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

First Sunday of Lent
Message:  Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: 1 Peter 3:18-22
Music: Blessed Brass will offer musical selections at 9 a.m. with a prelude beginning at 8:50 a.m. The Quadrilateral Quartet and a woodwind ensemble 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
Chapel

Theology in the 21st Century
Joining in Biblical Economics Class

Welcoming UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank! 
 
Biblical Economics: Contrasting Visions for our Future  begins this week and run through March 18. 10:15 a.m. The class will focus on self-examination and reflect on what it means to be a Christian living in a consumer driven, market based economy. UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank will kick off the series Sunday offering a talk titled, "Is the Market Moral" followed by time for questions and answers. We hope to see you there!

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. 

Garrett on the Road
Something Inside So Strong
Saturday, February 24
 
Join us for a one-day workshop on Saturday, February 24, that will include interactive lectures, a panel of Madison educators, and small group discussions around the achievement gap in Madison. The event will be led by Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, assistant professor of formation, youth, and culture, and Rev. Dr. Virginia A. Lee, associate professor of Christian education and director of deacon studies.  We will also be welcoming Dr. Blount to Sunday services as our guest preacher for that weekend.  Read more about Garrett on the Road here.  

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

February 24 - Garrett on the Road Event 
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

Joys and Concerns
 
Our love and sympathy are extended to the family of Edward Clapp, who died on February 11.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 17, at 11 a.m. at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to service and a reception will follow. Read the obituary here.

Last Week
 
Missed us last week? You can catch Rev. Mark's sermon on Mark 9:2-9 on our YouTube channel.  Watch now.  

Announcements
  

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.

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.

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. 

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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