June 20, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
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This Wednesday's Gathering Summer Solstice Ritual
Join us on Wednesday, June 20 for a ritual to celebrate the summer solstice. This is a time to honor the longest day of they year and the abundance of life. We will connect with our inner fire and the outer fire. We will gather in the social hall and head out to the labyrinth for a bit to be with fire and set intentions of gratitude and our wishes for the summer places in our journeys. Join us!
"The Paths of Life" - Rev. David Wynn

My dad drove a car transport truck for many years. It was back in the day of CB radios and his handle was Path Finder. My dad is great with direction, he does not often get lost on the road even in new or strange places. He instinctively knows which way is north. I did not inherit that particular gene but fortunately I have an app for that…Google Maps…in our family we call her “Linda.” She always takes us via the shortest route to unfamiliar destinations. I often use her to go to familiar places like, home, because she steers me around traffic or construction…ahhhh, if only I had an app like that for life’s journey. I once asked my dad (I was in my 30’s and he was in his 50’s) “Dad, when did you get to the place in life where you knew who you are and you were doing what you were meant to do?” He said to me, “I will let you know if I ever get there.” 

There’s a good bit of meandering that needs to happen on our spiritual paths…fyi, it’s all spiritual. It seems that sometimes the point is to be lost…because that’s where we find some of the places we were supposed to be and didn’t know it. But, man, it can make you feel like you are flapping in the breeze, untethered, and all alone.  Fortunately, there is a pattern to the seasons of life…if we will slow down enough to notice them. There are four of them…like the cardinal directions and the seasons. If we can locate which cycle of life we are experiencing, we can then be about the business of being present and will find ourselves in some amazing places. Google maps can’t get you there, but Spirit can and as a bonus can steer you around some traffic and some construction…some, not all.

These "cycles of life" are born out of the seasons of the planet and remind us that there is a time for everything and that fluctuations of the spirit are part of being human. Can we accept the Holy invitation to move fully into all the rhythms of life? Want to know what the cycles are? Come see us 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
Hebrews 13:1-3
1Continue in brotherly love. 2Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. 3Remember those in prison as if you were bound with them, and those who are mistreated as if you were suffering with them.

Holy God of life and love, God of outcast and downtrodden, God of refugee and safe harbor, hear our plea:

Sometimes it is unbearable to witness the brutality of this world. We stand paralyzed not knowing what to do, where to begin, how to help. Yet we know doing nothing is not an option.

As we sit comfortably sipping our cappuccino in our local coffee shop we try to drown out the cries of your children around this earth. In neighboring towns, even in our own communities. We try to ignore the rounding up and dismantling of families, we try to breathe through the inhalation of entire cultures of color, we so often avert our eyes and pretend that we haven't lost our humanity and that we are not powerless to an oppressive and broken system. Yet Creator, we are not heartless people, we just feel so inadequate to handle the task at hand.

You are the God who set the captives free, who parted a mighty sea, who let it rain manna from heaven, who knew us before we were formed in our mother's womb. You teach us how to love one another as we have been loved by you, which may be your biggest miracle yet. Oh God liberate us from fear which keeps us complacent and fill us with a mighty righteous indignation to take a stand against bigotry, hatred and the manifestation of pure evil in this world.

Creator we submit this to you in your many Holy Names and in the name of Jesus the Christ, may it be so.

Prayerfully submitted by Rev. Jennie M. Garcia-Kitch, Pastor, aChurch4me MCC, Illinois Hospice Chaplain, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Pride Movie Screening

Hi Team Fort Worth Pride!

Thank you for being a part of the team celebrating Pride Month with a movie screening of Call Me by Your Name .

Here is a link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/209182896362463/

Here is a link to the registration page: https://aarp.cvent.com/CMBYN_FortWorth

Please share this information with your networks. If all continues to go as planned we are placing an ad in the Dallas Voice to advertise this event along with a screening we are facilitating in Dallas. 

Do let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Ideas are always welcome! Thank you again and Happy Pride!

Respectfully,

Melodía Gutiérrez
Associate State Director of Advocacy & Outreach
AARP Texas – DFW Area
Office: 214.265.4073 | Cell: 214.538.9878 | Email: mgutierrez@aarp.org
Next Meet, Greet and Eat - Sun June 24

Bring your favorite salad / dessert. Please join us!
Upcoming Workshops - From Judy Hudson

This summer, I am offering classes in how to create Mesmerizing Mosaic Tiles (June 16 and July 21) and Magical Underwater World (June 23 and July 28). I use a lot of clay to create 3D mixed media artwork and many people have asked me about my techniques and methods.

All four classes are from 9-4, held at the social hall at Agape'. All materials and lunch are included AND provided in the registration fee.  Classes are limited to 15 people . If you follow the link, you'll find the registration forms for each class. Hope to see you there!
June Birthdays
  • June 03 - Rayne Reagan
  • June 07 - Rebecca McDonnell
  • 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 22 - Jaci Gregeris
  • June 24 - Leigh Wolfer
Sunday - June 24, 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 - "In the Secret" - Community

Bringing Words of Life - Psalm 30- E.J. Hudzina

Song of Response - "In the Secret" - Community

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

Centering Song - "Healing Rain" - Community

Community Prayer - Leigh Wolfer

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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