A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, August 17
Sunday Worship
Reconciling Sunday
Scripture:  Matthew 15:10-20
Message: "Blind Guides, Blind Fools"
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music:  9 a.m.: Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus
11:15 a.m.: Madison Community Intergenerational Trombone Choir 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, August 13, 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
The class will join the "Who Is My Neighbor?" discussion in the Chapel.

Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Transgender Neighbors
Join Us in the Pride Parade
Sunday, August 20
Lunch at Noon, Fellowship Hall 

"Pride is faith in our belovedness." First Church will add our faith witness to Madison's Pride Parade. Our parade entry will include a "float" consisting of a decorated truck (complete with some lawn chairs for those who need to ride through the parade) and a unit of joyful marchers. Wheelchairs, scooters, bikes, wagons and strollers are all welcome too!
After a quick lunch in Fellowship Hall (freewill donation) we will leave the church around 12:45 p.m. to gather at our spot in the parade line-up for the 1 p.m. parade. If you can, please bring small candies to distribute during the parade.
Message on Matthew 14

Watch Rev. Mark Fowler's sermon from Sunday, August 13, based on Matthew 14.

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!
A Visual Journey:
22 Watercolor Paintings
by Ann Herrold-Peterson
Sunday, September 10
10:15 a.m.-Noon, Chapel

Ann says that the discipline needed for painting "continues to influence my ability to look deeply at the world around me and to rekindle a sense of awe and gratitude." You are invited to enjoy Ann's paintings on Sunday mornings in September or visit on Gallery Night, Friday, September 29, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Joys & Concerns
We offer prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Barbara Seif, who died on July 31. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 19 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary. A luncheon in Fellowship Hall will follow the service.
Sunday in the Octagon:
Just Bakery Initiative
Fresh bakery products for sale from this program of Madison Urban Ministries (MUM).

International Ministries Equal Exchange Coffee
What goes better with bakery than a good cup of coffee? Coffee, chocolate and other goodies available.
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Governing Board Meeting
Monday, August 21, 6 p.m., Room 208
Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
Tuesday, August 29, Noon, Imperial Garden, Middleton
Join us for lunch and fellowship. Please email Jim Ostrander or call him at 608-338-0268 by Friday, August 25 if you plan to attend. 
Young Adults Terrace Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact  Seth Schroerlucke  or call 608-338-0158.
Young Adult Brunch at Curdfest
Sunday, August 27, Noon, Breese Stevens Field
Few things bring people together as much as our love for cheese curds! Meet in the Narthex after the 11:15 a.m. worship service to carpool or walk over together.
Faith Alive!
Do you question how your faith impacts and informs your daily living? Join others exploring these and similar questions. New session begins September 15.
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