A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 8
Sunday Worship
Third Sunday of Advent
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"The Life of Christmas Present "
Text: Luke 1:47-55
Music: Chancel Choir and Adam A. Shelton, Soloist
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
An Advent and Christmas Invitation

The Good News of the Christmas gospel can help us in the present day.

Attend the Isthmus Brass Christmas Concert for Porchlight TONIGHT
Thursday, December 8, 7:30 p.m., Sanctuary

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with one of the foremost brass ensembles in the Midwest. A freewill offering will benefit Porchlight, Inc., with a donor offering to match donations up to $5,000. Help us reach this goal to support this community organization while you enjoy an evening of fantastic music.
Invitation to Support Standing Rock

On Sunday, December 4, Rev. Jim Scorgie invited members and friends to consider sharing financial contributions in support of efforts to protect sacred land, water, and rights at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Thank you to all those who contributed to the collection of $1,645. On Sunday afternoon news came that the Army Corps of Engineers has denied the permit for the construction of that section of the pipeline. Several had expressed interest in joining Rev. Tina Lang on a pilgrimage to North Dakota, but with Sunday afternoon 's news, that trip is on hold and may not be necessary. We 'll continue to watch and pray as the situation unfolds.  
Loving Our Neighbors

Many of us are seeking ways to publicly express support for our neighbors. Recently, some folks at a Mennonite church in Indiana created a welcome sign and several have popped up in the Madison area. Some of our members have asked if we could make these yard signs available. We have ordered a supply of signs which sell for $8 per sign. Please contact Rev. Tina Lang to reserve one. Signs should be available for pick up at church by December 11.
Or Call 608-467-5108
Summary Brief on   Conversation about Racial Disparity

Pastor Mark has prepared a "brief" drawn from the notes compiled from our November 20 discussion on racial disparity."  Over 100 people  from our church and community contributed to this discussion.  Three distinct, yet inter-connected avenues for our continued engagement in this work  emerged:  Education/formation, direct involvement and advocacy. An over-riding theme in all our conversations is that it is time to DO SOMETHING! The brief lifts up the major points in each area and suggests next steps and a proposed timeline.
" Remembrance of Christmas Past: The Wilderness Crying for a Voice "

Watch Pastor Mark's sermon from the Second Sunday of Advent.
Joys & Concerns
We extend our love and condolences to the family and friends of Bette Barnes, who died this week. Arrangements are pending.
Happening This Sunday
Theology for the 21st Century
10:30 a.m., Room LL05
The class will begin a study of the book  Saving Jesus from t he Church  by  Robin R. Meyers, our 2017 Lyons Lecturer.  Drop in and join the lively discussion.

The Redemption of Scrooge: An Advent Study
10:30 a.m., Chapel
A four-part book study Sundays during Advent.

Warming Up the Manger Bed
Through Sunday, December 18, Fellowship Hall
Help fill the manger with hats, mittens and scarves for families at Northcott Neighborhood House.

Advent Market
Through Sunday, December 18, Octagon
Share comfort and joy with a variety of fair trade items handmade locally and abroad.
UMW Brunch and Program Tickets
For Sale Sundays in December in the Narthex
Greet our neighbors from the Orchard Street Mosque and learn more about the Islamic faith. Music by the Raging Grannies. Deadline to buy tickets is December 30.  Learn More >
UMW Tabitha Circle
Thursday, December 15, Noon
The group will meet to share a catered luncheon and fellowship at Josie Gobel ' s home. Transportation from the church parking lot will be available.  R.S.V.P. by December 11 >  or Call 608-338-0545
Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus Concerts
Friday, December 9, 7:30 p.m. 
 & Sunday, December 11, 3 p.m., Sanctuary
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