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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.

News and Announcements
Recently, 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.

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.

 

Bishop Thomas-BreitfeldNew Bishop Installation Celebration
Saturday, August 18; 2:00 pm
First Lutheran in Janesville

Congregation members are invited to the bishop’s installation at  If you’d like to learn more about our synod, visit www.scsw-elca.org or the Facebook page.

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.

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

Helping MCC Ministry Continue
A recent Leadership Team meeting was dreaming of wonderful ways to celebrate what has happened as the MCC over the course of 50 years, and soon we’ll begin the plans for how to invite the congregation into those celebrations and the commitments to our next year of ministry together. Do you find life and ministry of our congregation vital and important? Then please consider sharing that passion and good news by helping plan for fall stewardship. The kick-off will be a combined session with the Leadership Team on Thursday, August 16 at 7pm as an opportunity to discuss some more of the goals and important messaging for the season. (If you aren’t around for that meeting, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you!)

Guatemala
¡Muchas Gracias!
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.

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

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 . . .

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.

ELCA Synod-Wide Women’s Retreat
September 22
This year’s fall synod-wide women’s retreat, “Listening for God, Walking with Jesus," will feature a presentation by Advent’s Jean Einerson and Ann Ward. Jean and Ann will share their exercise physiology expertise through a workshop called “Walking, Strength, and Balance Activities for Health.” Consider attending this inspiring gathering, joining with the larger web of women from throughout the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. The retreat will be held on Saturday, September 22, at New Life Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove Road, Madison. Further information and a registration form are included in this packet.

Freedom Health Day
August 19
Freedom Inc’s 17th Annual BBQ, 5K, and Sport’s Tournament. Here’s another opportunity to spend time with a diverse group of Madison residents. In addition to the 5K run/walk, there are dance battles and basketball, volleyball, spades, and chess tournaments. There’s even a free UNO tournament for ages 13 and under! Bouncy house for the youngest kids. And good food! Aug 11, 9am - 6pm at Penn Park 2101 Fisher St. Click here for additional information and to register. (Hope to see you there! Pastor Sonja)

QPoC Pride Brunch
Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m
Robinia Courtyard (829 E Washington Ave.)

This free brunch for LGBTQ people of color will include entertainment and hors d'oervres, hosted by the QPOC Pride planning committee and Our Lives Magazine. Click here for more info.

 

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