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

Easter Sunday
Preaching: Rev. Mark Fowler
Text: John 20:1-18
Music: The Chancel Choir and a Brass ensemble will provide the musical offerings at both services. The prelude will begin 10 minutes prior to the start of services.   

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

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

Easter Community Meal
Enjoy a festive Easter dinner on Easter Sunday with our neighbors in need. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and food will be served until 2:30 p.m. Festive music and family fun with a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, and treats for all.

Contact Karen Andro for more information. 

Special Offering Update
Over $21,000 was shared and collected over our 3 annual special offerings in 2017 (Easter, mid-summer, and Christmas). You can see the mission partners we supported in the image to the right. (Not pictured is Transforming Faith: Community Dialogue.) Our new year of giving kicks off this Sunday. 

Thanks so much to everyone who gave and helped us live into our mission of realizing a more loving and just world! 

The Christian Family
Join children, youth, and parents for The Christian Family on 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 Friday evening event will be followed up by a Sunday morning Christian Education series on the same topic. 

Last Week's Recap
Last week we enjoyed a jubilant 9 a.m. service, remembering Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on a donkey before we were led on our own processional around the Capitol - led by two donkeys and the children of FUMC. Our 11:15 service remembered the Passion of Christ through a dramatic reading and contemporary artwork. 

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. 


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. 

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. 

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.)

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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