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

Second Sunday of Easter
Preaching:  Rev. Tina Lang
Text: John 20:19-31; 1 John 1-2:2
Music: The Chamber Choir will provide musical offerings at the 9 a.m. service. The Quadrilateral Quartet will provide music at the 11:15 service. 

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

Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. - noon in the Narthex; sponsored this week by  Bruce and Ruth Marion and Bill Wiest. 

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

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level

Black Theology: The Thinking of James Cone and Dr. J. Kameron Carter
Guest, Dr. J. Denny Weaver offers insights on the history of Christian theology and the call to new theological perspectives as articulated by leading Black scholars Dr. James Cone and this year's Lyons Lecture Speaker, Dr. J. Kameron Carter.

This week we'll talk about the recent elections and what they mean for our city and state

Theology in the 21st Century
Joining in Black Theology class for the next two weeks

The Christian Family
Join children, youth, and parents for The Christian Family this Sunday, April 8. We'll gather from 4:30-6 p.m. This month will kick-off our Love and Logic series - a workshop/education opportunity focused on a loving, balanced approach to parenting that is neither punitive nor permissive, but rather rooted in nurturing long-term relationships and building good character. This evening event will be followed up by a Sunday morning Christian Education series on the same topic. 

Lyons Lecture 2018
We're just over two weeks away from this year's Lyons Lecture and we're thrilled to welcome Dr. J. Kameron Carter! Dr. Carter's presentation Postracial Blues will help us continue our conversation around race and religion, offering new insights and ways forward for people of faith committed to an anti-racist future. You can find out more about the lecture on our website or register here. 

Holy Week Recap
First United Methodist Church enjoyed a busy Holy Week. We welcomed folks for personal prayer Monday through Wednesday, somber remembrances on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and then joined together in jubilant triumph on Easter morning. Our Community Easter meal, in its 36th year, served over 300 guests with 50 volunteers on Sunday. Several area publications covered the event and we invite you to google First United Methodist Madison Easter meal to see what they had to say!

If you missed the service, you can catch Rev. Mark's Easter message on our YouTube channel. 

Faces of FUMC
As a church downtown for good, we often have the privilege of sharing our space with groups and organizations that help us live into our mission of embodying hospitality and helping to realize a more loving and just world. There are 75,000 members of the WI chapter of Moms Demand Action. We were honored to host over 300 of those members who showed up today, April 5, for Advocacy Day. FUMC provided a gathering space for them as they prepared to move to the capitol where they visited with legislators about sensible gun laws. 


Church Women United
The next CWU Forum will be on Friday, April 6, at Bethany United Methodist Church (3910 Mineral Point Rd). The meeting begins with a gathering at 9 a.m. for coffee followed by welcome and announcements. The program presentation will begin at 10 and will focus on the preschool at BUMC. 

Young Adults this Weekend
Young adults are invited to join Rev. Breanna on Saturday, April 7, for YA Exploration. This month's retreat will focus on the Imago Dei (the image of God). We'll gather for reflection, exploration, fellowship, and lunch. Meet at the church at 10 a.m. 
The group will gather again on Sunday for a throwback style potluck (the kind you grew up going to!) in the Chapel at 12:15 p.m. Bring a dish to share (or a crockpot!) and join us for food and fellowship. This is a great way to meet others and get involved with the group if you haven't had a chance to do so yet! 
Want to stay up to date on all things FUMC Young Adult related? Join our facebook group. 

UMW Welcome Julia Weaver 
United Methodist Women invites you to attend a presentation by Julia Weaver titled Who is My Sister in Dane County Jail.  Join hosts UMW and FUMC on Monday, April 9, at 2 p.m. in  the   Great Hall at  Capitol Lakes Retirement Community to hear Julia Weaver speak about her work with women who are incarcerated.  Light refreshments will be served at this free event, open to all. Donations are welcome and will go to event costs and UMW's mission priorities. Please RSVP to Kathy at 608-288-9102 . Artwork created by incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated women will be on display at in FUMC's Chapel beginning Thursday, April 5, and continuing through the month of April. Learn more about UMW here. 

Deborah Circle 
Deborah Circle will meet at The Nile Restaurant on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Ken Baun of Open Doors for Refugees will share with us the latest happenings regarding refugees in our area. If you're able, please bring personal care items that we will pass on to refugees in need (shampoo, deodorant, face soap, women's sanitary supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.)

Memorial Party for Brian Soper
There will be a memorial party for Brian Soper to be held at "Nora's" - halfway between Cambridge and Madison on Hwy 12/18 on Sunday, April 15. We'll gather from 2-5 p.m. and food and drink will be provided. No RSVP required. Invitations can be found at the information desk or in LL05.

The 2018 Camp and Retreat Ministries Brochure is Ready!
There are UM church camps this summer for everyone: Mother/Daughter camp, 1st-Timer camp, Video Game Adventure camp, Treehouse camp, Special Needs camp, Night Owl camp, Youth Mission camp, Grandparent camp, Family Beach Getaway camp, and more. Check out the website for all the options and then contact Rev. Tina Lang about camp scholarships offered to help cover the cost of all UM camps.

Recycling Opportunities from the Green Team
T he Green Team now has two containers in the octagon where you can drop off the following items to keep them out of the trash. Terricycle will use those items to make picnic tables, piers, and other useful items.  One container is for: b allpoint pens that no longer work,  dryed up markers and caps, m echanical pencils that no longer work, and p ermanent markers and caps.  Another container is for: e mpty toothpaste tubes and caps, u sed toothbrushes, e mpty floss containers, m outhwash bottles and caps, e mpty deodorant containers and  soap packaging.

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 15 - Screening of Alice's Ordinary People at 1 p.m. with filmmaker present at  Black Earth Library. 
April 21 -  Lyons Lecture (see box above)
April 25-26 - Rev. Mark will be participating in a panel at Upper House during the  Howard Thurman Conference

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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