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
Easter Flowers: Act Now!
Easter flower orders can be placed through April 2nd, by replying to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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 (email@example.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