CRAFTS & COOKIES for BETHLEHEM:
It’s time again! When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 9:00-12:00 Where: Fitchburg Memorial UCC What: Church friends and family make holiday crafts and cookies to sell. The proceeds of this event support a full year scholarship for a student to attend the Dar Al Kalima College in Bethlehem, a mission partner of our church community. How: We make our most beautiful (and heavy, because we sell ...
JOIN US FOR CRAFT NIGHT!
All skill levels and ages welcome! On Dec. 6th we will gather at church from 5:00 until 8:00 to make beautiful creations for us to sell at our Cookie and Craft sale. The Cookie and Craft sale raises money for student scholarships to Dar al Kalima University College in Bethlehem, an institution of our Bethlehem Partners. We will provide the supplies for several projects, we just need your help to...
DOCTOR WHO & THEOLOGY
6 p.m. – We are meeting November 17 at church to watch an episode of Dr. Who, followed by a potluck dinner and discussion.
Join us for an Evening of Music! 7-9 pm
A wonderful blend of music will be enjoyed, as the Memorial UCC Choir, vocal and piano soloists, and string ensembles share a variety of melodies. Light refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public.
Get Ready to “Unplug the Christmas Machine”! Advent Study
Sunday, Nov. 19th from 11:15 am-1:45 pm. Advent is a time for reflection, a period of calm before the celebration of the birth of Jesus. But how do we remain calm when our society begins the celebration in October or earlier? Based on the book “Unplug the Christmas Machine, A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season”, this workshop will have participants examine their own holida...
Serving Dinner @ The Crossing: Sunday, Nov. 12, 5 p.m.
The Crossing is our UCC campus ministry located at the corner of University Ave. and Charter Street. On Sunday evenings students worship and share a meal together. Memorial is one of the local UCC churches that take turns providing the meal. If you are able to provide a dish, please sign up on the sheet in the narthex at church. If you would like to help serve (and worship with the students)...
Kristin Gorton Installation Service @ Memorial UCC – 2 pm November 5
Come join us Sunday afternoon, November 5, at 2 pm as we celebrate the installation of Rev. Kristin Lynne Gorton as Pastor at Memorial United Church of Christ! Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, President of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, will be preaching. A light reception will follow the installation service. An offering will be received during worship for the Wisconsin Con...
Movie Night at Memorial UCC!
6:30 p.m. - Please join us for the movie, Wonder Woman! Popcorn will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks too! See you there!
Blessing of the Backpacks
Kick off the school year right! It is "back-to-school" season and we would like to invite all students and educators to bring your school bags to church with you to have them blessed.
Madison Area Crop Hunger Walk
First Congregational UCC, 1609 University Ave. Registration starts at 12:45 p.m. and the walk starts at 1:30. This year’s walk will have the regular 1 mile and 3 mile routes, BUT expect some new things along the way!! Family Fun events: JUGGLERS, PHOTO STOP, FACE PAINTING, a BOUNCY HOUSE, and ICE CREAM!! AND the Accordion Band will be back!! Plan for a great time for all ages, for a great cause...
EXPLORING FOOD AND WINE IN JESUS’ TIME
JOIN US on August 24 from 6:30—8:00 p.m for an opportunity to sample some wine and enjoy some light food and fellowship as we learn together about what a meal with Jesus might have looked like. What kinds of foods did people eat? What does the Bible say about eating and drinking? Bring your questions and curiosity! Participants will also prepare a traditional barley bread that will be used at for...
Fitchburg Folk Night
Thursday, July 20 6:30-8:30pm - Fellowship hall and the great outdoors! All are welcome to join us for an evening of food, fellowship and folk music. We'll have a campfire, snacks, desserts and wine. Bring your songs, guitars, voices, harmonicas, kazoos, etc - or just come to listen and have fun with your MUCC family and friends! Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Ke...
Bone Marrow Donor Drive
Please join Mr. Dave' Gift, Inc. and Be the Match for a Bone Marrow Donor Drive on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 10-2 in Fellowship Hall! If you are between the ages of 18-44, you can save a life by joining the registry! All it takes is a cheek swab! For more information please contact Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Can't make it to the drive? You can also register online at http://join.bethematch....
Vacation Bible School
July 31 to Aug. 4 - Our Vacation Bible School program is designed for children ages 3 through 9. Children and youth age 10 and older help out as junior guides. We have an amazing crew of adults that work with Jann Veloff, our VBS director.
Farewell worship with Pastor Phil
9:30 a.m. - Join us as Pastor Phil leads worship with us one last time. The choir will be singing. Rev. Joanne Thomson, associate conference minister, will lead the ritual marking the end of Phil's pastorate with us. (And there will be cake!)
Immigration & Domestic Violence
9:30 a.m. - Megan Sprecher, immigration and poverty attorney for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, will join Pastor Phil in a reflection on the impact of increased immigration enforcement on people trapped in violent relationships. http://www.endabusewi.org
Pastor Phil’s Retirement Party
6:30 p.m. — Social Time, Heavy Appetizers, Refreshments in Fellowship Hall followed by program in Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. recognizing Phil's work and faithfulness at MUCC and its outreach. Please RSVP by June 12 to email@example.com or by calling 608.273.1008
Celebrating 100 Years
9:30 a.m. - Memorial UCC will celebrated its centennial with a special worship service at 9:30, followed by a program at 10:30 and a pot-luck lunch at 11. Please join us!
Flags for Memorial Day
We will have flags out along the curb to honor all those who lost their lives in war as we observe Memorial Day weekend.
Sundaes on Sunday
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Free ice cream sundaes outside at Memorial to help celebrate our centennial.
8:15 and 10 - Our kids will present a musical version of a familiar Bible story with lively music and great acting. It will be included in both services, as well as the normal scripture readings, prayers and communion.
History of the UCC
7 p.m. - We'll explore a bit of the history of the United Church of Christ and how that shapes who we are today.
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Lots of treasures at our annual garage sale. Come early, buy lots!
7 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Lots of treasures at our annual garage sale. Come early, buy lots!
Break the Silence Sunday
8:15 and 10 a.m. - Julie Foley, manager of the program in the DA's office that provides immediate response to victims of crime, will join Pastor Phil for a reflection on the listening to victims of crime, particularly victims of violent sexual and intimate assaults.
8:15 and 10 a.m. - We will celebrate Jesus' resurrection with worship services that will include music, story and prayer. There is an Easter breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt for children at 9:30.
7 p.m. - As we remember the day of Jesus' execution, we will gather for a time of reflection and prayer, including time to gather around a large cross on the floor of our sanctuary.
Night of the Lord’s Supper
7 p.m. - We will gather to remember Jesus' meal with his followers the night before he was executed. We'll reflect on water, on bread, on a garden as we take steps on the journey toward the cross and toward resurrection.
Common Chord concert
7 p.m. - Common Chord, a local acoustic ensemble that performs both originals and covers ranging across folk, blues, swing, country, pop, and jazz, will do a benefit concert on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m at Memorial UCC. The money raised will go to the congregation's Centennial Outreach Fund to support micro-loans for returning prisoners through the Madison-area Urban Ministry. Free-will offering.
Family Fun Night
6:00 p.m. - Join us afor pizza and a showing of the movie, Trolls. The Ping-Pong table and foosball table will be out for those who would like to play during the show. Please bring fruit, veggies or a dessert to go with the pizza provided.
Lent: Take a Break
6:30 to 8 p.m. - We will have time on Wednesday evenings called "Lent: Take a Break." Ellen Reuter will lead a 5-week meditation gathering that will give you the opportunity to step away from the madness and not do anything. Through discussion, guided meditation, body scanning and mindfulness meditation, you'll be able to take time for just you. Sessions are independent from each other so you can ...
One Light, Many Candles
7:30 p.m. - After our Ash Wednesday service, we will show a one-hour video of Noel Paul Stookey and Rev. Betty Stookey celebrating the many paths to God in both song and spoken word. You can read about One Light, Many Candles here.
7:00 p.m. - We will gather in the sanctuary to mark the beginning of Lent, symbolized by the imposition of ashes.
DOCTOR WHO & THEOLOGY
6 p.m. - We did not meet in December due to weather, so our next Doctor Who viewing will be the one we planned for then, the 2007 Christmas Special “Voyage of the Damned.” It stars David Tennant and Kylie Minogue on an interstellar Titanic. We are meeting January 20 at church at 6 p.m. for potluck and discussion.
Chili/Corn Bread Cook Off
11:30 - Our annual chance for cooks to make their best chili and corn bread, letting everyone else share and then vote for the best.
Memorial Annual Meeting
11:30 - Members will vote on our 2017 budget, elect four members to the church council and hear updates on what's ahead for this year.
The Very Good Gospel
7:15 a.m. - Book discussion of The Very Good Gospel by Lisa Sharon Harper. Anyone is welcome to join in.
Christmas Day worship
10 a.m. - We'll only have one service on Christmas Day, but we sing carols and share communion.
Christmas Eve Family Service
5 p.m. - Join us for Christmas Eve as children choose costumes and help us tell the Christmas story with carols and with beautiful music.
Longest Night for the Children of Abraham
7 p.m. - Jewish, Christian and Muslim voices join together moving from darkness to light. A time of readings, prayer and song, followed by refreshments.
No formal worship today
Because of the snow from last night and coming later this morning, we will not have formal worship today but the church will be open until 10:30 a.m. and Pastor Phil is here (and so are cookies and crafts left from the sale on Saturday).
Craft & Cookie Sale
9 a.m. to noon - Our annual Craft and Cookie sale raises money for a scholarship at Dar al Kalima College in Bethlehem. We sell crafts and cookies made by our members.
Lessons & Carols for Advent
7 p.m. - The Lessons and Carols for Advent worship service will be at Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St., Area choirs and musicians including our Memorial UCC choir will join together to draw us into the wonder of this holy time of year.
Praying in Color for Advent
6:30 p.m. - Rebecca Malke and Mary Ircink will be leading an evening of Praying in Color as part of our entry into the season of Advent. This will be on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at church. Contact Rebecca or Mary for more details.
Visit to Sikh Temple
6:30 p.m. - A few weeks ago, we had two leaders of the Sikh community in Madison spend an evening describing their beliefs and practices to about 20 people at Memorial. Next week on Tuesday, we will have a chance to see one of their prayer services. We will go to the Sikh Temple (also called a Gurudwara) at 6970 Century Ave, in Middleton. Their prayer time runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please let Re...
Silent Auction & Basket Raffle
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Our annual Silent Auction and Basket Raffle will end on this Sunday. You can find auction items here and what's in the raffle baskets here.
Learning about the Middle East
8:15 and 10 a.m. - Peter Makari is the national United Church of Christ's area executive for the Middle East and Europe. He will be preaching at both of our services on this Sunday.
8:15 and 10 a.m. - We'll celebrate the commitments of our members and friends to provide financial support to Memorial UCC in 2017. There will be a special gift for the folks who are there.
Family Fun Night
5 to 8 p.m. - Join us by the campfire as we celebrate fall. We'll begin with some brews and stews. Bring your favorite fall brew: hot apple cider, hot chocolate or hot tea or bring a favorite stew to share. Before the sun sets we'll take a stroll in the woods to see all the changing leaves. Afterwards, we'll have a campfire where you can bring your guitar and sing songs or tell spooky stories. The...
7 a.m. - Our Friday book group will be discussing Colson Whitehead's novel, The Underground Railroad. All are welcome to join in. The group meets in the library at church.
1:30 to 3 p.m. - The Church World Service CROP Walk feeds the hungry at home and around the world. The local portion (25%) was distributed through Second Harvest to 38 meal sites and food pantries in Dane County. You can support the walk by contributing to walkers’ envelopes in the narthex, joining our on-line team named Fitchburg Memorial UCC, or donating on-line to our team or individual walkers...
Countering toxic discourse
7 a.m. - Our Friday morning book group will be discussing I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up.
Music from Bryan Sirchio
8: 15 and 10 a.m. - Musician, composer and UCC minister Bryan Sirchio will be with us for both services as we start the program year, leading us in song and presenting his music that helps tell the stories of our lives and of our world.
9:30 a.m. - Rev. Jerry Hancock and Rev. Bonnie Van Overbeke will share the reflection time to talk about what they have learned from visiting the contested city of Hebron in the West Bank.
A farewell to Jean
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - We'll have an open house at church on Friday, July 8, to bid farewell to Jean Lepro, our church secretary for the last 16 years. You can read a bit about Jean here.
7 p.m. - Sarah Lepp is an amazing pianist who will be giving a recital at Memorial UCC. She will be playing piano music from Brahms, Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. (There will also be a guest pianist - Janet Lepp - her mom who is a Lutheran pastor.)
Vacation Bible School
Mornings Aug. 8 to 12 - Our Vacation Bible School program is designed for children ages 3 through 9. Children and youth age 10 and older help out as junior guides. We have an amazing crew of adults that work with Jann Veloff, our VBS director. The theme for 2016 will be Surf Shack: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love.
Reception for Art from Ghana
5 to 7 p.m. - Memorial UCC is honored to be able to host in our Fellowship Hall an exhibit of some of the work of artist Philip Kumah from Ghana. We will have a reception to share the art with the wider community. Katharine Goray, who brought the art to the U.S. will be present to share stories about the art. You can read more here.
Bryan Sirchio on progressive Christian music
6:30 p.m. - Bryan Sirchio, a UCC minister and musician, has written a book on the characteristics of progressive Christian music. Our book group discussed the book in April and now Bryan will join us for an evening’s discussion on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. You don’t need to have read the book to be part of this evening. If you'd like to know more about The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Wor...
The Fourth Wiseman
8:15 and 10 a.m. - Our children will present their annual musical. This year it is "The Fourth Wiseman," adapted and directed as always by Terry Kiss Frank. It will be presented after an abbreviated worship and communion service at both times on Sunday.
Navigating Healthcare for LGBT Older Adults
6:30-8:30 p.m. - Many LGBT older adults face challenges and barriers while seeking and accessing healthcare. We will begin the evening with a showing of the film, Gen Silent, a 2010 documentary about six LGBT seniors faced with the decision on whether or not to hide their sexuality in order to receive care in the long-term health care system. The following presentation and discussion will addres...
Two days - Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We'll be gathering things to sell at church, then we welcome all to come and buy the treasures we have collected.
Southwest UCC Association annual meeting
8:30 a.m. t0 3 p.m. - First Congregational UCC, Fort Atkinson will host the Southwest Association Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 16. Rev. Dr. Karl Kuhn from Lakeland College will speak on the theme of "Encouraging One Another." He will explore the interrelationships between churches in the New Testament as a way of examining biblical models for our being together as an Association. Conferenc...
Easter later service
10 a.m. - We'll gather for song, prayer and preaching. A string quartet will accompany our choir. We'll share communion.
Easter early service
8:15 a.m. - Our early service on Easter Sunday has hymns, prayers and preaching.
Friday of Holy Week
7 p.m. - We observe Good Friday gathering around a cross, letting music and story carry us through the execution of Jesus' connecting it to murders in our community over the past year, praying for those we care about and the needs of our world.
Thursday of Holy Week
7 p.m. - Night of the Lord's Supper - We remember Jesus' last meal with his closest friends. We wash hands, share bread and wine, hear stories and music and then enter into the garden of prayer and betrayal.
Pi Day Eve
11:30 a.m. - Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi) expressed as 3.14. Join us on the eve of Pi day to celebrate the constant and the ever-changing by watching, Life of Pi, a story about a young Indian man named Pi whose life is forever changed after surviving a disaster at sea. Please bring a pie or a donation for pizza pie.
Just Bakery will be selling their delicious things from 9 to noon on Sunday, March 13.
Spotlight movie & discussion
6:30 p.m. - The movie Spotlight looks at The Boston Globe's uncovering of the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. But the movie also raises issues about how we make sure Memorial is a safe place for all. We'll watch the movie and then use a discussion guide prepared by the national UCC to ponder how we are doing here.
Doctor Who and the demon
6 p.m. - Join us for our Religion in Doctor Who viewing, discussion, and pot luck dinner. We'll watch “The Daemons”, a 1971 story in which the Doctor’s nemesis the Master is impersonating the local vicar in an attempt to raise a demon.
7 p.m. - We will begin Lent in our sanctuary with prayers, hymns and ashes.
Evening of Music
7 p.m. - Join many of Memorial's fine musicians for an evening of sharing songs and then feasting on desserts and wine.
11:15 a.m. - The members of Memorial will gather for our annual meeting, voting on the 2-16 budget, four Council members and hearing what's to come in the year ahead.
Chili & Corn Bread Cook-off
11:15 a.m. - Members and friends of Memorial UCC will bring their favorite chili and corn-bread concoctions and then you get to vote for the best. Yummy!
Christmas Eve Services
5 p.m. - Family service, children participate as they choose; 7 p.m. - Candles, carols and communion with special music.
Longest Night for the Children of Abraham
7 p.m. - An interfaith service seeking glimmers of light in the darkness of individual's lives and in the darkness we have experience collectively over the past weeks. People from all three Abrahamic traditions are welcome as well as anyone who would like to part of this time of supporting one another.
Craft and Cookie Sale
9 a.m. to noon - Tasty cookies, beautiful crafts, proceeds go to a scholarship for a college student in Bethlehem. More details here.
Climate Change movie: Economics of Happiness
7 p.m. - We'll watch the next in our series of movies related to climate change. This one is Economics of Happiness. It explores the tensions between globalization and localism. A discussion will follow the film,
Letters from Paul
On Wednesdays at 6:30, we'll explore some of the letters from Paul that shaped our understanding of Jesus and what it means to be a Christian. We'll use video, text and conversation for this exploration led by Pastor Phil. It will continue on Wednesdays through Nov. 11.
Doctor Who and Theology
EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER - Our Doctor Who group will watch “The Face of Evil", a 1977 Tom Baker story featuring the introduction of the barbarian warrior companion Leela. Johanna Draper Carlson will lead our discussion. We start at 6 p.m. on Friday. Food will be potluck.
Carbon Nation – a green film
We'll gather at 7 p.m. to watch the next in a series of films that raise awareness about climate change. This month's film is Carbon Nation.
Just Mercy discussion
We'll gather at 7 a.m. in the church library on Fri., Oct. 30, for a discussion of Bryan Stephenson's book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Climate Change Movie – Bag It
Starting with Bag It on Fri., Oct.9, at 7 p.m. we will have a movie on an environmental theme on the second Friday of the month. The movies and following discussion will help people realize what they can do as individuals and what we can do as a community to fight global warming.
Fall Grill Out
11 a.m. - We'll feast on grilled pork and lots of trimmings. Good food, good company.
Tisha Brown singing
Sept. 13 - Tisha Brown - pastor, singer, educator - will help us start our program year by singing at our 8:15 and 10 a.m. worship services that Sunday. Sunday school will start up at 10 and Just Bakery will be on site after both services.
Back-to-school pool party
Aug. 30 - Our Sunday-School program invites you to join us for a pool party at 2 p.m. at the Goodman Aquatic Center in Verona. This public pool is great for all ages and with a zero-depth end it's nice for infants, too. There's also a Noah’s Ark themed playground behind the pool to enjoy. This event will be open to the entire congregation as a way for us to reconnect and get excited about the upco...
All Nature Sings – Special worship
Aug. 9 - Rev. Bob Wang will lead our service with word and music reflecting on the glories of the world God has given us. The service is at 9:30 a.m. on that Sunday.
Book Group: Unforgettable
July 31 - Our Friday morning book group is reading Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother and the Lessons of a Lifetime, by Scott Simon, anchor or National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. People Magazine writes of this book: "In a return to the bighearted storytelling that made him a star NPR correspondent, he pays full tribute to the ex-showgirl who...taught her only son to be honest, kind, and entertain...
Vacation Bible School
July 27-31 - We'll be having our Vacation Bible School this summer in the morning from 9 to 11:30. Our VBS is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 9, with children 10 and older helping out as junior guides. The program we are using is called G-Force: God's Love in Action.