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History of MCC

Our Church has a long history in the Middleton community. In 1935, a group of people in the Middleton area organized a community Sunday School to meet the needs of Christians in Middleton who were neither Catholic or Lutheran. The school met in the Village Hall. Shortly thereafter, the school hired a pastor and began holding worship services at the “Little White Church on the Hillside” (Aurora Street) in Middleton. In 1936, the Church officially organized as “Community Church.” Thirty-four people signed the covenant. A plaque with their names hangs on the wall in the current Heritage Room.

The 1930s and 1940s were decades of consistent growth for the congregation, so that by the 1950s, the Little White Church was too small to serve the needs of the congregation. In 1956, the Church constructed a new building on Elmwood Avenue east of downtown Middleton. That same year, the Chase family (members of the congregation) donated to the congregation an eight-acre lake resort property known as “Camp Balsams.” A popular destination for relaxing vacations and spiritual retreats by members and friends of the congregation to this day, Camp Balsams has four cottages on Bass Lake, a beautiful lake about five miles to the east of Eagle River, Wisconsin.

In 1962, stained glass windows were added in the sanctuary of the Church on Elmwood Avenue. When the Church moved to its current location, these windows were carefully removed and now adorn the education and office wing of our new building – a wonderful way to transition from one sacred space to another!

In 1968, Middleton Community Church voted to end its non-denominational status and join the United Church of Christ. (“UCC”). This was done so that the congregation could extend its reach in mission and ministry beyond the local to the global. The UCC culture was well matched to our Church’s historically inclusive and pioneering spirit. For example, in the early 1970’s, the UCC began allowing women to serve communion. Likewise, the inclusion of gifted lay leadership in worship services became standard practice.

The 1990’s saw a renewal of the congregation’s vision to reach out in mission and ministry to the surrounding community. The Church formed a Growth Committee in 1990 to look at issues of growth and ministry. This committee gave way to several others, leading eventually to the recommendation that Middleton Community Church build a new building at our current site on Old Sauk and Schewe Roads.

In 2003, the Church sold its building on Elmwood Avenue. Before the current church building was built, the congregation took up temporary residence at Middleton Alternative High School for regular Sunday worship.

On May 16, 2004, the Church held a groundbreaking ceremony for our current building. Almost exactly one year later, on May 15, 2005, the congregation held its first worship service in the new structure. The building was officially dedicated on September 11, 2005.
Middleton Community Church continue to be a “church home for those who have no home,” attracting people from multiple Christian denominations and those with no prior church experience. Middleton Community Church has always been dedicated to “making a difference” through ministry and service to our community and our world. We also strive to help people grow in faith, and to connect the faith they profess to the lives they live.

For more information, please contact our church office at (608) 831-4694 or via email at mccucc@uccmiddleton.org

 

 

Weekly Schedule

Sunday Worship 9:30am

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Sunday School 9:45am

Sunday Coffee & Cookies Fellowship 10:30am

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-Noon

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See our 2016 Annual Report

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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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