A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 20
Sunday Worship
Special Offering:  Native American Ministries Sunday
Message: Rev. Tina S. Lang
"Through Believing We May Have Life"
Text: John 20:19-31
Music: Handbell Choir, Chamber Choir
 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall 
What's Your Earthkeeping Passion?
Sunday, April 23
10:30 a.m., Chapel

The First Church Green team will host a forum to help members of our community explore their earthkeeping passions and identify ways we can work through the church to live into those passions.
 
We will view a short video by climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, listen to a report on 2016 United Methodist General Conference resolutions on creation care, consider a review of potential FUMC initiatives recommended by Rev. Tim Eberhart in his March 19 sermon and learn about the UMC General Board of Global Ministries' Earthkeepers certification. We will discuss potential summer book reads and offer an optional creation care-based labyrinth walk.
2017 Lyons Lecture
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m., FUMC
Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers, Guest Speaker 

"Can you imagine a church where there is no acceptable alternative to hope, no substitute for joy, and no excuse not to offer the same unconditional love to others that has been so freely lavished on us?"

Join us at this year's Lyons Lecture to hear more from distinguished author, speaker and preacher  Rev. Dr. Robin Myers. Register by Tuesday, April 25 to ensure we have a lunch for you that day.
Rise Up!

We are called to rise up and live fully into every day; to rise up and strive on to a better world!

First Church in the Media

Two local TV stations spread the news about our Easter Community Dinner this past Sunday.
Parents' Night Out
Sunday, May 7, 4-7 p.m., Fellowship Hall 

Take some time off and let members of the First Church United Methodist Women's group and high school youth group watch your kids for a few hours. Drop off your kid(s) for this FREE service and know they'll be well taken care of with fun games and food.  To sign up, contact Seth Schroerlucke by Monday, May 1. 
or call 608-338-0158
Spring Fling Social
Tuesday, May 9, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall 

Enjoy lunch and a program by Norm and Mazie Webb offering Glimpses of Southern Africa. They will share photos and impressions of recent travels in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. The delicious lunch will include food with a nod to southern African cuisine. Sign up by Friday, May 5, either at the Information Desk on Sundays or by contacting Jim Ostrander.
or call 608-338-0268
Invitation to Full Response 
Coming Sunday, April 30

First Church is growing and in response, we are expanding opportunities for engagement for all ages on Sunday mornings starting April 30.
 
The morning begins with 9 a.m. worship. At 10:15 a.m. adults, children and youth will be able attend classes and other educational and spiritual formation gatherings.  (A list of class offerings will be available at the Information Desk on Sunday or check the fumc.org calendar for details.)  

The second worship service begins at 11:15 a.m. and includes a time for Children's Church on the lower level during the Pastor's message. Childcare and refreshments will be available all morning.
Joys & Concerns
We extend our condolences and prayers to Bev Lewis and the family and friends of Mary Buchner, who died Friday, April 7. A celebration of Mary's life will take place Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Cress Funeral Home (3610 Speedway Rd, Madison), with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Rev. Tina S. Lang will officiate. The service will be followed by a luncheon and then committal at the cemetery. Memorials may be made to the FUMC Food Pantry.
Read Obituary > 
We extend our sympathies to the family and friends of former member Myrtle Glasbrenner who died in Spring Lake, MN. A memorial service will be held sometime this summer.
Announcements
Quarterly Statements Available
Please stop by the table in the Narthex this Sunday to pick up your statement.
Youth Auction Info Table in Octagon this Sunday
Save the date for this fun event: Sunday, May 7. Find out about opportunities for donating items and volunteering.
App Available for Electronic Giving: Give+
Give+  is a free app available through the App Store that lets you make donations via your smart phone. Check it out today or learn more details and pick up directions at the table in the Narthex on Sunday. Learn More >
Walk Together in Madison People's Climate March
Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m., Meet at FUMC
Join other people of faith to walk together in the Madison People's Climate March. Organized by the First Church Green Team.
More Info > 
Spouses Now Alone
Tuesday, April 25, Noon
Imperial Garden, Middleton
Contact Jim Ostrander if interested in attending.
Contact Jim >  or call 608-338-0268
QPR/Suicide Prevention Training
Thursday, April 27, Noon-1:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
The Crossing Spring Gala
Sunday, April 30, 5 p.m.
The Crossing (1127 University Ave.)
Support the yearly fundraiser for this United Methodist co-sponsored ecumenical student ministry at UW-Madison. The evening will include dinner, tours of the facility and testimonials from students involved in the many programs The Crossing offers. Tickets can be purchased from Ann Herrold-Peterson or Mel Vance or contact the church office at info@fumc.org or 608-338-0545.  More Info >
Church Women United Friendship Day Luncheon
Friday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., Westminster Presbyterian 
(4100 Nakoma Rd.)
A short annual meeting will be followed by a catered lunch and celebration, "Kindling New Fires of Love." Cost of lunch is $8. RSVP by May 1 to Ruth Hein or 608-374-4724.
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