A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 15
Sunday Worship
Peace With Justice SundaySpecial Offering 
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Endurance Produces Character"
Text: Romans 5:1-8
Music: Summer Choir, Laura Mediski, Oboe Soloist: 9 a.m., 
Very Special Arts Choir, Jeremiah Gile, 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, June 18, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Summer Sunday School
"Forgiveness Is Key"
Children age 3 - Grade 5
Room LL17
Youth Summer Sunday School
"Who Is My Neighbor?"
Middle School & High School Youth
Room LL04
Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series 
"What's a Sanctuary Church?" Chapel
Facilitated by guests from the Sanctuary Movement. Learn More >
Parents' Group
Intro to Forgiveness Curriculum
Room LL12
Wisconsin UMC Annual Conference
Friday, June 16 - Monday, June 19
Madison Marriott West, 
1313 John Q Hammons Dr. 

United Methodists are gathering from across the state. Watch the First Church Facebook page and Twitter feeds for updates. You can get an inside view of the action and listen to the Keynote Speaker, Adam Hamilton, via the conference live stream.

Summer Choir Invitation
Sunday, June 18, 
Rehearses 1st & 3rd Sundays
Meet: 8:15 a.m., Music Room
Rehearsal Begins: 8:30 a.m.
Sing During 9 a.m. Worship

Visitors welcome. No tryout or long term commitment - just come and try us out! 
or call 608-338-0545
Volunteers Needed
Sunday School & VBS

This is Where Children Belong! Support our FUMC kids in their spiritual journey by volunteering on a Sunday morning for Children's Summer Sunday School. We also need help during Vacation Bible School, June 26-30. 
or call 608-338-1292
Parking Volunteers

Help our youth raise money for missions trips by collecting donations from people downtown for the Farmers' Market or Concerts on the Square. It's easy and fun and shifts can be as short as two hours.
(Note: FUMC members and friends are not asked to donate when they park in the church lot - you do so much already to support the youth. Thank you!)
or call 608-338-0158
A Message on Psalm 8
Trinity Sunday

The Trinity is about relationship. God is fully part of who we are and we are part of what God is trying to do in this world. We are all invited to this dance with God!
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!
Update on First Church Mortgage

On June 30, First Church Foundation will refinance our mortgage loan. Any donations that are received during the month of June marked "Principal Reduction" will be used to pay down our current mortgage and therefore lower the amount to be refinanced. We encourage all friends and members to participate in some way, whatever the size donation. We have received over $4,000 thus far. Thank you! We'll keep you posted each week. If you would like to donate stock, please contact Sarah Flanagan or 608-338-1288. 
Spots Still Available!
Volunteer for STARS Program
Between 1-6 Weeks 
(June 19-July 28)
Between 1-4 Hours 
(7:45 a.m.-Noon)

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. 
or  Call 608-338-0545
Last Chance to Join Youth Mission Trips

There is still room on our summer mission trips for students, college-age leaders and adult chaperones. Students can earn monetary credit toward the trip via several volunteer opportunities. College leaders, you can use this experience on your Van Dyke - Alton Scholarship application. Adult chaperones come at no cost! 

Middle School Trip: Amen/St. Louis - August 6-12
High School Trip: Boyd County, Kentucky - July 22-30
or call 608-338-0158
Vacation Bible School 2017
Who Is Your Neighbor?
June 26 - 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Trinity UMC
1123 Vilas Ave., Madison
Light Meal Provided: Monday-Thursday
Potluck Supper Friday 

Join us for a week of activities and lessons about poverty and homelessness. First Church, Trinity UMC and Korean UMC are teaming up to provide a fun time for grade school age children to help them learn about this problem and how they can help people in our community. 
or call 608-338-1292
Joys & Concerns
We offer our love and prayers of support to Kathy Maldegen and her family upon the death of John Moskwa on Saturday, June 3.
Sunday in the Octagon:
  • Just Bakery Initiative
    Fresh bakery products for sale from this program of Madison Urban Ministries (MUM). Learn More >
  • International Ministries Equal Exchange Coffee 
    What goes better with bakery than a good cup of coffee? Coffee, chocolate and other goodies now available only on the third Sunday of each month. Learn More >
Governing  Board Meeting
Monday, June 19, 6 p.m., Room 208
Grief Support Group
Tuesday, June 20, 2 p.m., Room 208
Led by Rev. Milton Ford, this is a recurring gathering for conversation, reminiscences, questions of faith and an opportunity to get to know each other better.
  Contact Jim Ostrander >  or call 608-338-0268
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m., Room 214
We will hold a group planning meeting indoors this week. Beginning June 27, we will hold our summertime gatherings at the Memorial Union Terrace.
Contact Seth Schroerlucke >  or call 608-338-0158
Green Team UW Arboretum Work Day
Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. - Noon
Join the Green Team for an intergenerational work project helping with invasive plant removal. Arboretum will provide tools, work gloves and some refreshments. Bring your own water bottle. Meet at the front steps of the Arboretum Visitor Center (1207 Seminole Highway, Madison) a little before 9 a.m.
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