Agape' MCC News & Updates
September 07, 2021
Due to technical difficulties the September 5th service is unavailable for viewing. We are working diligently to correct the issues.

"The Steady Drip of Sacrifice" 


My friends, how desperately we need to be loved and to love. With it we are creative. With it we march tirelessly. With it, and with it alone, we are able to sacrifice for others.
-Chief Dan George


The grass never sleeps.
Or the roses.
Nor does the lily have a secret eye that shuts until morning.

Jesus said, wait with me. But the disciples slept.

The cricket has such splendid fringe on its feet,
and it sings, have you noticed, with its whole body,
and heaven knows if it ever sleeps.

Jesus said, wait with me. And maybe the stars did, maybe
the wind wound itself into a silver tree, and didn't move,
   maybe
the lake far away, where once he walked as on a
   blue pavement,
lay still and waited, wild awake.

Oh the dear bodies, slumped and eye-shut, that could not
keep that vigil, how they must have wept,
so utterly human, knowing this too
must be a part of the story.

-"Gethsemane", by Mary Oliver


“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

-John 15:12-13


Next Sunday, September 12th: "The Integral Life"
Upcoming Events
Come in! We are open!
Join us for Sunday morning worship in our 
Agape' MCC Sanctuary at 10:30AM 
OR
Join us for Sunday Morning Worship
at 10:30AM on Facebook Live.

We will continue streaming our worship services on FB Live as part of our Sunday worship experience.

Another option for those who are staying safely at home and are missing the sanctuary space, the sanctuary will be open Mondays 12:00 - 3:00 for a time of meditation and spiritual connection. Candles and meditative music will be present in the space.

Also remember to check Facebook on Thursdays for TAD Talk with Rev. David!
(Thursday Announcements with David)

With the most recent change to the CDC Guidelines, we strongly encourage all of our community to maintain social distancing and wear masks when attending our live services.

Click here to join us Sunday's on FB Live.
Spirit Cafe' will be virtual for the next few weeks!

Please join us via Zoom as we share a time of connection.
Spirit Café Wednesday, September 8, at 6:30

Jon us for "Taosim", a course created by Glenda Taylor and facilitated by Rev. David Wynn.

Glenda Taylor writes:
“This is for me one of the favorite things that I have presented through the years, through story-telling, art, references to history, and through other means, in workshops and lectures in several states and now online. I consider it so valuable to us at this particular time, as it explores a way of life that brings peace of mind and serenity of spirit, even in chaotic times like what we are experiencing today. Taoism is an ancient Chinese wisdom. This self-paced seven-lesson course is packed with audio and video content, suggestions for contemplation and activity, quotations and vocabulary, suggestions for further study, and a great deal more. All seven lessons are free for now.”

Follow this link to begin the course, https://oneandallwisdom.com/taoism-an-online-course/

Follow this link to discover more about the gifted teacher Glenda Taylor, https://oneandallwisdom.com/

We will begin with check in as is our ritual when we gather. This course is self-paced so there are not requirements for how you choose to engage it. We will talk about Lesson 1 on September 8. Whether you’ve looked at the lesson or not, you are still invited to come be part of the discussion.

September 25, 2021 at 6:00PM

"Jungle Cruise"
Be sure to mark you calendars! We will have popcorn and drinks for this special family event. Everyone is welcome! We will provide additional details soon, watch this space!
We are closing in on that time of year again, the Annual Congregational Meeting. We will be providing information related to the meeting over the next couple of months. Please mark your calendars with these important dates:

Congregational Forum - November 07, 2021 following morning worship
Congregational Meeting - November 14, 2021 following morning worship

There are 3 Board of Director positions up for election this year. If you are interested in running for one of the 3 position, please print and fill out The Application for the Board of Directors position by clicking on this link: BOD Application

Please return the application no later than September 12th to either Rev. Wynn, Cassy Batts or Leigh Wolfer.
Community Corner
Come Together to Support
Afghan Women and Girls
“Safety and security of women and children will determine the well-being and strength of our nations” - Rajnath Singh
 
The Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan has put the rights -- and lives -- of hundreds of thousands of Afghan women and girls at extreme risk. 
 
To rally behind these precious individuals and the progress they are entitled to, Spiritual Playdate calls on our global peace education partners to come together in support of protecting and promoting their most basic human rights. 
 
And because we know that finding meaningful ways to help in times of crisis can seem overwhelming, we've identified a simple way that you can make a difference today.
 
A donation to Women for Women will provide a lifeline to Afghan women and children who are suffering; supporting desperately needed lifesaving services for those who have endured unspeakable human rights violations at the hands of the Taliban.
 
Sending positivity and prayers to these women and girls is crucial, but sending resources to uphold their health and safety is absolutely critical, so please join us in supporting this incredible organization by donating HERE today. 
 
Thank you, 

Edwina Cowell
Spiritual Playdate
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Spirit of life,
Hold me now with strength as I pray;
Help me to be in my own body.
Hold us now with strength as we pray;
Help us to be in our communal body.
Spirit of life, breath into us and through us
Give us the courage to breath into the pain, the grief, the collective wounds of which we are a part.
Give us the courage to hold the truth that so many cannot breath right now.
Give us the courage to let your breath move in us and through us.
Hold us in our grief
Unsettle us when we need to be shaken.
Shelter us when we need to rest.
Give us the courage to keep breathing as we move back out into the world.
Spirit of life,
Hold us now with strength as we pray;
Hold me now with strength as I pray. 


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:

REV. DR. KERR MESNER (he/him) 
Ithaca, New York, USA
September Birthdays

09/01 Mickey Howell
09/06 Seth Wynn
09/12 Lisa Davenport
09/16 Larry Hollis
09/21 Faith Ashton
09/22 Gail Russell
09/22 Trigg Davenport
09/23 Letty Cruz
09/25 Vida Trevino
09/29 Saige Ashton