Greetings!

As you know, I'm out of town for a bit, as I am to bring the eulogy for Derrick Singletary in NC. We thought he would arrive from Australia to NC last week, but, alas, he was delayed. We believe he will be here by the end of this week, so I ask you to keep that in prayer. Also, pray for his parents: his mom has been quite ill, and his dad is in the hospital. The stress of Derrick being delayed in transit has been extra hard on them both. 

I want to thank Rev. Onetta Brooks for her message last Sunday. I was able to worship with you all online, and the message touched my spirit. As Rev. Onetta pointed out, there are some things that we will likely never go back to, some of the ways we did things, and some of the ministries we had. We can grieve that (as I do!), but we don't have to let that paralyze us, nor do we have to let it crush our creativity in finding new ministries and new ways TO minister! Thanks for that reminder, Rev. Onetta!

On that note, for the month of August, I'm so glad to introduce "Living Water," a ministry that I hope we will ALL be involved in. You may have seen that LA's Midnight Mission and Water Drop are both in dire need of bottled water to give out on the streets. When I read that, my spirit did a summersault, and I knew the Spirit was calling. This is something so simple, so easy, and not even very expensive. It's something almost everyone can do. So, I'm asking for us to bring packages of water to church throughout August, and we will distribute it to these organizations. Jesus speaks of giving "living water," and I believe we can share this living water to those in need!

This Sunday, we are in for another treat. Elder Larry Rodriguez will bring the message entitled, Just In Case Something Happens To Me... . If you'd like to read ahead, check out Isaiah 1:13-17 (Message) and John 21:15-25 (Message). Don't miss it!

Pastor Keith
 In The Spotlight/Outside The Church Walls!  
Living Water - WE can make a difference! This week, and running throughout the month of August, we will take on project "Living Water." Bring in packages of bottled water, and we will distribute it to LA's Midnight Mission and Water Drop, both groups that are running very low on water to give out to those in need. Let's be the "Living Water" that Jesus preached about.
Saturday Night Spiritual Interfaith Service - 8/13/22  
Join Rev. Sheena Metal next Saturday, Aug. 13, at 5:00 p.m. online, as she brings our monthly Interfaith service! If you haven't worshiped at this service lately, you have missed a blessing! You can watch this service on our Founders MCC Facebook page.
Elder Larry Rodriguez Preaching 
Elder Larry Rodriguez will bring the message this Sunday. Larry is a long-time member of FMCC, and he has served as an Elder for our denomination. He doesn't preach often, but when he does - WOW! We are so excited to welcome Elder Larry to the pulpit once again.
DTLA Proud
Hello everyone!! We are having DTLA Proud on August 27-28!!! We hope that many of you come out and support us this year at this celebration event in Downtown Los Angeles. We will be having a booth and we are in need of volunteers to help staff the booth, set up and take down the booth at the end of the event on Sunday August 28th. If you are interested in serving and helping at DTLA Proud with Founders MCC, please contact Rev. Alejandro at: revalejandro@mccla.org or Reyna Sills at: reyna@mccla.org. We look forward to seeing you there!!
Trans*Unity Scholarships Due Tomorrow!
Tomorrow, Saturday, August 6th, is the deadline for receiving applications for the Christine Daniels $1000 scholarships for LGBTQ students! If you're and LGBTQ student heading to college next year (or you know of someone else that is), fill out the application found on our website, www.foundersmcc.org. 
Volunteers Needed!
Our Media Team is looking for gifted people who can create PowerPoint, operate Sound, operate the new church app, and operate Cameras. If you are already gifted in these areas (or you want to find out if you're gifted in these areas!), please contact Rev. Keith at revkeith@mccla.org
Stewardship Campaign Info  
 These are the 2022 Stewardship Refocusing Our Vision Campaign totals so far.  

Tithes 37 @ $156,630.00
Building Fund 13 @ $5,182.00
Please take some time this week to prayerfully consider your financial commitment for 2022. Then, fill out the Stewardship Commitment Card either in person or online at www.foundersmcc.org. We so appreciate all that you commit to make Founders MCC a vital part of our lives.
Vaccination@mccla.org  
If you haven't done so already, please send a picture of your vaccination card which shows verification of the two original shots plus the first booster (3rd shot) to vaccination@mccla.org so the check-in line will run quickly on Sunday!  
Vaccinations for those 6 months of age and older:
Free Home Covid Test Kits 
Tithes & Offerings
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 PushPay) or simply sending a check in the mail (4607 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027). Again, thank you.
Evening Vespers Cancelled for next week August 2nd 2022. Stay tuned for future upcoming dates for Evening Vespers!
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!
STATEMENT FOR THE RELEASE OF
BRITTNEY GRINER
10th of July, 2022

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, to proclaim release to the prisoners.  (Isaiah 61:1)

God empowers us to be God’s healing presence in a hurting world”  (From MCC’s Statement of Faith)

The Council of Elders of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) continues to pray for the release of Brittney Griner, detained in Russia since February 17, 2022. Griner is a gifted basketball player with a stellar collegiate and professional career at Baylor University and the Phoenix Mercury respectively. Due to the lack of equitable compensation for female athletes in the United States, Griner has played in a Russian basketball league in order to maximize her financial earnings. 

In particular, the MCC Elders urges U.S. diplomats to pursue all options to bring Brittney home. As Christian scriptures compel us: “Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them” (Hebrews 13:3). 

In a recent interview on the “CBS Mornings” television program, Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner said: “I will not be quiet anymore. My wife is struggling, and we have to help her." MCC stands with Brittney, her wife and family and recommends people help in the following ways:

  • For people in the United States, contact the U.S. State Department public information line at 202-647-6575, press #8 and leave a brief comment (simply, “I’m calling to ask the State Department to advocate for the release of basketball player Brittney Griner. Thank you.”) Additionally, call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 and ask for the President to advocate for Brittney’s return home.
  • Also consider contacting your elected U.S. Representative and Senators via phone and with a hand-written letter. Use simple, polite and direct wordage like above. Use this link to find your elected officials: https://www.commoncause.org/find-your-representative/addr/ 
  • For people outside of the United States, contact your diplomatic representatives to Russia. Ask them to advocate for the release of Brittney Griner.
Introducing …
Our New Internal MCC Website!
Made just for YOU
Lay Leaders and Clergy of MCC
As many of you know, MCC has been in a three year process of revising our web presence and communications strategy. Our hope has been to ensure that our web presence is targeted to the appropriate audiences and provides easy access to the information and resources that respective audiences are looking for. Ultimately, of course, we hope to reach more people with the life-saving message and ministries of Metropolitan Community Churches.

The first phase was the launch of our visitor-based website at www.VisitMCCchurch.com. This website is aimed at those who do not yet know MCC, but who share our core values and are searching for the type of churches and spiritual communities that are a part of MCC. This external, visitor-based site introduces people to MCC, and is completely multilingual. Visitors can hear our stories through the testimonies of MCCers writing about their experiences in their own languages. They can also quickly locate the most up to date information about all of our congregations around the world. The VisitMCCchurch.com site also includes news coverage of MCC and individual leaders and congregations worldwide.

The second phase of our redesign is now complete through the launch of our new internal website at www.InsideMCC.org. This site is very specifically targeted to MCCers - clergy, lay leaders, church members, etc. Our goal for this site is for it to be (a) simple, (b) easy to navigate, and (c) successful at providing MCCers with the resources and information you need to do your best work. At InsideMCC.org you will find up-to-date contact information for Staff, Elders, Governing Board Members, Commissions, etc. You will also be directed to our new Resource Bank where you can find everything from worship resources to financial reports. The site also contains information about how to best find and utilize the resources that are available.
We encourage you to spend some time reviewing the new site(s), and as always, we invite your feedback. We also urge you to read the various READ ME FIRST documents found in different sections of the Resource Bank. Watch for the announcement of introductory videos about the new InsideMCC.org site and the Resource Bank. 

We are striving to be more inclusive and accessible in terms of language. While the website is created in English, Google Translate can make it more accessible to other languages. The same is true of the Resource Bank. Google Translate can be used on any of the documents whether the original is in Spanish, Portuguese or English. We acknowledge the limitations of the current technology noting that some MCC/ICM terms may not translate accurately and that the technology may not reflect the cultural nuances and evolution of language. Still, this is a big step forward in making our resources available to all of our global MCC members. 

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Communications@MCCchurch.net.


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Prayer for Us to be Proactive Regarding Climate Change

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth."—Genesis 1:1(NIV)

The first creation story begins with ruach, the very breath of God, moving across the face of the earth. In the second story, God forms the human from the adamah, the earth, and breathes God’s own breath into the human. 

The evidence for rapid climate change is compelling: Global Temperatures are rising, the ocean waters are warming, the ice sheets are shrinking, the glaciers are retreating, the snow cover is decreasing, the sea levels are rising, the Arctic Sea Ice is declining, extreme weather events are increasing with intense rainfall events occurring around the world and the acidity in the ocean is increasing. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the ocean. 

I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.—Matthew 25:35 (NIV)

In many parts of our beloved world, we are now gasping for clean air. Next to air, water is our most essential necessity. In the metropolitan areas of the world, some of us are blessed to have abundant, clean water to drink and use for cooking, growing food, washing clothes, and flushing toilets. We seldom worry that the water we drink could make us sick — or even kill us. 

In other parts of the world, hundreds of millions of people don’t share this blessing. Every year we recognize this reality with the United Nations’ World Water Day on March 22. This is a day to champion the rights of people everywhere to have access to affordable, safe, and convenient drinking water. 

Almighty God,
Help us to end the wasteful habits we may have formed. 
Help us to end the desecration of your (God's) creation.
Help us to provide equal access to the fruits of creation, so they can be shared equally among all people, all communities and all nations and may we find sustenance in the fruits of the earth and the water you have given to us. Trusting in your bounty, we shall all have enough.
May you rain your tears over us to extinguish the destructive fires! 
May you breathe on us to clear away the smoke and pollutants that poison our bodies! 
May you animate us to become good stewards of all that you place in our care, of Mother earth, to be lovers of one another, and to be the doers and show-ers of grace, mercy, peace, love, and justice you created us to be. 
Thank you for the abundance of blessings that you provide to us daily. Forgive us oh God when we fall short of our goals to care for Mother earth, to care for each other, or to care for our relationship with you! 
These things we ask in your many names and in the name of Jesus, the Christ of God! May it be so! Ashé, A’ho, and Amen

Call to Action for Climate Change

PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

ELDER VELMA GARCIA
Elder Velma Garcia lives in Manor, Texas U.S.A. and is a long-time member of upRising, a Church Without Walls in Austin, TX U.S.A.
Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Board Of Directors
Rev. Keith Mozingo (Moderator)
Martin Covarrubias (Vice Moderator)
Kim Doneche (Clerk)
Gef Aviles (Co-Treasurer)
Tony Martinez (Co-Treasurer)
Roger Owens (Events & Archives)
Bob Stayton (Properties Committee)
Parking Available
Children's Hospital has so graciously volunteered up to 10 spaces for us to park. It is a small lot off Sunset Blvd., just beyond the Metro Station entrance.