This Week's News and Updates
July 09, 2019
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Culture Care
Rev. David Wynn
So, this last Sunday at our gathering I offered this question to add to our litany of questions that we are wrestling with in the day, maybe months, possibly years to come? It was, “How does being a Christian change the way you live?” It’s a big question…but I would dare to say not as big as the next question? “What is the hardest part of loving your neighbor as yourself?”

In my reading this week, I stumbled upon this quote from Jerry Falwell Jr. in a recent article by Peter Wehner, called The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity. Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, one of the largest Christian universities in the world, said this: “Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing ‘nice guys.’ They might make great Christian leaders but the United States needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government b/c the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps & many Repub leaders are a bunch of wimps!” I’m having a hard time loving this neighbor. 

In my lifetime there have always been undertones of what I’ve come to call the Christian Civil War. Too much of life feels like a battle zone to me and I’m getting weary of it. We just keep acting out and behaving in ways that would garner serious consequences if my children made those choices. And, we are in the midst of serious consequences aren’t we…deteriorating physical health, mental health, spiritual health, emotional health; rage, violence, overwhelm…we are having an epidemic of failing to thrive. Jesus would call us a damn mess and he’d be right. 

So, what do we do? Well we will talk about this on Sunday…there is a way to move from culture wars to culture care. The artist Makoto Fujimura describes it as “a commitment to grace, beauty, and creativity, not antipathy, disdain, and pulsating anger. It’s the difference between an open hand and a mailed fist.”

God bless the wimps for to them belongs the kin-dom of God…
Sprit Café will be taking a summer break. We will let you know when we are ready to resume activities!

My name is Sarah Frantz and I am a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology. I was born and raised in Fort Worth and now attend graduate school in New York City (The Graduate Center, City University of New York). I am writing to you because I am in town until mid-July working on my dissertation research and I feel fathers involved in your church, Agape' MCC, would be great participants for my study.

My research is on the ways in which societal expectations and gender norms impact how gay and straight fathers in North Texas and New York City raise their young children (2-10 year-olds). There is very little psychological research on fathers in general, but especially on gay fathers. From the research we do have, it is very clear that gay fathers are wonderful parents and their children are thriving. Unfortunately, bills have been passed recently in Texas that greatly limit the paths available for LGBTQ couples to become parents.

This study is social justice oriented and I hope to provide a voice for gay fathers while demonstrating their many unique strengths as parents. It includes a short interview and a survey. Total participation time is less than an hour and I can meet participants anywhere that is convenient for them. Additionally, every participant receives a $20 Amazon gift card as a thank you.
Summer Flex-Time Art Workshops now available!

Judy Hudson, Gnarly Grove Studio, will be presenting a series of Summer Flex-Time Art Workshops in the Agape' MCC Social Hall. Below are the workshop listings. Click on the class name for additional class and registration information.
3D Trees Class - July 09 and July 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Texture Sampler on Canvas Class - July 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Flowers Class - July 15 and July 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Underwater Class - July 18 and July 19 - 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Creating a Textured Canvas with Pastes and Cutouts
July 22, 2019 9:00 AM-4:00PM

Agape' MCC | 4615 E. California Parkway | Forest Hill, TX 76119
Prayer Following General Conference

Today we pray for all the pastors and leaders of Metropolitan Community Churches, especially those newly elected at General Conference. 

May they follow Jesus’ example of humble service. Help them to work together to see clearly the mission to which you have called MCC. Let them be examples of love in action as they maintain the life and harmony of our movement. Grant them a Spirit of bold trust, wisdom, patience, and insight.

Help us all to be thankful recipients of your many blessings, responding generously in all we do.

And, finally, remind us that we are accountable to you in all things great and small.

In all your names that we know, and all those we are yet to learn. Amen.

Retired Clergy
MCC Emerging Ministry Team

I have reached 100% of my goal for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk, for this, I am truly grateful. T he Susan G Komen Organization has a goal to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the US by 2026.

Their mission statement reads: “Save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.”

PLEASE continue to sponsor SGK by donating to my walk!

July Birthdays
07/03 Max Robert
07/04 Graeme Haub 
07/05 David Wynn
07/06 Tonya Reed
07/06 Kim Pena
07/17 Linda Gray
07/19 Lilia Orander-Cruz
07/21 Bailey Shackelford
07/29 Patti Stephens
Sunday - July 14, 2019

The Gathering - Media

Call to Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome - "Power of Your Love"

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn

Time of Greeting - Community

Time with the Children - Trish Ashton

Response - "This Little Light of Mine"

Song of Preparation- " You Are Mine"

Sacred Text - Luke 9:23-25 - Lisa O'Grady

Song of Response - "You Are Mine"

Time of Teaching - “Culture Care" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Fill Me Now"

Community Prayer - EJ Hudzina

Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "I Am"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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