A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 17
Sunday Worship
Text: Luke 19:28-40
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"A Grand Entrance"
Music: Blessed Brass, Chancel Choir @ 9 a.m.
Prelude Begins @ 8:50 a.m.
Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary (Both services)
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Inviting All Friends, Family & Community

We have launched an official Easter Worship Event page on Facebook. We invite you to "share" and "invite" others on Facebook to join us for our Special Celebration Services at 9 and 10:30 a.m.  (Have you liked our Facebook page yet? Join our largest online community - 700 "likes" and growing. Receive up to date notices, photos, videos and much more instantly to your personal Facebook Newsfeed!)
FUMC Children's Musical Auditions

Registration is open for Heroes of the Faith - our upcoming Children's Musical! All FUMC children and youth in Grades 1-8 are welcome to participate. No audition is necessary. Rehearsals will take place in April and May, with a final performance taking place on Sunday, June 5 at 10:30 a.m. Registration closes on April 1. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the production.
Loaves & Fishes Kitchen: Sharing the Love
Spring Cleaning Team Forming

From our Sunday hospitality to our Community Outreach Ministries and diverse community events, our church's kitchen is an important part of hospitality and fellowship. Our kitchen manager is organizing a spring cleaning for a date in April to be determined. After our spring cleaning, Karen Andro will be scheduling teams for regular cleaning and maintenance to provide the love and care needed to maintain our kitchen for its many meaningful uses.
Quadrilateral Meets Goal

The Quadrilateral Quartet will be with us for the next ten weeks thanks to the generosity of many people! Sing For Your Supper was an entertaining afternoon of amazing singing by Adam Shelton, Anna Polum, Kirsten Larson and Joel Rathmann, with Mark Wurzelbacher at the piano. Thank you to the volunteers who provided and served food. Thank you to the 41 donors who contributed $3200 for the Quadrilateral Quartet! (Donations will continue to be accepted as seed money for the fall.)
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Nelly Perry (mother of O'uma Toon), Leah Sailor, Joan Miller (mother of Judy Metz), Abby Ehlers and Marcia Grothaus
Join a CSA This Season
Sign Up Sunday in Octagon
Sign up for a Large Share ($550), Small Share ($300), or a half share ($150) of organic produce weekly June-October. Pick up your veggies at church each Sunday from 9 - 11:45 am. or donate to a share for our Food Pantry. 
QPR for Suicide Prevention Workshop
Monday, March 21 @ 6-7:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall
Ask a question, save a life. Retired police officer, Jean Papalia will lead this free workshop. The session is open to everyone, no registration required.  Watch Video >
UMW Envisioning Team
Wednesday, March 23 @ 1:30 p.m., Room 208
We invite all interested women to join us as we meet together to work together in planning  and developing  projects and events involving women in our faith community.  There are many possibilities for our organization. Please plan to join us with your ideas, dreams, and concerns!
Good Friday Way of the Cross Walk for Justice and Peace
Friday, March 25 @ 4 p.m., Capitol Square
Meet at Cathedral Place, near the corner of W. Washington Ave. & S. Henry St.
This one hour, one mile loop walk is a modern-day Way of the Cross. We will walk, pray and sing at each of the 10 stops/stations, where we will explore issues and problems in today's society that call for justice and mercy. Sponsored by the St. Francis Catholic Worker Group of Madison.  Learn More > 
Spouses Now Alone
Wednesday, March 30 @ Noon
Meets @ Blackhawk Country Club this Month
The March Spouses Now Alone luncheon group will meet at Blackhawk Country Club (3606 Blackhawk Dr. in Shorewood). If you are interested in attending, please contact Jim Ostrander at 608.338.0268. Please note that lunch prices at Blackhawk are moderate. They also maintain a cash-only policy. Parking is plentiful.
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