A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 16
Sunday Worship
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Cosmic Christ, Earthly Hope"
Text: Psalm 104; Colossians 1:15-23
Music: Blessed Brass, Chancel Choir
Prelude will begin at 8:50 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Sanctuary Note: A rocking chair is now available in the rear of the Sanctuary to assist in comforting infants and small children.
Hope for Creation: Workshop with Timothy Eberhart
Saturday, March 18, 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., FUMC

Adults and youth from First Church, students, professors and alumni of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, and other interested people from around southern Wisconsin are coming to hear Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart speak this Saturday. Join us to learn about 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. Register at the door for $15. Free childcare.
Lenten Bible Study and Supper
Wednesdays, through 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. Come each week or drop in whenever you can as we journey toward the cross and the promise of Easter.
Sponsor Easter Flowers
Order by Sunday, March 26

Donate spring flowers to decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday in honor or memory of friends, family and loved ones whose names will be listed in a bulletin insert that day. You can take your plant(s) home with you after the second Easter morning worship service. Each plant costs $12. Order online or pick up an order form at the Information Desk on Sunday. 
Birthing God

God is a birthing god - not a dividing or condemning god - and the church is like a midwife, assisting people to be "born again." In this, God's world, we are all God's children, loved by God and called to nurture one another.
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!
Youth Auction Seeking Donations
Save the Date: Sunday, May 7

All morning long enjoy a silent auction, with entertainment and brunch in the afternoon. We are able to accept NEW items, gift certificates or services rendered. You can drop off items at the first floor Welcome Center during business hours. Contact Seth Schroerlucke with questions, to arrange other drop off times, or if you would like to help with the event.
Or Call 608-338-0158
Joys & Concerns
We extend our love and sympathy to the family and friends of Miriam Simmons on the death of her husband, Jim Cain on January 30. A celebration of Jim's life will be held at the Goodman Community Center (149 Waubesa St., Madison) on Sunday, March 19 at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow at Bunky's CafĂ© (2425 Atwood Ave., Madison).  Read Obituary > 
Sunday in the Octagon
  • Just Bakery Initiative
    Fresh bakery products for sale from this program of Madison Urban Ministries (MUM). Learn More >
  • International Ministries Equal Exchange Coffee
    What goes better with bakery than a good cup of coffee? Coffee, chocolate and other goodies now available only on the third Sunday of each month. Learn More >
  • Lyons Lecture RegistrationSign up for the Saturday, April 29 event featuring Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers. Learn More >
Theology for the 21st Century
Sundays, 10:30 a.m., Room LL05
This Sunday the class begins a new book, The Trouble with Resurrection, by Bernard Brandon Scott. The purpose of this book is not to say whether Jesus rose from the grave or whether it is possible but to better understand what was meant by resurrection in the New Testament and why it became so important to the Church. Books will be available in the class.
The Jesus Fatwah: Loving Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself
Sundays, through April 2, 10:30 a.m., Chapel
A video-based study and discussion about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.  More Info > 
UMW Envisioning Team Meeting CHANGE
Note: There will NOT be a meeting on Thursday, March 22 as originally planned. 
Rally and Prayer Vigil
Saturday, April 1, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Waukesha First United Methodist Church, 
121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI
United Methodists are called to love our neighbors by welcoming all people, including refugees and immigrants, into our congregations and communities. This event is coordinated by Sam Royappa, Director of Connectional Ministries for the Wisconsin Conference.
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