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Madison, WI 53717


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Madison Christian Community


Thanksgiving Eve Worship
On Wednesday, November 23 at 6:30pm, we gather to give thanks. A special ecumenical celebration of Thanksgiving, we will also be welcoming our Catholic siblings from St. Thomas Aquinas to join us for worship in the Covenant Room. Bring your gratitude, and—if you like—bring a pie or dessert to share!

Sign Up to Help
We're still in need of worship volunteers for Thanksgiving worship. Please visit the online scheduling tool to sign up.

Your Feedback, Please!
On two topics, we’d really appreciate your input. Please complete this five question survey to help us! (Click here) The first topic is a simple question: when would be the best worship times for you to attend Christmas Eve services this year? The second topic is a bit more involved, trying to figure out church communications. In particular, the “Good Word” monthly newsletter is very intensive for staff time, but has received extremely low attention from readers. (The September issue was accessed by less than 40 readers, per our link statistics.) So we’re wondering, should we stop publishing a newsletter to focus on better other forms of communication? Should we change formats and content? What is most important for you in connecting to MCC? Please help!


Guatemala - Sign Up Now!
For youth 8th grade and up and any adults considering the service and encounter trip to Guatemala, the travel dates will be June 30 to July 6. We would like you to commit this week if you’re planning on it, with a down-payment of $100. We’ll build a cement block house, help in an orphanage, and meet the people. Visit www.godschild.org for more. Total cost is expected to be around $1200. The first fundraising event will be raking next Sunday afternoon. Talk to Pastors Nick or Sonja if you’re interested.

Adult Education - Sunday at 9:00am

November 12
Continuing with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, or especially for Martin Luther’s 534th birthday on November 10, this Sunday at 9:00 in Adult Ed, we’ll watch “Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation,” a special of travelling in the footsteps of Luther and the larger political, economic, and theological context.

Caring for Creation in Cushions
With the addition of new cushions for our deteriorated padded chairs, there is the opportunity to wield sharp objects and do some recycling. The foam from the old cushions can be recycled, so you are invited to join Pastor Nick on Saturday noon-2pm to cut off the fabric and pull out foam. Thanks to the great crew who quickly assembled the lovely new chairs last week: John & Mary Rowe, Lois Komai, Beth Campbell, Jean Einerson & Anne Rowe.

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

MCC Women’s Group/Inspire
2nd Thursday of the Month at 8:00 pm
An evening group for MCC women who seek to inspire and be inspired. We share deep fellowship that is rooted in deepening our faith. We take turns bringing a topic of discussion and may read a brief article or passage ahead of time. We meet the 2nd Thursdays at 8 pm. Contact the church office for location: mcc@chorus.net.
Next meeting: November 9.

JEWELS
(Joyfully, Energetic, Women Engaged in Life)

We are a group of joyful MCC women who meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6-9 pm in member’s homes for support, fellowship, food and fun. Contact the church office for location.

MCC Fellowship Group Activities
Click here for details about these activities
Meditation Monday for MCC Friends
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm;

MCC Film Group: 3rd Friday of the Month
3rd Friday of each month.

MCC Purls
Formerly The Prayer Shawl Ministry Group
Third Tuesday Each Month; 10:30 am; at MCC
We welcome anyone interested in this ministry, experienced knitter or crocheter or beginner or those in-between. We make prayer shawls, hats, mittens, scarves and headbands. We are accepting any yarn you care to donate to make hats, scarves, mittens and headbands. If you have any questions about our group, please call Virginia Stumbo, 695-2266 .

 

Community of Hope

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.

CoH Women’s Breakfast Group
Solve the World’s Problems With Us--
One Cup of Coffee at a Time

Every First & Third Wednesday
of the Month 7:00 am

The Community of Hope’s Women’s Breakfast Group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month starting at 7:00 am. You are invited to talk, listen, learn and laugh with us other at the Hubbard Avenue Diner, 7445 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, 831-6800. All are welcome. See you in the morning!

Hope Men: Pancakes, Puns,
Proverbs & Politics

Every Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.
Those are just a few of the things you will miss if you don’t get to the Hope men’s breakfast at the Original Pancake House on University Avenue, at 6:30 a.m. every Wednesday. You have promised yourself for a long time now. Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and make it!

Madison Christian Community
Events & Announcements Continued

MCC Seasonal Decorating

The MCC seasonal decorating will be Thursday evening, November 30th at 6pm. Come to hoist trees, string lights, spread garland, hang decorations, and maybe enjoy some snacks and sing carols. All hands are welcome!

Lessons and Carols for Advent
Supporting of the Ministry of Bright Stars of Bethlehem
December 3; 7pm; 1st Congregational Church of Christ, 1609 University Ave, Madison
You are invited to this ecumenical Advent event featuring musicians, including our MCC Choir, and readers. A free-will offering will be directed for student scholarships through Bright Stars of Bethlehem and ministries associated with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. Handmade crafts from Palestinian artisans will be for sale.

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 – Save the Dates!
Epiphany Choral Service
January 7, 2018 - "Witness the Mystery" (click the title to connect to recordings)
Anyone with a heart for singing is invited to participate in this year's Epiphany Choral Service.
The rehearsal schedule follows:
Saturday, November 18 – Retreat – 9am-3pm
Sundays, November 26, December 3, 10
   Rehearsal after worship, 1 hr


Bright Stars Choral Festival
Sunday, December 3; 5-8pm


Wednesdays, December 20, January 3
   Rehearsal, 7-8:30pm
Saturday, January 6 – "Dress" Rehearsal, 9am-noon
Sunday, January 7 – call time: 8:45am,
    service: 10:15am
Click here to sign up for the rehearsals you are able to attend!
Contact Jen Streit with questions.

Two Minute BibleTwo 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. As of the end of October, there are 35 episodes, from creation through the flood, to meeting Abraham and up to Joseph’s dreams (Genesis chapter 37)



Advent

OPALS Book Discussion Group
4th Tuesday Each Month; 1:30 pm
Contact the church office for location.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 28

G.E.M.S. (Grumpy Elderly Men)
GEMS Meets Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
During the summer, we meet on an “ad hoc” basis for fellowship and spontaneous discussion. Contact: Jim Eastman, 298-7155.

This is addressed to any retired guys (But not necessarily grumpy, or elderly) who are looking for something interesting to do with some other interesting retired guys on Tuesday mornings. The GEMS group meets every Tuesday from 10:30 to noon to discuss books chosen by the group. Contact Jim Eastman (298-7155). Click here for details about our current book.

Morning Bible Study for Women
2nd Tuesdays at 9:30 am
The Morning Bible Study group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September through June, from 9:30-11 am, in the lower level at church. We call ourselves the Judiths and we are a friendly group of around 8-10 women who enjoy stimulating discussion, a good cup of coffee and getting to know other MCC women better. Contact the church office.
Next Meetings: Tuesday, November 14

Third Thursday Women’s Lunch Bunch
3rd Thursday of the Month; 11:30 a.m.
Please contact the church office with questions. The group meets at the Prairie Café, 5720 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave Middleton at 11:30 a.m. Please contact Jan Robertson or the church office with any questions.
Next Meetings: November 16

Afternoon Bible Study for Women
Every 2nd Friday of the Month; 1:30 pm
The Oaks Community Room
6225 Mineral Point Rd.

Second Friday of the month throughout the year, (Usually 1:30 - 3:30 pm) at Oakwood West Campus (aka University Woods). Elizabeth circle of women share a Bible study from "Gather" magazine, support one another, and financially assist projects in and out of the MCC. Contact the church office for information.
Next Meetings: November 10

Advent Women Thursday Breakfast
Each Thursday; 7:00 a.m.
Advent women are invited for coffee each Thursday at 7:00 am at Panera Bread at 3461 University Ave. The only agenda is sharing friendship, and laughter. We do service projects several times a year, pray for one another’s concerns, and celebrate joys. If you can be an early bird at least once a week, please drop by when your schedule allows!

Men’s Breakfast Group
Mondays, 7:15 am at the Lakefront on Langdon at the UW Memorial Union (Terrace).
Good conversation, friendship, laughter and support. Contact: Ken Streit, 231-1525.

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