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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.

Lenten “House Churches” Return Mid-March
Running the five weeks after Ash Wednesday (March 6), our House Churches this year will enjoy a hybrid of the previous two years. Some groups will meet for soup and casual conversation at MCC on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm (before Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7:00pm) and other groups will meet on other days/times/places. We have a few hosts lined up and are looking for a few more. Contact Jen Streit or Pastors Nick or Sonja if you would be interested in hosting at your home or another location. Sign up sheets will be available on beginning Sunday, February 17.

2019 MCC Directory
Those of you at the annual meetings learned that we have a new MCC directory available! There are some hard copies available in the Shalom Room for those who prefer that. Please contact Kaisa at kaisa@themcc.net if you need one mailed directly.
Click here for a link to the electronic version.
PLEASE NOTE: we found the first error in the printed version - the last page was left off! There will be print outs of the last page made available in the Shalom Room for you to take home and add to your version. Or you can click here for a link to the last page and print it out at home.


2019 Bible Reading
Would you like to set a goal of reading through the whole Bible this year (or even having a nudge to read some more) and understand the fuller narrative of God’s story in scripture? Pastor Nick again has available copies of his reading guide, with a format mixing Old and New Testament readings of about three chapters per day. You can pick up a booklet at church on Sunday or find the electronic version here.

LEAD 2019
Interested? Talk to Pr. Nick by Feb 21

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Saturday, March 9 is LEAD, the largest annual event for our ELCA synod, which focuses on education and enrichment for congregation members of all sorts. The keynote speaker this year, Stephen Bouman, was bishop in New York after 9/11 and has done lots of amazing work in the church on welcoming immigrants, as well as being a welcoming church. Pastor Nick will be part of leading three workshops with the synod Reconciling in Christ team. The event is 9:00-3:00 in Mt. Horeb. Let Nick know if you’re interested and he’ll get you registered. Find more info and the complete list of workshops at https://scsw-elca.org/2018/10/lead-2019-revised-date-of-march-9-2019/

Racial Justice in Action at the MCC
Books Available for Sale
We’ve have a limited supply of "Trouble I’ve Seen". These are available for purchase at the Welcome Center for $10 each.

Book & Winter Forum
MCC has ordered a few copies of the book "I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness." They will be available for $17 next week, and we can find a time for discussion if you like. The book's author, Austin Channing Brown, will be the Wis. Council of Church's Winter Forum speaker Saturday, March 9, from 9:30am - 5:30pm at First Baptist Church. (Yes, it's the same day and time as LEAD.) Austin Channing Brown is a leading new voice on racial justice. Her workshops are one of a kind, infused with justice, pop culture, humor, and truth-telling, sure to elicit a full range of emotions as she invites you to celebrate blackness with her. The day includes a keynote, local panel, a time for searching our spirits, and a book signing with reception. Registration fee - $35, $10 for Students. Register here.

Continuing Small Groups
Big Read 2.0! Contact Tina (tina1@tds.net) or Lisa (delius71@gmail.com) if you’re interested in the ongoing Big Read group they are facilitating.


Support for Tree Lane Residents
Ann and I participate on a west side neighborhood volunteer group. We meet once a month to plan ways neighbors can connect with Tree Lane families as well as discuss how we can turn negative conversations to positive, engaging conversations. It is a good group of folks and they are so appreciative of the Madison Christian Community's engagement and financial support.

The group is planning a 2-3 week donation drive for Tree Lane residents. The Alicia Ashman library will serve as the neighborhood donation site. If you care to donate any of the items list below, please drop them off in our MCC donation center and Ann and I will get the items to Tree Lane or the library when the donation period ends. Most of these items are needed by all families all the time. Thank you for your help. Jean Einerson and Ann Ward

Multipurpose cleaner/ general cleaning products
Disinfecting wipes
Bathroom cleaner
Toilet bowl cleaner
Swiffer products & refills
Dishwasher soap/tabs
HE laundry soap (all in unit washers are HE


Racial Justice Task Force
We are forming a Racial Justice task force (name to be determined) to help harness the Big Read energy. If you are interested in joining, let one of the pastors know.


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.

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

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.

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
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Staff Vacations
Pastor Sonja will be on vacation beginning Monday, Feb 11. She’ll be back in the office on Monday, February 18. Administrative secretary, Kaisa Miller, will be out of the office Monday, Feb.11 – Friday, Feb. 15. Lisa Johnsen will be covering the regular church office hours.

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.

Confirmation Shops for Food Pantry
With candy making and sales during December, our Confirmation students raised about $470. After being snowed out, they were at long last able to go grocery shopping. The list of most-needed items included olive oil, meals in a can, canned fruit, noodles, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and more. Besides these items, the careful shoppers picked some other things they personally view as necessities or favorite fillers. Dobbin McNatt met us as the Lussier Community Education Center Pantry as we weighed in 189 pounds of donations, plus some remaining cash. These will support the average 100 households a month that receive from the pantry. Thank you, Confirmation students, and thank you all who supported them!

Adult Ed Schedule for January:
Feb. 17 – Ken Streit will share from his background and connections with the Department of Corrections on current issues of mass incarceration.
Feb. 24 – Tina Hogle brings two special guests on Crimeless Revocation: impact on individuals, families, and communities
March 2 - The first weekend in March is an officially declared time for reading Aldo Leopold's writings, this year marking the 70th anniversary of A Sand County Almanac. Bring a favorite passage or just come to listen to this father of conservation and the Land Ethic as "MCC Reads Leopold."


Film Group
Friday, February 15;  7:00pm
The group will view "I Am Not Your Negro," a documentary in which the director Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. It is a journey into black history that connects the Civil Rights movement to #BlackLivesMatter. Hildy McGown will host, 106 Nautilus Drive, Madison. Let Hildy know you are coming and bring a snack to pass. Hildy: 608-238-8670 or hildymcgown1860@gmail.com.


Madison Labyrinth Walks
Please like the new Facebook page: Madison Labyrinth Walks for announcements of labyrinth walks in the Madison area. Included are First Congregational Church (UCC), Madison Christian Community (MCC), Orchard Ridge UCC. Harpist Alice Kissling will perform during an indoor labyrinth walk on
Wed. March 20 at MCC, in observation of the Spring Equinox. Find the FB event here.

Sunday School/ Youth & Family Ministry
Find out what's going on in Sunday School and Youth & Family Ministry! Click here.

Sunday Adult Discussion
3rd Sunday of the Month at 9:00 am
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!

Living the Light: 2019 Combined Conference and Associations Annual Meeting
April 5-6, 2019. The Associations and Conference will combine annual meetings this year into one on April 5-6 at Glacier Canyon Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. It’s close enough to carpool to one day or the other! We have our two Hope delegates selected, but all who are interested are welcome to come as visitors. Click herefor more information and registration.

Boundary Waters 2019
Summer high school expedition to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dates are June 17-23, and cost is only $100. Adults can mark in the online scheduler if you’re interested in joining! High schoolers.

Baking Communion Bread
You might remember the tasty bread that Sunday School students made with Emily Wixson’s help for World Communion Sunday worship at the start of October. It was tasty, still warm, and (of course!) gluten-free. The recipe came from Sonja Keesey-Berg. Since it was so well received, we’re adding Bread Bakers as a Time and Talent option as an alternative to the purchased loaves. It is a simple process, taking less than a half an hour, and we would plan that the church kitchen would be available. (Note that this bread can’t be frozen, and we need to make sure there is no gluten contamination.) You can talk to Sonja or Emily for more information, or find the recipe posted in the kitchen.

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
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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.

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.

Help the Wider Church Shine!
“Shine!” is the theme of the UCC General Synod, coming up June 21-25, 2019, in Milwaukee. This is the first time this biennial gathering of the wider church has been held in the Wisconsin Synod. 300-400 volunteers will be needed to assist at the event, and you are invited to be part of that volunteer team! Helpers are needed from everything from hospitality to childcare to ushering, to the Sunday outdoor festival. Find out more information here. General Synod volunteer opportunitieshere
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Individual Support for Our WI Conference
Day-to-day, you might not see our connection to the UCC Wisconsin Conference. But it’s there! Recently, from grant money and publicity for our Big Read to a subsidized clergy retreat in Nov which Pastor Sonja will attend to our Associate Conference Minister Rev. Joanne Thomson joining us for the 50th Anniversary of Community of Hope celebration, the Conference supports our ministry. We would not be who we are without them, all year long! You are encouraged to consider making a contribution to the Wisconsin Conference Annual Appeal. Here’s how.

Advent Lutheran Church

2019 Holy Land Trip
A 2016 trip reflection from Regi Dunst:
Seeing with my own eyes the conditions in the occupied territories is what sticks with me the most, and drives me to share with my friends and relatives what I've seen in hope of increasing awareness of this injustice. The other thing that really sticks with me is putting my feet into the Sea of Galilee and how moving it was to share communion and read the Sermon on the Mount while looking over the sea.

Travel with Pastor Nick to the Holy Land for eleven days this November! Brochures are now available at church listing itinerary and details, or you can view the tour description (and share with friends!) at gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/191108.pdf and register for the trip online using this link or by sending a down payment through the address on the brochure. An initial deadline to register is set for May. Let Nick know if you're thinking about it!

Annual Reports

Click here to download the Madison Christian Community 2017 Combined Annual Reports
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In the Wider Church . . .

Racial Justice in Action Opportunities in the Wider Church and Community
Click here for a list of opportunities!

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.

SCSW Diakonia Classes
If you are interested in taking classes from our Lutheran synod on a variety of intensive faith topics, more information and registration forms can be obtained from the Diakonia website. Synod scholarships are available for those who would appreciate tuition assistance. You can also contact Linda Wulff at 920-210-2675 or by by e-mail at scswdiakonia@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from prospective students!


Agrace Offers 'Bridges' Grief Support Group
In March, Agrace HospiceCare will offer “Bridges,” an ongoing grief support group for adults, at the Agrace Grief Support Center, 2906 Marketplace Drive, Fitchburg. Bridges meets March 6 and 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and March 13 and 27, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fees can be lowered or waived for others, if needed. No pre-registration is required. For details, call (608) 327-7118 or visit this link
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2019 ELCA Advocacy
Following the State of the Union, ELCA Advocacy shared our denomination’s advocacy goals and tasks for engaging government this year. To read more about this work for housing and homelessness, child nutrition, criminal justice reform, caring for creation, foreign assistance, and more, visit this blog post
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Returning to Sacred Texts and Finding Stories You Can Live In.
The Wisconsin/Minnesota Conferences Damascus Project equips lay leaders and those seeking an alternative path to training for ministry. This new online course on biblical interpretation run from
February 4 to April 5, 2019. Registration fee is $250. Click here for additional information and registration.

African American History Class
Mondays, Feb 4 – April 16, 7-9 pm
 Justified Anger and UW-Madison history professors present these classes  regularly because “Rooting ourselves in our history, and understanding how we got here, will help us move forward together to make a better world and a stronger Madison. This course is also a meaningful entry point for whatever cross-cultural work you want to do to make Madison a better place.” Registration is $150. For information or to register, click here. Several members of MCC have taken this course and recommend it.

MADWest Winter Farmers' Market
Through February 23
Join us INDOORS at the Lussier Community Education Center. Join the MADWest Farmers' Market Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MADWestFM/ or updates on what you can expect each week. We hope to see you there!

Sacred Site Visits and Interfaith Fellowship
Sponsored by Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice’s Interfaith Community Building offering through 2019 a series of Sacred Site visits to a variety of houses of worship/faith communities to learn about the main teachings of their faith. Participants will also gather in small groups (cohorts) to share a meal, discuss what was learned in the visit. For additional information and to sign up, click here
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WI Conference Creation Ministry Webinars
The Creation Care Team is hosting a series of three webinars to encourage engagement across congregations related to creation care (Feb 21 & May 2 at 7 pm, and an Aug date to be determined). These are free and open to all, but pre-registration is requested through this link.

 

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