, church youth will offer a Social Media and Smart Phone workshop from 10:30-11:30 a.m. where you can get tech answers about Facebook and more.
Joys & Concerns
We offer condolences to the family and friends of Ruth Bossert, who died May 9. A memorial service will be held at the Capitol Lakes Great Hall (333 W. Main St., Madison) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7.
Holiday Hours
The church building, offices and Hope's Home outreach services, including the Food Pantry, will be closed all day Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, in honor of the Independence Day holiday.
Foot Care Clinic Volunteers Wanted
Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., FUMC
Help our neighbors in a variety of capacities at this clinic hosted by First Church.  Sign Up >
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Seth Schroerlucke >  or call 608-338-0158
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