In coordination with the McFarland Food Pantry, a Giving Tree has taken root in the MUCC sanctuary filled with tags representing families in need throughout our McFarland community.
Simply take a tag off the tree, write your name down, shop for what is listed on your tag, and bring it to church before December 10. Questions? Contact Melissa in the office 608-838-9322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This past Sunday, November 12, we tried a new spin on our usual monthly Messy Church. Because of church building construction an easy to carry "to-go" bag was offered with all the elements of Messy Church: scripture readings, prayer cards, songs, crafts, and even dinner!
The theme this month was THANKFULNESS and once finished with all the activities, participants were encouraged to take their empty Messy Church To-Go bag and fill it with nonperishable items for the McFarland Food Pantry. Thank you!
Check out what a couple families posted on social media about their experience:
Wow! An unprepared Momma and Dad after a long weekend who had not yet started dinner, when we were blessed with Messy church to go right to our doorstep. Now dinner's in the oven and fun family activities are going on. #blessedtobeablessing #mcfarlanducc #messychurch #churchfamily
Take home Messy Church = success! Thank you for putting this together.
Saturday, November 11
9am - 3pm at McFarland UCC
A gathering of sewing friends – new and old …
Calling all who may be interested in a day for sewing. If you are not a sewing person, and want to be, join us! We will make some simple projects (drawstring bags, origami sewn bags, and runaround bags) to share at the McFarland HS Food Pantry and the McFarland Village Food Pantry. If there is another service project you are sewing for, feel free to bring it along. If there is another resource for the bags we'll be making, you are welcome to make bags for another organization. We will have some fabric and patterns available, but you are more than welcome to bring patterns you like, and fabric that’s been waiting to be used.
After you finish a bag or two, we support you in using the sewing time for YOU. Sewists sew, because it's good for our souls – and we are often trying to finish up projects to give in our own circles of loved ones.
During 10 am worship this Sunday, October 22
we will be welcoming our Interim Pastor, Michael Bausch.
All are invited to stick around after worship for a little "get to know you" time.
Coffee will be brewing and treats will be served! Continue reading to learn more about Pastor Mike.
Introducing Our Interim Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Michael Bausch is a Wisconsin native with many years of experience serving UCC congregations in California, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Most recently he served as the interim pastor for two UCC churches at Slinger and Hartford, Wisconsin.
He resides in Beaver Dam with his wife, the Rev. Catherine Ann Carlson, a retired UCC minister, and they have two daughters, Anica, of Madison, and Brianna, living in Waupun with her husband Aaron, and their two children.
Michael is a graduate of Carroll University in Wisconsin, the Pacific School of Religion in California, and the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.
Among the books he has published are Everflowing Streams: Songs for Worship (1981), Silver Screen, Sacred Story: Using Multimedia in Worship (2002), Feeding Imaginations: Worship That Engages (2015) and Drawn In: Encounters With Art (2017). A CD of his original songs, You Can't Stop The Music, will be released next month.
While serving churches, Michael was also part-time adjunct faculty at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. and a lecturer teaching introductory courses in Old and New Testament at UW-Platteville.
In worship and teaching, he loves bringing together the Bible, music, art, and film. He enjoys being around church people of all ages, and every now and then you might hear him whistle a tune as he walks through the church building. You may call him by his first name, Michael or Mike, and if you wish to add Pastor or Reverend, he'll say that's all up to you.
For fun, he plays tennis and pickle ball, and plays acoustic guitar as well as harmonica in several musical groups.
We will host a special worship service this Sunday, October 15 at 10 am to mark Pastor Kerri Parker's last day as our pastor and celebrate our shared ministry. Community members are invited to attend. A light meal will follow the service.
Rev. Parker has been serving as the congregation’s pastor for seven years. She joined the congregation in a transitional role for revitalization work in November 2010 and was called as the congregation’s settled pastor in January 2013. New ministries at the church during this time period have includedMessy Church a cross-generational event with Biblical storytelling, hands-on activities, meal and simple worship offered on the second Sunday of the month Sept-April; God on Broadway, a popular summertime worship series; and community collaborations which resulted in the successful McFarland Community Garden.
The church’s interim pastor, the Rev. Michael Bausch, will begin on October 16 and will lead worship for the first time with the congregation on Sunday October 22nd. Rev. Parker will begin her new call as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, located in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on October 30th.
McFarland UCC is located at 5710 Anthony Street in McFarland. The church is an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. For more information and upcoming events, visit the church’s website at mcfarlanducc.org
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1
2 PM AT MCFARLAND UCC
We are pleased to announce the ordination service of one of our own McFarland UCC covenant partners, Kristin Gorton. Kris is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary and served as our sabbatical interim pastor during summer 2016. After her ordination, the newly minted Rev. Kristin Gorton will serve at Memorial UCC in Fitchburg, as their pastor and teacher. We are extremely proud of Kris and celebrate with her during this exciting time in her pastoral adventure.
Testimony by Hélène Benink