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Every Tuesday and Thursday, we send out weekly announcements about what's happening in and around First United Methodist Church of Madison. Find out about Sunday worship, opportunities for Spiritual Formation, and upcoming events related to FUMC.

For Thursday 7/11, here is the weekly enews supplement.


Annual Conference 2019 Report this is a preliminary report pending the publication of the official documentation later this month.


A major business item was the election of 3 delegates to the 2020 General Conference, 3 delegates to the 2020 Jurisdictional Conference and 4 alternative delegates if any of the elected delegates to either Conference is not able to attend.  We think all of the delegates, except for 2 of the alternate delegates, oppose the traditionalist language adopted at the 2019 General Conference.


The following resolution was adopted:

“THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Wisconsin Annual Conference (WAC) rejects the decision of the 2019 General Conference to pass the Traditional Plan and apologizes for the harm that it has caused LGBTQ+ persons, their families, their friends and the body of Christ.  We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God but we also assert and affirm that no human being is incompatible with Christian teaching.’


“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the event of formal complaints concerning LGBTQ+ matters, WAC missional and ministry resources shall be expended only for the purpose of fair and just resolutions that affirm the sacred worth of all persons, and not for clergy trials pertaining to LGBTQ+ ordination and marriage.”


The motion to sell the Conference office building in Sun Prairie was defeated.


The following motion was approved:

The Conference Treasure shall notify local churches annually of their share of apportionments, separated into three categories; 1) General Conference, 2) Jurisdictional Conference and 3) Annual Conference.  Local churches submitting apportionment payments shall indicate how much is designated for each of the 3 categories.  The Conference Treasurer will make General Conference apportionments as directed by the Council on Finance & Administration in consultation with the Connectional Table and the Cabinet.  When apportionment receipts are projected to be inadequate, priority for funding will be given to ministries within the bounds of the Annual Conference. This action item was referred to the Conference Chancellor and Council on Finance and Administration for review prior to implementation.




Call for Volunteers - Hawthorne Elementary School

Hawthorne Elementary School is looking for volunteers to assist in the operations of its new in-school food pantry (opening August 2019). Pantry volunteers find fulfillment in meeting pantry customers and providing support to families facing food insecurity.


We are looking for:


  • In- pantry volunteers to help stock, inventory and arrange food and greet and assist patrons. We will need two volunteers weekly to work in the pantry from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Mondays and two volunteers from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Shift volunteers may occasionally need to lift up to fifteen pounds. Total time weekly: 3 hours

  • Delivery and pickup volunteers to pick up weekly food orders (e.g. from Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, 2802 Dairy Drive, Madison, WI 53718) or to shop for specific fresh/frozen foods at local grocery stores and deliver the food to Hawthorne Elementary School. Lifting and transfer sometimes more than 20 pounds is required. Days and hours are flexible. Total time weekly: 2-3 hours.


For further information, please contact Tang Yang, Hawthorne School Social Worker, at or (608) 204-2528 or Joel Wish, Co-coordinator Food For Thought Initiative at or (608) 228-9389.



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