CONNECT – What’s Happening Around MCC?

Thank you for your generosity in Still Giving!

A big thank you to:

  • All our donors – over 160 donors from 9 countries!
  • Rev. Myke Sotero who designed all the graphics.
  • Jean Gralley for the cartoon and GIF.
  • All those who submitted videos and statements.
  • Our staff team for handling all the logistics.
  • Troy and Nancy for sharing their birthday wish with us and for all the ways they are Still Giving.

Pledges and gifts are still coming in. The final totals will be reported by the Governing Board in their report.

Remember you can view all the video greetings from around the world, as well as the videos from Troy and Nancy and their pictures, on the website.

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MONDAY, August 3


What’s happening in your community? Do you have any virtual events that other MCCers are welcome to join? Let us know. It’s helpful if we have two weeks notice of your events. [email protected]


TUESDAY, August 4


Bible Study Series: “Half-Truths”

Tuesdays at 4:30PM EDT (GMT-4) through August 11

They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard or said these words. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways.

  • Everything happens for a reason.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • God won’t give you more than you can handle.
  • God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
  • Love the sinner, hate the sin.

Join the Pastors from SunCoast MCC, Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson and Rev. Vickie Miller to explore and unpack these “half truth” phrases.
Zoom Meeting ID: 956 4008 2106 | Password: 819421

 


“Give me that olde time religion” 7pm EDT / UTC 11pm (UTC-4)

A weekly Bible Study by MCC Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To join the ZOOM meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84458664477?pwd=MlU1OVdBZmVsS3lTMi8vTGhiRDNMdz09
Meeting ID: 844 5866 4477 Password: 939641


Sanctuary Online ImageZOOM 201 for Hosts & Facilitators

 

Tuesday, August 4th – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
www.SanctuaryOnline.live

How many of us are now attending or leading events online that we used to do in person? Maybe it’s teaching a class. Maybe it’s hosting a book club or even playing cards or Bingo! Now that we are all “experts” on attending Zoom events, are you ready to learn fun new ways to lead your own meetings?

If you are already participating in or teaching a class, or leading discussion groups, or if you are missing connection with family and friends and would like to start up some social connection, Jo will show you a few easy to learn tips and tricks that will make you a Zoom Host Master overnight!


WEDNESDAY, August 5


MCC Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

invites you to a 15 minute time of reflection on Facebook Live each Wednesday at noon Eastern, UTC 4pm (UTC-04).

Rev. Jeff Rock and Rev. Deana Dudley share inspiring reflections, scriptures and prayers to support us through these difficult times.

MCC Toronto Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MCCToronto/


Spiritual Transformation – Wednesdays at 7pm EDT (GMT-4)

by Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA
In this five-session small group Bible study by Philip Yancey you’ll examine how to offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society. Vanishing Grace explores how Christians live in the middle of hostility and rejection today. Philip Yancey delves into the reasons for the hostility and gives us models of different, more effective ways to communicate the Good News.


Stepping Up to Supervision
Wednesdays, August 5th – September 9 at noon CDT/1pm EDT/5pm GMT

Faith+Lead at Luther Seminary partnered with Susan Beaumont, an acclaimed consultant and author of When Moses Meets Aaron: Staffing and Supervision in Congregations, to lead us through the process of Stepping Up to Supervision. For anyone who is supervising for the first time, or has assumed that responsibility but would like to become better in their role, this online course is a wonderful opportunity to grow in grace as well as the critical knowledge you need.
https://faithlead.luthersem.edu/class-catalog/stepping-up-to-supervision/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=sharpspring&sslid=M7MwMbKwsLQ0NTY2AAA&sseid=MzKwMDIzNTA0NAEA&jobid=4d23a094-e9b8-4d81-b413-8a7a3de7cf53


THURSDAY, August 6


Prayer 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 page every Thursday at 9PM GMT (5PM EDT/ BST 10PM) @Cecilia.Eggleston.50


Bilingual Praise ServiceBILINGUAL PRAISE SERVICE 
7:00pm EDT (GMT-4)

Join Rev. Stanley from Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA for Alabanza via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/827025531#success


FRIDAY, August 7


FRIDAY NOON YOUR TIME – PRAY for Pastors, Pastoral Leaders, Boards, Lay Leaders and all MCC Chaplains.


SATURDAY, August 8


Spiritual NourishmentSpiritual Nourishment
Saturday, 9pm GMT / 5 pm EDT (UTC-04) on MCC Council of Elders Facebook Page

Please join the Council of Elders for the seventh Facebook live broadcast of “Spiritual Nourishment”. Elder Nancy Maxwell will explore the spiritual practice of Spiritual Journaling, as well as take prayer requests to the Council. Journaling about how we experience the Holy’s presence in our lives can heighten our spiritual awareness and deepen our connection to the Sacred. For those who feel comfortable, you can share your thoughts about, and experiences with journaling in the comment section during the broadcast. We will end our time together with prayer requests.


Looking Ahead


Rev. Vickey Gibbs Virtual Homecoming


Being Church Today – Monday, August 17th
10:30am-1:00pm EDT (UTC-4) / 2:30-5pm GMT

This event is free when live or $30 for OnDemand viewing.
https://churchanew.org/events/2020/8/17/being-church-today
Church Anew has gathered diverse set of nationally recognized thought leaders to speak, in short form, to how the church can lead in a time like this. These keynote speakers will amplify the voices of local leaders from the Minneapolis area, who will share stories of how the church is leading in our own context, particularly in response to systemic racism in our communities. We expect this digital conference to challenge and provoke participants so that church leaders from all over the nation can reclaim the immediacy and necessity of our ministry in a time like this.


Democracy, Values and the 2020 Election

North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light and the North Carolina Council of Churches are hosting an eight-week forum series detailing the important issues facing us this election beginning on August 12th. These events will highlight our multi-issue faith voter reflection guide – Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities – in addition to featuring expert speakers, and educating attendees on policy/the reality of voting during a pandemic. Register for individual weeks at https://www.ncchurches.org/programs/ncipl/upcoming-events/

Voting Our Values Forum Sessions – weekly on Wednesdays 12-1pm EDT


MCC of the Lehigh Valley (USA) Pride Worship
August 16th 11:30am EDT (-04 UTC)/ 3:30 GMT

MCCLV once again kicks off the Pride celebration this year by hosting the Pride Worship Service. You can view the livestream on MCCLV’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MCCLehigh or via the church’s website: https://www.mcclv.org


Feet That Follow Staycation Bible School


In Case You Missed It


Singing in a Strange Land – from MCC Detroit and Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow


NOTEWORTHY


Community Development Team Invitation

Members of The Community Development Team under the leadership of Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez are here to support pastoral and lay leaders, local churches, and boards. Do you or your church have questions to ask? Ideas to share? Want to brainstorm with someone about a new ministry opportunity? Feel fatigued because of the impacts of COVID-19 and desire prayer? Looking for guidance on when to gather again for in-person worship? Want to expand your virtual programming? Planning for your next Annual Meeting?

Rev. Wanda Floyd, Rev. Cathy Alexander, Rev. Lauren Bennett, Rebecca Wilson, and Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez want to connect with you. Our emails are below.

We also continue to extend an invitation to our bi-monthly Tea Times. On the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, Tea Time is an opportunity to gather (on Zoom) with individuals from around the world for conversation and inspiration. Want to know more please contact Rev. Lauren Bennett who coordinates this event.

Rev. Wanda Floyd, Emerging Church and MCC Communities Co-ordinator
[email protected]

Rev. Cathy Alexander, Vocational Leadership Co-ordinator
[email protected]

Rebecca Wilson, Church Support and Development Co-ordinator
[email protected]

Rev. Lauren Bennett, Conference and Meeting Coordinator
[email protected]

Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez, Team Lead for Community Development/Network Co-ordinator
[email protected]


JOB POSTING
Metropolitan Community Church of Baton Rouge

moving into their 37th year of ministry, is currently accepting applications for a pastor. This congregation of 50+ located in the center of Baton Rouge, is seeking a pastor to lead them through the next chapter of ministry. Follow the link to learn more about the church and application process. For more information click here


From Pike’s Peak MCC: Online Exercise Sessions

Every Mon, Wed, Fri at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time Zone (GMT-6) and Available on YouTube Any Time

Join Diane for live exercise three days a week, or open her prerecorded 47-minute exercise session on YouTube any time at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foU8X7pW6dQ
For the live class, use this link for every occurrence: https://zoom.us/j/356607657
Or open the Zoom app and enter this meeting ID: 356 607 657.


RESOURCES


8 Ideas for Battling Screen Fatigue and Declining Online Attendance

from Church Marketing University – https://churchmarketinguniversity.com/solve-digital-attendance-dip/


Yale Divinity School
Video and Small Group Bible Study Resources

https://yalebiblestudy.org/leading-a-yale-bible-study/

Free video resources and study outlines. Register to participate in online discussions.


Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change

Check out this opportunity from the Pacific School of Religion! Exclusively online for the fall of 2020. Register by August 1st.
https://go.psr.today/programs/social-change/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=image&utm_campaign=cssc-acq&utm_content=megaphone&utm_term=change-makers&fbclid=IwAR1Q3pSlun2g6IrzY43wOFGKzClk7PJ62u5Z2uzj3x1OWEM_M3SAbaDZr-s


Boston University, School of Theology – Online Learning and Spirituality Groups

These online mini-courses and spiritual reflection groups will help you, the working faith professional, create concrete, effective tools and/or ground your spiritual capacity to anchor you through the winds of change.
http://www.bu.edu/sth/academics/lifelong-learning/?fbclid=IwAR1p3XPg86BOu1Js9S1LPIPsYg88XHeNrOha3bdQxhJmzT0pj6N4aC9u0VE


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