7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717


Madison Christian Community

Events & Announcements 


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!

Summer Worship Schedule 9:30 am
Begins June 19

Join us for worship during the summer months on Sundays at 9:30 am beginning June 19.

Help Needed Saturday, June 4
Need for people to help with taking down the Rainbow Art in the Covenant Room then, and putting up the Pentecost Fames Art Work. Also, during the following week, the Flames will have to be removed and the artwork for the following “Common Season” will be put up/on the Communion Table. Contact Lucetta.

Help the MCC Prairie This Summer
Lois Komai will be on the church prairie at 9:00am on Saturdays, 6:30 on Monday evenings, and 9:00am on Thursdays. We'll weed yellow rocket mustard on the bird berms prairie as part of the Tending Soul and Soil. Click here to learn about this tenacious plant's affect on our prairie.

Can You Help Water?
The MCC Land Use Umbrella Group (LUUG) is inviting you to help water the flower beds this summer. It is pretty easy; just turn on the water and aim. Training will be provided by Nancy Greenwald, LUUG Landscaping member. If interested, please let Nancy Greenwald (youarelaughter@yahoo.com) or Jean Einerson (jaeiners53@gmail.com) know. We plan to use Sign Up Genius to sign up for dates. Thank you for your consideration.

Minor Adjustments in MCC COVID Mitigations
Unfortunately, COVID case numbers in Dane County have risen substantially since our rollback of some COVID mitigations in mid-March. However, the Regathering Task Force Steering Group has decided to only make two minor adjustments in our guidelines: we are asking worship leaders and cantors to resume masking at all times during indoor worship, and we are asking everyone to use high-quality masks at all times in the building, i.e. N95 or KN95 (which are available at all entries to the building). Limited singing, safe communion, safe Adult Ed, and Sunday Faith Formation will continue, at least for now. Click here for more details on the current situation.

Thanks from Intern Lisa
To my friends at the MCC:
I want to thank you for the bottom of my heart for the send-off I received from you last Sunday, at the conclusion of my internship with Advent/MCC. The words of care and blessing, as well as the gifts given, were so thoughtful and meaningful, and the reception complete with coffee, cupcakes, and Prairie Roots music was amazing! I am confident that your gift of the beautiful, handmade small group communion set will be a well-used and cherished part of my ministry for many years to come. Thank you for welcoming me into your community for these past 2 years and for the opportunity to learn and journey with you in this adventure of being the church!
God’s peace, Lisa
For pictures of the celebration, click here.

Remembering the Children
In the upper entryway has been a display of an orange t-shirt that went up in time for Indigenous People’s Day in October for a tenure of 225 days, in honor and memory of the children of the First Nations who never returned from residential boarding schools. We’re coming to the conclusion of the 225 days but also marking breaking news of a report of more than 500 graves at schools in the US - so now is a great time to read and be mindful again. Why an orange t-shirt? To learn more, click here

Advent Benevolence Focus: Faith in Place
Faith in Place is a new collaborative relationship between Wisconsin, Indiana, and Illinois. This past week, Pastor Nick joined Peter Bakken as the Wisconsin representatives with Faith in Place at the Interfaith Power & Light national conference in Washington, DC, and will continue talking to our Wisconsin congressional delegation next week about climate change legislation. Click here to learn more Faith in Place, which is being supported with $200 in Advent benevolences as part of our commitment to creation care.

Kids in the Garden 2022
The Kids in the Garden program is back for this summer but with some changes! The program will run from Tuesday, June 28 to Tuesday August 9, and will only be on Tuesdays. This is due to Lussier’s 4-day schedule where Thursdays will be field trip days. The time will run from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and volunteers are asked to come at 9:45. There will be 25-30 children, and they will be divided into a garden group and a cooking/art/nature group. Soon you may sign up for specific days on the MSP volunteer site. If you have never participated in this ministry before but are interested, you can contact [Joyce Anderson] (mailto:blajoy@tds.net) for more information, and you can also sign up on the volunteer site.

Devotional Resources
Daily Booklets
The quarterly editions of “Christ in Our Home” and “The Word in Season” are available. Pick up in the Blessing Room or contact Kaisa or Nick to get a copy of one or both.

UCC Daily Devotional
Click here to read a daily devotion.

Taize Weekday Morning Prayer & Sunday Compline
These brief worship opportunities are ongoing, provided by the UCC Open and Affirming Coalition. Join Mondays through Fridays at 8 am or 10:30 am (CT) and Sundays at 8 pm (CT) for this ancient contemplative service with chant, psalms, silence, and prayer. This Zoom link works for all services

Just Bakery Opportunity
Have you been missing the opportunity to buy breads, scones, pies and other delicious baked goods from Just Bakery at MCC? If so, you may be interested in an opportunity that Just Bakery has opened up f or faith communities. We could have a chance to place orders for pick up at MCC. One or more folks would be in charge of gathering orders and payments to be passed on to Just Bakery, and then distributing / setting out the baked goods after they're delivered to the MCC on scheduled Sundays. If you think you would like to help make this happen, contact the office and let us know.
Just Bakery continues to offer online ordering for delivery in Dane County (for a $5 fee) and curbside pick-up on Saturday mornings. Click here for more info.

Boundary Waters Trip 2019
Boundary Waters Group 2019

Children & Family Ministry Schedule & Events
Faith Formation is offered the 1st & 3rd Sundays each month on Zoom from  9:30 am-9:50 am! For information, please contact Cheyenne.

Easter Season: Join us as we continue our journey through the Easter season and learn more about the life of a disciple named Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42) ! There will be snacks, a short story, some discussion, and an activity to explore what it means to be connected in a community! We hope to see you there!
5-29-22  Join us as we first gather outside for snack time and space to share highs and lows! This week we will explore what it means to be Christian and how that impacts the way we interact with our family, friends, community, and world. Bring your thinking caps, we're going to be doing some brainstorming!!

Summer Camp Registration Open!
We may be in the thick of winter at the moment, but there are quite a few summer camps that have opened their registration for Summer 2022 programming! If you or someone you know is interested in how a day/week at a summer bible camp can impact a young person's faith, please direct any questions to Cheyenne Larson via email: cheyenne@themcc.net

Sunday Adult Ed
Sunday Morning Adult Education and Faith Formation meets at 9:15 in the Covenant Room or Shalom Room, and you’re welcome to join!

May 29: Break

June 5: we will look at current trends in church demographics and discuss what we think about that.

June 12:For our final session our theme will be “Summer Renewal not Vacation.” Click here for photos from the Confirmation presentations last week.

MCC Community Group to Meet
Community Group will meet on Sunday,
May 22 at Saukdale Community Center at 11:30 for provided light lunch and afternoon of games. Bring a game you want to share. Contact Jackie Muehl for information at 608-231-2927.

Senior Recognition at MCC
Every spring, MCC honors its high school seniors in a unique way. Ceramic vessels (created and generously donated by Joanne Kirkland) are set out for each youth, and the community writes messages on slips of paper: prayers, Bible verses, lines from hymns or poems, well-wishes, words of wisdom, sometimes even drawings from young children. And now is the time to honor our seniors! Click here to learn about this year's seniors.
Please click here to learn how to participate.

Attention: Those Who Sew & Support
In 2021, Lutheran World Relief distributed school kits and quilts to 20 different countries around the world. Now's your chance to help sew for school children! Although a joint sewing event would be a fun way to get adults and children working together, this year it's a project for individuals to complete. We hope to complete 50 bags by the end of July. You will be provided with very specific sewing instructions for a draw string bag and also the materials needed to make the bag. There is a Thrivent Action Grant to assist with costs related to this project. If you have an interest in helping with this project by sewing a bag(s) or contributing money to further assist in the purchase of items to fill the bags, please contact Rita Olson at rrolson930@gmail.com. Thank you.

Advent RIC Invitation
Please join the Reconciling in Christ task force to discern if and how Advent would add wording to our Welcome Statement regarding working toward anti-racism or racial equity. The short version of the charge from Advent Council (via Reconciling Works) is to evaluate where Advent currently falls in those terms, and what work Advent would need to do to be able to authentically and honestly add those words to its Welcome Statement. We would then make a recommendation to the Council, which would then decide whether to put this to a congregational vote. This is a short term commitment. Advent Council has asked for a recommendation by August 2022. If you are interested, or have more questions, please contact Sarah Canon at sfcanon14@yahoo.com.

Thursday Morning Ladies
With nicer weather, the MCC Thursday ladies will resume meeting outside at the MCC every Thursday at 8am. Meet at the Memorial Garden or continue to join via Zoom. The only agenda is sharing friendship, and there is always laughter. We do service projects several times a year, pray for one another’s concerns, and celebrate joys. Contact: Karen Schwarz: 225-0026.

Save the Date: Salad Supper June 21
The MCC women’s salad supper is back, better than ever, after a 2 year absence. Save the date! Tuesday, June 21st , 6-8 pm.

BYOB-Bible Study Invitation
Mondays at 6:30 pm
Through the pandemic, a group of various comers-and-goers has been meeting on Zoom for weekly Bible study to discuss the readings for the coming Sunday. The group meets at 6:30 each Monday. Use this Zoom link, or contact Nick for more info.

Immigration & Sanctuary News
What’s Next for Afghan Refugees?
To learn the latest updates from the Wis. Council of Churches on Afghan refugee resettlement efforts, click here. Or sign up to receive the Afghan response newsletter . Click here for a little video discussion on updates.

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Rev. Jen Bloesch Coming to the MCC!
Rev. Jen Bloesch has accepted a Letter of Call to become the full-time Designated Interim Pastor of the Community of Hope for 6 months, beginning on June 27, 2022.

She is originally from the Madison area. Her most recent job was as Interim Minister at the Middleton Community Church. She also worked as a Program Director for The Crossing Campus Ministries.

Some of her previous employment also includes being a farm worker, a FairShare Community Supported Agriculture outreach intern and a Peer Advisor at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Career Services in Madison.

The Search Committee (which included members from both Hope and Advent) was very enthusiastic about Rev. Bloesch after interviewing her and watching some of her sermons on-line. She has met with Pastor Nick and she is looking forward to being a part of the MCC ecumenical partnership. Rev. Bloesch is particularly interested in the MCC’s environmental stewardship programs and social justice issues.

As a Designated Interim Pastor, Rev. Bloesch would be eligible for consideration as a future settled pastor for the Community of Hope. It is with great joy that we welcome her to Hope and the MCC community.

Pastoral Care & Upcoming Emergencies
For now, Pastor Nick is obviously the pastoral staff for both congregations. Please feel free to let him know of pastoral needs or contacts.

The Road Ahead Review Survey
First, THANK YOU to everyone who completed the survey. We have 106 responses. Though officially closed, we welcome anyone who hasn’t done it yet to let us know you still plan to do it. If you’ve had any difficulty, let us know and we will find a way to help. Email Raelenefreitag@gmail.com. We are now in the final stages of information gathering. Please click here to read the details of what is to come, including plans for welcoming Pastor Bloesch.

Helping the Un-housed
“Wow, that’s incredible! I can never thank you all enough! God bless!” That’s part of the response from Christian, in gratitude simply for making our parking lot available. Last summer, JustDane (formerly Madison-area Urban Ministry) put out a plea for congregations to connect with the city about helping unhoused people transitioning to permanent shelters, particularly around vehicle storage. The MCC was one of the few to respond to the plea. Last week, the MCC Leadership Team approved 90 days of allowing a camper to be parked in our upper lot. The owner is currently living at Dairy Drive in a tiny house, and the camper was getting vandalized and at risk of being confiscated where it was. When you see the camper in our lot, you might celebrate that we had an easy way to make a difference in helping somebody move toward a more secure future.

Spare White Paint?
If you have a partial gallon of white paint (finish doesn’t matter) not getting used, bring it to the upper entrance of church. Christian, whose camper is being stored in our parking lot, has need of about four gallons, and she thanks you!

Friends of the Lussier Food Pantry
Food Pantry clients are now shopping IN PERSON, for the first time in 2 years!! The MCC Food Pantry garden has brought fresh spinach, lettuce and radishes grown in our hoop house to the pantry the past 2 weeks. The greens are packaged, labeled and put in the "Grab and Go" cooler for clients and families to take. We will take donations to Lussier on Monday or Wednesday. Jean Einerson, MCC Food Pantry Garden member

Your Faith for Racial Justice
Do you want to engage your faith for racial equity? We’d love to have you join the MCC plans and conversation. The next meeting of the Racial Justice Task Force is on Zoom on Wednesday, June 8, 6:30-8:00. Here is a Zoom link to join (Meeting ID: 896 8202 1138, Passcode: 886678)

Racial Justice at the MCC, in the Wider Church & Community
Click the headings below to learn more about these opportunities to participate in racial justice work with the MCC.

Land Acknowledgment
As our First Nations and the MCC group continues to draft a land acknowledgement from our congregation, you can also read the new statement from the Wis. Council of Churches.

Owning Our Past: Christianity and Native Americans
Join a series of webinars to understand the complex and often violent history among Native Peoples (especially of Wisconsin) and white settler colonialism, the role that Christianity has played, and how contemporary Christians might begin to take necessary actions toward restorative justice. Learn more here.


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