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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.

Scripture Reading and Bulletins
Watch in this space each week for a PDF version of the Sunday bulletins:
Hope bulletin      Advent bulletin
The idea started from Advent Worship Team who thought those with tablets might like to use it in worship in order to adjust size and brightness. For those who can’t be part of Sunday worship, it is also a chance to see what you’re missing and connect to the community a bit from afar.

For Palestine
Economic Support
Sundays through December 16, products that support Palestinians will be available. Olive wood carvings and fair trade olive oil products support traditional artists and farmers.

Holy Land Trip, November 8-2019
Dates are set for another try at a Holy Land trip with Pastor Nick. Cost (including program, flight, lodging, and most meals) is $3349. More details and brochures coming soon. Please let Nick know ASAP if you’re interested.


Youth MLK Day Registration Deadline
Sunday, Dec 16
Attention 1st - 8th grade parents! Click here for quick and easy registration. This year, we truly have an interfaith group. Qur planning team includes Christian, Jewish, and Muslim educators. We have a lot of fun playing and learning about Dr. King and his legacy. This year, we have the incredible drum circle leader Elmore Lawson leading a portion of the day!

2018 Contributions
If you’re looking to finalize your offerings and pledges for this year, or to take advantage of any year-end disbursements from IRAs as charitable contributions, please remember that there are only a couple weeks left in the calendar year! Thank you!

Advent Mission Endowment Fund
The Advent Mission Endowment Committee is accepting applications from MCC members for grants for one of its biannual disbursements. The application with eligibility criteria is available online and must be submitted to the church office or to current committee chair, Linda Pils, at lindapils@sbcglobal.net no later than January 24, 2019.

MCC Community Group - New Year’s Eve Potluck
December 31, 6:30pm Saukdale Community Club House
Sign up to bring a dish on the sign-up sheet in the Shalom Room. BYOB and tableware; coffee will be provided.

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.

Racial Justice Task Force
We are forming a Racial Justice task force (name to be determined) to help harness the Big Read energy. If you are interested in joining, let one of the pastors know.


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.
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.

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 School Christmas Pageant
Saturday, Dec.15, 10am - Rehearsal (Important!)
Meet in the Blessing room - all youth, ages K-8th. Bring a Gingerbread House decoration to share. Gingerbread house making will take place in the Shalom room after rehearsal.
Sunday, Dec. 16, 10am - (no Sunday School) general arrival for Children & Youth led worship
There may be other times for other special groups, so please watch your emails!
No Sunday School.


Youth-Led Worship and Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 16; 10:15 am
It's a wonderful Sunday of shared MCC worship. The youth will lead us in song and prayer with the theme, "Messengers of Peace." Other highlights including the always memorable Christmas pageant and high school skit.

Confirmation Candy Sale
The Confirmation Class has made delicious candy again this year, which they’ll be selling after worship on Sunday. Your generous purchases raise money for the Confirmation service project in January, when the students purchase food for the Lussier Center.

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

Dec 16 – In our last session before Christmas break, we’ll take a look at various portrayals of the nativity in art and film and discuss what they are telling us about the story.

Season of Advent Mid-Week Worship
A new opportunity for a peaceful pause in this busy season, for some quiet worship with carols and soup supper (a night off from preparing a meal!), plus the beauty of a decorated church. These new gatherings begin Tuesday (Dec. 4), 5:30-7:00pm. The next is Wednesday, Dec. 12. The final will be our Blue Christmas/Longest Night worship on Dec. 20. There is also opportunity to walk the Labyrinth in the Covenant room that evening; 5:30-7:30 pm, if you wish.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

Individual Support for Our WI 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.

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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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.

Advent Message: “Come”
Listen to this week’s Advent message from UCC General Minister Rev. John Dorhauer in his podcast “Into the Mystic” (Click here). He speaks about this liminal time of Advent, with prayers that Jesus come to usher in the new realm where xenophobia, racism, transphobia, and other barriers to Beloved Community are healed. To receive this weekly podcast and news of the UCC, sign up here.

Christmas Messages
Digital Christmas card greetings come to you from each of our denominations. Click here for blessings from the UCC executive ministers and click here for a message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

Good Gifts & Best Gifts
If you’d like your Christmas generosity and gift-giving not just to show love to those near to you but also to care for people and communities and creation around the world, ELCA Good Gifts (www.ELCA.org/goodgifts) allows you to buy chickens, ox and plow, trees, clean water, healthcare, education, solar power, microloans for women, welcome for refugees, and even more of the most amazing gifts that can be given! The work happens in 83 countries, with 90% of your funds directly doing the work on the ground. Your gift can serve in honor of someone else, with cards to celebrate the good.


In partnership with Church World Service, the UCC offers CWS Best Gift. You already have the gift of helping others. And when you pair that gift with the gifts you’ll find here, you offer an invaluable treasure. It’s a child reading for the first time, a toddler taking a step because you set them on a healthy path, a family who can stay warm when temperatures drop...and so much more.

UCC Podcast for a Just World
This Advent season, this podcast is doing a 4-part series called “Resilience in the Time of Herod.” You can find it at this link. Their other series are available there also: “Alive in Our Sexuality and Faith” and “Sacred Conversations to End Racism.”

Returning to Sacred Texts and Finding Stories You Can Live In.
The Wisconsin/Minnesota Conferences Damascus Project equips lay leaders and those seeking an alternative path to training for ministry. This new online course on biblical interpretation run from
February 4 to April 5, 2019. Registration fee is $250. Click here for additional information and registration.

Fourth National Climate Assessment
To read this recent report on the impacts, risks, and adaption related to climate change published by The National Climate Assessment, click here. For information about how the UCC is responding to this report, click here
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“Three Sides” Podcast
If you’re an Advent member and missed the article in Living Lutheran, you might like to check out the ELCA podcast “Three Sides” (meaning more than the “two sides to every story”). The most recent episode discusses the science behind children’s brain development in the first five years of life and how to use this scientific insight in faith formation with daily practices for parents. She also provides insight into how congregations can create an inviting environment for children to experience God. Find them at https://www.livinglutheran.org/podcast/

African American History Class
Mondays, Feb 4 – April 16, 7-9 pm
Registration is now open for Justified Anger’s 2019 Black History Class. Justified Anger and UW-Madison history professors present these classes  regularly because “Rooting ourselves in our history, and understanding how we got here, will help us move forward together to make a better world and a stronger Madison. . .This course is also a meaningful entry point for whatever cross-cultural work you want to do to make Madison a better place.” Registration is $100 before Jan 1 and $150 after. For additional information or to register, click here. Several members of MCC have taken this course and recommend it.

MADWest Winter Farmers' Market
Through February 23
MADWest Winter Farmer's Market is a bustling hub of good friends and healthy foods. Join us INDOORS at the Lussier Community Education Center to enjoy a cup of coffee and live music by Moldy Jam while shopping for your weekly groceries. Bring your friends and stay awhile! Join the MADWest Farmers' Market Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MADWestFM/ or updates on what you can expect each week. We hope to see you there!

 

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