Dear Viewer,

Did you have a wonderful and safe Labor Day STAYING IN, AWAY FROM CROWDS, and MASKING if you went outside? I hope so. Please, don't get a sense of "normalcy" too quickly. Our neighbors in Orange County are easing up on some restrictions, but here in Los Angeles, we're still under some strict restrictions. Please, continue to take care of yourselves. I love you dearly, and I want to see you ALL when it is finally safe to do so.

Last Sunday, my message was about Building With The Potter. I've had several messages this week, some which talked about their own flaws and how those flaws eventually became blessings. YES! God can take our flaws and turn them completely around, sometimes as life lessons, sometimes as our main feature. Either way, if God is our Potter, we can depend on God to co-create with us the person we want to be.

This Sunday, we'll look at this "building" theme in a little different light. The message is, What Kind of Home Are You Building? It may be a very different "home" than you started out building, or that you were instructed by family or church to build. If you'd like to read ahead, check out Joshua 24:15 (Common English Version).

After service, I'm looking forward to the virtual "gathering" of several ministry groups. Many thanks to Elder Larry Rodriguez for organizing these groups! Won't it be wonderful to check in with each other???

God bless...

Pastor Keith
Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Announcements for the week of 9-11-20!
Saturday Night Spiritual - September 12th
Join us online for our monthly Saturday Night Spiritual Interfaith Service this Saturday, September 12th at 5:00 p.m. Rev. Sheena Metal will lead this worship. You can view the service online at our Founders MCC website or Facebook page.
Ministry Teams - This Sunday! 
Whether you are a member of one of these ministry teams, or if you WANT to get involved in one of them, this Sunday is your opportunity to (re)connect with others. In addition to our regular virtual Hospitality time after worship, each of these groups will "break out" into separate meeting rooms! Come, fellowship, enjoy, and share some joy!
Also, these teams have regular meetings each month. Feel free to join one of them, as well!
Board of Directors Meeting  
Our monthly Board of Directors meeting will be this Tuesday, September 15th at 6:15 p.m. 
Anniversary Photos
Everyone is invited to participate in our Anniversary service coming up October 4th. Throughout this month, we invite you to send in a picture of your and/or your family holding up a sign wishing FMCC a Happy Anniversary! (Thanks to Adrien Reyes Aviles for this example!) E-mail your pictures to revkeith@mccla.org.
Census and Voting
Respond to the 2020 Census BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30TH to make sure that every person's God-given dignity is affirmed! All people living in the United States must be counted, and that count will effect our lives for the next ten years. 
You can watch a video about how to complete the census at*: 

Don't forget to register to vote — and check your registration to be sure it's correct!
Online: RegisterToVote.ca.gov/ Phone: (800) 345-VOTE (8683). 
Tuesday - Evening Vespers at 6:00 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Wednesday - Bible Study at 7:30 p.m. on Facebook Live.
Thursday - Pastor Pop-up at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Friday - Evening Vespers at 6:00 p.m. on Facebook Live
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 and included here. Come and have some fun with your church family!

Tithes & Offerings
Tithes and General Offerings: for 9/06/20 $8,727.00
(Paypal, Credit Cards, Checks, in person giving)

Designated Funds Income:

Christine Daniel's Fund- $750.00

Designated Fund Grand Total: $750.00




Grand Total of all Income: $9,477.00

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.
AIDS Walk LA
AIDS Walk LA, like many other things, went virtual this year. This is the last week they will continue to collect money for the virtual walk. Check out the options here:  www.aidswalkla.org.
Moderator's Reflection
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches


1 September 2020

 “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint.
When I ask why they are poor,
they call me a communist.”

This quote is from Hélder Câmara, a Brazilian archbishop, who believed that the church should be closer to the people. He worked with and for the poor, and was an outspoken critic of the military regime under which Brazil was living at the time.

For me, this quote summarises MCC’s call to social action and justice. We are called to help those in need, to work alongside them and to empower them to act. We are also called to speak out about the injustice we see, to hold those in power to account and to work for lasting change. Early on, when we all first started to feel the impact of COVID-19 on our everyday lives and ministry, there was a fascinating webinar, organised by St. John’s MCC, Raleigh, USA. The webinar featured a panel of MCC pastors and members who were activists at the height of the HIV/AIDS era in the USA. They were asked to discuss what those times could teach us now, living in a global pandemic. A key phrase was used, which really stuck with me - “faith expressed as activism.”

Whether it is holding a church service for World AIDS Day, marching under a church banner on a “Black Lives Matter” march, or whatever we do to fight for justice, we are expressing our faith as and through activism. This is part of what it means to be MCC. From our beginning, Rev. Troy Perry was out on the streets protesting and standing on the steps of government buildings campaigning for justice. Both he and Rev. Elder Dr Nancy Wilson were invited to the White House on several occasions to discuss different issues with the US President and team. On my visit to Australia in February this year, I met with federal and state politicians to discuss LGBTQI rights and to raise concerns about potentially harmful legislation. I know that many MCCers around the world contact their national or local politicians about different justice issues. We express our faith through activism.

Not everyone feels comfortable interacting with politicians directly, but we can exercise our activism by using our vote. We can look at the key issues that are important to us and find out what the different parties are saying. We can encourage those around us to register and to vote. As congregations we can commit to praying, studying and understanding issues together, being active in the local community and making sure those who need help voting can be assisted. 

COVID-19 is impacting elections at the moment and has the potential to prevent many people from taking part. In New Zealand, the election has been postponed from September to October, because of a spike in COVID-19 cases. In the USA, there is significant concern about whether postal votes will be available and will be delivered on time in order for votes to be valid. These situations have the potential to show again the inequalities exposed by the pandemic. Who gets to vote is also a justice issue. Encouraging people to vote and helping them in practical ways to exercise this right is part of what it means to build a civic society, to contribute to the public discourse and is also a just thing to do.

Voting is not the only way to change things, but if we don’t vote, we can be sure that it won’t count. Many people around the world have died campaigning for the right to vote. Wherever you are in the world, I encourage you to prayerfully use your vote to make a difference. 
Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation
Meeting Report

The Commission has begun its work to fulfill the charter/Terms of Reference, which is below. It will review, listen, plan and recommend actions to enable MCC to become more racially equitable, inclusive and diverse.

The Commission held initial meetings to get introduced to each other and to start dialogues with each other that will assist in creating good working relationships, sacred space for sacred work, and mutual respect. The meetings have also served as mechanisms to establish timelines, work plans and to re-examine documentation and reports from previous working groups to determine what recommendations continue to be viable and actionable. 

We are grateful to Reece Jackson-Whitaker for their willingness to serve on the Commission. Reece has resigned from the Commission to focus their energy on other ministry areas. As the body that determines and appoints the Commissioners, the Governing Board is considering who may be appointed to this position. We thank Reece for their input and engagement during initial development and first meeting of the Commission.

Future plans for the Commission include creating working groups to focus on specific areas of work outlined in the Terms of Reference/charter. A page for the Commission will be added to the website, www.mccchurch.org, so that documents, briefing notes and other communications can be shared and reviewed. The Commissioners, along with the MCC Staff and Governing Board, will participate in anti-oppression and anti-racism training so that the Commission can have a common lexicon and language for our work with the issues and dynamics that we face.

As you read about the Commission and the Terms of Reference, please hold the Commissioners and the denomination in your prayers.

In partnership and ministry,
Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, USA (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator UFMCC (Co-Chair)
Rev. Cathy Alexander, MCC Staff
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa, USA
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ms. Coralis Weston, Vision of Hope MCC, USA


Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation

Terms of Reference

Charter

June 2020

We are the body of Christ. When one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts.

Metropolitan Community Churches was founded in the USA. Because our roots are there, the racism in American society is also present in our roots. As a global movement, we recognise that racism exists all over the world and we are committed to addressing and combatting its impact.

This Commission will set the foundation for an ongoing process of growth, development and cultural change in the areas of race equity, diversity and inclusion as a long term commitment throughout MCC.

The Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation will:
  • Design and offer a pathway for individuals to move towards healing and reconciliation on elements that have fractured relationships in recent years.
  • Review previous reports on diversity and inclusion, making recommendations on further work to be done.
  • Receive input from existing advisory groups on how MCC can improve diversity and inclusion.
  • Conduct an in depth review of MCC and its current state in relation to race equity.
  • Work with the Governing Board, Council of Elders, MCC staff, church leaders and local congregations to start the process of organisational and policy change, which will embed racial equity into all areas of the denomination.
  • Make recommendations for accountability mechanisms, so that the progress towards race equity, diversity and inclusion continues.
  • Respond in its work to any situations or events that unfold during the time of the Commission where it relates to or impacts the work of the Commission.
  • The Commission will meet primarily virtually and conduct much of its work via email.

The Commission will meet initially for one year and will then review if it needs more time to complete its key tasks.

Hurricane Laura Relief
Buildings and homes were damaged after Hurricane Laura made landfall near Lake Charles, La., on Thursday. Photo credit: David J. Phillip/AP
Hurricane Laura made landfall in Cameron, Louisiana, USA last Thursday, 27 August 2020. The storm was one of the strongest on record to ever hit the USA and left a path of destruction that is unimaginable.

Many towns such as Vinton, Louisiana are without power and water. Most of the residents have either lost their homes or they have been severely damaged. It may take up to 2 months to have power restored. Nearly half of Vinton's population live below the poverty line. Most have no access to running water.

MCC is pleased to share this relief effort initiated by Pastor Vance Haywood and members of St. John's MCC (Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)! They are planning to travel to Vinton, Louisiana with a truck load of supplies. A group of 5-10 members, including Pastor Vance, plan to take a box truck of bottled water, flashlights, and tarps with them. They will assist with some clean up and tarping.

Pastor Vance's family lives in Vinton, Louisiana. While they made it through the storm, they report that finding shelter is very difficult. Pastor Vance and St. John's MCC are working in partnership with a local Vinton church.

If you would like to give to this relief effort or volunteer, please click on this link:

Donors are assured that all donations made through this link will be used exclusively for the relief effort. Mark Godette of the Governing Board is part of the St. John's Finance Team.

If other regionally close MCC's wish to get involved, please contact Pastor Vance. All are encouraged to pray for the people who have been displaced and impacted by Hurricane Laura.

Any questions should be directed to:
Pastor Vance Haywood vanceh@stjohnsmcc.org

PRAYER SUBMITTED BY

PRAYER SUBMITTED BY

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)

Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Address And Contact Info:

4607 Prospect Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027 | 323-669-3434
E-mail: info@foundersmcc.org
Website: www.foundersmcc.org