A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
This Sunday in Worship
Services at 9 & 11:15 a.m.

Second Sunday in Lent
Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Assistant Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture 
Text: Hebrews 11:1-6
Music: The Chancel Choir will offer musical selections at 9 a.m. The Quadrilateral Quartet will provide the musical offerings at the 11:15 service. 

This Sunday in Christian Formation
Classes at 10:15 a.m.

Childcare for Infants and Toddlers 
Noah's Ark Nursery, adjacent to Fellowship Hall, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. - noon in the Narthex

Sunday School Classes for Children and Youth
Lower level

Biblical Economics: Contrasting Visions for our Future
Reflection on Rebecca Blank's talk and the role of commodities in defining the public good


Theology in the 21st Century
Beginning the book Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know by John Kaltner

Garrett on the Road   
There's still time to register for Saturday's Something Inside So Strong workshop on the achievement gap in Madison. This day of lectures, panel discussion, and small group talks is a great follow up to the work we've been doing around race and religion in our congregation. You can register here. 

We're also welcoming Dr. Reginald Blount to services this weekend as our guest preacher. Don't miss this exciting and informative weekend!
Thanks and Congratulations to Mary!  
Mary Hasheider has submitted her retirement notice, effective February 4th. Mary has contributed her many skills and talents on staff at First Church since 2005. We have appreciated her energy and commitment and wish her well, as she begins her retirement. A coffee hour honoring Mary will be held on Sunday, March 18, between services. Please plan to attend and share your appreciation. There will be a journal book at coffee hour for you to write your good wishes.

From Mary - "Thank you and the leadership of First Church for the opportunity to serve the church community in a variety of ways for over a decade. It's been a blessing to be with you and so many others in ministry in downtown Madison." 

Lent at First
Did you know First UMC is on Facebook and Instagram? This Lent we're participating in a photo-a-day challenge to help us focus the season. Follow along with us and join in the challenge yourself! 
This Sunday also kicks off our Lenten sermon series, Seeking the Sacred. We'll explore different practices that help us connect to God, our faith, and one another - beginning with our baptism. 

Race and Religion Opportunities & Resources 
Looking for opportunities to continue the dialogue and learning around race relations? Check out these opportunities happening around Madison in the coming months:

April 3-4 - Rally to End Racism in Washington, D.C.
April 15 - Screening of Alice's Ordinary People at 1 p.m. with filmmaker present at Black Earth Library. 
April 21 - Lyons Lecture 
April 25-26 - Rev. Mark will be participating in a panel at Upper House during the Howard Thurman Conference.


Last Week at First 
Last week over 100 of us gathered to hear UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank's presentation titled "Is the Market Moral." Her talk kicked off a new Adult Ed Class focused on Biblical Economics. 

If you missed services, you can catch Rev. Mark's sermon on our YouTube channel. Watch it now.   

Pickup This Weekend for Fruit, Sausage, and Cheese Sale
If you bought fruit, sausage, or cheese during our sale in February, pick up will begin this weekend in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring cash or check if you still need to pay.  
Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
The next SNA lunch is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27, at noon at Imperial Garden, University Ave. & Allen Blvd. Plan to join us for fellowship, conversation and good food. Please contact Jim Ostrander at 608-338-0268 by Friday, February 23, if you can attend.

Young Adult Discussion Group
Young adults meet at Barriques on W. Washington to discuss faith, current events, and what we can do. 7 p.m.
World Day of Prayer 
On March 2, Church Women United will gather at First Baptist Church, 518 North Franklin Avenue, to celebrate World Day of Prayer. Join us for gathering and coffee at 9 a.m. with worship to follow at 10. 
Proud Theater at FUMC  
Proud Theater, Wisconsin's premier LGBTQ+ Youth Theater organization, in collaboration with Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and FUMC, will hold its third annual LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference, 'Connections III: Portraits of Us'. The event is open to members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. More information and registration here.  

Laity Convocation
All laity in Wisconsin are invited to the Laity Convocation with Bishop Jung from March 23 & 24 at Reedsburg UMC. The theme this year reflects our 2018 Annual Conference theme: One With Each Other. Friday night will start with a banquet, followed by a panel on the Hispanic Pentecost Emergence Initiative in Wisconsin. Read more here.  

Wesleyan Heritage in England: Travel and Learn Together
Rev. Mark 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 or contact Rev. Tina for more information. Number of participants is limited so if you're interested, don't delay.

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