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June Events

Sunday, June 12th @ 2 p.m. - Interfaith Pride Service, Hosted by
               Unity Tranformations at Open Cord Music 8502 Kingston
               Pike, Knoxville 37919

Saturday, June 18th @ 12 p.m. - Knoxville PrideFest, Downtown
Tuesday, June 21st @ 6:30 p.m. - MCCK Deacon's Meeting
Thursday, June 23rd @ 6:30 p.m. - MCCK Board Meeting
Friday, June 24th, @ 7 p.m. - MCCK Game Night 
Saturday, June 25th @ 6 p.m. - St. Ninian, Ice Cream Social
Sunday, June 26th - MCCK Small Group Meeting, Immediately
              following  Worship Service

Confession Of A Pastor
by Rev. Amy Lambert-Burns

A reminder for the week to keep on keeping on with the knowledge that God is with you through it all.

Romans 8:31-39
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won't he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one-for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one-for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God's right hand, pleading for us.  
 Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  37 No, despite all these things, 
overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,
neither our fears for today nor our worries about 
tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love.  39
 No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Don't Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out -
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are -
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
- by Author Unknown

   Sacred Connections

Pride is right around the corner and we're getting ready! We still will need help in the following area:
- Staffing the booth (for 2 hour segments)
Pride is Saturday, June 18th, 2016 in downtown Knoxville.  The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and the festival will be held from: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate our created beloved selves in the larger community.  To sign up to volunteer for both staffing, please email Rev. Amy at:

Do you have a favorite song or hymn? If so we will be doing a modified hymn sing on Sunday, 
June 19th, 2016, at the 11 a.m. Worship Service to celebrate Pride weekend.  Please e-mail your favorite song or hymn to:


Weight Watchers At MCCK

We have 11 people who have expressed interest in being in a Community Weight Watchers.  If we get 4 more commitments, we can form a group. We would meet 1 night a week and you would need to commit to the 12 week program.  If you are interested, please contact Denise W. at:   

"New To MCCK" Small Group

Who: Anyone interested in being part of a small group of people who are newer to this community.  Anyone interested in becoming a member of MCCK.

When: Sunday, June 26th, immediately after the service: ending after approximately 2 hours

Where:  At MCCK: a meal will be provided

Join us for a journey to explore our spirituality, to explore membership in MCCK, and to journey as a small group community over the next six months. 
If you are newer to MCCK, please consider being part of this small group.  We will:
  • Become a small group that gets to know and supports one another
  • Have an opportunity to explore your spiritual path and journey and share your individual insights
  • Get to know ministry leaders and learn how you might become part of an MCCK ministry
  • Be invited to join MCCK if you are so led
Please let Denise W. or Rev. Amy know if you plan to participate in this journey.  

Giving Opportunity

Thanks to the continued generosity of the congregation, we have provided
food for:  Adults 159, Children 166 and given out 112 food Bags /Boxes.
Also, if you can assist with helping to provide the following items it would be greatly appreciated:
Peanut Butter, Rice, Spaghetti, Canned Ravioli/Spaghetti O's, Cornbread Mix, Tang, Cereal, Canned Meat, Tuna, Saltine Crackers.

*If you have the time after Worship Service please stop by the food pantry and make a few food bags/boxes.  It is not necessary that you be a Deacon to work on this task.  

"A Place at the Table" Ministry

Our ministry,  A Place at the Table , shares food with the homeless on Monday, and Friday evenings at 7 p.m and the second Saturday of each month and if you have an hour and a half on either Monday and/or 
Friday  evenings and enjoy serving others A Place At The Table can use help feeding some of Knoxville's homeless. Volunteers are needed to help load and transport tables from MCC Knoxville to the site for use and also to return them back to the church.  We need volunteers to prepare and serve the food.  To volunteer, get information or directions, please see or contact Lois or Vicki as soon as possible at:

**Also, A Place at the Table is in need of bottled water, if you can assist in providing a case of water it would be greatly appreciated. 

Local Community News

Interfaith Pride Service 
Sunday June 12th, 2 p.m.

Come join us for an Interfaith Service in anticipation of PrideFest. This will be a gathering of people of all faiths who affirm and promote equality  and inclusion for all people through upbeat music and uplifting words. If you are tired of the culture wars and the bathroom brawls come join us and  together we will find peace. This service is being hosted by Unity Transformations at Open Chord Music 8502 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN, 37919

The Community of St. Ninian 
Ice Cream Social  

Saturday, June 25th, 2016
6 pm - 8 pm 
2527 Linden Ave. Knoxville 37920
Donation Requested:
Adults $5
Family $20

For  more information call: 523-6101

Employment Opportunity 
At Sitel of Oak Ridge 

Sitel of Oak Ridge is a strictly inbound call center. They aim to achieve not only client satisfaction but their employees gratification as well.

At Sitel of Oak Ridge site they have 3 lines of business all in direct relation to providing excellent member fulfillment. They do this through and for their military owned client who also seeks to provide insurance to all branches of the United States service men and women, their families and their dependents.

These lines of business are as follows:

Consumer Loan Acquisitions(CLA)- (Starting rate is $10.50 with the potential to earn an additional $3.00 an hour based on performance)
  • You will assist members by processing applications for collateral and unsecured loans

First Notice of Loss (FNOL)- (Starting rate is $10.50)
  • You will take calls from members who need to initiate an auto claim for damage which could be anything from hail damage to total loss, with loss of life. You must have the ability to show the appropriate level of empathy when necessary.
Auto Property/Causality Insurance (API)- (Starting rate is $13.00)
  • Must Complete precertification training and pass two State Property & Casualty exams to achieve licensing.
  • You will assist current members with making changes to auto policies, billing, adjustments and educating them on products and services 
Each of these campaigns comes with raises at 30 days, 60, days, 90 days and 1 year! 
We are currently offering a $450.00 Sign on bonus!

If you know someone who is interested in working  for a company dedicated to the personal achievements of each employed individual I urge you to contact:  or call her office (865)425-1445  so that  she can continue/discuss the application, assessment, interview and hiring processes with you.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Help Center is pleased to announce the immediate launch of the Trans Teens Online Talk Group. This online chat group is available each Wednesday from 7-9pm, eastern time at 

The GLBT National Help Center provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  2016 marks our 20th anniversary of service.  Utilizing a diverse group of GLBT volunteers, we operate two national hotlines, the GLBT National Hotline and the GLBT National Youth Talkline, as well as a volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.  We also maintain the largest collection of resources for the GLBT community in the United States, with 15,000 local resources for cities and towns across the country.

We are the oldest and most comprehensive national organization of its type and scope in the U.S., providing this critically needed service regardless of age or geographic location.  The people who turn to us for help often live in rural and conservative parts of the country and are frequently feeling severely isolated, closeted and despairing, with literally no one else safe to talk to.

In addition, we have now added the Trans Teens Online Talk Group to the services that we provide.  This online chat group is moderated by a trained member of the transgender community.  Training for all of our volunteers consists of a combination of an online training course, an in-person one-on-one training class, and a series of supervised shifts.  The goal of the chat group is to provide a safe place for trans youth ages 12 thru 19 to talk with each other, discussing concerns and exchanging ideas, to help end the isolation that many of these youth often struggle with.  The group is not, however, a dating site, and the exchange of personal contact information will not be permitted.  This also helps to ensure the safety and confidentiality of the youth in the group.  


TransLifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people.  We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 
This is a FREE helpline run by volunteers and supported by the community.  Operators are generally available

12am - 11am, 1pm - 10pm and 3pm - midnight

12am - 5am, 10am - 4pm and 5pm - midnight 

12am - 3pm and 10pm - midnight

12am - 8am and 11am - midnight

12am - 7am and 1pm - midnight

12am - midnight 
Who is this line for?
This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. While our goal is to prevent self harm, we welcome the call of any transgender person in need. We will do our very best to connect them with services that can help them meet that ne ed. If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us at: 1-877-565-8860. 

Who will answer when I call?
Our hotline is staffed by the true experts on transgender experience, transgender people themselves. Our volunteers are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Our volunteers are dedicated to improving the lives of transgender people.

Metropolitan Community Church of Knoxville Contact 


                                    Rev. Amy Lambert-Burns:    919-323-5811


                                    Loneka - Minister of Music:


                                    Brad - Accompanist


                                    Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am - 3pm

                                    Deacon's Food Pantry - Tuesday - Friday 10am - 2pm 

                                   General Information and MCCK Office: 865-531-2539


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 Go forth to live as disciples of the living Lord.

Be the light of Christ for the world. 

Let your good works shine that the way of Christ

May be seen by what you do and in what you say.

Amen .


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