17 November 2023

Dear Tory,

Peace and Greetings to you!


We’re reminded each year at this time, that like many other Metropolitan Community Churches around the world, it all started for us in the living room. And for us it started in a living room at 2024 West Highland Avenue, with twelve people gathering. Under the pastorate of Revered Paul W. Sydman, who was sent from the Good Shepherd MCC Congregation in Chicago to Milwaukee, brought the LGBTQ+ Community the Message of Metropolitan Community Church and God's All-Inclusive Love!

Now, fifty-two years later, several locations later, several pastors later, and a few names changes, Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church, continues to bring that Good News of God’s Inclusive Love to the Greater Milwaukee LGBTQ+ Community. Additionally, we continue to be the oldest existing LGBT based organization here in the state of Wisconsin, we also were the first LGBTQI+ based organization to acquire and own property in our great state.

Along with all the celebrating that we will do over this weekend, we will also take a moment Sunday to pause and remember, along with honoring our transgender siblings. We will take time to remember the hundreds of trans and gender-diverse people who were reported killed in 2023. As we take this time to remember, we will remember those who have been victims of violence and discriminations around the world who have struggled with hatred and violence, all to seek equality and justice for their acknowledgement of how God’s love transcends beyond gender and gender identity.

Speaking of Celebrations, a reminder that you can still join and attend our Annual Anniversary Fundraiser, tomorrow evening, Saturday, November 19th, in the SKYY Lounge at American Family Field. You can still take advantage of the early bird single ticket rate of $50, through midnight tonight. Otherwise, if you decide at the last minute that you would like to attend, we will have limited tickets available at the door for $60.

Our celebration continues Sunday morning at 11:00am, as we continue our series: I LOVE MY CHURCH, where we have been taking time to look and confirm our love for our community of faith through our serving, giving and sharing. I invite you to join us this Sunday for worship at 11:00am, as we continue our series, with why I Love My Church by GIVING! And make sure you complete Anniversary Sunday in joining us following worship at our SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY EDITION of BRUNCH WITH THE PASTOR, at Bridgewater Modern Grill. See details below.

We have so much to be grateful for in the life of our church and community as we also approach Thanksgiving next week. While this is considered the month of giving as well as the month to show our gratitude, we have extended our Winter Madness Clothing Drive through our annual meeting on December 3, 2023. You can still bring in warm clothing such as sock, hats and scarfs, gloves and ear warmers, and place them in the huge brown barrel in the Narthex. Also be reminded that this Sunday is our Third Sunday of the Month Second Offering, where we have an opportunity to further giving to our Church Asset Protection 2023 Capital Campaign. Details on how you can give to the Capital Campaign can be found below.

As always, please take a moment to scroll down for the many other special announcements in the life of our congregation and community, as we continue to be the vibrant, inclusive, and progressive community of faith that we are.

I look forward to seeing you Sunday Morning!

In Christ,

Scripture: Acts 4:32-35

The community of believers was of one mind and one heart. None of them

claimed anything as their own; rather, everything was held in common. The

apostles continued to testify with great power to the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

and they were all given great respect; nor was anyone needy among them,

for those who owned property or houses would sell them and give the money

to the apostles. It was then distributed to any members who might be in need.


this Sunday 11:00am

as we CONTINUE our Sermon Series:

As we continue with anniversary month, we look to our series based on our LOVE for our church. We continue with:



You can also connect with us for Virtual Worship on

our Facebook Page or YouTube Channel, Sunday afternoons through our links below to our Facebook and YouTube pages.

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Join us for a

Special Anniversary Sunday edition of


Sunday, November 19, 2023 following worship

at Bridgewater Modern Grill

Join Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church,

on this special Anniversary Sunday at 12:30pm

as we gather at

Bridgewater Modern Grill


2011 South 1st Street

Milwaukee 53207

Join us for some good food,

exciting conversations and awesome

fellowship with one another.

Bridgewater has a parking lot along with parking on the street


Pack the Pantry

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Remember, every Fourth Sunday of the month has been designated as


Pack the Pantry Sunday is a time for

you, the people of the church to come together and help support our partnered organizations Food Pantries.

Our Pack the Pantry donations

will go towards supporting:

VIVENT Health Care

Food Pantry

Bring your items to church SUNDAY, November 26th and place them on the pantry table in the Narthex.

Don't have time to shop? No worries! Make a monetary donation toward

Pack the Panty and we'll do the shopping for you!

If you forget to bring something this Sunday, you can bring your items on any other Sundays as well! You can

also make arrangements to drop things off at the church by contacting the church office to set a drop-off time!

Click below to obtain a list of Pack the Pantry items:

 Click Here for Pack the

Pantry Shopping List

Order and Shop with SCRIP and Make it a WIN-WIN for Both You and Our Congregation!

Continue to shop with SCRIP, making it simple and easy to shop virtually.

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.

Order forms 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.

This month's ORDER DEADLINE is:

Sunday, November 26, 2023

Drop your forms and payment in

the basket on Sunday mornings, or

you can send them in the mail to

the church.


Amazing Faith Dinner Dialogues

November 29th - 6:00pm

Our first Amazing Faith Dinner

Dialogue was well attended with over 80 people in attendance. People of all faiths and no faith, all spiritualties

and theologies gathered in small groups to share a meal and participate in a moderated discussion using a proven model, evoking deep

exchanges about lived experiences and the role of faith and/or spirituality in their lives. Through exploration and dialogue, participants learn about

the beliefs and traditions of others within an atmosphere of respect and understanding and are empowered

to stand as witnesses for tolerance

and inclusion.

You are invited to join the next dialogue dinner next month.

Come Change your life. Change

the world.

Dinner dialogues will be held on the last Wednesday of the month from


The OCTOBER Dialogue Dinner will be held at the Bay View United Methodist Church. Sign-ups are available by

clicking here to REGISTER.

Future dinners’ registrations will be available the day following the current and are scheduled to occur on the last Wednesday of each month.


December 7, 2023 at 6:30pm for Pub Theology

(formerly Theology-on-Tap)


Join us in-person at:

Centraal Grand Café & Tappery

2306 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue

Milwaukee 53207

As in the past, with Theology-on-Tap. the first beverage is on us, along with some munchies to feast on, as we gather for some great conversation.



"What will the Holiday Table "

For questions and more information, feel free to contact the church office by calling 414-383-1100

or by email at info@milmcc.org

Join us for our ANNUAL Congregational Meeting and Luncheon

December 3, 2023


Mark your calendars to be present at our Annual Congregational Meeting,

on Sunday, December 3, 2023, immediately following worship. Be a part of your church and attend this annual meeting so you can engage and approve our 2024 Budget and hear all about state of our congregation. This year, we will have our luncheon Potluck style, so please check the Narthex for the sign-up sheet starting Sunday, November 26th.

2023 Christmas Poinsettia Orders are NOW Being Taken!

It's so hard to believe that it's time again to order your Christmas Poinsettias, in honor or memory of our loved ones, as we will once again adorn and bring that Christmas presence to our sanctuary

Poinsettias are $25/each or two for $40. Starting Sunday, November 26th, you can start placing your order by filling out an order form which can be found in your Sunday Bulletin, the Narthex of the church or online by clicking the link below.

Church Asset Protection “CAP”

2023 Capital Campaign

We are excited to be in the midst our Church Asset Protection campaign, CAP for short, our Capital Campaign fundraiser to help raise funds for repairs, on the church building.

Maybe you worship with us occasionally, or every Sunday. You may participate in or support one of the many programs we provide in the Milwaukee community.

For more than fifty years your support has allowed us to be one of the first LGBTQ+ organizations to own a building. We are proud that with so much support we can also report we own the property free of any mortgage or debt. With this great blessing comes the great responsibility of maintaining the building.

Over the last several years we have been able to replace the HVAC and all but three of the old wooden windows. The inside of the building has been refreshed and all repairs have been completed. Now we find ourselves with many needed repairs to the outside of the building.

Our Church Asset Protection campaign helps raise funds to complete necessary repairs to our building that provides us the foundation to provide these support services. The funds will be used to complete the following:

  • The two chimneys need to be removed. A new roof needs to be installed.
  • The flat roof in the back of the building is pulling away from the side of the building and needs to be repaired.
  • The gutters are original from when they were attached to the city storm sewers and needed to be replaced and the rotting wood behind them repaired.
  • The last three wooden windows need to be replaced.
  • Lastly, the attic insulation needs to be replaced.

So, how can you help?

  • Donate to the campaign
  • Donate your time to help complete the repairs.
  • Share the campaign with friends and family to help us achieve our goal more quickly.
  • Do all 3!

Whichever you choose, your support is meaningful and makes an impact! For your convenience you can make your donation online by clicking on:

2023 Capital Campaign

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

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Reverend Tory V. Topjian (Moderator)

David Huibregtse (Vice-Moderator), Mark Mickelson (Clerk),

Allan Hauth, Dan Nelson, Chris Stockdale and Britt Saunders (Members at Large)

Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church

1239 West Mineral Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

414-383-1100 • info@milmcc.org

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