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PURLSPURLS Prepare for Winter
Besides all their work on prayer shawls, the knitters of our Purls group have been active in trying to keep our community warm this winter. They have completed 98 hats, 28 pairs of mittens, 5 sets of hat and mittens, 9 scarves, and 1 headband this year that will be donated to Porchlight, Lussier Center, and Mendota Elementary School.

Thank You for the Quilts, Beverly!
IMG 1291On Saturday, October 13, 174 quilts made this year by MCC quilters were loaded onto a boxcar to be sent around the world by Lutheran World Relief. Hildy McGown reminded us in Advent worship last weekend that 98% of those quilt tops were made by Beverly Hymes. Beverly has been mostly unable to be part of worship since Easter, because a jaw problem makes eating very painful and so she has been weak. But she has managed to keep making beautiful quilt tops! If you’d like to share appreciation for Beverly’s work, you can send a card to 7624 Widgeon Way, Madison WI 53717.

New Art Wall Installation
Check out the new art displayed in the Shalom Room by our very own MCC PURLS and the wonderful variety of colorful knit creations.

MCC PURLS Hats for Hurricane Relief Update

With your help we raised over $500 for the Lutheran Disaster Response and donated over 80 warm items to Wexford Ridge, The Lussier Center, and Porchlight. Thanks for your overwhelming generosity and commitment to helping others!

New Prayer Path
Signs are now in to guide you on a meditative, reflective walk around the MCC property. Eleven stops feature signs for you to pause and reflect on our environmental ministries and God’s blessing for you amid creation. The Prayer Path was funded largely by gifts for Sonja Keesey-Berg’s retirement celebration and the path celebrates her 23 years of dedicated service to the congregation. There are adjustments to come, but you are welcome to begin enjoying this mindful journey!

Ask Me About My Pronouns
By Pastor Sonja (she/her/hers)
Many of us grew up in a pink and blue world. Or at least believing we did. Or at least if our gender identities matched the gender we were assigned at birth. “It’s a boy!” “It’s a girl!” Simple, right? There are boys and there are girls. Wrong! “Gender isn’t that simple, folks,” Jennifer O’Ryan wrote in her article “They, Them, Theirs—Why Pronouns Matter in the Conversation About Modern Masculinity.” Read more of Pastor Sonja's article on page 17 of the September newsletter. Click here.

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!

2018 Mission Endowment Grant Recipients
Advent Lutheran Mission Endowment Grant Recipients


Weekly E-Mail News
Email Kaisa Miller, our Administrative Secretary, at mcc@chorus.net to be added to the weekly email announcements to stay up on all the latest events and opportunities.

Chickens July 2018
MCC Chickens: Sad News & Welcomes

Three weeks ago Rosie died, seemingly from old age. This Tuesday we lost both Blossom and Lucy. The Bauer family is waiting (up to a month) for test results to see possible causes. The vet assures us there’s no threat to people.


In more hopeful news, the night before Blossom and Lucy died, Mary Jane Bauer brought in two new chickens from the McLeod flock that will be living in the church coop. They are currently segregated to be introduced the old flock. MJ has named them Marie Antoinette (though Scott Bauer says Fluffhead) and Henrietta.

Community Shares of Wisconsin Backyard Heroes
Jean Einerson and Ann Ward were named “Backyard Heroes” for May by Community Shares of Wisconsin! Congratulations to them and to the whole Green Team for your faithfulness of tending the garden.
“Jean Einerson and Ann Ward have been an integral part of the success of the Chrysalis Pops program, which provides meaningful work opportunities to individuals with mental illness at Chrysalis - one of Community Shares of Wisconsin's member nonprofits. With the support from the Madison Christian Community Church community garden, Jean and Ann have helped grow and harvest hundreds of pounds of produce used in Chrysalis Pops.” Click here for the article:

South-Central Synod of Wisconsin News
Keep up on current events and news from our synod--click here. If you would like to subscribe to the synod weekly e-letter, "What Matters" contact the synod office at 608-270-0201 or scswoffice@scsw-elca.org.

Housing Bats
Amid exciting summer stewardship plans discussed by the Land-Use Umbrella Group (LUUG) this week was an opportunity to build bat houses. That pairs with devastating news from the DNR this week on bat populations affected by white-nose syndrome: https://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/article/?id=4254. Bat houses are one of the best ways we can be helping bats.

Noisy Thank You
Thank you for your generous donations to the Noisy Offering! We collected 5,870 coins!! The coins plus the cash donations totaled $665, which will be split between the UCC and ELCA Hurricane Relief efforts in Puerto Rico.


According to World Vision, "Puerto Rico is devastated and struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island territory Sept. 20, 2017, as a Category 4 storm. As of Jan. 31 — more than 4 months since the storm hit — about70 percent of the island’s electricity customers have had power restored, the U.S. Dept. of Energy reports. Still, roughly 439,000 people remain without power. Residents have lived through food and water shortages, water-related disease outbreaks, generators running out of fuel, hospitals and schools closed due to extensive damage, and in the immediate aftermath, lack of access to the banking system." Click here for information.

With FEMA overwhelmed, the UCC and ELCA disaster response teams have plenty to contribute!

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

Summer Sunday Schedule
Worship at 9:30 am Through Labor Day
Summer Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m., and Sunday School and Adult Ed Forum are on a summer hiatus.


2018 Pride Parade
MCC at Madison Pride Parade
If you haven't had a chance, check out the photos from Pride Sunday on our Facebook page.

Annual Reports
Click here to download the Madison Christian Community 2017 Combined Annual Reports

Sanctuary Grant Received

Community of Hope has received a $2,700 grant from the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries to assist the MCC with costs related to retrofitting our building in preparation to receive a person seeking Sanctuary. With thanks to the national church for this recognition that becoming a Sanctuary congregation helps us live the UCC Great Love of Neighbor as well as our own commitment to live lovingly and faithfully with our neighbors.

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.

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/.

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/?

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.

Children’s Tables in the Blessing Room
Two short tables have been added along the perimeter of the Blessing Room. As we continue striving for our children to be part of worship in ways that are appropriate and meaningful for them, this offers an opportunity for kids of all ages who would like a tactile experience during worship that compliments the scripture passage and the sermon. As Pastor Sonja has also been using in Hope's worship, children of all ages have been able to engage in quiet activity as part of worship. Parents, we ask that you still sit near enough to your child(ren) so that you can still supervise as needed.


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