"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.
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