Agape' MCC News & Updates
June 30, 2021
View our 06/27/21 "I've Been Meaning to Ask...where do we go from here?" worship experience by clicking on the image below:
Sacred Reading - Ruth 1:
Ruth’s Covenant With Naomi
Ruth replied,
“Do not plead with me to abandon you,
   to turn back from following you.
For where you go, I will go,
   and where you stay, I will stay.
Your people will be my people,
   and your God my God.
Where you die, I will die,
   and there I will be buried.
May God deal with me, and worse,
   if anything but death comes between me and you!”


Sunday July 4th - Shorts and Flip Flops Sunday!
Upcoming Events
Come in! We are open!
Join us for Sunday morning worship in our 
Agape' MCC Sanctuary at 10:30AM 

With recent changes to the CDC Guidelines, we have updated our COVID policy:

  • we are longer checking temperatures as you enter the building
  • fully vaccinated attendees are not be required to wear a mask or socially distance
  • We ask that those who are not vaccinated to please continue to wear a mask and socially distance when possible.
  • Please be supportive to those wearing masks for various health reasons.

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.


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'

It's Zoom Wednesday at the Spirit Cafe!

Please join us for a time of connection, meditation and conversation this Wednesday via Zoom at 6:30PM.

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

Click here join the Wednesday Zoom Meet Up
Enter the meeting ID: 816-8960-6902

50 years of ministry is a big deal and we are planning extra special events to celebrate our 50 year journey. Activities will include a gaming
night for the youth (and young at heart), a Sundae Sunday, Fall Festival, Wine and Cheese Happy Hour, capping it all off with a very nice sit down dinner. We heard a rumor that our very own world renown Evangelical singing duo
(Pearl and Ethel) will make a guest appearance.
Event dates, location and times will be available soon. Stay tuned!
Community Corner

Questions

How many questions do you think you have asked and/or answered in your lifetime? How many have you answered this week?

Questions are interesting. They help us grow, know more, and become better humans. They inform us. Our answers help show the world who we are. We share ourselves through our replies.

Never stop asking questions.

Be curious.

Br vulnerable; answer the question or ask it if you want. Show the world your beauty.
MCC Commission on
Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation
Announcing Three Pathways

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
Psalm 133:1
 
We call upon the One who knew us before we entered into this plain. We call upon the One who knows each tear we cry and every pain we feel. We call upon the One who joins us in our joy and times of celebration. We call upon the One who led others before us on this journey and laid the groundwork so that we can do the work of today. Blessed One, guide our work that it would be healing and fruitful for us today and for those tomorrow.   
 
Ashe, Amen, and May it be So.


The Commission on Pathways of Healing and Reconciliation was established by the Governing Board to help MCC address racism and other issues that were highlighted during and after General Conference 2016. 

One of its tasks is to:

  • Design and offer a pathway for individuals to move towards healing and reconciliation on elements that have fractured relationships in recent years.

The Commission has now established 3 different pathways, which will be available during the month of July, to hear your personal experiences of racism and other issues within MCC. The Commissioners will use these stories to identify themes and will recommend areas for organizational change, so that MCC can become more racially equitable, inclusive and diverse. 

You may
  1. Complete a short survey, which will provide a snapshot of what MCC is doing locally and as a denomination to address racism
  2. Submit your written or video testimony of your personal experience of racism or other issues within MCC
  3. Make an appointment to speak with a listener and share your story. This will be recorded, with your consent, and also submitted to the Commission for its work. We have listeners in different countries, from a variety of backgrounds and who speak different languages. You will be able to choose with whom you talk. 

The Commissioners want to hear from as many people as possible around the world. Your story is important to us, so please consider using one or more of the pathways. We need your input to help us to really understand the current reality in MCC and what needs to be done for MCC to fully live into its core values of inclusion, community, spiritual transformation and justice.  


We look forward to hearing from you!

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC Detroit, USA (Co-Chair)
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator UFMCC (Co-Chair)
Rev. Cathy Alexander, MCC Staff
Mr. Kedric Brown, Resurrection MCC, Houston TX, USA
Ms. Clare Coughlin, Governing Board UFMCC
Mr. Juan Garcia, MCC of Washington DC, USA
Rev. Jakob Hero-Shaw, MCC Tampa, USA
Mr. Richard Norman, Good Hope MCC, South Africa
Ms. Ivana Warwick, ICM Sao Paulo, Brazil
Psalm 40
I waited a long time for the Eternal;
  The Eternal finally knelt down to hear me.
  The Eternal listened to my weak and whispered cry.
2. The Eternal reached down and drew me
  from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and clay.
  With a gentle hand, The Eternal pulled me out
To set me down safely on a warm rock;
  The Eternal held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again.

All around the world we witness multiple layers of grief and pain. People are suffering one loss after another, largely due to the pandemic, and also because of systemic oppression and unrelenting power structures that have plagued nations for centuries. Some people cry out every day for relief of their pain and for hope in humanity to be restored. During times of deep distress and isolation, we turn to Psalm 40 to remind us that the Eternal One hears our cries. We are not alone in our grief. We are not alone in our desire to break free from the burdens of injustice. The divine love is always with us. As we wait patiently for our sadness to turn to gladness, let us remember that our light shines through acts of courageous love and the willingness to stand steadfast together in our commitment to justice.

Eternal One, we call upon your divine love to hear our prayers. Remember us by our name. Place our feet upon your rock so that we stand firm in our trust in you. Heal the hurt and grief we witness around the world. Help those who sit in isolation find a loving and caring community. Renew our faith in courageous acts of love for our siblings around the world.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

REV. ELLEN DENISE JUNIOUS (she/her)
Interim Pastoral Care Coordinator at Resurrection MCC
July 03 - Max Roberts
July 04 - Graeme Haub 
July 05 - David Wynn
July 06 - Ty Reed
July 06 - Kim Pena
July 17 - Linda Gray
July 19 - Lilia Orander-Cruz
July 21 - Bailey Shackelford
July 29 - Patti Stephens