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Madison, WI 53717


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Weekly E-News
Each week, MCC sends an email newsletter with details about worship; congregational events, activities and opportunities; information about happenings in the community and wider church; and more. Email us at info@themcc.net to subscribe to this free e-letter!

Stay Connected
MCC Latest Updates, Activities

Check this document 
to find all the latest updates of MCC activities and online gatherings, for current video links and Zoom links for your groups or meetings, and also virtual office hours.
Please contact the office or a pastor if you have other needs, ideas, or just need a chat.

Children & Family Ministries Visioning
A group has been meeting to consider MCC’s hopes and needs related to our Children & Family Ministries program. We are continuing to flesh that out. Meanwhile, we also discussed Sunday School for our children this fall. We know that parents are feeling overwhelmed by the beginning of a virtual school year and that our children will be spending a lot of time in front of screens this fall. With that in mind, we’re planning a physically-distanced, in-person back-to-school blessing on the MCC grounds. Stay tuned for a date and more details. We’ll also be providing families with simple resources for family-focused spiritual development they can use at home. We also talked about how we might keep a cross-generational connection going, and what the need might be for on-line connection on occasion. If you have questions or comments or would like to add to these efforts, these are the individuals currently on this ad hoc visioning team whom you can contact: Anna Henning, Alyssa Sellwood, Andrea Olson, Pastor Nick, Pastor Sonja, Intern Lisa.


Welcome to Intern, Lisa Lee!

Luther Seminary intern
Lisa Lee, InternThank you to all who so far who have written to help us welcome her and get to know the MCC.Click here for the reflections sent in so far, and keep ‘em coming! It’s an ongoing project!

Please provide your name/family members, which congregation you are a member of, and for how long. Then tell us in about 25 words for each bullet point:

  • Why were you drawn to Advent/Hope/MCC—what was it about the church that moved you?

  • How does Advent/Hope feed your faith and how has it deepened your faith formation?

  • What part of the MCC ecumenical partnership resonates the most with you?

You can submit these responses to welcome Lisa and share with others in our congregation by emailing to Kaisa at kaisa@theMCC.net. You might also send a photo with your response to share your smiling face and for Lisa to help to get to know you! )kaisa@theMCC.net. You might also send a photo with your response to share your smiling face and for Lisa to help to get to know you!

Calling All Librarians (and Wannabe's)
As part of Jen Streit's work as MCC's Director of Children's and Family Ministry, she started the Family Faith Formation Library. Lisa Johnsen, who has helped Jen with the library in the past, would like to know if there are folks who want to help with both the vision of the library and the work needed to organize and maintain it. So, if you have interest in either of those, please contact Lisa: delius71@gmail.com or (608) 230-5622. Thank you!

Attention MCC Musicians!
Are you interested in collaborating to create virtual music? Please contact Jen@themcc.net or call 608.556.2109

SNaGs
It’s not united at the Union, but Monday Morning guys will continue on with Zoom. 7:00 am on Monday mornings: https://zoom.us/s/248810244? class="body_14px" />status=success or by phone at (312)626- 6799 with meeting ID 248 810 244

GEMS
Join the Grumpy Elderly Men by Zoom on Tuesday at 10:30. https://zoom.us/j/101704646 for online video, or Dial in 312 626 6799 with meeting ID: 101 704 646

Boundary Waters Trip 2019
Boundary Waters Group 2019

10:15 am Worship: Livestreaming
Worship with us by livestream on Sundays at 10:15 am or find previous videos of worship on YouTube at Advent Lutheran MCC and Community of Hope UCC


Keeping Faith
Keeping Faith:
Empowering Faith Communities to Recognize and Respond to Child Abuse

Virtual Workshop
Monday, September 21, 2020
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Hosted by Madison Christian Community
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Click here to Register
For all MCC members, especially those with any role with children & youth: We are hosting an excellent virtual program we would like you to attend. It is free for MCC members! Participants will learn best practices to prevent abuse within faith communities; how to recognize and respond to physical, emotional and spiritual impact of child abuse; spiritual care for both survivors and offenders; how to recognize and respond to sexual behaviors of children; corporal punishment, the law and the faith community; optimal response to allegations of child abuse within a congregation. Speakers: Victor Vieth, JD, MA , Director of Education and Research for Zero Abuse Project (www.zeroabuseproject.org ) and nationally recognized expert in the field of interpersonal violence and child abuse. To register as an MCC member, email Kaisa. Or register at
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4546950

Culture of Hygiene
The MCC Regathering Task Force has finalized a “Culture of Hygiene”, a set of guidelines for anyone entering the MCC Building during the pandemic. In keeping with our devotion to the faith, health and well-being of our members and visitors, we ask that people will adhere to these guidelines. We are in the process of developing signs for every entry to the building with a summary of the guidelines.Click here to read the entire guidelines document.
Lynn Breedlove, Chair, and Ann Ward, Co-Chair

Outdoor Worship
Through September;  6:30-7:00 pm
There are two scheduled sessions remaining for Tuesday worship from 6:30-7:00 pm around the Memorial Garden. To attend in person sign up for one of the 25 slots here.. Please bring you own chairs or blankets and plan to wear a mask. The service is also livestreamed here so that all can participate. We meet around the Memorial Garden, with seating for individuals and households in marked, physically distanced circles. You can click here to watch last week's service with music from Andrea and Rob Olson and reflection on Patience and Kindness from Intern Lisa.

Midweek Evening Prayer
At 8:45pm on Wednesdays, join your pastoral staff for a brief, reflective wind-down to your evening, with focus on scripture, quiet time, and song. Find it in videos on www.facebook.com/madisonchristiancommunity. You don’t need a Facebook account to watch, but do if you’d like to comment with greetings or prayer requests. You can also find it to watch later, if live doesn’t work for you
Click here for the  9-16-20 edition.


Online Weekly BYOB Beer & Bible
Now Mondays
Monday
evenings at 6:30 pm, you’re welcome to join a group in looking at the upcoming Sunday’s Bible readings, and chatting about plenty else! Join this great group any time. Contact Nick if you have questions or to be sure you get a copy of the readings.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86301329891

Prairie Work Time
Saturdays 9-10 a.m.
Do you want to get outside, do good works, and social distance all at once? You are encouraged to join the Saturday-morning group working on MCC’s prairies. The jobs never end! Come when you can: Saturdays 9-10 a.m., weather permitting. Wear old clothes, and bring garden gloves and weeding tools if you have them.

Worship Notes
Hey Confirmation students! And hey everybody! Need a way to help focus your attention on worship when you’re distracted by other things on your computer? Or your dog? Or going to get a snack? Click here to download Worship Notesto fill in and focus some reflection. If you’d like to share them with pastors, please do!

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Pastoral Care
As these days drag on, and some are hitting new low spots of worry or concern (or times of joy!), if you need some pastoral contact, please reach out to your pastors. Contact us by phone or email and we’ll figure out a way to connect with you.

Connecting
Latest Updates
Check this document to find all the latest updates of MCC activities and online gatherings, for current video links and Zoom links for your groups or meetings, and also virtual office hours.

Please contact the office or a pastor if you have other needs, ideas, or just need a chat.

Need or Offering Help?
If you are unable to get out, folks from church can help you get what you need. Contact the church office if you could use assistance.

LCEC Food Pantry Volunteers Needed
Lussier Community Education Center is in need of volunteers for the Food Pantry distribution on Wednesday evenings 5:45 to 8, and 10:45 to 1 on Saturdays. Also, for food sorting on Tuesday and
Friday afternoons. Contact Shawna at shawna@lcecmadison.org

Devotional Resources
Online Hymn Sing
It’s not the same as singing together at the MCC, but one resource if you’re missing singing hymns is a nightly gathering at 7pm where you can join a video hymn sing here: 
https://www.facebook.com/CommunityVideoHymnSing/

UCC Daily Devotions
The UCC daily devotional is available on a daily basis, which comes as an email. You can sign up for it anytime (pandemic or no!) or look at past editions by clicking here.

Quarterly Devotion Booklets
July-August-September copies of Christ In Our Home and The Word in Season are now available. If you’d like to have a copy of one or both of these simple daily devotion booklets, contact Nick or Kaisa.

Daily Morning Prayer & Sunday Evening Communion Service
The UCC Open and Affirming Coalition offers daily morning prayer at 8-8:15 am and 11-11:15 am (Central Time), as well as a weekly Sunday evening communion service at 6 pm.. Click here to find the zoom link.

ELCA Weekly Devotional Message; Mondays
Augsburg Fortress sends a free devotional message and selection of artwork based on a Bible reading. Interested? Click here to sign up.


Creative Watercolor Painting for Fun and Fellowship!
The key word here is fun! We will just let our creativity flow and have fun experimenting with watercolors. The class is held on the MCC’s Zoom account  and meet weekly, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm for everyone at the MCC that is pumped to paint! A suggestion will be given of what to paint each week, but participants can feel free to paint whatever they want. Nancy Greenwald will lead the class. Group members will need a basic set of watercolor paints, a pad of watercolor paper, some basic brushes, paper towel, and a cup or two of clean water. Click here for the zoom link. If you have questions please call Nancy at 608-235-1461 or email her at youarelaughter@yahoo.com.

Dane Sanctuary Big Read - Get Your Copy Now!
A number of us at MCC have been reading and discussing the book The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, A Border Story by Aaron Bobrow-Strain. It is a profound book that tells Aida’s story as related to Bobrow-Strain and also provides an extensive history of border policy in the U.S. The author was in Madison for the book festival and had planned to return October 8 to speak and discuss his book with us. However, with the pandemic restrictions, Bobrow-Strain will now appear virtually, and you are all invited to attend.

We’d like to encourage others to read the book whose story is so timely today as harsh immigration policies are in place, and many children remain separated from their families. The book is available from the public library through linkcat (they currently have 4 available) and A Room of One’s Own has 4 copies and can also order books.

Whether you’ve read the book, are just beginning it or are simply interested in the issue, we urge you to watch for sign-ups for some conversations on the book and immigrations policies. We plan to hold some conversations before and after Bobrow-Strain’s “visit”. More details will follow soon.
And you might also like to read or re-read this article from Living Lutheran about how our churches are active in the work around the border. Or listen to a new podcast about “the strange death of José de Jesús” on NPR’s Latino USA about the same area.

CoH Women’s Breakfast Group
The Community of Hope Women’s Breakfast Group invites you to join us
every Wednesday by ZOOM at 8:30 am for chatting about events, books, hobbies, families and your favorite topics. It is easy to join, just send me your email to add our group. I will send an email link to you each Wednesday just before 8:30 am. Sandra Esrael email: sandraesrael@tds.net. See you in the morning!

Beyond Self Care
Linda Pettersen recently shared some information from a National Association of Social Workers webinar, "Beyond Self Care,” by Melinda Marasch, LCSW. There are 7 preconditions for experiencing Trauma and their remedy. Linda notes that all pertain to our mutual community experience of Covid-19 Pandemic. You can click here to read her notes.

 

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