Join the Green Team at First United Methodist Church for a month of environmental events
Movies! Speakers! Tours!
Check out the events below or download the itinerary
All events held at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI, unless otherwise indicated. Please call 608-256-9061 for event information and questions Monday thru Thursday 9:00-3:30 p.m.
WEEK #1 THEME: CLIMATE CHANGE! CLIMATE CRISIS?
June 9 thru June 15
June 9 – Sunday
Sunday Scripture: Acts 2:1-12
Sunday Sermon Topic: “The Climate of Pentecost” (Mark Fowler preaching) (9:00 and 11:15 service)
Educational Forum: Speaker: Margaret Mooney, Earth Science Education and Public Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison. “Climate Change in Wisconsin and Beyond,” followed by a discussion of what we can do to address climate change and why. (10:15 to 11:15) (chapel)
June 10 - Monday Movie - “PARIS TO PITTSBURGH” 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (chapel)
From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the faces of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t awaiting on Washington to act.
WEEK #2 THEME: CLEAN WATER
June 16 thru June 22
June 16 – Sunday
Sunday Scripture: Romans 5:1-5
Sunday Sermon Topic: “From Water and the Word” (Paul Melrose preaching) (9:00 and 11:15 service)
Educational Forum: Speaker: Amy Piaget, Dane County Conservationist. “Improving Water Quality in the Yahara River Watershed.” This watershed includes the lakes that are integral to life in Madison. (10:15 to 11:15) (chapel)
June 17 – Monday Movie - “FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER” 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (chapel)
Flow is one of the top 10 documentaries on water and how it’s being managed is affecting people around the world. We live in a “water-rich” area and it’s easy to take water for granted. This film touches on issues such as assumptions about drinking water safety, how we manage our landscape can affect water availability and the growing concern about privatizing water.
June 18 – Tuesday Tour - Madison Metropolitan Sewage District **RESERVATIONS NEEDED**
Carpool leaves church at 9:00 a.m. and returns by 11:30 a.m. (All ages welcome but young children need to be accompanied by adults.) FOR RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR, VISIT THE GREEN TEAM TABLE OR CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE: or 608-256-9061
June 22 – Saturday Event - Energy Fair in Custer WI
Join other FUMC members on a free bus for the community from Madison to the fair chartered by the local chapter of the Sierra Club. First come – first come, first serve bus registration at sierraclub.org. For more information on the fair and fair tickets, go to https://www.theenergyfair.org. Information on the fair also at the Green Team information table on Sundays.
WEEK #3 THEME: HEALTHY SOILS AND FOOD
June 23 thru June 29
June 23 – Sunday
Sunday Scripture: Revelation 22
Sunday Sermon Topic: “Food from Abundant Water & Healthy Soil” (Mark Fowler preaching) (9:00 and 11:15 service)
Educational Forum: Speaker: Dr. Doug Soldat, Professor, Department of Soil Science, UW-Madison. “Urban Soil Problems.” (10:15 to 11:15) (chapel)
June 23 – Sunday Event
Join the Pack and Sort Party for Terracycle at the Monona Public Library. (Terracycle accepts hard to recycle items and nonprofits can participate in the recycling to earn money for their organizations.
This is a project of the Monona PTO.) Meet at 1st United Methodist Church at 1:00 p.m. to carpool. Carpool will return to 1st Church at 3:30 p.m. This is a drop in tour – no reservations necessary. You can stop in at Monona Public Library anytime between 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the 4th Sunday of the month to observe how items are collected and are packed up for mailing. For more information on this recycling program, go to: mononapto.org/terracycle. For carpool reservations, visit the Green Team table, or contact the church office: or 608-256-9061.
June 24 – Monday Movie - “DIRT! THE MOVIE” 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (chapel)
This Documentary narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis tells the story of humans trying to reconnect to dirt – the living skin of the earth. Traveling from the vineyards of California to the plains of Kenya, Dirt reveals how repairing our relationship with dirt can create new possibilities for all life on earth. This film is an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glamorous and unappreciated ground beneath our feet.
WEEK #4 THEME: MORE RECYCLE, LESS TRASH
June 30 thru July 6
June 30 – Sunday
Sunday Scripture: TBD
Sunday Sermon Topic: “More Recycle, Less Trash” (Tina Lang preaching) (9:00 and 11:15 service)
Educational Forum: Speaker: Josie Gobel , active 1st United Methodist Church member of the Green Team. “Terracycle and Other Local Sustainability Initiatives.” (10:15 to 11:15) (chapel)
July 1 – Monday Movie - “PLASTIC PARADISE, THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH” 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (chapel)
This Documentary travels with Angela Sun on a personal journey to uncover the mysteries of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined. This film makes the issue of plastic pollution real and relevant.
July 2 – Tuesday Tour – Dane County Landfill #2 **RESERVATION NEEDED**
Learn the history of ‘old’ landfill and the ‘new’ landfill, how they capture methane, what they do with it, and learn about the ‘clean sweep’ program.
Carpool from 1st United Methodist Church at 9:00 a.m. & return to church by 11:30 a.m.
All ages welcome. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
FOR RESERVATIONS FOR THIS TOUR, VISIT THE GREEN TEAM TABLE OR CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE: or 608-256-9061