7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717


Madison Christian Community


Bishop Election, SCSW ELCA
Our Lutheran synod will be electing a bishop this spring to replace Bishop Mary Froiland. If you’d like to learn more about the process and see responses to a survey on what we’re looking for and some of the schedule leading up to the actual election at the synod assembly on May 5-6, you can follow at this website: click here.

Grieving Young Deaths
Following the accidental death of an 8th grader in Middleton and also in the wake of the Parkland, FL school shooting, many conversations at church have revolved around grieving children and how to address these hard issues as families. Faced with that difficulty, please remember these are instances where there are no right answers, no amount of explanations, nothing to say to make it right. Rather than being incapacitated by not knowing how to respond, know that it can be enough to hold onto the hardness together as a family, to let your children know that it scares you and saddens you, too, and that the promise of our faith is that God loves us nevertheless and even beyond all of this hardness. That pairs with the effort of your love as parents, family, and caring adults to be available for whatever emotions might come with holding onto this loss.

The Middleton school student’s death was the result of “the choking game,” so the school has shared some information and resources for families both about discussing risky behaviors and broader grieving, and you can visit the Kromrey website and the Helping Guide website for more useful materials. As we hold students, teachers, and staff in prayers and work for greater safety for our students, your pastors also remind you that we are available in whatever ways might be helpful.

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.

Getting to Know U(CC)
by Pastor Sonja
Click here for the full article on page 19 of the September newsletter.
Even if you already know the United Church of Christ, you’ll want to take another look! At the end 2016, after a year of open dialogue that engaged covenant partners across the full life of the denomination, the UCC Board affirmed a Purpose, Vision, and Mission statement for the denomination. The purpose statement comes from the gospel of Matthew. These will guide our work as we listen for the Still Speaking God, whose Word is made new in this and every generation . . .
Inspired by our vision, the UCC has launched a '3 Great Loves campaign — Love of Children, Love of Neighbor, Love of Creation.’ All ministry settings, including congregations, are encouraged to consider ministry in these areas to further God’s work of “A Just World for All.” In many ways, Community of Hope and Madison Christian Community already reflect this vision and these ministry priorities, which is exciting! Yet, we are invited to consider how we might strengthen any of these areas or other ways God is calling us to participate in this work.

2018 Mission Endowment Grant Recipients
Advent Lutheran Mission Endowment Grant Recipients

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!

Advent Lutheran Mission Endowment Grants Awarded
Over $4000 in grants were awarded by the Advent Mission Endowment Committee last Sunday, including educational scholarships, a mission trip to Pine Ridge Reservation, Haiti Allies for wi-fi, and a partial scholarship through Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

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.

"What Does This Mean?"

Having marked the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation when Martin Luther nailed 95 points of discussion on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31, 1517, we proceeded through a “back to basics” of Luther’s way of teaching the faith through his Small Catechism. You can open a copy (click here) with reflection questions that we 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.)

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.

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

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

Stewardship 2017 Information
Click here.

Bright Stars of Bethlehem

Anyone who is interested in contributing to the scholarship for a student at Dar al Kalima University College in Bethlehem, please make your checks to Advent with a memo for Bright Stars of Bethlehem. The Advent Mission Endowment Fund Committee has given a generous $600 award toward the scholarship, and we are hoping to make it a full scholarship of $3600. Contributions can be made through Feb. 18. If you have questions, contact Joyce Anderson.

Advent Benevolence Allocation
Would you like to give away some money? Would you like to be part of a committee that meets only once? This is a rare chance for such things. Advent members are invited to be part of the Benevolence Allocation subcommittee, meeting on Thursday, March 8 at 2:00pm. 15% of offering dollars given to Advent support other ministries outside our building, 7.5% to the work of our synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA World Hunger and more. This brief meeting will decide how the other 7.5% is allocated, to support local organizations, to offer various forms of relief, and more. (Reminder: though our congregation’s budgets are more unified than ever this year, for reasons of benevolences and tracking and such, it is still helpful for you to designate checks either to Advent or to Community of Hope.)

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/.

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