Agape' MCC News & Updates
April 13, 2021
View our 04/11/21 "Honestly, I'm just an honest wreck"
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Upcoming Events
In-person worship is back!
Join us for Sunday morning worship in our 
Agape' MCC Sanctuary at 10:30AM 
(masks and social distancing are required)

We are working on a plan for the return of Children's Sunday School and hope to have more information on this in the near future. The plan for our children will follow current CDC guidelines for classroom safety. Watch this space for additional information.
OR

Join us for Sunday Morning Worship
at 10:30AM on Facebook Live. We will continue streaming our worship services as part of our Sunday worship experience.

Click here to join us on FB Live.
Spirit Cafe'

Are you feeling a little disconnected from our Agape' community or from community in general? COVID certainly has interfered with our social lives and has made staying connected much more challenging. If the answer is yes, we have a solution for you!

Join us for our
gathering this Wednesday. We will see where the conversation leads us!


Let's Zoom!

You can view the event on the Agape' Facebook page.

Click here to register in advance for our Wednesday Zoom Meet Up
Enter the meeting ID: 816-8960-6902
(You only need to register once and you will be set for all the Wednesday Zoom Sessions)
Sacred Saturdays

Meets the first Saturday of each month.

This is a time for:
  • setting intentions for the season
  • letting go of things that no longer serve you
  • discovering inner peace
  • quiet reflection
  • finding light in the dark places
  • simply being

If you would like, you may bring a piece of paper to put in the fire with intentions and/or things to let go of written on it to offer up. This meeting will have an organic feel with little verbal communication. You are encouraged to come with an open heart and mind.
Community Corner
Engaging the Fire

We are often asked in our daily lives to keep the flame going as we tend to things in our life. Sometimes we are asked to put out fires so that life can be more easily managed. We may be summoned to get the fire started as we encourage those around us to join in a task. Engaging the fire is a different concept. It is asking us to look right at the fire and be with it.

I encourage you to sit and watch some of the fire video. Make intentional space to be with it. Listen to it crackle. Watch as the flames grow when the slightest amount of oxygen feeds the flames. Be present. Engage the Fire.

You are loved.
The poet Tracy Dant* writes of being in family with a second name for home, to put your feet up and cook chitlins in, to be loved in.

In Love’s family, everyone’s name is “Beloved.” This makes it very hard around Love’s house to tell us apart. “Beloved! Pick up your room!” “Beloved, quit fidgeting. Eat your vegetables.” Which us is meant? It is easiest to just assume that loving voice is calling to us all. “Beloved, be kind to strangers.” “Beloved, love your neighbor as you love yourself.” “Beloved, don’t be afraid, I’m here.”

In Love’s family we all have a shared second name. There’s nothing you can do to lose it, even if you’re fidgeting. Even if you aren’t kind to strangers. (Although being in Love’s family tends to make us kind to strangers. You’re at the movies? You’re probably eating popcorn. That’s how it works.) Let us pray:

Dear one, you are twice-named, or more. Along with your name for the world, you have the name Love has given you, whether you know it yet or not. Whether you answer to it yet or not. You are Beloved. This name is already yours, and it is also your name to grow into, to become. When you wake up today, you are Beloved. When you are waiting in a long line at the grocery store, you are Beloved. When things don’t go your way, you are Beloved. When you notice that someone is hurting, you are Beloved. I pray for you to live in this love, dear one. Eat your vegetables, Beloved; don’t be afraid. Amen.

*Click link to read “A Twice-Named Family" By Tracy Dant http://bit.ly/ATwiceNamedFamily


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
REV. ELDER MILLER HOFFMAN
has pastored MCC churches in New York and Maryland. He is currently a student chaplain at Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center and working with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape to support sexual assault counselor-advocates and the survivors they serve. 
April Birthdays

Apr 02 - Troy Kilgore
Apr 08 - Sheri Campbell
Apr 09 - Rachel Carr
Apr 09 - Dusty Esparza
Apr 11 - Miguel Vasquez
Apr 20 - Amy Ashton
Apr 24 - Trish Scott
Apr 30 - Connie Maples