26 February 2021
Greetings!

Peace and Greetings to you!

As we continue our Lenten journey in our lives, I invite and support you to continue on your quest of your whatever Lenten disciplines you have chosen to engage in, as it moves each of us closer to the triumph of Easter. As a church, we continue our disciplines during this Lenten season, which includes our Prayer & Praise of those in our lives, as well as continuing to engage in our Annual Lenten Giving Challenge.

As we continue in this Lenten Season, through Easter Sunday morning, we continue to engage in our series entitled, LENT. The series will focus on portions of scripture connecting us with Jesus’ journey to the cross.

Join me this Sunday, for Worship ONLINE, starting at 11:00AM Central Time, on our YouTube or Facebook, and as we continue in our series titled “LENT,” as we explore the Gospels having our Mountain Top Moments.

I also encourage your engagement in the two Lenten opportunities the church is offering. The first is our Lenten 40 Day Challenge Offering, of which you can find details on how to be a part of this challenge further down in this weekly. The other is a special Lenten Study opportunity, being hosted by Sanctuary in the Woods. CLM (Creating a Life that Matters) will offered virtually for each of the five Tuesday in March. I’m excited that our friends at Sanctuary in the Woods will be being a modified version of Creating a Life that Matters, virtually and free to you online. Those details can also be found below, as well as on our website in the Event Calendar section.

The Board of Directors and I invite you to keep watch as we continue 2021, for some exciting things ahead, as we begin our year-long celebration, celebrating 50 YEARS, as a Vibrant, Inclusive, Progressive Community of Faith, here in the Greater Milwaukee area.

As always, I invite you to take a moment to scroll down for other important announcements and events in the life of our congregation and community, as we continue to be the vibrant, inclusive and progressive community of faith that we are.

Blessing to you!
Rev. Tory
Scripture: Mark 9:2–9 (The Inclusive Bible)

Six days after that, Jesus took Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. And there Jesus transfigured before their eyes; the clothes Jesus wore became dazzlingly white – whiter than any earthy bleach could make them. Elijah appeared to them, as did Moses and the two were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, “Rabbi,” he said “how wonderful it is for us to be here! Let us make three shelters- one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah!” Peter did now know what he was saying, so overcome were they all with awe. Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them; and there came a voice from out of the cloud: “This is my Beloved, my Own; listen to this One.” Then suddenly, when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore – only Jesus. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until they after the Promised One had risen from the dead.
Join Us Sunday for WORSHIP ONLINE
through Facebook and YouTube

We invite you to join us for Sunday Worship, by joining us at our Facebook and YouTube Channels for our
WEEKLY SUNDAY WORSHIP WATCH PARTY!

Connect with us starting at 11:00AM on our Facebook Page
or YouTube Channel Links to our Facebook and YouTube pages
are below.

THIS SUNDAY WE CONTINUE OUR LENTEN SERIES:
"LENT"

We continue our journey through lent with:
"Mountain Top Moments"
Join us in 2021 for our
POZ Spirit Gathering
TUESDAY
March 2, 2021
at 7:00PM

POZ Spirit is back and will be gathering on, Tuesday evening, March 2, 2021
at 7:00pm via Zoom!

POZ Spirit is a group for men who are HIV/AIDS infected, providing a safe, respectful and supportive environment. POZ Spirit is where individuals have the opportunity to form friendships, while having the opportunity to network, share resources, while providing peer support and education, along with having discussions on any personal and relevant issues.

We hope you’ll join us on February 2nd and take the opportunity to connect with those in our group. If you haven't joined us in a while, please consider joining us, as we have new people who have joined us over the last several months!

Connect with us on March 2nd at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88487848985
Don't FORGET to
join us for
Theology-on-Tap ONLINE the First Thursday of each month!

Next Theology-on-Tap
March 4, 2021
at 6:30pm

Join us for our next gathering, Thursday Evening, March 4, 2021 at 6:30pm via ZOOM to take part in our discussion!

Grab your favorite beverage and some snack type foods for an evening of good discussion. 

For questions and more information, feel free to contact the church office by calling 414-383-1100
or by email at info@milmcc.org

Connect with us on March 4th at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86055363676
DON'T FORGET TO JHOIN US FOLLOWING ONLINE WORSHIP for our
Virtual Fellowship Gathering viz Zoom THIS
SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2021
at 12 NOON via Zoom

Rev. Tory and the Board of Directors invite you to join them on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 12 Noon, immediately following online worship for our virtual get together and enjoy some congregational fellowship, social time, along with spreading greetings for a great 2021!

We know that we all miss being together with one another, and having that ability to give one another a hug, pass the peace or have that ability to socialize with one another after Sunday Worship. So come join in for some great conversation and fellowship with one another!

DON'T BE LEFT OUT! Connect with us on March 7th at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82834642928
SHOP WITH SCRIP CARDS
ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR ORDER AS WE ENTER 2021!

You can still shop with SCRIP in 2021, 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.


You’re invited to join the
2021 Milwaukee MCC Lenten Offering Challenge

Each year Milwaukee MCC engages
in our annual Lenten Offering Challenge. This year being no different, we once again invite
YOU to be a part of this year’s
2021 Challenge!

In the past, as we have been able
to this challenge in-person, we obviously are not able to have
the same engagement for 2021.
 
You’re once again invited to join the challenge by placing a set amount in the container we have provided for you in this letter. Whether it’s a $1/day, $5/day, emptying out your pockets of your loose change, or whatever you are called to give, we invite you to place that in your containers during these
forty days of Lent.

If you're not a regular attender or on our regular postal mail list at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church, and would like to partake in our challenge, you can contact the church via email at info@milmcc.org.

As we would normally bring our gifts and offering to the altar on Palm Sunday, this year we invite you to turn in your offering challenge in
the following ways:
  1. Contact the church to make safe arrangements to drop your offering/gift off in person. You can also drop your envelope through the Mail Slot. If you're collecting loose change, we request that you exchange that for bill currency or write a check or money order.
  2. Use the Lenten Offering Envelope that was provided in the letter you received to send your offering via check or credit card back to the church.
  3. Go online to by cutting and pasting this link and make your payment online. Make sure you indicate other type of offering and put “Lenten Offering” in the other box.

CLM (Creating a Life that Matters) GOES ONLINE
A GREAT LENTEN STUDY OPPORTUNITY!

Sanctuary in the Woods is excited to share that they will be doing a modified version of CLM (Creating a Life That Matters) Online, during the month of March 2021.
 
This wonderful opportunity will be offered each Tuesday evening during the month of March at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central time.

You'll be able to connect to this series each of the Tuesdays listed below at 7:00pm Central Time/8:00pm Eastern time at:


Schedule of CLM OFFERSINGS
Tuesday, March 2nd – CLM 2. 1
Brilliant, Gorgeous, Fabulous - Our Multi-Dimensional Selves

Tuesday, March 9th – CLM 2. 2
Powerful Beyond Measure - The Four Yogas

Tuesday, March 16th – CLM 2. 3
Under the Waterline

Tuesday, March 23rd – CLM 2. 4
Keeping Body and Soul Together - Sexuality and Spirituality

Tuesday, March 30th
Monthly Book Club – Possibly one of the Source Books of
Rediscovering Relationship with My Self

GIVE AT CHECKOUT AND MAKE A MICRODONATION TO MILWUAKEE MCC

If you use PayPal for your purchases and other things, you can now provide a microdonation of just $1, YES $1, when you check out with PayPal. It’s east as 1-2-3-4!

This new program from PayPal,
Give at Checkout is an easy way
for consumers to give what they
can when they are able. Over time these small amounts can grow exponentially, offering charities a way to diversify fundraising efforts.

Simply go to your PayPal Account Dashboard and …
  1. God to the bottom right to the Make an Impact Section and click on Set Your Favorite Charity.
  2. Type in Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church and Click on the church name.
  3. Receive confirmation that Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church is now your FAVORITE Charity.
  4. Begin making an impact and/or make an additional donation.
EACH TIME YOU SHOP/BUY AT SMILE.AMAZON.COM YOU HELP MILWUAKEE MCC

Did you know that when you shop SMILE.AMAZON.COM you can help Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church receive a donation from Amazon, and at no additional cost or efforts to you?

Each time you shop Amazon Prime or Smile at Amazon, and have Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church as your designated Charity of Choice, Amazon will make a charitable donation to Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church.

Registering is easy by simply going to your Amazon account and designate Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church as your designated charity. Once you've done that all your need to do is log in via smile.amazon.com and Amazon will do the rest.
Since we have still been unable to pass the offering plate during this time of pandemic at worship in person, our giving continues to be down. 

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 ask that you please consider the options we have available for giving to the church, until we are able to be back in-person again.

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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