A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 10
Sunday Worship
Text: Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8
Message: Rev. Phil Blackwell
"On 'The Way'"
Music: Chamber Choir, Handbell Choir @ 9 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Remember to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour on Saturday night.
"Sing for Your Supper" Concert
Come Meet the Quadrilateral Quartet
Sunday, March 13 @ 4 p.m.,
Fellowship Hall

So you ask, what does quadrilateral mean? (Hint: It's about our radical church founder and the balanced approach to faith and life.) The new Quadrilateral Quartet will premiere at Sunday's "Sing for Your Supper" concert which will feature music from Broadway to Brahms. Come and support the talented section leader singers who will expand the beautiful music of our Chancel and Chamber Choirs. The Quartet will be funded by donations.
Lenten Conversation/Study Series
"Of One Blood" (Acts 17:26): Conversations on Race
Wednesdays @ 7-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

What Will We Do? Next Wednesday, March 16, Rev. Phil Blackwell will talk about "The Chicago Temple Experience" and Dr. John Odom will tell us about Charles Hamilton Houston and STARS in this last class of the series.
Recycling Seminar
Sunday, March 13 @ 10:30 a.m., Music Room (Note new location)

Do you feel that you need a refresher course on recycling? Brian Johnson, Recycling Coordinator from the City of Madison, will address these questions and educate us about organic refuse and other important issues about our environment. Sponsored by the Climate Justice Work Group.
Volunteers Needed for 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!
Joys & Concerns
Please remember these First Church members and friends in your prayers:  Leah Sailor, Joan Miller (mother of Judy Metz), Abby Ehlers, Marcia Grothaus, Dave Steffenson.
Pastor Phil Hosts Radio Show
First Church Lead Pastor Phil Blackwell was guest host last week on the Mitch Henck radio show. He had great interviews with his guests,  Rev. Stephen Marsh of Lake Edge Lutheran Church (on issues related to our Lenten Conversations on race) and Christine Neumann-Ortiz, Executive Director at Voces de la Frontera (as a follow-up to the recent rally and pending immigration legislation).
Food for Thought - 
Sunday, March 13, Octagon
A new food pantry at Madison East High School will help provide nutritional support for students and their families in need. We are partnering to facilitate needed food items and support the sustainability of this much needed resource.
Volunteers Needed for Easter Community Meal
Sunday, March 27, Noon-2 p.m.
This Easter FUMC will be hosting a free Easter meal for our friends and neighbors. There are many ways to help! You can volunteer that afternoon or support the meal in other ways. Stop by the Octagon this Sunday to sign up or contact Karen Andro, Director of Outreach Ministries, for more information.
Join a CSA This Season -  Sign Up Sunday in Octagon
The Green Team will sponsor a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickup site at FUMC again this year. As in past years, you can buy full shares, split them with other families, or contribute to a share for the Food Pantry.
UMW Tabitha Circle - Thursday, March 17 @ 1 p.m., Room 208
Join us for an engaging discussion of this month's book, The Underground Girls of Kabul, by Jenny Nordberg. 
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.
The Crossings 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>.
More Info >
UW Lubar Institute Seminar - Monday, March 14
Reporting on Religion: Media, Belief, and Public Life
Television journalist David Gregory, former White House correspondent and moderator of NBC's Meet the Press, and the author of How's Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey, will be the keynote speaker, with other thought-provoking seminars scheduled throughout the day.
Travel Opportunities
Learn about a  trip to the Holy Land led by Joan Deming and an Interfaith Bus Tour  around Madison, guided by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung.  Read More > 
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