A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, February 23
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Tina S. Lang
"To See Thee More Clearly"
Text: Matthew 17:1-9
Music: Dixieland Band
Prelude will begin at 8:50 and 10:20 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Extending the Table: Mardi Gras Brunch
Sunday, February 26, 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall
Tickets Available Sunday in the Octagon

This fundraiser for youth missions will feature a New Orleans style food, music, trivia and other festivities. Fun for the whole family! 
Ash Wednesday Worship and Meal
Wednesday, March 1
Supper at 5:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Worship at 6:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Members of Trinity United Methodist Church and their pastor, Rev. Breanna Illéné, will join us for a time of worship which will include the Imposition of Ashes. A combined choir from First Church and Trinity will provide music ministry, accompanied by the harp music of Cheryl Saltzman from Trinity. Come early for fellowship and a simple supper together of Healthy Food For All Soups, Rustic Breads and Curtis Wittwer's Candy Apple Salad from our church cookbook. (Freewill offering)
Wednesdays in Lent
Wednesdays, March 8 - April 5
Supper at 5:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Scripture Study at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Come together this Lenten season for fellowship and a simple supper (freewill offering). Following the meal, Pastor Mark will lead a study of Scripture. Plan to come every week or drop in whenever you can as we begin our journey toward the cross and the promise of Easter.
Christ, the Foundation

In a diverse society, our church also spans a broad spectrum. But we stand on a single Word and build bridges to each other.
Hope for Creation:
Workshop with Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart
Saturday, March 18, 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., FUMC

Rev. Eberhart will explore theological and practical responses to the ecological crises facing the world today.
First Church Ministries Highlights

Our friends and members offer their gifts of time and energy to God in a wide variety of critical ministries. Maybe you will find inspiration in these many ways we serve our neighbors!
The Jesus Fatwah: 
Loving Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 
10:30 a.m., Chapel

Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In this video-based study accompanied by discussion,seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.
Holy Land Trip

Join Rev. Joan Deming and Pilgrims of Ibillin on a 13-Day Journey to Meet the Peacemakers of the Holy Land: May 15-27, 2017. 
Or contact Joan Deming at  608-235-1046  or  jdeming7@gmail.com
Joys & Concerns
We extend our love and sympathy to Ele Kramer and Beth Kramer Simpson on the death of Bob Kramer. Bob died Thursday, February 23. On Saturday, February 25 friends are invited to Fellowship Hall for a time of thanksgiving and remembrance. The gathering will take place at 1 p.m. and will be an informal time of sharing stories, music and refreshments.

We extend love and condolences to the family and friends of Cathryn Montgomery, who died February 10. A funeral will be held at First Church on Friday, February 24 at Noon in the Sanctuary. A time of visitation will begin at 10 a.m.  Read Obituary for Cathryn >
Newcomer Gathering
Sunday, February 26, 10:30 a.m., Room 214
If you would like to learn more about First Church and its mission and ministries, please join us for this informal gathering. Please contact Mary Hasheider if you are interested in attending.
Contact Mary >  or call 608-338-0107
Lyons Lecture
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., FUMC
Early Registration Ends February 28
Guest Lecturer Dr. Robin Meyers, author of The Underground Church, suggests some provocative ideas for the institution. Register by February 28 to take advantage of the early bird discount. Special reduced rates for young adults and students of all ages apply. 
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Wash)
"Seeking and Serving God in a Time of Public Turmoil" Rev. Mel Vance will facilitate a provocative discussion. Contact Seth Schroerlucke at youthya@fumc.org for more information.
UMW Day Away Retreat
Thursday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A day of planning, community building and spiritual nurturing at Josie Gobel's home in downtown Madison. For planning purposes please RSVP by March 2 to Emily Ford via the church office.
I Will Come >  or call 608-338-0545
Church Women United Meeting
Friday, March 3, 9 a.m., Oakwood
Heritage Oaks Bldg. (6205 Mineral Point Rd.)
Coffee, refreshments and announcements. Program at 10 a.m.: World Day of Prayer Celebration. 
Paver Engraving
Honor a special person or commemorate an event with an engraved paver installed near the cross outside the front of the church. Now is a good time to put in your order. Forms are available at the Information Desk on Sunday.
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