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

This Sunday, March 24, we will observe the third Sunday of Lent. We will be incorporating artwork by Char DeVos during this Lenten season. Her series of works on Lenten themes is currently on display in the Chapel. Please make time to visit this powerful exhibit. 

Joan Deming will preach this week, on the texts of Isiah 55: 1-9, and Luke 13: 1-9.  Our Blessed Brass will share music leadership with Chancel Choir at the 9:00 service. After two weeks of  Godspell,  our Sanctuary will be back to normal as we continue our journey through Lent. Chancel Choir will begin the 9:00 service with the introit, "O Master Let Me Walk With Thee". Washington Gladden wrote this text in the devastating remnants of the United States immediately following its Civil War. We are called to discipleship and an intimate walk with God. The first service Prelude music from Blessed Brass will begin at 8:50. Jacob Elfner and organ music will provide musical leadership at 11:15.

Have you ever heard Jesus compared to the hen in a barnyard? Take the time to enjoy this week's Sermon Moment from Pastor Fowler's March 17 sermon.

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 conclude a six week study of James Cone's "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." All adults are welcome to join.

Theology for the 21st Century
Theology for the 21st Century will resume next week, March 31, with a study of Healing the Heart of Democracy.

Time to Order Easter Flowers

Spring is officially here, and starting this Sunday, members will find inside their bulletins Easter flower order forms.  Please consider donating a lovely spring plant. Every year we so enjoy having so many beautiful plants on the Chancel!
UMCOR Sunday

UMCOR Sunday is coming up! On March 31, we will celebrate UMCOR Sunday, formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing," and receive a special offering to benefit the United Methodist Committee on Relief. E ach gift allows UMCOR to immediately respond  to floods, famine, storms, earthquakes and other disasters by supporting the administrative costs of these efforts.
Can You Help on Sunday Mornings?

The Sunday morning Welcoming/Mobile Assistance group would like to extend an invitation to anyone interested in helping out to contact David Kinyon We could use the assistance of one or two people who could commit on average of about one Sunday per month to welcome people to church with a friendly word and an open door and to assist anyone who might need a hand to navigate the entrance into the church. The time commitment is about ¾ of an hour.  We do the coordination through email, and the group has been great in filling in for an unanticipated schedule conflict. Join us!

Save the Date - Lyons Lecture May 4, 2019

Brian McLaren is a renowned author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for "a new kind of Christianity" - just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. The author of many books, his most recent is The Great Spiritual Debate (2016), although that has been followed by a rewrite of one of his earlier books, now as a devotional called Seeking Aliveness (2017). His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, church leadership and spiritual formation, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, and global crises. Register HERE for this event!

Joys and Concerns

Please hold the following in prayer this week: Charlotte Holzman, Shirley Blank, Chuck Waity, Lynn Peterson, and Leigh Roberts .

We extend our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Bill Heine who died Sunday, March 17th.

Announcements

Black Marigold Concert
The Black Marigold Wind Quintet concert is this Sunday! Join us for an hour of lovely music on Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. RSVP to the Facebook event, and stay after the concert for a reception. Free will donations will be accepted.

Deborah Circle Meeting
Deborah Circle will meet on Tuesday, April 9, at 6pm at the Nile, 6119 Odana Rd., Madison. Mary Jo Taylor will lead a discussion concerning the future of The United Methodist Church.  All women are invited to attend. Questions? Email Diane Scorgie or call her at 608-836-6705.

Journey to the Holy Land
Join Rev. Joan Deming and Pilgrims of Ibillin on a 14-Day Journey to Meet the Peacemakers of the Holy Land: May 13-26, 2019. Visit holy sites and meet the "Living Stones" of Palestine and Israel during a listening/study tour. We'll visit Archbishop Elias Chacour, stay several days at his Mar Elias Schools in Ibillin, and meet with vital organizations in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Zababdeh, Ramle, and Ibillin. You'll learn directly from leaders in the West Bank and Israel who are seeking a nonviolent path to peace. Questions, email Joan Deming, or call  608-235-1046 . For full  tour information,  click here.  Total cost, including registration, is $1945 - which includes a $50 discount and covers all on-the-ground costs except airfare, insurance, and several lunches. Brochures are also available on the bulletin board in the Octagon at church.

Help Northcott Neighborhood House
Northcott Neighborhood House, a national mission institution of United Methodist Women, will host a Fundraiser Celebration on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Jewell Caribbean on 2230 N, Dr. MLK Jr. Drive in Milwaukee. The campaign "Love: 500x100x3", is for sorely needed repairs & updates to its building. There will be "Food - Fun - Community". The campaign goal is to raise $150k by the end of the year by recruiting 500 people to donate $100 three times this year. For more information, contact Northcott Neighborhood House at 414-552-7714, visit their website, or Facebook.

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