A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 12
Sunday Worship
Pentecost Sunday
Text: Romans 8:14-17; John 14:15-17, 25-27
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"The Peace of Presence"
Music: Chancel Choir, Blessed Brass @ 9 a.m.;
Quadrilateral Quartet @ 10:30 a.m.
Prelude by the Blessed Brass will begin @ 8:45 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
New Beginnings Dedication
This Sunday

We will receive and dedicate our New Beginnings commitment cards during worship on this Pentecost Sunday. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to support our new beginnings in ministry and bring your 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.

Joan Deming Speaks About New Beginnings 
UMC General Conference Underway

The United Methodist Church General Conference began Tuesday, May 10 in Portland, Oregon. This top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church meets every four years to discuss revising church law, adopt resolutions on a variety of issues and approve plans and budgets for church-wide programs. Rev. Tina Lang, Mary Lou Taylor, Stephen Webster and Jim Dietrich of our congregation are affiliated with the Love Prevails team and will be attending the conference. They are attending to declare that it's time for change, it's time to stop the harm, and it's time for the church to fully embrace all God's people by celebrating the lives and gifts of people who are part of the GLBTQ community.
Blessed Brass Play
Sunday During 9 a.m. Worship

The Blessed Brass will play for the last time until fall this Sunday during the 9 a.m. worship service. This week the group will be 35 players strong - the largest in the ensemble's 21-year history! Be sure to get to church early for the Prelude, which will begin at 8:45 a.m. 
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! This year's "Abundance Orchard" theme will teach us about the meals Jesus shared with friends and strangers alike. We will learn ways 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.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Opal Orth, Bob Kramer, Mary Andreas, Leah Sailor, Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus.
We offer condolences to the family and friends of Lorraine Meyerthaler, who died May 3.
A Season of Creation: A Sunday of Action
This past Sunday the Green Team sponsored interactive activities centering around climate issues. These included decorating solar powered prayer lanterns and the Climate Action Table, which featured likenesses of Wisconsin's congressional delegation.
Save the Date: Reception for Rev. Phil Blackwell
Sunday, June 26 @ 10 a.m., Fellowship Hall
A special morning full of activities is planned for Pastor Phil's last Sunday with FUMC. You won't want to miss it!
Parking Fundraiser Training Session
Saturday, May 14 @ 8:30 a.m., FUMC Parking Lot
Help raise money for Youth Missions and earn credits to reduce your own mission trip fees. Mandatory meeting for all participants.
Contact Seth >
Just Bakery Initiative
Sunday, May 15, Octagon
It's our monthly opportunity to purchase locally made baked goods. This program, part of Madison Area Urban Ministry, helps formerly incarcerated individuals obtain training and employment support.
UMW Tabitha Circle
Thursday, May 19 @ 1 p.m., Room 208
The group will discuss I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai.
Sewing Kit Collection for UMCOR
Help the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) help people who have been impacted by natural disasters. A collection bin for the kits will be available at the church on Sundays, May 22 & 29 and June 5.  Get the kit item list > 
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
Recently 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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