7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717


Madison Christian Community

Events & Announcements 


Madison Christian Community

Weekly E-Letter
Each week, MCC sends an email newsletter with details about worship; congregational events, activities and opportunities; information about happenings in the community and wider church; and more. You can subscribe to this free e-letter! Click here.

Sharing Produce
Through the harvest season there will be a table set up in the community room, where people can bring in their produce (vegetables, fruits, flowers). Likewise, anyone looking for free produce is welcome to help themselves. Anything left over on Monday will be donated to the FEED Kitchens for distribution to local families in need.

The Big ReadTrouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism

By Drew G. I. Hart
Only a few books left!
Have you picked yours up yet?
Find them in the Shalom Room Welcome Center

BIG READ Book Groups
Sign up on paper, in the Shalom Room, or online.
First group begins September 9.

While there will be many ways to engage the themes of our Big Read book over the course of the fall, we encourage all MCC folk who are able to participate in one of these multi-week Book Groups. They will provide a great opportunity to get to know others across the MCC and have facilitated, in-depth discussions. Friends are welcome! Book Groups are on different days and times and are staggered throughout the fall. Please read the first two chapters of the book prior to the first gathering of your group. If you can’t find a group that works for your schedule, let a pastor know.

We will also have a Drop-In Group on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm, beginning September 11 and ending November 13. This group will convene at Dorothea’s home, 5605 Laurel Court.

BIG READ Event for Families of Children and Youth
“Empowering Children and Ourselves to Talk about Skin Color and Racism”
Saturday, October 6, 3-6 pm. Parents (or grandparents) are invited to bring their children and youth to this event that will be facilitated by Families for Justice. The first two hours, young people will have a “movie night” while the adults participate in an interactive workshop where they’ll learn concrete strategies for talking about skin color and racism with their children. We’ll wrap up with pizza, where families have the opportunity to practice what they’ve learned around a meal.

Save the Dates:

Saturday, Dec 1, 1-3 pm: Author Event at MCC with Drew G. I. Hart
Sunday, Dec 2
9 am: Youth conversation with Drew Hart
10:15 am: MCC shared worship with Drew Hart preaching

Watch for Additional BIG READ Opportunities!

MCC Chime Choir
While listening to the MCC Chime Choir, have you ever.....
1) thought about learning to play one
2) said to yourself, I can do that
3) thought WOW, this group seems to have a fun time ringing those chimes
4) I want to join this group.

Now is your chance. Anyone, age 10-99 who can read music just a little bit, is invited to check out the chimes after worship services on Sunday, September 16 and 30. We will meet in the Blessing Room by the altar. All are welcome! If you have questions, contact Jean Einerson

Fall Equinox Labyrinth
Mark the changing season with a Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk at MCC. Both the indoor and outdoor labyrinths will be open for walking between 5:30-7:00pm. All are welcome!

Faith Formation & Affinity Groups
Fellowship groups, Bible study groups prayer groups and shared interest groups are all found on our Faith Formations & Affinity Groups page. Click here.

50th Anniversary Celebrations
Hope, Advent and MCC members! COH will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. We are looking for people to join our celebration committee. We are planning for subcommittees on art, music, history and food. Anyone interested in sharing photos and stories of Hope’s history will be most welcome to join. Please submit information to me, Sandie Esrael, Co-chair Hope Steering Committee, at sandraesrael@tds.net

Chrysalis Community Partnership
In the third year of a partnership, clients from Chrysalis are using garden produce to make and sell popsicles, and this year they are helping in the garden. They were recently featured (with recognition of MCC gardens) in this Cap Times article.

Bible Conversation
Two Minute BibleIf you’re interested in reading through the Bible next year, new guidebooks can be found on the back table in either sanctuary or can be downloaded by clicking here.

Two Minute Bible
MCC member Don Falkos has been working on a new Bible storytelling project to offer Bible stories in two minute episodes. That’s why it’s called “Two Minute Bible” and is found at http://twominutebible.com. Two new stories are posted each week.

Java For Justice
First Sunday of the Month
Coffee can be purchased in 12 oz. ($10) or 4 lb. ($45) bags; regular or decaf; bean, drip or perk. Make your checks payable to Mt. Meru Coffee Project and place them in the envelope by the sign-up sheet in the Shalom Room on the Coffee Table. Your support remains the sustaining force in the lives of many coffee-farming families in Tanzania. Thanks for your continued support.

Food Drive for Lussier Food Pantry
First Sunday of the Month
Please remember to make a special effort to bring food for the pantry. Suggested items include canned goods (fruit, vegetables, tuna, beef stew, fruit juice, etc.), also peanut butter, jelly, and cereal. We also need large paper grocery bags. Please do not put pet food in with donations for the Lussier Food Pantry. We do not have facilities to handle fresh produce. For those who prefer to donate money, checks can be made out to the Lussier Community Education Center, designated for the pantry. Dobbin McNatt, Coordinator


Fall Schedule Has Resumed
Worship at 10:15 am. Education at 9:00 am

Fall Equinox Labyrinth
Saturday, September 22
Mark the changing season with a Fall Equinox Labyrinth Walk at MCC. Both the indoor and outdoor labyrinths will be open for walking between 5:30-7:00pm. All are welcome!

Education for all ages
If you are interested in being involved with the leadership of Adult programming, contact a pastor. If you are interested in being involved with children or youth education, please contact Jen Streit or sign up on the MSP Online Scheduler. Click here for more information.

Monday, Sept 24, 6-7 pm
Finishing and continuing students meet jointly. Part of the class will be practicing for Confirmation Sunday on October 7. Finishing students, please bring with you the faith statements you’ll be reading for that Sunday.

9:00 am Sunday Adult Discussion
All are welcome to attend Adult Discussion (formerly “Parent Hour”) the third Sunday of the month in the downstairs area. Anyone with interest in sharing the challenges and occasional triumphs of parenting is invited—the group is accepting, and always has a robust discussion. Anyone with a commitment to our youth, regardless of parental status, is encouraged to join us!

Upcoming Adult Ed;9:00 am

9/23 – Next Sunday at 9:00 we will screen and discuss the documentary “Milwaukee 53206” which chronicles the lives of those living in the ZIP code that incarcerates the highest percentage of black men in America, up to 62% and helps us understand the devastation of mass incarceration. This is a new film and a rare treat to host a screening, so you might think of friends to invite! (You might note that this screening replaces the originally advertised session on the MCC Food Pantry Gardens. You can watch for that on 10/21!)
9/30 – The Advent Mission Endowment is welcoming Tim Knutson of Lutheran Planned Giving of Wisconsin to help all of us think about how we plan and use our resources, now and at the end of life.
10/7 – On Confirmation Sunday, we’ll follow the example of our Confirmands and have conversations about our history and trajectory of faith development.

High School Social Hour
Sunday, September 23, 9:00 am
Youth in grades 9-12, join your pastors for the first Social Hour of the school year! We meet at Panera on Junction road. Free breakfast, a chance to get caught up with each other, and we’ll have your copy of the book The Hate U Give as part of our MCC Big Read.

“Listening for God - Walking with Jesus”: Women’s Retreat
Saturday, Sept. 22, 9am-3:30pm
We spend a lifetime listening to all of the messages around us. Messages from our culture, our families, and our employers can overwhelm us. How much time do we spend listening for God? Please join us and find renewal in this day-long retreat dedicated to listening for the voice of the Holy One in our lives. Explore what might be when we walk through life with that Voice as the core of all we are and all we do.

In the afternoon discover how the simple act of walking can enhance a healthy lifestyle. Advent’s Jean Einerson and Ann Ward have sterling credentials for leading this workshop.
Cost is $20 and includes morning coffee & lunch. Meet at MCC parking lot to carpool to New Life Lutheran Church at 7564 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison. Hildy McGown (238-8670) can get you registered. Her email is hildymcgown1860@gmail.com.

Blessing of Animals: October 4
Save the date! Our blessing of pets and animals (for members and non-members – a great time to extend invitations!) will be 6:00-6:30 on Thursday, October 4. This is the feast day for St. Francis of Assisi, who gave us the Canticle of the Creatures and preached to birds.

OutReach LGBT Community Center Banquet
Love the Pride Parade? Eager to continue to live into celebrations and practice of being a welcoming congregation? OutReach (the group that organizes the parade) has its annual awards banquet on Friday, October 29, 5-9pm at Monona Terrace. The MCC is being invited again to fill a table. A full table of eight is $480, and single tickets are $65. Contact a pastor if you’re interested. RSVP is due by Oct. 4.

Voter Registration at MCC October 14
MCC is joining an interfaith effort this fall to encourage members of our congregations to register and vote in mid-term elections as a means of enacting our faith. Doug Johnson will have a table set up for voter registration after worship on Oct 14.

Tree Lane Connections
MCC has a ministry with the new supportive permanent housing project for 45 families on Tree Lane near Mineral Point Rd.

Ongoing Donations: Lots of items are needed. Check the list in the Shalom Room Donation Center or click here.

Little Free Farmer's Market: The Green Team would like to be able to supply residents with a “Free Farmer’s Market” weekly during the growing season. But this will require the volunteer efforts of others in the MCC who can deliver produce to Tree Lane and stay for about an hour to assist with distribution. Interested? Contact Jean Einerson at jaeiners53@gmail.com.

School Volunteers: With this influx of students to John Muir Elementary from Tree Lane apartments, volunteers are at the school for mentoring, assistance in classrooms, and reading with kids. Contact John Muir Elementary School directly, (608) 663-8170.

Podcast Party!
Friday, September 21, 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Falkos' Residence
Two-Minute Bible is celebrating episode 333! Come join us for an informal gathering with snacks, desserts, and drinks. RSVP: Don@BlessedByTheSpokenWord.com
or (608) 852-4946. Would you like to listen? Here's a link to the Episode Archive.

Weekly Bible Readings
Within the Worship-to-Go booklet are some general Bible reading options, but if you’d specifically like to connect with what is read in worship and reflect on those, you can find them here.

Guatemala¡Muchas Gracias!
With the generous support of the MCC, seven youth and six adults journeyed to Guatemala June 29 through July 6. They immersed themselves in Guatemalan culture and assisted with service projects through the God’s Child organization, which works with those who experience poverty in the Antigua area. They labored hard to build houses for two families, distributed clothing to 300 people, served a meal to those in shelter who’d lost their homes due to the recent volcanic eruption, and held babies in the hospital for malnourished infants. Along the way, their own hearts and minds were transformed by the experience.

Calling All Ringers!
If you are a ringer for a bowling team, softball team or any team for that matter, THE CHIME CHOIR WANTS YOU!! The Chime Choir rehearses the last 2 Wednesday evenings of the month from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the Blessing Room. The choir plays the first Sunday of the month from October-June and for the Epiphany choral concert. Chimes are easy to play, so all are welcome. This includes Junior and Senior High “ringers.” Be a “ringer” for the MCC music team to bring beautiful music to the worship service. If you have questions about the chime choir, please contact Jean Einerson at einerward@tds.net.

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Community of Hope UCC

Grow in Faith with the UCC Lay Academy
Lay Academy is a ministry of transformation and faith formation offered by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ. Participants dive into scripture, explore theology, consider God’s presence in their lives and discover fresh ways to speak about and live out their faith in their day-to-day lives. Classes are held throughout the year. For more detailed information, go to www.wcucc.org/layacademy or talk to Pastor Sonja.

Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World
This new prototype course is being offered jointly by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Conferences of the UCC as part of exploring innovative leadership development. It will help participants learn how to fully engage in theological reflection and how to share this engagement with others. Beginning and ending with a weekend retreat, the course will also include 4 “online sessions” that focus on mindful listening and self-awareness as well as the ways in which others have explored their own sense of call throughout history and in the contemporary world. It runs Sept 15-Dec 8, 2018. Cost is $250, plus course materials and lodging/meals for the two in-person sessions. Learn more here. Register by July 30.

Advent Lutheran Church

2019 Holy Land trip?
Pastor Nick’s tour of Israel/Palestine this November received insufficient sign-up to work. He has a chance to recoup some of the expense and planning efforts if there is interest in a 2019 trip. Could you please help with some feedback by completing this quick four question survey?  Whether you have lots, some, or no interest, your response would be helpful!

Annual Reports
Click here to download the Madison Christian Community 2017 Combined Annual Reports


In the Wider Church . . .

Free Weekly Devotional Message
Every Monday Augsburg Fortress sends a devotional message and selection of artwork based on a Bible reading. Start Monday with a little bit more of Sunday! If you’re interested, click here to sign up.

ELCA Synod-Wide Women’s Retreat
September 22
This year’s fall synod-wide women’s retreat, “Listening for God, Walking with Jesus," will feature a presentation by Advent’s Jean Einerson and Ann Ward. Jean and Ann will share their exercise physiology expertise through a workshop called “Walking, Strength, and Balance Activities for Health.” Consider attending this inspiring gathering, joining with the larger web of women from throughout the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. The retreat will be held on Saturday, September 22, at New Life Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove Road, Madison. Further information and a registration form are included in this packet.


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