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

Two distinct styles of music will be heard this Sunday at FUMC. You might consider attending both services.

The music at our 9:00 AM worship service will be led by a six piece Dixieland Band. This annual Dixieland service was initiated by Rev. David Lyons over 25 years ago. The dixieland band is a musical reflection of Mardi Gras marking the beginning of Lent. Scott Foss, the music director at the time, called on outstanding area jazz musicians to form this musical ensemble; many are the same original players. This group of musicains rarely plays together, we put it together at 8:00 AM and lead worship at 9:00. 

Our 11:15 service will be traditional music of Transfiguration Sunday. We celebrate the revelation of Christ's glory "before the passion" so that we may "be strengthened to bear our cross and be changed into his likeness." Musical themes of the service are Shine, Jesus, Shine, How Good Lord to be Here, and Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies. Quadrilateral will share This is My Beloved Son.

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.

Helping Hands for Hawthorne

This is the latest pic of Tang Yang, social worker at Hawthorne, and our donations of sweats, undies, and socks for the kids. The donations are much appreciated! Thank you to all who can help in this way. More donations will be accepted through February.

Winter Picnic

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!
Notes from the Front

Pastor Fowler attended the UMC General Conference in Saint Louis. Check out his blog entries on our website.

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, 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.

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!

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.

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