This Week's News and Updates
November 13, 2018
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Good Deeds Wednesday Gatherings
GraceGraysGoodDeeds and Agape' MCC, began celebrating Good Deeds by making blankets for children and families in need and creating Christmas Cards (pictured here) to give out to our neighbors and friends. Please join us for a time of fun and creativity every Wednesday in November.
Click here to visit gracegraysgooddeeds website.
" Are We Ready? "
Rev. David Wynn

As a species we pastor’s run across certain stories in our sacred novel that we would rather not address. In our lectionary for each week there are at least four passages that we can choose to teach from and we trend toward the ones that are “lighter”, more inspirational, easier to “wrestle” with and just more palatable for human consumption. However, if we are always leaving out the teachings that trigger us in some way, because they suggest that the things we need to be permanent are not permanent, or they play a little to free and easy with our sense of safety and control…then real life and transformation are not possible. Sigh…Jesus did not shy away from the difficult conversations, so here we go. 

This week we are tackling a Jesus teaching about the destruction of the Temple. The Temple is the place that represents the deep connection between God and the people. It is supposed to be the place of peace, justice, love, tolerance, and compassion. It’s supposed to be forever. And yet, Jesus says, “everything will be torn down.” It’s part of a group of lessons that are called apocalyptic. It sounds ominous, because it is! There will be destruction on a world scale; political unrest, natural disasters, and persecution of communities get invoked. Sound familiar?

It all sounds and feels bleak. And yet, Jesus says, “this is only the beginning of the labor pains.” Apparently, these apocalyptic events can be creative, productive, necessary even for us to realize that it is time for something new to be born. Are we ready? What is our role in the birthing? Can we stand in the gap between suffering and hope? Are we really ready? See you Sunday! 


Movie Night



Join us for "Polar Express" movie night.

December 8, 2018 at 6:00PM

Wear your favorite PJs and we will provide the hot chocolate!
Your Agape Security Team met on Saturday November 3 rd to review what we have already done and plan for the coming months. Lisa O will be meeting with the BOD soon to share a presentation that she created with information gained from church safety seminars. With BOD approval this presentation will be shared and discussed with congregants at a later date.

Some reminders – we ask that once service begins on Sundays that travel between the church and Fellowship Hall ceases (with the exception of the Sunday School teachers and students going over and coming back later for communion). This is s that we can keep access to the church and Fellowship Hall at a minimum for our safety.

Your security team is doing what we can to keep our eyes and ears open while we are at church but we constantly need your help as well. Your eyes and ears are also extremely important! PLEASE say something to a security team member or BOD member if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary while on church property. It is better for us to safely check it out than ignore it.

An important reminder for security, BOD and ALL church members – never confront a suspicious individual or individuals on church property. You should immediately let security/BOD know and go to a safe spot. Security will call 911 so the FHPD can handle the situation. 

More next time!

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Agape Grief Support Group

The Grief Group will meet Thursday November 29 at 6:30 in the Social Hall.

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Please join us for a special presentation...

Shining a Light on Depression and Despair

Presented by the Harris Foundation and Family Connection of Tarrant County

Guest Speaker: Sharon Herrera of LGBT SAVES

Please make a note of the new date!
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 11:30AM

Where:
Agape MCC Sanctuary
4616 E. California Parkway
Forest Hill, TX 76119
Are you missing your paper copy of the Dallas Voice? Since they no longer provide copies to our church supporting green initiatives, here is the link to sign up for the Dallas Voice Blast sent out each Friday.

Click here to sign up now.
Let's Go to the Parade of Lights!
Come join Agape' MCC as we attend the Fort Worth Parade of Lights together on Sunday, November 18th. We will meet 3:15 at Farrington Field and walk together to the parade route.

Farrington Field
1501 University Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76107
God of many names, you called MCC into being.

You whispered in that "still, small voice in the mind's ear" to Reverend Troy Perry, calling forth an audacious, outrageous vision of what your will looks like, when it is done on earth. A new faith movement was born and thousands of us have been transformed because of it.

Now we, your faithful people, stand in a liminal space. We cannot go back to how things were and we do not yet know what you are calling us on to be.

In our Easter Saturday waiting and uncertainty, we trust in the power and hope of Jesus's resurrection story.

We pray particularly at this time for the Moderator Nominating Committee as they guide us all through the process to find our next Moderator, and for all those who will participate in it. May the Holy Spirit bless them with wisdom and grace.

Amen.

Prayer submitted by:

REV. ELDER CECILIA EGGLESTON
Radstock, England
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January 5, 2019 5:00-7:00PM "Fun with Clay"

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Kids AND adults love creating with clay. You’ll be using air dry clay (each person will receive a one pound package) and provided tools and assistance. The clay objects you form can be taken home to finish drying and be painted. 


Class Fee: $75 which includes one adult and one child eight years or older.

Click Here to Register


November Birthdays
  • 11/02 Carl Lane
  • 11/12 Mark Howell
  • 11/13 Cynthia Esparza
  • 11/14 Paul Wolfer-Stephens
  • 11/17 EmmaLeigh Roberts
  • 11/17 Melody Remington
  • 11/25 Gail Gore
  • 11/30 Zoie Edwards
Sunday - November 18, 2018

Call to Worship - Tibetan Bowl

Morning Meditation - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Intention - "For Everyone Born"

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn

Time of Greeting - Community

Time With Our Children - Trish Ashton

Response - This Little Light of Mine

Song of Preparation - "Word of God Speak"

Gospel Reading - Mark 13: 1-8 EJ Hudzina

Song of Response - "God Is Holding Your Life"

Time of Teaching - "Are We Ready?" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Be Still"

Community Prayer - Kevin Harkins

Prayer Response - "Be Still"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "The River Is Here"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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