This Week's News and Updates
May 21, 2019
See highlights from last week's service by clicking here.
Pentecost is coming!  It is that season that reminds us that, while transformation is a marathon and not a sprint, there are certainly moments in time when we become aware of the fullness of Spirit that inhabits us and surrounds us...we understand that we belong. 

So don’t miss the beginning of Pentecost, June 9 ...we are beginning a summer series based on Barbara Brown Taylor’s new book “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others.” More details are coming next week! Save the date! 
MCC Moderator Town Hall Webinar Recordings

MCC General Conference will be held July 01-05, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. One of the major votes during this year's business meeting is to elect a new Moderator who will lead MCC into our future. We are asking for congregational input for this important election.

Below are the links to the three recorded candidate forums recently hosted by the Nominating Committee and links to their resumes. We are requesting that you please review these videos and documents. We will send out a survey in a couple of weeks allowing everyone a chance to review the candidate information. Our Lay Delegate, Kevin Harkins, will vote the will of our community at General Conference. Thank you in advance for your help, support and prayers.
(from left in alphabetical order)
Ms. Elizabeth Bisordi, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Rev. Elder Tony Freeman

Click on the candidate's name below to view the Meet the Candidate Town Hall Video.

23 April at 7pm EDT / 23:00 UTC
Click here to view resume'.

7 May 2019 7PM EDT / 23:00 UTC
Click here to view resume'.

30 April at 7pm EDT / 23:00 UTC
Click here to view resume'.

Wednesday May 15th is Centering Meditation !

Join us for an evening of meditation placing a strong emphasis on interior silence. This experience is for calming the mind, stilling the thoughts creating an opening for Spirit . See you tomorrow night at 7:00 in the Sanctuary!
Come Celebrate the end of the School Year!

End of School Luau
June 01, 2019 11:00AM - 2:00PM

We will have:
Waterslide Bounce House (bring your swimsuits and towels)
Organized games (kickball, basketball, dodge ball)
Snacks will be provided.
The Coalition For Aging LGBT is looking for a fresh idea in volunteers. We are looking for one more person to represent Agape' MCC on the Social Engagement Committee. The committee meets once a month, in addition, there are scheduled monthly events. If you think if you think you would be interested, we are having a meet and greet: it's free, it's fun and we welcome everyone that is interested in helping our seniors!

Volunteer Event:     Volunteers ...Out & About for LGBT seniors! 
                                        Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm 
                                         Chadra Mezza Grill
1622 Park Place Avenue
Fort Worth, TX. 76110
817/926-3992
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.
God of all mercy and kindness,

I call for your help amidst my struggles…

Many things can hurt, make me faint and make me will not to go on,

—I can see my brothers and sisters suffer from a loss or an illness…

—I can see many couples with difficulties in their relationships…

—I can see governments closing their eyes before the rights for everyone…

—I can see how insecurity and climate issues are the everyday bread in the news…

—I can see people losing their faith because they can’t find a reason for all this…

I acknowledge I do not have all the answers, but I want to cuddle in your arms, listen to your heartbeat and be calm.

Help me trust and be patient, in spite of my reasons not to be.

I want to listen. Help me hope in you.

Amen.


Prayer submitted by:

DAVID MONGE
Interim Lay Pastoral Leader
Casa de Luz MCC
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 



Lisa has raised 100% of her goal!
Thank you to everyone who sponsored Lisa.

May Birthdays
May 03 - Judy Hudson
May 07 - Mark Vega
May 16 - Helen Smith
May 23 - Teresa Mallott 
May 29 - Candy Davidson
May 31 - Tyler Spence

Sunday - May 19, 2019

Call to Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome - "Lifesong"

Welcome and Greeting - Rev. David Wynn

Time with the Children - Trish Ashton

Response - "This Little Light of Mine"

Song of Preparation- " Need You Now"

Gospel Reading - John 5:1-9 - Lisa O'Grady

Song of Response - "Need You Now"

Time of Teaching - “The Blame Game" - Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Fill Me Now"

Community Prayer - EJ Hudzina

Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "We Are Called"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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