A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 26
Sunday Worship
Text: Psalm 96, Luke 7:1-10
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"When Our World Expands"
Music:  Adam Shelton, Vocal Soloist
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Thank You for Your Faithful Response

Our New Beginnings special fund appeal goal was to raise $60,000 or more. We raised more! Thanks to your generosity and commitment to First Church's ministry we raised $96,682 and have more funds to support our new beginnings in way yet to be determined. Thank You! 
Madison Half Marathon 
This Sunday Morning

The City of Madison has assured us we will have access to the church parking lot, but be aware that some streets around town will be closed at various times during the morning as runners pass by. So plan your route and we'll see you Sunday morning!
Look Who Came for a Visit!

Wednesday morning we welcomed Luis Viscarra and Briseida Cruz MirĂ³n from Habitat for Humanity-El Salvador. They are visiting here to strengthen connections with groups who have partnered with their organization.
Park Cars, Support Youth

Consider volunteering your time helping to park cars, earning money for the youth to engage the world through our mission trips. We have many shifts available that range from 2 to 3.5 hours this summer on Saturday mornings during the Farmer 's Market and other downtown events.
or Call 608-338-0545
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Phyllis Kauffman, Opal Orth, Mary Andreas, Leah Sailor, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus.
Church Closed Monday, May 30
The church building, offices and outreach services will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. 
Sewing Kit Collection for UMCOR
Help the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) help people who have been impacted by natural disasters. A collection bin for the kits will be available in the Octagon on Sundays, May 29 and June 5.
Get the kit item list > 
Vacation Bible School Signup in Octagon
June 13-16 @ 5-7:30 p.m., James Madison Park
This year's theme is "Abundance Orchard." We will learn ways we can share food with those who need it most, both inside and outside our community.  Register Online >
Young Adult Discussion Group Tonight
Thursday, May 26 @ 7 p.m.
Meet at Starbuck's (661 State St.) upstairs for FREE DRINKS! Hear and get connected to what's happening with the United Methodist Church on the global level.  Learn More >
Church Women United
Friday, May 27 @ 9 a.m., Bethany UMC
Church Women United will meet at Bethany UMC (3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison) to plan the 2016-17 forum schedule. Gathering and coffee @ 9 a.m., Board Meeting @ 9:30 a.m., Planning Meeting @ 10:15 a.m. Both meetings are open to all attendees.
Young Adult Downtown Walk Around
Friday, May 27 @ 11 a.m., Meet at FUMC
As part of our info gathering to determine how we can better meet the needs of our downtown neighbors, the Young Adult Group will walk around downtown to observe who's out and about and what people are up to during the day in our neighborhood.
Contact Seth > or call 608-338-0158
Suicide Prevention Training Workshop
Tuesday, May 31 @ 12-1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Learn QPR/suicide prevention techniques. Free, no registration required. Feel free to bring your own lunch with you.
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