7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717


Madison Christian Community

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Madison Christian Community

Weekly E-Letter
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. You can subscribe to this free e-letter! Click here.

Staying Connected:
Summer's Right Around the Corner

We will again offer a Worship-to-Go booklet for those who will be away on Sunday but would like a mobile worship resource. We'll also hold Mid-Week Outdoor Dinner & Worship Services this summer, each Monday in July. Keep an eye out for additional information.

Tree Lane Connections
Farmer's Market
The first delivery of fresh produce from the MCC Food Pantry Garden was made to Tree Lane this Wednesday. The Green Team picked and bagged spinach, lettuce radishes, turnips and asparagus, like one would see at the Saturday Farmer's Market. Children from the housing units created a homemade sign inviting residents to take and eat. The plan is to deliver fresh veggies each Wednesday at noon. More information to come on how you can help.

Tree Lane Volunteer Opportunities
A small group of "Tree Lane Volunteers" met last week with Takisha Jordan, a Road Home social worker at Tree Lane. Takisha wanted to clarify roles of the several west side volunteer groups. They appreciate the MCC mission to help our neighbors by donating needed supplies and providing fresh vegetables and food items. Volunteer drivers are also needed to take residents grocery shopping or to appointments. If interested or if you have questions please contact Takisha directly. takishaj@trhome.org

Summer Yoga
Need an energy boost? Want to try yoga? Ready for some gentle movement and deep relaxation? Classes are great for all ages and abilities: Infinite Flow Yoga With Kiro in the Blessing Room, Wednesdays 5:30-6:45. Drop in price: $15/session. Packages available. Classes in June, July, and August except July 3. https://www.ifyoga.com/  Namaste! Please see Beth Falkos for more information.

Save the Date for Church Camping
August 9-12
Join families and others from the MCC for a weekend of camping at Bethel Horizons (near Dodgeville). We’ll take over the campground starting on Friday, August 9. This has been an annual family camping tradition; everyone is welcome for as long as you’d like! We hang out in the picnic shelter and play together, often taking a trip to Gov. Dodge State Park. Tents or campers (no hook-ups). Meals are whatever you choose to bring. There is a shower house with bathroom facilities. Sunday morning August 11 we’ll have a worship service with both pastors. They’ll continue on with Confirmation students, including the high ropes course on Monday. You can come for part of a day (like for worship) or stay all the way through. Talk to Pastor Nick or Nicky McElfresh with questions.

2019 MCC Directory
There are some hard copies available in the Shalom Room for those who prefer that. Please contact Kaisa at kaisa@themcc.net if you need one mailed directly.
Click here for a link to the electronic version.
PLEASE NOTE: we found the first error in the printed version - the last page was left off! There will be print outs of the last page made available in the Shalom Room for you to take home and add to your version. Or you can click here for a link to the last page and print it out at home.

2019 Bible Reading
Would you like to set a goal of reading through the whole Bible this year (or even having a nudge to read some more) and understand the fuller narrative of God’s story in scripture? Pastor Nick again has available copies of his reading guide, with a format mixing Old and New Testament readings of about three chapters per day. You can pick up a booklet at church on Sunday or find the electronic version here.

Racial Justice in Action at the MCC
Summer Scheduling
This summer we will offer another showing of the documentary "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" for those who missed it or would like to see it again. Date to be determined. Otherwise, we’re planning our next programming in the fall. Meanwhile, how are you choosing to engage in racial justice? What would you like to learn, and how are you seeking out resources? Where are the places in your family, work, school, or community that you can speak up and speak out for equity? What are you still reflecting on from the Big Read or other program? Racial justice isn’t a program. Rather, it’s a response to the Spirit of Justice who calls us into healing, and asks us to be vessels of healing.

Books Available
We have a few more copies of "I’m Still Here" and "Trouble I’ve Seen" in the Welcome Center that are available for purchase.

Two Minute Bible
Two Minute BibleMCC member Don Falkos has been working on a new Bible storytelling project to offer Bible stories in two minute episodes. That’s why it’s called “Two Minute Bible” and is found at http://twominutebible.com. Two new stories are posted each week.

Free Weekly Devotional Message; Mondays
Augsburg Fortress sends a devotional message and selection of artwork based on a Bible reading. Interested, click here to sign up.

Faith Formation & Affinity Groups
Fellowship groups, Bible study groups prayer groups and shared interest groups are all found on our Faith Formations & Affinity Groups page. Click here.

Bible Conversation
If you’re interested in reading through the Bible next year, new guidebooks can be found on the back table in either sanctuary or can be downloaded by clicking here

Java For Justice
First Sunday of the Month
Coffee can be purchased in 12 oz. ($10) or 4 lb. ($45) bags; regular or decaf; bean, drip or perk. Make your checks payable to Mt. Meru Coffee Project and place them in the envelope by the sign-up sheet in the Shalom Room on the Coffee Table. Your support remains the sustaining force in the lives of many coffee-farming families in Tanzania. Thanks for your continued support.

Food Drive for Lussier Food Pantry
First Sunday of the Month
Please remember to make a special effort to bring food for the pantry. Suggested items include canned goods (fruit, vegetables, tuna, beef stew, fruit juice, etc.), also peanut butter, jelly, and cereal. We also need large paper grocery bags. Please do not put pet food in with donations for the Lussier Food Pantry. We do not have facilities to handle fresh produce. For those who prefer to donate money, checks can be made out to the Lussier Community Education Center, designated for the pantry. Dobbin McNatt, Coordinator


Spring chicken, Marie Antoinette, enjoying the day

Staff Schedules
 Pastor Sonja is available for pastoral care. Pastor Sonja will be attending the national UCC gathering, General Synod, in Milwaukee from Friday, June 21, through Tuesday, June 25. For the weekend when both pastors are away, David Keesey-Berg will be available for any pastoral emergencies.

Boundary Waters 2019
On Sunday, June 16 in worship, we included a blessing of our 2019 High School Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) trip participants. After worship, they packed up their gear. Monday morning bright and early, they began the journey to Snowbank Lake, returning Sunday evening, June 23. This year’s group is: MJ Bauer, Audrey Kuhn, Alynn McLeod, Ruth McLeod, Zoe Meyer, Isla Parker, Isla’s friend Shelby, and adults Jill McLeod and Pastor Nick

Beer & Bible
Tuesdays at 6:00 pm
Join us on Tuesdays for weekly Beer & Bible sessions as a chance to look ahead at the upcoming Sunday’s readings for worship. It’s a chance for some scripture if you’re away from worship on the weekend, or a chance to be reflecting faithfully through the week. We’re gathering at the Great Dane Hilldale, with the small room reserved for us, but also the option to sit out on the patio.

Summer Pick Up Choir
In addition to this Sunday, the Pick Up Choir will sing on July 21 for the Boundary Waters service and August 18 for Pride Sunday. Come those at 8:15 am with a heart ready to sing, and practice a song to sing in worship that day. All voices, all ages welcome!

55+ Potluck
Our next gathering happens Wednesday, June 26, at noon at the MCC. We'll hear from John Gern on the topic of "Butterflies."

Monday Meditators
This summer's Midweek Worship will take place every Monday evening in July. In order that folks can attend both meditation and worship in July, the Monday Meditation Group at MCC will meet on Wednesdays for the entire month of July. We'll meet at the MCC on Wednesdays at the usual time - 5:30pm. Join us! Namaste.

Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk

Summer Solstice labyrinth walk will be held at the MCC on Friday, June 21, from 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Both the indoor and outdoor labyrinths will be available.

Summer Reading
Advent members might recognize Wisconsin author Nickolas Butler from the cover of the June issue of “Living Lutheran.” Pastor Nick recognizes him from his Boy Scout troop. Nick told Nick that we’d do a church read of his newest book. The book involves a Lutheran who is struggling with faith as his daughter has connected with an extreme conservative congregation involved in faith healing. Copies are available for $17.
If you’d like to chat about it, we’ll gather Thursday, July 18 at 7:00.

Sunday Adult Discussion
3rd Sunday of the Month at 9:00 am
All are welcome to attend Adult Discussion (formerly “Parent Hour”) the third Sunday of the month in the downstairs area. Anyone with interest in sharing the challenges and occasional triumphs of parenting is invited—the group is accepting, and always has a robust discussion. Anyone with a commitment to our youth, regardless of parental status, is encouraged to join us!

Kids in the Garden
More Volunteers Needed for Kids in the Garden
45 to 47 six to ten-year-old’s from the Lussier summer camp program come to the MCC Tuesday and Thursday mornings from June 25-August 8 to spend about an hour in the garden, cooking foods from the garden, or participating in naturalist activities or crafts. Due to higher numbers of kids than in the past, more volunteers are needed! It is not a huge time commitment. Volunteers usually arrive about 9:45 AM. The kids arrive about 10 and start leaving at 11. The kids are broken into small groups of 4-5. A Lussier staff member, and usually a Lussier summer intern, and an MCC volunteer work with each small group. The groups will rotate among three “stations”—garden, cooking, and naturalist/crafts. The garden coordinator, Becky Hustad, plans the activities for each session and sends the lesson plans to volunteers by email each week.

Please consider helping out when you can! You can volunteer one session, or every session, or anything in between. You can choose which station you prefer—cooking, garden, or naturalist/crafts. If you haven’t volunteered in the garden before, you will need to add that ministry to your MSP profile. This is a wonderful way to give back to our wider community. It is also fun and you get to taste the yummy snacks prepared by the kids.

If you have questions about the program or volunteering feel free to talk with experienced program volunteers Joyce Anderson, Reggie Dunst, Hildy McGown, Betty and Corkey Custer, Jen Streit or our pastors.

UCC Camp Opportunities
Registrations are filling up, so check this out if you want to make summer plans! In addition to many types of camps for children and youth, there are unique opportunities for all ages. Here’s a sampling: Grandparent & Me, Memory Camp (for those with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners and families), Family Camp, Creativity Connection, Adult Sail Institute, Unravel & Unwind (yarn crafting retreat), and Camp AweSum (for youth on the autism spectrum and their families). Scholarships are available. Click here to find a complete list of upcoming camps and retreats.

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Community of Hope UCC

SWA Shalom
Community of Hope, we encourage all of our members to keep up with the goings on of the closer-in wider church by subscribing to the e-newsletter for our Southwest Wisconsin Association. Click here to send an email to sign up.

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 are held throughout the year. For more detailed information, go to www.wcucc.org/layacademy or talk to Pastor Sonja.

Individual Support for Our WI Conference
Day-to-day, you might not see our connection to the UCC Wisconsin Conference. But it’s there! From grant money and publicity for our Big Read, to a subsidized clergy retreat in November, to our Associate Conference Minister Rev. Joanne Thomson joining us for the 50th Anniversary of Community of Hope celebration, the Conference supports our ministry. We would not be who we are without them, all year long! You are encouraged to consider making a contribution to the Wisconsin Conference Annual Appeal. Here’s how.

Advent Lutheran Church

2019 Holy Land Trip

If you are hoping to join the journey to Palestine and Israel with Pastor Nick November 8-18, the final registration date is July 5. Please let Nick know if you’re considering it so we can try to hold space. After that date, we will hold a couple of info sessions. The price of $3349 includes airfare, lodging, tours, and most meals. View the tour description (and share with friends!) at gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/191108.pdf and register for the trip online using this link.
Click for Pictures from 2016 Trip

In the Wider Church . . .

Denominational Resources and Efforts

  • Here is a note from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton related to recent abortion news (and the ELCA social statement).

  • For ELCA Disaster Response to recent tornadoes (and other extreme events), visit this page

  • The UCC page for responding and donating to domestic disasters is found here.

  • Here is a second piece from Bishop Eaton addressing the well-being of children in detention centers.

  • After the deportation this week of student Pastor Betty Rendon, here is a statement by the chair of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS).

This Retirement Party Will Quack You Up!
Associate Conference Minister Joanne Thomson, a friend to Hope and the MCC, is retiring this summer. Her retirement shindig will be held on Sunday, July 14, at a Madison Mallards ballgame. Tickets are Great Dane Duck Blind General Admission tickets, which include open-air seating in right field, all-you-can-eat ballpark food, bottomless beverages, and a 2019 Mallards hat. Our price for a soda-only Duck Blind ticket is $20, and a “with beer” ticket is $29. Deadline for tickets is June 19. Reserve your tickets here to join in the fun of celebrating Joanne’s ministry with us.

2019 ELCA Advocacy
ELCA Advocacy goals and tasks for engaging government this year. Read about this work for housing and homelessness, child nutrition, criminal justice reform, caring for creation, foreign assistance, and more, visit this blog post


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