A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
Thursday, February 1
Sunday Worship
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Celebration of Holy Communion
Message:  Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: Mark 1:21-28
Music: The Chancel Choir will play the musical offerings at 9 a.m. The 11:15 service will hear music from the Quadrilateral Quartet.

Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. -  noon in the Narthex

Growing in Faith
Opportunities for Christian Formation this Sunday at 10:15 a.m.

Childcare for Infants and Toddlers 
Noah's Ark Nursery, adjacent to Fellowship Hall, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday School Classes for Children and Youth
Lower level

Race and Religion: Social and Political Impacts in Our Time

Joining in Race and Religion series

Theology in the 21st Century
Joining in Race and Religion series

Screening Next Sunday
February 11
"The rare movie that might be called a spiritual documentary," is how Variety Magazine describes the film titled, I Am Not Your Negro. As part of the Race and Religion series, this film will be shown on Sunday, February 11, at 12:45 p.m. in the Chapel. The film has also been described as a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement (using James Baldwin's words) to the present of BlackLivesMatter; a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. We hope you'll join us for this important viewing. 

Looking for other opportunities to continue the dialogue and learning around race relations? Check out these opportunities happening around Madison in the coming months:
February 9 - Dr. Jennifer Harvey offering a talk on Dear White Christians at Fountain of Life Covenant Church, from 7-9 p.m.
February 11 - The African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrates Founder's Day at St. Paul AME Church at 3:30 p.m.
February 24 - Garrett on the Road Event (see below)
April 3-4 - Rally to End Racism in Washington, D.C.
April 15 - Screening of Alice's Ordinary People at 1 p.m. with filmmaker present at Black Earth Library.
April 21 - Lyons Lecture (see announcements).
April 25-26 - Rev. Mark will be participating in a panel at Upper House during the Howard Thurman Conference

Garrett on the Road
Something Inside So Strong
Saturday, February 24
Join us for a one-day workshop on Saturday, February 24, that will include interactive lectures, a panel of Madison educators, and small group discussions around the achievement gap in Madison. The event will be led by Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture, and Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies.  We will also be welcoming Dr. Blount to Sunday services as our guest preacher for that weekend.  Read more about Garrett on the Road here.  

Members in Mission 
A mission team of Wisconsin United Methodists has been in Florida all week repairing flood damaged homes. We are grateful that one of our own members, Donna Veatch, is part of that mission team. Financial gifts contributed to special mission offerings have helped support the good ministry taking place in Florida. Thanks to members for supporting our special offerings and thanks to Donna for being part of this recent team of UM Volunteers in Mission. 

Last Sunday Recap
Last week we learned what it meant to be a fisherman in the time of Jesus and the struggle of being called away from a lucrative business to follow Christ. If you weren't able to worship with us, you can still catch Rev. Mark's sermon on Mark 1:14-20. 


Fruit, Cheese, and Sausage Sale This Week
Profits benefit  missional programs of FUMC. Double the benefits by buying fruit and donating to the food pantry. Thanks!  

Young Adult Discussion Group
Young adults meet at Barriques on W. Washington to discuss faith, current events, and what we can do. 7 p.m.

UMW Envisioning Meeting
Our United Methodist Women Envisioning team meeting will be held on next Wednesday, February 7, from 1-3 p.m. in Room 208. Please come if you can and share with our wrap-up for the interfaith brunch as well as to further develop plans, projects, and activities for the coming months. 

Wesleyan Heritage in England: Travel and Learn Together
Rev. Mark will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England this summer, July 13-20. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk or contact Rev. Tina for more information. Number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.

Holy Land Pilgrimage Opportunity 
Join Rev. Joan Deming and Pilgrims of Ibillin on a 14-Day Journey to Meet the Peacemakers of the Holy Land: October 12-25, 2018. Visit holy sites and meet the "Living Stones" of Palestine and Israel during a listening/study tour that includes in-depth visits on both sides of the Green Line. Questions, contact Joan Deming at 608-235-1046. For full tour information click here. Registrations received by June 30 receive a $50 discount off the $500 registration fee. Total cost, including registration, is $1995 - which covers all on-the-ground costs, excluding only airfare, insurance, and several lunches.

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