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

This Sunday, April 7, we will observe the fifth and last Sunday of Lent, prior to Holy Week beginning on April 14. Char DeVos  will lead a discussion of her Lenten artwork at 10:15. We have been blessed by Char's work in our Lenten journey this year. We will have the opportunity for conversation and deepening our understanding for both artist and those of us who have been accompanied by her work in worship, prayer and reflection in this season of preparation for Easter.
John 12:1-8 will be the text that illuminates a critical discussion between Jesus and Judas, focusing on Faith and Service. This Sunday music leadership at 9:00 will be provided by Chancel Choir and cellist, James Wesson.

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

Art Study I n the Chapel, with Char DeVos
Char will lead a discussion on her Lenten artwork, currently on display in the Chapel.

Theology for the 21st Century
Theology for the 21st Century continues with a study of  Healing the Heart of Democracy, by Parker Palmer .


Time to Order Easter Flowers

It's not too late to order plants for Easter Sunday! The order deadline is Monday, April 8. You can order online here, call 608.256.9061, or stop by the Welcome Center. Thank you! Every year we so enjoy having so many beautiful plants on the Chancel!

Holy Week

Join us this year for the events and observances of Holy Week. We will begin on April 14 with Palm Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m., followed by the  Palm Sunday Procession around the Square. Festus the Donkey will accompany the Procession, and we will pray and celebrate with our neighbors from Grace Episcopal as well. We return to First Church for the second part of the worship experience at 11:15.

On Holy Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., we remember the last supper through Foot Washing and Holy Communion. On Good Friday, April 19, from noon - 3:00 p.m., we will have an afternoon drop-in service consisting of seven 20 minute segments focused on the seven last sayings of Jesus. Come when you can; leave when you must.

Easter Sunday is April 21. He is risen! Rejoice with us at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. See you there!

Easter Community Meal

Michelle Ogilvie and Pam Talmadge will lead preparations of this year's Easter Community Meal on Easter Sunday, April 21, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, or making a financial contribution in support of this annual tradition, please stop by the Octagon outside Fellowship Hall between services on Sunday, April 7. You can also mail a contribution or donate online (select Hope's Home Ministries for gift designation). If you can't sign-up to volunteer in person on Sunday, please email Karen Andro, Director of Hope's Home Ministries,  or call 608.338.0320.
Joys and Concerns

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

We extend our love and sympathy to the family of Chuck Waity, who died early Tuesday morning, March 2. Memorial service plans are pending.

Announcements

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.

Interfaith Event
You are invited to a very special event at the Fitchburg Public Library on
Saturday, April 6, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. sponsored by Muslim Women United
for Peace.  The program will be a presentation by Charles Cohen, Professor of history  and religious studies and director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of
the Abrahamic Religions College of Letters and Science at the University of
Wisconsin. Dr. Cohen is an expert on early American history and religious
history; braided history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All are welcome.

Upcoming Field Trip to Middleton Outreach Ministry
All are invited to tour the Middleton Outreach Ministry. On April 5, at 12:45 pm we will gather at their facility, 3502 Parmenter Street, Middleton, for a tour followed by a talk about what they offer, how they reach out to those in need, and what services they provide, from food pantry on up.  This is an opportunity to see close-up what ministries MOM offers to the greater Madison community.  And after this difficult winter, a spring field trip sounds like just what we all need!

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