Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Rev. Vickie Miller
SUNCOAST MCC NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 25, 2019
"We Live, We Love: Finding Refuge"
Rev. Nancy Wilson
Sun. | Jul. 28 | 10AM
The struggle of what makes a relationship right is a human theme that we’ve been dealing with ever since we were “humans.” To live is to love—no way around it!

These themes cross boundaries of time and geography and we also find them in some of the most ancient stories of our Judeo-Christian tradition. How are we to deal with human frailty and the ways in which our fear shows up in difficult relationships? Join us to ponder these complex issues of our time.
Reading
Selections from Genesis 6-8; An ABC News Video: "Back to the Beginning: The Real Story of Noah's Ark" Christine Amanpour
NEW WORSHIP SERIES: "We Live, We Love"
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUMMER SALAD SPIRITUAL SERIES
Tuesdays
Jul. 23 to Aug. 13
5:45PM Dinner
6:30PM Class

Join the Revs for a discussion on the Gospel of John.
All are welcome.
Join us for a fun evening ... food, fun and fellowship

GAME NIGHT AND POTLUCK
Fri. | Aug 2
Potluck 6PM and Game Night 7PM

Stay tuned for more details soon. An evening of fun. All are welcome.
MEMBERSHIP CLASS
Sun. | Aug. 4 | 11AM
Thinking of joining?

Message by the Revs.

Member Testimonials

Speak to the Revs if you have any questions about membership.
BOOK DISCUSSION
“Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race”

Hosted by
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF VENICE located at 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Florida

Tues. | Aug. 13 | 1PM – 3PM Developing Personal Awareness
of Racism
Tues. | Aug. 20 | 1PM – 3PM
Exploring White Privilege
Tues. | Aug. 27 | 1PM – 3PM
 Considering Next Steps

Join the discussion RSVP bevmorrison@comcast.net
Featuring
GEORGIA MOORE
Fri. | Aug. 16 | 7PM

Have fun
Win some cash ...
All while supporting SunCoast MCC
Cash Prizes!
$10 Per Card
3 Cards for $25
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS
SPECIAL THANKS
On Sunday, July 28 during Worship we will recognize and thank volunteers from the Global Outreach, Media and Communications teams.
FELLOWSHIP
IMMEDIATELY AFTER SUNDAY WORSHIP
All are welcome. Great time to socialize with Revs., visitors, guests and members while enjoying some light refreshments.

HOSPITALITY
If your last name begins with "F-L" can you please bring a goodie tray in July. Looking for volunteers to set things up and serve light refreshments in July & August. Please speak with Linda Staib to learn what is involved.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE
If you have a prayer need, are ill or become hospitalized, call the church office to let us know. We would like to minister to you in your time of need.

CHOIR REHEARSAL
Wednesdays at 6:30PM
LANDSCAPING: Jul & Aug
Taking a break due to the summer heat. If you have a “plot” check it regularly! Save up your energy for the fall, when we will resume on the second Saturday of every month!
VENICE PRIDE
"We are Here"
Sat. | Nov. 2
11AM to 4PM
Seeking Sponsors
and Vendors!
Ask any business, church or community group to consider participating.

Registration Forms are available in the Church lobby or click below for online registration. Sign up your favorite business or community group today!
UPDATES: METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES
Participate in the Upcoming ...
CONGREGATIONAL FORUM AT SUNCOAST MCC
Sun. | Jul. 28 | Following Worship
Join the Lay Delegates for an update report about the
2019 MCC General Conference held in Orlando, FL
SPECIAL OFFERING FOR
GLOBAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE ON
SUNDAY, AUG 4

Every year, MCC churches are invited to take a special offering up for the Global Justice Institute. On Sunday, August 4th, SunCoast MCC will take a special offering for the work of MCC Global Justice Institute. The Global Justice Institute was founded about 10 years ago, and partners with MCC to do special projects and to support activists all over the world. Last year, the Institute, lead by MCCers accomplished the following:
  • Partnered with activists in Romania to fight and defeat a referendum narrowing the definition of family to exclude same sex couples
  • Financed a successful legal case securing the recognition of married couples throughout the European Union in Romania
  • Partnered with allies in Armenia to plan the Forum for LGBT Christians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  • Worked with the Global Interfaith Network to move people to safety who faced danger in Tanzania
  • Intensified efforts to combat threats from the US govt. to cut programs and decrease funding for HIV/AIDS work
  • Stood up against efforts to erase Trans people and gender language in US policy protections
  • Participated in the Parliament of the World’s Religions and its first track of LGBTQI programming, as well as hosting a hospitality suite during the gathering
  • Held a seat on the Council for Global Equality, and participated in the US Dept. of State’s Ministerial for the Advancement of Religious Freedom as the sole religious voice protecting LGBTQI people of faith
  • Formed a partnership with Rainbow Faith & Freedom in Canada to combat western exportation of religiously based hatred & identify safe religious communities
  • Marched in Taipei’s Pride Parade and provided support to the campaign for marriage equality
  • Sponsored “teaching tours” throughout China to dismantle myths and fears about the Bible and Homosexuality
  • Partnered in Kenya to complete a well in Mtito Ande, providing fresh water to local inhabitants and the opportunity for community gardening
  • Sponsored LGBTQI retreat in Mtito Andei
  • Revitalized a partnership in Costa Rica for Central American Refugees
  • Provided funding to rebuild LGBT businesses and housing for Trans people in Miraflores following the storms in Puerto Rico
  • Funded an all-country retreat in Brazil, and helped fund renovations for a shelter in Maringa that houses homeless LGBBT people and those struggling with drug addiction
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