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

This Sunday's scripture is Luke 15:1-10. God looks for the lost. God seeks out the forgotten, the wandering, the least.  I am glad I am not lost .... Rev.  Paul Melrose is preaching on " Lost......,and Found".  The Handbell Choir and Chancel Choir will be providing musical leadership at the 9:00 service. The handbell prelude will be a Cynthia Dobrinski arrangement of In the Garden by C. Austin Miles. The offertory is an arrangement of I've Found a Friend, a text by James Small and music by George Stebbins. The text "I've found a friend oh such a friend ..." reveals the love, nature, and character of God. The organ postlude is Trumpet Tune written by Frederick Swann. The Chancel Choir will sing the jubilant A Psalm of Praise by Benjamin Harlan.  Musical leadership at 11:15 will be provided by Ross Cowing, organist and Alexandra Zulauf, soloist.

Every week, we will post a short Sermon Moment from last Sunday. Check out the CLIP from February 17!

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

Coffee Fellowship: 8:15-11:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (treats served at 10 a.m.)

Childcare    
For infants and toddlers - Noah's Ark Nursery (in Octagon), 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For young children - Read N' Play Room (LL07) from 9-10 a.m.

Children's Sunday School
Children age 3 and older
Classrooms in the Lower Level
Wee Learn Class in room LL12 at 10:30

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Youth Rooms

Bible Study I n the Chapel, with Pastor Fowler
Doug Maynard and Mark Fowler will lead a six week study of James Cone's "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." All adults are welcome to join.

General Conference News

Pastor Fowler is traveling to attend the Special Session of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church this week. There are a couple of ways to stay connected and support the work being done in St. Louis. You can watch the live video stream, which begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

You can also join a prayer vigil at Wellspring United Methodist Church, 5702 South Hill Drive, Madison. The vigil is this Sunday, February 24 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. There will be time for self-guided and guided prayers, with Pastors Mel and Linda Vance. "Come and go as the spirit moves you"

Thank you from Thea's Table and Food for Thought Initiative

Food for Thought Initiative sends many thanks to all who contributed money or food to Thea's Table. The Souper-Bowl Sunday drive added $283 and over 170 pounds of food. We have already used the peanut butter, individual fruits, microwave mac and cheese, beef sticks, chicken and fruit snacks to help fill emergency bags for families when they become homeless. Donations can always be made by check to The Goodman Community Center, with Thea's Table in the memo line, or by internet through our website. Our donation bin is in the lower-level Sunday school department. We are blessed to have the support of FUMC!

Hawthorne Partnership

FUMC's partnership with Hawthorne Elementary continues to flourish. Throughout the month of February, we will be taking donations of socks, underwear, and sweats for children aged 4-12. Sign up to become a volunteer tutor HERE .  The school needs reading and math tutors at all levels, and they appreciate our help!

Coming This Fall - A Fund Appeal to Retire the Mortgage

During the recent Polar Vortex, our church building provided a warm and welcoming space for people without a home. In this instance and in so many more, our church building is essential to our ministry of being Downtown for Good. 
 
Making our church building available to meet the needs of our downtown and our ongoing ministry has a cost. One of the costs is $90,000 in mortgage debt service payments every year until 2037. To free this money to continue growing our ministry and invest in our staff, last December at the annual Church Conference the members present voted unanimously to conduct a special fund appeal this fall to seek financial commitments to retire our mortgage in three years and to support First Church's ministry in 2020. During the coming months, please pray as the leaders are selected for this special fund appeal and prayerfully prepare yourself to respond generously when you are asked to make your financial commitments. 

Joys and Concerns

Please hold the following in prayer this week: Charlotte Holzman, Helen Kuntz, Lynn Peterson, and Leigh Roberts .

Announcements

Fruit, Cheese, and Sausage Orders
If you ordered food from our sale, the boxes will be available in Fellowship Hall to pick up from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Sat. Mar. 2 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Sun. Mar. 3.

NEWS from Staff-Parish Relations Committee and the Church Council
Please check your inbox for a special message we sent this week!

Spouses Now Alone
The next Spouses Now Alone lunch will occur on Tuesday, February 26th. We'll be meeting at the Concourse Hotel at 12:00 noon. Please remember that you can park in the church lot and walk to the Concourse. For reservations purposes, please either call Jim at 338-0268 or email him. It will be good to get together again after a three month hiatus because of holidays and bad weather.

In the Octagon This Week
A special luncheon event for women is being planned for Friday, March 8, 11:30-1:30, in Fellowship Hall. We will be privileged to have Keri Olson, Inspirational writer and speaker, as our special guest. Her thoughtful and engaging presentation will inspire and uplift our spirits in the midst of the  winter. Please stop at the table in the Octagon to reserve your place at our table!

February Music Events
We will be hosting two performing groups this weekend: A chamber music concert from LunART on Saturday February 23 at 7, and the Madison Wind Ensemble on Sunday February 24 at 2. Please see this week's Supplement for more details.

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