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Worship This Sunday
“Take up your cross.” It’s no laughing matter! Or is it? We can ask ourselves “WWAASD?” (That’s What Would Abram and Sarai Do?) Rounding out Black History Month, the African Song Celebration shapes our liturgy.
We continue our Lenten journey through the moving words of Henri Nouwen. This week we contemplate the suffering that Jesus will undergo, and what it means to follow someone who leads us to be witnesses to the heartbreak of the world. Join us for this thoughtful Lenten worship.
Adult Ed: Lussier Community Education Center
About nine months ago, Arturo Ambriz began as the new Executive Director at the Lussier Community Education Center. At 9:00 Sunday in the Covenant Room, he’ll share some news about what’s going on at Lussier, about new directions, and about how we can be involved. MCC member Ashley Outlaw is on the board, and she’ll also offer perspectives in the conversation.
Children's Faith Formation
Join us this week as we celebrate and send off Sarah Key.
Reception for Sarah Key
Join us after worship this Sunday in the Shalom Room to give thanks for Sarah's time as interim Director of Children and Families Ministry! There will be fruit salad as treats and, of course, wonderful fellowship.
Welcome Andrea Olson
Starting February 26th, we joyfully welcome Andrea Olson as our new settled Director of Children and Family Ministries. Andrea is a member of Advent/MCC and a mom to two kids in our children's ministries. She is likely a very familiar face! Already Andrea is getting oriented to her new role, and we look forward to welcoming her fully at the end of the month.
Lenten Midweek Worship Every Wednesday
This Lent we'll explore the theme, "Broken Hearts, Open Hearts," with a particular emphasis during shared MCC worship opportunities on Wednesday evenings.
Holden Evening Prayer - in the Covenant Room, with activities 6:00pm
Simple Soup Supper - 6:30pm (This week Rebecca Weise is planning a vegetarian pozole, and Dan Streit is thinking to bring fresh baked bread.)
Lenten Book Study - 7:00pm
Come for any or all parts!
Lenten Book Study
Transforming: The Bible & the Lives of Transgender Christians
Reading for next Wednesday: Chapters 1-2
“Trans biblical scholar Austen Hartke deftly weaves ancient and modern stories that will change the way readers think about gender, the Bible, and the faith to which Jesus calls us.”
We'll meet to discuss the book after worship every Wednesday at 7pm, starting on Feb. 21. We'll meet to discuss the book after worship every Wednesday at 7pm. If you didn’t get a book and still want one, contact Pastor Nick. They are $17 (or whatever you’d like to pay)
You can get a book even if you aren’t planning to join the discussion!
BOB! Luther Seminary’s daily devotion is built around "Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song," the beloved hymn ELW 808 (AKA BOB). Click to sign-up.
Global Refuge (formerly Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services) has a Lenten devotion with weekly stories from supporters and staff to read and ponder, as well as daily reflection questions and prayers. Click to download.
Leadership Team Update
Last Thursday evening, the MCC Leadership Team had its first meeting of the year. In an effort to keep you informed, here are a few notes from the meeting (you can also find past minutes in a link at the bottom of these weekly emails):
First meeting of this year's LT. We did an exercise to get to know each other a little better
* Talked about Jen's 3/4 time a few weeks in. Thus far very busy and not much room for much else. Need to keep an eye and adjust if necessary.
* Talked briefly about Nick's upcoming sabbatical. The people of Advent are going to manage the coverage. Working on assembling the things that will need coverage.
* Jen's installation service will be the afternoon of 4/14, and is an event for family, friends, the MCC, and other pastors to recognize her accepting the call at Hope.
* Approved getting bids for power assist doors for lower level entrance. In 2019 bid was $4600 so it would definitely be more now.
Sabbatical for the Congregation
Larry Henning led an adult ed conversation about how Nick’s sabbatical time (and also Jen’s parental leave) can be a gift for congregational renewal. Here is a recording of his presentation and the conversation after.
Advent Benevolence Allocation
For offerings given to Advent, 85% funds ministry within the MCC. 7.5% goes to the synod and ELCA. And the remaining 7.5¢ of every $1 is allocated to the work of all kinds of other ministries and efforts – for racial justice, environmental efforts, refugee relief, ecumenical and interfaith programs, and more. In the next several weeks, there will be one single meeting of a Benevolence Allocation Subcommittee to plan this year’s allotments. Contact Nick if you’d like to participate or have suggested recipients.
OPALS book group will meet in the Covenant Rm. on Tues., Feb. 27, at 1:30pm. Our book this month is “The Left Hand of Darkness” - a sci-fi book about an envoy from an intergalactic alliance sent to recruit the planet Winter where its inhabitants are without fixed genders. Check out what the OPALS are reading this year at this list and join the discussion anytime.
Pub Theology gathers on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Folks from local churches join at the Thirsty Goat on Fish Hatchery, 6:00-8:00. You’re welcome to order food or beverages, and we’ll have conversations about faith in the face of current events and more. It’s a great chance to hear from other faith perspectives.
A Baby Shower for Jen
A Baby Shower for Jen and Sam is Saturday, April 20, 2024. Candi Bloedow agreed to coordinate the shower, Kristi Williams will coordinate food, and Sue Young will coordinate with Advent. This announcement is for all you great volunteers and people who enjoy celebrating. Please join the shower committee and plan to attend. It should be a wonderful and joyous event, following on the heels of Jen's installation on April 14. Thank you so much. Sandra Esrael, Hope Co-moderator.
Border Immersion Trip Coverage
David Canon was interviewed on WORT this week about the MCC border trip. Click here to listen. The group will share stories and insights during Adult Ed on April 7 and 14.
The MCC Quilters have received a $250 Thrivent Action Grant in each of the past 6 years to help cover expenses as: batting, machine servicing, and Lutheran World Relief for shipping. Members with an insurance or annuity product from Thrivent are eligible to apply for a $250 Action Grant
News from Faith in Action for Racial Equity (FARE)
Introducing FARE’s Annotated Bibliography & Suggested Reads Table
Faith in Action for Racial Equity (FARE) has a table filled with books in the Shalom Room for anyone to peruse and check out. All are regarding Social Justice issues in one way or another. Also on the table, you will find our new annotated bibliography listing many more books, as well as the ones on the table, with a short description of each one. This annotated bibliography is also available online by clicking here.
Black History Month Spotlight
You've probably heard of the Madison Black Chamber of Commerce, but have you actually checked it out? This is your one-stop shop for many of the black-owned businesses in town. Check it out and support the black community leaders and business owners in the Madison area! https://directory.madisonblackchamber.com/
Casa Alitas Presentation
Please join Beth Israel Center and the Dane Sanctuary Coalition on March 10 at 7:00pm for a presentation from members of Beth Israel Center on their recent volunteer trips to Casa Alitas in Tucson. Throughout October, groups of volunteers from Beth Israel Center journeyed to Tucson to volunteer at Casa Alitas, a migrant welcome center. As the crisis at our border increases, the needs for help at Casa Alitas and similar migrant centers will only increase. The event will be in person at Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound St, Madison, WI 53711, and also on Zoom.
Please RSVP by March 8 using this google form: https://forms.gle/363KwRqsxQwyV3Q59
Get Involved with Haiti Allies
March 2, 8:30am - 1:00pm. McFarland UCC
Stategic Planning Retreat
New members are so welcome! Things are very tough for our beloved Citi Soleil students and their families in Haiti. Haiti Allies has a facilitator coming to guide us forward to find better ways to support the program. Your time, ideas, and heart would be greatly appreciated. Please respond to: Bryan Sirchio at email@example.com. Contact Beth Falkos, Kathy Johnson, or Linda Pettersen with questions