14 January 2022
Greetings!

Peace and Greetings to you!

Since we’ve gathered in worship last Sunday, the Staff, Board of Directors and I have truly been challenged with the rapid increase in the number of Covid cases being reported in the Greater Milwaukee area.
 
As we continue to live in a world of disruption, and due to the events, that evolve around the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church, are continuing to do our part in the effort to help stop the spread of this virus.
 
Yesterday, I sent communication out to you, our church family in regard to the immediate changes that the Board of Directors and I face, as it relates to Sunday Worship. As you will have seen, that beginning THIS SUNDAY, we will return back to an Online Virtual Worship experience.
 
While this was a painful and difficult decision that we had to make, and as we enter each day, there are more changes that seem to face us, while the policies and recommendations get more stringent with each update we receive. What may be good and satisfactory one day, may be considered unsafe and insufficient the next. Know that as your pastor, along with your board of directors, we continue to monitor this situation very closely and are constantly adjusting our priorities and actions accordingly.
 
Be reminded that this is not the first health crisis that we, the people of Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church have faced and survived.  We are a community of fighters and survivors, and we will get through this together.
 
I invite you again to take a moment a read the letter that was sent out yesterday, which is below. We will continue to keep you updated on what has and will be implemented as we reassess the life of our church, not only in respect to worship, but with our activities and programming in the days and weeks ahead.
 
In the meantime, join me this Sunday for Virtual Worship at 11:00AMby connecting with us online, through our YouTube or Facebook links. We continue our exciting sermon series titled: “DETOX,” where we will explore how our boundaries hold up while sharing it with the wins and losses in our lives. This Sunday we explore how “Daily Rhythms” in our lives.

As always, I Invite you to take a moment to scroll down to view these announcements and the many other special announcements, connected to the life of our congregation and community, as we continue to be the vibrant, inclusive, and progressive community of faith that we are.
 
May God’s blessings continue to be with each of you!

In Christ!
Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Savior always! I say it again: Rejoice! Let everyone see your
forbearing spirit. Our Savior is near. Dismiss all anxiety from your minds; instead, present your needs to God through prayer and petition, giving thanks for all circumstances. Then God’s own peace, which is beyond all understanding, will
stand guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, my sisters and
brothers, your thoughts should be wholly directed to all that is true, all that
deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, decent, admirable, virtuous or worthy
of praise. Living according to what you have learned and accepted, what you
have heard me say and seen me do. Then will the God of peace be with you.
We invite you to join us for Sunday Worship, by joining us at our Facebook or YouTube Channels for our
WEEKLY SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE!
THIS SUNDAY WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES:
In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul outlines three daily practices that help re-set, re-orient, and re-calibrate. Rejoice, Pray, and Focus. We can experience joy in the midst of pain through gratitude, we can move from anxiety to anticipation through prayer, and we can change our reality by focusing on the promises of God.

We continue the series this Sunday with exploring our:
"Daily Rhythms"

Connect with us starting at 11:00AM on our
Facebook Page or YouTube Channel below
The January 16, 2022
BRUNCH WITH THE PASTOR
at CENTRAAL Grand Café & Tappery
HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

We apologize for any inconveniences, but due to the high increase
of Covid related cases in the Greater Milwaukee area, the board of directors is temporarily postponing in-person events and gatherings.

We hope that this will be a short lived suspension and that we will be able to resume Brunch with the Pastor in February. Keep watch for updated information for when we will be resuming this gathering.
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By purchasing and shopping with SCRIP Cards, you can continue to shop in your normal way, whether in person or virtually, while continuing to support Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church.

Even though we're back to Virtual Worship, you can still order SCRIP.
An Order form can be obtained by clicking below on the SCRIP ORDER
FORM LINK below. You can mail your payment to the church by using one of
your tithing envelopes or going online and using our online giving portal,
noting in the comments that your payment is for SCRIP Cards. SCRIP Orders
will be mailed to you once received.

Our ORDER DEADLINE is:
Sunday, January 23, 2022

Drop your forms and payment in
the basket on Sunday mornings, or you can send them in the mail to
the church.

The February 3, 2022
THEOLOGY-ON-TAP
at Hunty's Social Club
HAS BEEN CANCELLED!

We apologize for any inconveniences, but due to the high increase
of Covid related cases in the Greater Milwaukee area, the board of directors is temporarily postponing in-person events and gatherings.

We hope that this will be a short lived suspension and that we will be able to resume Theology-on-Tap in March. Keep watch for updated information for when we will be resuming this gathering.
Dear Beloved in Christ:
 
ver the past few days, and as new Covid variants and increasing numbers of cases have hit the Greater Milwaukee area, your Staff and Board of Directors have been in close communication with me, thinking through and implementing a protocol based on our desire to keep everyone safe, as well as reducing any spread of this virus.

Therefore, effective THIS SUNDAY, 16 January 2022, and to protect the most vulnerable among us, and based on recommendations from the CDC, The Wisconsin Council of Churches, The Greater Milwaukee Clergy Council, as well as our local health officials. The following has been put in place, along with what you can do as we move forward:
  • Continue to prayer for your pastor, staff, board of directors, and most of all one another.
  • All in-person worship starting with Worship Services for this Sunday, January 16, 2022, and until further notice, have been cancelled.
  • We will therefore go back to a Virtual Worship Structure, like we did previously, with worship still being at 11:00AM, but will premiere virtually on our Facebook and YouTube pages, along with access through our website at www.milwakeemcc.org. 
  • As of now, we are prayerful that this will be a temporary situation, we the staff, Board of Directors and myself, continue to monitor and be in close communication with our colleagues within the Greater Milwauke Faith Community.
  • All programming, such as Brunch with the Pastor, Theology-on-Tap, POZ Spirit and other in-person type gatherings will be suspended until it is safe to reconvene in person. You will be the FIRST to know when that happens.
  • Our Congregational Care Team is available and will provide care via telephone or email. If you have a care need, prayer or praise request, you can contact the church office (414-383-1100) or via email at info@milmcc.org. Please leave a message with your information, if you need someone to contact you back, as well as leaving us your prayer or praise request. The weekly Prayer & Praise email will continue to go out each Wednesday morning.

As a Community of Faith, please continue to support your church financially. We need your faithfulness now more than ever so that we can sustain things during our physical absence. Bills still need to be paid, yours, as well as ours.

There are several ways you can support the church financially:
U.S. Postal Mail:
  • Send your financial gift via Check or Credit Card payment by mail to the church at: Milwaukee MCC, 1239 West Mineral Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

ONLINE Giving:
  • You can go directly online to our website by clicking on this icon below to pay by Check or Credit Card.

  • You can also give online through PayPal, by clicking on the icon below.


In-Person Giving:
  • You can drop your check directly at the church and place it through the mail slot at: 1239 West Mineral Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204  

Knowing that these are unprecedented times in each of our lives, please be assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure that all gets back to normal soon.

Know that you are loved and held in prayer, not only by me, but each Staff Member and member of our Board of Directors.

Please leave me a message at the church or email me at info@milmcc.org if you have any further concerns.

The Staff, Board of Directors and I, want to thank you for your flexibility, cooperation, prayers and understanding, knowing that we will get through this once again! We did it before and we can certainly do it again!
 
Blessings to each of you!
 
In Christ!

Reverend Tory V. Topjian
Senior Minister
If you auto-give, through your financial institution, or already give online, we THANK YOU. But, if you have typically placed your gifts in the offering plate each Sunday, we also offer other options when giving to the church.

There are several ways YOU can make either a one-time donation or even a recurring donation. Here are the ways you can make that happen:
  1. Through our Secure Online Giving Portal, or either of our two PayPal links. You can go to our Secure Online Giving Portal and/or our PayPal Giving Link for your regular offering or one time giving. You can also go through our regular PayPal Link if you’re wanting to start and set-up a recurring monthly giving for your offering. Click on either of the links below to make that happen.
  2. You can mail your offering via check or credit card by using one of the pre-printed offering envelopes that have been distributed to all our members. Simply insert your check in the envelope or complete the information on the inner flap, should you choose to donate by credit card, and return it by mail. If you are in need envelopes, please contact the church, either by leaving us a message or emailing us at info@milmcc.org. We will be happy to send some to you.
  3. You can send your offering via check in a regular addressed envelope to: Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church, 1239 West Mineral Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
  4. You can go to our website at www.milwaukeemcc.org/giving to do your giving.
Click link above to do a regular
offering or one time gift through our Secure Giving Portal
Click link above to do a regular
offering or one time gift
Click link above to set up a monthly recurring gift
As a board, we are praying with you, and for you. We look forward to the day when we can once again gather and worship together. In the meanwhile, please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines outlined by health officials to keep you and your family safe.

Please prayerfully consider making a gift to support your church, so that we can continue to meet the needs of the congregation.

Peace and Blessings,
Milwaukee MCC Board of Directors
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