ATTENTION CHAPLAINS plus This Week’s Opportunities

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To ALL CHAPLAINS, Far and Wide…

Whether you are serving in a hospital setting, in hospice, a prison, a school or anywhere around the world where chaplains are needed, this message is for you. We want you to know we are grateful for you, and we are proud of you for the uniquely MCC pastoral care you are bringing to those in need of God’s unconditional love.

We know how easy it is in the best of times to feel isolated in the ministry you provide. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, be assured we honor you and all the many ways you are serving. You are not alone.

A team of chaplains and lay spiritual leaders is working to provide opportunities for MCC chaplains to connect with each other and find support together. The team is focused on offering spiritual nurturing specifically for those facing the challenges of serving as chaplains. We hope you will join members of this team for our first time together; we are initially scheduling two opportunities to connect:

Friday, April 17th at 11:00 am ET 
OR
Monday, April 20th at 5:30 pm, ET

These sessions will not last more than 60 minutes. They will include a brief greeting from Moderator Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, a short time of meditation, and 45 minutes for personal sharing and connection with your chaplain colleagues.

If you would like to attend, please click on the Zoom link below.

Chaplains Zoom GatheringJoin Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97515395940

Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

We hope these online meetings will continue throughout this crisis; more details will be available soon. If you are unable to attend either of these gatherings because of the time they are offered, we want to hear from you!

Please email Rev. Cathy Alexander at [email protected] and let us know the best day/time for you. We will do our best to make this support as accessible as possible.

Whether or not you are able to attend, we have something for you right now. Please click on the link below for a 30-minute meditation designed for you. Sarah-Helen Land, who created and directed the Healing Space at the MCC General Conference, has produced this meditation specifically for those serving as chaplains during this time. We hope it brings you peace, comfort and strength.

CHAPLAINS’ MEDITATiON

https://www.dropbox.com/s/e42h788fin5pepw/Chaplains%27%20Meditation.m4a?dl=0 (music by various artists; chorus by Laura Woodley)


This week, there are many ways for you to connect with MCC to share in hope, inspiration, and helpful information for this time of ministering during a pandemic.

MONDAY

EASTER MONDAY PRAISEEASTER MONDAY PRAISE
April 13 8pm UTC+01,
3pm EDT
12pm PDT

We will hold our first Global Online Concert LIVE on Facebook on Easter Monday! Come and join us and be uplifted!
Hosted by Orgena Rose with Marsha Stevens-Pino, Michelle Burnett, Reece Whitaker, Karl Hand, Mattheus Ribeira, Shelly Torres-West and more amazing voices in MCC!
https://www.facebook.com/rainbowpraise1/


TUESDAY

LGBTeaQ TimeJoin the Community Development Team for virtual tea, coffee, and conversation!
This is a time of building hope, cultivating joy, connecting with one another, and with God. Led by Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and Revs. Cathy Alexander, Lauren Bennett & Wanda Floyd.

We will host tea every Tuesday in April, so come and join us! 9pm GMT 5pm EDT

Please note: Our Meeting Room has changed! (Thanks, Zoom!)

Click here to join us:
https://zoom.us/j/248584328
Meeting ID: 248 584 328

Or Call in: +1 (301)715-8592
Meeting ID: 248 584 328
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aD2lHFy280


WEDNESDAY

CALL A FRIEND!
There are no events on the MCC Calendar today! Let’s make it a day to CALL A FRIEND in another MCC! Take a few moments to check-in with one another. Share the love and support.


THURSDAY

Pray with Rev. Elder Cecilia EgglestonPray with
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston

Join Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston for prayer every Thursday at 9pm GMT, 5pm EDT

Bring your joys, concerns, laments, and celebrations to Rev. Cecilia and one another. Meet us on Cecilia’s Facebook every Thursday at 9PM GMT (5PM EDT/ BST 10PM) @Cecilia.Eggleston.50


FRIDAY

CHAPLAINS’ ZOOM GATHERING – see article and link above


LAST CHANCE TO COMPLETE THE RECENT CHURCH SURVEY? HELP US HELP YOU HELP OTHERS

Clergy, Lay Delegates, Board Members – if you haven’t completed our recent Church Survey, please take a few minutes to do so. It’s OK if we have duplicated church responses. We will sort it out. We definitely want to hear from you. In one of the early questions, if you do not know of anyone in your congregation who has tested positive for COVID-19 just enter 0 where it asks for the number of staff, leaders or members.
Click this link to take the survey now! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PFV276Q


REPLAYS OF WEBINARS

FINANCIAL SUPPORT WEBINAR Did you miss this awesome webinar with guest Tom Melzoni from Horizon Stewardship? Here’s the link to the replay. Share it with your Treasurer and the rest of the Board.
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/gX3QolcY_xo
Watch on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/404785099

THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO CRISIS, part 1 Learning from the similarities and differences between the AIDS Crisis and the COVID-19 Crisis.
Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnsmcc/videos/2648806438581216/

THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE TO CRISIS, part 2
Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXZzxpTokws&t=378s
Watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stjohnsmcc/videos/2589472964644674/

VIRTUAL CHURCH – TOOLS AND TIPS WEBINAR
Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-25Be5QcCA&t=160s


HAVE YOU UPDATED OUR ADDRESS YET?

Please share with your Treasurer and Clerk of the Board
2775 NW 49th Ave. Ste: 205-327
Ocala, FL 34482
USA