This Week's News and Updates
January 23, 2019
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Board Retreat 2019

Rev. Wynn and the Board of Directors had a great retreat last weekend at the Shooting Star Ranch in Red Oak. During the retreat we elected our officers and filled the At Large Board Positions:

Elected Officers:
Cassy Batts - Vice Moderator
Leigh Wolfer - Clerk
Lisa Davenport - Treasurer

At Large Positions:
Church Records - Melisa Price
Contracts/Special Projects - Amy Ashton
Property/Risk Management - Ward Thulin, EJ Hudzina

We were able to achieve all our goals for the retreat which included scheduling the 2019 calendar, leadership training, visioning for our community's future, reviewing property maintenance needs and much more.

The purpose of our Board Retreat is to gather in a place that is free of distractions providing an environment where we can set our intentions for the weekend and remain focused on our work. This has become an important spiritual renewal and self-care ritual for the Board that strengthens our connection to the Agape' Community. Serving Agape' MCC is a deep honor for each one of us.

Thank you to everyone who participated in service last Sunday allowing us this much needed time away. Namaste.
Drumming Circle! - Wednesday
January 23, 2019 - 7:00 pm

This Wednesday evening get-together will a drumming circle celebrating the new Blood Wolf Moon. Bring your drums, rattles or your favorite noise makers and be ready for a time of celebration and spiritual connection!

Pot Luck Sunday
January 27, 2019

Bring your favorite soup and/or deserts!  
Red Tie Reception

The Coalition for Aging LGBT has so much to celebrate! Our housing guide is officially published and ready to help our aging LGBT community find housing that celebrates our unique needs! We also have lots of love coming in from all of you, so in honor of love, all the way around, we invite you to a Valentine's-themed:
 
Red Tie Reception
Feb. 9, 2019 from 4-7pm
Hurst Convention Center
 
Dance, drag show, and raffle prizes!

Please follow the link to our free eventbrite invitation by hitting the button, marked, "Secure Tickets."  
Holy One, Author of Life,
Creator of Shalom,
yearning for connection with us
even when we turn away,
Messenger of Peace
Harbinger of Hope
Witness for Joy
Pure Love.
 
We come to you again,
knowing yet often forgetting You never leave us,
not so much needing to ask You for what we need
but to accept the extravagance
You never stop bestowing,
continuously calling to us
calling on us
to be all You have created,
are creating.
 
Your forgiveness for our failures
knows no bounds,
overcoming our sometimes stingy view
of human shortcomings—
we pray to be more merciful
to others and ourselves,
to be healers
more than success seekers on worldly terms,
to be caring
in a world desperate for tenderness,
to listen
more than adding to the cacophony
surrounding permeating deafening
us.
 
May we know that Your Body
the whole of Creation
is blessed:
every molecule, cell, stone, mountain
creature human and not,
tree and bush,
river and sea
wind and sun and rain
lightning thunder
season tide—
each breath we say we take—
is Your gift
freely bestowed.
 
We thank You for diversity
knowing that we
and each
face foot hand head muscle
genital leg tooth tongue corpuscle
root limb leaf twig
pollen petal
granite pebble
drop and cascading falls
Jew Muslim Christian
Hindu Sikh Buddhist pagan
atheist agnostic
is not only blessed
but more
bearing Your love
life beauty
to all
for all,
whom You endlessly seek to unite
in living tapestry
without end.
 
Amen. Ashe. So may it be.
 
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
REV. DR. ROBIN HAWLEY GORSLINE
Writer-Theologian in Residence at MCCDC
January Birthdays
  • 01/01 - Gay Broaddus
  • 01/07 - Angela Lawler
  • 01/16 - Missy Roberts
  • 01/17 - Makenna Ashton
  • 01/26 - Gary Haub
  • 01/30 - Ward Thulin
  • 01/31 - Robert Myers
Sunday - January 27, 2019
Call to Worship - Media

Opening Song - "Oceans"

Welcome and Greeting - Rev. David Wynn

Time wih the Children - Trish Ashton

Gospel Reading - Luke4: 14-21

Song of Response - "Down to the River to Pray"

Time of Teaching - "Everyday Epiphanies" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "In the Secret"

Community Prayer

Prayer Response - "In the Secret"

Bringing our Gifts - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion

Song of Sending Forth - "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever"

Announcements and Benediction - Rev. David Wynn
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