"Get ready for a knee slappin' good time! Dancing encouraged!"
You are invited to worship, 10 am Sunday, July 15, for an energetic service filled with music! You may recognize the Hoot 'n Annie String Band from MUCC's 2018 Valentine's Date Night play benefiting the McFarland Food Pantry.
The Hoot 'n Annie String Band is a Madison-based ensemble who first met at the Solidarity Singalong at the Capitol starting in 2011, and have branched out into other venues including the Madison Farmer's Market, the Children's Museum, Vilas Park Zoo, Bos Meadery, Chief's Tavern, Cress Spring Bakery, Stalzy's Octoberfest, Oak Park Villages East, and West, Lowell Elementary School, and last February's Valentine's Food Pantry benefit here at MUCC. The band is composed of Daithi Wolfe (fiddle), Prentice Berge (guitar), James Murray (ukelele bass), Cindy Murphy (cello, tenor banjo), and Michael Bausch (guitar, harmonica).
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.
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
On Sunday, October 30th, worship was a little out of the ordinary (even for MUCC!) as we got into the spirit of Halloween with costumes, spooky stories from the Bible, some eerie-sounding tunes from our songbooks and a special noisy offering for UNICEF.
We taught a table grace to the tune of the Addams family theme song. We've had several requests for the lyrics, so here they are! Try it out at home - and don't forget to snap!
Da-da-da-dum (snap snap) - Da da da da dum (snap snap)
Da da da dum, da da da dum, da da da dum (snap snap)
We thank you for our food, Lord,
For families, friends, and you Lord,
We thank you for our food, Lord,
and for our family.
Amen (snap snap) - Amen (snap snap)
Amen, Amen, Amen (snap snap)
Our ten spooky stories were:
#10 A Spirit from Beyond - 1 Samuel 28:3-25
#9 Terrifyingly Ravenous Monsters - Revelation 12 and 13:1-10
#8 Dancing Skeletons - Ezekiel 37: 1-14
#7 A River of Blood (and other terrors) - Exodus 7:1-25
#6 The Writing on the Wall - Daniel 5:1-30
#5 Chained in A Graveyard Mark 5:1-13
#4 The Walking Dead - John 11:1-44
#3 Drop-Dead Afraid - Acts 5:1-11
#2 Breaking into a Tomb - Mark 16:1-8
#1 An Unexpected Apparition - John 20:19-29
If you took home an orange box to Trick or Treat for UNICEF or would like to contribute to our church gift to UNICEF, please bring in your contribution the first week of November; there's a quick turnaround time to pass them along as part of the annual UNICEF campaign.