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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.

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.

Summer Worship Planning
June 10 and June 17 will be “One MCC, Two Services,” where you will have the option of two distinct worship experiences, different from the typical worship rhythms of either congregation. If you have specific ideas for a worship service or are interested in helping to help plan either of these weeks, let one of the pastors know ASAP.

Sustainable Travel to Worship
In its third summer, you are invited throughout the Sundays to find ways to reduce your carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption and support the response against climate change with sustainable travel to worship: bike, walk, carpool, bus, pogo stick, hang glider…! Mark with a star for every trip. Or pledge to support others, with donations going to Wis. Interfaith Power & Light, a group with Pastor Nick and Peter Bakken working on climate change in multi-faith congregations.

MCC Men's Tailgate
Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30pm
We'll have food, fellowship, and fun along with an interesting program. This year, Advent member, David Canon, and his colleague at the UW Political Science Department, John Sharpless will talk about how to have responsible conversations between Democrats and Republicans (voters and elected officials) and how that produces better public policy. Sign up in the Shalom Room or email Nick mccnick@tds.netor Dan Streit dstreit2@yahoo.com

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
If 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
Two Minute BibleMCC 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.

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

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.

 

Summer Sunday Schedule Begins May 27
Worship at 9:30 am
On Memorial Day Sunday, our Sunday morning schedule changes. Summer Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday School and Adult Ed Forum are on a summer hiatus. Just Bakery will be here on May 27, so some extra incentive to get up early and get to the MCC!

Kids in the Garden 2018
Children ranging from ages 5-10 will be coming to the garden on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from about 10-11 a.m. starting June 19 through August 2. Volunteers are asked to be at the garden by 9:30/45 to get ready for the children. The children will be divided into two groups and alternate between learning outside or inside preparing food for snack. You can sign up for specific dates, indoor/outdoor preference, through MSP. For those who haven’t signed up but are interested, there’s a sign-up sheet in the Shalom Room or you can contact Joyce Anderson or Susan Gruber.

Spiritual Companions Group
Mondays in June; 6:30 -8:00 pm
Interested in a small group setting to share your spiritual journey with others? Pastor Sonja will facilitate a Spiritual Companions group. This will be an opportunity for faith formation through sharing one’s own faith journey and deeply listening to others along their way. This will be a covenanted group rather than a drop-in group. Questions? Contact Pastor Sonja.

Attention Boundary Water Bound Youth

Dates For Your Calendar!
Sunday, June 3 - Canoe 101, come learn the basics of the canoes, stoves and portaging.
Friday, June 8 - Food packout @ MCC 6-8 pm
June 7-10 - Stay tuned for pack out days!!

Adult Paddlers and Would-Be Paddlers
We have a great group of 17 high school youth going to the Boundary Waters this year which means they’ll be divided into 3 groups. Each group needs 2 adult leaders. We are still looking for a couple more leaders. THAT COULD BE YOU!! The dates are
Monday, June 11 - Sunday, June 17. No experience necessary - just a love of the outdoors and a chance to get to know some great kids! Please contact Karen Kuhn, Dean Ryerson, Pastor Nick, or Marily Crews with questions, or the following: "Heck yeah, I’d love to go! Sign me up!"

Next Niebuhr
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
After making our way through Reinhold Niebuhr’s "Moral Man and Immoral Society", we are moving on to his brother’s theology with "Christ and Culture", on how our faith encounters society and ethics. Copies are $14.

Adult Canoe Adventure
An adult canoe trip to Chatterton Falls in Quetico Provincial Park is in the planning stages. Projected dates for this 7-10 day trip are either in the latter half of August or after Labor Day. If you are interested or want more information, contact Candi Bloedow candifive7@gmail.com or Corkey Custer jccuster@yahoo.com

MCC Camping Weekend
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! MCC Camping Weekend is June 8-10th at the Bethel Horizons
Campground in Dodgeville, WI. Please join us for a wonderful weekend of campfires, s’mores, and stargazing. If you’re not a camper, please make a day trip to Governor Dodge around 11:00 am on Saturday, June 9th where we will swim in Cox Hollow Lake, hike, and have a potluck lunch together. Campers of all ages are welcome, Bethel Horizons Campground is the most family-friendly place we’ve camped in Wisconsin. Amenities include hot showers, flush toilets, firewood, and kids playground. Camping is $20/family per night. Nicky McElfresh is happy to answer questions, nmcelfresh@gmail.com or 608-848-2043. Please let her know if you're planning to attend.

Guatemala Group Mandatory Meeting
Wednesday, June 6, 7:15pm
Our trip is approaching quickly! Don’t miss this meeting where we’ll cover some essential trip details. This is also a time to do some group building as a team and begin our conversations about not just the what but the why of this experience.

Buy Stock in Youth!
Guatemala Mission Trip Fundraiser: If you would like to donate to our mission trip, feel free to take an envelope off of the board in the Shalom Room and donate the amount written on the envelope. Checks can be made out to MCC with Guatemala in the memo line. If donating cash, write your name on the envelope so the amount can be recorded on your MCC giving statement. Please place the envelope in the offering or give it to one of our pastors.

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.

Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting Invitation
Community of Hope has two elected delegates to the Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting on June 8-10 at Green Lake Conference Center, but anyone can register as a visitor for all or part of the meeting. This year’s Theme: Why Are We So Afraid? The Winds and Waves of Race and Privilege. The guest speaker is Rev. Traci Blackmon, our UCC Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries, a dynamic speaker and preacher. Our own Bryan Sirchio is providing music for the meeting. If you’d like information about attending, talk with Pastor Sonja. You’ll want to register early if you need housing.

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

Holy Land 2018
Join Pastor Nick in exploring the sites of the Bible and the truth of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict with a trip to the Holy Land November 2-12. Cost is $3189. You can find the itinerary and information through this link, and registration is now open at that website also.

$400 down-payments due by May 31.

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

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In the Wider Church . . .

UCC Summer Camp
Have you made your plans yet to attend camp this summer? The two UCC camps in Wisconsin--Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center—are ready and waiting for your registration! Howard and Lucetta Kanetzke particularly recommend Family Camp at Moon Beach July 8-14, where they will participate for their 36th consecutive year!

Kids in Cages: Reducing Juvenile Incarceration
May 31, 2018: 6-8pm. First United Methodist
This forum explores best practices for creating a just, humane, safe, and effective juvenile justice system. Sponsored by Wisdom, Moses, and the ACLU.

Interfaith Ramadan Community Potluck/Food Drive
Sat. June 2 at 7:00pm, Edgewood College, Todd Wehr EdgeDome
Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and Edgewood College invite you to a community friendship feast & food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. Join us for a Ramadan Iftar Show-and-Tell Community Potluck. "Iftar" is the meal Muslims eat after sunset in Ramadan, to break the daily fast. It is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. This is a family-friendly event! To find out what to bring and additional details, see the event Facebook page. Please RSVP by May 28 to wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com; 608-827-9482

Synod Endowment grants
SCSW Endowment grants are awarded to support innovative ministry initiatives and evangelism ministries throughout the synod. The fund gives priority to collaborative projects that have a good possibility of becoming sustainable. Categories for grants that are not normally included are: capital expenditures/improvements, normal operating budget expenses, and ongoing support to the same project for more than three years. Visit the synod website for a grant application.
Requests are due June 15.

Washington Island Forum: June 25-29

Register now for “Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture” with Dr. Anna Carter Florence. The Washington Island Forum, sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches is especially tailored to lay leaders and pastors who want to deepen their spirituality and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way.



 

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