This Week's News and Updates
June 18, 2019
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Embodied
By Rev. David Wynn

I am playing loose and free today on this Sunday teaser by crediting myself for writing it…there is only one thing I want to say and it’s a quote. Gandhi gets all the credit…

―  Mahatma Gandhi on Christianity:  


“Don't talk about it. The rose doesn't have to propagate its perfume. It just gives it forth, and people are drawn to it. Live it, and people will come to see the source of your power.”

See you roses on Sunday!
Social Closed This Sunday!

This coming Sunday Judy Hudson will be teaching her final day of a 4 day Art Class in the Social Hall from 9:00AM until 4:00PM. We will be hosting our normal coffee, snacks and social time in the Narthex area of the Sanctuary in order to not interrupt the creativity in the Social Hall.

The Social Hall restrooms will be accessible before and after church. We ask that if you go into the Social Hall to access the restrooms, please do so quietly. We thank you in advance for your understanding and support of our resident artist.
Sprit Café will be taking a summer break. We will let you know when we are ready to resume activities!

There will be a brief Heart to Heart discussion after our breakfast.

Calling all helpers...

Janna's family has set up a CaringBridge page where you can sign up for specific time shifts to go and sit with Janna, advocate for Janna, and help her as needed. There are several time slots we need help with:

6am-10am
10am-2pm
2pm-6pm
6pm-10pm

When you get to the CaringBridge site, click on the "Ways to Help" link in the purple area. Once there, select "Visit the Planner" to see the calendar and the time slots available. Select the time slot you can volunteer to help out and then fill out the form with your information.

They are now at the Bridgemoor Transitional Care facility beginning their long road to recovery. Pat and Janna both need their village right now, so please help if you are able. Thank you in advance for your help, prayers and support.

Click here to sign up on CaringBridge.
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.
Helping Hands


Samaritan House Supper Club




Hola!

I wanted to take a few moments and share a little bit about Samaritan House Supper Club opening the invitation to anyone interested in spreading the blessings. I have had the opportunity and privilege to carry on Kathy Munn's legacy and it has been an honor. I'd like to share in this experience with you. 

Agape' Samaritan House supper Club is every 2nd Friday of the month from 5 to 6:30pm. We serve pizza, dessert, chips and sometimes fruit. Food is provided all we need are individuals to serve food, spread love, smiles and acceptance. Normally there is extra food so we can sit and mingle with the residents, which they so enjoy. 

We all have an area where we can serve and if you feel you are being lead to share your spark, I'd love to serve beside you. Please reach out to me either by phone or email, if this sounds like something you would be interested in doing.

Thank you,

Rebecca D. McDonell
817/495-1562
rdmcdo1@yahoo.com

Click here to learn more about Samaritan House.
Prayer for General Conference

The joy of God is your strength ~ Nehemiah 8:10
Joy comes in the morning ~ Psalm 30

O God,

As we enter this 27th General Conference of Metropolitan Community Churches, we have many things to be grateful for and celebrate.

  • We give thanks for and celebrate the life and witness of The Rev. Elder Troy Perry. His founding vision continues to change our world, save and restore lives, and keep hope alive.

  • We give thanks for and celebrate the courage and conviction of MCC leaders and congregants in places as far separated as Missouri and Melbourne, yet united in their service to a love that knows no bounds.

Though we continue to face many challenges in our individual contexts and as a movement of faith, help us also to continue to hold to this truth: You are with us even until the end of the world, and in all things you work for good.

Be with us and work for good as we gather in Orlando. Help us to be mindful of the voices and contexts that will be crying out from afar to those with the privilege of coming together in one place. 

Joy comes in the morning, says the Psalmist ~ after the night’s work, after the willingness to engage the issues and challenges that have been our burden to carry. --- May every decision rendered be born of your will for truth prevailing, for just and right relationship, for courage in working through and casting out all forms of prejudice and supremacy.

You made us, O God, we belong to you. Guide our every thought, word and deed to reflect that truth. May we find our strength and promise in celebrating your power to restore and renew.

We make this prayer, trusting in the name and the example of Jesus the Christ. +Amen  


REV. ELDER PAT BUMGARDNER
Council of Elders
Metropolitan Community Churches
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!

June Birthdays
June 03 - Rayne Reagan
June 07 - Rebecca McDonell
June 08 - Jackson Wynn
June 11 - Michele Kingston
June 11 - Erik Campbell
June 18 - Marcus Howard
June 19 - Michael Lummus
June 20 - Noah Nerio
June 21 - Alice Davidson
June 24 - Leigh Wolfer
Sunday - June 23, 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 - Luke 8:26-39 - EJ Hudzina

Song of Response - "Ancient Words"

Time of Teaching - “Embodied" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Fill Me Now"

Community Prayer - Kevin Harkins

Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Sending Forth - "We Are Called"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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