A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 12
Sunday Worship
Easter Sunday
Special Easter Offering to Benefit Local Missions
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Rise Up!"
Text: John 20:1-18
Music: Chancel Choir, Blessed Brass Easter Ensemble
Prelude Begins at 8:50 a.m. and 10:20 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Easter Egg Hunt for Young Children: 10 a.m. 
Gather on Lower Level in Sunday School Area
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Octagon
Rise Up!
Holy Week at First Church

Maundy Thursday
April 13, 6:30 p.m.
Celebration of Holy Communion and Ceremonial Foot Washing
Message: Pastor Breanna Illéné, Trinity UMC
Music: Combined choirs of Trinity UMC and First Church 

Good Friday, April 14
Noon-3 p.m., Sanctuary
Drop-in worship, organized in 20-minute segments:
12:00     Gathering Music
12:10     Welcome - Mark Fowler
12:20     I. "Father, forgive them." - Tina Lang
12:40     II. "Today you shall be with me in paradise." - Phil Blackwell
  1:00     III. "Woman, behold your Son." - Jim Scorgie
  1:20     IV. "My God, why have you forsaken me?" - Mel Vance
  1:40     V. "I thirst." - Mark Fowler
  2:00     VI. "Into Thy hands I commend my spirit." - Breanna Illéné
  2:20     VII. "It is finished." - Paul Melrose
  2:40     Stripping the Altar

Easter Sunday, April 16
Worship Services: 9 & 10:30 a.m.
(No Sunday School for Children or Youth, Families worship together)
Easter Egg Hunt for Young Children: 10 a.m., Lower Level
Free Community Easter Meal: Noon-2 p.m.
All Welcome
It Seems Silly 

Hosanna! Save us now! We join in the parade because it gives us hope and courage to love this world into the kind of place God intended it to be.
First Church in the Media

WISC Channel 3 and the Wisconsin State Journal brought our Palm Sunday celebration to a wide audience.
Holy Week Soul Food 
The Journey Toward Easter

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung wrote a letter reflecting on the human-ness of Jesus and wondering what the week between Palm Sunday and Easter was like for him.
Open, Inviting and Safe for All

As First Church lay leadership and staff prepare for the rest of Holy Week and Easter, all aspects of church use have been examined to ensure that those attending worship, meetings and events will experience our mission of hospitality in as secure a surroundings as possible.
Invitation to Full Response
Sundays Beginning April 30

First Church is growing and in response, we are expanding opportunities for engagement for all ages on Sunday mornings.
The morning begins with 9 a.m. worship. At 10:15 a.m. adults, children and youth will be able attend classes and other educational and spiritual formation gatherings. (A list of class offerings will be available at the Information Desk on Sunday or check the fumc.org calendar for details.) The second worship service begins at 11:15 a.m. and includes a time for Children's Church on the lower level during the Pastor's message. Childcare and refreshments will be available all morning.
Grief Support Group Beginning
Tuesday, April 18, 2 p.m., Room 208

A support group for First Church members and friends who have recently lost a loved one is being organized and will meet for the first time on April 18. Rev. Milton Ford will lead the gatherings, which will last approximately one hour. This is intended to be an ongoing program involving conversation, reminiscences, questions of faith and an opportunity to get to know each other better. If you have questions, please contact Jim Ostrander at 608-338-0268 or jostrander@fumc.org.
Walk Together in Madison People's Climate March
Saturday, April 22, 1:30 p.m.
Meet at FUMC

Join other people of faith to walk together in the Madison People's Climate March. Organized by the First Church Green Team.
What's Your Earthkeeping Passion?
Sunday, April 23, 10:30 a.m., Chapel

The First Church Green team will host a forum to help members of our community explore their earthkeeping passions and identify ways our church can help us live into those passions.
We will view a short video by climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, listen to a report on 2016 United Methodist General Conference resolutions on creation care, consider a review of potential FUMC initiatives recommended by Rev. Tim Eberhart in his March 19 sermon and learn about the UMC General Board of Global Ministries' Earthkeepers certification. We will discuss potential summer book reads and offer an optional creation care-based labyrinth walk.
Joys & Concerns
We extend our condolences and prayers to Bev Lewis and the family and friends of Mary Buchner, who died Friday, April 7. A celebration of Mary's life will take place Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at Cress Funeral Home (3610 Speedway Rd, Madison), with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.  Read Obituary >  

Congratulations to Katie Kyle on the birth of her daughter, Raya Georgiana Daisy Kyle, on April 1. Barb Kyle and Randy Kyle are the proud grandparents.

Congratulations to Anna Wineland on the birth of her son, Rune Charles, on April 11. Proud grandparents are Chuck and Karen Wineland.
Theology for the 21st Century
10:30 a.m., Room LL05
The class will meet this Sunday to continue their discussion of The Trouble with Resurrection, by Bernard Brandon Scott.
Young Adults Brunch
Sunday, April 16, 11:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall 
This week young adults are invited to attend the free Easter Community Meal in Fellowship Hall. If you would like to help with the meal please contact Karen Andro at  kandro@fumc.org or 608-338-0320.
Lyons Lecture Registration
Sign up for the Saturday, April 29 event featuring Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers. Learn More >
Church Building and Outreach Services Closure
The church building, offices and Hope's Home outreach services will be closed Monday, April 17 after the Easter holiday.
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