This Week's News and Updates
September 17, 2019
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The Curious Church
Rev. David Wynn
 
So, this past Sunday we were practicing the spiritual tenet of Novelty. It's part of a series we are exploring about how we tap into Rebel Spirituality. To do this we had an improv liturgy of sorts. We put all of the pieces of our typical service into a box and drew them out one by one engaging each part in a unique order. The very first element to come out of the box...the sermon. It was surprisingly unsettling for this self avowed control freak pastor. I wasn't ready yet! As it turns out it gave me a chance to begin to engage the next aspect of rebel spirituality...curiosity. Why? I knew the potential for an early sermon was there but I underestimated how all the things that happen before the sermon give me a sense of being ready to preach. The sermon was a record breaking 6 minutes and 20 seconds long...or short. More why questions came up, and more chances to be curious. Where was my discomfort coming from? Why was it difficult to do something different? Why did it feel more vulnerable than usual? Why do I resist vulnerability in some cases and not others? Curiosity is an orientation...a chance to engage our days with wonder and find new ways of being in the world. What does a curious church look like? If we get really curious about why we do what we do and how we do it...well, that's a question to finish on Sunday.
See you Sunday!
Sprit Café meets tomorrow night.
 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 7:00pm.

Wednesday is Game Night!
Bring your favorite games and we will provide the snacks.
Rev. Elder Troy Perry, MCC's Founder, is photographed in full clergy robes in 2008 (left) and 2019 at General Conference (right). The gold chasuble and stole will be among the items donated to the Smithsonian National Museum in October. (Left: photographer unknown; Right: photo by Jeff Henderson)
MCC Founder Presents Historical
Artifacts to Smithsonian Museum
by Linda Brenner, MCC Communications

The founder of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), Rev. Troy Perry, will make a historical presentation of personal artifacts to the Smithsonian Museum in October. 

Museum staff will receive the donation on MCC’s 51st anniversary at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, as part of its Sunday service.

“It is such an honor to be included in the Smithsonian collection, especially the National Museum of American History. To be able to live through the history, I believe we only remember when we save our history. In MCC, we have saved history,” Rev. Perry said.

Of the 12 items in the collection, Rev. Perry will present two and ship the rest. He said when he considered what had been important for the last 50 years, he chose his beloved copy of Book of Common Prayer. 

“I used it for the first [MCC] service. And for the first same-gender wedding. And I used it for all of the HIV/AIDS funerals--more than I can count. It’s 50 years of memories. In the front is my PO Box in Huntington Park,” Rev. Perry said.

The second artifact is a book in which he wrote his sermons.

“They wanted something in my own handwriting. They will need someone to interpret,” he said, laughing. “I make notes rather than write out my sermons.”

He said he plans to bring the books when he travels to DC. He paused a moment and considered the photo album he had planned to ship to the museum.

“When they contacted me, they said, ‘Rev. Perry, do you have something important to you as a child?’ The first thing I thought of, because of Mother, she made a book of grandparents, holding us as children. I'll give them the photographs. It goes up to the 50th anniversary at Founders (formerly MCC Los Angeles),” Rev. Perry said.

Rev. Perry said he will send the vestments he wore on MCC’s 50th anniversary at Founders, which were the same he wore at the 2019 General Conference, a gold chasuble and stole.

“I've worn them for every march on Washington for marriage rights, where we did mass weddings, demonstrating for our rights,” Rev. Perry said. “That was one thing in my life I wanted to do--legally marry. I’m thankful that some of the donations to the Smithsonian are about marriage.”

Another artifact is from, what Rev. Perry called, “The Year of Persecution in 1973.” A glass cross was made from salvaged stained glass that had been nearly destroyed in the church fire. “MCCLA,” is etched on the front of the cross, and on the back, it says, “From Mother Church” with a photo of the window that was damaged. 

The remaining donations are relics from MCC:

  • A Hymnbook that survived the LA fire, damaged by water and soot.

  • MCC San Francisco (MCCSF) Charter describing the rights of membership. 

  • General Conference Programs Books from the 25th, 40th, 50th years to provide information about MCC’s growth and General Conference programming.

  • Inclusive hymnal from 1990 that was sold to churches. With permission, the lyrics were changed to reflect inclusive language. 

  • The original “Homosexuality: Not a Sickness, Not a Sin” written by Don Eastman in the 1970s, published in the 1980s. MCC sold over 1000 copies. It explained the Fellowship's belief about sexuality and spirituality. 

  • Original copy of a 1971 issue of Life Magazine with a photo of Rev. Perry marrying a couple in the LA church while holding his Book of Common Prayer. 

  • An original copy of the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall service of Faith and Freedom at Alice Tully Hall. The combined choirs of MCC and Unity Fellowship in New York performed. 

Katherine Ott, the curator of medicine and science for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will be at the presentation.

Contributors to the collection are Troy Perry and Phillip De Blieck; Frank Zerrelli and Franklin Calvin; Nancy Wilson and Paula Shoenwether; Steve Pieters; Lucia Chappell; Lynn Jordan; the archives of the Metropolitan Community Church, San Francisco, California, USA; Kittredge Cherry and Audrey Lockwood; Jean Gralley, Mark Mell and Paul Moyer, Mark Hahn, and Don Eastman.

MCC Staff Member Lauren Bennett worked with the Smithsonian Institution to make this gift to the nation possible.

Rev. Perry said he is thankful for archival work at the University of Southern California and The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. 

“Now with Smithsonian, this is the cherry on top of the cake. Everyone is thrilled,” Rev. Perry said. 
Attend the Smithsonian Presentation
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC
474 Ridge St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
6 October 2019, 11 am EDT
LIVESTREAM: MCCDC Facebook page
Contact MCC DC: +1 202-638-7373

Agape MCC is now set up to receive money through Zelle.



Use the agapemccchurch@gmail.com email address to send donations/tithes and the funds will be deposited into our church account that day. There are no fees associated with using Zelle. 

Most major banking institutions are supporting Zelle, if your bank does not, you can download the Zelle app from your app store at no cost.

Thank you in advance for the many ways you support our community!
It is that time of year again.

Mark your calendars for the Congregational Forum November 3rd and the Congregational Meeting November 10th. Both meetings will follow the morning worship services.

The Board of Directors (BOD) has begun preparations for this year's congregational meeting. The BOD began work on the budget for 2020 during the August BOD Meeting, reviewed the rolls and assigned reports during the September BOD Meeting. In addition, the Agape' Members will be electing 2 Board positions, 1 Lay Delegate and 1 Alternate Lay Delegate during the Congregational meeting this year.

Applications are now available in the Narthex and on our website. Please prayerfully consider running for one of the elected positions. Completed applications are to be returned to Rev. Wynn no later than Sunday, October 20th.

The Board of Directors and Lay Delegate are both 3 year terms.

Click Here to download the Board of Director application.

Click Here to download the Lay Delegate application.
Artist Judy Hudson will be hosting a

Layered Textural Painting Workshop
Nov 15, 9:00 AM – Nov 16, 4:00 PM
Agape Metropolitan Community Church
4615 E California Pkwy, Forest Hill, TX 76119, USA

We will be creating layered, textural paintings using stencils and molding paste. I’ll have LOADS of different stencils for you to choose from and we will complete two canvases.

Click here to register and view class details.
Texas Freedom Network will be hosting an information session at Agape' MCC:

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00PM.

The topic for discussion is "What does it mean to be a Reproductive Freedom Congregation?" The presentation and discussion will be presented by Rev. Erika Wilson, Faith and Outreach Coordinator, TFN. Come join us as we learn together what this means for us as a Faith Community with a Social Justice mission.

A catered dinner will be provided by TFN. Please come join us!
Creator God, Allah, Great Spirit, Heavenly Parent. These are a few of the names by which we know You.

We come to you by your invitation. We thank you for offering an open table to all of your people. We remember that the Rainbow is a simple of a Promise. After a storm you are here to give us healing and rest. The Rainbow is also represented by the diverse people you created. We or our ancestors may have begun our journey with you in different parts of the world and we may look and perceive you differently. You created us with a common (DNA) which binds us together and a soul which connects us to you.

We ask you to help us find the balm in Gilead for today. To make our world whole. Show us how to support and nurture each other with the gifts you have given us. Much like the loaves and fishes the small child shared with your people as described in your word. Remind us that for our tears you died.

Help us to eliminate gluttony of wealth resources and food. Guide us to a peaceful resolution of our conflicts and to seek to discern your will in all things.

Show us how to use technology for your purpose and not to hurt each other and our planet.

We are grateful to you for bringing us together to celebrate your goodness and the free gift of your son Jesus to serve as an example for human-kind to follow, so that we can grow closer to you. We thank you for his sacrifice and the gift of everlasting life with you that he gave us.

In your many names we pray, Hallelujah Amen.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

JIM EAST
Officer 
Disability access and inclusion team in working group


September Birthdays
09/01 Mickey Howell
09/06 Seth Wynn
09/12 Lisa Davenport
09/16 Larry Hollis
09/21 Faith Ashton
09/22 Gail Russell
09/22 Trigg Davenport
09/23 Letty Cruz
09/25 Vida Trevino
09/27 Carolyn Acton
09/29 Saige Ashton 
Sunday - September 22, 2019

The Gathering

Call to Worship:     Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome: "Down By the Riverside" Community

Words of Welcome: Rev. David Wynn

Time with our Children: Trish Ashton
"This Little light of Mine"

Preparing to Hear the Word: "Word of God Speak" Community

Sacred Text: "Jesus' Questions: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John"   Kevin Harkins

Song of Response:    “Healing Rain” Community

Time of Teaching: "The Curious Church" Rev. David Wynn

Song of Centering: " Healing Rain" Community

Community Prayer:   Rev. Robert Myers

Response to the Prayer:   “Be Unto Your Name”     Community

A Time of Offering: Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. David Wynn

Song of Sending Forth:   “I Am”  Community

The Sending Forth: Rev. David Wynn

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