A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 6
Sunday Worship
New Member Sunday
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"A Life ...in Chaos! "
Text: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
Music: Chancel Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Our Night at the Shelter
Saturday, October 8
5:30 or 7:30 p.m.

We are in need of volunteers to continue to provide meals at the men's shelter. Our turn at the shelter is the second Saturday every month; however, we have had difficulty finding members to volunteer. It may be that we discontinue this meal as part of our outreach, but if enough members are interested in signing up we will continue in 2017. 

There are two teams that make Our Night at the Shelter:
  1. Prep Team: 5:30 to 7 p.m. at our church
  2. Serving Team: 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church on the Capitol Square.
If you are interested in helping with this Outreach Ministry, please contact Karen Andro, 608-338-0320.
The Tiny Mustard Seed

Pastor Mark explains how even just a little bit of faith can grow into something much bigger.
Come to Fall Festival
Tuesday, October 18
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall 
Sign up by Thursday, October 13

Grace Newton, a young adult who grew up at First Church, will share her inspiring story of searching for and finding her Chinese roots. Marion and Norm Beachley will provide music and Chef Steve will create a delicious autumn-themed lunch. Sign up at the Information Desk on Sunday or contact Jim Ostrander608-338-0268. 
Sunday Book Review:
Gabriel's Stone
Sunday, October 9
10:30 a.m.,  Chapel

First Church member Thomas Miller will discuss his second novel. Readers will recognize characters from his first novel, The Letter , but this is a stand-alone story, blending fact and fiction in a surreal journey.
Get to Know Mark Gatherings
Wednesday, October 12 & Thursday, October 13  (times vary)
These get-togethers are a chance to connect and get acquainted with our new lead pastor, Rev. Mark Fowler, and to share ideas about the church. Mark will lead these discussions held in church members' homes or at the church.  Sign Up Online > 
Church Women United Forum
Friday, October 7, 9 a.m.,  Christ Presbyterian Church 
(944 East Gorham St.)
Julia Weaver, Women 's Chaplain at the Dane County Jail, will present "Jail Ministry, Human Trafficking and the Intersection of the Two."  More Info > 
Young Families: Trip to Schuster's Farm
Saturday, October 8, 1:30 p.m.
(1326 Hwy 12 & 18, Deerfield, WI)
Enjoy a FREE family outing with lots for both kids and grownups to do and connect with other young families at First Church. Meet at the farm entrance at 1:30 p.m. to go in together. Contact Seth Schroerlucke (608-338-0158) for details.
International Ministry Team Lunch Meeting
Sunday, October 9
11:45 a.m., Room 208
Join us for a potluck lunch and team visioning session with Pastor Mark.
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, October 11, 
6 p.m., JULEP 
(829 E. Washington Ave.)
Join us for dinner and conversation. Linda Vance will also tell us about the latest happenings of the First Church Foundation.
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