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“You Give Me Hope” 

Romans 15:13


“May the God of hope fill you with such peace and joy in your faith, that you may be filled with hope by the power of the Great Spirit.”

Please plan to gather (in-person or virtually) with us this coming Sunday as we celebrate Community Sunday and the 53rd Anniversary of Metropolitan Community Churches.


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator of MCC will join us virtually as our guest preacher.  

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 4 on September 29th. 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!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

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.


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.

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

Meditations for Facing Challenges and Doing the Impossible


“Once the seed of faith takes root, it cannot be blown away, even by the strongest wind – Now that’s a blessing.”


“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” —Eleanor Roosevelt


“Being brave means you create the world you want to live in.” ― Andrea T. Goeglein


“You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ― Roy T. Bennett


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela


“To believe a thing impossible is to make it so.” – French Proverb


“Your mind can imagine what others cannot.

Your heart can sense what others cannot.

Your soul can receive what others cannot.

Your feet can go where others cannot.

Your hands can do what others cannot.” - Matshona Dhliwayo


MCC Council of Elders

Weekly Call to Prayer


Amos 5:24

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” In these times, let us remember these words from Amos. Even with setbacks, let us keep justice rolling like a river over all in its path.


As we read article after article, hear report after report, scroll social media post after post, of Black Lives and Black Trans Lives being unjustly taken away; rampant violence against Asian Americans; atrocities on the poor and siblings with mental health disabilities through social and economic policies; perpetuated unfounded doubt on science; racial inequities in all aspects of our lives, let our lips constantly stream calls for righteousness. 


As we sit and ponder how hopeless it all feels and what can we do, let us take stock and push ourselves out of our comfort zones, be willing to get on that raft, with the river--sometimes dangerous, sometimes rapid-- but forever rolling in the right direction. 


Let us be listening, waiting, ready, and willing when we hear our siblings ask for help.

Listen with attentiveness to what our siblings need. 

Wait patiently if our siblings ask us to.

Ready ourselves by educating ourselves before helping.

Be willing at any given moment to interchangeably walk side by side, behind, or in front. 


It is not hopeless; life is full of small victories that keep the river rolling.


In the words of Dr. Martin Luther Jr. “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”


Be not weary fellow social justice warriors, our work is bountiful but is not in vain.


Let all the people say,

Amen.


PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:


MONTEL CHERRY (she/her/hers)

MCC New York.


October Birthdays

09/29 Saige Ashton

10/03 Evelyn Brown

10/05 Billy Stewart

10/06 Deanie Sewell

10/16 EJ Hudzina

10/20 Donna Boutwell

10/25 Jude Nerio

10/28 Shawn McCraw

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