Greetings!


This week, we learned of the death of Archbishop Carl Bean, founding Prelate of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. Rev. Bean had close ties with MCC for many years, and he was a close friend of our founder, Rev. Troy Perry. We are including Rev. Troy's tribute to Rev. Bean in this bulletin. Some of you may know that Rev. Bean ordained Don Mueller... just one of the many ways he touched people's lives. Our hearts are with all those who loved him, and we rejoice for the thousands of people that have been blessed by his witness.

Over the last three Sundays, I have been preaching a sermon series on Recovery (September is National Recovery Month). We have covered Steps 1-10 of the Alcoholics Anonymous recovery system, and each week, we have seen just how spiritual each step has been, not only for alcoholics, but for ALL of us. The spiritual principles are for all of us, and I pray that you are enjoying this series as much as I am. This Sunday, we will conclude this series with Steps 11-12. If you'd like to read ahead, check out those steps and Isaiah 50:4-9 (NIV). The message this Sunday is entitled, Morning By Morning.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

I look forward to worship with you this Sunday!

Pastor Keith
Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Announcements for the week of 09-10-21!
Saturday Night Spiritual Interfaith Service Tomorrow, September 11
Join us for our monthly Saturday Night Spiritual Interfaith Service Tomorrow, Saturday, September 11, at 5:00 p.m. This service is still meeting Online Only, so tune in on either FMCC's Facebook Live or our Youtube Channel. Rev. Sheena Metal leads this service.
  In Memoriam: Archbishop Carl Bean  
(Tribute by Rev. Troy Perry) 

Archbishop Carl Bean has passed away today. He was the founding Prelate of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement that provided an affirming place to worship for Black LGBTQ+ people & inspired all of us whatever our race. I met Carl the first time in the mid 70s after he found Metropolitan Community Church congregation where he reveled in the expression of God's radical love for all people. I very quickly found out that Carl had a deep love and a connection with the gospel music world. He had formed a group called Carl Bean and Universal Love. Producers at Motown heard him sing on the 1974 Gospel album Gotta Be Some Change and offered him a recording contract–to sing a song by Bunny Jones, "I Was Born This Way." The experience of recording this gay anthem in 1977 affirmed and illumined his call to ministry. The song received widespread play–moving up to #14 on the Billboard charts. He was finally able to publicly affirm being gay as a God-given gift.

Carl turned down Motown's offer of more recording work and enrolled in MCC's Samaritan College to study for ministry. He asked Archbishop William Morris O'Neill of the Christian Tabernacle Church to ordain him to start a specialized ministry. He was ordained on August 17, 1982, in Morris' home on South Burnside Avenue. Bean began his ministry–which he called "Unity Fellowship of Christ Church"–in south central L.A.

I invited Carl to preach at our general conference that was held in Miami, Florida. What an incredible job he did. All the saints laughed and cried throughout the service as Carl shared his life story with all of us!

Carl and I became really good friends. In all of these years he and I never missed a year when we didn't talk to each other.

During the worst of the AIDS crisis Carl was my rock. We prayed for people who were sick and dying, people who were newly diagnosed, for all of our friends who are suffering from this disease. We prayed for each other.

As the years have gone by, I have to admit it, we talked about our own health problems. Two older gay men who happened to be clergy talking about our mortality. I know that Carl was never frightened by this thing we call death. We both had preached so many funerals in our lifetime to worry too much about that.

Carl was truly a saint of God, and I don't use that phrase very often. The Psalmist David wrote, "precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of God's saints." (Psalms 116:15)

Live on Carl! We will meet right inside the eastern gate.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Free Preview for MCC Members Only! 
For MCC members who are interested in receiving a special preview screening link before the national release September 17th, please email Communications@MCCchurch.net. Your email address will be shared with WIT PR who will send the link and instructions. Any contact information that you provide will only be used exclusively to send you a screening link, and will not be used for any other marketing or promotional purposes.

Searchlight Pictures, WIT PR, and MCC are pleased to offer a special preview screening link for the upcoming film The Eyes of Tammy Faye, releasing in theaters September 17th. There is no cost to preview.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world's largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn't long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.  The film also highlights the iconic 1985 interview between MCC minister and AIDS activist Rev. Steve Pieters and Tammy Faye Bakker. 
Shawn Thomas Concert Online Sunday @ 3:00 p.m.  
Shawn Thomas will perform a live concert this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (PST).  on StageIt (stageit.com/ShawnThomas/100029). This platform asks attenders to get "tickets" - but Shawn's tickets are "pay what you can" - so you can get a ticket for as little as 10cents! Plus, you only have to sign up once, and then you can go to anybody's concert you'd like - and there are tons of artists on there - both indie and mainstream - so have fun! Let's support one of our own!
Vote!
California voters: Let's make sure that we exercise our power of the vote! The governor's recall election is this coming Tuesday, September 14th. Please make sure you get that vote in!
Send In Summer Pictures
Please send in your Summer Pictures to either Rev, Keith at revkeith@mccla.org or Rev. Alejandro at revalejandro@mccla.org
New Church App Coming Soon!!!
Volunteer Opportunities!
Food Available
Food Delivery

Our Food Delivery is every Friday Morning between the hours of 7:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.

Food Distribution

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. 
Vaccination@mccla.org  
If you haven't done so already, please send a picture of your vaccination card to vaccination@mccla.org so the check-in line will run quickly on Sunday!  
Vaccinations for those 12 years of age and older:
Tithes & Offerings


General Tithes & Offerings for September 05, 2021: $3,667.35

Helping Hands: $233.00

Bayanihan Group (For Camille): $720.00

Pastor's Discretionary Fund: $25.00

Building Fund: $80.00


Total Designated Funds: $1,058.00


Facilities Rentals: $576.00

Grand Total of all tithes, offerings and designated funds: 09/05/21

$5,301.35

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.
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!
Update on Global General Conference 2022!


Imagine a General Conference where we, as MCC, truly live out our commitment to inclusion and justice. Where as many MCCers from around the world participate as possible, experience the strength of being in community, and share the joy of being spiritually transformed. This is the Global General Conference 2022.
A New Kind of Conference

Global General Conference 2022 is an audacious experiment in creating a truly global General Conference. Being birthed during a global pandemic, this is a moment to open ourselves up to new possibilities and opportunities. We are ALL experiencing this for the first time and learning together. Sometimes it may require moving out of our comfort zones, being willing to engage in new ways, and being open enough to see how this global General Conference allows others to be part of the experience, often for the very first time. 

General Conference will take place in two phases: 

To begin, our Global General Conference will take place in-person at locations around the world and also online from 1-3 July 2022.  

The second part of our Global General Conference will be the Business Meeting and will take place online from 15-16 July 2022
1-3 July 2022
In-Person & Virtual Gatherings

We are excited to announce that there will be multiple locations for in-person gatherings around the world! Through these location and online content, we will experience the diversity of our denomination – ethnicity, gender identity, age, and ability. 

You may choose to travel to any site or simply participate fully online. The Core Team and local organizers from around the world have so far identified the following locations for our Global General Conference 2022:

Houston, Texas, USA
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil 
Manila, Philippines  
Latin America (Outside of Brazil): Virtual Only 

Locations could be added or removed depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Please note: We are working with local organizers to plan a location in Africa, Europe and possibly Australia/New Zealand. Stay tuned for more information on locations and feel free to reach out to us with ideas you have!


Features of the In-Person & Virtual Gatherings:

  • Globally curated worship experiences will be in-person at each location and streamed online. 
  • Workshops will include online presentations, in-person facilitated dialog, and chat groups to contact presenters, ask questions, or offer ideas. The online portion will be available for 6 months after the conference.
  • Plenaries will be viewed in-person and online with a diverse line-up of speakers.
  • In-person meals and social activities will be included at each site.
  • Registrants will utilize an online app to connect, chat, and interact with all other participants gathering from around the world. 
  • A pre-recorded worship service will be available for all of our churches to use locally on 3 July 2022 focused around the conference theme. Worship leaders can take part in the entire in-person or online experience without needing to plan or execute their own worship service. 
15-16 July 2022
Virtual Business Meeting


Features of the Online Business Meeting:

  • The 2022 General Conference Business Meeting will be online only. 
  • Every voting-eligible church can have their pastor and delegate(s) vote, no matter where in the world they are.
  • Voting will be done online and be open for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Formal and informal Business Forums will be online beginning in June 2022.
  • Registration for the Business Meeting will be independent from the Global General Conference 1-3 July 2022.
THANK YOU to our amazing General Conference Core Team, Governing Board, Council of Elders, and leaders from all over the world in helping us to re-shape and adjust our plans over the last year!

Global General Conference Core Team: 
Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos
Dr. Lillian Dunlap 
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston
Rev. Elder Hector Guiterrez 
Rev. Jennifer J.C. Hall 
Chad Hobbs
Barry Hundley 
Rev. Lori McPherson
Léo Rossetti 
Rev. Lauren Bennett, co-chair
Mike Haase, co-chair

If you have any questions or ideas you want to share with our core team, please contact us: conferences@MCCchurch.net 

We look forward to co-creating this new way of doing General Conference with you. 
More Information Coming Soon!

Keep watching your emails for updated information.

Registration will open soon so be thinking about which location you want to travel to, if any!

Specific hotels or retreat centers are still being identified or in negotiation. In some locations there may be multiple housing options.
Spirit of life,
Hold me now with strength as I pray;
Help me to be in my own body.
Hold us now with strength as we pray;
Help us to be in our communal body.
Spirit of life, breath into us and through us
Give us the courage to breath into the pain, the grief, the collective wounds of which we are a part.
Give us the courage to hold the truth that so many cannot breath right now.
Give us the courage to let your breath move in us and through us.
Hold us in our grief
Unsettle us when we need to be shaken.
Shelter us when we need to rest.
Give us the courage to keep breathing as we move back out into the world.
Spirit of life,
Hold us now with strength as we pray;
Hold me now with strength as I pray. 
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

REV. DR. KERR MESNER (he/him) (https://kerrmesner.com/) 
is a queer, transgender spiritual director, consultant, writer, and activist, living in Cayuga territory, (Ithaca, New York, USA). He finds great joy in spiritually companioning groups and individuals, working with Geez Magazine, and consulting with organizations about gender and sexual diversity, arts-based learning, and contemplative practices. In his spare time, he writes songs and plays in his garden.




Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Board Of Directors
Rev. Keith Mozingo (Moderator)
Jenni Nichols (Vice Moderator)
Oyie Esguerra (Treasurer)
Kim Doneche (Clerk)
Antonio Martinez (Member)
Bob Stayton (Member)
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.