Dear Founders,

Weren't you blessed by last Sunday's service? Thanks to Keith Tyler for sharing his amazing musical talent with us! 

Then we had five (5!!!) people come into membership! How exciting! Thank you to Rev. Steve Swafford for always teaching the Membership Inquirer's Class. Welcome to Founders MCC: Jair Bula, Jacinto Noriego, Rex Sayson, Carl Smith, Patricia Wahle.

Last week brought in another change: Peter Kirkpatrick, Music Director for our Spanish-speaking Ministry, began a three-month leave of absence, as he has taken a full-time teaching position. We honored him in worship, and we give thanks for the blessing that he is. We also give thanks that Louis Ramirez has stepped up to take up where Peter left off. Last Sunday, he began leading music for our Spanish-speaking service. 

Thanks to the work of Laura Law and Ina Serene, FMCC made the Top Ten list for this year's AIDS Walk Los Angeles! Thanks to all who pushed us into the Top Ten with donations totaling $1300.

I got word from the Trans*Unity group that all of the items that were donated by the late Keith Meinen for their ministry have completely been sold. AND...the items brought in more that $1000! That means that, even after Keith passed from this life, the items he left will cover another $1000 scholarship for an LGBTQ student in 2024. Keith's stewardship continues to bless. Thank you, Keith!

That's the kind of stewardship I'm preaching about this year with our theme, Thanks-Giving. Over the last two weeks, we've celebrated Faithful Servants and Ministries. This Sunday, we'll continue with A Safe Sanctuary For All. If you'd like to read ahead, check out Isaiah 56:1-8 (Message version).

We're looking forward to spotlighting Trans Day of Remembrance with another appearance by the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. We will be blessed! Come expecting!

Pastor Keith

Congratulations to Trans*Unity who raised over $1000 towards a scholarship to be granted in 2024 by selling Keith Meinen's estate items. Special thanks to Keith Meinen.

AIDS March update: Founders helped place APLA-Health in the top 10 teams raising funds. Founders contributed $1,300. Thank you, Ina Serene and Laura Law.

Congratulations to FMCC new members: Jair Bula, Carl Kent-Smith, Jacinto Noriega, Rex Ian Sayson and Patricia Wahle.

Group Therapy & Zumba Class Tomorrow, Saturday, November 18th at 9 am!

Reece Whitaker leads the Group Therapy which starts at 9 a.m. Zumba Class starts right after the Group Therapy at 10 a.m. in the Black Box Theatre

Transgender Day of Remembrance

This Sunday, Nov 19. Trans Day Of Remembrance.

We will be playing tribute to our Trans siblings who have been taken from us in the past year. The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles will be our special musical guests.

The documentary: AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman will be shown in the Black Box theater Sunday at noon. Pizza will be provided.

Courageous Leadership: Sexuality, Consent, & Boundaries

You are invited to participate in the pilot presentation of Courageous Leadership: Sexuality, Consent, & Boundaries. The purpose of the course is to support MCC congregational leaders to build cultures that balance unique expressions of sexuality with boundaries and consent.

November 16th, 1:00-3:30pm ET

December 7th, 1:00-2:30pm ET

Intended for clergy and boards of directors and other ministry leaders.

For more information, please contact Rev Cathy Alexander at

Commitment Cards
Our Commitment Cards are available on-site and online throughout the year. We ask that you prayerfully consider your financial commitment for 2023.
Join us before and after worship for a time of Hospitality in the church courtyard. Martin Miny is heading a team of people to get coffee, juice, and pastries ready each Sunday. Volunteers are always welcome!
Monkey Pox Vaccine Available 
LA County now has another limited supply of Monkeypox Vaccine available. You can sign up here:
Change In Covid-19 Protocols
As we continue to cope with Covid-19, we are changing our protocols. The new protocols are in line with the rest of LA County. Until further notice, here are our guidelines:

1. We will no longer require vaccinations and boosters for church attendance, though we highly encourage them.
2. We will make wearing masks optional. Please feel free to continue wearing masks as you feel comfortable.

3. We ask people that have symptoms of (or tested positive for) Covid, flu, monkeypox, or any other easily communicable disease to please refrain from attending until they are well.

As we have from the very beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to keep in line with the advice of the LA County Public Health Department. Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate new guidelines.
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.

Grand Total For Week Ending: 11-12-2023: $3,754.00.

Tithing: $2,908.00

Building Fund: $125.00

Facility Rental: $570.00

Pastor's Discretionary Fund: $151.00
Council of Elders Reflection
on MCC's Mission, Vision, Core Values and Statement of Faith

Core Value - Justice

Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights.

When I was confirmed as a teen, one question always stood out to me. “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?” The same question was a part of the baptism service as well. One congregation had added “even within the church.” I didn’t understand that addition until I lived into my queer identity and found the church did not live their vows of confirmation and baptism.

Our MCC commitment goes beyond resistance to identifying oppressive systems and structures and standing with all those affected. This commitment to justice clearly stated is still often the core value that doesn’t get translated beyond our self interest in specific cases of queer injustice which abound but it doesn’t stop there.

We like mercy better than justice—water for the thirsty, food for the hungry, clothes for the naked, safety for the vulnerable, healing for the wounded—which are very basic requirements of our faith and good ministry, but we err if we stop with mercy only.

For system changing justice which is less prone to immediate gratification results, we have to question how the thirsty, hungry, naked, vulnerable and wounded got that way in the first place and then how also ask how we can prevent that from happening again and again.

Often deeply caring and motivated justice seekers are stymied when their ministry and actions are labeled political negatively. I recommend we embrace political in the same way Jesus embraced political: debating with those in power, putting compassion over policy whenever they conflicted, taking direct public action unmasking deeper challenges, training a core community to create a just world.

During these polarized times when the basic requirements of our faith are politicized, I’ve needed the accounts of Jesus to remind me of his refusal to dehumanize, of his commitment to stay in conversation with, and have meals with the opposition, and of how he modeled restorative justice to strengthen community leaving behind our practice of retributive justice.

Yep, I need Jesus to remind me that woven into my very baptism is the

commitment to justice that transforms everyone, including me, along the way.

Rev. Elder Troy Treash

Learn about MCC's Council of Elders

Rev. Keith Mozingo (Moderator)
Dean Coffey (Vice Moderator)
Kim Doneche (Clerk)
Ed Shaughnessy (Treasurer)
Roger Owens - Governance
Ina Serene - Trans* Unity
Martin Miny - Facilities
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.
Founders Metropolitan Community Church Address And Contact Info:

4607 Prospect Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027 | 323-669-3434
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