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Endowment Fund Application
Application Deadline is January 12, 2018
Grant applications are now being accepted for a January disbursement from the Advent Lutheran Mission Endowment fund. Instructions and criteria can be found on the appli-cation.Contact Rita Olson or email rrolson930@gmail.com for questions. Click here to download an application form.

Christmas Worship Schedule: New Times
Sunday, December 24th:
    The 4th Sunday of Advent Worship at 10:15 am


    Christmas Eve Worship 4:00 and 7:30 pm
    Prelude music beginning at 3:30 and 7:00 in the
    Blessing Room. The adjustments are in response
    to survey data and worship trends, to address the
    balance of attendance, and to facilitate the fullest
    possible celebration of Christmas.


Monday, December 25
     Christmas Day Worship at 10:15 am in the
     Covenant Room. Please talk to a pastor with
     any questions.

Adult Education
Sunday, December 17 at 9:00 am
Don Falkos will lead a Bible study conversation looking at the two different Christmas stories in two Gospels.
*NOTE: Adult Education will then be on break until January 7.

Longest Night /Blue Christmas Worship
December 21, 5:30 pm
Prelude music begins at 5:15 pm; worship at 5:30 pm in the Blessing Room. This is a simple service of word, song, and silence, to consider and embrace the darkness in our world, and to remember that God is present throughout, offering comfort, encouragement, and hope.

Solstice Labyrinth Walk
December 21; 5-7pm, in the Covenant Room

Boundary Waters Trip 2018
BWCA Informational Meeting
January 7, 2018 at Noon

Please come to this informational meeting (pizza provided!) to learn more about this amazing trip, hear stories from previous trips, ask questions of former participants. The dates for 2018 are June 11-17. The cost is $100 and a $50 deposit is due by March 1, 2018. Contact Marily Crews with any questions - 358-2022 or 14marily@gmail.com

Many Hands Make Light Work!
Looking for interested people to help with planning/ organizing the 2018 BWCA trip! Multiple sub-committees need your help - pick on that sounds interesting to you - first aid kits, canoes and registration, vehicles and trailer, shoppers, equipment, tents, permits. Contact Karen Kuhn @231-6723 or kbkuhn@sbcglobal.net if interested.

Lessons Learned in 15 years of Women’s Worship at the Dane County Jail
All are invited to this series, presented by Rev. Julia Weaver, a Community of Hope member who recently completed a long-term call as jail chaplain.
December 5, 12 & 19 at 7:00 pm;  St. John’s Lutheran Church,
322 East Washington Avenue.

MCC Women’s Group/Inspire
2nd Thursday of the Month at 8:00 pm
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: mcc@chorus.net.
Next meeting: January 11.

MCC Fellowship Group Activities
Click 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.

JEWELS
(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 Purls
Formerly The Prayer Shawl Ministry Group
Third Tuesday Each Month; 10:30 am; at MCC
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 .

Advent

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.

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 7:00 am

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

Epiphany Choir – Save the Dates!
Epiphany Choral Service
January 7, 2018 - "Witness the Mystery" (click the title to connect to recordings)
Anyone with a heart for singing is invited to participate in this year's Epiphany Choral Service.
The rehearsal schedule follows:
Saturday, November 18 – Retreat – 9am-3pm
Sundays, November 26, December 3, 10
   Rehearsal after worship, 1 hr


MCC Sanctuary Site Declaration
At the congregational meeting on June 4, the MCC affirmed the following sanctuary site declaration. You can read more in the summer issue of The Good Word Click here.


As a matter of faith, and in solidarity with our undocumented brothers and sisters whose lives and families are being torn apart by immoral immigration policies and enforcement actions, we of Madison Christian Community declare ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation. We commit to engage in support, advocacy, and service within our capacity to our immigrant neighbors and, in collaboration with the interfaith community and broader Dane Sanctuary network, to provide physical sanctuary as the need arises.


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.



Two Minute BibleTwo 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. 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 37)

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, Coordinator

Advent Candles

Advent Lutheran Church

OPALS Book Discussion Group
4th Tuesday Each Month; 1:30 pm
Contact the church office for location.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 26

G.E.M.S. (Grumpy Elderly Men)
GEMS Meets Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
During the summer, we meet on an “ad hoc” basis for fellowship and spontaneous discussion. Contact: Jim Eastman, 298-7155.

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 (298-7155). 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, January 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: December 21

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: January 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 Union (Terrace).
Good conversation, friendship, laughter and support. Contact: Ken Streit, 231-1525.

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