A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 28
Sunday Worship
Text:  I Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 4:21-30
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"The Conceit of Privilege"
Music: Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Recycle the Warmth
Blanket Drive Sunday, January 31

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is conducting its 24th annual blanket drive. You can help by bringing new or gently used blankets or sheets to the church on Sunday, January 31. Thank you!
Come to the Mardi Gras
Tuesday, February 9
5:40 - 7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 

Celebrate Fat Tuesday as a church family at this annual tradition. Enjoy a delicious, all-you-can-eat meal, live music, door prizes, activities for children and more. Tickets available in advance for a "Name Your Price" donation in the Octagon on Sunday or for $12/person at the door. (Children under 13 eat free.) Proceeds support youth missions.
Million Pound Challenge  

Make your News Year's resolution count twice! Raise money for the FUMC Food Pantry while you exercise. Three hours a week of any kind of exercise - on your own or in a fitness class - counts towards pounds of food donated to our Pantry. There is no cost to participate.
Lightings Systems Upgrade
Chapel and Fellowship Hall

During the week of February 1-5 the church will be upgrading the lighting systems in the Chapel and Fellowship Hall for the purposes of greater efficiency and ecological considerations. Please note that these two areas of the church will be unavailable for use next week. We look to forward to seeing the results of these upgrades!
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Marcia Grothaus, Dave Steffenson.
Film Screening: An Act of Love
Sunday, January 31 @ 1 p.m., Bethany UMC
Bethany UMC (3910 Mineral Point Road) will host a screening of An Act of Love, the documentary about Frank Schaefer and his struggle with the United Methodist Church after performing the same-sex wedding ceremony of his son.  More Details >
Faith Labor Breakfast & 2016 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, February 3 @ 8-10 a.m., Bethel Lutheran Church
Rev. Michael Livingston, Executive Minister at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, will be the keynote speaker for the topic "The Communities We Want: Striving for Racial & Economic Justice." Cost is $25 for a seat at the breakfast.  Reserve a Seat >
Church Women United Celebrates Human Rights Day
Friday, February 5 @ 9 a.m., St. Paul's AME Church 
(4525 Diamond Drive)
Coffee and fellowship will begin at 9 a.m., followed  by a program, "Conversations about Racial Justice," by Rev. Joseph Baring, Sr. The Human Rights Award will be presented to Emily Auerbach.
Follow Donna Veatch's Senegal Blog
During worship on Sunday, January 17, Donna Veatch was commissioned for short-term missionary service in Senegal through the Wisconsin Annual Conference.  The team will provide medical support and training for local health care workers. Donna will help with translating into French, the predominant language there.
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