March 21, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
See highlights from last Sunday's Service by clicking here .

Thanks for all volunteers who helped at the church work day last Sat, Mar 17!
Wednesday Gathering - March 21- 7pm
Spring has sprung!! This week at our gathering it's Arts and Crafts. 

We will be making sock bunnies and painting rocks together to honor the fertility that Spring initiates and our connection to creation. All supplies will be furnished, however, extra glue guns might be helpful :-).

See you at 7pm!
Meet, Greet and Eat - This Sunday, Mar 25
We will be sharing baked potatoes and Salad this Sunday, Mar 25!

Bring your favorite baked potato topping and/or your favorite salads, and/or your favorite dessert for our monthly family meal.

All are welcome!
Sunday Teaser - Palm Sunday and "Thisness"
11 1-3 When they were nearing Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany on Mount Olives, Jesus sent off two of the disciples with instructions: “Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you’ll find a colt tethered, one that has never yet been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone asks, ‘What are you doing?’ say, ‘The Rabbi needs it, and will return it right away.’”

I love Mark’s account of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. It is the Festival of the Passover a high holy day for the Jewish community, and Jesus, bold as always, is attending even as he is advised that it wouldn’t be the smartest choice. It is an amazing moment of “thisness” a term created by John Duns Scotus who “asserted that God only created particulars and individuals, a quality he named “thisness” (haecceity). Thisness grounds the principle of incarnation in the concrete and the specific. You can’t really love universals. It’s hard to love concepts, forces, or ideas. Ideology is just the ego wrapping itself around such abstractions.”

Jesus understood the important dance between the particulars, the individuals and the nuances of life, and how we then, individually, become a communal whole. We see it in “this particular colt” tethered and never ridden. We see it in his need of the colt to once again pronounce in a very particular way who he was and what his mission of peace looked like. It is this parade of peace, set against the military parade that will set him apart in this scandal of the particular. This parade walks with the people, not against them. This parade invites the people, it does not threaten them… it includes them, it does not seek to control them.

The mystic Richard Rohr writes…"Love—God incarnate—always begins with particulars: this woman, this dog, this beetle, this Moses, this Virgin Mary, this Jesus of Nazareth. It is the individual and the concrete that opens the heart space to an I-Thou encounter. Without it there is no true devotion or faith, but only argumentative theories."

True devotion, true faith, the Rabbi needs it… in particular, we need it. This is where Holy Week begins… this is where our scandal of the particular begins. See you Sunday.

"Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world's grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." - The Talmud
Holy Week at Agape' MCC
Throughout the season of Lent we have been exploring how to be “Right Here, Right Now” and how this deep practice of presence helps to re-connect us to God, ourselves, each other, and the living of meaningful lives.  Please plan to join us for Holy Week which culminates in our Easter Celebration. 

The Wednesday Gathering, March 28
7 pm in the Social Hall
This gathering will be a Care Night where we attend to noticing those around us who we haven’t seen in a while or who are dealing with a life event and we want to let them know they are not alone. We will do this through prayer and reaching out via cards, calls, email, Facebook messages, and texts. We will also be stuffing eggs for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt. 😊

Passover Seder in the Jewish Tradition, March 29
7 pm in the Social Hall
The Seder, a festive holiday meal, actually means "order." It is called this because the meal is done in a certain order which takes us from slavery to freedom. The Haggadah - which means "the telling" - is the book used at the Passover Seder. The Haggadah explains the foods on the Seder plate, recounts the highlights of the Exodus, and includes songs, prayers, questions and vignettes.
It is a powerful teacher about transformation and how we grow into who we are called to be. Please RSVP to Rev. David at revwynn@gmail.com so we know how many to plan for.

Good Friday, March 30
7 pm in the Sanctuary
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. We will seek to learn more about the path of descent that leads to real transformation. It teaches us about the necessary cycle of life, death, and life that leads to wholeness.

Family Easter Egg Hunt, March 31
10am-1pm in the Social Hall and on “the back forty.”
Plan to bring your family for our annual Easter Eggstravaganza and hamburger/hot dog lunch. For those who feel called we are seeking donations and volunteers! We will have cards with items we need donated out this Sunday so check it out! If you have any questions or want to drop off donations check in with Amy Ashton or email Rev. David at revwynn@gmail.com

Easter Sunrise Service, April 1
7:15 am on the Labyrinth
The Sunrise Service is a gathering to bear witness to the end of the Easter Vigil that traditionally follows Good Friday, resurrection, and the returning of the light. This is a simple service of celebrating the beginning of a brand-new day and new ways of being. (In case of rain the service will move into the sanctuary). 

Easter Morning Pancake Breakfast, April 1
8 am in the Social Hall
Come and Eat! 

Easter Baptism and Blessing, April 1
8:45am in the Sanctuary
Darla Wright, long-time friend of Agape' and on active duty with the U.S. Army, will be receiving the Rite of Baptism on Easter Sunday followed by the blessing and christening of her God Son, Beau-D Gene Hamby, one of our Agape' babies.  You are invited, as you feel led, to come bear witness and share this event with them and all the family. Your presence symbolizes our commitment as their spiritual home to ongoing support in their journeys.

Easter Celebration, April 1
10:30 am in the Sanctuary
Come and celebrate resurrection and the gift of re-connection with us! Jesus affirmed the inherent value and worth of every life and
taught us to do the same. It is through this kind of connection that we can face the future with the confidence that encourages us to
express our authenticity and unique callings and call that forth in others!
GRACEGRAYSGOODDEEDS Fundraiser!
Mark your Calendars
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Fat Daddy's Sports and Spirits Cafe, 781 W. Debbie Ln., Mansfield, TX
3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Agape' MCC community will be launching our new foundation that will give a voice and financial help to those people in crisis who are traditionally under-served and overlooked and have nowhere else to turn. 

We need your presence and your help getting the word out!

Keep an eye out for more details!
Online Giving through SimpleGive
Simply click the SimpleGive logo below, the SimpleGive link at the bottom of every Agape' MCC web page, or you can go right to our giving page by clicking here . This will take you to the secure giving link, and allow you to make your donation. If you choose the eCheck/ACH option (rather than credit or debit), our church will pay less in processing fees and receive more of your generous donation. Thank you for your generosity!
Calendar of Events
Wed, Mar 21 - 7pm Wednesday Gathering
Thu, Mar 22 - 6:30pm Agape' Grief Support Group
Sun, Mar 25 - 10:30a Worship Service / 12p Meet, Greet & Eat
Mon, Mar 26 - 6pm Worship Team Meeting
Wed, Mar 28 - 7pm Wednesday Gathering
Thu, Mar 29 - 7pm Passover Seder Meal
Fri, Mar 30 - 7pm Good Friday Service
Sat, Mar 31 - 10am-1pm Family Easter Egg Hunt!
Sun, Apr 1 - 7:15am Easter Sunrise Service / 8am Pancake Breakfast / 8:45am Baptism & Blessing / 10:30 am Easter Celebration
March Birthdays
  • Mar 03 Zachary Roberts
  • Mar 06 Melisa Price
  • Mar 13 Chris Kalish
  • Mar 15 Rachel Cox 
  • Mar 16 Joe Rice
  • Mar 22 Rose Wolfer-Stephens
  • Mar 25 Sandra Hardin
  • Mar 29 Denise LaRae
Worship - March 25, 2018
The Gathering - Media
 
Call to Worship - Rev. David Wynn

Song of Welcome - "Hosanna" - Community
 
Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn
 
Time of Greeting - Community 
 
Time with our Children - Trish Ashton
 
A Response - "This Little Light of Mine" - Community 
 
Song of Preparation - "Fill Me Now" - Community  
 
Scripture Reading - Mark 11:1-11 - Valarie McMullan
 
Song of Response - "Feels Like Home" - Community 
 
Time of Teaching - "Thisness" - Rev. David Wynn
 
Centering Song - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community
 
Community Prayer - Rebecca McDonell
 
Prayer Response - "Hear Our Prayer" - Community
 
A Time of Offering - Cassy Batts
 
Celebration of Holy Communion - Rev. Robert Myers
 
Song of Sending Forth - "Hallelujah (Your Love is Amazing" - Community
 
The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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