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“I Would Love to Live Like a River Flows: The Art of Perseverance”  

Matthew 11:28-30


“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”



Next Sunday, September 26th:

“You Give Me Hope” 

This Week at Agape'

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.


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 on FB Live.

Wednesdays at 6:30PM

via Zoom

Meeting ID: 816 8960 6902


Join 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 no requirements for how you choose to engage it. We will talk about Lesson 3 on September 22nd. Whether you’ve looked at the lesson or not, you are still invited to come be part of the discussion.


Please join us via Zoom as we share a time of connection.

Watch for Thursday Announcements with Rev. David

(TAD TALK) each Thursday on Facebook Live. Find out all the latest updates!


Click Here to view last week's announcements.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MOVIE NIGHT

This Saturday!

September 25 at 6:00PM


"Jungle Cruise"


Based on Disneyland's theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element.


Everyone is welcome!


We strongly encourage our community to maintain social distancing and wear masks when attending this event.

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.

Gay Avery Troutman

February 6, 1944 – September 16, 2021


The Celebration of Life Service for Gay Troutman will be held Saturday, September 25,2021.


Services will be held at

Celebration Community Church

908 Pennsylvania Ave Fort Worth, TX 76104


Visitation: 1:00pm

Celebration of Life: 2:00pm


A small reception will follow the service in the circle drive behind the Celebration Sanctuary (weather permitting). A private family graveside will be held at Laurel Land Memorial Park.

You are invited to attend the wedding of


Michael Stephens

and

Dan Leaver


Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11:00AM


Location:

Marion Sansom Park

Inspiration Point (Pavilion#2)

2501 Roberts Cut Off Rd

Fort Worth, TX 76114




There will be a gathering following the service.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star invites you to join us and representatives from other Tarrant County welcoming congregations to learn more about our outreach to and services for the LGBTQ and ally community.  We will meet in our Arlington office (205 W. Main Street, Arlington, Texas 75010) on Friday, October 1, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. During this 1 hour we will enjoy coffee, donuts and time to network with one another. And we will ask for your assistance in spreading the word about this service.

 

Research certainly demonstrates that LGBTQ+ youth are far more at risk than the general population for bulling, alcohol & drug use, homelessness and suicide. But Trevor Project research also provides a ray of hope, noting that an LGBTQ+ child/teen with at least one supportive adult in their life is 40% less likely to attempt suicide. 1 supportive adult = 40% risk reduction! Placing supportive adults into youths’ lives in safe, lasting, impactful ways is what Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about. We believe that partnering with welcoming churches can help us reach these youth. And we hope that as partners, more LGBTQ and ally adults will find their way to serve as volunteer mentors for these and ALL of Big Brothers Big Sisters youth.

 

So if you can join us for this orientation time together, please do. All are welcomed! 

 

We hope to meet you in person – Friday, October 1st. Thanks!


Please either click the RSVP button below or email jmcginnis@bbbstx.org so we can have an accurate count for coffee and donuts. Please use Welcoming Church Event as the subject line in your RSVP email.

RSVP

SPIRITUAL BREATH

Meditation on Hope and Love in a Time of Struggle


 In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow

It would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief,

To be choked by our outrage

To be paralyzed by the enormity of suffering,

To feel our hearts squeeze tight with hopelessness.

Instead, this morning, let us simply breathe together as we hold our hearts open.

Breathing in as our hearts fill with compassion

Breathing out as we pray for healing in our world & in our lives.

Breathing in, opening ourselves to the transforming power of love

Breathing out as we pray for peace in our world & in our lives.

Breathing in as we hold hope in our hearts

Breathing out as we pray for justice in our world & in our lives.

May we know our strength

May we be filled with courage

May our love flow from us into this world.

Breathing in, we are the prayer

Breathing out, we are the healing

Breathing in, we are the love

Breathing out, we are the peace

Breathing in, we are the hope

Breathing out, we are the justice

May we know our strength

May we be filled with courage

May our love flow from us into this world.

Amen, blessed be, may it ever be so.


The Reverend Alice Anacheka-Nasemann 


MCC Council of Elders

Weekly Call to Prayer


We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other, until it becomes a habit - Audre Lorde


I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept - Angela Davis


We see things as they are: wildfires raging, heatwaves burning, injustices proliferating. Before the Crime Bill, there was, “The War on Drugs.” Before Katrina, there was the Exxon Valdez. Before George Floyd, there was Trayvon Martin. Before Me Too, there was Anita Hill. Before Breonna Taylor, there was Muhlaysia Booker, and Ashanti Carmon, and Claire Lagato, and Yahira Nesby, and Sasha Wall, and Gigi Pierce, and…

These things are not new to us. 

We should not get used to them. 

Instead, compassion is calling us to realize what ought to be. 

It is with loving defiance that we demand climate justice, gender equity, queer and trans liberation, racial and economic justice, an end to “law and order,” and the carceral state. Because, “No one is free, until we all are free.” 

We lift our voices now, singing songs of redemption, with a chorus of blessings on our tongues for each other, if for no other reason than for the sake of kindness. 

Because, what if no one’s watching? What if there’s “no hell below us and above us only sky”? 

It is here, in this place, at this moment, that we create the conditions for future moments. 


May every breath we take awaken us to our connectedness to all things. 

May we lean into the groans of our own hearts, and to the suffering of others, offering presence, gentleness, patience, and consolation. 

May our hearts be a place of refuge.

May we have the audacity to tell the truth to ourselves and each other, challenging the assumptions and norms that foster systems of oppression and marginalization. 

May we persevere, doing the work we have before us, with diligence.

May our anger and grief become fuel to sustain us throughout this work. 

May we remember to share our joys and our successes, to break bread together, and to laugh.

May we normalize humanity, heeding the call of compassion for all beings everywhere. 



PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:


DELAINE MCCORD, RN (she/her) 

Maryland, USA

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