September 19, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
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Our Wednesday Gathering...
September 19, 2018 at 7:00PM - Autumnal Equinox Ritual 

The Autumn Equinox is that time of year when the seeds we planted in Spring and Summer have come to fruition and are ready for Harvest. Fall marks a return to balance between light and dark and the journey to shorter days and longer nights. Less light invites introspection, reflection, and letting go. What would you like to leave behind as we finish the seasonal cycle? 

Join us for readings, ritual, fresh baked bread, herb butter, cider, and community. 

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you...
Mark your calendars !

Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 7PM
"Are You Ready to Open"

Rev. David Wynn

So, here’s a big question…”what is faith?” It’s a big question with many answers, so maybe a better question is “What is not faith?” Faith isn’t certainty. Faith isn’t answers. Faith isn’t compulsion. Faith isn’t the thing that miraculously makes everything okay. Faith isn’t control. Faith isn’t belief, although those two concepts get used interchangeably as though they mean the same thing. So, if faith is not any of those things…can we say that faith is mystery, faith is questioning, faith is conversation, faith dwells in the “not okay”, faith is surrender, faith resists concretized beliefs? 

Richard Rohr muses that “you can tell mature and authentic faith by people’s ability to deal with darkness, failure, and non-validation of the ego – and by their quiet but confident joy!” We want to think that a lack of faith is draining the church…but the opposite is true, faith is transforming the church and creating something new. Hasn’t that always been the life of the church and spiritual practice? Transformation beyond structures and beliefs? Let’s talk more on Sunday! 



Need a Folding Table?
We have decided to let go of the brown and gray folding tables stored in the Social Hall. If you would like one or more of them please take your table(s) home next time you are at the church. We are accepting donations for the tables. Please see Leigh, Cassy or Ward for assistance.

New Adventure!

Fort Worth Parade of Lights

November 18, 2018 6PM
This year Agape' MCC will be participating in the Fort Worth Parade of Lights for the very first time. We hope you are excited by this new family friendly adventure. Plans are underway to design and build a fabulous float. If you are interested in helping coordinate the float build or helping build the float, please let Rev. David know. This will be a memorable evening for everyone!

Event Information from the Parade Website:

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, November 18, 2018 for the 36th edition of this Downtown Fort Worth signature event, welcoming GM Financial as our title sponsor, and celebrating 100 years of Cook Children’s! The theme this year will be, “Through the Eyes of a Child,” and will featuring spectacular floats, giant illuminated balloons, performing groups, local community groups and more. Please mark your calendars to join us, and continue this new tradition for the years to come!

For more information, click here.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. - Ecclesiastes 3:1

God, as the summer winds down in the Northern Hemisphere, we are grateful for what You have done in our lives throughout the past season. 


For those of us who used this summer to re-connect with family and friends, to travel or to relax in our own homes, help us to recognize the privilege of our experiences, and to be grateful to You for the wherewithal to do what we did. 


For those of us who are students resuming our formal education, help us to develop an unending thirst for knowledge that will drive us to excel in our studies, grateful to You for the learning capacity You have given to us.


For those of us who are teachers, help us to return to the classroom with renewed enthusiasm, grateful to You for the gift of imparting knowledge You have given to us.

For those of us who are parents or are in parent-like roles, help us to be perpetual sources of nurture and encouragement despite our own stresses and fatigue, grateful to You for the children whose lives you have entrusted with us.


For those of us whose daily lives are not impacted by the school year, help us to remain motivated to make our best efforts in whatever we do, grateful to You for the abilities that you have given to us.


For those of us working on Fall Programming in our respective churches, help us to discern which specific offerings would have the greatest impact on the lives of our members, grateful to You for the opportunity to contribute to the growth of congregants in concrete ways.


And God, for our Sisters and Brothers in the Southern Hemisphere who will be entering spring, we ask You to provide whatever is needed for a smooth, exciting and meaningful transition. We are so grateful to You that our denomination has grown to span both hemispheres.


We ask these things in Your many names, Amen.


Prayer submitted by:
CATHERINE MEADE 
Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, Canada
Director of Music, Soulful Worship & Praise Ministry
North America LEAD 10 Participant



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!


Just a reminder 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!!!
Thank you Judy for a great "Wings" Class! We had great time while creating beautiful artwork! Simply amazing!!
Classes coming soon:


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.

Class Fee: $70

Click Here to Register

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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.

Class Fee: $70

Click Here to Register

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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. 


Class Fee: $75 which includes one adult and one child eight years or older.

Click Here to Register





Help Feed Those in Need





When: Saturday, September 29, 8:45am-11:30am

Who: G4G DFW + North Texas Food Bank

What: Sorting, boxing, and bagging food.

Details:

Before September 26 - 3 Days Before the Project

In addition to signing up for this event with G4G, The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) would like all volunteers to register online with them before September 26. You'll see all the details when you RSVP with G4G, below.

On September 29 - Day of the Project

Please meet at the entrance to their new Plano warehouse; You'll see the address when you RSVP below. Sign in so we can start working promptly at 9:00am. If you were unable to create an account and select this shift on their volunteer calendar earlier, you will need to do so now before you can start work.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for work in a warehouse; Do not wear open-toe shoes, sandals, nor flip-flops.

After this project, come join us for lunch.

The North Texas Food Bank is pursuing a hunger-free community in North Texas.

Click here to RSVP .
An Invitation from:
Saint Anne United American Catholic Church
With praise and thanksgiving, to Almighty God, we joyfully announce the Ordination of the Rev. Mr. John P. Luft to the Order of Presbyters.
When:
Saturday September 22, 2018 at 2:15 PM

Location:
Agape' MCC Sanctuary
4615 E. California Parkway
Forest Hill, TX 76119

The parish of Saint Anne has been meeting Sunday evenings in the Agape' MCC Sanctuary and have become part of our Agape' family. Congratulations Rev. John!
September Birthdays
  • 09/01 Mickey Howell
  • 09/06 Seth Wynn
  • 09/12 Lisa Davenport
  • 09/16 Larry Hollis
  • 09/21 Faith Ashton
  • 09/22 Gail Russell
  • 09/22 Trigg Davenport
  • 09/23 Letty Cruz
  • 09/25 Vida Trevino
  • 09/27 Carolyn Acton
  • 09/29 Saige Ashton 
Sunday - September 23, 2018
Call to Worship - Tibetan Bowl

Morning Meditation - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Intention - "Oceans" - 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 - "The Summons" - Community

Bringing Words of Life - Mark 9:33-37 - Judy Hudson

Song of Response - "The Summons" - Community

Time of Teaching - "Are You Ready to Open" - Rev. Wynn

Centering Song - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community

Community Prayer - Rebecca McDonell

Prayer Response - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community

A Time of Offering - Leigh Wolfer

Celebration of Holy Communion - Cassy Batts

Song of Sending Forth - "Lifesong" - Community

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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