Greetings!
What a wonderful Palm Sunday last week! I've been "waving my palms" all week! That was a real insight when I preached last Sunday, that even though we didn't have palm branches to wave, those of us who have hands have PALMS! We can wave our palms every single day! I hope you'll take every opportunity to wave your palms in praise to God!!!

As you know, this is Holy Week. Are you reflecting this week? Are you re-considering this Lenten journey we've been on for the last seven weeks? Have you found that you are more resilient than you even knew you could be? Look back with me for a moment at the Lenten sermon series, each week being another challenge for each of us: Rest, Remember, Remix, Recreate, Repurpose, Retrust, and Renewed Passion. Each week, I've tried my best to live up to the challenge of each word, letting it be my mantra for the week. I hope it's been as good a journey for you as it has for me.

This Sunday is Easter! One of the last things Jesus said from the cross was, "It is finished." I'm turning that phrase around for the message this week, Is It Finished?  If you'd like to read ahead, check out John 19:28-30 (NKJV) and Matthew 28:1-10, 16-20 (The Voice). I look forward to celebrating the resurrection with you this week!!!


Pastor Keith
Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Announcements for the week of 4-2-21!
In Memoriam - Alfonso Escoto
With sadness, we announce the death of Alfonso Escoto, brother of Rev. Alejandro Escoto. Alfonso has been hospitalized with Covid since January 20th, and he could not recover. There will be a memorial at a later date. Condolences may be sent to Rev. Alejandro Escoto at 4607 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Our prayers are with Rev. Alejandro during this difficult time.
 Rev. Keith Interviewed By Chattanooga Times Free Press  
Recently, Rev. Keith was interviewed by the Chattanooga Times Free Press concerning the treatment of current and past LGBTQ students at his alma mater, Lee University, in Cleveland, TN. Here is the link to the article: https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2021/mar/21/after-lee-university-publicly-corrects-campus/543652/ 
Maundy Thursday "Service" 
When one thinks of Maundy Thursday, usually two things come to mind: foot-washing (service) and Communion (connection). Since meeting in person is not yet safe, we encourage folks to be of service and connect with others in a different way. One way is as simple as sending a card to children in children's hospitals! Check out this website: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/greeting-card We will have several other opportunities listed in next week's e-news.

Further Volunteer Opportunities:


There are many opportunities to serve the Los Angeles community and beyond this season!
 
ISSUES

Immigration

CLUE (Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice) urges it partners to:
 - Sign a letter asking Adelanto city officials to stand against the human rights violations at the detention center there.

 - Join “Let My People Go!” a Passover and Holy Week Immigration Car Procession and Rally, Tuesday, March 30 at 9am, 11600 Air Expy, Adelanto, CA 92301.
See the FMCC Social Justice Facebook page for information.
 
Voting Rights

Interfaith Power and Light (interfereithpowerandlight.org) and Faith in Public Life (faithinpubliclife.org) urge everyone to write their (U.S.) senators to vote for S.1, the For the People Act of 2021. “Valuing all people, not just the powerful, is a basic tenet of both our faith traditions and any functioning democracy.”
 
Poor People’s Campaign (poorpeoplescampaign.org)
The California chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will host an online Welcome Session for new volunteers on Tuesday, April 6 at 3:30pm. Email california@poorpeoplescampaign.org to register.
 
Racism

AWARE-LA, the Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere - Los Angeles (awarela.org), hosts monthly Saturday Dialogues for white anti-racists who want to discuss issues of identity, community, privilege and racism in their lives with the intention to strengthen their practice as anti-racists in alliances, relationships, and interactions with people of color. The orientation sessions are on the 2nd Wednesday at 6pm. See the website to register.
 
SERVICE

L.A. Works (www.laworks.com)
Check out www.laworks.com/virtualvolunteering for how to get involved in a long list of programs from mask-making to tutoring underserved children in reading and math.
 
www.laworks.com/social-caring also has links to direct volunteers for food banks and Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites.
 

Good Friday Events  
Rev. Alejandro and Rev. Keith will once again "carry the cross of Jesus" through our community on Good Friday. You can "attend" online via the Founders MCC Facebook page at 3:00 p.m. April 2nd! Then, join us on Zoom at 7:00 p.m. for our annual Good Friday worship service.


Meeting ID: 980 1541 8290
Passcode: 182275

Easter Offering  
Each Easter, churches in our denomination take a special offering around Easter for the denomination. Once again, Founders MCC will participate in this special offering on Easter Sunday, April 4th. Please prayerfully consider your financial gift for our denomination.
Membership Inquirer's Class - April 11th  
Rev. Steve Swafford will hold an online (Zoom) Membership Inquirer's Class on Sunday, April 11th, at 11:30 a.m. We welcome membership from folks all over the world! We currently have not only local members, but members in other states and even in other countries! Come to the class if you've considered membership, or even if you just want to know more about our beliefs, our local church, and our denomination. (Note: Attending this class does not obligate one to become a member; however, to become a member, one must attend a Membership Inquirer's Class.)

Founders MCC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Meeting ID: 934 5201 9066
Passcode: 753535

Spring Congregational Meeting - April 25th  
Our Spring Congregational Meeting will be held on April 25th after worship. We will have several financial and ministry updates and reports, but our main focus will be to elect two members for the Board of Directors. 
Board Member Applications  
Applications for Board of Directors can be found on our website (FoundersMCC.org) or from a current member of the board. Applications are due no later than Friday, April 9th, at 5:00 p.m. 
Send In Pictures For Spring!
Spring time is here, a time for newness, new birth, new life! It's a time when so many beautiful flowers bloom, and we experience bright and pastel colors. We'd love it if you would send in pictures of you in shades of Spring to use in our Passing of the Peace part of the service. This is so wonderful to be able to "see" one another while we await re-gathering in person.

(Rev. Troy Perry and his spouse Phillip De Blieck are Pictured Above!)
Food Available
Each Saturday, our church offers food to those who are in need. In addition to the HopeNet food that comes each week, we have started offering fresh produce from Food Forward. Come by from anytime between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to pick up food. 
Vaccinations for those 50 years of age and older:
Tithes & Offerings

General Tithes & Offerings for March 28, 2021: $6,965.00

Building Fund: $15.00
Helping Hands: $22.00
Anonymous Donation: $110.00

Total Designated Funds: $147.00


Grand Total of all tithes, offerings and designated funds: 03/28/21

$7,112.00

Thank you to all who have given so generously through our online giving portal. Our church cannot function without your generosity!! Feel free to continue giving through our website (on PayPal) or simply sending a check in the mail (4607 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027). Again, thank you.
Wednesday - Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Wednesday - Reflexiones Espirituales - Spanish Bible Study at 7:30 PM pm on Facebook Group Chat
Hospitality - online - after worship!
Don't forget that we have a time of Hospitality after worship each Sunday. The link is at the top of the first page of our website. Come and have some fun with your church family!
Maundy Thursday

Light a candle. This is the night. 
You ate again with those you would have avoided and only know because Jesus invited you on this journey together. You’re nervous in this city that tried to stone him. You eat and he asks you to remember him each time you gather and eat together.
Then like the woman who anointed his feet, he did what she did. Love leaned down before you and washed from your feet the dust of the day, dried your feet, and cautioned that if you can’t receive, you will miss Love altogether. Peter resists, then receives.
Then to be sure you got it, Jesus calls it a commandment: You do the same; love as I have loved you. You watch him take the three and go to pray. You only wake as Judas returns, kisses Jesus, and the soldiers bind Jesus and take him away. You’re lost. You can hardly breathe.
This is the night. The night in which the one through whom you most felt God’s presence, the one through whom you most felt God’s love, the one through whom you most felt God’s blessing is taken away. Gone.
Snuff the candle. 
Remember. Receive. Breathe. Wait.

SUBMITTED BY

REV. ELDER TROY TREASH
Senior Pastor, Resurrection MCC in Houston, TX USA. 
Troy still shakes his head as he remembers the Maundy Thursday he sat on his own bare feet unwilling to receive.


Good Friday Prayer

God, look with mercy on this world.

With Jesus we have said, “O God, my God! Why would you ever leave us?”
This year has seen a global pandemic, 
violence against black lives, 
violence against women’s bodies, 
violence against your creation. 
Wildfires, floods, disasters, extinctions ever on the rise.

And in Your silence, in Your distance, in Your absence,
We hold the death of Jesus close to our hearts.
Because he cried out with us, “O God, my God! Why would you ever leave us?”

He was God in the suffering, crying out to God from the suffering.

As it says in the Psalm of lament which He prayed from the cross, You remain holy, You are still our praise, You are the trust of our ancestors who cried out to you, and were saved.

Often it is by faith, and not by sight, that we hope in those truths 

O God, look with mercy on this world which Jesus chose to suffer for. Which Jesus chose to suffer with.


Amen.
SUBMITTED BY

REV ELDER KARL HAND
is the pastor of Crave Church in Sydney, Australia.


Note: This last one is in Spanish because there wasn't an English Version of it at the time of scheduling this newsletter. There are translating apps you can find online to translate this prayer in English for those that don't understand Spanish.

Sábado Santo

Nunca olvidaré asistir a mi primer servicio del Sábado Santo cuando era niñ@. Sentarme en el santuario con mis padres y hermanos se sintió diferente en comparación con todas las demás misas, que más tarde me di cuenta de que se debía a la conciencia de la presencia del Espíritu Santo.

Me cautivó la voz del lector laico encargado de leer muchas de las selecciones bíblicas hebreas esa noche (para la misa de Vigilia Pascual, hay nueve lecturas de escrituras seguidas de piezas de los Salmos). El lector laico llevaba gruesas gafas de borde negro, hablaba en un tono barítono conmovedor y ciertamente "el Espíritu de Dios" estaba sobre él.

En días santos especiales o durante la adoración dominical regular, la esperanza es que no haya simplemente un lector laico y un texto bíblico. La oración es que haya un lector y un texto acompañado por el Espíritu Santo.

El Sábado Santo confiamos en el compañerismo del Espíritu mientras esperamos una vez más el avance del reino de Dios. Es un espacio "liminal" - un tiempo intermedio. El Sábado Santo vivimos entre el dolor de la crucifixión observada el Viernes Santo y la alegría de la Resurrección del Domingo de Pascua. Estamos acostumbrados a este lugar "intermedio", que alberga el espacio sagrado entre la destrucción y la renovación, el sufrimiento y la celebración, la entronización y la liberación.

Oren conmigo:

Ven, Espíritu Santo, ven.
Recuérdanos que el tiempo intermedio es el tiempo santo, apartado para Ti.
A medida que tenemos este espacio intermedio para nosotros y los demás,
Nos estás fortaleciendo, bendiciéndonos y redimiéndonos.
Renueva en cada una de nuestras vidas un sentido de anticipación para tus dones inconmensurables.
Renueva en cada una de nuestras iglesias de ICM un sentido de seguridad para su transformación.
Amén.

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Para quienes están interesados en leer las Escrituras en este tiempo liminal, estas son las 9 lecturas de la Vigilia Pascual y sus salmos para este 2021: 
Génesis 1:1-2:2 (la historia de la Creación) y Salmo 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12-14, 24, 35
Génesis 22:1-18 (Abraham e Isaac) y Salmo 16:5, 8-11
Éxodo 14:15-15:1(la liberación) y Éxodo 15:1-6, 17-18
Isaías 54:5-14 (Dios Redentor) y Salmo 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
Isaías 55:1-11 (el poder de la Palabra de Dios) e Isaías 12:2-6
Baruc 3:9-15, 32C4:4 (La importancia de la Sabiduría) y Salmo 19:8-11
Ezequiel 36:16-28 (El corazón restaurado) y Salmo 51:12-15, 18-19
Romanos 6:3-11 (el Dios vivo) y Salmo 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
Marcos 16:1-7 (La Resurrección) 

SUBMITTED BY

REV OBISP@ GOUDY
Desde 1999, Goudy ha servido como pastor en MCC del Valle de Lehigh en Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA, EE. UU. Los mayores honores de Goudy incluyen viajar con el pueblo de Dios en adoración, defensa de la justicia, Estudio Bíblico, centrar la oración, la comunión y la divulgación. Goudy está casad@ con Carol Stevens, RN, FCN y disfrutan cocinando, películas y siendo nerds espirituales.



Images Representing the Lenten Series and this Sunday's Sermon!
Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Board Of Directors
Rev. Keith Mozingo (Moderator)
Dean Coffey (Vice Moderator)
Oyie Esguerra (Treasurer)
Jenni Nichols (Clerk)
Antonio Martinez (Member)
Bob Stayton (Member)
Dave Crocker (Member)