Labyrinth Walks: Deepening Spiritual Paths
Labyrinth Walks open to the public are scheduled for the
second Sunday of the month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. and the second Wednesday of
the month from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. from November through April. Please enjoy
our outdoor labyrinth from May through October.
Click here to learn more about our indoor and outdoor Labyrinths and
Respond as Stewards
"Each of you must give as you have made up your
mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
The disciple trusts that the world and life belongs to
God and is called to be a caretaker of the gifts God entrusts to him/her. In
response to God's touch in our lives, we offer ourselves joyfully to others; our
time, our talent and our financial treasures. We receive and discover spiritual
gifts. The growing disciple finds ways to unpack and use those gifts for the
sake of Jesus, the church and the world.
As a discipleship congregation, we encourage one
another to support the mission of the community by generously giving financially
and using our gifts to serve joyfully. We encourage one another to be stewards
of our personal health and stewards of the environment.
Opportunities to Respond
Stewardship of the Environment
Madison Christian Community in an environmentally conscious community. The
Energy Task Force strives to reduce the size of the footprint on the environment
resulting from the emissions the building releases into the atmosphere. Kevin
Little of Informing Ecological Design, LLC, graciously installed a prototype of
a computer monitoring system to monitor the use of energy around the clock. This
technology has motivated MCC to reduce energy consumption through behavior
changes and employing measures to reduce energy consumption. Madison Christian
Community was awarded a $15,000.00 demonstration grant in July 2002 which helped
defray the costs of installing a solar unit in October 2002.
Members of Madison Christian Community are also
encouraged to make lifestyle commitments that are environmentally responsible.
Members are invited to make specific commitments as they relate to the use of
energy, political advocacy, and responsible purchasing. More than thirty members
have participated in the MCC EcoTeams.
Stewardship of Our Gifts
At Madison Christian Community stewardship is all response! Our response is
rooted in the conviction that God creates and sustains life and offers new life
through Jesus. God has blessed each of us with abundant gifts: personality,
experiences, talents, failures, interests, dreams and financial resources. In
gratitude for gifts we have received, we use our gifts to serve with joy.
Members of Madison Christian Community make an annual financial commitment and
generously support the mission of MCC and ministries beyond the congregations.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks
in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Prayer is the way a disciple enjoys an intimate relationship with God.
Through prayer God's will is discerned and greater clarity is gained for our
journey. Prayer is powerful. Indeed, God's creative, redeeming and healing
power is often directed through prayer. As a discipleship congregation, we
encourage one another to grow in our prayer and spiritual life. We teach
about prayer and offer opportunities to grow in our spiritual lives. We help
people identify their spiritual gifts and callings. We also provide guidance
and resources for the development of a deep spiritual life. Click here for
information about prayer opportunities.
"If one member suffers, all suffer together with it;
if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it." (I Corinthians
Growth in faith is nurtured through spiritual friendships. Spiritual friends
pray for and with each other, encourage each other and help one another reflect
on the ways God is present and active in our lives and in our community.
As a discipleship congregation, we encourage one another to extend words of
witness and acts of genuine hospitality directed toward our friends, relatives
and neighbors to create the opportunity through which the Holy Spirit brings
others into a relationship of friendship with Christ. As spiritual friends we
seek to offer guidance and support to each other, as well as celebrate the
diverse gifts we can offer.
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. 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
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my
path." (Psalm 119:105)
The regular study of the Bible and books that help to enliven its message is a
key way the disciple practices loving and knowing God. Study happens privately
through personal Bible study and a regular devotional time. Study also happens
publicly as families and friends learn together, in small groups, and through
larger gatherings of formal study and worship.
Through reading, meditating and the study of Scripture, the lively word
of God becomes active in the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit inspires us
through Scripture to see ourselves as we are and as God would have us become.
As a discipleship congregation, we provide growth opportunities through
Bible and topical studies and discussion groups. We offer devotional material to
deepen our devotional lives. We encourage one another to engage in some form of
Opportunities for Study
Sunday Adult Education
We do offer a variety of learning opportunities in conjunction with our Sunday
School for people of all ages. Sessions are held from 9:00-10:00 am. Our adult
education offerings are planned by a team of lay members and clergy, sessions
are also taught by lay and clergy.