July 03, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
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New Members Class
Agape Membership Class
Sunday, July 15, 12:15 - 1:30

Rev. David will be hosting a membership class for folks who are considering becoming members of our church community. The class covers Agape's history, the history of Metropolitan Community Church (our denomination), some "nuts and bolts" regarding our structure, our theology of membership, and any other questions you might have.  We will meet in the youth classroom located in the social hall.

"MunnFest"
Celebrating the Life
of
Kathy Munn

We will gather to celebrate the life of our beloved friend and church member Kathy Munn
Saturday, July 14 at 11:00A.M.

Address:
Agape' Metropolitan Community Church
4615 E. California Parkway 
Forest Hill, Texas 76119


We will share a meal following the service in the Agape’ MCC Social Hall. Everyone is invited .


To view Kathy's Online Obituary and leave a message on her wall, Click Here
"Glorious Diversity"
Rev. David Wynn

How can it be that creation is a veritable banquet of diversity, and we can be so invested in sameness?  I mean have you seen a star-nosed mole, a leafy seadragon, or Johnny Weir…if not, google them. We don’t live in a homogenous world and yet we spend countless hours trying to fit in and molding ourselves into the “likeness of.” One of the symptoms of this drive to be like each other is that we gather up “like minded” and “like appearing” (I just made that label up) folks and we call that normal. The normal, defined by us, then becomes normative, also defined by us. And THEN we label ourselves “us” and everyone else “them.” 

This has apparently been going on for a very long time much to the dismay of the Creator. The prophet Isaiah had a vision about that. We call it the Tower of Babel. A group of folks who looked alike and shared a common language and a common culture all got together and discovered how to build bricks and mortar. They decided to use their new inventions to build a city with a tall tower so they could dwell behind the wall and stay the same, and stay put, and not be scattered, and keep the foreigners out. Sound familiar? God got wind of this and said, “uh oh.” God got busy and said, “let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” Then God did some scattering. 

Diversity is another name for God and should be celebrated! God creates and names all of creation “so very good.” Creation Spirituality rejoices in and courageously honors the rich diversity within the Cosmos which is expressed in every individual and embodies multiple cultures, religions, and ancestral traditions. Creation is rife with theme and variation and yet fear has driven us to try to tame, label and homogenize it. What do we lose when we privilege dominant voices and limit perspectives? Let’s talk more on Sunday…

Agape' Summer Series - Sacred Earth, Sacred Worth

What if we lived life truly connected to the origins of Creation and the Creator? In the beginning God created all things and called them originally “good.”

In this series we will explore six essential ideas found in Creation Spirituality–a way of living within the community of earth that deepens our reverence for life, participates in the creativity of the cosmos, and develops our passion for justice and human transformation. It compels us to lead lives of spiritual inquiry, creativity, and prophetic action as our sacred work in the world.

  • June 10 - Creation as Blessing
  • June 17 - Spirit of Compassion
  • June 24 - The Paths of of Life/Pride Sunday
  • July 01 - Sacred, Creative, Vocation
  • July 08 - Glorious Diversity
  • July 15 - Healing Relationships
Fundraiser
Fundraiser Yum!
Mark your calendars, set an alarm, invite your family and friends.

On Tuesday, July 17, from 11:00 A.M. until 7:00 P.M. There will be a yummy opportunity for you to do a really good deed!

Come for lunch or dinner or both. We will be there all day!

Fish City Grill
581 W. Debbie Lane
Mansfield, TX
M ost Gracious God
 
We come before you in thankfulness and humility for all you have done for us. Let us be a beacon to the world of what love for one another can do.
 
Lend us your strength to live as you have made us to live.
Lend us your love to love as you have asked us to love.
Lend us your compassion to be compassionate to our neighbors, because all people are our neighbors.
 
Help us to be patient and remember that all things happen in your time, not ours.
 
Help us to greet each day with a new heart and to always be thankful for your love.
 
We ask you to open the minds and hearts of those who would persecute us for being who you have made us to be.


Prayer submitted by:

CHRIS AND DAWN SOUCY
Members, King of Peace MCC
Saint Petersburg FL USA


Gnarly Grove Studio

Judy Hudson, Artist



 3D Mixed Media Workshop
Focusing on texture and color techniques.

July‎ ‎21, 2018 - ‎9‎:‎00‎ ‎AM – ‎04‎:‎00‎ ‎PM

About The Event
Create your own unique artwork to take home!
Tuition fee $100. All materials and lunch are provided and included.

You will take home a completed painting that is unique and eye-catching. No cookie cutter paintings at this workshop. Your piece will be one of a kind.

This workshop will be perfect for those who want to learn how to:
  • use texture pastes and inexpensive or free materials to create an interesting background
  • create simple 3D objects from paper clay
  • select the appropriate paints for the desired finish
  • blend and layer paints to achieve a finish similar to 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 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



July Birthdays
  • 07/03 Max Robert
  • 07/04 Graeme Haub 
  • 07/05 David Wynn
  • 07/06 Tonya Reed
  • 07/06 Kim Pena
  • 07/17 Linda Gray
  • 07/19 Lilia Orander-Cruz
  • 07/21 Bailey Shackelford
  • 07/29 Patti Stephens
Sunday - July 08, 2018
Call to Worship - Drummers

Morning Meditation - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Intention - "There is Only Love" - 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 - "Ancient Words" - Community

Bringing Words of Life - Isaiah 6:1-8- Lisa O'Grady

Song of Response - "Ancient Words" - Community

Time of Teaching - " The Paths of Life " - Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Healing Rain" - Community

Community Prayer - Rev. David Wynn

Prayer Response - "Healing Rain" - Community

A Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers

Song of Sending Forth - "Trees of the Field" - Community

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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