August 15, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
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Highlights from last week's service includes...



Amberlyn's Baptism. Our family continues to grow.



New Members! Welcome Home!


You are Invited to Game Night!




Wednesday August 15, 7:00PM - 8:30PM in the Social Hall.
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 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Social Hall!! 

We will be reflecting on Chapter 4 . 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!    


Movie Night
Saturday, August 18 , 2018 at 6:00PM

Come one, come all! Join us for a viewing of
"The Greatest Showman" .
Popcorn and snacks will be provided.
 Rev. David Wynn


In 1942, in the midst of WWII, the United States Government began drafting women onto military assembly lines to help with the war effort. Some will say that this was one of the beginnings of the women’s movement…ushering women out of their traditional roles of secretaries, homemakers and moms, and into male dominated fields. We ALL learned something from that experience about the gift of empowerment…those who celebrated it, and those who resisted it. In important ways the biblical Ruth was the first “Rosie the Riveter.” The men were all gone, and it was left up to her to take care of her family and make a future for them…she did just that. How do we step up and step into new roles to be love in action? What qualities guide us to break down traditional barriers and own our right to live in and thrive in these unknown worlds? Let’s talk on Sunday! 




SECURITY CORNER
by Lisa O'Grady
Hi Folks,
 
Just dropping in to tell you that your security team is still out there watching the parking lot for us and monitoring the doors but we have taken a little break from meeting for the summer and will gather with you and do some training all together soon!


In the meantime, I wanted to tell you a little bit about something called “Cooper’s Colors” and ask you to adopt these not only at church but in your everyday lives as well.


What is it? Cooper’s Colors were developed by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper as a simple way to be more aware of your surroundings. This means that you learn to shift up and down a scale of alertness in order to keep yourself safe. Here is how it works:
 
WHITE


This is an unaware and unprepared state of mind. "Daydreaming" or "preoccupied”, oblivious to possible threat. Your main enemy is reaction time. If you are not aware of your surroundings, and fail to see the suspicious character, he may overwhelm you before you can effective defend yourself. If you're caught in Condition White, you will need several seconds to even realize what is happening and respond. You simply don't have that much time.


YELLOW


Relaxed alert. There is no specific threat situation. You don’t  expect  to be attacked, but are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that "today could be the day I may have to defend myself". You are alert and aware of your surroundings. You are difficult to surprise, so you do not make an easy victim.


You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don't know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods while "taking in" surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner. When something catches your attention, you assess it. If it's not a threat, dismiss it. If it is a threat, start getting ready mentally to deal with it.


Anything or anyone in your immediate vicinity that is unusual, out of place, or out of context, should be viewed as potentially dangerous, until you have had a chance to assess it. When you pick up on something that’s out of place, you immediately escalate one level on the scale, to Condition Orange.


ORANGE


Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat. The difference between Yellow and Orange is this specific target for your attention. Your mindset shifts to "I might have to defend myself against  that person  today", focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. When you shift upward to Orange, you begin to focus your attention on this individual that caught your eye, but you do not drop your guard.


As you assess, you start to play the "What if…." game in your mind, to begin formulating a basic plan. If he acts suddenly, when you have at least a basic plan for dealing with him already in place, you can react quickly. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: "If that person does "X", I will need to stop him".


RED


Condition Red is the fight or flight. It means stop him or escape. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. You must act now with a decisive and aggressive action.

Summary – unless you are in your home with your doors locked and alarm set you should always be in a state of “yellow” awareness. If you are walking into the store or to the ATM machine, be aware of what and who is around you. Have a plan for the “what ifs”. An attacker is more likely to take advantage of the person on the phone or the one fumbling with their car keys.

At church when you pull into the parking lot, we are relatively safe. But take a look around when you get there. If you see an unfamiliar person or persons please stay in your car until you are sure you can get inside and let someone know. Call someone inside or if you feel it necessary, call 911. Please do not confront anyone.

Thanks and have a SAFE WEEK!!!

MCC is in a place of transition. We are in a place of questions, and for many uncertainty. Some are in need of healing and reconciliation. Others are in need of restoration and renewed joy. Some are experiencing a sense of division. Others feel united in common struggle. Some feel despair. Others feel hopeful. Some are in a space of lamentation. Others are in the midst of celebration. 


This is the human condition, to experience all of the best and worst parts of ourselves at the same time. And it is in the midst of all of this that we are called to make change in our world and bring about liberation for all. 
 
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Sacred Spirit of wonder, we pause in our hectic and distracting, joyful and sad, hope filled and despairing lives to assume a posture of contemplation and humility towards ourselves and each other. 


May we remember that we all struggle in various ways. 
May we remember that we all hunger for justice. 
May we remember that we all live on both sides of privilege and oppression. 
May we remember that we all came to MCC for a reason; out of hunger for healing, a sense of call, a desire for a community who reflects the divine. 
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of curiosity.
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of generosity. 
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of collaboration. 
May we cultivate in ourselves a spirit of vulnerability, and forgiveness. 
May we remember to make the space for others that we hope is made for ourselves, and that we do you the divine as we do to the least of those among us. Amen.


Prayer submitted by:
JARED VÁZQUEZ
Associate Director of International Diversity and Inclusion
Metropolitan Community Churches
Classes coming soon:

September 15, 2018 - 5:00PM-8:00PM "Wings" - Do wings make your imagination take flight? Take home a uniquely textured piece of art to add to your collection, choosing from several designs, textures, and painting styles.

October 13, 2018 - 5:00PM - 9:00PM "Mosaic Tiles" - Love the look of mosaics, but hate grouting or heavy materials? Here’s the answer! You’ll create a mosaic canvas using lightweight hand textured (already made for you) clay tiles. Complete your masterpiece with a unique finish of layered metallic and iridescent paints.

November 17, 2018 5:00-9:00 "Stencil Magic" - Using an unexpected material found at your local hardware store, stencils, and paints, you’ll take home an artwork that is sure to get lots of compliments! Whether you enjoy muted colors for a softer look or bright and bold designs, the choice is up to you.

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. 


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

Sunday - August 19, 2018
Call to Worship - Tibetan Bowl

Morning Meditation - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Intention - "Shine On Us" - Community

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn

Time of Greeting - Community

Time With Our Children - Trish Ashton

Response - "This Little Light of Mine" - Community

Song of Preparation - "Need You Now" - Community

Bringing Words of Life - Ruth, Chapter 3 - Many Voices

Song of Response - "Need You Now" - Community

Time of Teaching - " We Can Do It " - Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community

Community Prayer - Kevin Harkin

Prayer Response - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community

A Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "Come Thou Fount" - Community

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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