WANTED: A Newsletter Editor Prayer List Brian James has been the newsletter editor since Dennis left for Friends and Family Seminary. Unfortunately things have changed that have brought him to tender his resignation. If you’d be interested in editing our newsletter and printing about 20 copies for the mail, and getting Ann Stajich Dana S. Janay an e-mail copy to the pastor, please speak with Pastor Wayne. Audrey & Harold Debbie Lynn Elliott Donald & Carolyn Maddie Carol Stoeckmann Sellers Johnson Website Pictures Chuck & James Dustin James Nathan We’re looking to add pictures of church activities to our website. Stapleton If you have photos, or discs of pictures, or digital pics that you’d Mulder- Patricia like to send let us know. Or you can place the photos or discs of Gary Entwistle Philyaw Vogel photos in the Treasurer’s mail box in the office so that our Coralie Scott Doris Sawyer Rick Olson webmaster can receive them. Or you can email your pics to Kelly Dan Gerry Anderson Susan Foss Miller at: email@example.com. Jackie Mitchell Tiffany Ann Stajich Dana S. Janay Spaghetti on a Board Outing Audrey & Harold Debbie Lynn Elliott Please join us for dinner out on Saturday, April 25. We are heading to Rosario's Restaurant in Monona. We'll be served salad, bread, wine or soda, and "spaghetti on a board". The Our young men and women serving in the military main course includes spaghetti, meatballs and sauce. The cost is $13 per person, which includes tip and tax, plus the dinner. Please sign up at church to join us, so we have an idea of how Partnership Churches many are interested. Or you could let Donna Dillman know with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem a call, 838-4725. San Alfonso Mission in Juarez Partners in Ministry Dates to Save!! Rev. Bob Mutton and the Southwest Association Churches April 25th - Village Service Day Rev. David Moyer and the Churches of the Wisconsin May 2nd - Spring Association Meeting st Conference May 31 - Confirmation Sunday th June 6 - McFarland UCC evening at the Mallards Rev. Jeff Tomberlin and McFarland Lutheran Church 6:05 p.m. Fr. Steve Smith and Christ the King Catholic Church June 12-14 Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting June 26 – 30 United Church of Christ General Synod in Grand Rapids, MI Welcome Garrett Crull!! Born 3/17/09 - 5:07am - 8 lbs 10 oz - 20.5 inches long. Amy and Garrett are doing great! Congrats to the whole Crull family – Jeff, Amy, Nina, and Gwen. We give God thanks for this new addition to their family and to ours. April 2009 Volume 44 Number 4 Thoughts from Wayne’s World Pastor Wayne As I read the reflections of the women who went to Moon Beach Worship in April Food Pantry Thank You! and their experience at the Wild Winter Women’s Weekend I was 10 a.m. I just wanted to take a moment to thank those men and women struck by a phrase one of them used (see reflections in this (who have chosen to remain anonymous) who so generously newsletter). She stated that being at Moon Beach and at the Apr. 5 – Palm Sunday (Liturgical Color: Purple); donated much needed items to the food pantry over the last Wild Winter Women’s Weekend was being in a “thin” place – a Procession with Palms; Isaiah 50:4-9a; couple of weeks. place close to God. My heart leapt in reading these words. The Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11 I guess I should have spoken up in Church a long time ago. times we experience that “thin” place can be few and far Noisy Offering Ends The items donated were so very appreciated by our food between. pantry shoppers. If you wanted to donate but just didn't have HOLY WEEK EVENTS the time, don't worry! It's NEVER too late to help out our However, as we conclude our Lenten Journey as prepare for Apr. 7 – Tuesday; Healing Service at 7 p.m. neighbors in need. Right now we are concentrating on baking items. We need 5lb Holy Week we have many opportunities to communion with God…to seek that “thin” place within our worship life. We begin Apr. 9 – Maundy Thursday; Foot washing Service and bags of flour and sugar. We need brown sugar, powdered the week with Palm/Passion Sunday…we walk in procession Communion, 7pm sugar, salt, pepper, spices, mixes and frosting. with our palms, but also remember Christ’s Passion on this first Apr. 10 – Good Friday – Tenebrae Service, 7 p.m. We are always in need of tall kitchen garbage bags(please day of Holy Week – a “thin” place?. The week moves on when feel free to buy the largest quantity you desire and I personally on Tuesday we come together for a service of healing. Where Apr. 12 – Easter; (Liturgical Color: White); Communion will break them down into family sized quantities), toilet paper, Acts 10:34-43; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Mark laundry soap, deodorant, diapers, pull-ups, feminine needs, we can ask for God’s healing, or be an instrument of healing for 16:1-8 paper towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and someone else. Through anointing with oil, and with prayer perhaps that “thin” place might come for you. Thursday we come Apr. 19 – Second Sunday of Easter; Acts 4:32-35; I conditioner. to a new way of celebrating the gathering of disciples in the John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31 Remember, just because we call it a "food pantry" doesn't upper room. We will gather in the sanctuary were we have a foot Apr. 26 - Third Sunday of Easter; Acts 3:12-19; I John mean that that is all we offer. Often times it is the non-food items that are the most expensive and are considered a luxury washing service followed by communion. This will be new to us, 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48 but it may be an opening to that “thin” place that we seek with to our shoppers. Could you imagine deodorant being a luxury? God. I hope you’ll be open to this new experience. On Friday, that is called good, we will gather in a dimly lit room for the SLY News So, please, the next time you go shopping for your family, don't forget about those families less fortunate. Pick up a couple extra rolls of paper towel or what have you. service of Tenebrae. Here we will experience the “thin” place Our youth will be participating once again the Amazing between the darkness of death and the promise of a new life that Thank you MUCC for all you have already done. If anyone GRace on April 25th. We’ll gather at 12:50 on that Sunday has any questions at all or needs a convenient drop off site is to come. On Saturday you are invited to join a group going to and travel together to First Congregational UCC to walk the labyrinth. As you walk you empty yourself on the way in, please contact me. Trish Bailey at the center you communion with God (a “thin” place) and then participate in the race. We should be back at church by 6 on the way out you ask God to fill you. Finally, we’ll gather on p.m. EASTER morning just as those first women did and we too will proclaim that CHRIST IS RISEN! We too will have good news to Sunday school News – No Children’s Sunday school Noisy Lenten Collections tell, a joy to share, a “thin” place to remember. The Noisy Offering continues during our worship services on Easter Sunday, April 12. during Lent. Our children will collect this coin-filled offering to So I invite you to join in all or some of these worship help them raise money to purchase items for the food pantry opportunities. Perhaps that “thin” place with God is waiting for on their shopping day with the Sunday school. So remember you as we gather together. May our eyes and hearts be open A Night at the Mallards your coins! that we too might see and know those “thin” places where our life Plans are underway for us to attend a Mallard’s home game this brushes up against the life of God more closely? summer. We are tentatively looking at th Saturday, June 6 at Youth at General Synod 6:05 p.m. Mark your calendars and lets make this a whole June 24 – 30, 2009 church outing. Youth @ General Synod is for youth will be in grades 9-12 in unable to store sale items at the church prior to the Thursday To volunteer please call Cleo at 838-3120 2009 (I also know that eighth graders would be welcome) If you before the sale). Volunteer needs: are interested please see Pastor Wayne for more information. 1. Monday Pantry Hours (2:30 -6:30) Also start thinking about other ways you could help out that week 2. 2nd Harvest Pick Up (10:30-12 & 2:30-6) A Note from Dennis before or the day of. I will be looking for volunteers to help set up 3. 2nd Mondays of the Monty (12:30 to 1:30) I have been called to be pastor and teacher at Pilgrim UCC in the Thursday and Friday before the sale, people to help take 4. Sunday Shopper (milk, eggs, paper products) for Labadie, MO. Here is their website down/pack up after the sale, and those to help out during the Monday http://www.uccwebsites.net/pilgrimucclabadiemo.html. The sale (take money, help in kitchen, help in the Treasure room website is not as fancy as McFarland’s but it works for them. It is etc…). Also remember we will be collecting Paper Products and a very small congregation, about 45 members, about 40 minutes Personal Items (i.e. Toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, west of St. Louis. They are just up the road from Purina Farms. There is a sign up sheet in the fellowship hall at church. You can feminine hygiene products, shampoo, deodorant, soap, They cannot afford a full-time pastor so they have hired Eden commit to an entire day or just a couple of hours…any bit will be Laundry soap, tooth brushes and paste) during our Lenten students for the past six years to serve for two years. I still need helpful. Season which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25. to negotiate starting date, etc. I will be licensed for all the duties that a pastor would do. I am also looking for an “apprentice” to show the ways of organizing the annual Trash and Treasure Sale. This will be my Labyrinth Walk – I am very excited about this opportunity. It was great to hear last year organizing…if interested you can call me, email me or Saturday, April 11 everyone cheering when I talked with Wayne. I cannot begin to put your name on the sign up sheet as interested in organizing We will meet at church at 9:30 a.m. to carpool to Community of tell you in words what the support of McFarland UCC has meant this next year. Hope’s outdoor labyrinth. to me on this journey. I look forward to having you all along as I continue. If you have questions or want to find out more ways to help, This does mean I will be in school an extra year. I will cut back please call Heather Hofmeister at 608-235-2537 or email me at MUMU firstname.lastname@example.org. Want an item in the MUMU? Please send it via email to: on my class load to allow me time to serve Pilgrim. Diane, Kelly email@example.com by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday and I talked about this and decided along with a lot of prayer that Can’t wait to go through all your trash!!!!! morning. this is where God is calling me at this time. With everybody’s help we can make it all work. Thank you. Peace and blessings to you all, Dennis Village Service Day Tour de Cure The Village is having a Service day for youth and adults. There will be many opportunities for you to volunteer from Ride for the American Diabetes Association stuffing envelopes to pulling weeds. We are hoping that there will Saturday, May 30, 2009. Katie and Compton Kurtz have a Rose on the Altar even be opportunities for you to volunteer here at church. Watch team already to go. See the poster outside the pastor’s office Our newly formed Congregational Care Ministry has decided to the paper and all church publications (bulletin, newsletter, start a new tradition here at McFarland UCC. We will place a MUMU) for more information. The Village Service Day is rose on the altar the Sunday after a new baby is born into the scheduled for Saturday, April 25 th. congregation to announce to the community that there is a new life among us. Back Bay Mission Discussion Got Trash? Food Pantry Sunday evening, April 19 there will be a potluck at Memorial We are also being challenged by the Food Pantry to bring in UCC in Fitchburg (thanks Phil) where Shari Prestemon, the If you’ve got trash, don’t throw it away…that’s right! It is the time items for the food pantry during Lent. Let’s fill our collection executive director of Back Bay, will talk about the situation and of year again we start looking at our trash as someone else’s basket in the fellowship hall will sorts of things. We’re work of Back Bay Mission and the Gulf recovery. Get an concentrating during Lent on personal care items and paper update on our re-building progress and on our new affordable treasure. MUCC’s annual Trash and Treasure sale is scheduled th products, but food works too! Let us be generous in our giving housing project. Come. Bring your mission folk, your youth, for April 4 , 2009. So start collecting and storing now (we are this Lenten Season. yourself! We'll begin at 5:00 and be done by 7:00. RSVPs would be nice so that we could make enough coffee though we 2nd grade and older); Harry Potter Camp (5 th-8th Grade); Junior always on. We were "newbie’s" and it was easy to tell. We th th will welcome all who come. High Adventure Camp; Photography Camp (7 -12 ); Senior were getting out of the one car that had driven down the High Sailing Camp; Family Camps; Rainbow Family Camps; sidewalk to park right outside of the lodge, thinking that we Single Parent Camp; Fishing Camp; Work camp Weekends; were LUCKY to find that driveway and one of the few Roundy’s “We Care” Program Adult Quilting Camp; The Healthy Gourmet Weekend; See God in Golf Weekend; Joys of Marriage Weekend; Scrapbooking parking spaces by the door! The weekend flew by for me; my eyes were filled with the Roundy's Food Stores, including Copp’s and Pick-N-Save, Retreat; Baby Boomer Camp; Fifties Plus Weekend….and many sights of the north woods - huge pines, a bald eagle, deer right provide cash to local non-profit organizations through the "WE more are available. Check it out church camping is not just for outside the window, chickadees perched on my palm eating CARE" program. McFarland UCC receives cash benefits if our kids! sunflower seeds. My hands were busy with craft projects. My your "WE CARE" charity selection is McFarland UCC. voice was raised in song and prayer. There was plenty of quiet time, down time, time for reflection. There was time to be goofy McFarland UCC is less than $15 away from receiving a $50 check from Roundy’s, and we need your help to access this New to McFarland UCC (but we did warn the other campers who came to watch the The Congregational Care Ministry movie 'MAMA MIA' with us that we would be singing the words FREE MONEY! to ALL the Abba songs and possibly throwing in a few dance Tapping the skills and training our congregation to promote the health and well being of our faith community and the community moves.......) As soon as you get your new Roundy’s Rewards card (replaces A special Sunday morning service with communion was led by the previous Pick & Save or Copp’s card), check to make sure as a whole. This new ministry will be working a creating a healthy community here at McFarland UCC – over the summer Rev. Ann Wahlers. All of the campers joined hands for final that you have McFarland United Church of Christ as one of your prayers, and one prayer for the road since a winter storm was selected charities (Code #495600). with different events to get us active, and in the fall when they formally introduce this new ministry to us. Keep an eye out for moving across Wisconsin that day. more announcements. Would I go again? You bet! But I'd better not wait 45-50 years Second, buy some groceries! McFarland UCC gets a percentage before my next trip to church camp. Oh, and how could I forget of the amount you spend paid back to us. to mention this, the food is OUTSTANDING! Judy TL We have earned $187 from this program in 2008, and we are so Reflections on the Wild Winter A wild women's winter weekend at Moon Beach Camp. When I signed up I thought I was going to Green Lake :) Instead of a close to getting the first $50 for 2009, which we can achieve, with your help. Women’s Weekend mere 45 minute trip, I am travelling 4.5 hours north to the St. There I stood on my front steps, bag packed and my favorite Germain area on a March weekend. pillow tucked under my arm, trying to figure out how many years Jean (roomy extraordinaire), Judy and Carol are great Reminder: While you are at the store, pick up a few non-food travelling companions and time passed quickly. As we turned it had been since the last time I went to a church camp, even for items for the McFarland Food Pantry. Toilet paper, laundry soap, off the highway toward camp an eagle swooped down from a a weekend retreat. Could it be 45 years ago, no -- it had to be 50 toothpaste, and shampoo are always popular items that can’t be tree and led us to Moon Lake. The setting is gorgeous and the years ago..... What was I thinking? I was heading up north (aka purchased with any kind of governmental assistance. You get meals beyond gourmet. I got my first try at snowshoeing on God's country) with Lisa and Jean and Carol and I didn't even two donations for the same shopping dollar this way. What a the frozen lake, and we hiked into the Chequamegon forest know if there would be flush toilets or showers. And the name of deal! and fed chickadees and nuthatches from our bare hands. We the retreat is the Wild Women Winter Weekend? What was I getting myself into? reflected about walking in the world with more awareness while Moon Beach campground is located between St. Germain and we shared some camaraderie with other UCC women from Church Camp Brochures are HERE! Eagle River and has been owned by the UCC since the mid around the state in this "thin" (closer to God) place. I highly 1950's. There are a number of cabins sprinkled along the lake recommend others take advantage of this wonderful Not just for kids! shore and a lodge with a big fireplace, dining room, and camp opportunity. There is still snow on the ground and in the forecast, but its time store. The terrain is a bit hilly which would be easy to trek on Lisa Ludwig to think Summer Camp. Yes, the church camping program at summer days but the snow was melting and then refreezing Pilgrim Center and Moon Beach is set and the brochures are on each night so the walkways were icy and we all walked slowly, their way. Camps that you might want to look at are: Mom and carefully, and looked out for one another. When we checked in, I Me (4 & 5 year olds); Mom, Dad, or Grandparent and Me could tell that many of the participants had attended before. (completing K – 2nd grade); Dad and Me EAA (completing K- nd Many were groups of church friends, like us. Many were family 2 ); Grandparent and Me Little House on the Prairie (completing groups - moms and daughters, or sisters. There were greetings, 1st-5th); Quilting Retreat for kids (parent and children completing welcoming hugs, name tags to be decorated, and the coffee was * = Before or After-church activity April 2009 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 Sunday School 9:00 am Worship Service 10am Trash & Treasure Drop-Off Trash & Treasure Drop-Off Trash & Treasure Drop-Off Trash & Treasure Drop Off Trash & Treasure Drop Off Trash & Treasure Sale L: G Zoran K: K & S Hopkins – 6-8pm – 6-8pm – 6-8pm All Day Deadline at 7:30pm U: SLY Group N: W Hopkins & Parent Choir 6:30 pm Confirmation 6:30 pm 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Sunday School 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00am Healing Service 7pm Choir 6:30 pm Maundy Thursday Good Friday Service 7pm Labyrinth Walk – 9:30am Palm Sunday Confirmation 6:30 pm Foot washing and L: J Hartman L: J Hartman K: W Jackson & D Outhouse Communion, 7 p.m. U: E Roberts & J Reed U: TBD N: T Raese & Parent L: L Dosch U: G & M Brink 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Sunday School 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am 13-15 – Pastor Shannon at Choir 6:30 pm *Easter Breakfast at 9am Eden Convocations in St. Confirmation 6:30 pm Communion Sunday Louis. L: J Reed K: B & D Dillman 15-20 – Pastor Shannon on U: D & J Blackmore N: M Dillman & Parent Vacation J & L Martin 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Sunday School 9:00 am Worship Service 10:00 am Food Pantry Board Choir 6:30 pm Village Service Day *Befriender’s leading worship Confirmation 6:30 pm Back Bay Mission @ Memorial UCC – 7pm Spaghetti on a Board L: A Ross K: M & P McGranahan Outing U: Zoran Family N: R Krattiger & Parent 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 Sunday School 9:00 am Worship Service 10am Choir 6:30 pm *Amazing GRace: 1:30 – 5:30 Confirmation 6:30 pm L: D Blackmore K: D & C Lemke U: J Blackmore & G N: D Dillman & Parent Brink Published monthly by McFarland United Church of Christ 5710 Anthony Street McFarland, Wisconsin 53558 608/838-9322 www.mcfarlanducc.org Sunday school is at 9:00 a.m. Worship Service is at 10:00 a.m. Pastor C. 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