30 July 2021
Greetings!

As we bring July to a closer, we also bring our Capital Campaign, “I AM PROUD OF ‘MY’ CHURCH” to a close as well. Through your generosity, our campaign brought in over $5,000 in assets to help with the effort of repairs, updates and the needed renovations to keep the outside of our church building, standing for at least another 100 years.

Don't forget that Saturday, July 31, 2021, from 9am-5pm is our Annual Church Rummage Sale! Come shop until you drop for those treasures that you just can’t live without. See additional details below.

As we have mentioned in previous weeks, plans continue to be underway for our monumental year and celebration of 50 YEARS, being a Vibrant, Inclusive, Progressive Community of Faith. We are blessed that we will be honored for 50 years of serving the LGBTQI+ Faith Community on September 9, 2021, by the Milwaukee Historical Society. 

A reminder and invite for you to SAVE-THE-DATES of November 19-21, 2021, as we will gather as a Community of Faith, but also come together in Community, celebrating our fiftieth anniversary. Our Network of Churches in Metropolitan Community Church will also come together that same weekend for our Annual Network Gathering. We come together not only to reunite ourselves with our siblings in our network, but to gather with one another share this momentous occasion, not only as a church, but as a church that has been prominent in the LGBTQI+ Community for 50 Years. More details and information will be forthcoming about our Network Gathering, along with information on our Annual Anniversary Gala “A Night of Cabaret” and the activities occurring for our big anniversary celebration. More details forthcoming.

I’m excited that two of our ministries will be resuming in-person gatherings. First, our POZ Spirit Gathering that will resume and meet, Tuesday, August 3, 2021, starting at 7:00pm in the church community room. Theology-on-Tap also resumes in a Hybrid format, both meeting in person at Hamburger Mary’s, in Hunty’s Social Club (formerly the Arcade bar). You can also connect with our Zoom link virtually, if you’re still not intermingling with people who are out and about. Both the in-person and virtual gathering will take place on Thursday, August 5, 2021, starting at 6:30pm. More information on either of these events can be found further down.

For those in our church family, who continue social distancing, and have not returned to in-person worship, we hope you taking advantage of keeping connected through our virtual worship service that is available online Sunday afternoons. We invite you to take advantage and continue to worship with Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church virtually, until you are ready to resume with us for in-person worship. 

Virtual worship can continue be found on our Facebook and YouTube pages, in the later part of the afternoon on Sundays. We ask that you keep watch on these pages for when worship has been uploaded. Due to the high traffic on internet usage on Sundays, and now that all faith communities have started returning to in-person worship, uploads have been taking longer than expected.

This Sunday, we will begin our August Sermon Series: “What If.” Throughout this series we will explore a few of the 1,784 “Ifs” that are contained through scripture. Join me this Sunday morning at 11:00AM for Worship as we start with: “What if: Life is a Lot.”

As always I Invite you to take a moment to scroll down to view these announcements and the many other special announcements, connected to the life of our congregation and community, as we continue to be the vibrant, inclusive, and progressive community of faith that we are.

Regardless of how you continue worshipping with us, and as we move forward, you welcomed in our home and into our community of faith!

May God’s blessings continue to be with each of you!

In Christ!
Scripture: 1 Kings 18:41–44 (The Inclusive Bible)

Now, Elijah said to Ahab, “Go back now, eat and drink for I hear the sound of a heavy rainstorm coming.” He did so, while Elijah himself climbed to the crest of Carmel, where he bowed down to the ground and put his face between his knees. He said
to his attended, “go and look to the west.” He went and looked, then said,
“There is nothing to see.” Seven times Elijah ordered him back, and seven times
he went. The seventh time he said, “I see a cloud bigger than a person’s hand,
coming up from the west.” “Now go,” said Elijah, “and tell Ahab to harness
his chariot and be off, or the rain will stop him.” 
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US
PACK THE PANTRY!
Once again our congregation shined to the occasion this last Sunday, July 25th for Pack the Pantry!

Through your efforts your items to pack the pantry, brought nearly $500 in items that will help supply the pantries at Vivent Health and Courage MKE.

Pack the Pantry is a cooperative effort with Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church and Angels of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, joining forces through our Outreach Ministry Programs in order to connect closer with our community partners in the LGBTQ Community.

Every Fourth Sunday of the month has been designated as
PACK THE PANTY SUNDAY, and a time for you, the people of the church to come together and help support our partnered organizations Food Pantries.

Our monthly Pack the Pantry Donations will go towards supporting:
VIVENT Health Care Food Pantries & Courage House MKE
THIS SUNDAY, WE BEGIN OUR AUGUST SERMON SERIES
Throughout this series we will explore the "What If's" that are found within scripture.

Did you know, that there are over 1,784 ‘ifs’ in the Bible?
If not, then you need to join us this Sunday as we begin and explore: "WHAT IF: LIFE IS A LOT"

REMEMBER
You can also connect with us for Virtual Worship
on our Facebook Page or YouTube Channel,
Sunday afternoons through our links below to our Facebook and YouTube pages.
Don't forget to stop by
and
SHOP UNITL YOU STOP
at the
Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church
ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE

this Saturday, JULY 31, 2021
9am to 5pm
2225 North 54th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53208

Come check out what treasures could be yours!
POZ SPIRIT WILL RESUME IN-PERSON GATHERINGS BEGINING AUGUST

Next Gathering - Tuesday, August 3, 2021
7:00pm to 9:00pm ~ in the church community room

POZ SPIRIT is a monthly gathering for those infected with HIV/AIDS providing a safe, respectful and supportive environment Friendship, Networking, Resources, Peer Support Education and Spiritual Support. This gathering is open to all men who identify as HIV/AIDS positive. 

The group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7PM to 9:00PM in the Community Room at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church. Light snacks are served,
and reservations requested but
not required.

Contact the church office (414-383=1100) or send an email to hivministries@milmcc.org email by the Monday before each gathering!
JOIN US FOR
THEOLOGY-ON-TAP
IN-PERSON & ONLINE
August 5, 2021 at 6:30pm

This gathering will be hosted in a Hybrid Fashion

Join us in-person at:
Hamburger Mary's
Hunty's Social Club
(the old Arcade bar)
734 South 5th Street, Milwaukee
starting at 6:30pm

~ or ~

Join us via ZOOM at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86055363676

As in the past, if you're attending in person, the first beverage is on us along with some munchies to feast on, while we gathering. If you're joining us online, then grab your favorite beverage and some snack type foods and join in on the awesome discussion. 

For questions and more information, feel free to contact the church office by calling 414-383-1100
or by email at info@milmcc.org
YOU'RE INVITED TO JOIN OUR FAMILY OF FAITH AT
MILWAUKEE METROPOLTAIN COMMUNITY CHURCH

It's that time again! We will be holding our Inquirers and News Members Class THIS Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 10AM to Noon in the
Community Room at the Church.

If you've been wanting to learn about Milwaukee Metropolitan Community
Church and/or are curious about coming into a Vibrant-Inclusive-Progressive Community of faith, now is your opportunity to join us this Saturday
at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community.

OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END!

As our Capital Campaign comes to a close, we invite you to to engage if you haven't already done so in Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church's 2021 Capital Fundraising Campaign: “I am Proud of “MY” Church!”

Our Capital Fund, which is really a fancy name for our building fund, of which we are raising funds for several needed repairs to the church building. While we are celebrating 50 Years in Ministry, our building is over 100 years old.

For those of you who are members, or worship with us on a regular basis, have heard mention of the water problems in the basement whenever it rains. And although we love all God’s creatures, we would prefer to keep the skunks, possums, and squirrels on the outside and from making a home inside the building. The money that we raise will be used for roofing repair, replacement of the gutters, along with some foundation work in need of repair.

We have so much to be “proud” of at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church. And this year we celebrate 50 Years of Ministry, in the Greater Milwaukee area, telling the story of God’s love for ALL people. This is truly something to be proud of, and as a vibrant, inclusive, and progressive community of faith, we have so much more to offer.

Over the last fourteen months, when we could not worship in person, while never missing a beat, the board extends our heartfelt appreciation to Rev. Tory and our Worship Team, in what they have been doing, by feeding our souls and spirits each week, providing us with an online worship experience. In addition to this online experience, we started a virtual monthly coffee hour to keep us all connected.

By having to switch over to virtual connections over this duration, we have been able to keep our programs and ministries going, keeping them alive and strong. We can be proud of our Congregational Care Team for all the calls they have made, checking-in with each of us, making sure we were all doing good.

Theology-on-Tap and the POZ Spirit ministries, also went virtual, welcoming new people from around the block to around the United States and even Canada together. Our Prison Ministry also continues its strong outreach. Amazingly, we can accomplish all these things, first by the grace of God and second by the support of each of you. This is truly something to be proud of!

NOW it is time to take pride in our church building. We want to stand proud in our neighborhood by being a clean and well-maintained property. We want to be proud when receiving visitors into our church building. We give thanks to our God for even being able to own a building and take pride in keeping it well maintained.

We all know Wisconsin has only a few months to get outside repairs done. The “I Am Proud of ‘MY’ Church!” fundraising campaign is happening now and will continue through the month of July 2021.

Your support and contributions will allow us to have repairs done before winter. You can make your contribution by sending a check in the mail to the church address, clicking on the “I Am Proud of ‘MY’ Church!" Icon below that will take you to our web page, or even dropping your contribution off at the church and slipping it in the mail slot. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.


Please join us in supporting this important fundraising campaign, and say with us:

We thank you with Prayers and Blessings,
The Board of Directors of Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church
If you auto-give, through your financial institution, or already give online, we THANK YOU. But, if you have typically placed your gifts in the offering plate each Sunday, we also offer other options when giving to the church.

There are several ways YOU can make either a one-time donation or even a recurring donation. Here are the ways you can make that happen:
  1. Through our Secure Online Giving Portal, or either of our two PayPal links. You can go to our Secure Online Giving Portal and/or our PayPal Giving Link for your regular offering or one time giving. You can also go through our regular PayPal Link if you’re wanting to start and set-up a recurring monthly giving for your offering. Click on either of the links below to make that happen.
  2. You can mail your offering via check or credit card by using one of the pre-printed offering envelopes that have been distributed to all our members. Simply insert your check in the envelope or complete the information on the inner flap, should you choose to donate by credit card, and return it by mail. If you are in need envelopes, please contact the church, either by leaving us a message or emailing us at info@milmcc.org. We will be happy to send some to you.
  3. You can send your offering via check in a regular addressed envelope to: Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church, 1239 West Mineral Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
  4. You can go to our website at www.milwaukeemcc.org/giving to do your giving.
Click link above to do a regular
offering or one time gift through our Secure Giving Portal
Click link above to do a regular
offering or one time gift
Click link above to set up a monthly recurring gift
As a board, we are praying with you, and for you. We look forward to the day when we can once again gather and worship together. In the meanwhile, please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines outlined by health officials to keep you and your family safe.

Please prayerfully consider making a gift to support your church, so that we can continue to meet the needs of the congregation.

Peace and Blessings,
Milwaukee MCC Board of Directors
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