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

On this coming Sunday, April 14, we will celebrate Palm Sunday, beginning at the 9:00 a.m. service with the distribution of palms and remembering Jesus' entry into Jerusalem to begin Holy Week. The Blessed Brass will play, and Chancel Choir will sing. The service will end with a procession to the head of Wisconsin Ave. led by Festus, the donkey. This reminds us that Jesus used a humble donkey for his ride. We will meet with the congregation of Grace Episcopal Church and proceed to the head of State Street for a brief liturgy together. This is an historic moment as our two congregations publicly observe this event in the life of Jesus.
The morning will continue with a time of fellowship, and then at 11:15 the second service of the day will focus on the Passion reading, which leads us through the events of Holy Week. Members of the congregation will engage in the readings. Special music will be provided by the Quadrilateral quartet. Tiffany Heaster will lead our young people in a liturgical dance interpretation of key moments in the narrative.

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

Adult Education I n the Chapel, will not meet
In lieu of Adult Education, please join the special Palm Sunday Procession around the Capitol Square.

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

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.

Holy Week

Join us this year for the events and observances of Holy Week. We will begin on April 14 with Palm Sunday Worship at 9:00 a.m., followed by the  Palm Sunday Procession around the Square. Festus the Donkey will accompany the Procession, and we will pray and celebrate with our neighbors from Grace Episcopal as well. We return to First Church for the second part of the worship experience at 11:15.

On Holy Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m., we remember the last supper through Foot Washing and Holy Communion. On Good Friday, April 19, from noon - 3:00 p.m., we will have an afternoon drop-in service consisting of seven 20 minute segments focused on the seven last sayings of Jesus. Come when you can; leave when you must.

Easter Sunday is April 21. He is risen! Rejoice with us at 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. See you there!

Children and Youth this Week

At 9:00 a.m., children and youth are welcome to meet in Fellowship Hall for a light breakfast.  At 9:45, the children and youth will lead the congregation out of the sanctuary for our Palm Sunday  parade, which will proceed around the capitol square. There will be plenty of petting and feeding time with Festus and Faith after that.

Josh and Steffenie will hold an egg hunt in LL19 for ages 2 and 3. The remainder of the children will return to Fellowship Hall to enjoy a story or two, and to get into their costumes for the 11:15 service and their dance with Tiffany Heaster. 

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.
Joys and Concerns

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

We extend love and sympathy to the family and friends of Eleanor (Ele) Kramer who died on Saturday, April 6th. There will be a remembrance and reception held for Ele on Saturday, May 18th in Fellowship Hall, time to be determined.


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.

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.

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