Christian Men’s Fellowship – Feb 4

1st & 3rd Tues of the month at 10:30am in Borgwardt Hall


FEBRUARY 4: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream
John Thomsen is a third-generation ice cream maker at Schoep’s Ice Cream. He was born and raised on the east side of Madison. He graduated from East High and later Carthage College (Kenosha) with a BA degree in history. After 1.5 years in seminary, I decided on a less extroverted profession and returned to Madison to make ice cream with the family business. He has also been fortunate to have lived and worked Wyoming, the Pacific Northwest, Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin. Come learn everything you need to know about ice cream. Will we have samples? Who knows?

FEBRUARY 18: Biking With Bucky
David Mossner enjoys combining two of his favorite things – biking and photography – that became the motivation to ride from his home in Verona to all 85 Bucky statues on display in the 2018 Bucky on Parade. You get to take the same trip without wearing bike shorts; getting sweaty, or climbing hills.  In Biking to Bucky on Parade, Dave learned interesting things about Bucky and is now looking forward to sharing them. Mossner is the Development Director with the Oakwood Foundation at Oakwood Village. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Verona.

MARCH 3: The Viking Sword That Wasn’t
Marcus Cederström earned his B.A. from the University of Oregon in Sports Business, History, and Scandinavian Studies and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a folklorist working in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic at UW-Madison as the community curator of Nordic-American folklore for the “Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Arts in the Upper Midwest” project. In 1911, a sword was dug up in the prairie of Minnesota. Not long after, it was declared a Viking-Age sword. But in 2007, that all changed. This talk explores what happened and what it can tell us about Nordic-American life in the Upper Midwest.

MARCH 17: What Were You Before You Were Norwegian?
So you are a proud Norwegian or German or whatever! You may have traced your family back 2-3 generations back to the family farm. But where did your family live before that – when half of Europe was covered in ice? Where did you really come from? Our speaker, Craig Gjerde, will lead us back about two million years and follow early man as he left Africa and moved into Asia and Europe. He will tell us how the DNA found in the bone and teeth of these people and that found in your cheek cells will help in telling us the answer. Dr. Gjerde is originally from North Dakota. After he left there he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, Africa, a mathematics teacher in St Paul, and a professor in medical education—where he helped physicians to be better teachers. He enjoys languages, international cultures, and travel. In this talk, he will use recent studies that use DNA evidence to help us understand how early man left Africa and moved into Europe. If you know your Y DNA, tell him so he can work you into the talk.

APRIL 7: Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyon
Returning to the Fellowship is Michael Edmunds, writer, and public historian from Madison. He has written on history, nature, folklore and is fascinated by the eccentric, unusual and atypical of both people and events. He’ll describe how the private jokes of semi-literate Wisconsin lumberjacks escaped the forest to become the nation’s best-known folk hero and share some of the original stories told aloud by loggers long ago. The exploits of Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox, Babe, filled books, magazines and advertisements for more than a century. His likeness towers over tourist attractions from Maine to Minnesota, but Bunyan was actually born in Wisconsin.

APRIL 21: Revelation – A Continuation
Bethel Lead Pastor Mike Brown returns by popular demand: Revelation is the kind of book of the Bible that you don’t get into as much as it gets into you. Mind-bending, fast-paced, and thick with deep symbolic meaning, Revelation is a carnival-goers delight. Pastor Mike will offer a 40-minute immersion in this metaphorical wonderland of good news at the Christian Men’s Fellowship. Join us as we continue this topic.

MAY 5: Hiking the High Country With the Boy Scouts of America
Join Fellowship member Ted Tweed and crews of Boy Scouts as they spend two weeks in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Rocky Mountain Range of New Mexico. Philmont Scout Ranch is the original and most popular of Scouting’s High Adventure bases. Young Scouts, aged 13 to 17, accompanied by a couple of adult advisors, take on the 12-day challenge of a 70 to 100-mile hike in rugged country that ranges in elevation from 6500 feet to 12,500 feet. It’s a challenge that is met by Scouts from all over the world during each camping season, returning home with stories of beautiful scenery, challenging weather, bears, dehydrated food and sore feet.   You can be assured that most of what you will hear is the absolute truth!

MAY 19: Always A Surprise
The final meeting of the Christian Men’s Fellowship is always special and sometimes a surprise. A trip, a play, a concert, a boat trip, a museum – each year-end program has been interesting and enjoyable. Plans are in the works for an outing to an area craft brewery complete with tour, facts, and samples. Stay tuned as the plans progress.

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