Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
March 18, 2020
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Worship Services will be streamed live beginning Sunday, March 22.

We are suspending open worship gatherings until further notice; your health and safety are important to us as we navigate COVID-19 as a community. Please join us via Facebook Live for Sunday worship services beginning at 10:30AM. Just go to the Agape' Facebook page and click on the live feed when it pops up. Facebook Live is interactive so feel free to post comments while we worship online together.

We invite you to celebrate Communion with us during the service by using your own "unique elements" as a symbol of our common union even with our social distance. You can use tea with toast, bread with grapes , crackers with juice or even coffee with donuts....it is up to you.

Please remember to support our faith community financially as you are able either via Zelle or Simple Give. Our expenses will decrease but not completely go away. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness, your gifts are greatly appreciated.

As a final reminder, even though we will not gather physically together for awhile, we are deeply and spiritually connected to each other. Stay in contact with each other, continue to support each other as you always have and hold each other close in prayer.
Finding our Way Home

Please plan to join your Agape family online for the remainder of 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  -TBA
April 05 Palm Sunday - “Finding our Way Home”

Spirit Cafe' will be on break until further notice.
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.

Please check the G4G website for the current status of this event.
All March 2020 Psychic Class Offerings with Jayme O'Donnell have been cancelled.

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 12/05/2012

"We Never Know"

When we think that something is going to bring us pleasure, we don’t know what’s really going to happen. When we think something is going to give us misery, we don’t know. Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all…When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may be just the beginning of a great adventure. 
~Pema Chodron, “The Pocket Pema Chodron”

Sometimes our biggest obstacle in life can be thinking that we already know all we need to know, that we have it all figured out. When we are pretty sure that we have all the answers, we stop thinking about the questions, we stop wondering about the possibilities, and we stop growing.

People talk about suspending disbelief, but I think sometimes we need to suspend our beliefs – preconceptions – about how things are, how we are, how God is. Lots of people are looking for a messiah – someone who will rescue them from whatever seems threatening or impossible or not how it’s supposed to be – but we usually want the messiah to come in recognizable garb, and to meet our expectations. No one expected Jesus to come in the form of a vulnerable human child, but that’s how he showed up.

We don’t have to fear the unfolding of life if we remember that love and joy sometimes show up disguised as something else. We can make some breathing room around our expectations if we remember that God may be dreaming something for us that we haven’t yet dreamed for ourselves. We can let there be room for not knowing…room to be surprised…room to be in awe.   

Prayer: God, dream a new dream in me and let me hold lightly all that I think I know. 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
Streaming Worship - March 22, 2020
Lent 4

Opening Song

Call To Worship

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:13-18

Time of Teaching: "Deep Sustenance"

Community Prayer

Celebration of Holy Communion

Closing Song

Benediction/Blessing

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