7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717


Madison Christian Community

Events & Announcements 


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.

News and Announcements
This week, we sent out a colorful print postcard with updates and reminders of shared MCC summer worship opportunities. This is part of our series of new newsletter-replacement print communications. If you didn’t get it, please contact Kaisa Miller in the office (836-1455 or mcc@chorus.net). We’re also examining ways to share other announcements for those who don’t use or prefer email. If you’d like a print copy of some things from the weekly email (like prayer concerns and select news), please contact Kaisa.

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.

LUUG Work Projects
MCC members, young and old, are invited to help with a few property projects this coming Sunday, July 22. Please meet by the lower garden at 8:30am and bring gloves. We will work for 30-40 minutes then enjoy some treats. No prior gardening experience needed!

Interested in Membership?
After worship on
Sunday, July 22, we’ll have an informal gathering with some lunch for those who would like to learn more about the MCC, Community of Hope UCC, and Advent Lutheran. We will likely do a new member reception in the fall. If you’d like to be part of this gathering, please talk to Pastor Sonja or Nick so we can plan to have snacks.

Share Your Photos
As we approach another series of the Season of Creation beginning August 12, you are invited to submit photos for Advent bulletin cover collages. Any photos that you think apply to the following are welcome: Planet Earth (Aug. 12), Sky (Aug. 26), and Mountain (Sept. 2). To learn more, click here.

Sustainable Travel to Worship
In its third summer, you are invited throughout the Sundays to find ways to reduce your carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption and support the response against climate change with sustainable travel to worship: bike, walk, carpool, bus, pogo stick, hang glider…! Mark with a star for every trip. Or pledge to support others, with donations going to Wis. Interfaith Power & Light, a group with Pastor Nick and Peter Bakken working on climate change in multi-faith congregations.

50th Anniversary Celebrations
Hope, Advent and MCC members! COH will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. We are looking for people to join our celebration committee. We are planning for subcommittees on art, music, history and food. Anyone interested in sharing photos and stories of Hope’s history will be most welcome to join. Please submit information to me, Sandie Esrael, Co-chair Hope Steering Committee, at sandraesrael@tds.net

Ready, Set, Read . . . for Good!
If you want to get a jump on our Big Read for the fall of "Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism", books will be available mid-July. Thanks to a grant from the Advent Endowment fund, we’ve purchased 100 books, enough for each MCC family to receive a free copy. We’re also pleased to announce that the book’s author, Drew Hart, will be our guest speaker the first weekend in December for the culmination of the Big Read! We’re planning many ways for MCC to engage with the book and its concepts, so stay tuned. If you have an interest in being part of our planning and preparation, including opportunities for children and families, be in touch with Pastor Sonja or Pastor Nick.

Chrysalis Community Partnership
In the third year of a partnership, clients from Chrysalis are using garden produce to make and sell popsicles, and this year they are helping in the garden. They were recently featured (with recognition of MCC gardens) in this Cap Times article.

Two Minute Bible
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.

Two 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.

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.


Summer Sunday Schedule
Worship at 9:30 am Through Labor Day
Summer Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday School and Adult Ed Forum are on a summer hiatus.

Confirmation Retreat
Our students who will be confirmed on World Communion Sunday in early October are off to a retreat! MaryJane Bauer, Alynn McLeod, and Ruth McLeod will travel with pastors to Bethel Horizons July 22-23 for camping, high ropes course, relationship-building, and reflection/discussion that will lead toward their faith statements and the conclusion of the Confirmation program.

The whole class will gather for a fun overnight at church August 7-8.

Wherever You Go, Emmanuel:
Midweek Worship!

Tuesdays July 9 to August 7
Join us for outdoor community time together. A catered meal begins evenings at 5:30pm (freewill donation), followed by worship around the memorial garden finishing by 7:00pm. Given the busy summer schedules of the MCC, this year’s theme will be travel-related, with weeks on Preparation, Wayfinding, Detours, Sight-Seeing, and Homecoming. Worship is casual and will again include a variety of ways to engage and reflect.

Summer Singers Invited
MCC Singers of all ages are invited to sing in choir at Community of Hope.
Rehearsal from 8:30-9:15am.
Summer choir opportunities:
Sunday, July 29 @ Advent
Sunday, August 5 - Shared MCC Service
Sunday, August 19 - Shared MCC Service

¡Muchas Gracias!
Shared MCC Guatemala Worship Service,
August 5, followed by a thank-you reception hosted by the mission team for the congregation

With the generous support of the MCC, seven youth and six adults journeyed to Guatemala June 29 through July 6. They immersed themselves in Guatemalan culture and assisted with service projects through the God’s Child organization, which works with those who experience poverty in the Antigua area. They labored hard to build houses for two families, distributed clothing to 300 people, served a meal to those in shelter who’d lost their homes due to the recent volcanic eruption, and held babies in the hospital for malnourished infants. Along the way, their own hearts and minds were transformed by the experience. They’ll share some of their reflections in worship on Aug 5 and at the reception to follow

Kids in the Garden 2018
Children ranging from ages 5-10 will be coming to the garden on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from about 10-11 a.m. starting June 19 through August 2. Volunteers are asked to be at the garden by 9:30/45 to get ready for the children. The children will be divided into two groups and alternate between learning outside or inside preparing food for snack. You can sign up for specific dates, indoor/outdoor preference, through MSP. For those who haven’t signed up but are interested, there’s a sign-up sheet in the Shalom Room or you can contact Joyce Anderson or Susan Gruber.

Serve Supper at Porchlight!
Our next night for serving an evening meal will be
Thursday, August 9. If you are interested in assisting by either preparing food ahead of time or serving that evening, please contact Ken Streit at kmstreit@wisc.edu or 698-4658.

Adult Canoe Adventure
An adult canoe trip to Chatterton Falls in Quetico Provincial Park is in the planning stages. Projected dates for this 7-10 day trip are either in the latter half of August or after Labor Day. If you are interested or want more information, contact Candi Bloedow candifive7@gmail.com or Corkey Custer jccuster@yahoo.com

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.

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

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.

Exploring God’s Call in a Changing World
This new prototype course is being offered jointly by the Wisconsin and Minnesota Conferences of the UCC as part of exploring innovative leadership development. It will help participants learn how to fully engage in theological reflection and how to share this engagement with others. Beginning and ending with a weekend retreat, the course will also include 4 “online sessions” that focus on mindful listening and self-awareness as well as the ways in which others have explored their own sense of call throughout history and in the contemporary world. It runs Sept 15-Dec 8, 2018. Cost is $250, plus course materials and lodging/meals for the two in-person sessions. Learn more here. Register by July 30.

Advent Lutheran Church

Holy Land 2018
Join Pastor Nick in exploring the sites of the Bible and the truth of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict with a trip to the Holy Land November 2-12. Cost is $3189. You can find the itinerary and information through this link, and registration is now open at that website also.

$400 down-payments due.

Annual Reports
Click here to download the Madison Christian Community 2017 Combined Annual Reports


In the Wider Church . . .

Palestinian Christianity – in Madison
July 24 & 25
Mitri Raheb, former pastor of Christmas Lutheran in Bethlehem will speak at First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive on Tuesday evening, July 24 on Hope in the Shadow of the Wall. And on Wednesday evening, Dr. Raheb and Rev. Everett Mitchell will speak on The Black Church and Palestinian Theologies: Intersections of Faith in the Midst of Empire at Christ the Solid Rock Church, 1502 Parkside Drive. Both events begin at 7:00pm and are open to all.

D.C. Justice and Witness Fellowship Available
The United Church of Christ’s Washington DC public policy advocacy office is searching for a Justice and Witness Fellow to serve in a year-long fellowship with the option to renew for a second year. This is a paid fellowship and includes health benefits. Strong, young leaders with a passion about faith, public policy and a just world for all are encouraged to apply.
Application deadline is August 15.

Backyard Mosaic Women’s Project Art Show
A reception for the Backyard Mosaic Women’s Project Art Show will follow directly after the worship service on
July 22, at 10:30. Rev. Julia Weaver will present a brief talk about the work and this ministry. Cookies and beverages will be available following her talk.

Grow in Faith with Lay Academy
Begins August 18
Lay Academy is a ministry of transformation and faith formation offered by the Wisconsin Conference UCC. 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. Registration is open now through July 31, 2018, for the next cycle of classes, which will begin on Saturday, August 18 and continue with additional two-day weekend sessions in September, November, January, March and April. For more detailed information, go to www.wcucc.org/layacademy or talk to your pastor.

Blood Bonds Interfaith Blood Drive
August 8 at Christ Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 944 E. Gorham St, Madison. 1:00 to 6:00pm. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or click here, enter sponsor code: interfaithblood. Walk-in’s welcome. Please bring treats to share. Kids-friendly event!

Unity Picnic and Black Expo
Saturday, July 21, noon to 5 pm, the Urban League of Greater Madison will hold its annual Unity Picnic on the grounds of The Village on Park. This is an opportunity to get to know more of the diversity of your Madison neighbors and enjoy a delicious meal. The Black Expo supports and creates spaces for entrepreneurs of color. There will be a venue to buy products from black-owned businesses.

Incarceration and Sacred Space
A multi-faith panel of religious leaders and people formerly incarcerated will discuss the impact of sacred space on those held in jail on
Sunday, July 29, 4:00 - 6:00 pm at New Life Church, 7564 Cottage Grove Road. This is an urgent conversation, as the blueprint for the $76 million Dane County Jail (DCJ) renovation is being finalized. The current plan does not include a designated sacred space. This event is hosted by the Racial Equity Task Force of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin - ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

UCC Ecclesiastical Councils
Ecclesiastical Councils are the final step (pending a call) in the process for those seeking ordination in the UCC, where the candidate makes a presentation, answers questions, and is voted on by the gathered delegates. They are part of how we participate and make decisions as a wider church. UCC members are invited to read the ordination papers and attend the Ecclesiastical Councils of the following two candidates of the SW Wisconsin Association. Community of Hope can bring two voting lay delegates and any number of visitors. For more information, contact Pastor Sonja.
• Laura Kolden on Saturday, July 28 at 10 am at Salem UCC in Verona
• Karin Wells on Sunday, August 12 at 2 pm at Memorial UCC in Fitchburg


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