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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.

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.

9:00 am Sunday Adult Discussion
All are welcome to attend Adult Discussion (formerly “Parent Hour”) this Sunday in the youth room. Anyone with a commitment to our youth, regardless of parental status, is encouraged to join in!

April 22 Earth Sunday
Adult Ed at 9:00 am Our education hour will be active and outdoors. As we celebrate Earth Sunday. You’re invited to come at 9:00am to share in projects that care for our part of creation here on our grounds.
Worship at 10:15am We will have a shared Earth Sunday worship service featuring musical leadership by Prairie Roots.

Adult Ed on April 29 at 9:00 am
Elaina Meier will share about participating in a medical service trip and encounters with people in deep need in the Volta Region of Ghana. Meier joined providers from across the US as they followed the lead of a team of Ghanaian nurses, doctors, pharmacists, and community workers providing primary care outreach clinics. Meier, an advanced doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at UW, is also a pharmacy tech and wore both hats during the outreach. The team worked to tend to both the bodies and souls of those served. Packed in with all the meds and supplies was Meier's photography gear so this Adult Ed promises great visuals!

Phil & Nick
Mondays Through April 30;  7:00 p.m.
A second session of Bible studies related to our Narrative Lectionary. Join Pastor Nick to read through Paul’s letter to the Philippians (including one of Nick’s favorite passages in the Bible!)

FARE (Faith in Action for Racial Equity)

Sunday, April 22, After Worship
We don’t have a lunch-maker this time, so please bring a sack lunch.

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
Two Minute BibleMCC 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)

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

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.

 

Advent Meeting
This is notification of an extremely brief congregational meeting for Advent at the end of worship on
April 29 with one item on the agenda.

Advent Mission Endowment Grant Application: April 8-May 20
The members of the Advent Mission Endowment Fund usually approve grants to organizations and individuals bi-annually. This spring, the grant application period is from April 8-May 20. Grant awards will be disbursed on June 3 at church. We hope that all the recipients will be able to attend and say a few words about how these funds will be used.


The social impact criteria for grants is: local & national faith-based social ministries serving basic human needs, financial assistance to MCC members for post-secondary education, new programs or ministry initiatives within the MCC and environmental stewardship ministries. Grant awards vary based on availability of funds and prior funding history with new applicants given preference meeting the criteria. (See application form)

Applicants may apply for grants only once during the calendar year. The applications may be obtained at the MCC office and on our website. Click here.

BWCA Registration

High school students can now reserve a spot in this summer’s Boundary Waters canoe trip with a $50 deposit. The trip will be June 11-17. You can talk to Pastor Nick for more info or to offer assistance, or to the planning group: Marily Crews, Karen Kuhn, Jill McLeod, and Dean Ryerson.

Next Niebuhr
After making our way through Reinhold Niebuhr’s "Moral Man and Immoral Society", we are moving on to his brother’s theology with "Christ and Culture", on how our faith encounters society and ethics. Copies are $14.

MCC Women’s Salad Supper
Lifelong MCC member Laura Komai will present, “A Shopgirl Stuck in Genesis” on
Tuesday, April 24, 6:00-8:30 pm. Ten years ago Laura and her sister, Sachi, launched their business at the top of State Street. Come, learn what it’s like to be an entrepreneur just a stone’s throw from the heartbeat of Wisconsin government. Watch for the sign-up poster coming soon. You won’t want to miss this once-a-year evening out where we share favorite salad recipes, sing a few songs together, and enjoy each other’s company with a special

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

Buy Stock in Youth!
Guatemala Mission Trip Fundraiser: If you would like to donate to our mission trip, feel free to take an envelope off of the board in the Shalom Room and donate the amount written on the envelope. Checks can be made out to MCC with Guatemala in the memo line. If donating cash, write your name on the envelope so the amount can be recorded on your MCC giving statement. Please place the envelope in the offering or give it to one of our pastors.

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.




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.

“Ask the Earth and It Will Teach You”
This is the theme of this year’s UCC Southwest Annual Meeting on Sat, April 14
In addition to the opportunity to get to know others in UCC congregations in our region, the event includes worship; a keynote speaker who is a farmer and pastor; and a variety of workshops. Some from our MCC will be leading a workshop on our own creation care initiatives. The event is from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm at Salem UCC in Verona. Our congregation is in need of one additional delegate. If you are available, please let Pastor Sonja know and she’ll get our delegation registered.

Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting Invitation
Community of Hope has two elected delegates to the Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting on June 8-10 at Green Lake Conference Center, but anyone can register as a visitor for all or part of the meeting. This year’s Theme: Why Are We So Afraid? The Winds and Waves of Race and Privilege. The guest speaker is Rev. Traci Blackmon, our UCC Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries, a dynamic speaker and preacher. Our own Bryan Sirchio is providing music for the meeting. If you’d like information about attending, talk with Pastor Sonja. You’ll want to register early if you need housing.

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.

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

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In the Wider Church . . .

UCC Summer Camp
Have you made your plans yet to attend camp this summer? The two UCC camps in Wisconsin--Moon Beach and Pilgrim Center—are ready and waiting for your registration! Howard and Lucetta Kanetzke particularly recommend Family Camp at Moon Beach July 8-14, where they will participate for their 36th consecutive year!

lyons Lecture: Postracial Blues,
Dr. J. Kameron Carter
Saturday, April 21
First United Methodist's annual lecture series features Dr. Carter who "assumes we've been given a flawed theological vision when it comes to understanding race and the sacred. In an era rife with racial strife, violence, and trauma, Carter suggests part of the problem lies in theology's complicity in racism and its limited racial imagination. His case begins with the separation of Christianity and Judaism and sends reverberations into our modern theological understandings of race. In a time when we can ill afford not to listen, Carter offers us a new way to engage race, theology, and the sacred." Morning lecture is "America's Blues" and afternoon lecture "Christianity's Blues." Cost is $55 for adults and $20 for students, including lunch, with half-day options available. Registration and additional information here.

Looking Ahead: Dane Sanctuary Coalition Member Meeting
April 24; 7:00- 8:30 PM at Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ, 1501 Gilbert Rd
MCC folk who are interested in learning more about Dane Sanctuary Coalition and how we can help our immigrant neighbors before they run out of options and need to seek sanctuary should save the date for the next Dane Sanctuary Coalition members-only meeting, Guest speakers will be attorneys from the Community Immigration Law Clinic (CILC).

Washington Island Forum: June 25-29
Register now for “Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in the Scripture” with Dr. Anna Carter Florence. The Washington Island Forum, sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches is especially tailored to lay leaders and pastors who want to deepen their spirituality and connect with the message of the scriptures in a more profound way.

Howard Thurman Conference: April 26-27
Celebrate a legacy | Recover a message | Reimagine a vision
The Upper House is sponsoring a conference related to Howard Thurman, author of Jesus and the Disinherited and many other books. He was a philosopher and theologian who helped shape the twentieth century. In his role as a teacher and mentor, Thurman’s vision of social justice, rooted in the requirements of reconciliation and love, was one of the pillars of the Civil Rights movement as an advisor to the likes of James Farmer, Vernon Jordan, and Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for additional information.


Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice Annual Celebration May 23; 6:00 to 7:30 pm
“Welcoming the Stranger: Immigrant Justice and the Faith Community” is the theme of this year’s gathering, which will be held at the Lussier Center. Keynote Speaker and Voice for Justice awardee - Sergio Gonzales will focus on the New Movement. Also included will be Fabiola Hamdan, Dane County Immigration Affairs Specialist. The Community Immigration Law Clinic (CILC) will receive the Voice for Justice Award. Dessert reception to follow. RSVP to wifaithvoices4justice@gmail.com.

 

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