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What's Happening at UMC Madison 9/13/22

"To call yourself United Methodist is to be rooted in a theology that was tinkered with by an Anglican priest named John Wesley. The funny thing is, 240 years later, Wesley never wanted to create a new church, rather a movement that would change the world. His experiments in theology and connecting people give birth to the denomination we call home, but what does it mean to call yourself a United Methodist? During the month of September join us as we take a look at some of the elements that took a movement and created a new denomination." 


Sunday, September 18th is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost

RALLY DAY! Cookout on the lawn after the service

10:00am - Family Worship Service

11:00 - Fellowship Hour


Join us on Sunday, September 18th for Rally Day! We'll formally welcome Rev. Mark Schol and his family into our church, then celebrate with a picnic on the lawn (weather permitting). Please bring a friend or neighbor and a dish to share. Please sign up HERE.


Monday, September 12, 2022:

Tuesday, September 13, 2022:

Wednesday, September 14, 2022: Holy Cross

Wednesday, September 14, 2022:

Thursday, September 15, 2022:

Friday, September 16, 2022:

Saturday, September 17, 2022:

Sunday, September 18, 2022: Proper 20 (25)

Attribution: Eschatological symbols - sheep, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 9, 2022]. Original source:

A Thank You from Pastor Kate

Dear friends at the UMC in Madison,

I want to thank you for the generous farewell gifts that you collected for me. But more than that - I want to thank you for some of my very favorite years in ministry. Thank you for your friendship; for the opportunity to learn and grow and be shaped as a leader and as a disciple of Jesus in more ways that I ever imagined; for your prayers, encouragement, and thoughtfulness on the journey. I miss you all and think of UMC Madison every morning in my prayers. You have left a permanent mark on my heart and for that - I could not be more grateful.



We will resume our fun choir rehearsals Thursday, September 15th at 8:00 PM. We welcome new members that are able to join us on a regular basis or for special services. Email or call/text Daniel at - 917-562-0961 (cell).


Paperwork for our 2022 Church Conference is due back to the Greater New Jersey Conference by September 19th. You should have received an email from the conference if you have a report due.

Please call or email Lisa in the office if you have any questions.

We had a great visit with Sarah Phan and her friend Gordon Kojima on Sunday. Sarah's family came from Vietnam in 1980, sponsored by our church and spearheaded by Carolyn Currey. They were able to visit Carolyn and shared many happy memories.

The Phan family has thrived since coming to the US, and there are now 10 grandchildren among the 5 Phan children. Sadly, Diana, the 2d oldest daughter passed away, but Dad, Mom, Sarah, Peter, Christina and Linda are all doing well in California. 

Youth Group Gathering

The Collective Youth Group is having a gathering at Morrow Memorial United Methodist Church in Maplewood on September 25th from 6-10pm. For more information, please contact Pastor Woo.

Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

The Interfaith Food Pantry needs your help. We are currently very low on the following items: Peanut butter, canned tomatoes (not tomato sauce), hearty soups.

Place your donations in the baskets in the hallway by the library. Thank you!

Bottle Hill Day

Bottle Hill Day is Saturday, October 1st this year. Please sign up for a one-hour slot to help sell Fair Trade Coffee, work on a community art project, and represent our church to Madison and beyond! All are welcome to help.



We are resuming our Oikos gathering starting on October 2nd. Anyone interested in joining our group, please feel free to contact Nori, Karen, or Pastor Woo.

Vivian Bull Memorial Service

Our dear friend and long-time member Vivian Bull's Memorial service will be held in our sanctuary on Saturday, October 8th at 10:30am. For more information on her life and where to donate in lieu of flowers, please click

Diaper Shortage! The day center is running critically low on diapers. We especially need newborn and sizes 1 & 2 for some new babies in our programs, in addition to larger sizes as well. If you would like to donate a package of diapers, please contact Nora Godown at
We are in need of new air conditioner units for families to keep cool this summer. A new window A/C unit provides much relief for an entire family and helps to prevent heat-related ailments. If you would like to donate a unit or funds for one, please contact Nora Godown at

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 T-Shirts are on sale!

Help support Acorn Academy by purchasing a T-Shirt to show your support.

Profits will go to tuition assistance and classroom supplies.

Contact Kareena Salo at


  • Estelle, who is still in rehab and wisdom for Don to make the right decisions
  • Jane, undergoing breast cancer treatment
  • Molly who is home continuing recovery after brain surgery
  • UMC Madison members with Covid
  • The DiMeo family, who have Covid
  • Pat, who is suffering after complications from surgery
  • Thanks for our continued support of Interfaith Food Pantry, more help is needed
  • Family of Harriet Fiore, who passed away Sept. 4, from cancer

  • Lucy Porter, who is recovering from a stroke
  • Diane Pivarnik, doing her annual 50 mile Walk for MS
  • People of Pakistan after terrible flooding
  • Lee, with a thyroid tumor
  • Water problems in Jackson, MS
  • Prayers for all who are struggling to find hope in their lives - help us to bring them into community
  • Debbie Iverson, having pancreatic cancer treatment and her husband Eric
  • Dorothy McKinnon and family

If you have a prayer request, please contact Lisa at

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