August 01, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
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New Sermon Series!

The Book of Ruth:
Love in Action





During the month of August we will be exploring the poignant and provocative book of Ruth from the Hebrew Bible. It is a love story on many levels involving ordinary people in the ordinary and disorienting circumstances of life. We will journey with Naomi and Ruth, two women through whom God will tear down some long standing and carefully crafted walls to create an unlikely and scandalous family.  Sound familiar?

8/5 – “No Bread in the “House of Bread”
8/12 – “Stranger Things”
8/19 - “We Can Do It!”
8/26 – “Ruth, King David’s Great Grandmother”

“No Bread in the ‘House of Bread’”
Rev. David Wynn

“Life is life” is a saying that one of my teachers used to use all the time when we were talking. It was his way of saying that you can plan all you want about how you WANT life to flow and then there is the way that life actually flows. I keep this poem from John O’Donohue in front of me always…


I would love to live


Like a river flows,


Carried by the surprise


Of its own unfolding.


I would sooooo love to live this way. It’s a struggle, honestly, but when I consider the things that have flowed my way when I couldn’t control any of my circumstances I am mostly grateful that “life is life,” emphasis on mostly! The irritating truth is that what matters is how I respond to life…it’s what I can control…insert big sigh here. 
 
This week we will begin a journey with Naomi and Ruth. Naomi has left her home in Bethlehem (The House of Bread) with her husband and two sons because of an ongoing famine…ironically, there is no bread in the house of bread and tragically, after relocating, both husband and sons die. The story begins in dislocation and death…I know, I know, but bear with me and please don’t stay home thinking that this is all too morose for a Sunday morning. You see, we get to meet Ruth this week…she is everyone who has ever taken life altering risks to be who she is…a person of deep loyalty, strength, and character. It’s what you would expect from the woman who will save the line of David and thus Jesus. She is one of a few women named in the family record of Jesus in the first chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. 
 
So how is it that a female Moabite, an enemy of Israel, will become the person who ensures Jesus’ family survives? Apparently ethnic purity is not something God is all that interested in. As Gary Charles states, chapter one “begins a story of how God can work across and despite the most entrenched positions and established boundaries to bring new life and hope.” Now THAT is worth getting out of bed for, yes? See you Sunday!  
For Your Calendars!!

What's Coming up at the Wednesday Gathering!


8/1 - Game Night

8/8 - Falling Upward Book Study, Chapter Three

Lots of A/C included in all gatherings along with snacks!!  
The "Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life" study group returns on Wednesday, August 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall!! 

 We will be reflecting on Chapter 3. Plan to join us! The conversation is enriching even if you've not read the book. Come see what lessons will speak to your journey!    
 I encourage you to replace every single word in this prayer you don't like, with a word that suits you better. Nothing should be in your way when trying to establish a connection to god.


I love to use this technical phrase for praying: make a connection, turn on the radio, go online... I believe God is always on air, online, trying to reach us. But we have to turn on the radio, establish a connection, to hear him, feel her and talk to him.


We often forget to turn that switch, sometimes we even forget there is a switch. Sometimes the switch is damaged or broken and needs repair. For some people the switch may be not fixable anymore during their lifetime. But that doesn't mean god isn't with them.

I believe that even the wish to able to pray, to make that connection, to turn the switch, is a prayer in itself - a powerful one.


I invite you to take 3 deep slow breaths into the nose and out through the mouth, realizing your feet on the floor and the points of contact to the chair you are sitting on, before you begin to pray. Get yourself ready to establish your connection to god:
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Holy God, Creator, Motherfather, wearing all the colors of skin and gender.
In times I feel anxious, depressed and desperate, help me to remember:
YOU are always with me, in me, even in times I cannot feel you - residing in my inner core that can never be destroyed.


Jesus Christ, Son of Man, best friend and teacher.
In times I feel weak, helpless and oppressed, help me to remember:
YOU are always with me, in me - Christpower, the force of empowerment, friendship and love.


Holy Ruach, holy female ghost, dove of peace.
Help me to switch off the news channels more often; they are celebrating and praising violence, war and destruction.
They are leaving me in restlessness, they poison me with fear and anger, trying to replace the good news Jesus Christ teaches us, with the latest sensation, the latest disaster.


Be with me holy Ruach, inspire me, help me to develop my courage and vital energy, to help myself and others.

Amen


Prayer submitted by
STEFAN BAUER
Board Member
MCC Cologne
Germany


Gnarly Grove Studio

Judy Hudson, Artist



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 Mixed Media Painting Class
3D Mixed Media Mosaic Tile Class

August ‎04, 2018 - ‎9‎:‎00‎ ‎AM – ‎11‎:‎30‎ ‎AM


About The Event
Create your own unique artwork to take home!
Tuition fee $50. All materials included.

Create a clay tile mosaic artwork with the appearance of dichroic glass or raku pottery.

Location
Agape Metropolitan Community Church
4615 E California Pkwy, Forest Hill, TX 76119, USA



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Mixed Media Painting Class
3D Mixed Media Underwater Themed Painting Class

August‎ ‎04, 2018 - ‎ ‎7‎:‎00‎ ‎PM – ‎09‎:‎30‎ ‎PM

About The Event
Create your own unique artwork to take home!
Tuition fee $50. All materials included.

Take home an underwater themed artwork that features a metallic finish similar to dichroic glass or raku pottery.

If you would like to bring a snack or your "favorite" beverage, please do. Better yet, bring a friend or two and enjoy a night out doing something creative.

Location
Agape Metropolitan Community Church
4615 E California Pkwy, Forest Hill, TX 76119, USA



August Birthdays
  • 08/05 Sherri Spann
  • 08/10 Lisa O'Grady
  • 08/17 Ashleigh Wolfer-Stephens
  • 08/19 Tammy Scott
  • 08/28 Carrie Wynn
  • 08/31 Barbara Brittain 
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