March 28, 2018
This Week's News and Updates
See highlights from last Sunday's Service by clicking here .

Everyone really enjoyed our monthly Potluck last Sunday - this month was Baked Potatoes and Salads.
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!
Notes from our Agape' Security Team
Hello Friends,

Just a quick update and a request from your security team.

We’ve been working with Sgt. Stokes every other week for a number of months and a few of us are also attending outside seminars and doing online work in our personal time.

You know… this is something we never thought we’d have to do and it’s not something we really want to do.

We aren’t police - we aren’t professional security guards. We are just ordinary people trying to learn and do a lot in a quick amount of time because the thought of anyone hurting our church is very disturbing.

It’s not just about locking doors and walking around the cars outside. It’s also about having scenes described in great detail while bringing us to tears so we would understand the impact. It’s been about seeing pictures and videos of the aftermath of what can literally happen in mere seconds so we learn to be pro-active. It’s been a lot of personal emotional struggle and mental imagery that stays with us throughout the week. It’s about learning details of the unimaginable and then trying to prevent it from happening to us without scaring the congregation.

So please, I just want to ask that you are kind with your comments and remarks. We are praying that we can do the right thing at the right time should anyone ever come to harm us. It’s a lot of information to take in, process and then create plans for us to be safe.

Very soon you will all be involved and become part of those plans but until then we are doing our best.

The group truly appreciates your kindness, support and understanding while we learn and practice.

We would like to sincerely thank Phyllis Sasser for the quick-lock metal pieces she created for our glass doors. We would also like to thank Billy Stewart for his awesome video camera placement and monitoring to help us all and for Cassy Batt’s donation of new radios to the team so that we can communicate from parking lot to inside church. We are very grateful to Sgt. Chris Stokes from the Forest Hill PD and his continued training and friendship. ~ Blessings, Lisa O
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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!

Please join us for this important event!
Online Giving through SimpleGive
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Calendar of Events
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
Upcoming Birthdays
  • Mar 29 Denise LaRae
  • 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
Worship - April 1, 2018
The Call to Gather - Ringing of the Tibetan Bells
 
Call to Easter and Processional - Media

The Easter Story - Mark 16:1-8 - E.J. Hudzina
 
Opening Song - "Gather Us In" - Community

Words of Welcome - Rev. David Wynn
 
Song of Welcome - "Happy" - Media/Community 
 
Time with our Children - Trish Ashton
 
A Response - "This Little Light of Mine" - Community 
 
The Easter Blessing - "There is Only Love" - Community  
 
Time of Teaching - "Restoring the Future" - Rev. David Wynn
 
Centering Song - "Fill Me Now" - Community
 
Community Prayer - Rev. Robert Myers
 
Prayer Response - "Fill Me Now" - Community
 
A Time of Offering - Cassy Batts
 
Celebration of Holy Communion - Kevin Harkins
 
Sending Forth - "Hallelujah" - Community
 
The Sending Forth - Rev. David Wynn
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