A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, November 2
Sunday Worship
Daylight Savings Time
Remember to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

All Saints' Day/Foundation Sunday
Holy Communion
Scripture: Revelation 7 9-17
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Music: Chancel Choir, 
Guest organist Greg Zelek at 9 a.m.
Guest pianist Carrie Backman, 
violinist Jill Jensen, Quadrilateral Quartet at 11:15 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (Fellowship Hall); 11 a.m.-Noon (Narthex)

All Saints' Sunday/ Foundation Sunday
Worship Services on November 5, 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Join us as we remember the saints who have passed from this earthly fellowship and as we celebrate the ministry of our church's First Foundation. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at both worship services.
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, November 5, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Classrooms
Middle School and High School Youth

Adult Study: Protestants
Led by Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Fellowship Hall

Adult Study: Theology for the 21st Century
First Church 180th Anniversary Celebration
Living History - Making More
Sunday, November 19, 
9 a.m. - Noon 

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung will be guest preacher at both the 9 a.m. worship service, "For All that has Been,Thanks!" and the 11:15 a.m. service, "For all that Shall be, YES!". At 10:15 a.m., between worship services, the church will honor its past by visiting the location of all the previous building locations around the Capitol Square. Bishop Jung will offer a blessing at each site, accompanied by special music. A trolley and a handicap accessible van will be available for those who are unable or choose not to walk. The final stop is back at 203 Wisconsin Avenue, where refreshments will be served in Fellowship Hall. It will be a full morning of special blessings and celebration.
Sunday Adult Education Class: The Protestants
Sundays through November 12
10:15 a.m., Chapel
Led by Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler 

October 31 marked the 500th anniversary of the advent of the Protestant Reformation. Rev. Fowler will lead a romp through a sweeping encounter with the Reformation and its impact on the life of the world. 
Message on Matthew 22

Watch Rev. Mark Fowler's sermon from Sunday, October 29, based on Matthew 22.

Young Adults: 
Join Us Tonight for a New Thursday Deep Study
Thursdays, November 2 
December 7, 7 p.m., 
Chapel Lounge

Explore a topic in depth while connecting with others. Our next six-week small group for young adults will study Marcus Borg's book, Jesus: The Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary. How close is our understanding of Jesus to the person who is actually portrayed in the Gospels? What is his story in the context of the culture and time in which he lived? What implications does this have for our life? Be a part of this journey to explore these ideas together. Sign up by  contacting Seth Schroerlucke .
The Christian Family: 
This Could Be Fun
Sunday, November 5, 
4:30-6:15 p.m., FUMC
Managing Stress, Finding Peace

Parents, take part in an interactive class led by Wellness Coach Paul Riehemann, where you will learn about tools to help navigate between values and obligations.  At the same time, children and youth will be participating in a yoga-based mindfulness activity led by Yoga for Good instructor Meg Miller. Afterward enjoy dinner together in Fellowship Hall (freewill offering).
Greg Zelek Organ Recital
Tuesday, November 14, 
7 p.m., Sanctuary

The Principal Organist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Curator of the Overture Concert Organ and Series, Greg Zelek, will present a free public organ recital at First Church. The evening's program will include works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Guilmant. A reception will follow the recital in Fellowship Hall, where you can share thoughts about the program and meet the artist. This recital is part of the 180th anniversary celebration of First Church as well as the 25th anniversary of its Austin organ.
Joys & Concerns 
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Earl Thayer. We surround them in love and support at this difficult time.
Save the Date: Church Conference
Monday, November 27
6:30-8 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall
All church members and clergy who maintain their connection through First Church are invited and urged to attend as voting members of the conference. All friends and constituents are also welcome and will be included as vital voices in the discussion. 
United Methodist Women (UMW) Table in Octagon
Young Adult Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Washington Ave.)
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Breanna Illéné > or call 608-338-0545
Prayer Shawl Ministry Team
Monday, November 6, 2 p.m., Chapel
Bring your needlework or just yourself. Patterns will be available. Members are always happy to teach simple knitting or crocheting stitches to get you started! More Info>
Carrie Newcomer/Parker Palmer Concert:
Hope, Hard Times, and the Human Possibility
Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.,  FUMC
An evening of song and spoken word in a concert to benefit Madison/Dane County Courage to Teach.
United Methodist Women Day of Enrichment
Saturday, November 11, 9:15 a.m., Portage UMC
This year's theme is "Enrichment: Encounters with God and Neighbor." Register by November 3.
Veterans' Day Worship Service
Sunday, November 12, 4 p.m.
St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal Church 
(4525 Diamond Drive, Madison)
Join in this interdenominational service honoring veterans. Rev. Marcus Allen, pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.
Foot Care Clinic Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, November 18, 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., FUMC
Help our neighbors in a variety of capacities at this clinic hosted by First Church. Email Beth Wild or call 608-772-0350 with questions.
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