MCC Portland News & Announcements: 10 August 2017
My Transsexual Journey of 79 Years
THIS Sunday, August 13, 12Noon-1PM 
Diane Avedovech
Join us as MCC member, Diane Avedovech, shares her spiritual journey and her journey of transition:
 "Three times my life was challenged and I give God credit for pulling me through to where I am today, i.e. My birth in 1938, being hit by a 24-ton tank while on active duty, and surviving bacterial pneumonia. I've been married twice, have three incredible kids and 4 awesome grandchildren.  Sometimes, being transgendered seemed like a piece of cake, almost!  So, what's for dessert?  Stay tuned!"
Sample wines from around the world!
"Red Wine World Pageant," THIS Sun, August 13 @ 2PM
Savor an afternoon hosted in Sellwood by our resident MCC wine connoisseur. An international     sampling of wines will be provided. YOU taste and judge - AND bring an ethnic food item to share following the tasting.
Space is limited to 20 people; suggested donation $20 each (a fundraiser for MCCP). To find out more information contact Keith HERE .
Support Our People's Pantry 
Your financial and food donations to the People's Pantry are always welcome!  
Items currently needed for prepared food bags:
soups, beef stew, chili, ravioli/Beefaroni, sardines, crackers, canned tuna fish, spaghetti sauce, instant milk, cold cereal, instant oatmeal
NOTE: paper bags with handles also needed.
Looking for a way to give back? Join our People's Pantry ministry team. The pantry currently distributes an average of 5 tons of food monthly to our community - supported solely by your donations of time and
financial gifts. There are lots of ways to be involved: pick-up, stocking, re-packing, shopping assistant, food prep, serving, recycling and, of course, cleanup A short safety training is required and can be done online or taken onsite.  For more information or to get involved, contact Mike HERE.  
Enhance Your Spiritual Formation With A Book Study
Accidental Saints and We Make the Road by Walking
Join the study of these books by popular authors, Brian McLaren and Nadia Bolz-Weber. Get the books and read along on your own or join one of the small groups:
We Make the Road by Walking : 
Sundays @ 8AM at Village Inn (NE Broadway at 10th)  
Wednesdays @ 6PM at MCC
Accidental Saints :
Tuesdays @ 6PM at MCC  
Thursday @ 12Noon at MCC
Explore and Offer Your Gifts of Healing at MCCP
Do you have gifts in spiritual healing or a background in healing energy work?  You may be called to offer your gifts to others through our Healing Team. Rev. Dianne Shaw will be offering a training Sunday, August 27, from 12 Noon to 2:00PM.  Both trained and untrained healers are welcome to attend.
Homecoming Sunday, September 10! 
It's a Sunday to re-connect with one another - and a
perfect Sunday to invite friends and family to join us!
We celebrate the end of summer and kick-off fall with MCCP Homecoming Sunday! Special 10AM celebration worship, then a pot-luck picnic at nearby Grant Park (NE 33rd Ave. & US Grant Park Place) beginning about 12Noon til 2ish PM.
Welcome Back, Colin!
Welcome back our music director, Colin!  If you haven't heard, Colin was with the Portland State Chamber Choir at the Bali International Choir Festival in July. With more than 100 choirs competing, the PSU Chamber Choir was the first American choir to ever compete -- and they WON the Grand Prix! Check out this LINK to a write up and short video HERE of their experience. Bravo PSU and Colin!