Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
March 03, 2020
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Finding our Way Home

Please plan to join your Agape family for the season of Lent as we find our way home.  Lent begins by hitting the pause button on life so that we can reflect on where we are and if this place feels like home. Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author and teacher, says that “to know what we belong to and what belongs to us” is to be home. In a world where the common state is too often detachment, isolation, and loneliness…homelessness is pandemic. So, after the pause, Lent invites us to change course, change our minds (literally the first words out of Jesus’ mouth in our scripture), engage, and set out. Guru Ram Dass teaches that “we’re all just walking each other home”. So, let’s go, the more the merrier and the sweeter the journey.    
 
March 01 Lent 1 “Failure”
March 08 Lent 2 “The Commitment”
March 15 Lent 3      “The Fire”
March 22 Lent 4      “Deep Sustenance”
March 29 Lent 5        Communion Breakfast in the Social Hall
April 05 Palm Sunday “Finding our Way Home”


Spring forward Sunday March 8th!
Wednesday, March 4th @ 6:30PM
Drumming gives us an experience where we can be free to connect with ourselves and others, in order to release, restore and heal. It is a universal language where all people can be a part, free from words and concepts so we can experience life with an open heart. We have drums and various instruments for you to select from or bring your own.

See you Wednesday!
G4G DFW + Trinity River Audubon Center
April 4, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
What: Help with habitat management.

When: Saturday, April 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Where: 6500 S Great Trinity Forest Way (A.K.A. 6500 S Loop 12), Dallas TX, 75217

Details:

Please use sunscreen or insect repellent as needed. Wear work clothes, sturdy shoes, and gloves. Consider wearing a dust mask if you’re bothered by weed pollen. Bring a water bottle.

Let Audubon staff know if you are allergic to poison ivy.

Plan to arrive at 6500 S Great Trinity Forest Way (A.K.A. 6500 S Loop 12) by 9:00am and meet us near the front entrance. We hope to finish by noon.

Afterwards, please join us for a late lunch at Griff’s Hamburgers in Pleasant Grove, 1150 S Buckner Blvd .

The mission of the Trinity River Audubon Center is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Security Team Request from the Board of Directors

Our Security Team continues training with the Forest Hill Police Department. We are eternally grateful to our volunteers who work incredibly hard at keeping us safe.

We want to clarify Agape's policy regarding guns on our campus. We do not allow open carry. We do allow concealed carry as long as the weapon remains concealed at a;; times while on our campus.

We would like to request that if you carry a concealed weapon to church and you would be interested in becoming part of a security response plan for an active shooter situation on campus, that you please notify our Security Team Lead, Lisa O'Grady. This information will remain confidential.

While we pray this situation never happens, it is unfortunate that we have to consider what to do in this type of scenario. Your cooperation is crucial to our Security Team's planning. Thank you.
New Tuesday Psychic Class Offerings with Jayme O'Donnell
7:00PM - 9:00PM
March 10 Mediumship Development

March 17 Psychic Development - Candle Wax readings

March 24 Mediumship Development

March 31 No class

April 07   No Class

April 14  Psychic Development - Clairvoyance

April 21  Mediumship Development

April 28  Psychic Development - Psychometry using jewelry
The participant fee is $20.00 per class. Jayme can take cash or credit card. The classes are posted on her website:  jaymepsychicmedium.com and meetup.com (Jayme Pyschic Medium Development Classes). Anyone is welcome to ask questions about the classes through Jayme's email:  jaymepsychicmedium@gmail.com .
Weekly Devotional - Rev. Teri Lubbers 03/21/2012
"Mindful Steps"

Jesus was a walker, not a rider. He took his sweet time. Those who wish to follow him more nearly might decide to take more of theirs too. A journey to Jerusalem is one way to follow his footsteps. So is walking anywhere, even around the backyard. While I am sure someone else has already thought of it, I would like to introduce the spiritual practice of going barefoot. This practice requires no props. You do not even have to be religious to do it. … You have everything you need to ground yourself in God. ~ Barbara Brown Taylor, “An Altar in the World”

I built a backyard labyrinth this past week, not as big as the one at Agape’, but it turned out pretty nicely. It has been a dream of mine for many years to have a labyrinth at home, available for daily practice. I dedicated it this morning – with the smoke of sage and sweet grass, with cornmeal, with water, and native flute music playing. I walked it a number of times until I could walk without hurry or affectation (or losing my balance!).  It’s very different than the hurried walk to cross a street before the light turns red, or the vigorous walk designed to get my heart rate up, or the impatient walk when the person in front of me is going slower than I want to go.  Most of the time, we aren’t paying attention to our walking. We tend to care over much about our destinations.  But what if we walked with attention?

Thich Nhat Hanh is well-known for teaching walking meditation. He reminds students they don’t have to set unrealistic goals like: “I will practice for an hour.” He encourages them to start with just one mindful step. He says that if you can take one peaceful step, you can probably take two or three or more.  Celebrate the spring equinox today by letting your feet kiss the earth with a few mindful steps.

Prayer: Spirit, slow my thoughts, slow my feet, open my heart. May peace have its way throughout this day. Amen.
March Birthdays
Mar 03 - Zachary Roberts
Mar 06 - Melisa Price
Mar 13 - Chris Kalish
Mar 13 - Sebastian Lotz
Mar 15 - Rachel Cox 
Mar 16 - Joe Rice
Mar 22 - Kaitlynn Rose Wolfer-Stephens
Mar 25 - Sandra Hardin
Mar 26 - Michael Stephens
Mar 29 - Denise LaRae
Order of Worship - March 8, 2020
Lent 2

The Gathering

Call to Worship: Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome: "Oceans" Community

Words of Welcome and Time of Greeting: Rev. Robert Myers

Time with our Children: Stephanie Lotz

A Response: "This Little Light of Mine" Community

A Time for Meditation

The Gospel Reading: John 3:1-3 Lisa O'Grady

Song of Response: "There is Only Love" Community

Time of Teaching: "The Commitment" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song: "Need You Now" Community

Community Prayer: Rev. Robert Myers

Response to the Prayer: "Need You Now" Community

Bringing Our Gifts: Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. David Wynn

Song of Sending Forth:   “Feels Like Home”  Community

Announcements and Benediction: Rev. David Wynn

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