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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.

Stewardship – Jubilee!
“You shall hallow the 50th year and “You shall hallow the 50th year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you.” (Leviticus 25:10)
With the annual opportunity for you to re-examine and renew your commitments to our congregation in membership, financial pledges, and time and talent availabilities, this year, we base our program around a Jubilee theme of what God has been accomplishing in our midst for 50 years and how we contribute to that continuing forward. To read more, see the Weekly E-Letter. Sign up for free here.

Happy Friendsgiving with Tree Lane
We have much to be thankful for. Tree Lane case workers have reached out to MCC to let us know that all 45 families having a turkey with dessert would make it a special holiday for our neighbors at Tree Lane. With a $20 donation, (cash or check made out to MCC with Tree Lane in memo) we can make this happen. Confirmation kids will bake pumpkin desserts and turkeys will be delivered the week of November 18th. Donations taken Nov 4, 11, and 18, before and after services.

The Big Read"Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism"
By Drew G. I. Hart




Calling All BIG READ-ers
If you have read or are reading the book, please add your name to the Big Read banner located in the Welcome Center in the Shalom Room. Cards are there for you to write your name and/or a reflection. Let’s show our participation!


BIG READ Art Event—RSVP Now!
Saturday, November 17, 12-3 pm. All ages welcome! No experience needed! Sara Jordan, Lindy Wilson, and Tina Hogle will be leading us through a process of reflection and art-making based on the themes of the Big Read. RSVPs appreciated. Sign up in the Welcome Center or sign up here.


BIG READ Weekend: December 1-2
▪ Dec 1, 1-3 pm: Drew Hart presentation, followed by a reception and book signing
▪ Dec 2, 9-10 am: Middle and High Schoolers meet informally with Drew Hart
▪ Dec 2, 10:15 am: Drew Hart preaching at shared MCC worship service

BIG READ Celebrations
Both Jen Streit and Pastor Sonja applied for Thrivent Financial Action Team Grants in support of the Big Read and were awarded a combined total of $500. We're so grateful that grantors are affirming the value of this project by putting money behind it! Each contribution gets us closer to covering the overall costs.

Epiphany Choir Schedule
This year’s service will revolve around “Refuge”. All people with a heart for singing are invited to participate. The retreat is incredibly valuable learning and bonding time for all, so please make attendance at that and the Saturday "Dress" Rehearsal priorities.
NOTE: We are invited to join forces with the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir for Thanksgiving Eve! This is optional. Please come if you are able. Please take a few minutes to add these rehearsals to your calendar and click here to commit to the rehearsals you will attend.
Sat, Nov 17 9am-noon Retreat
Thanksgiving Eve, November 21 - shared choir with St Thomas Aquinas!! :-)
Sundays - Nov 25, Dec 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Rehearsal after worship, 1 hour
Thursday, Jan 3 Evening rehearsal - 6:30-8pm
Saturday, Jan 5 9a-noon
Sunday, Jan 6 Epiphany Service
Call Time: 8:30am
Worship: 10:15am

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.

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.

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

Weekly Bible Readings
Within the Worship-to-Go booklet are some general Bible reading options, but if you’d specifically like to connect with what is read in worship and reflect on those, you can find them here.


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
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Education for all ages
If you are interested in being involved with the leadership of Adult programming, contact a pastor. If you are interested in being involved with children or youth education, please contact Jen Streit or sign up on the MSP Online Scheduler. Click here for more information.

Sunday School/ Youth & Family Ministry
Find out what's going on in Sunday School and Youth & Family Ministry! Click here.

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!

Upcoming Adult Ed;9:00 am
11/18 – As the MCC offers a Big Read for ecumenical congregations around town and the state, we also notice there’s another Go Big Read. Along with UW’s focus on The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, one of the researchers who contributed to the book will be with us to discuss invasives in Madison lakes. Jake Walsh is a post-doc research associate at the UW Center for Limnology.

11/25 – Along with the hosting our annual Farmers’ Market & Brunch, on this Thanksgiving weekend we’ll have a cross+generational event of Gratitude Stations.

Dec 2 While our middle school and high school youth have a special conversation with Drew Hart, we’ll hold on to some of the themes in small group discussions as well. Some jumping off points include: where do our holiday traditions come from? As your family has changed and grown, how have you incorporated or made space for other traditions? How has church changed in racial interactions?

Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Nov. 21, 6:30pm – at St. Thomas Aquinas
Last year, our ecumenical Thanksgiving service and pie reception expanded beyond the two partner denominations of the MCC to welcome our Roman Catholic siblings from St. Thomas Aquinas. This year Father Bart and his congregation return the hospitality by welcoming us! Pastor Nick will be preaching, and joint choirs will sing for the service. You’re still encouraged to bring a pie to share after worship. If you haven’t been to St. Thomas Aquinas, it’s very easy! It’s just on the other side of Gammon Rd from the MCC, with a driveway entrance at 602 Everglade Dr. If you’d prefer to travel with others to be on the certain and safe side, you can meet at the MCC at 6:00. Offering will support the Lussier Center Food Pantry.

Holiday Caroling at St. Mary’s Care Center
Monday, December 3rd, 6:20-7:30
St Mary’s Care Center 3401 Maple Grove Dr. Madison

Please bring your warm smiles and lovely voices to help spread some holiday cheer to the residents of SMCC. Please join us afterwards at the Kuhn’s house (114 S Owen Dr) for some holiday treats - please bring a favorite holiday treat to share. Questions - contact Karen Kuhn 609-4351.

Perspire
It’s just the thing a group with this name has been waiting for: a chance to dress in lumberjack-y flannel and heave some sharp tools. On
Thursday November 29th at 7:30, Perspire is headed to the Happy Axe for some hatchet throwing. More at www.happyaxe.com. This group is particularly for the younger guys of MCC, but all are welcome!

Coming! In Advent!
(It’s a play on words. Get it?!)
New this Advent season will be some simple midweek gatherings to offer a pause to refuel your soul during a busy month. We’ll have three gatherings for peace and respite, and spiritual and soup-ful nourishment. They will be on different nights, hoping to extend the opportunity to as many as possible. Tuesday the 4th, Wednesday the 12th, and Thursday the 20th, we invite you to come at 5:30. The evening will be some simple worship and singing, as well as soup supper. (The final gathering will also be our Longest Night/Blue Christmas service and coincide with the solstice labyrinth walk.)

Baking Communion Bread
You might remember the tasty bread that Sunday School students made with Emily Wixson’s help for World Communion Sunday worship at the start of October. It was tasty, still warm, and (of course!) gluten-free. The recipe came from Sonja Keesey-Berg. Since it was so well received, we’re adding Bread Bakers as a Time and Talent option as an alternative to the purchased loaves. It is a simple process, taking less than a half an hour, and we would plan that the church kitchen would be available. (Note that this bread can’t be frozen, and we need to make sure there is no gluten contamination.) You can talk to Sonja or Emily for more information, or find the recipe posted in the kitchen.

Boundary Waters 2019
All interested adults who would love the opportunity to be a group leader to the Boundary Waters, the dates are set - June 17-23, 2019! If these dates work for you and you would like to co-lead a group of amazing MCC youth to this pristine wilderness area please put it on your calendars, add it to your Stewardship Time and Talent list, and let a BWCA Committee member know!

Winter (?) Farmers’ Market and Brunch
November 25
It may not seem quite like winter yet, but it is already the off-season for local farmers, and you’re invited to help support their income through these cold months. Sunday, November 25 is our annual market and brunch, sponsored by the Food, Faith, and Farming Network (with Roger Williams and Pastor Nick on the board), and in support of emergency farmer relief efforts of Harvest of Hope. This year’s event is specially timed to aid your holiday gift purchases! Brunch tickets will be available at a pre-sale price on Nov. 11 & 18 for two seatings, 9:00 and 11:30 (before and after worship). This year the education hour for all ages will connect with the market events.

Ho, Ho, How Did It Get Here Already?
We don’t want to alarm you at how quickly the fall is passing, but it is time for MCC to begin planning for our wonderful Christmas worship services! Anyone with an interest is welcome to participate. We’ll meet on Wed, Nov 14, starting with Blue Christmas planing at 11:15 am, and Christmas Eve/Christmas Day planing at noon. Feel free to bring a sack lunch.

Christmas Holiday Giving Project
MCC and Middleton Preschool will again participate in a holiday gift-giving project through Freedom Inc, which serves low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County. This year, the number of families identified in need of gifts has increased by 50%. So let’s show up big for these neighbors! For those who are participating in the Big Read, you will be familiar with the concept of reparation. Small-scale reparations—like giving to families—is one way we move towards that repairing and towards a deeper sense of community. If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Sonja, sonja@themcc.org

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

2019 Holy Land trip?
Pastor Nick’s tour of Israel/Palestine this November received insufficient sign-up to work. He has a chance to recoup some of the expense and planning efforts if there is interest in a 2019 trip. Could you please help with some feedback by completing this quick four question survey?  Whether you have lots, some, or no interest, your response would be helpful!

Annual Reports

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

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In the Wider Church . . .

Free Weekly Devotional Message
Every Monday Augsburg Fortress sends a devotional message and selection of artwork based on a Bible reading. Start Monday with a little bit more of Sunday! If you’re interested, click here to sign up.

Individual Support for Our Wisconsin Conference
Day-to-day, you might not see our connection to the UCC Wisconsin Conference. But it’s there! Recently, from grant money and publicity for our Big Read to a subsidized clergy retreat in Nov which Pastor Sonja will attend to our Associate Conference Minister Rev. Joanne Thomson joining us for the 50th Anniversary of Community of Hope celebration, the Conference supports our ministry. We would not be who we are without them, all year long! You are encouraged to consider making a contribution to the Wisconsin Conference Annual Appeal. Here’s how.

A Note from the Lussier Community Education Center

If you missed the Harvest Celebration, or would like some follow-up, here’s a note from LCEC Director Paul Terranova. You might pay special attention to the video links! Being with so many of you was a beautiful way to recognize 10 years in the Lussier Community Education Center and kick off our 40th year as a center.

While this announcement doesn't bring you the amazing tastes and smells of pasta with pork ragu or roasted squash, kale and Brussels sprout medley with garlic cream drizzle (crafted with care from veggies grown in the MCC Children’s Garden) nor the hundreds of great conversations and warm hugs between old friends, you will get to enjoy the powerful testimonials shared that evening....

CLICK FOR THE EVENING'S TESTIMONIALS
... and our 2018 Summer Camp Video.
CLICK FOR THE 2018 SUMMER CAMP VIDEO


Please enjoy these tastes of the Center -- and feel free to share them with others.

Untouchable: A MOSES-Presented Movie Screening November 16
MOSES will present of the must-see movie about America's crusade against sex offenders. November 16 at 7:00 pm at the Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society, 2010 Whenona Drive, Madison.

 

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