A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 25
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"...Unless You're an Astronomer..."
Text: Acts 1:1-14
Music: Quadrilateral Quartet
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
Special Church Conference
Sunday, May 28
Noon, Fellowship Hall

Our District Superintendent, Rev. Scott Carlson, will lead the meeting to ratify action of the First Church Governing Board on two projects that will enhance our capacity for ministry and embrace good financial stewardship. A link to the agenda items is included below. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Flanagan at sflanagan@fumc.org or 608-338-1288.
Education & Spiritual Formation
Sunday, May 28, 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for Children and Youth
Classrooms on Lower Level
Shaping a Generation - Room LL12
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler, facilitator. 
FUMC 101: The Wesleyan Movement - Chapel
Rev. Dr. Phil Blackwell, facilitator. 
Theology for the 21st Century - Room LL05
Facilitated by class participants. 
Message Based on Acts 17:22-31

St. Paul left his place of comfort to take the Christian faith into the world to others. He engaged people and shared Jesus' ideas and principles for the betterment of all humanity. 
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!
TRANSforming Faith Workshop
Saturday, June 3
9 a.m. - 4 p.m., FUMC

This day, organized by Joanne Lee in honor of Skylar Lee, will be dedicated to strengthening understanding between transgender youth, their parents and their faith leaders. The event will consist of panel discussions, caucus break out groups and workshops on a variety of pertinent topics. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
All-Church Pentecost Celebration!
Sunday, June 4
Worship: 9 & 11:15 a.m.
Festivities: 10:15 a.m., Fellowship Hall

June 4 is Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit's presence and the birth of the Church. Come to share all the best of a birthday party...cake, decorations and gifts! More important will be the sharing of good news about exciting and fruitful ministries the Spirit is empowering in and through our congregation.  Adult classes are being suspended for the morning and children and youth will join the festivities for part of the hour, enabling us to celebrate together as a whole community.
It's Time to DO SOMETHING!
Call for Morning Volunteers
Between 1-6 Weeks (June 19-July 28)
Between 1-4 Hours (7:45 a.m.-Noon)

Education/Formation, Direct Involvement, and Advocacy are three distinct, yet inter-connected avenues that have been identified for our congregation's continued engagement in the work of addressing racial equity. This summer we have opportunity for Direct Involvement. The STARS program (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success) prepares pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-ready students for success in school. Volunteer to help young children develop reading, math and social skills.  Contact Kathy Carpenter for more information.
or Call 608-338-0545
Faith, Fasting and Friendship:
An Interfaith Ramadan Break-the-Fast Potluck Iftar
Saturday, June 10, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Register By June 5
Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S Park St #106

Bring your friends and family, meet new friends, learn about food and fasting in different religious traditions, and bring a dish to share. First Church is a co-sponsor of this interfaith gathering.
Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus Concert
Friday, June 2, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary
Church Building Closure
Monday, May 29 (for Memorial Day)

Hope's Home Outreach Services Closure
Monday, May 29-Thursday, June 1
(Food Pantry, Wednesday Community Breakfast and Come As You Are Worship) 
Campbell's Soup Labels for Northcott
Last Chance: Sunday, May 28
Please search your kitchen drawers and shelves for Campbell's soup labels and bring them to the gray collection bin in the Octagon. Northcott Neighborhood House needs all the labels we can gather for them before June. Thank you for your dedicated help over the years.
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesdays, May 30 & June 6, 7 p.m.
Barrique's (127 W. Wash)
Join us for a study led by Rev. Mark Fowler, who will be teaching from his book,  Mentoring into Vocation .
or call 608-338-0158
Spouses Now Alone
RSVP by Friday, May 26
Tuesday, May 30
Noon, Concourse
Park in the church lot and join us for lunch.
or call 608-338-0268 
Aid for Northwest Wisconsin
The United Methodist Wisconsin Conference is accepting donations to assist residents of northwestern Wisconsin affected by last week's tornado and floods. Note "NW Disaster Recovery #7775" on your check or electronic donation.   
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