Agape' MCC News & Updates
March 30, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Holy Week at Agape' MCC

Beginning Sunday, March 28 at 7:30 PM we will offer a series of "Engaging the Sacred Fire" reflections on Facebook Live. Please join us!

Sunday March 28 - "Engaging the Fire" on Facebook Live
Monday March 29 - "Engaging the Fire" on Facebook Live
Tuesday March 30 - "Engaging the Fire" on Facebook Live
Wednesday March 31 - "Engaging the Fire" on Facebook Live
Thursday April 01 - "Engaging the Fire" on Facebook Live
Friday April 02 - Good Friday Service on Facebook Live
Saturday April 03 - "Engaging the Fire" on Facebook Live

Sunday April 04 - Morning Easter Service "How to Show Up" in the Agape' parking lot at 8:30 AM. Please bring your chairs.

Sunday April 04 - Easter Celebration "Oh the Possibilities" in the Agape' sanctuary at 10:30AM (masks and social distancing are required)
Spirit Cafe'

We will not be meeting this Wednesday, March 31. See you April 7th!
Sacred Saturdays

We will meet Saturday April 1st at 7:30 to "Engage the Fire" as part of our Lenten Ritual.

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.

Women Who Made American US History
Madeleine Albright (1937- ) In 1997, she became the first woman to be Secretary of State, and the highest-ranking woman ever in the U.S. Government. She knew the importance of that work: her Czech parents fled Nazi Germany in 1939, and she became a naturalized citizen while in college, but, having been raised Catholic, it was only as an adult that she learned her family was Jewish and that many relatives had died in the Holocaust. She used her position to advocate for human rights, push NATO to intervene in Kosovo in 1999 and normalize U.S. relations with China and Vietnam, and became the first Secretary of State to travel to North Korea.

Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) With a Masters in early childhood education from Columbia University, Chisholm was steadfast in advocating liberal causes—her campaign motto was “unbought and unbossed.” As the first African-American woman elected to Congress, she represented a overwhelmingly Democratic constituency in a newly redistricted Brooklyn neighborhood and in 1971 was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. The following year she ran a historic campaign for the Presidential nomination (“I ran because somebody had to do it first”), and helped create the Congressional Women’s Caucus in 1977. While in Congress, she championed her district’s interests, from daycare-funding to minimum wages for domestic workers, and criticized Congress for being run by “a small group of old men.”
Hillary Clinton (1947- ) In 2016, she was the first woman nominated by a major party for President of the United States. A lawyer by training, during her husband Bill Clinton’s time as President, she was the first First Lady to have an office in the West Wing, and while the healthcare reform plan she spearheaded during that time failed to pass, she successfully worked with members of Congress on the creation of Children’s Health Insurance Program. Prior to her unsuccessful run for the White House, she was also the first woman to serve as a U.S. Senator from New York (2001-2009) and served as Secretary of State (2009-2013) in the Obama administration.


Tammy Duckworth (1968- ) was an Tammy Duckworth, previously a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois, came to the Senate recently after beating the state’s incumbent Senator, Republican Mark Kirk, in 2016. She served as an Army helicopter pilot during the Iraq war, where she lost her legs and injured her arm. As a member of Congress, she has parlayed her personal experience in advocacy for veterans, by working on programs to help with P.T.S.D. and homelessness.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993, from a previous position as a United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit judge, this Brooklyn opera buff boasts many firsts: first woman to serve on two major law reviews (Harvard Law Review and Columbia Law Review), first tenured female Columbia Law School professor and co-author of the first casebook on sex discrimination. She’s known for her opinions on gender equality, notably the landmark United States v. Virginia, which allowed women to attend Virginia Military Institute.


Resource: Time.com

Maundy Thursday

Light a candle. This is the night. 
You ate again with those you would have avoided and only know because Jesus invited you on this journey together. You’re nervous in this city that tried to stone him. You eat and he asks you to remember him each time you gather and eat together.
Then like the woman who anointed his feet, he did what she did. Love leaned down before you and washed from your feet the dust of the day, dried your feet, and cautioned that if you can’t receive, you will miss Love altogether. Peter resists, then receives.
Then to be sure you got it, Jesus calls it a commandment: You do the same; love as I have loved you. You watch him take the three and go to pray. You only wake as Judas returns, kisses Jesus, and the soldiers bind Jesus and take him away. You’re lost. You can hardly breathe.
This is the night. The night in which the one through whom you most felt God’s presence, the one through whom you most felt God’s love, the one through whom you most felt God’s blessing is taken away. Gone.
Snuff the candle. 
Remember. Receive. Breathe. Wait.

Amen.

SUBMITTED BY:
REV. ELDER TROY TREASH
Senior Pastor, Resurrection MCC in Houston, TX USA. 
A Message from your Board of Directors
Dear Agape' Community,

You are loved unconditionally. You are prayed for by name. You are in our thoughts and hearts every moment of every day.

We are...
Namaste!

Rev. David, Cassy, Leigh, Lisa D., Ward, Melisa, EJ, and Amy
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