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

Palm Sunday
Message: Rev. Mark Fowler
Text: 9 a.m. - Mark 11:1-11; 
  11:15 a.m. - The Passion Narrative
Music: The Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir will offer musical selections at 9 a.m. The Handbell Choir will provide the musical offerings at the 11:15 service. 

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

Childcare for Infants and Toddlers 
Noah's Ark Nursery, adjacent to Fellowship Hall, 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Theology in the 21st Century
Chapter 5 of Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know by John Kaltner

Palm Processional for All Ages
All other classes are postponed this week so everyone may participate in our Palm Processional around the Capitol with Festus the donkey and friends. We'll gather at 10:15 a.m. outside the church. 

The Gathering:
A Good Friday Experience
This Sunday (March 25) will be the last day to purchase tickets for The Gathering taking place on Friday, March 30, at 6 p.m. Our fellowship hall will be transformed to First Century decor and we'll join in a traditional Middle Eastern meal with friends and followers of Jesus as they remember his life and ministry following the crucifixion. We hope you'll join us for this powerful, pre-resurrection experience that's sure to result in a deeper, more profound understanding of Good Friday.  Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at the Welcome Center. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Childcare provided. 

Holy Week
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Personal Prayer and Meditation in the sanctuary
Maundy Thursday
7 p.m. - A Service of Foot Washing and Holy Communion
Good Friday 
12-3 p.m. - A Service of The Seven Last Words (Drop-in worship organized in 20-minute segments)
6:00 p.m. - The Gathering - a First Century meal and dramatic retelling from some who knew Jesus and were present on Golgotha's Hill (see announcement above)
Easter Sunday 
9 and 11:15 a.m. - Worship Celebrations of Resurrection
12:30-2:30 p.m. - Free Community Easter Dinner

Lyons Lecture 2018
We're just over a month out of this year's Lyons Lecture and we're thrilled to welcome Dr. J. Kameron Carter! Dr. Carter's presentation Postracial Blues will help us continue our conversation around race and religion, offering new insights and ways forward for people of faith committed to an anti-racist future. You can find out more about the lecture on our website or register here. 


The Gathering: A Good Friday Experience
Join us on Friday, March 30, from 6-7:30 p.m. for a meal and fellowship with those who were present at Christ's crucifixion. Hear reflections from those closest to him as they remember his life and ministry in this pre-resurrection, Good Friday experience. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased on Sundays in the Octagon or throughout the week at the Welcome Center. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. Childcare provided. 

Spouses Now Alone Luncheon
Our next Spouses Now Alone luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 27.   We'll meet at 12 noon at Circ restaurant in the Concourse Hotel.  For reservation purposes, please contact Jim at 608-338-0268 if you plan to attend.

Father John Dear Event
On Wednesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. Father John Dear, longtime activist, priest, author and Nobel peace prize nominee, will read from and discuss his new book, "They Will Inherit the Earth," at James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 

Church Women United
The next CWU Forum will be on Friday, April 6, at Bethany United Methodist Church (3910 Mineral Point Rd). The meeting begins with a gathering at 9 a.m. for coffee followed by welcome and announcements. The program presentation will begin at 10 and will focus on the preschool at BUMC. 

Deborah Circle 
Deborah Circle will meet at The Nile Restaurant on Tuesday, April 10, at 6 p.m. Ken Baun of Open Doors for Refugees will share with us the latest happenings regarding refugees in our area. If you're able, please bring personal care items that we will pass on to refugees in need (shampoo, deodorant, face soap, women's sanitary supplies, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.)

The 2018 Camp and Retreat Ministries Brochure is Ready!
There are UM church camps this summer for everyone: Mother/Daughter camp, 1st-Timer camp, Video Game Adventure camp, Treehouse camp, Special Needs camp, Night Owl camp, Youth Mission camp, Grandparent camp, Family Beach Getaway camp, and more. Check out the website for all the options and then contact Rev. Tina Lang about camp scholarships offered to help cover the cost of all UM camps.

Recycling Opportunities from the Green Team
T he Green Team now has two containers in the octagon where you can drop off the following items to keep them out of the trash. Terricycle will use those items to make picnic tables, piers, and other useful items.  One container is for: b allpoint pens that no longer work,  dryed up markers and caps, m echanical pencils that no longer work, and p ermanent markers and caps.  Another container is for: e mpty toothpaste tubes and caps, u sed toothbrushes, e mpty floss containers, m outhwash bottles and caps, e mpty deodorant containers and  soap packaging.

Race and Religion Opportunities & Resources 
Looking for opportunities to continue the dialogue and learning around race relations? Check out these opportunities happening around Madison in the coming months:
April 3-4 -  Rally to End Racism in Washington, D.C.
April 15 - Screening of Alice's Ordinary People at 1 p.m. with filmmaker present at  Black Earth Library. 
April 21 -  Lyons Lecture (see box above)
April 25-26 - Rev. Mark will be participating in a panel at Upper House during the  Howard Thurman Conference

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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