A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 9
Sunday Worship
Message: Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
"Birthing God"
Text: John 3:1-17
Music: Chamber Choir
Worship: 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., Sanctuary
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Fellowship Hall
Remember to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour on Saturday night.
Sanctuary Note: A rocking chair is now available in the rear of the Sanctuary to assist in comforting infants and small children.
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. Plan to come every week or drop in whenever you can as we begin our 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. 
Hope for Creation: Workshop with Timothy Eberhart
Saturday, March 18, 
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., FUMC

Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart, assistant professor of theology and ecology at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, will attend to 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. Registration: $15 (lunch included if RSVP by March 15) Free childcare. Visit the Green Team table in the Octagon on Sunday or click on the link below for more details.

Jesus spent time away from the distractions of the world to discern God's presence in his life. When we follow his example we learn to trust in the Word of God and claim who we really are.
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!
The Jesus Fatwah: Loving Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself
Sundays, through April 2, 
10:30 a.m., Chapel

Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In this video-based study accompanied by discussion,seventeen Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.
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  (Monday- Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) . 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 best wishes to Lorraine Orchard, who will celebrate her 100th birthday on March 12. Happy birthday, Lorraine!
Fruit Sale Extras
If you missed out on the Fruit Sale to support our Local Mission Partners, here's your second chance! There are a few extra boxes left for purchase - first come, first served. Contact Seth at youthya@fumc.org or 608-338-0158 if interested.
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, March 14, 6 p.m.
Healing House (303 Lathrop St., Madison)
The group is returning from winter hiatus! Join us to learn about the new medical respite shelter for homeless families who have a member discharged from the hospital. Supper will be provided. Contact Diane Scorgie at 608-836-6705. 
Young Adults Discussion Group
Tuesday, March 14, 7 p.m., Barriques (127 W. Wash)
"Seeking and Serving God in a Time of Public Turmoil" We will conclude our study with Rev. Mel Vance. Contact Seth Schroerlucke at youthya@fumc.org for more information.
Safe Communities Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, March 15, 5:30-7 p.m., Room 208
Free drop-in session led by retired police officer Jean Papalia. 
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