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What's Happening at UMC Madison 9/20/22

"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 25th is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost

10:00am - Family Worship Service

11:00 - Fellowship Hour


Thanks to everyone who came to Rally Day and especially the volunteers who brought food to share, cooked, helped set up and clean up. It was great seeing old friends and meeting new!

Ted Lasso Watch Party

Join us in the Church Library on Tuesdays at 10:30am or Wednesdays at 7:30pm to watch selected episodes of Ted Lasso.

Rev. Mark will be talking about the series in our October Sermon Series called "Believe".

Our next viewing will be Tuesday, September 27th at 10:30am.


Attribution: Donatello, 1386?-1466. The prophet Habakkuk, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 20, 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.



Join us for food and fellowship on Thursdays at 7am

We'll be meeting at the Nautilus Diner

We will resume our fun choir rehearsals on Thursdays 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).

Please contact Laurie Hagerich for further information

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 Sunday, 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 at 4pm. 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:


  • 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
  • People of Pakistan after terrible flooding
  • Lee, with a thyroid tumor
  • 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
  • Chris V. being treated for pancreatic cancer
  • Happy birthday to Pastor Woo!
  • Uncle Glen, who will be undergoing chemo for leukemia

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