The Madison Christian
Community Youth Group, a group of teens grades 6-12, are members Advent
Lutheran & Community of Hope UCC. Coming from Madison's east & west side,
Verona, Middleton, Mt. Horeb and other areas, we gather together to
celebrate and serve our world through faith development, music, service
projects, outdoor adventures, and lots of other cool stuff.
We engage and guide our youth toward faithful lives of compassion and
service, while helping them build relationships. Participation in our church
community is always encouraged and welcome!
A safe and fun environment is a priority for all who are interested in
participating in our activities. Friends are always welcome. Scholarships
are always available.
Our youth are called to ministry through their soccer team, dance class,
choir, orchestra, band, curling club…in all that they do in and out of
church! The training of Peer Ministry is critical. The skills they learn
gift them with the tools to do ministry and mission to all teens. They learn
tools to help others in the midst of emotional emergency, how to navigate
conflict, and how to be a good leader and friend.
MCC Youth... of the Corn! It Was An Absolute Riot!
Corn Maze... Corn in the form of a maze, in the
dark = Good Times!
Lisa Johnsen, Kelle Adams, Brian Kuhn and Doug Crews-Nelson led a group of
fine MCC youth at Treinen Farm in Lodi, Saturday, October 19th. It was an
absolute riot! Happy/crazy energy was abounding as we traced the paths of
Treinen's pattern of the year, Owl. I can't imagine having more fun than we
had. We might as well quit right now... Just kidding!!! The group was
cohesive and fun to be with. Afterwards, we visited Culver's Middleton for
goodies. Thanks all for participating!
Check for Photos on “MCC Youth” Facebook Page
If you are on face book, you can search for the group "MCC Youth." This is a
group for MCC youth and their families. Its privacy setting is "closed."
What that means is: even though this page can be searched for and found by
anyone, no one can see members' names or what ap-pears on the page unless
they are also a member. Come join us!
How Did the 2014 Alternative Mission Trip to Heifer
Affect Our Youth?
From Maria - "The
motto at Heifer was PASSING ON THE GIFT. This really hit home with me,
because I remember life as a young girl in El Salvador, where I was born. I
remember my family having chickens. With those chickens, we could get eggs
to eat and chicks to sell to other families, who would then raise chickens
to both sell and eat. And of course, we would also eat the chickens to get
protein. While at Heifer, I thought a lot about my life before coming to the
US. I realize even more now how important it is to pass on the gift. And,
how giving something sustainable really helps a family."
From Rosa - "During the week at Heifer
International, I realized that there is enough food and recourses around the
world for everyone in the world. But it is not evenly distributed and that
is the problem. I learned that one person alone cannot do everything, but
when we all come together we can do so many great and wonderful things.
Together we can end this problem of hunger. By passing on the knowledge, we
can join together as one and work together."
From Aralee -
part of the Heifer International trip which had the most impact on me was
the Idea of Quality of Life vs. Standard of living. Although people in
America and other first-world countries are more privileged, that relative
wealth does not necessarily mean that we are happier than the rest of the
world. Most of the world's population has a much lower standard of living
than us, but they also have a higher quality of life because other cultures
also have a much stronger sense of community than we do in America. I could nev-er fully understand this idea until the night we spent in the Global
village, but being cut off from all modern conveniences, like cellphones
(and air conditioning, unfortunately), helped us to come together and
interact. As some of us sat around the campfire and cooked a meal for
everyone, people from many other groups were playing soccer and singing
songs, and even though we had almost nothing, we were having fun just being
together. After this trip I believe that having a greater sense of community
can make all the difference in im-proving our quality of life."
From Sadie -
learned about fair trade. People getting fair payment for what they make is
Thanks, MCC, for all of your generous help - from money to prayers! We had
an amazing trip and truly could not have gone without your creative support.
Faith Intersections is a web site designed for preteens, teens, and adult
leaders to help youth talk about faith and science together primarily within
a faith-based setting that engages youth and their adult leaders. Students
will be encouraged to further access the website within the home setting
with parent(s) or guardian(s) for continued learning between lessons, thus
incorporating the learning into daily life.
What We Do
• Middle School meets every Sunday
morning at 9:00 am
• High School meets the first Sunday of
the month at a
restaurant for breakfast
at 9:00 am
Confirmation Classes meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month for
Everything we do is connected to faith!
• Serving a meal to the hungry at
Grace Episcopal Church
• Preparing food or activities for homeless families in transition
at The Road Home
• Gardening for the Lussier Center Food Pantry
• Teaching & assisting Sunday school
• 40 Hour Famine
• Mission Trips (Past trips include: Gulf Coast, Mississippi;
Staten Island, New York; Milwaukee, WI; Twin
• Fund raising for and purchasing supplies and backpacks
for homeless youth.
• Boundary Waters Canoe trip
• Whitewater Rafting
• Corn maze
Just for Fun/Relationship Building:
• Attending comedy show at Atlas Improv
• Corn Maze
• Fast Food Progressive Dinner
• International Progressive Dinner on State St.
Donate School Supplies Just in time for School
Amy Huff went with this group of youth to shop for
the contents of four sturdy backpacks. $600 had been raised at the Talent
Show and used for backpacks & con-tents. They were delivered to the TEP
(Transitional Education Program) and were needed immediately. The workers
were so grateful for all our coordinated efforts to make this happen.
Click picture to enlarge.
MCC Youth Facebook Group
We now have another way to keep in touch and keep you updated. If you are on
face-book, you can search for the group "MCC Youth." This is a group for MCC
youth and their families. Its privacy setting is "closed." What that means
is: even though this page can be searched for and found by anyone, no one
can see members' names or what appears on the page unless they are also a
member. Come join us!
MCC Youth Arts/Music/Sports Event Calendar
This calendar is in the alcove area of the Shalom
Room. There is a water washable marker tied to the poster. Please add
your favorite MCC Youth event to the poster, so folks can see Who, What,
When, and Where your event will take place!
Middle and High School Youth News
The AmazinGrace, April 2, 1:30pm:
Teams of Jr and Sr High youth and their chaperones race around the city
performing tasks and games (ala “The Amazing Race”), competing for bragging
rights and a cash prize that is donated to the charity of their choice. Last
year the MCC team had a blast playing against other church teams from around
the city. Deadline to enter a team is March 15. Who’s in? Contact Pastor
Nick or Pastor Sonja.
Guatemala Service Trip
The MCC is considering a Sr. High youth/young adult service trip to work
with the God’s Child Project in Guatemala in Summer of 2018. Iris Ohlrogge
has been instrumental in moving this forward. Find out more about this
possibility. Now is the time to get organized and
start fundraising! Check with a pastor for information.
March 26, Spoken Word artist at Adult Ed
forum, 9:00am. Deshawn Williams, a spoken
word artist from Milwaukee and UW-Madison senior will perform poetry and
talk about his life. You might want to check it out!
April 2: Watch for options.
We’ve set it as a Social Hour day, but it’s also the date we might have
Middleton High School student guests at the Adult Forum about the video they
produced on microaggressions. (It’s also AmazinGrace day!)
For high schoolers interested in free coffee and pastries, plus some good
Sundays, 9 am, Panera on Junction Road: Apr 2, May 21. Join
us for free food & informal conversation.
Boundary Waters Trip
June 12-18, 2017
Now is the time for high schoolers to be registering for this summer’s
Boundary Waters trip, June 12-18! By March 1, a $50 downpayment (the other
$50 is due May 1) and a permission slip will reserve your place. We hope
that those of you who have an interest in participating in the trip this
year are talking about it as a family and making plans. Registration will be
coming soon so more detailed planning can begin. Once we know the number of
MCC youth participating, we may open it up to non-MCC friends. Contact
Pastor Nick or Karen Kuhn (email@example.com) for information.
Confirmation: Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm
(except where noted)
Giving you a look ahead, here are the dates we anticipate for confirmation
class. All are Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm, except where noted.
Lent: March 1-April 15: Service Projects with Mentors
Confirmands and mentors are working on their “Do Good” service projects
throughout Lent. Each confirmand has $50 to spend however they wish with the
simple instruction to do some good with it.
The class will give verbal reports about
their projects at an Adult Ed forum on April 23 or 30.
Families are asked to let one of the pastors know if they will be
unavailable for either of those dates so we can set a date certain.
Final Class Dates (Wed, 7 pm):
We’ll be working on Faith Statements and
final preparation for confirmation Sunday:
Apr. 26 Class
May 10 Class
May 24 Class
May 28 Confirmation Sunday.
Sr. Recognition & Sunday School Wrap-Up Worship: May 21
This worship service will be youth-led, featuring our Sunday School Classes.
In addition we will recognize those of you who are graduating from high
school this spring and offer you a blessing.Boundary Waters Youth Trip: June
With busy family schedules, it’s not too early to look into registration for
Summer sessions! Families have many choices for church camp. Here are links
to Wisconsin camps operated by our wider churches:
Bethel Horizons – http://www.bethelhorizons.org/
Lutherdale – http://www.lutherdale.org/
Moon Beach – https://www.ucci.org/moon-beach/
Pilgrim Center – https://www.ucci.org/pilgrim-center/
Sugar Creek – https://wp.sugarcreekbiblecamp.org/
Are you in Middle or High School and bored with everything? Or maybe,
everything excites and energizes you? Do you have an average outlook on
life? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions… or if you answered
“No,” … or “Sort of,” then you are perfect for MCC Guitar Club!!!
It doesn’t matter if you have played before!
If you don’t have a guitar, let me know, I’ll find one for you (to at least
Þ When? Our best schedule has been
Wednesdays at 6-6:50pm. In addition, this year I’m offering 5:50-6pm time
to work on chords, for our newbies! That’s 10 minutes, folks.
Þ Where? Why, the little couch room
downstairs, of course!
Þ Our leaders are: Doug Crews-Nelson aka
Doug Nelson (guitar), Debra Greene (bass), and Noah Lange (guitar). Noah and
Debra will be alternating weeks. They are looking forward to our sessions!
I’d like to work toward some goals, this
year. For those who are interested, we may also have opportunities to play
out in the world. You may know, I don’t force anyone to play in public,
though I encourage it… it’s easier than it may sound. Talk to me, or email
me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Say “Yes” to Guitar Club! (I’m pro