A Weekly Newsletter of The First United Methodist Church
Thursday, March 3
Sunday Worship
Text: Luke 15:1-2, 11b-32;
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 9, 11; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Message: Rev. Tina Lang
"What If?"
Music: Chancel Choir @ 9 a.m.
Worship: 9 a.m., Sanctuary & 10:30 a.m., Chapel
Coffee Fellowship: 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
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.
Fruit Sale Orders Pickup 
This Saturday and Sunday @ FUMC

Remember to pick up your order this Saturday, March 5 between 10-11 a.m. or Sunday morning in Fellowship Hall. Orders will only be held for one week. Please contact Seth if you need to make other arrangements.
Lenten Conversation/Study Series
"Of One Blood" (Acts 17:26): Conversations on Race
Wednesdays @ 7-8:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall

Next Wednesday, March 9, we welcome speakers Rev. Carmen Porco, Dr. Charles Taylor as we discuss "What Works" in this next class of the series.
Join a CSA This Season
Sign Up Begins Sunday, Narthex 

The Green Team will sponsor a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) pickup site at FUMC again this year. Visit the information table in the Narthex beginning Sunday, March 6 to learn how you can participate. As in past years, you can buy full shares, split them with other families, or contribute to a share for the Food Pantry.
Sing for Your Supper 
Sunday, March 13 @ 4 p.m., Fellowship Hall 

Adam Shelton and three other singers will be providing a concert for us called: Sing For Your Supper. We won't be serving supper, but there will definitely be singing! Light refreshments will be provided. The music will range from Broadway to Brahms all sung by a quartet of amazing singers. 
Sing For Your Supper is a fund raising event. We hope to employ this talented quartet to augment Chancel Choir and Chamber Choir. This core group of experienced college age singers will provide a foundation for our choirs to help us to the next level of quality musicianship. The quartet will be funded by donations. More about that will be explained at the event. 
The main point is; come and enjoy this amazing quartet and soloists! Join in fellowship with music and light refreshment. This will be a good excuse to bring friends to visit FUMC. I hope to see you there!
Ross Cowing, Interim Director of Music & Organist
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.
Our love and sympathy are extended to Anne Gergen and Sophie Brooks on the death of Ralph Brooks.
We extend our condolences to the friends and family of Robert Lush, who died February 24. A service celebrating his life will be held Tuesday, March 8 at 1 p.m. at The Fountains United Methodist Church in Fountain Hills, AZ. 
We offer prayers of healing for Rev. Phil Blackwell as he recovers from a slip on the ice this week.
Something Great Happens this Sunday
This Sunday, March 6, we will participate in One Great Hour of Sharing, a UMC Special Offering that supports the work of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). This group of responders offers aid to people across the globe in the wake of disasters.
UMW Deborah Circle
Tuesday, March 8 @ 6 p.m.
La Brioche Restaurant (2862 University Avenue, Madison)
Join us as Sue Petkovsek, a member of our church, will tell of her work with the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Free Public Forum: Scripturalization:
The Work We Make Scriptures Do in Society and Culture
Thursday, March 3 @ 7 p.m. (Tonight)
DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street
Professor Vincent Wimbush will examine how societies shape and are shaped by "working scriptures." He offers fresh insights into examining power structures and discourses about who "we" are.
Free Screening of "Selma"
Monday, March 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Silver Cinemas Market Square Theatre (6604 Odana Road, Madison)
Join sponsors Scott Haumersen, John Quinlan, Angela Ferguson, Anglinia Washington and Dawn Crim for this free showing of the movie Selma on the 51st anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Each of the sponsors attended the 50th anniversary in Selma last year and have many stories to tell of their experiences. Special guest Jeremiah Cahill, who was in Selma in 1965, will be in attendance.
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. Early registration ends Friday, March 4.
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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