Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Rev. Vickie Miller
SUNCOAST MCC NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 1, 2019
"We Live, We Love: Looking Back"
Rev. Vickie Miller
Sun. | Aug. 4 | 10AM
As we continue our series “We Live, We Love” we explore the story of Lot and his family as they escape the city of Sodom with God’s instruction to “not look back.” Letting go is one of the most difficult human experiences. We cling to the past, afraid to move forward, to change, to accept that God’s possibilities await us. We define ourselves and others based on the stories of our past rather than seeing ourselves and others in the light of God’s love and forgiveness.
Readings
Genesis 19:1, 13-24; Luke 9:57-62
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUMMER SALAD SPIRITUAL SERIES

Tuesdays
Aug. 6 & 13
5:45PM Dinner
6:30PM Class

Join the Revs for a discussion on the Gospel of John.
All are welcome.

If you are joining, the reading assignment is John 12-17 .
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.
TRANS-LIFE SUPPORT GROUP TLSG
Sat. | Aug. 10 | 10:30AM

For all members of the Transgender Community. Group provides a safe place to discuss all issues. The facilitator is Allyson.
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
FAITH NIGHT
with the Stone Crabs (Baseball Team)
of Port Charlotte
Fri. | Aug. 23 | 6:30PM

Enjoy a night of fellowship and affordable fun with your Church, friends and members. Sign up in the lobby! For more information and details contact Linda Staib.
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS
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 any of the following items sometime in August. Peanut Butter & Celery Cream Cheese & Crackers Summer Sausage Cheese Slices & Fruit Hard Boiled or Deviled Eggs
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
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 & 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!
NOTE: Venice PRIDE planning meetings underway. If you are interested in helping, contact us.
UPDATES: METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES
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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