This Week's News and Updates
May 28, 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! 

You are invited to wear something red to the Pentecost service Sunday, June 9th.
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 29th is ...

Game Night!

Bring your favorite games and join us for fun filled night of laughter and maybe a bit of competitive spirit!
See you tomorrow night at 7:00PM in the Social Hall.
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

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L ockdown

I nform

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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.
A Prayer for MCC

With our hands lifted up before you Eternal Creator and our spirits in celebration for the 50 years of faithfulness that you have demonstrated towards your Queer Tribe, we pray for the Universal Fellowship of the Metropolitan Community Churches.  

Let the Islands sing praises to you as Puerto Rico gives thanks to the God who is greater than the storm. May La Republica Dominicana and Haiti join hands and dance to you as Cuba bella opens her doors to welcome your love and grace. From the majestic mountains of Monterey, to the musical praises of Guadalajara, through the indigenous blood of Puebla, may Lindo Mexico sing Dios es fiel. São Paulo cries glory and Rio de Janeiro dances before you! Let Brazil rise to declare seu amor é eterno. Let Argentina and Chile join in lifting your name to the nations. Latin America declares that you have been good!

We pray for our mother Africa and for our sisters and brothers in the churches of Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Renew in them strength oh God that they may sustain the hardship of persecution. Olodumare descend upon them. Ori be with them. Bring the ancestors to them, so that they may find the strength in themselves to enter the Cosmo and bring forth an African spirituality that will give liberation to your Queer People. We pray for them oh Lord.

Lift high the Philippines as they exalt your name on their lips and flow in your love. May their churches to continue to grow. We pray for Australia and New Zealand, bring life to their ministries and bless them with the love of your Son Jesus. We pray that your work will grow in South Korea. That all of Europe will join in the movement of God’s Queer tribe and that the United States and Canada continue to join with the other queer saints to declare that you have been faithful these 50 years. We pray for our founder, the Rev. Troy Perry, that you bless him with health and allow him to continue to see the fruit of his labor. We pray for the Elders of our Church, that you give them wisdom in their guidance. Bless the Metropolitan Community Churches around the world and empower us to bring the message of inclusion, liberation, and love to the entire earth. Alleluia.

In your name we pray. Amen.

Prayer submitted by:

TANLEY RAMOS, Associate Pastor
Joy Metropolitan Community Church
Orlando, Florida, USA

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
May 29 - Candy Davidson
May 31 - Tyler Spence
June 03 - Rayne Reagan
June 07 - Rebecca McDonnell
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 02, 2019

The Gathering - Media

Scripture Reading - John 17:1; 20-23 - Barbara Britain

Song of Welcome - "Lifesong"

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- " Need You Now"

Time of Teaching - “We Belong" - 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 - "For Everyone Born"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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