This Week's News and Updates
May 1st, 2019
See highlights from last week's service by clicking here.
May 1st - 7:00 to 7:30
Healing Service in the Agape Sanctuary
(Coffee, cookies and conversation afterwards)

"Hear my soul's prayers for rest, O God, hear my heart's plea for healing."

**Bishop Steven Charleston**

The Beloved Community is a healing community and your presence matters. Please plan to set aside thirty minutes on May 1st, 7:00 to 7:30 pm to join your spiritual community for a healing gathering.
If you cannot get to Agape, join us in Spirit and offer prayers, meditation, chants, songs, readings, drumming or whatever connects you to your source from where you are. We are stronger together!
Art on the Greene Arts Festival

Our own Judy Hudson will have a booth at the 8th Annual Art on the Greene Art Festival.

May 10-12, 2019, Richard Greene Linear Park once again plays host to this annual event that attracts over 10,000 festival goers and art lovers.

Richard Greene Linear Park is located in the Entertainment District of Arlington and is nestled between AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park and the new Texas Live! Voted BEST Outdoor Festival in Arlington, this FREE to attend public event is one you don't want to miss.

Art on the Greene features up to 100 local, regional and national artists selling one of a kind hand made creations in one of fourteen different mediums. From ceramic to wood turning, you will find booth after booth of quality affordable art to purchase.
While in attendance enjoy live entertainment from one or all eleven bands performing all weekend on our main stage.

As always we have a great selection of food vendors offering up good tasting festival food for you to enjoy. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.
Mark you calendars and make your plans to attend!

Admission and parking is FREE.

Click on the event link and let us know your are going!
G4G Dallas-Fort Worth  DFW National Cemetery
Who: G4G Dallas-Fort Worth + DFW National Cemetery

What:  Cleaning headstones and helping with other preparations for the Memorial Day remembrance service.

When:  Saturday, May 25th, 9am - 12pm


Additional Details: Please meet at the administration building by 9am. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and prepare to get dirty. Afterwards, join us for a late lunch at Tachito’s Mexican Restaurant.

The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery  was dedicated and opened for burials on May 12, 2000. The cemetery is situated on a parcel of land that overlooks Mountain Creek Lake. Burial in a national cemetery is open to all members of the armed forces who have met their active duty service requirement.

We look forward to seeing you!

Team G4G Dallas-Fort Worth


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A.L.I.C.E.  

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The main objective of the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) program is to provide options increasing chances of survival during an “Active Shooter on Campus” emergency.   It is designed to be an enhancement to the standard “lockdown” system used for emergency situations.

Our Security Team will be providing additional training soon to our community customizing our response and defining roles during any perceived threat on our campus.

Thank you to our Security Team for the many ways you care for our community and keep us safe.













Essence of all forms of life,
Never-ending Source of Peace,
Our divinity,
Matrix of Love:
 
Your eyes saw our unformed bodies;
We are Your almond tree in bloom.
 
How can we not believe that You sent Christ to us?
Just as You are in the Christ and the Christ in You,
we are also in both.
 
What You have joined together, Divine Wonderful Uniqueness
no human decree can separate.
 
We ask You only to remind us
that our separation is only a dream.
We ask You to be able
to take Your hand as we return home
because we go together;
because You love us so much
that You only remind us
that we walk together,
and You expect us to bring Your light
to this world that fear has stripped
off love, life and hope.
 
We long to wake up from the dream
and recall that separation
never existed; nor between You and us
neither between us and ourselves
though we insist so much on crucifying ourselves.
 
Thank you for your redemption gifts
And for the strength you give us
to not fall
into temptation
to forget, to ignore
the legions of marginalized
the condemned of the earth:
the family stigmatized and wounded by its diversity;
the swarm of migrants and refugees
demanding a piece of dignified life;
the illegitimate, the illegal ones, those imprisoned for the opprobrium;
the anonymous murdered women who do have a name that burns us;
the children of the streets, little apostles of forgiveness;
the political prisoners of unbridled power, martyrs of the crazed world;
teachers and students, peasants and workers enslaved and missing;
miners trapped in the guts of insane greed;
youths exploited and objectified without modesty;
elderly people turned invisible, unquantifiable pain.
Long and partial list of brothers and sisters so close
never oblivious.
 
Do not let us
deny them a place
on Your table
where everyone can fit
where there is also bread crumb
and sweet wines
Do not let us
feel any bit superior than all of them,
cleaner
better and worthy
more educated and deserving
because
if we were not actually One
we should not be able
to take a place at Your table
knowing
so many are still missing
with whom to share
with whom to smile together
 
We might have forgotten
that we are Your offspring
that we are brothers, family, one.
But You do not neglect us
As there is no amnesia that You do not understand
neither sadness that You do not know, nor love that You may ignore
no tears that You do not value
or pain that You do not mourn.
 
Beyond all dreams
There You Are
Your Holiness is ours.
Father, Mother
Son, Daughter, Spirit
All in One
Your Voice calls us to go home
Our gratitude
joy, holiness, healing
are our humble gifts
—lilies of forgiveness.
 
Grant us
to forget it all
but realizing
You are here.
 
Amen.

Prayer submitted by:

ENRIQUE ZENTENO LÓPEZ
Lay Pastoral Leader for the ICM Libres por Amor (Free by Love MCC - www.icmlibresporamor.com ) at Puebla, México. He leads the LibreSoy ( www.libresoy.mx ) Community Broadcast Project, associated with Beacon of Hope Ministries from Clearwater, Florida, now also joined by the Virtual American MCC for Mexico and Latin America; he is launching the Hermanitos ( hermanitos.org lilbrothers.org ) fund to support breakfast and meals for poor children living in the streets of Puebla. He serves as a volunteer translator and interpreter for MCC, and has been a member since 1982. He is a and a freelance graphic artist and communication consultant since 1974.

Dear Agape Family,

I wanted to tell you about a big challenge I’m taking on this fall. I have committed to walk 60 miles (yes, really!) over the course of three days in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day. Those of you who know me well know that there must be a really good reason that I would volunteer to exercise this much, and there is. It’s to raise money for a cause that’s very near and dear to my heart, to help end breast cancer.

Breast cancer has been a part of my life since last August when I was diagnosed. I underwent surgery in August to have a spot removed and later had radiation treatment to help make sure it won’t return. Since then I have been on hormone blocking medication that I will have to take for at least another five years - but more likely for the rest of my life.

I am very lucky in that my form of cancer was very treatable and that I caught it very early. I am so thankful! But I look around and nearly every day I hear about someone else. Many are not as lucky as I am and I know I have to do something now to raise awareness and try to help. So this is for them …and this is for me, because I am alive and so very thankful.  

I’ll be lacing up my tennis shoes, going on training walks, and most importantly, asking for money! It is your donations that will help fund the research and the treatment that will make a difference. I’m not used to asking for money, this is not for me. This is for all who are fighting the battle.

The 3-Day is not until November, but my goal is to raise the minimum $2,300 (or more!) before then, so I’m getting started now. You can help! Click the link at the end of this email to go to my personal fundraising webpage, or see me and I’ll make sure you get a donation form. (Or you can call 800-996-3DAY and the nice people at the 3-Day can take your donation over the phone.)

This is a huge deal for me and that is why I’m asking for help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Love,
Lisa O’Grady 

May Birthdays
To Be Announced Next Week
Blessing in the Chaos

To all that is chaotic in you, Let there come silence.

Let there be a calming of the clamoring,
a stilling of the voices that have laid their claim on you,
that have made their home in you;

that go with you even to the holy places, but will not let you rest,
will not let you hear your life with wholeness or feel the grace that fashioned you.

Let what distracts you cease. Let what divides you cease. Let there come an end to what diminishes and demeans, and let depart all that keeps you in it's cage.

Let there be an opening into the quiet that lies beneath the chaos, where you find the peace you did not think possible

and see what shimmers within the storm.

Jan Richardson
Sunday - May 5th, 2019


Call to Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome - "Gather Us In"

Welcome and Greeting - Rev. David Wynn

Time with the Children - Trish Ashton

Response - "This Little Light of Mine"

Song of Preparation- " There is Only Love"

Gospel Reading - John 21:1-19 (MSG) - Lynn Fratt

Song of Response - "There Is Only Love"

Time of Teaching - “Do You Agape Me?" - 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. Robert Myers
Song of Sending Forth - "Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing)"

Announcements and Benediction - Rev. David Wynn
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