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What's Happening at UMC Madison 5/16/22


Sunday, May 22nd is the 6th Sunday of Easter

and Farewell Lunch for Pastor Kate

10:00am - Family Worship Service

11:00am - Farewell Lunch for Pastor Kate


New Worship Series: To Be Or Not To Be The Church:

Church is not a place you go, it’s something you are and something you do. Encounters with Jesus change people, not just for a moment, but by transforming us into something new. But we are not new by ourselves! We become new as part of a community, the church, held together and sent out by the Holy Spirit to introduce more people to the transformative Jesus! To be the church is to do God’s mission in the world. 

Church Council Meeting

Please join us for Church Council in the Library or on Zoom at 7pm on Tuesday, May 17th


Larry Vanella, 62, actor and stage manager, formerly of Madison

Actor and community stage manager Larry Vanella’s love of life didn’t come to an end with his death. Larry passed away on Wednesday, April 13, at the age of 62, after a courageous battle with multiple health concerns, loved and cared for by loving friends and family, who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

Larry attended Montclair State University, studying theater arts. He spent his high school, college and adult years pursuing his love of theater, family and friends.

His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone.

He is survived by his brothers, Stanley, age 60, and Daryl, age 59; his best friend and fourth brother, Michael Paul; and the many others who loved him.

Larry’s memorial service will be held at the Madison United Methodist Church, located at 24 Madison Ave. in Madison, on Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m.

(Larry's mother was Harriet Vanella, a longtime member of UMC Madison)

Can You Help?

Our Drew Intern, Domingos Francisco, is looking for a new place to live. Do you have a room or an apartment for rent or know someone who does? Please get in touch with Domingos or Lisa in the office if you can help.


Please join us for a luncheon event to thank Pastor Kate for her leadership and to wish her well as she begins the next chapter of her faith journey. Food and drink will be provided. Please reach out to Lisa in the office if you are interested in bringing food or assisting with the clean-up. Depending on the weather, the luncheon will be held outside or in Fellowship Hall.


We will be collecting a Love Offering for Pastor Kate to help show our appreciation for all she has done. Please be sure to note "Pastor Kate Love Offering" when making your donation by check, or on our website.


Please join us as Pastor Kate leads her final worship service. This is also Confirmation Sunday. It's fitting that one of Pastor Kate's final acts will be to preside over the confirmation class as they commit to a life of serving Christ.


Please join us to hear Pastor Mark preach his first sermon to our congregation. Since this is a holiday weekend, we decided to postpone the luncheon to welcome Pastor Mark and his family until Rally Sunday. However, we are planning to have an expanded coffee hour so those in attendance will have an opportunity to gather and get to know Pastor Mark and his family.


Starting in July, there will be a number of small group meetings so members can continue to get to know Pastor Mark. Stay tuned for more information about hosting and/or attending these meetings.

Acorn Academy is hiring! When we say this is a great place to start, we’re not just talking about children preparing for elementary school. It’s also about our employees. When you join our staff, you’ll discover the joy of learning, as you grow and develop in your career, alongside the children in your care. As you inspire them to achieve, you’ll be inventing your future too.

-Competitive wages

-Health Insurance offered

-Supportive, working environment

Email Kareena Salo, Director of Acorn Academy:


Acorn is collecting helpful educational books for their staff library. Helpful topics include: Classroom management, social emotional teaching strategies, nutrition in early childhood, etc. Please donate these materials so that we can build the staff library at Acorn.

Thank you

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At UMC Madison, we are asking that ALL people regardless of vaccination status wear a mask, sanitize hands, and maintain social distance to help keep one another safe. Thank you for taking care of yourself and your neighbors. 


  • Nancy's mom, Madeline Joyce, after a fall
  • Domingos and his family on the passing of his father
  • Katie King's 3-month scan was clear
  • Stan, dealing with chronic pain
  • Stu Shippey and his family on the passing of his sister Melda Pike
  • Prayers for all Drew students graduating, and those heading home
  • Jan & Doug's granddaughter Miren, graduated from Temple University with honors, and going on to law school
  • Barbara Boyd's 99th birthday
  • Vic's friend Joe, dealing with serious depression
  • Prayers for the people of Ukraine and Afghanistan
  • Prayers for strength for Dan's cousin Hope
  • Joy of welcoming college kids home
  • Prayers of healing and pain relief for Pastor Kate's shoulder
  • Prayers of recuperation for Vic's dislocated hip
  • Dan's friend Dave on his difficult spiritual journey

If you have a prayer request, please contact Lisa at

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9:00am - 3pm

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