A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 20
Sunday Worship
Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music:  9 a.m.: Quadrilateral Quartet,
with Savon Vanderbloemen, Saxophone
11:15 a.m.: Adam Shelton, Vocal Soloist
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 16, 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"
Abundance Mentality
Learn More >
Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Neighbors in Dane County Jail
Facilitated by Christa Fisher, Jail Chaplain
Kat Trio Mini Concert
Sunday, August 6, 10:15 a.m., Sanctuary

This classical ensemble, with members Victoria Gorbich (violin), Vladislav Gorbich (clarinet) and Joseph Ross (piano), will perform a "mini-concert" during the Christian Formation Hour. These talented musicians are back with us to share their inspired arrangements of classical pieces, hymns and American popular standards. This concert will take the place of adult classes on August 6, so plan to stay after worship or come early to be moved and inspired by beautiful music.
Message on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

In the Parable of the Sower we learn how God keeps taking chances on our response to the seeds God sows. With God's grace to "water" us, we can transform from dust into fertile soil for growing the seeds of God's kingdom.
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!
Joys & Concerns
We extend our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Jeff Da Walt, who died on Monday, July 17. A funeral will be held at First Church on Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m. A time of visitation will begin at 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary. There will be a reception in Fellowship Hall following the service.
No Spouses Now Alone Lunch
Spouses Now Alone will not meet this month. Their next gathering will be Tuesday, August 29.
Contact Jim Ostrander > 
or call 608-338-0268
QPR/Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday, July 27, Noon-1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Details >
Bishop's Interfaith Bus Tour and Retreat
August 18-20, Milwaukee Area
Join Bishop Jung to explore a vision of interfaith relationships. The weekend will conclude with an interfaith service of meditation and prayer.  View Itinerary/Registration Info>
Spiritual Formation Academy
October 29-November 3, Siena Retreat Center, Racine, WI
Deepen your relationship with God at this retreat designed for both "head" and "heart." Rev. Linda Vance is the retreat leader.
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