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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.

50th Anniversary Picnic September 8
Sunday September 8th will be our standard fall kick-off, but with an added bonus. Returning to our program-year schedule, we begin at 9:00 with a variety of “God’s Work, Our Hands” activities of caring for our community. We’ll join in a shared worship service at 10:15. Then after worship will be a church picnic as part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary year of the MCC.

If you have contact with a former pastor or their family (or others from over the years), we would invite you to extend an invitation to the picnic. It isn’t a formal event and isn’t much notice for those who would need to travel. We’re not asking for formal presentations from them, but mostly thinking that if they wanted to be here to mingle, it would enhance our celebrations of the 50 years.

Food for the Picnic
We're looking forward to a memorable picnic full of activities and art and fellowship -- but we also need good food! Sign up in the Shalom Room or through this link.


Kids in the Garden
Check out this video
from Lussier Community Education Center’s Summer Camp Program. MCC’s Kids in the Garden was part of their overall experience. Thanks to all who volunteered with the kids and all who tend our beautiful garden to share with the community.

Tree Lane August Wish List
Click here to view the updated Wish List for families at the Tree Lane Family Apartments. Families are looking for clocks and alarm clocks to help with busy schedules and Back to School time. Also a few furniture and household items are high priority this month. Other items noted as ongoing needs will be on the list every month.

One Coin Found
Emmy Kegler will be in town
Sept. 26 for a synod Reconciling in Christ event. Before then, pick up a copy of her book for $10. She endearingly portrays her complicated relationship with the Bible. As a queer woman who grew up in the church, she knows how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude. Yet she continued to wrestle and fall in love with these captivating stories and met a God who continues to seek us out.

Summer Yoga
Need an energy boost? Want to try yoga? Ready for some gentle movement and deep relaxation? Classes are great for all ages and abilities: Infinite Flow Yoga With Kiro in the Blessing Room, Wednesdays 5:30-6:45. Drop in price: $15/session. Packages available. Classes in June, July, and August. https://www.ifyoga.com/  Namaste! Please see Beth Falkos for more information.

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.

Racial Justice in Action at the MCC
Opportunities to participate with Jesus in creating a racially just world.
Documentaries & Dialogue
MCC is hosting a six-Wednesday series beginning September 25 and concluding October 30. We’ll meet 6:30-8:30 pm. The films we’re using have been specifically crafted to enhance understanding and spark conversation about whiteness, racism, and racial justice. They build from uncovering whiteness to listening in on conversations among and between various ethnic groups about their experiences of racism to revealing the systemic nature of racism to examining our current justice system and the potential for change through restorative healing practices. We hope folks can commit to the full series, but if you can only attend a handful of the movies you are welcome.


Books Available
Books Available Remaining copies for purchase of Trouble I’ve Seen and I’m Still Here are located in the Welcome Center.

1619 Project
Four hundred years ago this week, the first enslaved Africans were brought to the shores of what we now call the United States. We, even people of faith, are still affected today by this history. One way to learn more about the role of slavery in our country is to check out the New York Times’s 1619 Projectand related resources, such as this one from the Pulitzer Center.

Racial Justice in Action Opportunities in the Wider Church and Community
Parent's Night Out
Friday, September 27, 5:30-9 PM, First Unitarian Society, University Bay Drive. This event is sponsored by Families for Justice and First Unitarian Equity Team. 100% of all proceeds will go to Urban Triage, a grassroots initiative led by Brandi Grayson that fosters black families' self-sufficiency, community leadership, advocacy, and student success through parent engagement and cultural heritage. Pay a donation, drop off your kid(s), and enjoy a night away while your children have a fun night of pizza, games, art, and movies. Registration is now open for our next Parents' Night Out event. More info on our website and Facebook event page.
Other ways you can help with this event include: being a cash sponsor, helping to find matching funds, or sharing your childcare experience by being part of staffing the event. If any of these interest you, contact ffjdane@gmail.com.


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.

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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Boundary Waters Trip 2019
Boundary Waters Group 2019

Out of Office
Jen will be on vacation Aug 9-24.

Return to Fall Worship Schedule September 8
Please note that Labor Day weekend brings to an end our summer worship schedule, with Sunday, September 1 being the final 9:30 worship service. September 8 marks "God's Work. Our Hands" Sunday beginning at 9:00am with worship back to 10:15 am. See below for schedule and details about the September 8 celebrations.

Blessing of Vocations
On Sunday, September 1 in Advent worship, we will include prayers for Sarah Key as her year at Wartburg Seminary begins. But we also remember it isn’t church professions that embody a calling from God to live with love. So that morning in worship, with a blessing of vocations, you are invited to bring a marker of one of your roles in life: a backpack for students, a name badge for you company, one of the tools of your trade, the dishcloth that cleans up supper, the hat you wear when you volunteer…


COH Young Adult Gathering
Mon, Aug 26, 6:30 pm, Pastor Sonja’s home, dinner included. Bring yourselves (and friends if you’d like) & a game to share, and spend some time getting to know each other and having fun! If you haven’t already RSVP’d, please be in touch with Pastor Sonja so she has an idea about how much food to plan.

Adult Education Planning
Are you interested in what sorts of topics and styles we use in 9:00 Adult Ed through this program year? Would you like to offer suggestions for a session? We’ll be gathering soon to begin scheduling the year, so if you would like to contribute something, please contact a pastor.

CoH Young Adult Gathering
Mon, Aug 26, 6:30 pm, Pastor Sonja’s home, dinner included.
Bring yourselves (and friends if you’d like) & a game to share, and spend some time getting to know each other and having fun! If you haven’t already RSVP’d, please be in touch with Pastor Sonja so she has an idea about how much food to plan.


Beer & Bible
Tuesdays at 6:00 pm Thru September 3
There are three weeks remaining to gather for a chance to discuss the upcoming readings in worship during this Psummer of Psalms. Each Tuesday at 6pm, a group is meeting at the Hilldale Great Dane. You’re welcome to enjoy a beverage, perhaps a meal, and certainly thoughtful far-ranging conversation.

School Kits for Lutheran World Relief
This year, the shipment dates for quilts and school kits is in early September so we are doing something different. Instead of having an evening at the MCC to sew the bags, for those who would like to sew, kits have been assembled for you to take home to complete and bring back by September 8. They are available in the donation center and after church on Sundays..If you would like to contribute toward the purchase of supplies, you may donate cash (checks payable to the MCC). In 2018 a majority of the kits went to children in Nicaragua, Peru & Senegal. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Robertson @ 833-6312. Check out the link to learn more about the program and find instructions for if you'd like to make your own bags: https://lwr.org/schoolkits

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!

Kids in the Garden Wrap Up
Kids in the Garden will be wrapping up shortly. Becky Hustad, the director, gave a snippet of what fun they've had so far and what is left to do. The perennial favorites: a goat and donkey visit, digging garlic, sifting compost and picking raspberries resulted in smiles all around. Campers from Lussier Community Education Center increased this summer to 42 (up from 30). To accommodate more kids and keep the adult to camper ratio small required additional volunteers....read the entire article by clicking here

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

Friends of Tree Lane Family Apartments
Tree Lane Neighbors Wish List has been updated -click here to view. We are highlighting swimsuits through July. Swim season is here! New suits are awesome if you can, but also does your family have any outgrown but in good condition swimsuits to pass along? We are also looking for a few things specifically to welcome a couple of new families moving into the apartments. Other items noted as ongoing needs will be on the list every month. Bring to the Donation Center at the MCC to be delivered to Tree Lane by Jean & Ann.

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

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

Meeting! 2019 Holy Land Trip
Sunday at 1:30 is the first gathering of travelers for Pastor Nick’s group going to Palestine/Israel in November
8-18. View the tour description (and share with friends!) at gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/191108.pdf.
Click for Pictures from 2016 Trip
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In the Wider Church . . .

Denominational Resources and Efforts

  • Here is a note from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton related to recent abortion news (and the ELCA social statement).

  • For ELCA Disaster Response to recent tornadoes (and other extreme events), visit this page

  • The UCC page for responding and donating to domestic disasters is found here.

  • Here is a second piece from Bishop Eaton addressing the well-being of children in detention centers.

  • After the deportation this week of student Pastor Betty Rendon, here is a statement by the chair of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS).

ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton was re-elected to another six-year term on the first ballot—the first time that’s happened in ELCA history! Also, on Wednesday more than 700 people (and a few MCC folks) marched from the assembly to post 9.5 Theses on the ICE office and later in the day the assembly voted to make the ELCA a sanctuary denomination, a first for a North American church body.
Download the ELCA Annual Report – 2018 in Review video.

Bishop Resignation
After being placed on a medical leave during July, news emerged that Vivianne Thomas-Breitfeld had resigned as bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wis.—ELCA. For her brief resignation letter shared with synod pastors this Monday, please click here.


Interfaith Community Picnic
THIS Sunday, August 25, 1-4 pm, Rennebohm Park, 115 N Eau Claire Ave, Madison. Hosted by Muslim Women of Madison and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. Pizza, watermelon, and cold drinks will be served. Bring your own picnic lunch.

Proud Theater
This is a collaborative artistic program with LGBTQ+ youth and allied young people that works through theater, empowerment, and leadership development. No experience is needed for youth ages 13-18 to participate. The group is also looking for adult mentors for this season. They meet Thursdays 5:30-8:30 pm, beginning Sept 19 at Trinity UMC, 1123 Vilas Ave. Additional info here.

Bayview’s 2019 Summer Project Showcase
Fri, Aug 30, 1-4 pm (drop in), at Bayview Community Center, 601 Bayview. Features summer projects and tours from youth to elders, including garden tours and tastings, art exhibition and talk, barbecue clinic and tasting, spring roll making workshop, community art project, live music, and refreshments. Everybody welcome!

Racial Justice in Action Opportunities in the Wider Church and Community
Parent's Night Out
Friday, September 27, 5:30-9 PM, First Unitarian Society, University Bay Drive. This event is sponsored by Families for Justice and First Unitarian Equity Team. 100% of all proceeds will go to Urban Triage, a grassroots initiative led by Brandi Grayson that fosters black families' self-sufficieny, community leadership, advocacy, and student success through parent engagement and cultural heritage. Pay a donation, drop off your kid(s), and enjoy a night away while your children have a fun night of pizza, games, art, and movies. Registration is now open for our next Parents' Night Out event. More info on our website and Facebook event page.
Other ways you can help with this event include: being a cash sponsor, helping to find matching funds, or sharing your childcare experience by being part of staffing the event. If any of these interest you, contact ffjdane@gmail.com.


Global Climate Strike
This September 20th, millions of us will walk out of our workplaces, schools, and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Our house is one fire -- let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone. In the words of Greta Thunberg, "We must now do the impossible". Madison strikers are demanding that Governor Evers, our county, and our city government declare a climate emergency. Our private sector demands to MG&E are that it divest and transition completely to 100% renewable energy by 2030 by closing the Columbia & Elm Road Coal Plants still in use. Come strike with us on September 20th at noon on the Capitol steps at State Street, then march with us to MG&E at 1 p.m. Let’s make this the turning point towards a rosier future for our youth.If you want to get involved, call Nancy Vedder-Shults (231-3362). For more information, go to the Facebook Even
t page.


Intrinsic Hope: Living Courageously in Troubled Times
Friday, Oct 4, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, at Kettlewood Retreats at Cedar Valley
Expanding social inequality. Unprecedented climate disruption. Powerlessness, grief, despair. We are living in a time of uncertainty in which we fear for our children and grandchildren and for the future of humankind and for our planet. Now more than ever, maintaining hope is an emotional and spiritual necessity. This retreat will focus on the insights of Kate Davies, author of the book Intrinsic Hope, offering practical tools for discovering and cultivating an abiding hope in troubled times. Retreat Leader: Rev. Bob Ullman, retired UCC pastor. Cost $50, includes lunch. To register, send check to Rev. Holly Whitcomb and send it to: 2095 Elm Tree Ct., Elm Grove, WI 53122. Include your name, address, e-mail, and phone number(s).

2019 ELCA Advocacy
ELCA Advocacy goals and tasks for engaging government this year. Read 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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