The Pastor's Page

UMC Madison Friends,

As summer winds down, I have to say — I am so happy to be back with all of you over the next few weeks! It is healthy to have downtime and to get away, but it is always so good when everyone comes home!

And what an exciting season we are Coming Home to!

You will see that there are so many opportunities to be involved at UMC Madison this fall. Our Sunday morning announcements are growing again, you will all be receiving a fall “Save the Date” calendar on Rally Sunday (Sept. 8) to hang on your refrigerators, and be on the look out for a September Kick Off postcard coming to you in the mail with all of our new programming launching!

Our worship series for September is called Coming Home. We will be focusing on three of our core values important to who we are as a church: Worship. Community. Service. And we will be offering plenty of opportunities for you to participate in each!

Worship

Rally Sunday

Be sure to join us on September 8th as we return to our normal worship hours (8:30AM and 10AM). At the 10AM service, we will kick off the school year by

blessing backpacks, and welcoming our academic year interns: Arsene and Karen. Kids, youth, and college students — bring your backpacks! Everyone else, bring welcome notes for our interns, Arsene & Karen!

NEW FACES: Every year around this time, we see new faces! New community members move into town, new students start classes… all looking for a community to belong. (I have met a few of each already!) Make sure to stick around after 10AM worship every week for Fellowship Hour to eat snacks, mingle, and welcome new folks home!

Worship Series: October 2019 - Taste & See

We will explore one of the most basic things we enjoy and that is talked about in the Bible all of the time: Food. Through the ordinary experience of eating a meal, we will think about how God meets us in our daily lives and calls us to live a live worth savoring. We will focus on a different food each week and maybe even make some of it together!

Community

Join us for one — or all — opportunities for fellowship, fun, and community building with new and seasoned church-goers!

Wednesday Community Dinner & Fun Nights: Join us weekly from 6-8PM as we eat

dinner, fellowship together, and engage in spiritual enrichment opportunities for all ages!

Dinner @ 6PM, Fellowship Hall

Spiritual Enrichment @ 7PM

Children’s Ministry: Memorial Hall, led by Kathleen Keane

Youth Ministry: Acorn Kitchenette, led by Rev. Taylor Bean

Adult Bible Study: Church Library, TBD

Adult Book Study: Church Lounge, led by Rev. Scott Ostlund

Youth Back 2 School BBQ: Sunday, September 8 @ 5:30-7PM (Location TBA). Come

have fun with us before the homework starts rolling in!

Party @ the Pastor’s House: Sunday, September 29 @ 1-4PM. Join us for fun, food, and friends! Snacks and drinks provided. Pastor Kate, Wren, and Simba cannot wait to see you there!

Service

One of the most important things we do as a church is serve each other, the community, and especially those most in need! Bring your friends, bring your family, bring yourself — and make a difference! All are welcome and needed!

Service Sunday: On September 22 @ 10AM, get ready to worship as we BECOME the sermon with a community service project! We will be packaging diapers for The Maker’s Place, a United Methodist mission initiative that helps impoverished families in Trenton afford diapers for their little ones! On Sunday Sept. 1, 8, and 15, we will be collecting diaper donations, as well as monetary donations. You can make checks out to The United Methodist Church in Madison and write “diapers” in the memo line, or donate packages of diapers (newborn - size 6) and drop them off in the library or front narthex!

Intergenerational Night of Service & Dinner: September 25 @ 6-8PM. Join us for dinner, fun, and a night of service! (Project TBA)

See you Sunday,

Pastor Kate