This Week's News and Updates
May 07, 2019
One Voice. One Light. One Love for Justice

For too long Texas politicians have chipped away at rights that allow all Texans access to a full and flourishing life. Now is the time for people of all faiths to come together and tell Texas leaders to stop attacking...
LGBTQ Texans ....  Immigrants .....  Women ... All God’s children

Join us at the Texas Capitol as we raise our voices for justice and equality.

People of all faiths and no faith are welcome.

Schedule for Thursday May 9th:

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Gather at First United Methodist Church (1201 Lavaca St)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
March to Capitol

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rally at Capitol West Steps



Wednesday May 7th is Game Night!
Join us for an evening of snacks, fun and laughter. See you tomorrow night at 7:00 in the Social Hall!
Art on the Greene Arts Festival

Judy Hudson has cancelled her booth at Arts Festival next weekend due to a death in her family. Please hold Judy and her family in love and prayer.

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!
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.
May is Eastertide and the season of Resurrection continues. Therefore, I offer this prayer:

Resurrected One, celebrate with us in this season of Easter as we bear witness to the empty tomb that could not contain the resurrection power of Christ. Help us to know that, even today that same Spirit of Resurrection has the power to raise us from the places and circumstances that would try to contain us and box us in. Give us a vision that offers new life, new hope and new possibilities. Grant us a deep sense of peace as we face each day, fresh and new, knowing that in You all things are made new, even ourselves.

Living One who lives within us, bless us with the courage to claim Your passion for life, even when times are difficult. Lead us to proclaim a Risen Christ that quietens our doubt and causes us to rise again and again to say, with conviction, Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen, Indeed. Hallelujah.

And, at the end of this day, every day, let us return to the reality of our Eastertide faith. Let us live into your love that is promised through an empty tomb, leaving behind and letting go of the fears, hurts and pains that reside in the darkness, that we might step into the light of the new dawn before us.

God of Resurrection restore us again and again, that we might dream dreams, and affirm our faith in a Christ who is embodied in us, claiming us as Your very own, made in Divine likeness and with a power within to transform our world; that heaven might come on earth.

This we make real, not in the AMEN of a prayer, but in the conviction of our Easter faith.


Prayer submitted by:

REV. DR. NEIL CAZARES-THOMAS
Senior Pastor
Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ

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 97% of her goal! Let's push her over the top!!!

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

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 12, 2019

Call to Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome - "Sing Over Me"

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 - Acts 9:36-43 - Leigh Wolfer

Song of Response - "Need You Now"

Time of Teaching - “Let It Go" - Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Fill Me Now"

Community Prayer - Rebecca McDonell

Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "Lifesong"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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