A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 24
Sunday Worship
Text: John 20:1-18
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"Dancing on Top of the World"
Music: Brass Ensemble, Chancel Choir,
Children's Choir @ 9 & 10:30 a.m.
Prelude Begins @ 8:50 a.m.
Worship: 9 & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Note: The church building, offices  and outreach services will be closed  Monday, March 28.
Easter Special Offering 
Benefits Local Missions

Financial gifts contributed for these special mission offerings will be combined throughout 2016
and distributed by our congregation's Mission Team in the form of ministry grants to worthy organizations. Special envelopes will be included in this Sunday's worship bulletins. Please prayerfully consider a making a special donation to help these organizations spread grace, hospitality and healing in Dane County and beyond.
Volunteers Needed 
Annual Lyons Lecture
Saturday, April 16 at FUMC

If you are able to give a piece of your time toward helping this event go smoothly, the Lyons Lecture committee is seeking your help. We need greeters, parking attendants, people to help with registration and lunch monitoring, among other duties. Please contact Joan Maynard with your availability. And, online registration is now available. Be sure to register now!
Children's Musical Auditions 
Registration Closes: April 1

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. A minimum of 10 participants is required for the production.
Fishes & Loaves 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.
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, Marcia Grothaus.
We extend our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of James Gill, who died on March 19. A memorial service will be held on Monday, March 28 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at FUMC. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.
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.
Church Women United Forum
Friday, April 1 @ 9 a.m.
Oakwood Village University Woods  (6209 Mineral Point Rd)
Forum @ 10 a.m.: Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice, by Dace A. Zeps  Contact Susan > 
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