A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, June 8
Sunday Worship
Trinity  Sunday
Special Offering for Van Dyke-Alton Scholarship Fund
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Text: Psalm 8
Music: Quadrilateral Quartet; Grace O'Connell, Trumpet Soloist
Worship: 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall 
Christian Formation Opportunities
Sunday, June 11, 10:15 a.m.
  • Kids & Parents: Hands-On Mission Project, Room LL05
  • Adult Bible Study/Discussion: "What Does Scripture Say About Being Neighborly?" Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Paul Melrose, Chapel
Honoring Our Graduates
Sunday, June 11 
9 & 11:15 a.m. Worship 

This Sunday we will honor our high school graduates and award Van Dyke-Alton Scholarships. A Special Offering will be received in support of the scholarship fund. This year's class includes: Elizabeth Castaneda, Gabriella Castaneda, Julius Coleman, McKenna Lacy, Meghan O'Connell, Erin Webb and Phoebe Woolson. Congratulations, class of 2017!
Anna Polum Recital
Friday, June 9, 6 p.m., Chapel 

Anna Polum, soprano voice of First Church's Quadrilateral Quartet and Chancel Choir, will give a recital to raise funds to support an opportunity she has been awarded to study with the La Musica Lirica program in Novafeltria, Italy. Join us for a performance of beautiful music you won't want to miss. Anna remarks, "I've loved being a part of the [Quadrilateral] quartet. It has given me the opportunity to keep fine tuning my own musicianship while in the process getting to sing beautiful music with a truly wonderful community of people." Visit her Go Fund Me page. 
Summer Choir Invitation
Rehearses 1st & 3rd Sundays
Meet: 8:15 a.m., Music Room
Rehearsal Begins: 8:30 a.m.
Sing During 9 a.m. Worship

Visitors are welcome, no long term commitment, just come and sing. We have the Quadrilateral Quartet to lead the sections. We welcome visitors; no tryout, just come and try us out! 
or call 608-338-0545

At the first Pentecost the people were so filled with hopes and dreams for the future they couldn't keep it to themselves. Today the Holy Spirit works in us to help us break down dividers between people and fills our heart with the certainty that love conquers all things.
First Church Ministries Highlights  

During worship we express our appreciation for the wide variety of critical ministries to which our friends and members give their gifts of time and energy as an offering to God. There are many ways we can give to God and serve our neighbors. Maybe you will be inspired!
Mortgage Principal Reduction

Consider making a one-time donation (or start a monthly donation) toward the reduction of our mortgage loan during the month of June. All receipts will be applied directly to the loan balance of $1.35 million. You can send a check to the church with "Principal Reduction" in the memo line, put it in the offering tray Sunday, or click the Donate Now button on the FUMC homepage to set up an electronic payment. On Sunday, June 4, we received $1,800 toward this goal. Thank you! Every size contribution matters! 
It's Time to DO SOMETHING!
Volunteer for STARS Program
Between 1-6 Weeks 
(June 19-July 28)
Between 1-4 Hours 
(7:45 a.m.-Noon)

Education/Formation, Direct Involvement, and Advocacy are three distinct, yet inter-connected avenues that have been identified for our congregation's continued engagement in the work of addressing racial equity. This summer we have opportunity for Direct Involvement. The STARS program (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success) prepares pre-kindergarten and kindergarten-ready students for success in school. Volunteer to help young children develop reading, math and social skills. 
or Call 608-338-0545
Last Chance to Join Youth Mission Trips

There is still room on our summer mission trips for students, college-age leaders and adult chaperones. Students can earn monetary credit toward the trip via several volunteer opportunities. College leaders, you can use this experience on your Van Dyke - Alton Scholarship application. Adult chaperones come at no cost!

Middle School Trip: Amen/St. Louis - August 6-12
High School Trip: Boyd County, Kentucky - July 22-30
or call 608-338-0158
Vacation Bible School is Coming
June 26 - 30, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Trinity UMC (1123 Vilas Ave., Madison)
Light Meal Provided (Monday-Thursday)
Potluck Supper Friday 

Who Is Your Neighbor? Join us for a week of activities and lessons about poverty and homelessness. First Church, Trinity UMC and Korean UMC are teaming up to provide a fun time for grade school age children to help them learn about this problem and how they can help people in our community. 
or call 608-338-1292 
Joys & Concerns
We offer our love and condolences to the family and friends of Ruth Bossert, who died May 9. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m. in Grand Hall at Capitol Lakes.
Newcomer Gathering
Sunday, June 11, 10:15 a.m., Room 208
If you would like to learn more about First Church and its mission and ministries, please join us for this informal gathering. Please contact Mary Hasheider if you are interested in attending.
Contact Mary >  or call 608-338-0107
Youth Party
Sunday, June 11, 10:15 a.m., Youth Rooms/LL05
Middle School and High School Youth: Celebrate our teachers, each other, and another fun year together!
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Barrique's (127 W. Wash)
Contact Seth Shroerlucke >  or call 608-338-0158
QPR/Suicide Prevention Training
Wednesday, June 13, Noon-1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Learn QPR/suicide prevention techniques. Free, no registration required. Please feel free to bring your own lunch with you.
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, June 13, 6 p.m.
Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery, 2827 Atwood Ave., Madison
All are invited to join us for our last meeting before the summer break. A representative of United Way will tell us about the services they provide.
Grief Support Group
Tuesday, June 20, 2 p.m., Room 208
Led by Rev. Milton Ford, this is an recurring gathering for conversation, reminiscences, questions of faith and an opportunity to get to know each other better.
Contact Jim Ostrander >  or call 608-338-0268     
Green Team UW Arboretum Work Day
Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. - Noon
Arboretum Visitor Center (1207 Seminole Highway, Madison)
Join the Green Team for an intergenerational work project helping with invasive plant removal. Arboretum will provide tools, work gloves and some refreshments. Bring your own water bottle. Meet at the front steps of the Arboretum Visitor Center a little before 9 a.m. Group size limited to 20, so sign up soon. 
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