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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!

Host a Lenten House Church!
It’s time once again for interested hosts for our Lenten House Churches to raise their hand! House Churches are small groups that meet for five-weeks (the week after Ash Wed to the week before Palm Sunday) for fellowship and conversation around our Lenten theme. This year our focus will be the Prayer of Jesus, looking at one petition each week. Hosts determine the place and time for their group and facilitate the conversation. You can meet at your home, a coffee shop, MCC, or other. We hope to offer both daytime and evening groups, so let us know what day of the week and what time works best for you. Curriculum is provided. Interested? Contact Pastor Nick this week or next.


Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26
A few details looking toward the season:


Wednesdays at church will be soup at 5:30 and worship at 6:00 (both on Ash Wednesday and with Holden Evening Prayer the remaining Wednesdays).

House Churches, small groups that meet for five-weeks (basically the month of March) for fellowship and conversation around the Prayer of Jesus. Right now, opportunities include:
Monday at 6pm at church with Pastor Sonja
Tuesday at 5:30pm at Dan and Jen Streit’s house
 
     near church (tentatively)
Thursday at 5:30 pm at Andrea and Rob Olson’s
       house on Whitney Way, including supper and
       cross+generational engagement
Thursday at 6:30 pm at the Great Dane Hilldale

You can SIGN-UP HERE or in the Shalom Room.
We would still be eager to offer more opportunities. If you’re willing to host, you determine the place and time. Curriculum is provided for you to facilitate the group. Contact Pastor Nick so we can add you to the sign-up.


MCC Lenten Choir Opportunities
Counter the winter blues by singing in community!
All those with a heart for singing are welcome to join in singing either of these “a la carte” choirs.
Click here to sign up!
Ash Wednesday Choir
Rehearsal Schedule: Monday, 2/24; 6-7pm; Blessing Room
Worship: Wednesday, 2/26; 6pm
Good Friday Choir
Rehearsal Schedule: Wednesdays, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 (TBD), 4/8; 7-8pm (after Holden Evening Prayer); Covenant Room
Worship: Friday, 4/10; 7pm


Bishop Election Gathering Snack Request
On Sunday, February 23, 2:00-3:30, Advent will be one of the sites hosting gatherings to nominate up to five potential rostered leaders for bishop, based on a synod profile put together by a team that included Ken Streit. You are welcome to come to the gathering that day, and we are also looking for snacks or baked goods to serve about 40 people. You can find a copy of the profile here.

Jewels

Jewels is a welcoming MCC group. We gather together to eat, connect and support each other, and try to understand the world and our places in it... and there is lots of laughter too. You are welcome to come join us. We meet March 19th (Thurs), April 21 (Tues), May 21 (Thurs), June 16 (Tues), June 26 (Friday - Porchlight volunteering).

GEMS – Are You?

Grumpy. Elderly. Men. If that sounds like it could be you, you’re invited to join the guys who gather 10:30-noon on Tuesdays at church.

Art Wall
Community of Hope member Elizabeth Inglis' beautiful oil paintings now adorn our Art Wall in the Shalom Room. Beth says, " My pleasure with oil painting continues, even as the painting process gets more challenging." You can learn more in her artist statement in the Shalom Room or on either of her websites huesandvalues.com and valuesandhues.org, where she posts paintings and drawings and writes about art.

Tree Lane Wish List
The west side friends of Tree Lane have put together a January "needs" list for Tree Lane families. Click here to access the list or the signupgenius link to directly sign up. Items can be dropped off in the MCC donation center, and Jean and Ann will deliver them to Tree Lane.

Porchlight Needs Blankets & Breakfast
Blankets
With this cold weather numbers are increasing at the shelter. They are in need of more blankets. The blankets need to be big enough to cover an adult and be washable - not a “throw” or comforter or something knit or crocheted. Contact Karla Thenneswith questions.


Breakfasts
For the past 40 years, members of MCC have provided breakfasts to Porchlight guests six Friday's a year. Our small crews could use some new blood. If you are interested in preparing and/or serving, please contact Ken Streit.


2020 Bible Reading
Pastor Nick has published a guide to read the whole Bible in this year. Hard copies will be available at church, or click here
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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.

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.


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.

Free Weekly Devotional Message; Mondays
Augsburg Fortress sends a devotional message and selection of artwork based on a Bible reading. Interested, click here to sign up.

Boundary Waters Trip 2019
Boundary Waters Group 2019

Annual Report
Click here for the Annual Report.

Custodial Update – Double the Good News!
Linda, who lives in our neighborhood, began to work this week along with a job coach especially on cleaning restrooms, and she was delighted to be here with us! Next week Emma, a Madison Memorial student, is planning to begin taking on a few other of the remaining responsibilities. We might soon have two new staff at MCC…and get our custodial needs back under ongoing regular care! Peggy Mack also remains in place for Thursday afternoon cleaning downstairs (except bathrooms), and Muriel Redd continues doing upstairs vacuuming.

Mardi Gras / Holy Week Planning
Tuesday, February 25 at 6:30
This is the last night before Lent, so it’s a great time to party. And what better way to party than to look beyond Lent?! You’re welcome to bring a food or beverage to share and join the Advent and Hope worship teams as we do some fun dreaming and planning for Holy Week, starting at 6:30 on Fat Tuesday, February 25.

Boundary Waters - March 1
Our initial registration deadline for this summer’s high school trip to canoe in the wilderness of northern Minnesota is FAST approaching. We would like to know most of who is planning to go by Sunday, March 1! After that, we’ll also know what we need for adults and whether we have room for friends from outside MCC. Please contact Pastor Nick (nick@theMCC.net) whether or not you’re planning to go (or even if you’re not sure).

You’re Welcome! New Doors!
On Monday, the new upper entry doors were installed! This project is one small part of the capital improvements with our new mortgage. The new doors will function better (since the wood doors stick and weren’t designed to be exterior doors) and will also insulate better for energy efficiency. Thanks also to Don Falkos for working on changing out the locks!

Adult Education

3/1 – MCC teaches at Holden Village– Christa Olson and David Canon
3/8 – MCC Reads Leopold

Canopoly
High schoolers!  Click here to see the canstruction schedule. Come for the food and leave great ideas behind. Still not sure what Canstruction is, and how you can be part of it, - check it out at - https://canstructionmadison.org/event/  This year's theme is Monopoly!

Sunday Adult Discussion
3rd Sunday of the Month at 9:00 am
All are welcome to attend Adult Discussion (formerly “Parent Hour”) the 3rd Sunday of the month, downstairs. 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!

Off the Square Club Donations
You might remember supporting showers for the homeless and others with mental challenges through Lutheran Social Services. Here is a recent article celebrating the work of the Off the Square Club. This past year OTSC lost a generous donor who supplied thousands of dollars’ worth of donated items, which has left a void in how the club can assist members, particularly the over 100 members who are homeless. Here is a list of all needed items:
• reusable coffee cups
• 2 ride bus passes
• Large 3in1 shampoo/conditioner/body wash
• Deodorant
• Men’s underwear sm/lg/xl
• Travel size lotion/body wash
• Paper towels
• Toilet paper
• Razors
• Cleaning products: bleach, bleach spray, Ajax, windex, toilet bowl cleaner, fabreeze, disinfectant wipes,
• Clothing adult sizes, men and women
If you’d like to donate, you can bring items to church and Pastor Nick will help get them down to OTSC at St. John’s Lutheran.

Be an Accessibility Buddy
You might know James from his tie-dyed shirts or his Packer/Badger lap blanket. You might know him from his bright smile that greets you at the main door, or as the one who’s not afraid to say “Amen” during worship. If not by these, you undoubtedly would have noticed him in his wheelchair with an MCC member at his side to wheel him into the sanctuary and assist him during worship. These MCC members are called “James’s Buddies.” They take turns making sure that James is able to participate in worship each week, a connection that is a joy and life-line for James. He worships with Hope and comes to our individual services as well as shared MCC services. We’re in need of additional folks to rotate into the Buddy schedule. If you’re interested in finding out more about this, contact Pastor Sonja or talk with Julie James.

Holden Village
If you’re interested in joining a group from the MCC to the Washington-state mountain retreat of Holden Village August 9-14, there was still a bit of registration availability this week. $500 for adults for the 6 days and nights in the village. http://www.holdenvillage.org/visit/guest-rates/ Train reservations will be booked soon, if that interests you.

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Community of Hope UCC

Save the Date!
Community of Hope Members are encouraged to participate in an upcoming, two-part workshop sponsored by the Steering Committee and facilitated by the Wisconsin Conference Conflict Transformation Team. These guided conversations will help us listen to all voices relative to who we are, what we value, and how we communicate. The workshop will take place over two Sundays, Feb 23, 3:30-5:30 pm and Mar 1, 12:30-2:30 pm, with the hope that members will commit to attending both. Look for a letter with more information in the mail. Questions can be directed to the Steering Committee or Pastor Sonja. RSVP here.

Wisconsin Conference Trip to Germany
November 5-16, 2020.
Since 1981, the Wisconsin Conference has had a partnership with the Evangelical Church of Berlin, Brandenburg, and Silesian Upper Lusatia (EKBO). Over the years our partnership has been enhanced by cultural exchanges and intentional theological discussions. A trip is currently coming together to visit our brothers and sisters in the EKBO to explore how our sister churches in Germany identify their mission fields and how they make faithful responses to them. The majority of the trip will be spent in and around Berlin. If you would like more information, please contact David Gaeth at revdavidgaeth@att.net. It is anticipated that the cost of the trip will be in the $1200-1400 range.

Community of Hope: Let’s Dream Together!
In September, the Steering Committee introduced a document called “Desired Future Conditions” to articulate our congregational aspirations as we look ahead to the coming years. You can find a copy of that here.

SWA Shalom
Community of Hope, we encourage all of our members to keep up with the goings on of the closer-in wider church by subscribing to the e-newsletter for our Southwest Wisconsin Association. Click here to send an email to sign up.


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.

Advent Lutheran Church

Advent Benevolence Allocation Subcommittee
Offerings in Advent give 15¢ of every $1 to work outside of our congregation. Half of that goes to the larger work of the ELCA (synod, national, and international efforts), and half is divided into other organizations and efforts. On Tuesday, March 3 (time TBD), you’re welcome to join the group in proposing what we together support in 2020.
2019

Feed My Starving Children

Join Pastor Nick and others from MCC 4:30-6:30 on
Thursday, February 27th at Good Shepherd Verona campus to pack bags of meals to be sent around the world as nutritional support. It’s a fun and fast event! You canlearn more and sign up here. There are openings for other timeslots, too, if that one doesn’t work for you. You’ll meet good people, enjoy it, and accomplish hunger relief no matter when you go! All ages are welcome.


Bishop Election
A “nomination caucus”, part of the new Bishop Election Process, will be hosted by Advent on February 23. Find out more about the process https://scsw-elca.org/2020bishopelection/.
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In the Wider Church . . .

Denominational Messages on Iran Conflict
Click to read the recent messages from presiding Bishop Eaton or UCC officers.
ELCA statement on Iran conflict
UCC calls for prayer fasting for peace during Epiphany


Racial Justice in Action Opportunities in the Wider Church and Community

DSC Big Read Books Available
MCC is participating in the Dane Sanctuary Coalition’s Big Read of the book "The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story". Our book group and the author event will happen later in the spring, but you can get a jump on reading! This informative, non-fiction book by Aaron Bobrow-Strain illuminates the history and current state of our unjust immigration policies through Aida’s harrowing story. Books are available now in the Shalom Room Welcome Center at a cost of $14. Checks should be made out to MCC with “DSC Big Read in memo line.”

Trauma-Informed Care Training
March 19, 7-9 pm, at Orchard Ridge UCC. This event is sponsored by Dane Sanctuary Coalition and is encouraged for all DSC volunteers.

How to Educate Yourself & Get Involved
Check out this link from Nehemiah to find resources related to racism and becoming a white ally. There are suggestions for educating yourself and information about how to get involved in Nehemiah’s initiatives.

Faith & Freedom Tour: Birmingham, Montgomery & Selma
This Wisconsin Council of Churches event to pilgrimage through American slavery and the Black American Civil Rights in Alabama comes up March 13-20 or 20-27, 2020. Cost is $1075 per person, double occupancy, which includes bus transportation from Milwaukee, lodging, tour guide and entrance fees. Register at www.raceandfaith.org. For more information: rhonda@raceandfaith.org (414) 736-0523.

 

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