A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 13
Sunday Worship
Scripture:  Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
Message:  Rev. Tina S. Lang
Music:  Summer Choir, 9 a.m.
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"
Spreading the Word

Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Who Is My Neighbor: Madison-area Children Experiencing Homelessness
Facilitated by Transitional Education Program Teacher, Jani Koester
Learn More >

Young Adults Picnic
Friday, July 14
5:30 p.m., Picnic Point

Join us for a potluck picnic, s'mores and a relaxing time at one of Madison's most beautiful spots. Look for our group at Fire Circle #1. 
Senior Social: Summer Camp
Tuesday, July 18
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall 

Join us for an old-fashioned picnic lunch, a sing-along, games and prizes.  Contact Jim Ostrander or call 608-338-0268  by July 14   to sign up. 
Technology Assistance
Tuesday, July 18
10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Octagon

First Church youth will be available to answer questions you might have about your cell phone, iPad, Facebook and more. So come early to the Summer Camp social, bring your device and have your questions answered by this knowledgeable group of young people.
Sermon Videos
Whether you were out of town on a Sunday or want to revisit a sermon that stirred your soul, you are only a click away from our sermon archive.
Sunday, July 2 - "Welcome"
When we welcome another, we welcome Jesus. The families who were living in this  land  welcomed the Pilgrims - strangers and people unlike them - to help the Pilgrims survive in  their new home . Hospitality is about reaching beyond the familiar and welcoming the stranger to our table. 
Sunday, July 9 - Message on Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
The heart of the Christian faith is about table manners. Whom did Jesus love? Whom did he invite to the table?
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 Herbert Jordan, who died on Friday, July 7. A funeral was held at First Church on Thursday, July 13.
Summer Choir Sings Sunday
Sunday, July 16, 8:30 a.m., Music Room
Meet at 8:15 a.m. to go through notes and then rehearse the anthem at 8:30 a.m. All are invited!
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  for sale
Learn More >
No Governing Board Meeting on Monday
The meeting originally scheduled for July 17 has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 21.
Grief Support Group
Tuesday, July 18, 2 p.m., Room 208
Led by Rev. Milton Ford, this is an 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
Foot Care Clinic Volunteers Wanted
Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., FUMC
Help our neighbors in a variety of capacities at this clinic hosted by First Church. Email Beth Wild or call 608-772-0350 with questions.
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.
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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