7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717


Madison Christian Community

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Madison Christian Community

We've followed the progress of the Monarch from egg to butterfly, relating this life cycle to faith at our Tuesdays in August outdoor worship.

Now Accepting Grant Applications
Application Download: Click Here
The Advent Lutheran Mission Endowment Committee is now accepting grant applications. Although this Fund is managed by the ELCA Foundation, all MCC members are eligible to apply. The Endowment Fund was created as a way to support ministries that are above and beyond our operating budgets and meet the following criteria:

· Local faith-based social ministries serving basic
       human need
· National/International faith-based organizations
       meeting basic human needs
· Financial assistance to MCC members for
       post-secondary education
· Innovative new programs or ministry initiatives
       within the MCC consistent with the MCC
       mission and purpose.
· Environmental stewardship ministries

Grant awards vary and are based on the above criteria, availability of funds and prior funding history. Please note that the application form has changed and is available on our website under the events and announcements tab or from the church office staff. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 19 with awards to be made in early June.

If you have questions about the application process or would like to make a contribution to the endowment fund, please contact a committee member for further information. Thank you. Members: Tom Walsh, Linda Pils, Ann Ward, Julie Krbec, John Rowe, Pastor Nick and Rita Olson

Prairie Roots
Contact Jen Streit if you are interested in trying out this “roots” music group. We generally rehearse on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8 pm.

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


Community of Hope

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 continue with additional sessions in September, November, January, March and April. 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

MCC Land Use Umbrella Group (LUUG)
Click here for more details in the April 2017 Newsletter, page 6.
Creation Stewardship is one of MCC’s missions; it defines who we are and decisions we make concerning how to best use our land. The LUUG committee makes recommendations to church members for creating an intentional sense of place for MCC that combines strong stewardship and uses of the land with imaginative and spiritual participation by the congregation and neighboring community. We met twice over the past 2 months. Our goal was to plan monthly intergenerational projects to engage adults and children to participate in fun activities that will help create our “intentional sense of place.” Some projects planned for April and May include:
April 23rd MCC Earth Day 9:00 am: Clear brush in Spirit Woods, take brush and slash from Spirit Woods to Westfield Road; contact Brian Kuhn. Landscape Front Church Entrance; Clear and mulch grounds around signs and front entrance; contact Nancy Greenwald, Janet Sabatke, Sarah Zutz. Pick up trash around property; contact Jean Einerson. Eliminate Creeping Charlie in upper garden; contact Ann Ward
May 14th: Plant in Food Pantry; Sunday School will plant pole beans in the garden; contact Green Team

Save the Date for the Men's Tailgate
Thursday, June 1
5:15pm Social Hour
6:30pm Supper-On-A-Bun
7:00pm Program
More Details to follow as the weather gets warmer.

MCC Camping Weekend: June 9-11
Calling all outdoor enthusiasts! MCC Camping Weekend is June 9-11th at the Bethel Horizons Campground in Dodgeville, WI. Please join us for a wonderful weekend of campfires, s’mores, and stargazing. If you’re not a camper, please make a day trip to Governor Dodge around 11:00 am on Saturday, June 10th where we will swim in Cox Hollow Lake, hike, and have a potluck lunch together. Campers of all ages are welcome, Bethel Horizons Campground is the most family-friendly place we’ve camped in Wisconsin. Amenities include hot showers, flush toilets, and kids playground. Platform tents with bunk beds and mattresses are available, you can just bring sleeping bags and pillows! Camping is $18/family per night. Nicky McElfresh is happy to answer questions, nmcelfresh@gmail.com or 608-848-2043. Click here to sign up.

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: May 11.

(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 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.

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 .

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)


OPALS Book Discussion Group
4th Tuesday Each Month; 1:30 pm
For December, we are meeting on Dec. 27th at 1:30 pm at a new location—come to Virginia's house (very near MCC), with some Christmas treats (if you have any leftover) and a book to give away. We are reading Boys in the Boat by Daniel J. Brown. Contact the church office for location.
Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 25

G.E.M.S. (Grumpy Elderly Men)
GEMS Meets Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
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, May 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: May 18

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: May 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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