Madison Christian Community
We've followed the progress of the Monarch from egg to butterfly, relating this life cycle to faith at our Tuesdays in August outdoor worship.
Now Accepting Grant Applications
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The Advent Lutheran Mission Endowment Committee is now accepting grant
applications. Although this Fund is managed by the ELCA Foundation, all MCC
members are eligible to apply. The Endowment Fund was created as a way to
support ministries that are above and beyond our operating budgets and meet
the following criteria:
· Local faith-based social ministries serving basic
· National/International faith-based organizations
meeting basic human needs
· Financial assistance to MCC members for
· Innovative new programs or ministry initiatives
within the MCC consistent
with the MCC
mission and purpose.
· Environmental stewardship ministries
Grant awards vary and are based on the above criteria, availability of funds
and prior funding history. Please note that the application form has changed
and is available on our website under the events and announcements tab or
from the church office staff. The deadline for applications is Friday, May
19 with awards to be made in early June.
If you have questions about the application process or would like to make a
contribution to the endowment fund, please contact a committee member for
further information. Thank you. Members: Tom Walsh, Linda Pils, Ann Ward,
Julie Krbec, John Rowe, Pastor Nick and Rita Olson
Contact Jen Streit if you are interested in trying out this “roots” music
group. We generally rehearse on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8 pm.
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.
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,
Community of Hope
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 continue with additional sessions in September,
November, January, March and April. For more detailed information, go to
www.wcucc.org/layacademy or talk to Pastor Sonja.
CoH Women’s Breakfast Group
Solve the World’s Problems With Us--
One Cup of Coffee at a Time
Every First & Third Wednesday
of the Month
The Community of Hope’s Women’s Breakfast Group meets the first and third
Wednesday of every month starting at 7:00 am. You are invited to talk, listen,
learn and laugh with us other at the Hubbard Avenue Diner, 7445 Hubbard Avenue,
Middleton, 831-6800. All are welcome. See you in the morning!
Hope Men: Pancakes, Puns,
Proverbs & Politics
Every Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m.
Those are just a few of the things you will miss if you don’t get to the Hope
men’s breakfast at the Original Pancake House on University Avenue, at 6:30 a.m.
every Wednesday. You have promised yourself for a long time now. Mark your
calendar, set your alarm, and make it!
Madison Christian Community
Events & Announcements Continued
MCC Land Use Umbrella Group (LUUG)
for more details in the April 2017 Newsletter, page 6.
Creation Stewardship is one of MCC’s missions; it defines who we are and
decisions we make concerning how to best use our land. The LUUG committee
makes recommendations to church members for creating an intentional sense of
place for MCC that combines strong stewardship and uses of the land with
imaginative and spiritual participation by the congregation and neighboring
community. We met twice over the past 2 months. Our goal was to plan monthly
intergenerational projects to engage adults and children to participate in
fun activities that will help create our “intentional sense of place.” Some
projects planned for April and May include:
April 23rd MCC Earth Day 9:00 am:
Clear brush in Spirit Woods, take brush and slash from Spirit Woods to
Westfield Road; contact Brian Kuhn. Landscape Front Church Entrance; Clear
and mulch grounds around signs and front entrance; contact Nancy Greenwald,
Janet Sabatke, Sarah Zutz. Pick up trash around property; contact Jean
Einerson. Eliminate Creeping Charlie in upper garden; contact Ann Ward
Plant in Food Pantry; Sunday School will plant pole beans in the garden;
contact Green Team
Save the Date for the Men's Tailgate
Thursday, June 1
5:15pm Social Hour
More Details to follow as the weather gets warmer.
MCC Camping Weekend: June 9-11
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! MCC Camping Weekend is June 9-11th 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
10th 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, and kids playground. Platform tents with bunk beds
and mattresses are available, you can just bring sleeping bags and pillows!
Camping is $18/family per night. Nicky McElfresh is happy to answer
questions, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-848-2043.
Click here to sign up.
MCC Women’s Group/Inspire
2nd Thursday of the Month at
An evening group for MCC women who seek to inspire and be inspired. We share
deep fellowship that is rooted in deepening our faith. We take turns
bringing a topic of discussion and may read a brief article or passage ahead
of time. We meet the 2nd Thursdays at 8 pm. Contact the church office for location:
Next meeting: May 11.
(Joyfully, Energetic, Women Engaged in Life)
We are a group of joyful MCC women who meet the 3rd Wednesday of the
month from 6-9 pm in member’s homes for support, fellowship, food and fun.
Contact the church office for location.
MCC Fellowship Group Activities
here for details about these activities
Meditation Monday for MCC Friends
Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm;
MCC Film Group: 3rd Friday of the Month
3rd Friday of each month.
Formerly The Prayer Shawl Ministry Group
Third Tuesday Each Month; 10:30 am; at
We welcome anyone interested in this ministry, experienced knitter or
crocheter or beginner or those in-between. We make prayer shawls, hats,
mittens, scarves and headbands. We are accepting any yarn you care to donate
to make hats, scarves, mittens and headbands. If you have any questions
about our group, please call Virginia Stumbo, 695-2266 .
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. As
of the end of October, there are 35 episodes, from creation through the
flood, to meeting Abraham and up to Joseph’s dreams (Genesis chapter
OPALS Book Discussion Group
4th Tuesday Each Month; 1:30 pm
For December, we are meeting on Dec. 27th at 1:30 pm at a new location—come
to Virginia's house (very near MCC), with some Christmas treats (if you have
any leftover) and a book to give away. We are reading Boys in the Boat by
Daniel J. Brown. Contact the church office for location.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 25
(Grumpy Elderly Men)
GEMS Meets Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
This is addressed to any retired guys (But not necessarily grumpy, or
elderly) who are looking for something interesting to do with some other
interesting retired guys on Tuesday mornings. The GEMS group meets every
Tuesday from 10:30 to noon to discuss books chosen by the group. Contact Jim Eastman
Click here for details about our current book.
Morning Bible Study for Women
2nd Tuesdays at 9:30 am
The Morning Bible Study group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, September
through June, from 9:30-11 am, in the lower level at church. We call
ourselves the Judiths and we are a friendly group of around 8-10 women who
enjoy stimulating discussion, a good cup of coffee and getting to know other
MCC women better. Contact the church office.
Next Meetings: Tuesday, May 9
Third Thursday Women’s Lunch Bunch
3rd Thursday of the Month; 11:30 a.m.
Please contact the church office with questions. The group meets at the
Prairie Café, 5720 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave Middleton at 11:30 a.m.
Please contact Jan Robertson or the church office with any questions.
Next Meetings: May 18
Afternoon Bible Study for Women
Every 2nd Friday of the Month; 1:30 pm
The Oaks Community Room
6225 Mineral Point Rd.
Second Friday of the month throughout the year, (Usually 1:30 - 3:30 pm) at Oakwood
West Campus (aka University Woods). Elizabeth circle of women share a Bible
study from "Gather" magazine, support one another, and financially assist
projects in and out of the MCC. Contact the church office for information.
Next Meetings: May 12
Advent Women Thursday Breakfast
Each Thursday; 7:00 a.m.
Advent women are invited for coffee each Thursday at 7:00 am at Panera Bread
at 3461 University Ave. The only agenda is sharing friendship, and laughter.
We do service projects several times a year, pray for one another’s
concerns, and celebrate joys. If you can be an early bird at least once a
week, please drop by when your schedule allows!
Men’s Breakfast Group
Mondays, 7:15 am
at the Lakefront on Langdon at the UW Memorial
Good conversation, friendship, laughter and support. Contact: Ken Streit,