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Madison, WI 53717


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Weekly E-News
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. Email us at info@themcc.net to subscribe to this free e-letter!

Back to Online Worship
Our Regathering Task Force has decided that transmission levels in Dane County mean that in-person indoor worship is not safe right now and we need to return to online-only worship. Here are each congregation’s YouTube channels:
Community of Hope – YouTube
Advent Lutheran – YouTube

Find more info for a particular Sunday at
https://www.facebook.com/madisonchristiancommunity

Here are link’s to this past Sunday’s services:
Community of Hope, UCC
Advent Lutheran, ELCA

In-Person Choir Returns
We know MCC Choir members have missed singing together! And MCC has missed hearing the choir. We are pleased to offer the following options this fall.

Note: Our hope is that outdoor singing and limited indoor singing with a small choir group, as we're planning, will remain a low enough risk to go forward with each of these. We'll let you know if there are any changes.

Outdoor Choir - ALL ARE WELCOME! (no RSVP needed)

Upcoming Small Group Choir Opportunities:
October 3 - World Communion
November 7 - All Saints
Rehearsals Sunday mornings 8:45-9:15a; Worship at 10:15a
Click here to Sign Up.

Find all the info, links to scores, and recordings here.

After Worship
The MCC Vision-Tending Team is excited that we get to reconnect in our MCC relationships as we regather for in-person worship. To help spur some conversation and reflection on the past year, they invite you after worship to find somebody with whom you haven’t been much in touch for the year and share thoughts about a weekly question.

Story Bible
Don Falkos connects your hearing and reflection of the lectionary Bible passages to his Two-Minute Bible podcast. The podcast episode numbers are below and can be accessed at this link.
This week’s connections are:
Numbers 11 – episode 078 Quail
James 5:13-20 – episode 592 Actions Speak Louder than

Regathering Guidelines
Here are links to the Regathering Guidelines for meeting Inside at the MCC and Outside at the MCC. Based on recent revised guidelines from the CDC, the Task Force has decided to amend the guidelines for outdoor gatherings to allow small groups to gather without masks if all participants have been vaccinated. The Regathering Task Force decided to postpone any decisions about indoor worship. Please contact the office if you'd like to get something on the calendar of if you have questions.

Devotional Resources
Quick Family Advent Devotions
This colorful deck of cards is full of rituals, prayers and reflections. Endlessly flexible for busy schedules, you can create a new after-meal ritual, use them as decorations, or carry them on the go. Order here or contact the office.

Daily Booklets
The quarterly editions of “Christ in Our Home” and “The Word in Season” are now available. Pick up in the Blessing Room or contact Kaisa or Nick to get a copy of one or both.

UCC Daily Devotional
Click here to read a daily devotion.


Taize Weekday Morning Prayer & Sunday Compline
These brief worship opportunities are ongoing, provided by the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition. Join Mondays through Fridays at 8 am or 10:30 am (CT) and Sundays at 8 pm (CT) for this ancient contemplative service with chant, psalms, silence, and prayer. This Zoom link works for all services


Give Away Advent Money!
The Advent Benevolence Allocation Subcommittee makes recommendations to assign how 7.5% of Advent offerings will support work in our community and around the world. If you’d like to be part of the conversation (it’s just one Zoom meeting in the next month or so) contact NickAnn Ward, or John Rowe
.



Boundary Waters Trip 2019
Boundary Waters Group 2019


Thursday Morning Women's Group
Thursdays at 8:00 am: Outside or Zoom
The Thursday morning group will have TWO meeting options during the month of September. BOTH meetings will start at 8AM. So, depending on where we are, how we are feeling, or whatever may be affecting our schedules on a given Thursday, we will have TWO options to stay in touch with one another.
1- Meet outside at church. Bring your own beverage and chair. Wooden benches at MCC are also a seating option.
2 - Meet on Zoom, using the same link and password we have been using in the past.

Awaken Dane
Saturday Morning,September 25
Our congregational Awaken Dane team will be gathering at the Warner Park shelter with the other 14 teams who are participating in the cohort for this two-year program. We’ll begin engaging our neighborhoods to see where God is already active, practicing being church with rather than for. Intern Lisa will be facilitating our team. Find more here: https://awakendane.org/about/

Sanctuary Team at God's Work, Our Hands
Sanctuary Teamsters will have the next Sanctuary Big Read books for sale (Separated by Jacob Soboroff. MCC will host discussion in October; details co ming soon). (The books are $9 - please make checks to the MCC.) They will also have postcards to fill out encouraging our federal legislators to support the pathway to citizenship provisions in the "Build Back Better" House bill. We are so close to this pathway for at least 5 million undocumented immigrant DACA recipients, people with Temporary Protected Status, many of whom have lived and worked among us for 10-20 years, and essential workers and farm workers. If you can't be there to fill out a postcard, please take a minute to email your representatives about the citizenship pathway. Here is an easy form to fill out from Voces de la Frontera.

News from the Dane Sanctuary Coalition and MCC Sanctuary Committee
From Wisconsin to Honduras: Helping Undeserved Children
The MCC Sanctuary Committee would like to invite you to a night with Just One International on Sunday, September 26 at 7pm! Just One International is a nonprofit organization operating in Honduras and based in Madison, Wisconsin, whose sole purpose is to serve the community of Aguas del Padre in Siguatepeque. Just One was formed in March of 2019 with the dream that through education, family empowerment, holistic care, and God’s love we can create long-lasting, generational change for the underserved children of Honduras. You will hear from the CEO, a native Wisconsinite, and a few members of the leadership team who will Zoom in from Honduras.

Many of the students being served by Just One were Emily Kuhn's 7th and 8th grade students from her time there in 2017-18. The work that this organization is doing is transformational in the lives of the youth they are serving as well as the community they are serving in. Please join us to hear about their mission and see how you may be able to get involved!

"Separated" Book Discussion
In October, the MCC will host a book discussion of "Separated" by Jacob Soboroff (The Dane Sanctuary Coalition Big Read). This will be a powerful look at child separation policy at our southern border. Emily Kuhn and John Brugge will lead the two-week Zoom discussion on Oct. 19 & 26 at 7:00 p.m. Please sign up at this link. Books are on sale through the MCC for $9.00 (half price!). You can pick one up at the office or the MCC Sanctuary Team will deliver!

Stop Deportation and Expulsion Flights to Haiti
Sign on as people of faith with this letter to the Biden administration to end immediate expulsion of Haitian refugees and extend humanitarian concern.

Afghanistan & Afghan Refugee Assistance
Here is a list of opportunities for helping Afghan refugees in Wisconsin from the Dane Sanctuary Coalition, or use this link from Wis. Council of Churches. Learn more from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) on how to act, donate, advocate, pray, and teach. Here is asign on statement from the UCC national officers to the White House, and other updates and actions. From a recent Church World Service webinar, here are 5 Ways to Help.

A Book with MCC
Back in 2013, the MCC was visited by a student from Michigan working on a PhD. Cybelle Shattuck says that the MCC was among the first places she visited while researching faith-based earth care, and we became a key part of her dissertation, which is now a book. Besides a full column of MCC in the index, you’ll also find Peter Bakken, Lisa Bauer, Kim Eighmy, Sonja and David Keesey-Berg, Tom Matthews, and Jeff Wild. It will be available in our library soon.


COH Women's Breakfast
Meet in person at Hubbard Street Diner on MONDAYS at 7:30 am, the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Monday mornings. Zoom meet once a month on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10:15. Please mark your calendar. Let’s enjoy a new normal.

BYOB-New Bible Study Invitation
Mondays
Through the pandemic, a group of various comers-and-goers has been meeting on Zoom for weekly Bible study to discuss the readings for the coming Sunday. The plan for summer is to gather around the Memorial Garden for the BYOB Bible Study at 6:30 on Mondays. You’re welcome to join any time (and welcome to bring your own Bible…or beer…or beverage…or picnic)!

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Confirmation Celebration Outdoors
Sunday October 3 is World Communion Sunday and also when the MCC celebrates Confirmation. This year we have four students who are preparing to affirm their faith that morning. We are intending that it will be a shared MCC service outdoors around the Memorial Garden and also available by livestream at 10:15.

Canoeing on the Wisconsin River
Click here to see pictures from the (first annual?) MCC Fall canoe trip down the Wisconsin River. It was a beautiful September day together. Big thanks to Natalie Hellmer for organizing.

Quilts Are Off!
The Quilters report there were 78 quilts and 6 school kits set to be loaded into boxcars on Saturday to be sent around the world by Lutheran World Relief.

Opportunites for Lament
Still Available
Thank you to the many helping hands who created an opportunity for lament. There are a few opportunities for lament still available. The "Tree of Lament" (Jim Muehl's beautiful steel sculpture) will remain outside MCC's front entrance through Oct 3. You are welcome to come by and write the name of a person or some other loss during the pandemic on a leaf provided at the table next to the tree and add it to the branches. You can also pick up there a copy of a self-guided walk through our Prayer Path (Seasons of Lament) or a copy of Psalms for Difficult Times, a list of psalms of lament and consolation. If you'd like a copy of the prayer from last night's worship, click here. And, as always, your pastors are available for individual prayer any time.

A Night with Just One International
Sunday, September 26 at 7pm
The MCC Sanctuary Committee would like to invite you to a night with Just One International on Sunday, September 26 at 7pm! Just One International is a nonprofit organization operating in Honduras and based in Madison, Wisconsin, whose sole purpose is to serve the community of Aguas del Padre in Siguatepeque. Just One was formed in March of 2019 with the dream that through education, family empowerment, holistic care, and God’s love we can create long-lasting, generational change for the underserved children of Honduras. You will hear from the CEO, a native Wisconsinite, and a few members of the leadership team who will Zoom in from Honduras. Many of the students being served by Just One were Emily Kuhn's 7th and 8th grade students from her time there in 2017-18. The work that this organization is doing is transformational in the lives of the youth they are serving as well as the community they are serving in. Please join us to hear about their mission and see how you may be able to get involved!

MCC Racial Justice
"Teach the Truth"--MCC Seeks Participation
In an era of backlash against our public schools and institutions of higher learning teaching the history and realities of white supremacy and racism, we seek to take a faithful stand for racial equity. MCC is invited to participate in "Teach the Truth Wisconsin." This entails selecting a site in our area that reflects our history of racial injustice (historic marker, burial ground, freeway that destroyed a community, site of Black resiliency, or even the history of the ground we occupy), researching it, creating a 3-5 minute video that describes the history and why it's important to know about it, and send the video to Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice to share along with others the week of Oct 10. If you're interested in being part of this project, please let Pastor Sonja know ASAP. Teachers/professors are especially invited to consider participating.

Racial Justice & the Church
October 5, 6:30 pm, via Zoom. You are welcome to join this monthly conversation-to-action group that is a follow-up to our book immersion of Drew Hart's book Who Will Be a Witness. You don't need to have read the book to participate, but copies are still available for $12 at the office. This group includes both MCC participants and those from other congregations who want to continue their learning and consider their actions.

Faithfully Protecting Democracy
Pastor Sonja and other Interfaith Leaders participated in creating a brief video to encourage people of faith to help protect voting rights that are under attack, and which disproportionately affect communities of color.  See and share the video here.

Just Bakery Opportunity
Have you been missing the opportunity to buy breads, scones, pies and other delicious baked goods from Just Bakery at MCC? If so, you may be interested in an opportunity that Just Bakery has opened up f or faith communities. We could have a chance to place orders for pick up at MCC. One or more folks would be in charge of gathering orders and payments to be passed on to Just Bakery, and then distributing / setting out the baked goods after they're delivered to the MCC on scheduled Sundays. If you think you would like to help make this happen, contact the office and let us know.
Just Bakery continues to offer online ordering for delivery in Dane County (for a $5 fee) and curbside pick-up on Saturday mornings. Click here for more info.



 

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