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

This Sunday, March 17, we will observe the second 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. 

Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will preach on the text of Luke 13: 31-35. Organ music of Brahms and Bach will bookend the services this week. Chamber Choir will assist in musical leadership at 9:00 AM. They will sing a Gwyneth Walker setting of William Billings' "When Jesus Wept". Billings was a composer of the early American primitive style.  At 11:15 soloists Brooke Wahlstrom will sing "Thee Will I Love"; text by a German Baroque poet Johann Scheffler, translated by John Wesley, with musical setting by Craig Courtney.

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

Winter Picnic, This Sunday

Children, youth, and parents....
Join Mark and Laurie for a Winter Picnic!
When:  Sunday, March 17
Time:   12:30 p.m.
Place:   FUMC, Chapel Cafe

Bring your own picnic lunch and blanket.  
Indoor "snowball" games, conversation, and fellowship.
Contact Laurie for further info, and see you there!
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, Chuck Waity, Lynn Peterson, and Leigh Roberts .

We extend our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Chuck Ebersohl, who died at Agrace Hospice on March 5, 2019. There will be a memorial service at Agrace Chapel at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

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.

Coming March 15-17: Edgewood High School's Godspell
Edgewood HS will be performing the musical Godspell, right here at FUMC! Find the dates and times, or order tickets. Godspell takes the stories of the Gospel of Matthew and mixes them with contemporary music and references to provide a timeless message on the importance of community. In an age where "being connected" is often referred to, but not often lived out, the musical allows us to explore friendship, engaging and collaborating with diverse people in our complex lives, loyalty and love, and learn what it means to truly live in community, embracing and working towards diversity and inclusion, as Christians.

Upcoming Arts @First Events
Join us for a performance by Black Marigold Wind Quintet on March 24 at 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. We are also hosting the Avanti Piano Trio on April 28 at 1:00 p.m. for a free will donation.

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