A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 5
Sunday Worship
Golden Cross Special Offering
Text:  Ephesians 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
" The Eyes of Our Hearts"
Music: Children's Choir, Chamber Choir,
Quadrilateral Quartet @ 9 a.m.,
Soloist Kirsten Larson, Quadrilateral Quartet @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
New Beginnings this Sunday at First

When we share our gifts during worship on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, New Beginnings commitment cards will be received and dedicated. Please prayerfully decide about the amount of your gift to support our new beginnings in ministry and return you commitment card in the return envelope. If you are unable to be in worship on Sunday, please mail your commitment card to the church office.
A Season of Creation:
Prayer Lanterns

Join the Green Team this Sunday in decorating solar powered prayer lanterns that carry prayers for God's creation and for communities impacted by climate change. These will be carried by delegates and visitors at the United Methodist Church General Conference Climate Justice vigil later this month.
Vacation Bible School Signup in Octagon
June 13-16 @ 5-7:30 p.m., James Madison Park

Vacation Bible School is right around the corner! Our theme this year is "Abundance Orchard," a curriculum sponsored by the Society of St. Andrew, an intentional community dedicated to feeding America's hungry. Throughout the week, we will learn about the meals Jesus shared with friends and strangers alike. As we experience these types of meals we will learn ways in which we can share food with those who need it most, both inside and outside our community. Look for the signup table in the Octagon from 10-10:30 a.m. this Sunday.
Golden Cross Offering 
for UMC Health and Welfare Ministries

Sunday, May 8 our congregation joins UM congregations across Wisconsin to help meet the benevolent needs of the 13 Health and Welfare Ministries related to the Wisconsin Conference. Through our congregation's support these Family and Children's Services, Elder and Disability Services and Health Services help live out the Gospel beyond the walls of our church.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Cecil Gillingham,  Opal Orth, Curtis Wittwer, Bob Kramer, Mary Andreas, Leah Sailor, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus.
A Season of Creation: Sunday, May 8
  • In Fellowship Hall: Brian Johnson, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Madison Streets Division, will be available to answer all your recycling questions.
  • Green Team Climate Action Table
  • "Painting the Stars" @ 10:30 a.m., Chapel More Info > 
Church Conference
Sunday, May 8 @ 10:10 a.m., Sanctuary
Agenda: acceptance of our 2016-17 ministerial support budget.
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, May 10 @ 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall
We will gather to share supper (provided) and make greeting cards for FUMC to send to members and friends. $10 donation requested for card makings supplies.
Young Adult Life Group
Tuesday, May 10 @ 7 p.m. at Barriques, 
127 W. Washington Ave.
Middle School Lock-in
Friday-Saturday, May 13-14 @ FUMC
Join for an overnight of fun and games, and spring service projects for people in the congregation. Part of the retreat will include mandatory training for this summer's mission trip to Detroit. (There are still some spots available for the trip - contact Seth for more info.)  Learn More/RSVP for Lock-in > 
Spring Fling Senior Social
Tuesday, May 24 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Enjoy a Norwegian lunch, an illustrated talk by Donna Veatch about her recent service project in Senegal, and a presentation by Charlene Malueg from Supporting Active Independent Lives (SAIL).
"The Invisibles:" A Play about Homelessness
Saturday, May 14 @ 7:30 p.m., Goodman Center
This week WORT Radio aired an interview with Richard Scott about his new play, "The Invisibles," which brings focus to the community about homelessness. The radio interview shared voices of homeless children. The play will debut Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Goodman Center. There is no cost. Reservations are not needed.
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