A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 7
Sunday Worship
Baptism of the Lord
Text: Isaiah 43:1-7 & Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"Free to Be"
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Weekday Worship
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Community Outreach Breakfast: 9 - 9:30 a.m.
Bread Bakers Kneaded

We have a tradition of welcoming visitors on Sunday mornings with a loaf of homemade bread. If you like to bake, we could use your help! The bread baking team is looking for a few more people to take a turn baking the welcome bread now and then. (It is not a weekly commitment.) Please let us know if you can help.
UMW Luncheon: Good Time, Positive Message
Wednesday, January 27
@ 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

All women and their guests are invited to attend this event. We will gather at 11:30 a.m. and enjoy a lasagna lunch at noon followed by a lively presentation by our enthusiastic speaker, Faith Bauman. Her topic is "The World is NOT Going to the Dogs." Reservation deadline is Sunday, January 17. Cost is $10. Stop at the UMW table in the Octagon on Sunday or call Josie Gobel at 920.988.0705 for more information or to arrange for a ride to the event.
A Faith Response to Sex Trafficking
Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 2 to 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. An RSVP isn't required but it would be helpful in planning space and refreshments. RSVP to Mary Fiore, fior@charter.net or contact the church office for more information.
Feminist Spirituality for Women and Men 
Sundays, January 24, 31 and February 7 @ 10:30 a.m., 
Room 208
Led by Rev. Linda Vance

Feminist spirituality is not about women but about the possibility of human survival and is essential for the life and liberation of all God's people. Content for this class will come from best-selling author Joan Chittister's book, Heart of Flesh, which unmasks the effects of sexism and describes a spirituality that makes healthier, happier human beings of us all.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Gordon Ridley, Lillian Wirth, Isaac Perry (father of O'uma Toon), Marcia Grothaus, Dave Steffenson.
We extend our prayers of love and sympathy to Jan Weatherhogg and other family and friends of Curtis Weatherhogg, who died on December 1. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 8 at 2 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church (326 South Segoe Road, Madison).  Read Obituary > 
Climate Justice Work Group Meeting
Sunday, January 17 @ 8:30 a.m., Room 214
The group will be identifying its 2016 creation care initiatives relating to climate change and clean energy. We welcome new members, as we have much to do!  More Info/Meeting Agenda >
Chimes Article Deadline Monday, January 11
Please submit your short (50 words) articles or announcements for the February issue of the monthly Chimes newsletter by Monday morning. Contact Tricia Hillner with any questions.
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