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

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Message: Rev. Mark Fowler
Text:  Numbers 21:4-9;  John 3:14-21
Music: The Blessed Brass and 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
Introduction to biblical economics in Wesleyan teachings and the Methodist Social Creed. Lecture by Rev. Mark Fowler.

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a number of the students who survived the incident have been vocal about the need for change in our country. What have these students been saying, and how are they influencing our public debate? As people of faith, what can we learn from the voices of youth in our society?

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

Retirement Celebration
Join us in the fellowship hall between services this Sunday as we celebrate Mary Hasheider's retirement. There will be a book to record memories and promises of lots of chocolate! Hope to see you there!

Calling All Youth and Parents!  
This Sunday is a big day in Sunday school! We'll be talking about plans for ASP, Confirmation, and more.  Be sure to show up this week at 10:15 a.m. in the Van Dyke Youth Area. There will be one group for kids to discuss plans and another group for parents and teachers. LOTS of info and upcoming deadlines will be shared so don't miss this Sunday!

Looking Ahead:  Holy Week at FUMC  

Palm Sunday, March 25 
9 a.m. - Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord
10:15 a.m. - Palm Procession Into the City 
11:15 a.m. - Remembering the Passion of Christ
Join us for the full morning of worship and fellowship as we welcome Festus the donkey back and worship with two different morning services!
Monday, March 26-Wednesday, March 28 
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Personal Prayer and Meditation in the sanctuary
Maundy Thursday, March 29 
7 p.m. - A Service of Foot Washing and Holy Communion
Good Friday, March 30 
12-3 p.m. - A Service of The Seven Last Words (Drop-in worship organized in 20-minute segments)
6:00 p.m. - The Gathering - a First Century meal and dramatic retelling from some who knew Jesus and were present on Golgotha's Hill (see announcement below)
Easter Sunday, April 1 
9 and 11:15 a.m. - Worship Celebrations of Resurrection
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Free Community Easter Dinner

Lyons Lecture 2018
We're just over a month out of 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. 

Week in Review
This was a busy week at First United Methodist Church! On Wednesday, clergy and staff joined students, parents, and teachers from across Madison at the March for Our Lives Rally. We opened our fellowship hall to offer snacks, shelter, and restrooms for marchers; shared in communion and prayer on the lawn; and marched with students around the capitol as they bore witness to this important issue facing students and schools across the nation. 

If you missed church last Sunday, you can catch Rev. Mark's sermon on our YouTube channel. 


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 in the Octagon or throughout the week at the Welcome Center. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Childcare provided. 

Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
Our next Spouses Now Alone luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 27.   We'll meet at 12 noon at Circ restaurant in the Concourse Hotel.  For reservation purposes, please contact Jim at 608-338-0268 if you plan to attend.

Father John Dear Event
On Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. Father John Dear, longtime activist, priest, author and Nobel peace prize nominee, will read from and discuss his new book, "They Will Inherit the Earth," at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 

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 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 (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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