Greetings!

What a Spirit-filled service last Sunday. It was such a joy to honor our church and denomination's founder, Rev. Troy Perry! Rev. Troy's birthday was Wednesday, July 27th, so it was even more meaningful to celebrate this man's life-long ministry. I started a sermon series on Pentecost Sunday entitled, Same Spirit; New Voices, and I alluded to Rev. Troy as one of the "new voices" through whom we hear the Spirit speaking today. Rev. Troy, THANK YOU for using the gifts of the Spirit to touch and change millions of lives!
As some of you may know, I am out of town currently, getting ready to officiate the funeral of my friend (and our fellow church member), Derrick Singletary. Please keep Derrick's family and friends in prayer as we honor this special child of God.

This Sunday, I'm so thrilled to have Rev. Onetta Brooks fill the pulpit and moderate our service. You all know how wonderful Rev. Onetta is, but if for some reason you've never heard her preach, you are in for a treat! Thank you Rev. Onetta for blessing us this Sunday. The sermon is entitled, Living in this New Day. If you'd like to read ahead, check out Colossians 3:1-12 and Luke 12:13-21.

God bless you all. I'll see you online this Sunday.

Pastor Keith
 In The Spotlight/Church Outside The Walls!  
Lucia Chappelle, our Pastor of Justice, is co-host of the radio program, This Way Out, the longest-running queer radio show! It has been on air since 1988 on Pacifica station KPFK. The show's archives are now being moved to the nation's Library of Congress as part of a radio preservation program. The program now airs on 180 community stations around the world, and will now be available for researchers, historians, and the general public for years to come. Congratulations, Lucia!  (Pictured: Moira Rankin, Lucia Chappelle, and Greg Gordon co-anchoring coverage of the 1979 March on Washington for Gay and Lesbian Rights.)
Rev. Onetta Brooks Preaching
This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Onetta Brooks to the pulpit. Rev. Onetta is anointed preacher, one of our own congregation, and we are so proud to have her bring us the "message of the hour" this week. Don't miss it!
Trans*Unity Scholarships
Next 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 SUBMITTED BY:

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.