This Week's News and Updates
October 30, 2018
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Good Deeds Wednesday Gatherings

GraceGraysGoodDeeds and Agape' MCC, beginning Wednesday November 7th, we will celebrate Good Deeds by making blankets for children and families in need and creating Christmas Cards (pictured here) to give out to our neighbors and friends. Please join us for a time of fun and creativity.
We will not be gathering on Wednesday October 31. Have a safe and fun Halloween!!!

Click here to visit gracegraysgooddeeds website.
" Our Ancestry of Unlikely Saints "
Rev. David Wynn

When I began my seminary career at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary I had a professor that would always begin class by saying “Good morning Saints.” I remember being pleasantly surprised to be a Saint. It didn’t really feel like a label that applied to me. After we were well into the semester he let us know that when he preached to a community he also began the time of teaching by addressing all who were gathered as Saints…I have to admit I felt a little less special. While I wasn’t exactly embracing my own saint hood, I wondered what in his theology made us all worthy of the title. I would come to find that out later in my ongoing study, prayers, meditations, and just sheer experience of how Spirit worked within and among all of us.

This Sunday we will celebrating All Saints Day. Celebrating may seem like an odd description as most often we are remembering those who have died and gone before us. It is a day when we are invited to focus not on their physical absence but instead to focus on the ways they are still with us. Our ancestry of unlikely saints is still transforming us. The qualities, characteristics, and love that we inherited from then are still shaping our lives as we make our journeys. Saints are not flawless, they don’t all have a track record of miracles that got them a special commendation from the church or their picture on those Catholic trading cards. As a matter of fact, they are mostly ordinary folks like us who fail, struggle, worry, love imperfectly, show up and don’t show up, and spend a good amount of time flailing around trying to figure it all out. 

Think about those people in your life who made a difference in your life. How did they do that? How are they still doing that? Let’s explore this some more…see you on Sunday Saints! 


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Agape Grief Support Group

Beginning November 08, 2018 the Grief Group will be meeting Thursday evenings at 6:30 in the Social Hall.

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Please join us for a special presentation

Shining a Light on Depression and Despair

Presented by the Harris Foundation and Family Connection of Tarrant County

Guest Speaker: Sharon Herrera of LGBT SAVES

When:
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 11:30AM

Where:
Agape MCC Sanctuary
4616 E. California Parkway
Forest Hill, TX 76119

Community Event



Come join Agape' MCC as we attend the Fort Worth Parade of Lights together on November 18th. Save the date, more info to come!
Congregational Meeting Information:

Our annual Congregational Meeting is fast approaching! Our Congregational Meeting occurs once a year and is the time our congregation gathers to review and conduct the business of the church. Here are the dates to mark on your calendars.

Congregational Meeting Packets are now available for downloading from the Agape' Website. A limited number of printed copies will be available for those who do not have internet access.

Sunday November 4 - Congregational Forum - This time is set aside for the congregation to ask questions regarding the reports and or budget information provided in the Congregational Meeting Packet. In addition, the candidates running for office will be presented. We will begin the forum after a short break when our morning worship service has concluded.

Sunday November 11 - Congregational Meeting - During this meeting the reports and budget provided in the Congregational Meeting Packet will be presented to the congregation for approval. In addition, the candidates running for office will be presented for election. We will begin the meeting after a short break when our morning worship service has concluded. Members will be required to sign in to establish a quorum and receive their voting cards. Friends and Visitors are welcome to attend to observe.

Click here to view/print the Congregational Meeting Packet.

Testimony and Prayer:

First and foremost, l give the glory and honor back unto the most high God for God's love for us. God has blessed us, the emerging church in Kampala, Uganda, to be part of our MCC Family. My humble prayer is we continue our relationships even more years to come as we continue to preach the Gospel of Christ (Love), because so far God has put us at a level where there has been awareness to the community around us-that LGBTIQ persons are like any other human being-knowledgeable, developmental, useful and helpful. This is a credit, if not a distinction, we are carrying on our faces, all in the name of Christ Jesus. We are new creatures, with the different activities we are having each time we meet. We bless God for the partnership with MCC and ask God to strengthen the top leaders and Elders in MCC to stand strong, remembering that meeting challenges is good for one reason-it prepares us for great, great testimonies. Also remember that always the best is far in a distance; the future is very bright for us all. God has always promised us better destinies but has never told us how to reach there nor what we are to go through to reach the destiny. Let us continue standing together. Our future is brighter than we can even imagine.

In Christ Jesus I pray, and we all shall say, "Amen."

Prayer submitted by:
MADAM AVIKO MOUREEN
Finance Manager and Pastor for Children Ministry at The Liberty Africa Youth Foundation (TLAYF)
MCC Kampala, Uganda
I am a Lugwala by tribe, Ugandan by nationality and a transman.



SECURITY CORNER
by Lisa O'Grady
Hi Folks,
 
The Security team will resume training this Saturday. We are looking forward to learning more about best practices to keep our community safe and translating that into training for our Board Members and Church Community. Please keep us in your prayers.

Have a SAFE WEEK!!!
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January 5, 2019 5:00-7:00PM "Fun with Clay"

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Kids AND adults love creating with clay. You’ll be using air dry clay (each person will receive a one pound package) and provided tools and assistance. The clay objects you form can be taken home to finish drying and be painted. 


Class Fee: $75 which includes one adult and one child eight years or older.

Click Here to Register


November Birthdays
  • 11/02 Carl Lane
  • 11/12 Mark Howell
  • 11/13 Cynthia Esparza
  • 11/14 Paul Wolfer-Stephens
  • 11/17 EmmaLeigh Roberts
  • 11/17 Melody Remington
  • 11/25 Gail Gore
  • 11/30 Zoie Edwards
Sunday - November 04, 2018
"All Saints Day"
Call to Worship - Tibetan Bowl

Morning Meditation - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Intention - "For Everyone Born"

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn

Time of Greeting - Community

Time With Our Children - Trish Ashton

Response - This Little Light of Mine

Song of Preparation - "Word of God Speak"

Gospel Reading - Matthew 5:1-12 Lisa Davenport

Song of Response - "The River is Here"

Time of Teaching - "Our Ancestry of Unlikely Saints" Rev. David Wynn

Centering Song - "Be Still"

Community Prayer - Rebecca McDonell

Prayer Response - "Be Still"

Time of Offering - Cassy Batts

Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers
"Remember Me" - Community

Song of Sending Forth - "God Is Holding Your LIfe"

The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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