February 23, 2020
Music leadership at 9:00 will be provided by a Dixieland Band. The idea of a jazz band playing for worship was begun by a former Pastor, David Lyons. He was famous for saying, “why does the devil get all the good music?” With the help of Scott Foss, music director, this tradition began over 25 years ago. This year’s all-star band can only be heard at First Church because they only play in this configuration once a year. David Cooper, trumpet, and Keith Lienert, percussionist, are music professors at UW-Platteville. Nic Bartell, clarinet, and Darren Sterud, trombone, are members of Neophonic Jazz Orchestra that rehearses here at First Church. John Christensen, bass, is a free-lance jazz bassist and composer. Cliff Frederiksen, guitar, is well known to our congregation as a musician and worker with our Hope’s Home holiday meals. The band will play a prelude starting at 8:50 and lead hymns and provide other service music. Music leadership at 11:15 will be provided by a children’s vocal ensemble and our Quadrilateral Quartet.
We are now LIVE streaming our 9:00 a.m. service!
Enjoy the full experience* of Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler’s sermons and our beautiful music with our Chancel Choir, other music ministry groups, and invited local musicians and vocalists.
We are a contemporary spiritual community inspired by the ancient and timeless example of Jesus' life. We welcome all people to join us for worship, service and connection - as visitors, friends or members. We are a Reconciling Congregation, open to full participation of all persons. We celebrate the diversity of race, gender, national origin, religious background and sexual orientation.
Here, at First Church, All STILL Means All
For anyone wishing to know more about the upcoming actions of the UMC General Conference, please consider attending the Chapel Forum next Sunday, February 16. We will welcome Rev. Steve Zekoff who led the Wisconsin delegation to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference and Jessica Gobel who is a lay delegate to the 2020 General Conference to lead the second session of the Chapel Forum. Jessica and Steve will reflect on the process and other legislation that will be considered around the issue of the future of the denomination in light of the historic and critical issues surrounding the full inclusion of LBGTQ+ persons in the ministry and mission of the denomination. The Forum will be held in the Sanctuary at 10:15-11:05 and will also be live streamed at www.fumc.org