A Weekly Newsletter
of First United Methodist Church of Madison
News and Upcoming Events for members and friends
This Sunday
  • This First Sunday of Eastertide, Rev. Maribel Celiz will preach the sermon based on John 20: 19-31, Peace Be With You. Throughout the Easter season, we hear that God is with us, defeating death. Through Jesus, God brings peace and life. There is power in the gathered fellowship of believers. We discover such power when we live in unity with Jesus in our very midst, bonding us together and lighting our journey of faith.

  • The music this Sunday celebrates the joy of these 50 days of Eastertide. The Quadrilateral Quartet will share Easter Gloria by Mark Hayes. “In the stillness of the night, Love was born . . On a lonely, barren hill, Love was slain . . On a bright and glorious morn, Love arose!” The stains of victory resound throughout this anthem. The prelude and postlude are based on the hymn tune VRUECHTEN, This Joyful Eastertide. Hymns for the morning are Bind Us Together #2226 and We Are Called #2172.

  • Our Sunday worship can be viewed at 9am or any time after that, by visiting the links below.
Our Next Two Weeks of Devotions/Staying Connected
For these first 12 days in Eastertide we are offering 12 Stations of the Cross, from our Good Friday Service. We are offering these devotions as a way of inviting viewers to see our last year in Madison and in our lives of pandemic, racial unrest, grief and mourning as the reality in which we have lived as we moved toward Easter and the message of Resurrection - He is Risen! Alleluia! This is a time to pause with each station and be with the message of Easter renewed as we continue in the life of pandemic. We will return to our regular schedule of devotions later in April.

Catch up on any Holy Week virtual worship you may have missed here: First Church YouTube
For Children and Youth
Children's Sunday School
Laurie's videos are shared to our website and Facebook every Monday, and we are featuring a Children's Moment each week during the video worship. Laurie is also sending zoom invitations for weekly Sunday School classes. These Garden of Gethsemane dioramas are a fun example of some of the crafts we've done! If you would like to join Zoom Sunday School, contact Laurie here.

There are Youth Zoom discussion and gathering opportunities! All are welcome! Contact Megan with any questions. TONIGHT, we are meeting for a picnic in the park! (rain alternate: Fellowship Hall)

Thursday, April 8th at 5:45 PM 
Meet in the First Church Parking lot, bring your mask, and we will walk to James Madison Park. In case of rain, we will gather in Fellowship Hall.

We will enjoy Milio's sandwich boxes! Bring something (a story, joke, item, etc.) that makes you laugh! Looking forward to seeing you! All are welcome.
Christian Formation
Sharing our Journeys: The Sharing Our Journeys class meets every Sunday morning at 10:00 am via zoom.

Holly Johnson, Director of A/V Technology and Digital Ministries, will be our guest speaker on Sunday, April 11. We will get a chance to learn more about Holly and how she got interested in this high-tech work. Holly will also demonstrate how she puts pieces of the service together to make such a seamless and marvelous online church service.

If you have not been attending and would like to do so, please email Rich Oliver or contact Rich by phone, at 573.999.0759.

Emergent Theology: Sunday at 11:15, we will discuss Good Without God. Email Ann Hamon or Joan Maynard for a zoom invitation to the next discussion series.
The Table: First Church Young Adults will begin a new spiritual book study, “The Quest for Holiness”, this Sunday, April 11th. The Table will gather in-person on Sundays at 4 PM for fellowship and book study discussion! Contact Megan for more information.
Local Mission Partner Offering for Lent and Eastertide, Part 2
At the beginning of Lent, we launched an effort to encourage donations to one or more of our local missional partners. By supporting these agencies, we help to gird up body, mind, and spirit of the people who most need our help.

We have assisted some of these organizations for a number of years, but we have also added several different ones this year. Below is some information taken from their websites, and links for each of these agencies:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Dane County: It is their goal to lead the way in youth development programs by working together with local businesses, foundations, and community programs to produce positive outcomes for nearly 7,750 young people and their families.

If you have not already contributed, we encourage you to do so during the remaining 50 days of Eastertide. We can continue to make a difference! Support their crucial work by clicking here, and clicking the Give Now button.
From Your Pastor of Pastoral Care
I want to take just a moment again to thank so many of you who have brought me messages from church members as to their well-being. We are a caring community. It's as if we express what Dietrich Bonhoeffer had in mind when he wrote his powerful book, Life Together. Our lives are together, even if separate. As we will learn in an upcoming sermon We all abide in Christ. Our need for this ministry to grow continues.

So that those who are not sure they want or should share their concern with a pastor, know that is what I and my colleagues are here for. So that those who feel the church has neglected them can feel free to reach out and express that concern. Perhaps undo some wrong or get beyond an unintentional oversight. If a church member tells you of a crisis, or an emergency, or a health issue, or a question around someone who might be dying, that you can encourage them to reach out and talk to a pastor. This ministry continues to grow. Our care deepens. How God has blessed First Church not only in its ministry of care to the city and to the world but also to each other. Thanks be to God!

Be an Early Adopter - Join Our Online Member Directory
We are developing an online member directory project, beginning now! Currently, we have only a few entries, but we would love to include as many of our members as possible. The directory will be hosted on our website, and will be password protected. If you are willing to be included in this online directory, please click here to complete the form. This is an opt-in form, so that you can decide if you want your information included. As you complete the form, you can indicate specifically which contact information you would like to have shared within our First Church family. Thank you in advance for making our directory a useful resource!
Hope's Home Ministries Serving in Community
Click below to receive email communications about our Mobile Food Pantry, community outreach, volunteer opportunities, and get to know our community partners and guests.

Thank you for helping us with our
Greatest Needed Items:
  • Fuel Cards
  • Tuna Salad Pouches
  • Chicken Salad Pouches
  • Pop-Top Ravioli & Meals
  • Protein Bars
  • Toilet Paper
  • Mustard & Mayonnaise Packets
  • Single Hand Wipes (i.e. wet ones)

We greatly appreciate you contacting Karen for Drop-off of donations - 608.338.0320 or email Karen.

To make a financial donation, mail a check to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 7578, Madison, WI 53707, or contribute online and select Hope’s Home Ministries as your gift designation. Please email or call Karen Andro at 608.338.0320 to coordinate receiving items for the food pantry.
Joys and Concerns
Please hold the following in prayer this week: Shirley Blank, Dan Woolpert, Roy Prestage, Iris Petersen, Jim Reynolds, Doug Hauseman, and all members and friends of our congregation who are suffering from the COVID virus or any of its aftermath.

We are mindful of congregate facilities opening so that those shut in may now have others enter in, those in prisons that the disease may be controlled and laws which create so many prisoners may be re-crafted to offer care when it can replace incarceration.
Mission Action Day, April 10
Mission Action Day: April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon
Dr. Kathy Hartke will address Racial Equity in the Wisconsin Health Care System and Marti Gobel will discuss Racial Equity. Suggested donation is $10.00. Registration form is available here. Men and women are invited to this United Methodist Women event. For more information – email josiegobel@charter.net or call Josie, 920.988.0705.
Church Library DVDs
There are many wonderful DVDs that are available for ‘check out’ from our church library. Click here for a list of available titles.

If you are interested in any of these, please contact Josie Gobel or call her at: 920.988.0705 and Josie will have the DVD’s for you to pick up on Tuesdays between 2:00 to 2:30 – or she will make arrangements to meet you at the church parking lot at a time convenient for you. 
Recycling Program
TERRACYCLE UPDATETerracycle recycling is back at church! This pilot program is called the T.T.T. Terracycle Drive-up & Drop-off, from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. every TuesdayFind more details here.
Scam Alert - Updates
We have learned that some members and friends of FUMC are once again receiving fraudulent emails from Kelly Walling or Rev. Mark Fowler, asking for help and contributions. These emails appear to come from church staff, but they are from a FALSE Gmail account. 

DO NOT RESPOND to these emails. DO NOT CLICK in the emails - they are a SCAM and are not from First Church or Pastor Fowler. When you receive emails from us, they will be from our Constant Contact mail service (as this one is) or from an address ending in FUMC.ORG.

The staff of First Church would never contact a member via email to solicit donations or funding of any kind. If you are unsure about any email message, please contact the Welcome Center at 608.256.9061 or email at info@fumc.org.

Thank you for not responding to this spam attempt, and be careful what you click.
203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703

PO Box 7578
Madison WI 53707