A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 21
Sunday Worship
Text: Psalm 19, Luke 4:14-21
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"What's the Point?"
Music: Black Marigold Quintet, Chancel Choir, Adam Shelton
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Church Opened as Emergency Day Shelter

On a regularly planned holiday closure for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this past Monday, January 18, we opened our doors to serve as an emergency day shelter. Over 130 individuals were served at our church, and many connections were made, providing lifelines to survival and outreach services.
We served a hearty breakfast, lunch featuring soups from the FEED Kitchen, 25 pizzas donated by Little Ceasers and home made treats brought in by church members. Our volunteer team included AmeriCorp volunteers, dedicated outreach ministry volunteers, community outreach partners, street outreach teams and church members who came in and helped where needed.
Many thanks to Karen Andro, FUMC Director of Outreach Ministries, and FUMC members and friends for turning a day of frigid weather into a time of warmth and blessings.
Recycle the Warmth
Blanket Drive Sunday, January 31

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is conducting its 24th annual blanket drive. You can help by bringing new or gently used blankets or sheets to the church on Sunday, January 31. Thank you!
Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men 
Begins Sunday, January 24
@ 10:30 a.m., Room 208
Led by Rev. Linda Vance

This 3-week class will use Joan Chittister's book, Heart of Flesh, to foster discussion about a spirituality that makes healthier, happier human beings of us all, male or female. 
Black Marigold Wind Quintet Concert 
Sunday, January 24 @ 2 p.m., Fellowship Hall

After you hear this FUMC "resident group" play during the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday, you will want to hear more! This is their first concert at FUMC, but they have been active in the Madison music scene for several years. A freewill offering will be received.
Follow Donna Veatch's Senegal Blog

During worship on Sunday, January 17, Donna Veatch was commissioned for short-term missionary service in Senegal through the Wisconsin Annual Conference.  The team will provide triage medical clinics in which persons are assessed, provided vitamins, fluoride treatments for children, RX, physician led treatments, care recommendations and referrals for any follow up care, and training for local health care workers. Donna will help with translating into French, the predominant language there.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Isabel Hubbard, Mary Bean, Gordon Ridley, Lillian Wirth, Marcia Grothaus, Dave Steffenson.
We extend our sympathies to Marla Smith and family. Marla's father, Harland Zick, died on January 17.
We send our prayers and love to O'uma Toon, whose father, Isaac Perry, died on January 20.
A Faith Response to Sex Trafficking
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2-4 p.m., 
Fitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Road
This workshop includes a 5-member panel of local experts who have experience working with at-risk and/or sexually abused youth, addressing the problem from a variety of disciplines and perspectives.
Faith Labor Breakfast & 2016 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, February 3 @ 8-10 a.m., Bethel Lutheran Church
Rev. Michael Livingston, Executive Minister at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, will be the keynote speaker for the topic "The Communities We Want: Striving for Racial & Economic Justice." Cost is $25 for a seat at the breakfast.  Reserve a Seat >
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