Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
This Week's News and Updates
June 09, 2020
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COVID-19 Community Gathering Update
from your Board of Directors

Community Corner
Mindfulness : a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Meditation is a nice way to discover mindfulness.
Enjoy these meditation videos.
You are encouraged to find what works for you. You may discover you like to practice meditation in the morning, during your daily walk, on your lunch break or before bedtime. Feel free to search and download apps that are available such as Headspace, Breathe ball or Calm. There is no wrong way to meditate.
Just begin and see what happens.
A short meditation to bring you back to center.
A walking meditation.
Graduation Social for Saige

Where: Agape MCC Parking Lot
When: June 13, 2020
Time: 11am-1pm
You are encouraged to decorate your car if you would like. She will parade around the parking lot and speak to guests keeping social distancing in mind.

Saige is registered at Target, Walmart and Amazon.

The BOD will be providing ice cream.
We are hosting our mid-week social online this coming Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 6:30PM.

For this week, we invite you to bring your favorite dessert to munch on during our virtual visit and to bring a favorite picture of you from your childhood.
Let's learn something new about each other!

You can view the event on the Agape' Facebook page .
Click here to join our Zoom Meet Up on Wednesday.
Enter the meeting using ID: 816-8960-6902
You can join us using any smart phone device, tablet or computer with webcam and headset/mic.
Anti-Racism Resources from MCC
A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: books, movies and more -  https://medium.com/wake-up-call/a-detailed-list-of-anti-racism-resources-a34b259a3eea

Resources for Children  embracerace.org

Praying with James Baldwin in an Age of #BlackLivesMatter  "This project offers 30 days of prayers for an age of  #BlackLivesMatter . It looks to author and artist James Baldwin as a guide. Over 30 days we pray with the "Last Words" of those who have been killed by racism and police violence, and we pray for the courage to take "First Steps" to change the world around us."

UNDOCU Guide to Dismantle Anti-Blackness at Home


The Color of Fear  - by Diversity Training Films is available for purchase or streaming viewing. Excerpts are also available on YouTube and might be good for sermon illustrations or small group discussions  https://www.diversitytrainingfilms.com/films-2/films/

Reading as Resistance? The rise of the anti-racism book list

Greetings 2020 Census Partner and Advocate,

As we finish up the week, the nationwide 2020 Census response rate has slowed and stands at slightly over 60% of households; the Texas response rate is slightly over 55%, with many parts of the state being far lower. What does that mean from a federal funding standpoint for Texas? 

Texas received approximately $60 Billion in annual federal funding in 2016 that was calculated based on census-determined population figures (collected in 2010). If we use the 2016 figures - and most likely it will be higher in 2020 and beyond. What does that mean...

At least $27 Billion in annual federal funding for Texas stands in the balance right now. Texas does not get all that money unless everyone in Texas gets counted. That's the bottom line.

Shape your future. GET COUNTED - >   2020census.gov
Gracious…Ever Loving...Divine One… 
We call upon you in this very difficult time for so many in our world.   

In You we have always found hope for humanity. As we move through our world, we remember that you have called us to be the Christ-bearers and we pray the journey that you have invited us to share becomes ever more clear to us, even when it is difficult, or murky or contrary to our plans.  

You have called us to be your Christ-bearers and we long to live into that journey. We humbly ask that You help us respond courageously to that call in both traditional and in new ways so that we may bring a new dawning in our world.  

Strengthen our resolve to shun a return to the normal and to work instead as courageous and dedicated disciples of the Christ, bringing the Christ into the world with every step we take. 

Fill us with unquenchable longing to be your workers. Fill us to overflowing with your love and goodness. 

Make us your Christ-bearers. 

In the perfect name of Jesus we pray. 


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY

JOAN HIGGS
(she, her, hers)
MCC Key West, Florida, US A
June Birthdays
June 03 - Rayne Reagan
June 07 - Rebecca McDonell
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
Worship Service - June 14, 2020
"Jesus versus Empire; How Should the Church Respond?"

Call to Worship: "One Voice" Austin Gay Men's Chorus

Welcoming and Centering: Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Intention: "Shine On Me" - Community

Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:1, 16-20

Song of Response: "In the Secret" - Community

Time of Teaching:
"Jesus versus Empire; How Should the Church Respond?" Rev. Robert Myers

Centering Song: "Breathe on Me" - Community

Community Prayer: Kevin Harkins

Prayer Response: "Breathe on Me" - Community

Celebration of Holy Communion: Rev. Robert Myers

Closing Song: "Draw the Circle Wide" - Community

Benediction: Rev. Robert Myers

Postlude: True Colors - TGFM
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