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

Third Sunday in Lent
Message: Rev. Tina Lang
Text: John 2:13-22
Music: The Chancel Choir will sing and pianist Benjamin Liupaogo and organist Ross Cowing will offer piano and organ duets 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
Guest Speaker Jon Peacock will talk about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 with an overview of the law and its effect on Wisconsin's children and families.

The award season has kicked off in a big way in Hollywood. What do nominated films say about our culture today? How can the visual arts intersect with Christian faith?

Theology in the 21st Century
Chapter 2 of Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know by John Kaltner

Welcoming Jon Peacock   
We're excited to welcome Jon Peacock to our 10:15 a.m. Biblical Economics class.  Jon has nearly 40 years of experience working on public policy issues in Wisconsin. Since 1999, Jon has worked for Kids Forward, where he is the director of the Wisconsin Budget Project. Jon will be hosting a discussion today in the Biblical Economics class on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 with an overview of the law and its effect on Wisconsin's children and families. Join us at 10:15 in the Chapel!

A Letter to First UMC  
SPRC Chair Ann Herrold-Peterson and Church Council Chair Paul Nagel have written a letter on the state of the church to share with the congregation. "A s you all know, it has been 20 months since Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler joined us as our Lead Pastor.  These have been busy months characterized by getting acquainted, meeting in small groups to share our hopes and visions for First Church, balancing the budget, and re-evaluating our staffing, governance, and program structures."  Read the full letter here.

Last Week at First  
Last week we were thrilled to host Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary for a one day workshop on the achievement gap in Madison and how we can work to close it.

Following the workshop, we welcomed Reverend Reginald Blount to Sunday services to hear him speak on 'The Audacity to Hope.' 

If you missed it, you can catch Sunday's message here. 

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 week we'll continue to seek the sacred as we focus on the practice of Holy Communion. 

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.


Young Adult Lenten Retreat
Gather at FUMC this Saturday to try out various spiritual practices as a way to center ourselves during this Lenten Season. We will start at 10 a.m. with a short time of centering and then spend time in prayer stations. We will conclude with lunch.

Fruit Pickup
If you ordered fruit to support youth missions, you can pick it up between 9:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, or all morning on Sunday, March 4, at church.  If you missed out on this sale, stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall we ordered some extras for you! If you can't be there to pick it up, contact Brooke at 608-256-9061. Any fruit unclaimed after March 18 will be donated to the food pantry.  

No Parking This Sunday Behind Masonic Center
Madison Masonic Center is hosting Geek Craft Expo  this weekend and will need all of the parking spaces behind their building on Sunday morning. This includes the upper and lower levels of the Hiebing Group parking lot and the spots behind the Masonic Center. Please refrain from parking there. Instead, you are welcome to use the  Dayton/Pinckney Ramp (ULI lot).  Take a ticket when you enter.  Pick up a free parking voucher  at the Information Desk.

The Gathering: A Good Friday Experience
Join us on Friday, March 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. for a meal and fellowship with those who were present at Christ's crucifixion. Hear reflections from those closest to him as they remember his life and ministry in this pre-resurrection, Good Friday experience. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased on Sundays (beginning this weekend) in the Octagon or throughout the week at the Welcome Center. Vegetarian and Gluten free options will be available. 
The Christian Family 
Pack a picnic lunch and join the Green Team as they partner with The Christian Family this Sunday, March 4, as they explore creation care and sustainability. Beverages will be provided, please bring plates and utensils. We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall at 4:30 and go until 6:15 p.m. Please RSVP to Josie Gobel at  920-988-0705.

Chapel Watercolor Show Ending
Ann Herrold-Peterson's watercolor show will be ending by mid-March, to make way for the next installation in the Chapel.  If you are interested in purchasing an original watercolor painting, you can check out prices here. A very special "thank you" to FUMC for sponsoring this solo show. I have been both thrilled and humbled by the congregation's generous support!  - Ann

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.  

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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