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Send news of your March online events that are open beyond your congregation to [email protected]
Share your Good News stories too and your ideas or new resources.
Thank you for helping CONNECT MCC!


Women's History Month LogoConsider celebrating Women of Colour as you celebrate Women during March.

We don’t have to limit our education about Black History or LGBTQ+ history or any other group to just one month. We can look at the intersectionality of diversity and continue our celebrations and education.


TUESDAY, March 2


CLM: A Taste of Self

Beginning Tuesday March 2nd
5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room: www.SanctuaryOnline.live

Creating a Life that Matters(CLM) is all about relationships: intentional, authentic relationships – with the Sacred, our Self, and our Passion. CLM transforms lives and inspires people to more directed, clear, passionate involvement in their own life and in the life of the planet,

CLM was developed over 16 years ago, and was envisioned as an in-person, classroom-style experience for small groups. In the Zoom era, we are now taking CLM online for the first time! You can now participate in a four-week taste of this life-changing course during March!

PLEASE REGISTER: https://churchteams.com/m/Register.asp?a=SEEwMkZCcFZRNEU9

Sanctuary March 2021


TUESDAY, March 4


Milwaukee MCC Theology on TapTheology-on-Tap ONLINE
First Thursday of the month!
March 4, 2021
at 7:30pm EST (UTC-5)/ 6:30pm CST

Our March discussion: What Are you Giving up for Lent? ~or~ What Are Your Lenten Spiritual Practices During Lent?
Grab your favorite beverage and some snack type foods for an evening of good discussion. This is sponsored by Milwaukee MCC (Wisconsin, USA).
For more information email at [email protected]
Connect with us on March 4th at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86055363676


SUNDAY, March 7


Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski shared this resource on Facebook. “My brilliant pastor/musician/ scholar friend and colleague Rev. Dr. D. Mark Wilson was commissioned by Island United Church of Foster City, where I work, to create a weekly series of music history videos for Black History Month. This is the concluding installment which coincides with the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS / Black Church Week of Prayer as it was originally called. “Hold Back the Night!” Thank you, Mark , for telling this story- thoughtfully, sensitively and spiritually.”


SATURDAY, March 13


Black Queer Theology

CEU’s for Clergy will be granted for attending this event!
www.soulsafire.org


“Sharing the Journey”Community Without Borders
Virtual Community
March 13th
4pm GMT/ 11am EST / 10am CST / 8am PST

If you speak English and are looking to create and build relationships with others, you are invited to attend. These gatherings offer you the freedom to talk about spiritual matters in a safe environment while making connections. The topic for March is Forgiveness. Email: [email protected] for the ZOOM link.


TUESDAY, March 16


It’s Tea Time”Tea Time

5pm EST / 10 pm GMT

Grab a cuppa our favorite beverage and join the Community Development Team. Be prepared to be filled with encouragement, inspiration, and connection. Each month our time will be guided by a common theme and will include readings, music, videos and other sources of inspiration, as well as space to share our prayers and good news reports.

We meet the 3rd (third) Tuesday of each month at 5pm EST.

Topic: Women’s History Month

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Wilson ([email protected]) or Rev. Lauren Bennett ([email protected]).

Join us via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/248584328?pwd=NmRackdTN1luZ2kreHNISFJMWC9TZz09
Meeting ID: 248 584 328 Password: 469464


WEDNESDAY, March 17


Happy St. Patrick's Day

Pastors, Worship Teams, and Social Media Teams, a few prayers for St. Patrick’s Day have been added to the Lent Resource Folder.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fUmZt_i-4rk5Y2qBAG8A36yV6CHMCH_LztpSsFI61uI/edit


SATURDAY, March 20


Frank ZerrilliMEMORIAL SERVICE
for Frank Zerilli
March 20th – 2pm EST /7pm GMT

The ZOOM link will be shared in the next CONNECT.
For those who did not know Frank, he was the long time Confidential Assistant to Rev. Elder Troy Perry.


Sentieri – Gruppo Spirituale (Footpaths Spiritual Group)Community Without Borders

March 20th – 9pm Italy time
(3pm EST, 2pm and Noon Pacific time)
Sentieri è un gruppo spirituale virtuale totalmente inclusivo in lingua italiana. Ci incontriamo una volta al mese su Zoom per confrontarci su diversi temi. Gli incontri sono aperti a chiunque voglia fare un cammino spirituale (in senso lato e non strettamente religioso) insieme ad altre persone, nel rispetto di [email protected] Il prossimo appuntamento: sarà sabato 20 marzo alle ore 21.00. Argomento: “Sessualità & Spiritualità: orgasmo ed estasi”. Se sei [email protected] invia una mail a [email protected] per ricevere il link di accesso all’incontro.


TUESDAY, March 23 


Padraig O Tuama - Irish PoetJoin MCC’s Thriving in Ministry program for a Conversation with Pádraig Ó Tuama

March 23 from 11-12:30 EST / 4-5:30pm GMT

Pádraig Ó Tuama is an Irish poet and theologian whose work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. Learn more here: http://www.padraigotuama.com/bio

In this 90-minute session, we will focus on the church’s role in addressing violent extremism. Part discussion, part workshop, Pádraig will expand on his vision for peace, inviting us to contemplate our role in the promotion of active peace.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-with-padraig-o-tuama-addressing-violent-extremism-registration-141057911009


FRIDAY, March 26 


ChaplainsChaplain Connection Gatherings

Choice of 2 Times

Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10 AM EST/ 3 PM GMT

or Monday, March 29, 2021 at 5 PM EST/ 10 PM GMT.

Please join with other MCC Chaplains to discuss the trials and joys of being a chaplain and the unique perspective you have on ministry in these times. If you have questions please contact Rev. Cathy Alexander at [email protected]net.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940 Passcode: 890406
[CLEAR]

SATURDAY, March 27


Sin Fronteras Comunidad Espiritual ICM
(Without Borders Spiritual Community)

7pm EST/ 4pm PST/ midnight GMT
La comunidad Espiritual Sin Fonteras es un grupo de personas como tu que se reúnen virtualmente para establecer conexiones y relaciones en un espacio sagrado, para hablar y compartir en nuestro propio idioma. El 27 de marzo de 2021 a las 7:00pm est nos estaremos reuniendo. Si está interesado, envíe un correo electrónico a: [email protected] para obtener el enlace ZOOM. El tema de este mes es Practicas Espirituales que nos ayudan durante la Pandemia.


WEEKLY EVENTS



MONDAYS


CHRISTIANS & COCKTAILS
Every Monday at 6pm EST / 11pm GMT

Live on Facebook.com/SunshineCathedral

Christians & Cocktails is a fun program that offers connection, religious education, and even pastoral care. A diverse panel discusses a seemingly endless array of religious and spiritual topics that are raised from panelists and viewers alike. Representing the rainbow diversity of our broad commiunity, our C&C panel includes:
7 gay identified people, 1 bisexual, and 1 heterosexual,
5 women & 4 men,
5 caucasians, 3 Latinx, and 1 African American,
5 clergy & 4 lay persons,
3 people living with HIV,
and the panelists range in age from mid-30s to early 70s.

No question is off limits and you may hear viewpoints you’ve never heard or considered before. Rev. Durrell Watkins responds to the questions and then invites other panelists to share their insights. The conversation is rich, honest, courageous, sometimes irreverent, and always a lot of fun.


THURSDAYS


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston headshotPrayer Time with the Moderator

EVERY THURSDAY

5:15pm EST / 10:15pm GMT

https://www.facebook.com/RevElderCeciliaEggleston

Join the Moderator for a time of reflection and prayer on Facebook Live.


Alabanza Joy MCCJoy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA https://zoom.us/j/827025531#success


LOOKING AHEAD


Thriving in MinistryMay 25-28, 2021
Thriving in Ministry

Next Training Retreat
for new Mentors and Mentees

This is a grant funded program open only to USA clergy.
For more information on this program, contact Marie Tasker, Program Manager at [email protected].


NOTEWORTHY ITEMS


JOB OPENING

Associate Pastor, Resurrection MCC, Houston, TX, USA
https://www.mccchurch.org/resurrection-mcc-associate-pastor/


USA PENSION PLAN CONTRIBUTIONS INCREASED

The Pension Plan contribution increased to $1.75 per member per month beginning in January 2021. New forms are on the website. https://www.mccchurch.org/how-we-work/board-of-pensions/

Questions about Pension contributions may be sent to [email protected]


Calling All Musicians - Easter ConcertWe are inviting MCC musicians to send in video song selections for an Easter Concert to be streamed on Holy Saturday. We welcome songs dealing with any aspect of Holy Week from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection. Choir Directors, if you have videos from past years, consider submitting a clip of your favorites. Please complete this Form to submit your information and read directions for uploading your videos. Let’s Celebrate Together!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeisIVb8QqgJy7j5ybO4QZaLBL4wXUIpWv1rxwb1TShhFdhKQ/viewform


Mental Health and Wellness consultations/
Pastoral Support

In partnership with Leaderwise and the Thriving in Ministry Program, MCC is facilitating free consultations for clergy and pastoral leaders. During these months of developing new or revised ways of ministering, there may be those who need someone to talk to for just a bit of assistance or guidance. If this is you, please contact Rev Cathy Alexander at [email protected] for more information. All contact is confidential.


Metropolitan Community Churches and ShopRaise

https://shopraise.com/app/#/?orgId=587533
Your shopping for the holidays or anytime can benefit MCC! ShopRaise works with charitable organizations to provide supporters a simple way to shop and benefit their cause.

  • Use the ShopRaise app to shop at home and on the go
  • You don’t pay more and can still use great coupons and deals
  • MCC Earns
  • Over 1,000 familiar retailers

Have you visited the new VISITOR website yet?

Have you shared it on your social media?

We're Seeking You

Click on the link below to visit a landing page designed exclusively for you. It is your unique starting point to explore the “We’re Seeking You!” website and it contains all the information and links you may need.

https://visitmccchurch.com/announcement/

Please join us in helping the world to hear these three simple, yet powerful, words from MCC….We’re Seeking You!


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