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Now You See Them; Now You Don’t: Staff Away Dates
But don’t worry; they’ll be back! Your faithful, hard-working staff will be away from the MCC for both work and play this summer. Here’s the plan as we know it at this point so you can wish them well and plan your time to contact them before or after their time away:
Pastor Nick: July 23-28; Aug 1-Aug 12 (vacation)
Pastor Sonja: June 19-July 11 (vacation)
Jen Streit: July 14-20 & Aug 7-13 (vacation);
Kaisa Miller: July 31-Aug 4 (vacation)
Lisa Johnsen: Aug 11- 27 (vacation, unpaid)
Anthony Dispanet: TBD

Confirmation
On May 28, four of our youth affirmed the faith of their baptism, led us in worship, and expressed in profound ways their understanding of what God, the MCC, and religion mean for their life at this time. Most of these Confirmation faith statements from Audrey Kuhn, Isla Parker, Mindi Bradt, and Zoe Meyer were captured on video and can be found in two segments on Facebook. Click here.

Boundary Waters Travelers
Since 1970, groups of MCC youth have been voyaging by canoe into the remote wilderness of God’s creation through trips to northern Minnesota. This year we traveled to Ely, MN and canoed out of Moose Lake and Fall Lake entry points June 12-18.
Thanks to many people who helped—the BWCA planning team, gear sorters, trailer wranglers, a vehicle loan, and canoe lenders, as well as family support for all of our travelers and the support of your offerings to continue making this important faithful milestone possible.

Road Home Coordinator Needed
The Road Home (a.k.a., IHN) is a local family homeless shelter organization that MCC supports through our volunteer time and generous contributions. Monday and Wednesday of four weeks a year MCC volunteers provide a cooked dinner, lunch and breakfast supplies, play time, and overnight hosting at the host congregation, Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ at 1501 Gilbert Road. For each of the eight nights there is a coordinator from MCC. Since Aaron Anding moved, John Malecki and Beth Campbell have been coordinators, one per night. After beginning in 2010, Beth has decided to retire at the end of 2017. (We are committed to cover September 25 and 27 and November 27 and 29.)
It is useful to have two or more coordinators to share the workload, allow for schedule flexibility and cover emergencies and away time. If we do not have two or more coordinators, MCC will either drop back to being a buddy for one day of the week or drop out of the program. We should let Orchard Ridge and The Road Home (TRH) know about such a change in time to look for help before they set the 2018 schedule in December 2017. Read more about what the coordinators do on page 10 of the Summer 2017 newsletter. Click here.

Land Use Umbrella Group (LUUG) — Spring Update
I hope you have had an opportunity to walk the MCC grounds lately. The gardens, woods and prairies are beautiful. Much happened during the month of May. Read about all that was accomplished on page 8 of the Summer 2017 newsletter: click here.

ELCA Synod Assembly Reflections
Check out the Summer 2017 Good Word newsletter for a brief recap from a couple of your delegates to the South-Central Synod of WI, ELCA, Synod Assembly, which took place April 29-30. Click here.

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..
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Advent Narrative Budgett
Combined MCC Annual Reportss

Lent 2017 ReflectionsReflections of Lent 2017Reflections of Lent 2017


"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.)

FARE: Not Black and White
This past year several members of the MCC journeyed together to learn about racism and equip themselves for their individual action for racial justice and to foster collective action within the MCC. The final class for the program year wrapped up in April, but a commitment to this work will be ongoing. With difficult summer schedules, those interested continuing racial justice work within the context of the FARE (Faith in Action for Racial Equity) group may wait to gather again until late summer or early fall.


That said, the essential work of FARE was alive and vibrant in the MCC discernment to become a Sanctuary Congregation. Immigrants come in many shades, and immigrant communities of color are most frequently targeted for Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. They are also most likely to be routinely profiled by law enforcement and asked to produce proof of citizenship.
We live in an interconnected world, and this is true of privilege and oppression. To be a person of color in the United States is to be a target of discrimination that is enforced by systems of power. For each additional community of oppression with which one is identified, the risk increases. To be a person of color is compounded by being an immigrant, and vice versa. Then add being an immigrant of color who is a woman. Or being a female immigrant of color who is a non-English speaker. Or a queer immigrant woman of color who is a non-English speaker. Mix in poverty or a member of a minority religion. You see how it goes. Oppressions pile up and multiply. Racism is not only about a black-white dynamic, because all shades of brown are targets of its evil. Racism is not even metaphorically a black-and-white issue because of the many hues of intersectionality. Whenever we act for racial justice, in all its particularities and complexity, we are doing holy work.

Love Little Ones? Nursery Worker Position
Do you enjoy caring for young children or know someone who does? MCC is looking to hire a new Nursery Worker to provide child care for a small group of children aged 5 and under on Sunday mornings during the education hour and worship service. This position is assisted by one youth or adult volunteer from the MCC. For a full job description and expectations, please email mcc@chorus.net.

Thanks for Giving
The Treasury of Love offering for December provided $810 in assistance. Six 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/?

MCC Sanctuary Declaration As a matter of faith, and in solidarity with our undocumented brothers and sisters whose lives and families are being torn apart by immoral immigration policies and enforcement actions, we of Madison Christian Community declare ourselves to be a Sanctuary Congregation. We commit to engage in support, advocacy, and service within our capacity to our immigrant neighbors and, in collaboration with the interfaith community and broader Dane Sanctuary network, to provide physical sanctuary as the need arises.

The Pentecost Spirit was blowing and blazing on Sunday. In separate meetings, both Madison Christian Community and First Unitarian Society affirmed becoming the first declared sanctuary site congregations in Madison for undocumented immigrants at high risk for deportation. Orchard Ridge UCC will meet to determine their participation as a sanctuary congregation on June 18. It’s important to name all three of our congregations as we announce the MCC decision because the deep discernment that led to our decision is set within the context of an interfaith movement seeking to respond collaboratively to this urgent need asked of us by our local immigrant community.
Read more about this on page 1 of the Summer 2017 newsletter, click here.

Exploring Options to Assist Our Immigrant Neighbors
At the MCC annual meeting, a Sanctuary Task Force was instituted to help us consider how we might make a faithful response to assist undocumented immigrants in our community who face increased risk of deportation under our current national administration. The task force has begun this exploration, and sponsored two Adult Ed forums in March. The first was an informational session with Sergio Gonzalez of Voces de la Frontera and Rabbi Bonnie Margulis of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice. Both are integrally tied to sanctuary efforts in Dane County, and shared that there are multiple levels of involvement with sanctuary that churches or church members could engage--from providing housing within the church for an immigrant at risk to accompanying an immigrant to a Homeland Security appointment. The second forum included Rabbi Margulis again, but primarily served as an opportunity for MCC members to gather in small groups to discuss the possibilities and challenges of becoming a sanctuary church. Stay tuned for more information from the task force as next steps are determined. The task force's ultimate goal is to make a recommendation to the Leadership Team.

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.

This faithful group is moving more deeply into their work for racial justice, from the what of racial inequity to the “what now” of racial justice work. The more one engages at a personal level, the more the journey requires from us. Yet, it is exactly this engagement that signals a movement from being merely an observer or information-gatherer to becoming an active participant in the anti-racism movement.

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. 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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