A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 2
Sunday Worship
Celebration of Holy Communion
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Text: Matthew 4:1-11
Music: Chancel Choir, Quadrilateral Quartet 
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Hope for Creation: Workshop with Timothy Eberhart
Saturday, March 18, 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., FUMC

Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, will attend to the realities of humanity's destructive impact on the environment, examine the relevance of Christian beliefs to an ecological worldview, and explore practical ways people of faith are engaging in mission and justice for the good of the earth. Registration: $15 (lunch included if RSVP by March 15) Free childcare. Visit the Green Team table in the Octagon on Sunday or click on the link below for more details.
Lenten Bible Study and Supper
Wednesdays, March 8 - April 5
Supper at 5:45 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Scripture Study at 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Come together this Lenten season for fellowship and a simple supper (freewill offering). Following the meal, Pastor Mark will lead a study of Scripture. Plan to come every week or drop in whenever you can as we begin our journey toward the cross and the promise of Easter.
To See Thee More Clearly

Transfiguration means more than just a change in our vision. After a mountain top experience, our challenge - as it was for Jesus' disciples - is to come back down from the mountain and engage in risk-taking ministries in the world.
First Church Ministries Highlights

Our friends and members offer their gifts of time and energy to God in a wide variety of critical ministries. Maybe you will find inspiration in these many ways we serve our neighbors!
The Jesus Fatwah: Loving Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself
Sundays, March 5 - April 2, 10:30 a.m., Chapel

Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In this video-based study accompanied by discussion,seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.
Lifetime Commitments Panel
Sunday, March 5, 9-10 a.m., Room LL04

Come hear the stories from three different couples of how they met, what kept them together, and what the hardest things have been for them over the years. As part of the Our Whole Lives (OWL) class, this week we continue our quest to see through other people's eyes and learn from those who have been in a lifelong committed relationship. Snacks provided. This session is open to all middle school and high school students, their parents and families - and anyone else in the church who is interested in hearing these stories!
Parents' Night Out
Sunday, March 5, 4-7 p.m., FUMC

Drop your kids off at First Church knowing they will be well cared for. There will be games and activities led by a group of empty-nesters who miss the joy of caring for children along with responsible and fun high school youth to assist in the running around. Dinner provided. RSVP to Seth Schroerlucke. 
No Parking in Masonic Center or Hiebing Lots this Sunday
The Masonic Center will be using both the upper and lower levels of the parking structure for an event this Sunday, March 5. Parking vouchers are available every Sunday at the Information Desk for free parking in the Urban Land Interests ramp across from the church at Pinckney and Dayton.
Pick Up Your Fruit
Saturday, March 4, 3-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 5, All Morning
If you ordered fruit from our youth last month, please remember to pick it up at church this weekend. Yum!
Prayer Shawl Team
Monday, March 6, 2 p.m., Chapel
Bring your needlework or just yourself. Patterns will be available. Members are always happy to teach simple knitting or crocheting stitches to get you started!
UMW Day Away Retreat
Thursday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A day of planning, community building and spiritual nurturing at Josie Gobel's home in downtown Madison. For planning purposes please RSVP by March 2 to Emily Ford via the church office.
I Will Come >  or call 608-338-0545
Church Women United Meeting
Friday, March 3, 9 a.m., Oakwood
Heritage Oaks Bldg. (6205 Mineral Point Rd.)
Coffee, refreshments and announcements. Program at 10 a.m.: World Day of Prayer Celebration. 
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Healing House (303 Lathrop St., Madison)
The group is returning from winter hiatus! Join us to learn about the new medical respite shelter for homeless families who have a member discharged from the hospital. Supper will be provided. Contact Diane Scorgie at 608-836-6705. 
Jail Ministry Fund Raiser
Sunday, March 5, 3 p.m.
Bethany UMC (3910 Mineral Point Rd.)
Chaplains at the Dane County Jail depend on contributions to support their programs. The Front Porch String Band, a group of eight ukulele instrumentalists and vocalists, will provide entertainment at this fundraiser organized by Madison Church Women United. Suggested donation $20.
Paver Engraving
Honor a special person or commemorate an event with an engraved paver installed near the cross outside the front of the church. Now is a good time to put in your order. Forms are available at the Information Desk on Sunday.
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