Agape' MCC News & Updates
April 20, 2021
View our 04/18/21 "Walking the Walk"
Easter experience by clicking on the image below:
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!

Beginning Wednesday April 21 (tomorrow) we will offer a bi-weekly hybrid meeting. This means those who are comfortable doing so will gather in the Agape' Social Hall for game night and those who want to Zoom in from the comfort of their home can also join the festivities.

Join us this Wednesday either in person or via Zoom.
Let the games begin!


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
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
Holding on.
 
Ask yourself, is holding on important?
 
Our first instinct is to reply, "yes, it is important". We will likely answer without asking ourselves what it is that we are holding on to. Is this thing we are holding on to healthy for us? Does this thing still serve us? What would happen if we let go?
 
I am guilty of holding on to things long after their expiration date. I tend to try and salvage what I can from it hoping to breathe enough life into it so whatever "it" is can survive. I do this with just about everything, or I did. I am learning new ways to sit with the "things" and learning to release when expiration seems inevitable.
 
Learning to let go is not easy.
Holding on is not easy.
There are lessons in both.
 
This is the season for letting go. Let's look at the things in our life that are no longer serving us and find a way to let them go. Things can be mental, physical, or emotional. "It" can be a relationship, some clutter, a thought process or any number of things.
 
I encourage you to let it go. Stop holding so tight that you bleed.
 
I will do the same.
 
-Trish Penland-Ashton
Tuesday, April 27th
SanctuaryOnline - April Book Club

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern


 Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history with the story of a young woman named Ana. It's part meticulously researched historical fiction and part provocative feminist theological speculation. Raised in a wealthy family with ties to the ruler of Galilee, Ana is rebellious and ambitious, with a brilliant mind and a daring spirit. She engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes narratives about neglected and silenced women. Ana is expected to marry an older widower, a prospect that horrifies her. An encounter with eighteen-year-old Jesus changes everything.
Get reading and join the conversation!

Sanctuary's Zoom Room: www.SanctuaryOnline.live
Jesus had the audacity to tell his followers to “not worry.” Jesus said: “do not worry about your life" (Luke 12:22). How could Jesus be so cavalier and tell people to chill out, doesn’t he know that life is stressful and that many people are dealing with a multitude of difficulties, challenges and unknowns? But Jesus is not judging emotions! He acknowledges that they exist and he points people toward something more productive. We are to not worry and, “instead, strive for God’s kin-dom, and these things will be given to you as well” (Luke 12:31)

From that centered, God-first orientation, we find ourselves in a place of abundance. The more we put our attention on God, the more we receive from God: things like peace, grace, strength, goodness, hope, mercy, confidence, assurance, guidance, wisdom, revelation and an inexhaustible supply of the Holy Spirit. 

Let us pray … 
Thank you, O God, that you are an ever-present help in times of trouble. We do not want the distractions of this world to be a barrier to being transformed by Your love. We do not want our worries to get in the way of Your call to advocate for justice. Remind us that Your perfect love casts out fear. Remove from us any fretting so that we may serve You fully and boldly today. Amen.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
REV. ELDER GOUDY
Since 1999, Goudy has served as pastor at MCC of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, PA, USA.
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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