A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, September 28
Sunday Worship
Special Offering: 

Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: 9 a.m.:  Chancel Choir, 
Black Marigold Woodwind Quintet
11:15 a.m.:  Quadrilateral Quartet
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (Fellowship Hall); 
11 a.m.-Noon (Narthex)  
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, October 1, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Middle School and High School Youth

Adult Study: Biblical Economics and the Abundant Life

Adult Study: FaithLink
Room LL12

Adult Study: Theology for the 21st Century
Room LL05

Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Exodus Covenant: 
Its Reforms and Dangers
Wednesdays through October 11
6:30 - 8 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
A bible study led by Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler.
Mission Work in Houston

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is ready to receive a team in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area for the week of October 9-13. First Church is planning to send a team of volunteers October 7-15 which allows for two travel days on either side of a five-day work week. UMCOR representatives tell us that the area is in need of people to volunteer and that gas and electric are up and running, and grocery stores and restaurants are open. Our team will be housed in a local church and will likely be helping tear out and clean up from water damage and possibly hang new drywall. If you're interested in participating, please contact Tina Lang ASAP or call 608-467-5108.
The Bread of Life
Message on Exodus 16

God has heard the cry of the hungry in Madison and First Church has answered God's call to serve them. We share both substantial food and spiritual bread in our vision to all eat at table together in 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!
The Christian Family 
(This Could Be Fun)
Sunday, October 1, 
4:30-6:15 p.m., FUMC 

Join us this fall on the first Sunday of each month for a time of fellowship and faith development for parents and children. Children will enjoy their own activities in the Read 'n' Play Room while parents meet for a content-based program in Fellowship Hall. The evening will end with a meal and fellowship.
Senior Social: Fall Fest!
Tuesday, October 17, 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall 

Join us for a harvest lunch, and a not-to-be-missed program with Anne Lambert discussing UW's Chazen Museum. Sign up by October 13 at the Info Desk on Sunday, email Jim Ostrander or call 608-338-0268.
Wesleyan Heritage in England
Travel and Learn Together
July 9-16, 2018 

Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England next summer. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk in the Narthex or request one from Rev. Tina Lang at 608-467-5108. The number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.
Joys & Concerns
We offer our condolences to the family and friends of Rev. Marvin Schilling, who died Friday, September 22. Rev. Schilling served for many years in the Wisconsin Annual Conference.
A Visual Journey: 22 Watercolor Paintings
Art Gallery Night
Friday, September 29,  7-9 p.m., Chapel
Talk with the artist Ann Herrold-Peterson about her artistic process and how it has influenced how she sees the world around her. Refreshments will be served.
More Details >
Domestic Violence Awareness: Purple Ribbon Walk
Monday, October 2, 11:55 a.m. - 1 p.m., 
Capitol Steps/State Street
Meet at FUMC at 11:40 a.m. to join Rev. Fowler, Rev. Lang and Rev. Illéné on this silent walk/vigil hosted by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Participants will carry the names of people who were killed from domestic violence in remembrance and as a demonstration of our collective commitment to end domestic violence. 
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, October 2, 2 p.m., Chapel
Bring your needlework or just yourself. Patterns will be available. Members are always happy to teach simple knitting or crocheting stitches to get you started!
Join Us > 
Church Women United
Friday, October 6, 9 a.m.
Oakwood West, University Woods (6209 Mineral Point Rd.)
9 a.m.: Coffee and conversation, brief business meeting.
10 a.m.: "Elderly Slip and Fall Prevention" presented by Charlie Daniels, coordinator for the Falls Prevention Program for Safe Communities.
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, October 10, 6 p.m.
La Brioche (2862 University Avenue, Madison) 
Speakers from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) will tell about their work. Come join us.
Sunday, October 15, 12:45 p.m., First Congregational Church
It's time once again to walk together to fight hunger in Dane County. Sign up in the Octagon this Sunday to be part of the First Church team or donate to support the walkers.
Young Adult Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Washington Ave.)
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Breanna Illéné > or call 608-338-0545
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