A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 14
Sunday Worship
9 a.m., Sanctuary
Text: Galatians 3:19-29, 5:1-6, 13-15
Message: Dr. Diana Eck @ 9 a.m., "Faith and Freedom"
Music: Blessed Brass, Chamber Choir,
Special Prelude Begins @ 8:50 a.m.
10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
Music: Quadrilateral Quartet
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
A Sending Forth
Yesterday, a service of farewell was held at  Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary for Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler, who will become our Lead Pastor in July. Attending the service from FUMC were Rev. Phil Blackwell, Ann Herrold-Peterson, Rev. Tina Lang and Allan Marty.  
Lyons Lecture
Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

There is still time to register for this thought-provoking day of discussion with scholar Dr. Diana Eck, who will speak about issues surrounding religious and cultural diversity. Dr. Eck will present two lectures, "As Citizens, Who are 'We'?" and "As Christians, Who are 'We'?" Lunch is included with pre-registration. Walk-in registration is also available. Walk-in registrants are not guaranteed the included box lunch.  

Online registration has been closed. However, additional registrations are welcome. 

To register call 608.338.0394 or email  Laura Wendt .
21st Century Policing in Madison: A Discussion
Wednesday, April 20 @ 7 p.m., Fellowship Hall 

The Rev. David Couper will speak to us about changes in police strategies in Madison and what more needs to be done. He is the former Chief of Police in Madison and now an Episcopal priest. He also is a poet and author. This is a key issue for us as a church "downtown for good," and his presentation will be an excellent time for us to learn what is happening in our city. 
First Church & Habitat for Humanity-El Salvador

On Sunday during the 9 a.m. worship service we will recognize members of FUMC teams who have worked in the Getsemani Community of El Salvador with a letter of thanks and a plaque from Jorge Molina, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity El Salvador, for our congregation's efforts there. Then stop by the International Ministries Team table in the Octagon where you will find Salvadoran coffee from the Getsemani Community for sale and photos taken by the February 2016 Habitat team, led by Cal Cobb, of the community building and income generating initiatives in the Getsemani Community.
Worship Tech Wizards Needed

We are looking for a group of people willing to operate PowerPoint, operate a video camera and assist with audio during Sunday worship services. We have had one faithful volunteer for a long time; but many hands make lighter work. With the 10:30 a.m. service moving to the Sanctuary we have needs at both 9 and 10:30 a.m. Corey, our sound technician, will continue to work every Sunday and supervise helpers. This is not an every week commitment, we would just like to identify people interested in helping with audio and video needs.
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Mary Andreas, Leah Sailor, Joan Miller (mother of Judy Metz), Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus.
We offer our love and condolences to Gary Sandefur and his family upon the death of his mother, Jessie Lee Sandefur, on March 30.
This Sunday in the Octagon:
  • United Methodist Summer Camp Opportunities
  • Green Team Letter Writing Table
  • Just Bakery Initiative
  • Salvadoran Coffee & Fair Trade Chocolate Sales
Pancakes for Habitat for Humanity
Sunday, April 17 @ 9 a.m. - 1p.m., Fellowship Hall
Students from the UW-Madison chapter of Habitat for Humanity will flip pancakes to raise awareness about housing issues in Dane County and potential solutions to these issues. Proceeds will go to the UW Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Co-Ed Softball Signup
Help the FUMC Flying Angels defend their 2015 league title! Contact Seth Schroerlucke ( 608.338.0158) for more info by April 30. 
Put me in, Coach >
Preview Screening of "Peace Officer" and Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 14 @ 6:30 p.m., Madison Central Library
(201 W. Mifflin)
This film, which will premiere on the TV show Independent Lens on PBS in May, is the story of William "Dub" Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained Utah's first SWAT team - only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law Brian Wood in a controversial standoff years later. A panel discussion will follow the screening with Kristen Roman, Captain of Community Outreach, Madison Police Department, and tentative guest David Couper. This event is free, and no registration is required.
The Crossing Spring Gala
Friday, April 22 @ 5 p.m., Monona Terrace Convention Center
The Spring Gala is the primary fundraiser for THE CROSSING Campus Ministry, an ecumenical and mission-focused ministry for UW students. Enjoy dinner, music from Mal-O-Dua, stories and testimonies from students and a silent auction. To buy tickets or ask questions contact Mel Vance> or Ann Herrold-Peterson>
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