A Weekly Newsletter of First United Methodist Church of Madison
This Week in Worship
Thursday Service at 7 p.m.
Friday Service from noon to 3 p.m.
Sunday Services at 9 & 11:15 a.m.

The Thursday before Easter,  Ma undy Thursday, takes its name from the Latin "mandatum" or "commandment."The mandatum ref ers to Jesus' words, spoken after washing the disciples' feet at the Last Supper: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another." Foot washing, Holy Communion, and musical leadership by the Chancel Choir will be included in Maundy Thursday worship on April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Our  Good Friday worship, April 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., will be centered around the Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross. This is a drop-in worship organized in 20-minute segments. We will hear seven messages from: Mark Fowler, Paul Melrose, Kerri Parker, Tina Lang, Mallory Moore, Scott Carlson, and Amanda Stein. Join us for this observation, and come and leave as needed.  Our three hour Good Friday observance will feature congregational hymns, a baritone solo by Jacob Elfner, Chancel Choir anthems with violin accompaniment and an anthem by our Quadrilateral Quartet.

On  Easter Sunday, join us at 9:00 or 11:15 a.m. for two identical worship services.  We celebrate Easter with Chancel Choir, Organ and a 10 piece brass ensemble at both the 9:00 and 11:15 services. We are thankful for the volunteers that contribute to musical leadership!

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

Adult Education I n the Chapel, will not meet

Children's Sunday School
Children age 3 and older will enjoy a special egg hunt and a book!
Classrooms in the Lower Level
Wee Learn Class in room LL12 at 10:30

Youth Sunday School
Lower Level Youth Rooms

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

Coffee Fellowship:
8:15-11:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (treats served at 10 a.m.)

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.

Easter Community Meal

Easter Sunday, April 21 we invite you to join a special Easter Community Meal from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Michelle Ogilvie and Pam Talmadge will lead meal preparations of Baked Ham, Vegetable Egg Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes, Spinach Salad and Carrot Cake. Clasen's European Bakery will contribute artisan breads and festive sweets.
Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler will share Grace kicking off our Easter Brunch at 12:30 p.m. We invite members to share their ministry of presence on Easter Sunday to help us extend our table to our community. Seating begins at 12:15 p.m.  Call the Welcome Center at 608.256.9061 or email to reserve your seat.

If you are interested in volunteering,  please email Karen Andro, Director of Hope's Home Ministries,  or call 608.338.0320. We are also seeking financial contributions which may be made at church on Sunday, or you may mail a check, or give online - please select Hope's Home Ministry.

Pastor Fowler's Blog

Mark's blog entries over the last few months have sparked a lot of conversation over on our Facebook page. We will be sharing recent posts as they are written. This week, check out his most recent blog post, The Flames of Holy Week.
Joys and Concerns

Please hold the following in prayer this week: Charlotte Holzman, Shirley Blank, Cindy & Roy Jacobs, Nancy Deaner, and Leigh Roberts .


Stations of the Cross, April 19
We will join other congregations for a Good Friday walk, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. The walk begins at the corner of W. Washington and S. Henry St. A simple soup and bread supper will follow, at First Church. Email with any questions.

Avanti Piano Trio Recital, April 28
Join us for a special afternoon of chamber music, April 28 at 1:00 p.m., right here at FUMC. This concert is part of the Arts @First series, and admission is by free will donation.

Spring Fling, Tuesday, April 30
Our first senior get-together of the year is going to be very special. This year is the 150th anniversary of the first Methodist women's movement, and we are celebrating the important contributions so many women have made and continue to make to both church and society. The free lunch features chicken a la king over biscuits, Jello with fruit and birthday cake.  Tuesday, April 30 , 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Please sign-up on Sundays in  the Narthex, or email Jim or call 608.338.0268.

Church Women United, May 3
On Friday, May 3, 2019, we will gather at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Monona for our May Friendship Day Celebration. The theme for the day is "The Time is Now! Agree to Differ." For more information, including how to register, click here.

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