A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 23
Sunday Worship
Special Offering: UMCOR Sunday 
(formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) 
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Hope Does Not Disappoint"
Text: Romans 5:1-11
Music: 
Handbell Choir, Chancel Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet

 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Extending The Table
Racial Equity in Methodism
Sunday, April 2, 
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall 

Rev. Carla Mitchell, pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Milwaukee will join us for lunch and to team teach with Rev. Dr. Fowler on the topic of race in the birth of American Methodism. The AME Church was founded by Bishop Richard Allen and will be the focus of the discussion on April 2. This is part of the Education portion of our initiative toward Racial Equity in Madison and the church. Sign up for the lunch (freewill offering) and discussion at the Information Desk on Sunday.
Lenten Bible Study and Supper
Wednesdays, through April 5
Supper at 5:45 p.m., 
Fellowship Hall
Scripture Study at 6:30-7:30 p.m.
March 29 Topic: The Coming Kingdom of God, with focus on Jesus and Paul

Come together this Lenten season for fellowship and a simple supper (freewill offering). Following the meal, Pastor Mark will lead a study of Scripture. Come each week or drop in whenever you can as we journey toward the cross and the promise of Easter.
Cosmic Christ, Earthly Hope 

Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart reminds us of our duty as people of faith to care for our world and the gifts of its resources.
First Church Ministries Highlights

Our friends and members offer their gifts of time and energy to God in a wide variety of critical ministries. Maybe you will find inspiration in these many ways we serve our neighbors!
Wesleyan Heritage in England
Travel and Learn Together

Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will be the primary teacher on a pilgrimage to England this summer, July 13-20. Pick up an itinerary and registration form at the Information Desk in the Narthex or request them from Rev. Tina Lang at 608-467-5108 or tlang@fumc.org. Number of participants is limited and deadline for registration is April 13 so if you're interested, don't delay.
Sponsor Easter Flowers
LAST CHANCE: Order by Sunday, March 26

Donate spring flowers to decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday in honor or memory of friends, family and loved ones whose names will be listed in a bulletin insert that day. You can take your plant(s) home with you after the second Easter morning worship service. Each plant costs $12. Order online or fill out an order form on Sunday. 
Rise Up!
Holy Week  @First Church

Palm Sunday Celebration, April 9
Worship Service: 9 a.m.
Palm & Donkey Processional Parade: 10 a.m.
Around the Capitol Square
Worship Service: 10:30 a.m.
Remembering Christ's Passion: A Chancel Drama

Maundy Thursday, April 13
Communion Worship Service: 6:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 14
Drop-in Worship Service: Noon-3 p.m.
(20-minute segments)  View Worship Outline >

Easter Sunday, April 16
Worship Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Free Community Easter Meal: Noon-2 p.m.
All Welcome
Meet Israeli Exchange Student
Sunday, April 9,  11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.,  Fellowship Hall

Nour Abu Hjoul is an exchange student from Israel studying at Oshkosh North High School this academic year. Her home school is Mar Elias High School in Ibillin, Israel, founded by international peace-maker Archbishop Elias Chacour. As a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a Muslim, Nour embodies her varied identities with grace and poise. Come for a light lunch (freewill offering) and enjoy Nour's engaging presentation about her homeland and her experience of living among us in Wisconsin. Sign up at the Information Desk in the Narthex on Sunday to register your interest. If you have questions, contact Joan Deming at 608-241-9281.
Announcements
No Parking in Masonic Center or Hiebing Lots this Sunday
The Masonic Center will be using both the upper and lower levels of the parking structure for an event this Sunday, March 26. Parking vouchers are available every Sunday at the Information Desk for free parking in the Urban Land Interests ramp across from the church at Pinckney and Dayton.
Sunday in the Octagon
  • Easter Community Meal Support Learn how you can support this annual free dinner.
    Contact Karen Andro > 
  • Lyons Lecture Registration
    Sign up for the Saturday, April 29 event featuring Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers.Learn More >
Theology for the 21st Century
Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Room LL05
This Sunday the class continues their study of their new book, The Trouble with Resurrection, by Bernard Brandon Scott. Books will be available in the class.
The Jesus Fatwah: Loving Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself
Sundays, through April 2, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
A video-based study and discussion about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith. Mel Vance will lead the class this week.  More Info > 
Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
Tuesday, March 28, Noon, CIRC (At the Concourse), 
1 W. Dayton St.
Parking will be available in the church parking lot, giving you easy access to the hotel. Please contact Jim Ostrander by Friday, March 24 if you plan to join us.  Contact Jim > Or call  608-338-0268
MOSES Madison Action Day
Thursday, March 30, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
First Church will be host site for some of the afternoon break-out sessions.
People of Faith for Justice Advocacy Day
Tuesday, April 4, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., FUMC
As people of faith we are called to join the public conversation about the common good. Speakers and break-out sessions will address a variety of topics. The day will culminate in a visit to the capitol and state legislators. This gathering is co-sponsored by community and faith-based groups from across Wisconsin.
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