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MCC Announcements

The MCC consists of two vibrant congregations with many shared ministries. An email is sent every Thursday with the latest on what's happening in and around the MCC. To submit an announcement, please click below. The deadline for submitting is Wednesday at noon.

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Worship This Week

Shared Pentecost Service

Happy Pentecost! On Sunday, we reach the 50th day culmination of the season of Easter. Shared worship in and from the Blessing Room at 10:15 will include our children with puppets, choir, Louise Barbara Gilbertson’s baptism, and lots of the Holy Spirit! Online participants should remember to have communion elements ready.
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Wear Red

In celebration of and coordination with Pentecost, Sunday is a great day to wear red!

Hearing Assistance

A new system for better hearing assistance in worship was installed this week. It works with a smartphone and very simple app, best used with headphones or earbuds with your phone. It may or may not be fully operational by Sunday, but you can begin to prepare by downloading the app called “Listen Everywhere.”

 

Education Hour

Adult Ed: Holy Spirit

In 9:00 adult ed, join a conversational Bible study and reflection on the Holy Spirit. We can often have images or ideas of what the Holy Spirit is like. What do the Bible and some hymns have to say? Let’s discuss!

Children & Family Ministry News

This week come join us in singing, dancing, and sharing the story of Pentecost as we practice during faith formation (9:00-10:00 am) and participate in worship together at 10:15am. This would be a great opportunity to invite other families for worship as the service will include a variety of ways for children and youth to engage together. We're bringing out the party streamers, ribbon dancers, and even puppets!

Upcoming Events

May 26: There will be no faith formation on Memorial Day weekend.
June 2:
9:00-10:00 - Join us for a special Cross+generational Education Hour on prayer for ALL AGES
11:30 - Sundae Sunday ice cream treats and family yard games following the service!
June 9:
* 9:00-10:00am - Last faith formation class for the spring
* 11:30-12:30pm - Parish Protection Training for Befrienders, Kids in the Garden Volunteers, and Boundary Waters Chaperones
June 16: Garden Worship at Forward Garden with Middleton Community Church at 9:30am
June 21: Make Music Madison Performances 3-8 pm

 

Welcome Livia Sophia!

After 35 hours of labor, Pastor Jen and Sam welcomed baby Livia Sophia Petricca on Friday morning, May 10, at 5:03. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces. The family has been at home since Saturday afternoon. Pastor Jen will be on 12 weeks of maternity leave. Here is their new address, in case you'd like to send a card: 5675 Mary Lake Road, Waunakee, WI 53597-9126

 

Prairie Planting & Seeding - Saturday Morning

May 18 9:30am - 11:00am
Planting and seeding will be along the Prayer Path next to preschool fence. Meet near the chickens at 9:30am. Bring a hand spade, kneeling pad, and wear gardening clothes, gloves, and hat. Croissants and jam served after the planting. Bring your own beverage.

Chicken Tender Training - This Sunday, May 19 at 11:30am

Have you heard that the church flock has grown by 4 more chicks? The Olson family is raising them at home until they are ready to join Marie, Henrietta, Steve, and Bubbles. If you'd like to learn more about the MCC chickens, please join Andrea, Annalise, and a few new volunteers at the coop following worship or email her at andrea@lordolson.us.

Art Wall: "For the Beauty of the Earth"

The art display for May thru July is “For the Beauty of the Earth,” oil and pastel landscapes by MCC member, John Mix. His favorite approach to painting is on location (plein air) as all of these were started, finished in studio. 40% of sales will go to hunger relief among Palestinians. An opening presentation by John is being scheduled for early June. Read John's artist statement here.

 

Online Scheduler Help in May

Besides being the abbreviation for a midwestern airport, MSP (Ministry Scheduler Pro) is the software program where we track our time and talents, and the weeks we are scheduled for various ministries.
Are you stuck doing time and talents on paper?
Have you forgotten your username?
Would you like to change which ministries to which you are assigned but not sure how?
Every Sunday in May we will be offering help with the MSP program, from 8:45-9:15 and again from 11:15 - 11:30 (or for at least 15 minutes after whenever the services end).
Look for us in the Shalom room!
Sarah Zutz, Lisa Johnsen, Emily Wixson, Kaisa Miller, and Edd Hellmer

 

Summer Midweek Worship Planning

Please contact Andrea Olson at andrea@themcc.net if you'd like to help out with our summer midweek worship services this year. We'll have a planning meeting very soon (hopefully next week) to determine dates, the theme, and next steps. Let me know by Sunday, May 19 for planning team or anytime if you wish to offer ideas or participate in a special way during the summer.

 

June 9 Choir

Mark the end of the program year with this beautiful Blessing!

Rehearsals:
June 2 after worship
June 9 before worship

(Welcome, Prayer,) & Blessing

Sign up here, so we have enough music for everyone!

 

Boundary Waters – Adult Help

The high school Boundary Waters trip will be July 15-21. We are looking for adults who could be along with the youth. If you might be available, please let Nick know. (No cost for adults, $100 for youth, mostly funded by by church.) We would also love adults who could help with planning and organizing here.

 

Meals for Tom Stolzenburg's Family

Stacey, Ernst and Flora could use some meal support while Tom continues to recover and rehabilitate at home. Two slots remain. There will be a cooler at their home for delivery of meals. Stacey is gluten intolerant, and does not eat red meat- "but don't cater to me," she says. Please indicate if gluten is used in any items. Sign up here.

Advent Mission Endowment Accepting Applications

The 2024 Spring Application Period for grants from the Adven__t Mission Endowment Fund is now open! The members of the Advent Mission Endowment fund committee meet bi-annually to approve grants submitted for social impact and educational support purposes. The current period will be open until Tuesday, May 28.
The criteria for being eligible for a social impact grant is that the grant support the activities of local and national faith-based social ministries serving basic human needs, new programs or ministry initiatives within the MCC, and/or environmental stewardship ministries. Financial assistance is also available for MCC members for post-secondary education. Grant awards vary based on availability of funds and the applicant’s prior funding history with new applicants being given priority.
Applicants may apply for grants only once during the calendar year. Applications may be obtained at the MCC office and by clicking here. Submit completed applications to the office or Dean Krahn, Chair.

 

Meet Oswaldo and Marianna on June 9!

Oswaldo and Marianna, the migrant siblings we’ve been supporting have been anxious to meet you and express their appreciation for your kindness. And folks in the MCC have surely been anxious to meet them. So, Good People, mark your calendars! After worship on June 9, we will have an informal gathering with our beloved guests. ... AND—special bonus! —Linda and Roger Pettersen, who are celebrating their 60th anniversary, are bringing a primo carrot cake for the celebration (if you’re lucky, there may even be some ice cream to go along with it). Please, please, please come. ... Update: Oswaldo and Marianna are both working. With their own funds and MCC support they were able to purchase a car. Thanks to Abuelo Roger for providing auto-buying guidance.

Help Prepare or Serve a Meal on June 10

MCC gathers whoever is willing and able to provide a community meal for the Triangle Community Ministries Monday Meal Program about four times a year. Your next opportunity to help is Monday, June 10. There are a several ways you can help:
1. Help prepare one of the items we will serve (example, Cole slaw, fruit or fruit salad, desserts. etc.). Pending confirmation from Triangle Ministry staff we are proposing a picnic themed menu.
2. Be present to help set up, serve, and clean up. This option includes enjoying the meal with the folks we’re serving. Ideally we will have 10-12 individuals, 5-6 arriving at 4:00 pm to help set up and others coming to serve at 4:30. Dinner is served at 755 Braxton Place.
3. Help cover the cost by making a check out to MCC with the memo (name of organization dinner).
Please email Lori DeMeuse if you'd like additional information or to let her know what you are able to do, and Lori will get you specific instructions.

 

June 16 - Forward Garden Worship

We’ll be continuing a new tradition of worshipping with Middleton Community Church (the “other MCC”) at 9:30 at Forward Garden (out Old Sauk Rd, next to Pope Farm). You are welcome to carpool from the MCC, since parking is limited. This year’s service coincides with a safe surrender firearm event the day before with Jeff Wild and the Guns to Gardens program.

 

Volunteer Roles for Sabbatical

Greetings from the Sabbatical Team! Our theme for Pastor Nick's upcoming sabbatical will be RenewALL. It will be a time of community engagement and a well-deserved time away for Pastor Nick. Click here to see the roles we are inviting members to cover as we work together to create meaningful and engaging worship during the sabbatical period. These sabbatical roles are now in MSP (the volunteer scheduling program.) Help accessing MSP is available after church on Sunday in the Shalom room. Please contact the Sabbatical Team with your questions and suggestions: Lisa Bauer, Beth Falkos, Anna Henning, Larry Henning, Rob Olson (Chair), and Rebecca Weise.

 

Kids in the Garden 2024

Work has started in the MCC garden, and initial plans for the Kids in the Garden program this summer are underway. Children from the Lussier Community Center’s summer program come to the MCC garden on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 11:30 for about 6 weeks. Dates for this summer are June 25 - July 30. They work with volunteers in the garden and on nature-based crafts; we learn together and build relationships.
So if you are interested in being part of this fun and rewarding opportunity, or if you have questions about it, please contact Joyce Anderson. Soon you will be able to sign up for specific tasks and dates on our MSP volunteer site.

 

GEMs Tribute to Rich Stumbo

The Grumpy Elderly Men (GEMs) and Emily Wixson offered a very special

musical tribute to their friend Rich Stumbo at his service in the Memorial Garden last Friday. Click here for a sampling.

 

Fly Casting with Jack

Are you interested in some “reel” therapy and chance to REEL-ax? Jack Saltes is offering the opportunity to learn fly fishing techniques on the MCC lawn. Contact him at saltes@mhtc.net or 608-628-1887 if you might be interested.

 

Mary Bowman needs our help

Mary is helping to recruit volunteers for the first Midwest Walk for Sjogren’s, Saturday, June 1, at Elver Park in Madison. People have been invited to attend from 6 states.
The most urgent needs for volunteers now are for:
1. 5-6 strong people to set up tables, etc. from 7 to 8:00 a.m.
2. 5 people to handle the fast-moving demands of registration, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

3. The full list of volunteers needed is in a signup document here.
4. Diana Burt is the volunteer recruiter and monitors the signup doc. You can also email her at d3cats@outlook.com. You can also email Mary at mvbowman43@gmail.com with questions.

For more information about Sjogren’s Disease (“show-grins”), see Mary’s fundraising page [here] (https://events.sjogrens.org/site/TR/Events/General?px=1083118&pg=personal&fr_id=1546).

 

Save the Dates for Summer Fellowship

MCC Men's Tailgate

The annual MCC Men's Tailgate will take place on Monday, June 17. Watch for more details, including the speaker and the sign up.

 

MCC Salad Supper

The women of MCC invite you to our annual Salad Supper the evening of Thursday, June 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Supper will be held outdoors on our beautiful grounds in a large tent. Our speaker will be from Wisconsin Women's Network,
an organization that promotes the advancement of women and girls in Wisconsin through communication, education, advocacy, and connections.They work hard to ensure that women have the tools and resources that they need to succeed in their lives and in leadership roles.

 

Learn a New Language

Learn Spanish with Ellen Soto

MCC member Ellen Soto will be teaching Spanish at the Middleton Senior Center (7448 Hubbard Ave., Middleton). Mondays at 9am (Beginners Conversation), Tuesdays at 9am (Advanced Conversation), Thursdays at 12:15pm (Beginners Conversation). For more info, call or text 608-982-5431. Contact Ellen if you are interested in a Sunday morning option at the MCC!

Beginning Norwegian

MCC members Martha Frey, Kim Dahl, and Beth Falkos recommend an upcoming Norwegian language class for beginners with instructor Marcia Lund. Wednesdays from 9-11am, June 12-Aug. 21 at the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library, 415 W. Main St, Madison. For more info and to register, click here.

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