This Week's News and Updates
July 23, 2019
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Various types of chicken will be provided.
Bring your favorite sides and deserts!
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.
Sweet Divinity, always present in history, we come into your Presence praying for your assistance.

Breath... breath as in the beginning of times among us, Holy Ruah, bringing new vitality, renewing the joy to serve, please cheer up the leadership and communities to continue ahead.

We have a lot to thank but there is still a lot to do.

Times of definitions and new horizons are yet to come.

Give us a vision enlightened by You, so we can find paths to reach our brothers and sisters where they are, even though changes may be scary and our world struggles through thousands of conflicts —financial, warfare, racism, segregation and more...

So that fear will not defeat us, and we shall not shut down our lives to others, and we may see in our neighbor a richness and a joy that contributes to me, not that subtracts.

So that in this new encounter may we say with a wholesome faith, “Holy Spirit and us!” (Acts 15:28) and not with the arrogance of those trusting more in their lobbies than in divine action.

May the Holy Ruah grant us the gift of meeting our neighbor as he, she is, with her, his own language, culture, pains, joys, flavors, music...

Holy Divinity, we believe in you, we hope in you, and most of all, we love you... this is the only acknowledgment possible for today, amidst a divided, troubled world... we love you, we love... that is enough, when said and sustained coherently within our lives.

Until that wonderful moment of a final meeting, Dear Divinity, we shall be loving.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

REV. GREGORIO TOBAR GUZMAN
Clergy at MCC Buenos Aires – C.A.B.A.


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!

August Birthdays
07/29 Patti Stephens
08/05 Sherri Spann
08/10 Lisa O'Grady
08/17 Ashleigh Wolfer-Stephens
08/19 Tammy Broaddus
08/28 Carrie Wynn
08/31 Barbara Brittain 

Sunday - July 28, 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- " Ancient Words"

Sacred Text - John 3:1-10 - Leigh Wolfer

Song of Response - "Ancient Words"

Time of Teaching - “Born Again" - Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Fill Me Now"

Community Prayer - Rev. Robert Myers

Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Sending Forth - "From This Very Place"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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