April 4, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
See highlights from last Sunday's Service by clicking here .

What a great Holy Week! From the Seder Meal on Thursday, Good Friday Service, Saturday Easter Egg Hunt, to all the Sunday Easter celebrations: Sunrise Service, Pancake Breakfast, Baptism/Christening ceremony, Easter Worship Service and April Birthday Sunday. Whew, what a week! Look at pictures of some of the events by clicking here .
Matter Really Matters ~ Rev. David Wynn
In our Christian world some of us have been taught that flesh, “matter” is to be avoided at all costs. The flesh is weak, we are told…but is it or are we misunderstanding what is being conveyed? What happens when we are taught that our bodies are in conflict with the spirit?

Richard Rohr writes, “When God gives of Godself, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or spirit is enfleshed. It is really very clear. I am somewhat amazed that more have not recognized this simple pattern: God’s will is incarnation. And against all our expectations of divinity, it appears that for God, matter really matters. This Creator of ours is patiently determined to put matter and spirit together, almost as if the one were not complete without the other.” Maybe we are incomplete when we try to separate our body from spirit or our humanity from our spirituality. Jesus appeared to the disciples with his wounds in tact…that seems odd but maybe there is a holiness in our wounds that only resides there?

Barbara Brown Taylor says this, “What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the bodily experiences of human life on earth. My life depends on engaging the most ordinary physical activities with the most exquisite attention I can give them. My life depends on ignoring all touted distinctions between the secular and the sacred, the physical and the spiritual, the body and the soul. What is saving my life now is becoming more fully human, trusting that there is no way to God apart from real life in the real world.”

Let’s find our incarnation, and re discover the role of our bodies…see you Sunday!
Dear Savior,

We thank you for your life in our lives,
for the sacred gift of our sexuality,
for being part of a greater MCC family around the world.

We honor you and praise you for resurrecting us every day, with you and within you.
Give us the strength so we can be living sacraments of your love.
May the rainbow, our symbol, always be a signal of your alliance with humankind.
May it be our joy, our breathing, our inspiration!

Give us a heart like yours,
so your light may shine upon us every day.
May brightness, color and fulfillment of life be seen whenever we walk by.
We joyfully celebrate 50 years of our denomination,
in the diversity we are, and through the voice manifesting to the world.

This we ask you and give thanks,
in every single name you are known and called.
Amen!

Prayer submitted by Rev. Francisco Ferreira Junior, Religion Scientist, Associate Pastor of MCC Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
Notes from our Agape' Security Team
Hello Friends,

Just a quick update and a request from your security team.

We’ve been working with Sgt. Stokes every other week for a number of months and a few of us are also attending outside seminars and doing online work in our personal time.

You know… this is something we never thought we’d have to do and it’s not something we really want to do.

We aren’t police - we aren’t professional security guards. We are just ordinary people trying to learn and do a lot in a quick amount of time because the thought of anyone hurting our church is very disturbing.

It’s not just about locking doors and walking around the cars outside. It’s also about having scenes described in great detail while bringing us to tears so we would understand the impact. It’s been about seeing pictures and videos of the aftermath of what can literally happen in mere seconds so we learn to be pro-active. It’s been a lot of personal emotional struggle and mental imagery that stays with us throughout the week. It’s about learning details of the unimaginable and then trying to prevent it from happening to us without scaring the congregation.

So please, I just want to ask that you are kind with your comments and remarks. We are praying that we can do the right thing at the right time should anyone ever come to harm us. It’s a lot of information to take in, process and then create plans for us to be safe.

Very soon you will all be involved and become part of those plans but until then we are doing our best.

The group truly appreciates your kindness, support and understanding while we learn and practice.

We would like to sincerely thank Phyllis Sasser for the quick-lock metal pieces she created for our glass doors. We would also like to thank Billy Stewart for his awesome video camera placement and monitoring to help us all and for Cassy Batt’s donation of new radios to the team so that we can communicate from parking lot to inside church. We are very grateful to Sgt. Chris Stokes from the Forest Hill PD and his continued training and friendship. ~ Blessings, Lisa O
GRACEGRAYSGOODDEEDS Fundraiser!
Mark your Calendars
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Fat Daddy's Sports and Spirits Cafe, 781 W. Debbie Ln., Mansfield, TX
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Agape' MCC community will be launching our new foundation that will give a voice and financial help to those people in crisis who are traditionally under-served and overlooked and have nowhere else to turn. 

We need your presence and your help getting the word out!

Please join us for this important event!
Online Giving through SimpleGive
Simply click the SimpleGive logo below, the SimpleGive link at the bottom of every Agape' MCC web page, or you can go right to our giving page by clicking here . This will take you to the secure giving link, and allow you to make your donation. If you choose the eCheck/ACH option (rather than credit or debit), our church will pay less in processing fees and receive more of your generous donation. Thank you for your generosity!
Calendar of Events
  • Wed, Apr 04 - 7pm Wednesday Gathering
  • Thu, Apr 05 - 6:30pm Grief Support Group
  • Sun, Apr 08 - 10:30am Worship Service
  • Mon, Apr 09 - 6pm Worship Team Mtg / 7pm Board Mtg
  • Wed, Apr 11 - 7pm Wednesday Gathering
  • Thu, Apr 12 - 6:30pm Grief Support Group
  • Fri, Apr 13 - 5:30pm Samaritan House Supper Club
  • Sun, Apr 15 - 10:30am Worship Service
  • Mon, Apr 16 - 6pm Worship Team Mtg
  • Wed, Apr 18 - 7pm Wednesday Gathering
  • Thu, Apr 19 - 6:30pm Grief Support Group
  • Sun, Apr 22 - 10:30am Worship Service / 3-7pm Fundraiser @ Fat Daddy's (Mansfield)
  • Wed, Apr 25 - 7pm Wednesday Gathering
  • Thu, Apr 26 - 6:30pm Grief Support Group
  • Sun, Apr 29 - 10:30am Worship Service
  • Mon, Apr 30 - 6pm Worship Team Mtg
April Birthdays
  • Apr 02 - Troy Kilgore
  • Apr 08 - Sheri Campbell
  • Apr 09 - Rachel Carr
  • Apr 09 - Dusty Esparza
  • Apr 11 - Miguel Vasquez
  • Apr 20 - Amy Ashton
  • Apr 24 - Trish Scott
  • Apr 30 - Connie Maples
Worship - April 8, 2018
The Call to Gather - Ringing of the Tibetan Bells
 
Call to Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome - "Gather Us In" - Community

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn
 
Time of Greeting - Community 
 
Time with our Children - Trish Ashton
 
A Response - "This Little Light of Mine" - Community 
 
Song of Preparation - "There is Only Love" - Community  
 
Scripture Reading -John 20:19-27 - Kathy Munn

Song of Response - "There is Only Love" - Community

Time of Teaching - "Matter Really Matters" - Rev. David Wynn
 
Centering Song - "Fill Me Now" - Community
 
Community Prayer - Evelyn Brown
 
Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now" - Community
 
A Time of Offering - Cassy Batts
 
Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers
 
Sending Forth - "Hallelujah" - Community
 
The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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