Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
February 04, 2020

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“The Joy”
Rev. David Wynn

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
 -Oriah Mountain Dreamer


Y ou want to know something weird? I think Joy may scare me more than Sorrow. Joy is its own brand of letting go of control and absolutely requires presence. Do you think that Joy and Sorrow are two sides of the same coin? 

When I was “church hopping” as a child, I remember vividly, learning a song that included these lyrics, “weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning.” I had questions...why does joy come in the morning? Are we talking the very next day? How long does joy stay? Why is joy solar and weeping lunar? Of course I was being much too literal...but still. All the questions...let’s make more questions this Sunday! It will be joy-full! 

Tomorrow night is cancelled!
Due to the impending inclement weather, we have cancelled tomorrow night's Spirit Café.
Stay home, stay safe and stay warm!

New Tuesday Psychic Class Offerings
7:00PM - 9:00PM


Feb. 4 - Psychic Development - Ribbons Exercise
Feb. 11 - Mediumship Development
Feb.18 - Psychic Development - Auras, Color, and Chakras
No Class on February 25

The cost will be $20.00 per student. Jayme can take cash or credit card. The classes are posted on her website:  jaymepsychicmedium.com and meetup.com (Jayme Pyschic Medium Development Classes). Anyone is welcome to ask questions about the classes through Jayme's email:  jaymepsychicmedium@gmail.com .

ABOUT JAYME O'DONNELL (from her website)

Jayme first started communicating with angels when she was a child. As this was considered "odd", she learned to tune out her feelings and visions. Jayme was always curious about psychic and other metaphysical topics, reading and learning as much as she could. When she was in her late thirties, the feelings and visions came back with an irresistible strength. She needed help to control and accept the messages she was receiving, and long story short, she took some classes and joined a development circle. The leader of the circle was also a medium, and Jayme found that she had an affinity for connecting people to their deceased loved ones.

It has been a spiritual journey and continues to this day. She became a Reiki Master and started learning more about the energy that surrounds all living things. She continues to develop and grow by training at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Sciences (located in the UK), as well as other courses around the US.

Jayme believes that we are all born with psychic abilities and that we can discover and strengthen our own natural intuition. She would like to help people to develop their own abilities so they can live without so much fear, worry, and anxiety.

Learning to strengthen our own abilities can bring peace and joy and often brings clarity and meaning to our own lives. Living in a more conscience way is liberating and Jayme would like everyone to be able to experience the best possible life.
A special thanks to everyone who supported the
V.R. Eaton High School Drama Department's "Little Mermaid".
The show sold out two performances exceeding their target and was very close to selling out all four performances.

"Little Mermaid" Cast
V.R. Eaton High School
1350 Eagle Boulevard
Haslet, Texas 76052
Happy New Year Everyone!
 
Just a quick update from your security team. It’s been awhile due to holidays and personal events but we are back on track for 2020.
 
First, we are extremely proud to let you know that Sgt. Stokes has been promoted to Captain and even though he is spread a bit thinner these days, will continue to support us with training and valuable input. Members of the team will also continue studies and activities through AIMS Academy training at Cedar Valley College and with additional online tools offered through FEMA and A.L.I.C.E. programs.

With this new year we plan to begin involving everyone. You may have noticed the new locks on the inside sanctuary doors. There are mechanisms at the bottom of the doors leading into the sanctuary. Each of these has a second piece that can be quickly slid inside to bolt the door to the floor and render them much more difficult to open.

We ask that if you sit near one of these doors to please consider if you could act quickly to lock that mechanism if needed. If you do not sit near one of those doors, please consider if you would be willing change where you sit on Sundays to do so.
 
Over the next several weeks we will work to develop some type of notification system should it be necessary to alert the congregation of any danger. We feel that this will likely involve our sound booth crew making an announcement during service. Our sound booth monitors all security team activity during services on Sundays. They listen in on radio communications as the team monitors all doors and parking lot activity.

As we continue to train and work with Capt. Stokes we ask that you remember to allow the security team to welcome and be aware of any unfamiliar guests. Do not bring unknown individuals into the church without letting a security team member know. Above all, do not allow any persons asking for food, rides or money into the church. Be polite and ask someone to get a security team member immediately. Speak to them outside until we can assist.
 
Security team members on duty will be wearing silver name badges. Also, if you do not know the security team they are: Michael Stevens, Becca McDonell, Gary Haub, Trish Ashton, Phyl Sasser and Lisa O’Grady (Lead).
 
We ask that at any time you may see a member of the security team doing anything that you allow them to act without interference. Please do not question or distract them as they may possibly be handling a situation in order to keep it from escalating. The goal is to keep any potential danger out of the sanctuary and away from both the children and congregation. Members have been trained on how to handle visitors. Please kindly allow them to do so. If you feel that something is wrong just ask if everything is all right and do not get involved unless specifically asked to do so.
 
It is imperative that if you feel that something is wrong outside that you do not get up and go towards the potential danger. Again, the team would be doing their best to keep it away from you and out of the sanctuary or fellowship hall. Think of how you can best assist from where you are. In a bad situation, we will need your help from the inside to keep danger out – not to help allow it inside.
 
We will have more training on that soon.
 
In the meantime, look around. Note your exits. Note the people around you that may need assistance to get to safety in case of a tornado or get out of the building quickly. You may be the best person for that job. If you are a member of the church who is physically strong, be aware of the things near you that you might be able to move into a place to block someone. Be aware of anything at all that you can use as a weapon if needed. Note where fire extinguishers and first aid kits are.

I hope these things do not sound extreme but unfortunately these are the very things we need to think about given there are many troubled individuals in this world. We pray for them while we pray for the wisdom to provide for our own safety and happiness as well.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Ehlers Danlos Society .

Weekly Meditation - "Aura of Joy"
by Rev. Teri Lubbers (2009)


My observation is that the more expertise the so-called experts appear to have, the less joy they seem to experience, while those who are genuinely wise consistently have an aura of joy that permeates their being and radiates outward, impacting those around them. ~ Wayne Dyer, “Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling”

Have you ever found yourself in the company of someone whose very presence seems to pulse and emanate with joy? Their joy seems exuberant, extravagant and contagious. Their presence in a room feels like sunshine poking through the clouds, energizing and instilling hope. My guess is that Jesus was like that, and Buddha, and all the other men and women, teachers and poets, who remind us of the God within. Incorrigibly joyful people all.

Children frequently know more about joy than their adult counterparts. We can be too grown up for our own good, but children are great teachers and give us permission (and cover) to enter again into the world of joy, wonder and awe.

Life is more than expertise. Truth is, I don’t care how much you know, or what kind of expert you are, unless what you know brings more joy, mirth and love into the world we share. Wisdom and joy are soul mates…where you find one you will find the other…

Prayer: God, may my face be radiant with joy, my heart filled with love, my hands occupied with purpose, from morning till night. Amen.
February Birthdays
02/16 - Tru Edwards
02/18 - Kevin Harkins
02/23 - Lynne Fratt
02/27 - Julie Korek
02/27 - Paxton Roberts
Order of Worship - February
"Epiphany 6"

The Gathering

Call to Worship: Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome: "Oceans" Community

Words of Welcome and Time of Greeting: Rev. David Wynn

Time with our Children: Trish Ashton

A Response: "This Little Light of Mine" Community

A Time for Meditation

The Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:28-30 Ward Thulin

Song of Response: "There is a Longing" Community

Time of Teaching: "The Joy" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song: "Fill Me Now" Community

Community Prayer: Rev. Robert Myers

Response to the Prayer: "Fill Me Now" Community

Bringing Our Gifts: Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. David Wynn
"All Belong Here"

Song of Sending Forth:   “From This Very Place”  Community

Announcements and Benediction: Rev. David Wynn

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