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Annual Meeting
The Annual Meetings for Advent Lutheran, ELCA, and Community of Hope, UCC, was held on January 29, 2017, after worship. You will find the 2016 Annual Report and Narrative Budgets for each congregation prior to the meeting.
Hope Narrative Budget
Advent Narrative Budget
Combined MCC Annual Reports


The Confirmation Class is Ready to “Do Something Good”—Again—with Your Help

Each year the confirmands are provided a small amount of money (we’re shooting for $50 each), and told to “Do Something Good” with it.They and their mentors develop and execute some kind of service project through the Lenten season, and then report on their efforts during an Adult Education Forum after Easter. The projects have been meaningful and wide-ranging in the past. You are invited to be a part of this effort by donating seed money for this project. Checks should be made out to MCC, with Confirmation” in the memo line. With five student this year, we hope to collect a total of $250.Thanks for considering a donation. Youth will make their presentations at Adult Ed on April 23 or 30. You are guaranteed to be impressed and inspired!


LilyOrder Easter Flowers: Act Now!
Easter flower orders can be placed through April 2nd, by replying to smzutz16@gmail.com or filling out the flower order form (click and print here or find a hard copy in the Shalom Room). Then bring a check made out to MCC with Easter flowers in the memo and put the check and order form in the "Easter Flowers" envelope in Kaisa's basket in the Shalom Room. Orders must be received by April 2nd!


Quilting for Lutheran World Relief
LWR Quilts
The MCC Quilters created 176 quilts in the past 12 months from fabrics donated by the congregation. These donations make it possible to participate in this wonderful Lutheran World Relief mission for the 21st year! For the first time last year the quilters were able to track where THEIR quilts went. They received thank yous from Angola (in Africa), India, and Georgia (part of the former USSR). This year’s quilts were driven to the rail yard on Johnson Street on October 1, and began their journey to desperate families who have lost their household belongings due to natural or man-made disasters. The quilts will be given away—never sold—to people without regard to race, politics, or religion. As long as people will keep donating cast-off sheets, tablecloths, curtains and fabric stash, the quilters will keep making quilts. And those quilts will bring warmth, color, and a reminder of love from half way round the globe. Consider joining the MCC quilters the 1st Tuesday of every month on the lower level at 9am. No prior experience necessary. More pictures on the News page. Click here.

Congratulations to Harvest of Hope!
They just hit the $1,000,000 mark!
Harvest of HopeIn the 30+ years of this ministry, Harvest of Hope has awarded over one million dollars in grant money to Wisconsin farm families who faced financial crises. Way to go! The situations have been extremely varied and include: electric power cutoffs, medical or veterinary bills, house or barn fires, feed shortages, crop failures, herd health problems, machinery breakdowns, low commodity prices, rising input costs, or simply putting food on the table or fuel in the fuel tank. Harvest of Hope grew out of Community of Hope UCC, and continues to receive financial, volunteer, and in kind support from both congregations of the Madison Christian Community, as well as from many other contributors.

"What Does This Mean?
2017 is 500 years since the Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed 95 points of discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517. Throughout the year, we’re encouraging a “back to basics” of Luther’s way of teaching the faith through his Small Catechism. Those will be printed in weekly bulletins of Advent Lutheran. You can also download an app here. (Luther would be all for it – he used the newest technology of his time and had posters printed to be hung in family homes.)


MOSES Action Day
March 30
The state-wide justice advocacy organization WISDOM (of which Madison's MOSES group is a member) is sponsoring a statewide Action Day on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in Madison. There will be breakout sessions on various issues related to Criminal Justice Reform, Transit, Immigration, Jobs, the Environment, and more, with time in the afternoon to visit our representatives to the state legislature to share concerns and priorities. The day begins at Bethel Lutheran Church (312 Wisconsin Avenue) for a light breakfast and fellowship at 8:00am. The organized event begins at 9:00 am. After legislative visits the group will wrap up the day back at Bethel by 4:00pm. The cost for the day, including lunch, will be $25. Scholarships are available for those who need one. Registration and information at http://mosesmadison.org/event/wisdom-day-of-action/.

People of Faith, United for Justice
Tuesday, April 4
Join in a gathering to learn, discuss, pray and advocate together for social justice issues of importance to all the people of Wisconsin. As a new legislature starts work on the next state budget, our representatives need to hear our values, priorities, and concerns, our expectations and aspirations. Whether we expect them to agree with us or not, they need to hear from us. Together, we can ensure that our commitment to compassion and justice is reflected in that budget. The day begins with education and inspiration at 9:00am at First United Methodist downtown. After lunch, we will walk to the capitol to meet with legislators and stuff.

UCC Southwest Association Annual Meeting
May 6, 8:30am-3:15 pm
St John's UCC in Monroe

The Keynote speaker will be Edie Rasell, UCC Minister for Economic Justice. She will ask, in the light of biblical texts, what we should think and do about the many of our people who are just getting by or are in poverty in our wealthy country. Workshops include these: Hunger at Our Doorstep, Assisting Immigrants, Our Children in Poverty. Get to know our wider church connections! Julie James is one of our lay delegates, and we can have an additional delegate. However, anyone interested can attend. Hope will cover the $15 fee for delegates. Let Pastor Sonja know by April 15 if you're interested in attending.

Thanks for Giving
The Treasury of Love offering for December has provided $810 in assistance so far. Six checks separate checks were written for partial rent, partial car repairs, and shut-off prevention.

The Special Fund provided $675 in assistance in December. Four separate checks were written for eviction prevention, bus tickets for a homeless family, partial rent and DAIS.

In addition to the two special fund offerings collected by Advent and Hope, the MCC supports numerous organizations with time and money. In the past month, we received numerous THANK YOUs for our donations, which help to prevent homelessness and end hunger through MOM; to provide spiritual care and pastoral support to incarcerated inmates at Dane County jail though MALC Jail Ministry and emergency shelter and affordable housing through Porchlight; to support for long-term relief and recovery efforts through Lutheran World Relief; and to enhance and enrich the lives of those living at Oakwood. Thank you for your generosity!

Connect with Our Community on Facebook
Anyone can visit the public Madison Christian Community Facebook page to read information about events going on at the MCC and see pictures of our beautiful church and our ministries in action. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/Madison-Christian-Community-90156272046/?

Faith in Action for Racial Equity (FARE)
Intersectionality: The Interconnectedness of our multiple identities, and specifically how discrimination is compounded when identities overlap a number of minority classes, such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, health and other characteristics.

Upcoming dates for FARE include March 26 and April 30
The FARE group is continuing to learn about racism, white supremacy, and the individual and systemic impacts on all of us. One of our current assignments is to write a spiritual autobiography from the lens of race. In other words, how did the dynamics of race affect the story of your life? Where was that wounding? Where was that a movement toward well-being? How did race play a part in your religious and spiritual upbringing (think of images, songs, worship traditions, language, make-up of congregations/denominations, persons in positions of leadership, etc.)? How has your identity as a white person or person of color shaped who you are today? Our consciousness of race in our own lives helps us be conscious of how racism plays out in relationships, institutions, and systems. Individuals in the group will have the opportunity to share their autobiographies with one another. In addition, we are also going to be looking with more intention about how we take the information and awareness we’re gaining into action plans. Upcoming dates for FARE include March 26 and April 30.

Even if you’re not in the FARE group, you might have interest in reading samples of spiritual autobiographies through the les of race that can be found in the “White Privilege: Let’s Talk” curriculum available free download at http://privilege.uccpages.org/.

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.

Hospitalizations & Pastoral Care
Would you like a pastor to visit? As you’re registering, watch for a question about religion and congregational affiliation. You can list MCC, CoH, or Advent. Our staff will be checking with hospitals regularly. You’re also welcome to tell Pastors Sonja and Nick before you go in, or to ask for other visits and spiritual care you may need at any time!


Baptismal Birthday/Dedication Cards
5th grade and younger
The Women of MCC send out cards on Baptism/Dedication anniversaries to children of the MCC who are in grade 5 or younger. Children baptized at the MCC are easy, as we know those dates. If your child was baptized somewhere other than MCC, and you would like them to receive a Baptismal/Dedication card, please send your child(ren)'s names and baptismal/dedication dates to Sarah Zutz (smzutz16@gmail.com). Thank you!

Cancellations at MCC
You will be able to find cancellation notices on our website. Please check there to get news of any cancellation

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