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

Fifth Sunday of Easter
We will celebrate an adult baptism of Tiffany Heaster at the 11:15 a.m. service. 
Both services will welcome new members to our church family. 
Preaching: Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler
Text: 1 John 4:7-21
Music: The Chancel Choir will offer musical selections at 9 a.m. and the Quadrilateral Quartet will offer musical selections at 11:15 a.m.

This Sunday in Christian Formation
Classes at 10:15 a.m.

Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 a.m. - noon in the Narthex

For infants and toddlers - Noah's Ark Nursery (entrance in Octagon), 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
For young children - Read N' Play Room (LL07) from 9-10 a.m.

Youth Sunday School
This week's leader: Paul DeLong
Youth Room

From Watergate to Twitter: A Life In and Around Journalism 
hosted by FaithLink
Join Jim Hoyt as he provides information on journalism from the past to the present and highlights the voice of journalism in the age of noise throughout the years. 

Theology and the 21st Century
This week we'll begin Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson. Books will be available in the room. 

Love and Logic
Week 3 in a series on positive parenting and teaching techniques led by Margot Fisher.
Room 208

Spotlight on Spiritual Formation
Don't miss this week's Spiritual Formation special event! FaithLink will welcome our very own Jim Hoyt to talk about his life as a journalist, his Silver Circle award, and his thoughts about journalism today. You won't want to miss this! 

 Meet at 10:15 THIS Sunday, April 29, in the Chapel.

Thurman Conference
Rev. Fowler will be part of a panel at the Howard Thurman Conference at Upper House Thursday and Friday this week. This  dynamic conference will reanimate the remarkable contribution of Howard Thurman through lectures, breakout discussions, and times of contemplative reflection. As Thurman wrote, "the human spirit cannot abide the enforced loneliness of isolation." We look forward to exploring the depth and breadth of a legacy that held a light toward community, rooted in the universal pursuit of justice. 

The panel discussion, moderated by Henry Sanders, will be Friday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. Along with Rev. Fowler, the guests include Rev. Marcus Allen, the Honorable Everett Mitchell, and Rev. Keri Parker. Tickets can be purchased here. 

Last Week's Recap
What a full week at First! From the 15th annual Lyons lecture on Saturday to a baptism and worship services on Sunday and a Senior Social on Tuesday, we were busy living into what it means to be a church downtown for good! You can find photos of the Lyons Lecture on our facebook page. If you missed services, you can catch Rev. Fowler's message by clicking the link below. 


Faith Labor Breakfast
You're invited to join Worker Justice Wisconsin for a faith-labor breakfast and Workers' Memorial Day observance and press conference.  The 19th Annual Faith-Labor Breakfast will be held this year on April 27, from 8-10 a.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church and features a panel discussion with Sergio Gonz├ílez, author of Mexicans in Wisconsin

Climate Advocate Training at FUMC
FUMC's Green Team is hosting a climate advocate training workshop in partnership with the Madison Chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL) on Saturday, April 28, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The session will be led by Madeleine Para, CCL Vice President of Programs. 
This workshop will teach you to speak powerfully and effectively about climate solutions to friends, neighbors, business leaders, and elected officials.  The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration requested here. 

Interfaith March for Peace and Justice 
A group will gather on April 29 at the Catholic Multicultural Center at 3:15 for a kick-off. Rabbi Jonathan Biatch of Temple Beth El, Rev. David Hart of the Sherman Avenue United Methodist Church, and Dr. Ibrahim Saeed from the Islamic Center of Madison will send us off with prayers celebrating our diversity and lifting up our unity. The march will take us to Centro Hispano, the Boys and Girls Club, and back to the Catholic Multicultural Center for food, music, and conversation.

Church Women United's May Friendship Day 
Join us on May 4 at Mount Zion Baptist Church (2019 Fisher Street, Madison). The day will begin with an annual meeting at 10:30 a.m. followed by a catered lunch and a celebration.  The menu is a chicken salad croissant, Waldorf apple salad with cashews, and bars for dessert.  To reserve your place at the luncheon please send an $8.00 check to Marleen Lippert at 6329 Scandia Lane, McFarland, WI by April 29. All are welcome to attend! 

Deborah Circle 
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 8, at Daisy Cafe and Cupcakery at 2827 Atwood Ave. We will have the backroom to ourselves. Donalea Dinsmore and her colleague, Kirsten Held, will bring us up-to-date on our Wisconsin DNR. Our June meeting will be on Tuesday, June 12. Mark your calendars.

ASP Trip
First UMC youth are headed to Appalachia Service Project this summer from July 14-July 22 to repair homes and serve God. We still have 6 spots available and are looking for more youth to join us. Cost is $400 with fundraisers are available. Please contact Breanna to sign up or get more info.

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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