A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 27
Sunday Worship
Scripture: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
9 a.m.: Quadrilateral Quartet
11:15 a.m.: Anna Polum, Vocal 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, July 30, 10:15 a.m.

Children's Summer Sunday School
Room LL07 
"Forgiveness Is Key"
Children age 3 - Grade 5

Youth Summer Sunday School
Room LL07 
"Who Is My Neighbor?"
Middle School and High School Youth

Parents' Group
Room LL12
"Jesus' Priorities: Our Essential Habits"
Seeking God's Will
Facilitated by Ann Herrold-Peterson

Adult Study
"Who Is My Neighbor?" Series
Neighbors in Law Enforcement
Facilitated by Madison Police Officer and First Church Member, Justin Nelsen
Kat Trio Mini Concert
Sunday, August 6, 10:15 a.m., Sanctuary

This classical ensemble, with members Victoria Gorbich (violin), Vladislav Gorbich (clarinet) and Joseph Ross (piano), will perform a "mini-concert" during the Christian Formation Hour. These talented musicians are back with us to share their inspired arrangements of classical pieces, hymns and American popular standards. This concert will take the place of adult classes on August 6, so plan to stay after worship or come early to be moved and inspired by beautiful music.
Celebrate Church's Involvement in STARS Program
Extending the Table Lunch
Sunday, August 6, Noon, Fellowship Hall

For six weeks this summer volunteers from First Church helped pre-Kindergarten children learn basic skills needed for academic success as part of the Madison Metropolitan School District's STARS (Summer Teaching to Advance Reading Success) program. Stay after church to enjoy lunch and hear volunteers share their stories as we continue our church's work to support the movement for racial equity in our community.
Message on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

In the Parable of Weeds Among the Wheat we learn that God doesn't guard against weeds getting into the field with the good seed. But when we demonize others, i.e., "pull up the weeds," we hurt ourselves. By God's grace, we are called to be children of God in a messy world and live out the invitation of All Means All.
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!
Newcomer Gathering
Sunday, July 30, 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.
or call 608-338-0107
Pick Up Contribution Giving Statements Sunday
Contribution giving statements for the year through June 30 will be available all morning in the Narthex. Please stop by and pick yours up to save on postage. Thank you so much for your support of the mission and programs of First Church.
Contact Sarah Flanagan >  Or call 608-338-1288
Pride Parade and Lunch
Sunday, August 20, Noon, Fellowship Hall
Join other parade participants for a light lunch before heading out to represent First Church in the annual parade.
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., UW Memorial Union Terrace
Talk about faith, current issues, and what we can do.
Contact Seth Schroerlucke > or call 608-338-0158
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