This Week's News and Updates
July 30, 2019
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Celebration of Life

  - In Loving Memory of -

Carolyn Marie Acton
September 27,1949 - July 23, 2019

Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm
606 West Airport Freeway
Irving, TX 75062


Click here  to view Carolyn's obituary.
We are in need of a few folks to help re-arrange the social Sunday after church. Favored Hospitality will be having their final State facility inspection Monday August 5th and we would like to make sure everything is set up correctly for the inspection. This should not take longer than about 30 minutes.

Thank you in advance for your help! Favored Hospitality is a new special needs adult care organization who will be leasing the Social Hall Space weekdays.
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.
God of Diversity, Universal One,
All our cultures and nations are created in Your image
We cry out to you in languages spoken, signed, and written,
We cry out to you in the painted image and the sound of music,
And you receive it all in love.

Grant that we may see You in everyone around us
In the languages and cultures we inhabit, and in the ones we don't understand,
In the people we agree with, and those we disagree with or fear,
In the heart of every spirit on our glorious world.

Grant that we may learn to share You with one another
In word and deed, thought and action,
So that together we can bring about the New Realm you promised,
Where the lion lies down with the lamb
The stranger is welcomed with open arms
And the children live without fear.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

REV. KATE HARFORD 
University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead 
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.
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
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 - August 04, 2019

The Gathering - Media

Call to Worship - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Welcome - "Shine on Us"

Words of Welcome - Rev. Robert Myers

Time of Greeting - Community

Time with the Children - Trish Ashton

Response - "This Little Light of Mine"

Song of Preparation- " Word of God Speak"

Sacred Text - Genesis 11:1-9 and John 14:1-4 - EJ Hudzina

Song of Response - "Word of God Speak"

Time of Teaching - “Divine Diversity" - Rev. Robert Myers

Centering Song - "God Is Holding Your Life"

Community Prayer - Kevin Harkins

Prayer Response - "God Is Holding Your Life"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

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

The Sending Forth - Rev. Robert Myers
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