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!

MCC Adapted Indoor Worship
As we welcome you to join in worship in the Blessing Room or Covenant Room on Sunday at 10:15, we remind you of a few important aspects of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies for the time being:
*  We are asking that all attendees are vaccinated, if eligible. (For children age 5-11, that means one shot so far.)
*  We invite you into the building for worship but ask that you do your visiting outdoors before or after.
*  If you have a KN-95 mask, please bring it. If you don’t, we will have them available as you come in the upper entrance.
*  You can expect a slightly shortened worship service without congregational singing, but still with plenty of godly goodness and neighborly connection.
*  Livestreams remain available if you are unable or uncomfortable participating in person.
To read the full communication from the Regathering Task Force, click here

Regathering Guidelines
Here are links to the Regathering Guidelines for meeting Inside at the MCC and Outside at the MCC. Based on recent revised guidelines from the CDC, the Task Force has decided to amend the guidelines for outdoor gatherings to allow small groups to gather without masks if all participants have been vaccinated. The Regathering Task Force decided to postpone any decisions about indoor worship. Please contact the office if you'd like to get something on the calendar of if you have questions.

Devotional Resources
Quick Family Advent Devotions
This colorful deck of cards is full of rituals, prayers and reflections. Endlessly flexible for busy schedules, you can create a new after-meal ritual, use them as decorations, or carry them on the go. Order here or contact the office.

Daily Booklets
The quarterly editions of “Christ in Our Home” and “The Word in Season” are now 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

Give Away Advent Money!
The Advent Benevolence Allocation Subcommittee makes recommendations to assign how 7.5% of Advent offerings will support work in our community and around the world. If you’d like to be part of the conversation (it’s just one Zoom meeting in the next month or so) contact NickAnn Ward, or John Rowe

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.

Homeless Support from MCC
The MCC has been in conversations with the city about how to assist people who are unhoused. One immediate request was to use some MCC parking spaces for campers. Click here to read more details from the Leadership Team.

Thursday Morning Women's Group
Thursdays at 8:00 am: Outside or Zoom
The Thursday morning group will have TWO meeting options during the month of September. BOTH meetings will start at 8AM. So, depending on where we are, how we are feeling, or whatever may be affecting our schedules on a given Thursday, we will have TWO options to stay in touch with one another.
1- Meet outside at church. Bring your own beverage and chair. Wooden benches at MCC are also a seating option.
2 - Meet on Zoom, using the same link and password we have been using in the past.

Sanctuary Team at God's Work, Our Hands
Sanctuary Teamsters will have the next Sanctuary Big Read books for sale (Separated by Jacob Soboroff. MCC will host discussion in October; details co ming soon). (The books are $9 - please make checks to the MCC.) They will also have postcards to fill out encouraging our federal legislators to support the pathway to citizenship provisions in the "Build Back Better" House bill. We are so close to this pathway for at least 5 million undocumented immigrant DACA recipients, people with Temporary Protected Status, many of whom have lived and worked among us for 10-20 years, and essential workers and farm workers. If you can't be there to fill out a postcard, please take a minute to email your representatives about the citizenship pathway. Here is an easy form to fill out from Voces de la Frontera.

News from the Dane Sanctuary Coalition and MCC Sanctuary Committee
Click here for events and opportunities from the Dane Sanctuary Coalition, including Drivers Needed, Separated book groups, how to volunteer at Fort McCoy, etc.

Click the headings below to find out more about the following:

Advocate for a Pathway to Citizenship NOW
11 million immigrant neighbors, who have contributed to this country for years, are without a path forward to citizenship. They tell us NOW is the time... click for suggested talking points on an information sheet from a recent Dane Sanctuary Coalition Interfaith Rally that you can find here.

Advocating for Afghans who were "left behind"
Here is a link from LIRS that makes it easy to email the Biden administration to do the right thing by our sacred siblings in Afghanistan.

Help Refugees by Donating Miles
Two nonprofits have joined forces to secure enough airline miles to pay for flights for about 70,000 Afghan refugees who need transportation to new communities in the United States. Click here to donate.

A Book with MCC
Back in 2013, the MCC was visited by a student from Michigan working on a PhD. Cybelle Shattuck says that the MCC was among the first places she visited while researching faith-based earth care, and we became a key part of her dissertation, which is now a book. Besides a full column of MCC in the index, you’ll also find Peter Bakken, Lisa Bauer, Kim Eighmy, Sonja and David Keesey-Berg, Tom Matthews, and Jeff Wild. It will be available in our library soon.

COH Women's Breakfast
Meet in person at Hubbard Street Diner on Mondays at 7:30 am, the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Monday mornings. Zoom meet once a month on the 3rd Monday of the month at 10:15. Please mark your calendar. Let’s enjoy a new normal.

BYOB-New Bible Study Invitation
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 plan for summer is to gather around the Memorial Garden for the BYOB Bible Study at 6:30 on Mondays. You’re welcome to join any time (and welcome to bring your own Bible…or beer…or beverage…or picnic)!

Epiphany Choir 2018
Epiphany Choir Concert 2018 Directed by Jen Striet

Come help "Deck the Halls"!
We will be working on decorating the Shalom Room and both sanctuaries on Tuesday, November 30th at 6pm!! Please join us if you can and we will be following the current MCC indoor gathering guidelines - N95 masks and no eating, drinking, or singing. (We'll find other ways to have fun and enjoy community and celebrate the start of the Advent Season!). Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there! Contact Karen Kuhn (Advent - 608-609-4351) or Pat Eddings (Hope - 608-577-5599) with any questions.

MCC at Holden Village 2022?
Registration Opens Dec. 6
Would you like a retreat to Holden Village? How about August 8-13? Perhaps best known as the location that gave us “Holden Evening Prayer,” the Village is an old mining village deep in the Cascade Mountains of central Washington now run by the Lutheran Church. We tried to organize an MCC trip in 2020…but that year obviously got cancelled. The Village is open again, and registration opens Dec. 6, so let Nick know ASAP if you’re interested. (We’ll also look at Amtrak tickets later, if you’re interested in that group travel option, and note that Aug. 8-13 would just be the time in the Village, so also plan travel time.)

Introducing the MCC StoryWalk! Enjoy the beautiful fall colors in the peaceful prairie as you read Tina Hogle's The Place Where Love Lives. It's a lovely children's story for everyone about light, love, and acceptance. Many thanks to Lisa Johnsen for her literary guidance, Tina Hogle for donating the books, University Houses Preschool for providing lamination, and Rob Olson for installing the signs. Start at the entrance to the Memorial Garden and follow the prayer path counter clockwise.

Friends of Tree Lane
Two new families are moving into Tree Lane in the next couple of weeks. Friends of Tree Lane would like to provide each family a Welcome Basket. Use this Sign UP Genius link to sign up to donate, then bring the items to the MCC office area and Jean Einerson will deliver them.

Invitation to Allyship
Freedom Inc is hosting a "Holiday Mutual Aid" event on Dec 12th and is inviting allies to help by donating supplies of detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, and soap. Drop off Dates are Nov 19 & 26 and Dec 3, each date from 1-4 pm, at their office, 2110 Luann Lane, Madison.

Keep up with MOSES
To read the minutes of the November meeting, click here
You can also find their Mission, Values, and About Us statements here. MCC is a member of this interfaith organization that advocates for criminal justice reform. All are welcome to their monthly meetings, which typically fall on the first Sunday of the month. The next will be Dec 5, 2:30-4:30 pm. They are currently meeting virtually.

PURLS Helping Hats/Hats for Haiti
Our Hats for Haiti fundraiser is on hiatus for one more year, but we've still been busy knitting. This month the MCC PURLS donated 129 warm, handmade hats, scarves, and mittens to Fort McCoy, Porchlight, Mendota Elementary, Freedom Inc., and the Lussier Center! Thank you for your yarn donations! If you wish to support the people of Haiti, please consider making a donation through Lutheran World Relief or United Church of Christ. Thank you!

Remembering the Children
In the upper entryway, you will soon find a display of an orange t-shirt that will be there for 225 days. It is connected to Indigenous People’s Day on Monday and in honor and memory of the children of the First Nations who never returned from residential boarding schools. Sunday School will be learning about this and how to discuss it, and we encourage adults of the MCC to do that as well. Why an orange t-shirt? To learn more, click here

Your Input is Needed!
Awaken Dane is a response to the deep conviction that God is in this place; Dane County is a place where God is on the move. That means God is inviting the MCC and other churches in Dane County to awaken to God’s presence and to discern God’s call to mission. If you have not had a chance to take an important congregational survey for Awaken Dane, please take a few minutes to complete that here: [Your input is needed! Awaken Dane is a response to the deep conviction that God is in this place; Dane County is a place where God is on the move. That means God is inviting the MCC and other churches in Dane County to awaken to God’s presence and to discern God’s call to mission. If you have not had a chance to take an important congregational survey for Awaken Dane, please take a few minutes to complete te survey, click here
Thanks for your help with this!

MCC Racial Justice

Racial Justice Task Force
How do you want to see MCC integrate racial justice into the fabric of our life and ministries and essential to our sacred call to love our neighbor? We invite you to participate in the Racial Justice Task Force. Next meeting will be Monday, Nov 22, 6:30 pm, via Zoom. All are welcome.

Faithfully Protecting Democracy
Pastor Sonja and other Interfaith Leaders participated in creating a brief video to encourage people of faith to help protect voting rights that are under attack, and which disproportionately affect communities of color.  See and share the video here.

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.


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