Dear Viewer,

Last week was a rollercoaster of emotions for many of us. We dealt with the death of a beloved church member, welcomed five people into church membership, elected board members and lay delegates at our Fall Congregational Meeting, fed 140 families through our Saturday food bank, watched a rise in Covid cases/hospitalizations/deaths, got news that we should NOT travel during the upcoming holidays and really should self-quarantine, and had a Spirit-filled worship service. A rollercoaster of emotions, indeed.

This week, I keep getting a nudge from the Spirit that whatever Life brings, we have to find a way to rejoice. Rejoice all through this rollercoaster ride. Some days will be more difficult to rejoice; some days will be easier. Yet, when we look deep enough into our souls, and we listen intently enough to the Spirit's "still small voice" whispering peace to us, we can find a way to rejoice...no matter what.

This Sunday's message is entitled, Yet Will I Rejoice! I pray it is a continuation of the word and move of the Spirit we experienced last Sunday. If you'd like to read ahead, check out Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NKJV) and Hebrews 12:26-29 (NIV). In this service, we will also pay tribute to the Trans Day of Remembrance. Let's "show up" (online!) and experience all that God has for us.



Pastor Keith
Founder's Metropolitan Community Church Announcements for the week of 11-20-20!
In Memoriam: Jack Wilson 
It is with great sadness to share the passing of Jackie Dean Wilson (life partner of Rev. Lee Carlton, one of MCCLA's first pastors) on October 9, 2020 after a long struggle with cancer.


Jack was a pioneer lay member of the MCC movement and joined MCC in 1969 in Los Angeles and was present for the dedication of MCC/LA's first home at 22nd and Union. He was a founding member of MCC Long Beach, CA. Over the 73 years of his life, he was also a member at Hope Center MCC (Daytona Beach, FL), Holy Cross MCC (Pensacola, FL), and Cornerstone MCC, (Mobile, AL).


He served in the USN and was stationed aboard the USS 'Lady Lex' Lexington He also later worked as a civilian at Pensacola NAS and Corey Field, where they often served over 3000 military service persons daily. He also served the community as he worked with others and assisted in several food and homeless service ministries via local churches. Jack had a joyful sense of humor and deep belly laugh, a deep love for Jesus Christ and all families as well as service to others.


His nightly prayer always included these words...'Now I lay me down to sleep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. God bless our biological family, our church family, all families of faith and those who need you more than we. In Jesus' Name I pray!'
Welcome New Members! 
Last Sunday, we received one new person into church membership, and we recognized four transfers of membership. Welcome Derrick Singletary (Melbourne, Australia), Rev. Wayne Lindsey (Las Vegas, NV), George Padilla (Palm Springs, CA), and Dennis Bell and Harald Huckins (Tucson, AZ)!!!
Board Members and Lay Delegates Elected! 
At last week's Congregational meeting, we elected two Board members and two Lay Delegates. Congratulations to Board Members: David Crocker and Tony Martinez and Lay Delegates: Pam Fairbanks and Corena Montoya.
Thanks, Amy LaCoe and Lee Te!
We want to thank Amy LaCoe and Lee Te for serving as Lay Delegates during the last term!
Send Pictures for Passing of the Peace! 
We would love it if you would send pictures for our Passing of the Peace segment. Please take a picture of you with your Nativity, Christmas tree, or other holiday background. Send them to revkeith@mccla.org
Thanksgiving Day Volunteers Needed
Founders MCC Volunteers are needed to deliver Thanksgiving meals to Seniors for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. They need people to work in pairs (one to drive, one to deliver). The registration link is in the church bulletin and the church e-news.
The Big Picture
from our Moderator
Dear people of God,

I am excited today to announce the application process for the selection of the next Council of Elders. Elders are the spiritual leaders of the denomination, providing a prophetic voice, offering pastoral support and guiding MCC along its spiritual path. The current Council will complete their term at the end of January 2021. I am very grateful for the wisdom, experience and expertise of our current Council members, as they graciously guide me in my ministry as Moderator.

The next Council of Elders will serve from 1st February 2021 until 31st December 2023. My intention is for this new Council to be a diverse group, reflecting even more of who MCC is called to be. I hope that there will be spiritual leaders who are well known within the denomination, as well as those who may not yet have that profile, yet are called to serve our global movement. The full criteria and application form can be found below. The deadline for application forms to be returned is Friday 4th December 2020.

Looking to our Future

The ministry of Elder is an important part of MCC’s history. The role has changed over time, sometimes being a volunteer position, at other times being part of the MCC staff. The way Elders have been selected has also varied, through election at General Conference, then at Regional Conferences and currently, appointed by the Moderator, approved by the Governing Board and affirmed by General Conference.

MCC is in a new chapter.

What is the spiritual leadership that we need for the journey ahead?

What duties and responsibilities should these leaders have?

How might they be selected and what title should they hold?

These are just a few of the questions that are important to consider as we discern together what God is calling MCC to do and to be on the next part of our journey.

In 2021, a denomination-wide Holy Conversation and discernment process will begin about spiritual leadership in MCC and the roles, titles and responsibilities for those serving as our denominational spiritual leaders. This discernment process will be conducted by a Commission appointed by the Moderator, working in partnership with the MCC Theologies team.

Any recommendations will come before General Conference 2022, and if approved, will be put in place before the Council of Elders completes its term at the end of December 2023.

Any new body will serve for 18 months before the election of the next Moderator in 2025.
Please join with me in prayer in asking God to raise up those who are called to serve as Elders at this time and the discernment process for our future spiritual leadership, so that we may truly know God’s will for MCC in this.
The Role of Elders
In Metropolitan Community Churches, Elders are those individuals who carry the primary responsibility to give pastoral leadership and care to the Fellowship on our spiritual journey. Elders are appointed by the Moderator and serve in a volunteer capacity. Prospective appointees for the position of Elder in MCC must meet all qualifications for Elders as defined in the UFMCC Bylaws, as well as the selection criteria as defined by the Moderator.

The Council of Elders has three important roles:

  1. To be a discerning, spiritual and pastoral body that assists the Moderator in the role of spiritual, pastoral and prophetic leader of MCC, as well as offering spiritual and pastoral leadership to local churches and Networks;
  2. To approve standards for affiliation of MCC churches globally; 
  3. To approve the Clergy Manual that governs MCC clergy globally.

The description of the role of Elders may be found in the Bylaws, Article V.E.3. at this link: https://www.mccchurch.org/files/2019/08/UFMCC-Bylaws-as-of-July-2019-FINAL-07.02.19-ENG.pdf
Further Description of the
Responsibilities and Expectations
of the Incoming Members
of the Council of Elders
As requested by the Moderator, be available to:
  • Serve as an official representative of MCC in the areas of public and community relations;
  • Support the Moderator and the Senior Leadership in providing spiritual leadership for MCC;
  • Attend Network gatherings;
  • Assist with leadership development efforts;
  • Undertake ecclesial and ceremonial visits to churches as requested;
  • Counsel with the Senior Leadership Team and the Governing Board;
  • Provide pastoral care and mentoring for clergy and lay leaders as needed and requested.
  1. Participate actively in meetings of the Council of Elders.
  2. Respond promptly to emails and other communications.
  3. Participate actively in training and professional development opportunities offered to members of the Council of Elders.
  4. Be familiar with MCC Bylaws, policies, procedures, and processes.
  5. Ascribe to and actively promote the MCC Statements of Vision and Mission.
  6. Be familiar with and actively promote MCC programmes and events.
  7. Attend General Conference and be eligible to vote.
Selection Criteria
In addition to meeting the qualifications of Elders as defined in UFMCC Bylaws, prospective appointees must meet the following selection criteria:

  • Be loyal to MCC and to MCC’s mission, vision and values.
  • Have demonstrated giftedness in pastoral and spiritual leadership.
  • Be sensitive to cultural difference.
  • Be able and willing to embrace racial equity and diversity.
  • Be MCC clergy or a graduate of the MCC lay leadership development program (Leadership Empowered for Active Discipleship, L.E.A.D.) or have similar experience and qualifications.
  • Possess demonstrable theological depth.
  • Be committed to global justice.
  • Model excellence and high standards in ministry.
  • Be capable in ecumenical and interfaith ministry settings.
  • Have a reasonable ability to understand and speak English.
Questions and Answers
Will Elders be paid? All members of the Council of Elders will be volunteers. Other than the Moderator, a member of the Council of Elders shall not serve simultaneously as a member of the MCC staff.

If Elders need to speak and understand English, what about representing our Global MCC? Every effort will be made to ensure that the Council of Elders reflects our global identity. Our current reality is that our meetings are conducted in English and we do not have the capacity to provide simultaneous translation at this time.

How will the Council of Elders reflect our diversity? As well as reflecting our global and racial diversity, every effort will be made to ensure diversity in terms of gender identity. Every effort will be made to ensure that at least one of the members of the Council of Elders is a young adult (18 to 40 years of age) at the time of appointment.

How long will Elders serve? Elders will serve until 31st December 2023. An appointee who has been approved by the Council of Elders and the Governing Board will join the Council of Elders immediately upon affirmation by General Conference and will serve until 31 December 2023. Elders serve at the pleasure of the Moderator and, in accordance with UFMCC Bylaws, the Moderator may remove an appointment at any time, with or without cause.
The processes for accountability, discipline, and removal of an appointed Elder (Bylaw Article V.E.3.c) and for filling a vacancy on the Council of Elders (Bylaw Article V.E.3.d) will remain the same.

Do Elders retain the title of Elder for life? Upon resignation or retirement from the position of Elder, all former Elders (including those who served in former systems, are still on staff in some capacity, or are active in other ministry positions) are referred to honorifically as “Elder,” but do not serve on the Council of Elders unless appointed by the Moderator. All Elders retain the title as long as they maintain active membership in MCC and continue to abide by the Elders Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for MCC Ministry Leaders.

Do Elders need to be Clergy? No! Elders may be Laity or Clergy.

Who decides who is an Elder? The Moderator appoints, yet we all are involved. The Moderator recommends appointments to the Governing Board who affirm (or not). At a specially called General Conference, our lay delegates and clergy have the opportunity to affirm (or not) the proposed appointees. There will be a series of webinars to introduce the potential Elder candidates to the General Conference. These will be held about mid-January, 2021,

Does one have to be asked to be an Elder or can you volunteer? In the past, one had to be nominated to be an Elder. This year, you may apply (volunteer) to serve as an Elder. Each applicant will need to provide references and complete an application. (See below)

I want to recommend someone for consideration as Elder. How do I do that? Contact that person. Tell them why you want to recommend them and encourage them to pray about applying. Be sure they have the necessary information, the application and the deadline.

How does one apply? Complete this application and return to MarinaLaws@mccchurch.net by Friday, 4th December 2020. Application forms are also available by request from MarinaLaws@mccchurch.net.


Elder Appointment Process Timeline
Formal Announcement of Process - 16th November 2020
Deadline for applications Friday 4th December 2020
Recommendations to Governing Board Meeting 5th January 2021
Webinars to introduce candidates mid-January 2021
Special General Conference held week of 25th January 2021
New Council of Elders starts 1st February 2021


From Rev. Tim Hamilton: COVID Bereavement Groups
Kaiser Permanente has established some Covid specific bereavement groups that are open to the public. A person does not need to be a member of Kaiser Permanente to attend these call in groups, and these are provided at no cost. If you know anyone that might benefit, and has experienced the death of a loved one due to Covid, feel free to pass on this info.
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. Come and have some fun with your church family!
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 PayPal) or simply sending a check in the mail (4607 Prospect Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027). Again, thank you.
COMMISSION ON PATHWAYS
OF HEALING AND RECONCILIATION
September Meeting Report

At the monthly meeting, the Commission received a briefing from Rev. Elder Ines-Paul Baumann, who is on intern placement with MCC as part of his studies for a B. A. in Gender and Diversity, at the Faculty Society and Economics (Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve/Germany). Rev. Elder Ines-Paul has reviewed previous reports, studies, documents and briefings which were provided to MCC leadership. His presentation provided a framework for reviewing and discussing those reports and documents which included recommendations for racial and international equity and improvements. 

As a part of our foundational work, MCC Staff, the Pathways Commission, and the Governing Board planned to participate in a day long anti-racism training facilitated by the Washington Consulting Group. The intention was to set the tone and common foundation for the continued work. More will be shared about this training in our next update.

The Commissioners have divided into 2 sub-teams to be able to focus more intensely on specific areas of concern. Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow will lead the team working on organizational change. Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston will lead the team working on personal pathways to healing. As Co-Chairs, they will be members of both groups. 

In support of this important work, financial resources from the “Still Giving” fundraising campaign will be used for anti-racism training, education and action. This campaign was implemented to celebrate the birthdays of Rev. Elder Troy Perry and Rev Elder Nancy Wilson. https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Good-News--The-Results-of-the-Still-Giving-Camp aign.html?soid=1101747410130&aid=AEbNF6gbVLw] 

To continue this Commission’s communication with the global MCC, a web page has been established so that others may be updated on the work. Please visit the site frequently to see the latest updates. https://www.mccchurch.org/commission-on-pathways-of-healing/ 

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
Announcing
General Conference 2022 A New Kind of Conference

Join us! 4-8 July 2022

We are planning a multi-site experience for General Conference with one main host site in the USA and other mini-sites around the world. We are grateful for this opportunity to innovate and grateful to have some really fabulous people who are ready to take on such an imaginative project.

That said, we are excited to announce that our main host location will be the beautiful city of Austin in the State of Texas, USA! Austin is the home of the Southern music scene and has a vibrant culture perfect for us. It is also the home to upRising - a church without walls, our MCC host church, and neighbor to Sanctuary in the Woods.

We are calling our next conference Austin + (plus) to reflect our main site in Austin and our satellite conferences elsewhere. We invite you to take part in this historic conference and make plans to join us 4-8 July 2022!

As we are in the midst of a pandemic, we also have many questions about how the pandemic might affect General Conference. We will continue to think through many plans to ensure conference will be a time of hope, celebration, and momentum in whatever shape or shapes it takes on!

Why are we still going to Austin? Before our last conference in Orlando, we signed a contract with the brand new Fairmont Austin. Since, we have been working with the hotel to reduce our commitment in support of the many voices at General Conference 2019 who were seeking a new way for the business of MCC and our global gathering to be shaped. In addition, a Commission on General Conference has been established that will look at what we can do to systemically change beyond 2022. Learn more about the Commission here.

At this point in our planning, we have more questions than answers and invite you to get involved!
Get Involved!
We are beginning to think about our teams for General Conference 2022, so if you are interested in serving with us as we experiment, innovate, and build an exciting, engaging global gathering, let us know!

Send an email to conferences@MCCchurch.net and we will schedule a time to talk with you to mutually discern a great fit on the right team.
Start Budgeting
As you begin planning your 2021 and 2022 budgets, we want to give you some projections of costs for this conference. We recommend that you budget two thirds of your anticipated conference costs in your 2021 budget and one third in your 2022 budget. 

Because life is so uncertain right now, we will not be opening up registration in January 2021 as we usually do. Instead registration will open in July of 2021, a year before the next scheduled General Conference to be held 5-8 July 2022.  

We anticipate the Promo Rate to be (starting July 2021): 
US/Canada: $350
Europe, Australia, New Zealand: $275
Ibero-America, Eastern Europe: $175
Africa, Caribbean, Asia, India: $45

Regular rate (after August of 2021): 
US/Canada: $450
Europe, Australia, New Zealand: $300
Ibero-America, Eastern Europe: $200
Africa, Caribbean, Asia, India: $50

We will have satellite rates, day rates, online-only rates, volunteer rates etc., but it’s simply too early to project those right now in our current situation. 

We will be staying at the fabulous, brand-new Fairmont Austin where the room rate is $169/night plus a 15% tax (don't forget to use your tax exempt status to not pay this!)

Please note that everything is subject to change because of COVID. This brief announcement is just to help as you estimate your costs and plan your budgets.
Stay in Contact With Us: Conferences@MCCchurch.net
Remember Your Pastor(s) and Staff

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone! Pastors have been trying to balance the need to keep everyone safe and healthy with the desired benefits of in-person gatherings. Many Pastors have had to learn to do worship differently including learning or sharpening technology skills! They have done their best to provide congregants with spiritual nurture and ways to connect virtually. Wouldn't you agree that they have worked hard?

This is the one time of year for Boards or Boards and Lay Delegates or other key lay leaders to meet without the Pastor. This is the time of year to consider a Christmas gift for your Pastor(s) and any Staff.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month so encourage your congregation to send notes of appreciation and encouragement to your Pastor(s) now.
USA ELECTIONS
With concerns about voter suppression and intimidation, a number of states and cities are asking clergy to be present at polling places as witnesses to help counter voter intimidation. We want to encourage clergy and churches in the USA to check with local leaders to find out how they may be of assistance. This is in alignment with MCC's core value of Justice. We are called to work for Justice for all people.

Remember that protecting the freedom to participate by voting is non-partisan and is not a violation of our charitable status. Any support of a specific candidate or in opposition to a specific candidate must be done as an individual and not in the name of the church.

Encourage your members to VOTE!

Be involved. Be watchful. Be careful.
Announcing the Commission on
General Conference!
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The Governing Board of Metropolitan Community Churches is excited to announce the creation of The General Conference Commission!

MCC General Conferences typically occur every three years and they are a time for our global family to gather, worship, create, learn, and plan. Every General Conference has been special and some have been extra memorable. 
 
Thanks to MCC leadership we have all been gifted some time to look at how we ‘do’ General Conference. We have been blessed with a team of volunteers who will work with MCC communities and individuals around the world to ponder:

  • What are the main goals General Conference should accomplish?
  • Does General Conference give people a sense of unity and direction?
  • How should the business of MCC be conducted?
  • How can we best meet the physical and financial needs of conference attendees given shifting demographics?
  • How do networks, affinity group meetings etc., fit into the conference structure?
  • Are there innovative ways we can seek to build new partnerships when planning conferences, network gatherings, affinity group meetings, skills-based learning etc.
  • With technology changing rapidly making meaningful connections more accessible and equitable, can we imagine new ways of conducting conferences or meetings around the world?

2020 is the perfect time to be having these conversations as, due to COVID-19, we are all evaluating how we gather and learning new ways of ‘being the church’ so we look forward to gathering your thoughts in the coming year and a half.

This Commission is charged with examining how our General Conference is structured and will make recommendations for any conferences after the 2022 General Conference.

Get Involved: Let's Dream Together!

Because of the scope of this Commission's assignment, we will be relying on gathering ideas, comments, and thoughts from our global community! To start, you are invited to participate in our first opportunity for feedback as we begin wresting with the purpose of General Conference.

In each Dream Session, we will meet in small breakout groups to discuss the purpose, meaning, and big questions we need to ask when it comes to gathering.

Select a Dream Session that fits your schedule and language. Sign up here.
Dream Session Times:
Note: Primary language is the first listed
All sessions will be 90 minutes

Wednesday 11 November: English, Tagalog
6:30pm AEDT / 7:30am GMT / 2:30am EST

Tuesday 17 November: English, Spanish
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Thursday 19 November: Spanish, English
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Friday)

Friday 20 November: English, German (others upon request)
7:00pm CET / 6:00pm GMT / 1:00pm EST

Saturday 21 November: Portuguese, English
7:00pm BRT / 10:00pm GMT / 5:00pm EST

Monday 23 November: English, Spanish
10:00pm EST / 7:00pm PST / 3:00am GMT (Tuesday)
Meet the Team!
(Photo taken from birthday celebration during a meeting)

Rev. Brendan Boone
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

Dr. Al Chapman
Northern Lights MCC, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston
MCC Moderator, Portishead, United Kingdom

Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez
UFMCC Staff, Guadalajara, Mexico

Mr. Chad Hobbs
UFMCC Governing Board Treasurer/MCC Tampa, USA

Ms. Jude Litzenberger
UFMCC Network Facilitator/The Met, San Diego, California, USA

Rev. Paul Whiting
Governing Board UFMCC/Pastor MCC Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Rev. Emily Worman
Pastor Church in Progress MCC, Auckland, New Zealand

Rev. Lauren Bennett (Co-Chair)
UFMCC Staff/Associate Pastor MCC Greater St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Mr. Mike Haase (Co-Chair)
UFMCC Staff/Minister of Music All God's Children MCC Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Being a transgender is a gift:

Thank you, God, 
For changing our sadness and tiredness into courage, 
For giving us the courage to tell people that we weren't boys/girls,
Even though it made some people get mad,
For teaching us to love ourselves as we are,
For giving us the gift of honesty,
For letting our outside be like our inside,
For giving us the courage to be ourselves.
God, remind us of our plenitude,
Remind us of the gift we are to the world due to our infinitely complex diversity,
Remind us of the ancient times when transgender people were priests and shamans,
Because people knew we were a gift.
So may it be.
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY

KASUMI TAKARA (she, her, hers)
Member of São Paulo ICM (MCC), Brazil. 
“I feel that I was blessed to be welcomed by the São Paulo ICM. They are a family for me.”

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