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MONDAY, August 31


International Overdose Awareness Day

How might your church observe this? How might you create more awareness? Check online for regional events.


The Tech-Savvy Choir Director
10pm GMT / 6pm EDT (UTC-4)

Connect with and engage your singers in a productive digital rehearsal, create meaningful virtual choir presentations that resonate with your community, and grow your choir in a real way this season! Register for this FREE class here:
https://theresourcefulchurchmusician.lpages.co/tech-savvy-choir-director/?fbclid=IwAR0_vfo0yKFef8RhTPnMrjl3n2ETaYOS-E1pUYUFBKdRhxfH5pxbUcVeDuE


MCC Richmond’s Centering Community (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Mondays @ 11pm GMT / 6pm EDT (UTC-4)

A time of shared meditation and mindfulness practice open to all. No previous experience necessary … come just as you are!
Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7891407100?pwd=Z0p1NGIrNnNHOGtWL1I3V0xMZDBQdz09.
Meeting ID: 789 140 7100 Password: 953527


TUESDAY, September 1


“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 ImageThe US Post Office and the Vote

Tuesday, September 1 – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
www.SanctuaryOnline.live

The United States Post Office (USPS) has been in the news recently with changes causing concern about the impact on the 2020 election. On Tuesday September 1st, Darcel Cole and Carly Hook will join Sanctuary Online to explain how the USPS handles election ballots and answer questions about recent changes.

WEDNESDAY, September 2


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, August 12 – Sept. 9 at 7pm EDT (GMT-4)

by Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA
Pastor Kyle Idleman reminds us that God’s grace is greater. Even when it doesn’t make sense. Even when it doesn’t feel fair. God’s grace covers everything we’ve done. And the best way is to understand it, is to experience it. God’s grace will remind you that no sin is so great, no bitterness so deep that God’s grace cannot transform your heart and rewrite your story.


THURSDAY, September 3


Prayer with Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston headshot

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


MCC Milwaukee Theology on Tap

Sponsored by Milwaukee MCC, Milwaukee, Wisdonsin, USA
11:30 GMT / 7:30pm EDT / 6:30pm Central (UTC-5)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86055363676
Meeting ID: 860 5536 3676


MCC Richmond’s Bi+ Discussion Group

On Zoom every other Thursday @ 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT
To join Zoom meetings or for more information about upcoming events please email [email protected]

  • We are a confidential support and discussion group.
  • We are especially welcoming to those identifying as pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, bicurious, attracted to more than one gender, or those who just don’t like labels.
  • We care about providing time for free-talk and personal support, but also enjoy focused topic discussions.


FRIDAY, September 4


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


SATURDAY, September 5


Spiritual Nourishment

Spiritual Nourishment with Elder Nancy Maxwell returns next Saturday.  It is now held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.


SUNDAY, September 6


Worship Time

There are virtual Worship Services happening in MCC’s all around the world! You can browse Facebook for notices or live streams of many services. You are encouraged to visit an MCC worship service in another part of the world. Choose a time zone that does not conflict with your home church service. Even if it is in a language you don’t understand, we all can understand the essence of prayer, praise, preaching and communion.


Church in Progress OnlineThis is not a traditional worship service, rather a simple time of prayer.
Here is the link to connect to the zoom room https://tinyurl.com/ShortandSimpleService
This gathering meets at 8pm New Zealand time which is 8am UTC (+12).
Here is a time zone converter to check the time in your area!
https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200830T080000&p1=22&p2=1440&p3=tz_ct


Looking Ahead


Book StudyRegister:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpc-6rpz8vH9fFKeW6DL4SpE8H58_G0zVC


MCC History and PolityMCC History and Polity: Thursdays, September 10 – October 29

Learn more about the history and operation of Metropolitan Community Churches! Though a required course for LEAD and those in formation to be MCC Clergy, this class is a great course for anyone interested in learning more about the vast, important history of MCC and for anyone looking to know more about local and denominational level governance. Please follow this link for more information https://mcchistoryandpolity.eventbrite.com. If you have additional questions, please contact Rev. Cathy Alexander at [email protected].


Q2021 – Jan 7-10,2021

The Q Christian Fellowship Conference is an annual gathering where hundreds of LGBTQ+ Christians and Allies: gather for worship, fellowship, workshops, and keynote speakers; make lifelong friendships or reunite with those friends; experience healing, transformation, and hope; witness the thrill of God’s love and affirmation through each other.
Anyone of any age is invited to participate!
Key note speakers include: Dr. Emilie M. Townes, Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, and Fr. Richard Rohr.
For more information, contact https://www.qcfconf.org/


Sanctuary Online

www.sanctuaryonline.live
Sept. 8 – Zoom 201 for Hosts and Presenters
Sept. 15 – Ken Martin leads an informative session on Gender.
Sept. 29 – Book Club Discussion: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


NOTEWORTHY


Revry - Call Me Troy

Catch the replay of the Q&A panel at https://watch.revry.tv/player/32612/stream?assetType=series&playlist_id=694

Metropolitan Community Churches has been partnering with Revry to help supply LGBTQ+ entertainment to our folx (and our families and friends) with a FREE 1 month Revry Premium subscription. Revry will give MCC a portion of the subscription fees for the rest of the year! Revry has the most unapolegtically queer movies, shows, news, originals and the largest libraries of queer music and podcasts. Click here https://revry.tv/ for more information about Revry and, if you decide to sign up for your FREE month, be sure to use MCC’s Promo Code C111.


BEWARE OF EMAIL SCAMS

Recently a number of MCC staff members and US MCC Clergy have been falsely represented. Email addresses are used that are very similar but are NOT the actual church, Pastor or staff email addresses. The false email address may even show up in your inbox with the name of the Pastor, staff member or church office. They tend to ask you to do a favor and to be discreet in purchasing gift cards for them. They ask you not to phone rather just reply by email because the Pastor/staff member is in an important meeting.
Please do NOT reply to these! Delete and label it as Spam. If you have any questions, take a close look at the email address and make sure it matches the official published email address. Inform your Pastor or Board.


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


RESOURCES


Conducting Congregational Meetings during COVID-19
Video Replay – https://youtu.be/adCcfIl4Dg0

ZOOM Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92215813904

This MCC Webinar shaed guidance on options, planning and conducting Congregational Meetings during this time of COVID-19 when most of our churches are not meeting in-person. Here are two resources for you.




African-American History FREE Online Course
and Discussion Group

Learn more about African American History since the Civil War. Rev. Lori McPherson is creating a group that will watch the course lecture from the Yale platform and then discuss the material. This group will meet Sunday and Thursday nights from 6-7:30pm EDT (UTC-4) / 10-11:30 GMT
Contact Lori McPherson through Facebook for more info: https://www.facebook.com/fuzzlaw
Can’t make the discussion group time or schedule? Listen to the lectures at your own time. It is free from Open Yale Courses.
https://oyc.yale.edu/african-american-studies/afam-162?fbclid=IwAR0HFpUedGG1Cyn9lrbX3XnXTBVnSW1GXZpBHl2MPJVmq4LVHhS86Isp4NQ


Prophetic Preaching Outline
Prophetic Preaching 1

Workshop Series on Prophetic Preaching

Join Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis and great activists/scholars/preachers like Karoline M. Lewis, Rebecca Voelkel, and Curtiss Paul DeYoung. Workshops will be held via Zoom from September – May on the fourth Thursday of the month at 3pm EDT (UTC-4)/ 7pm GMT
For more information and to register: https://www.justiceconnectionconsulting.com/


Northeastern Seminary Free Mini-Courses

Consider “Reading Luke in a Polarized World.” How can the church become a witness to truth and an agent of GOd’s transforming power in a polarized world?
https://www.nes.edu/calendar/mini-classes/?utm_medium=email&_hsmi=93903551&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-82Mf-IIX_Rm0ax3Mf1tAJRKoQT6niMAISizR3Ure8-Ol90HEex4n6CUl47djtRNmFbNQO89X-UXcKgg7iOjPRhlnVqbA&utm_content=93903551&utm_source=hs_email


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.


Church Musicians

Check out: https://www.facebook.com/theresourcefulchurchmusician/


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


Your Input Sought


COLLECTING ORIGINAL WORSHIP PIECES BY MCCers

We are looking for prayers, calls to worship, communion liturgies, litanies, etc. that are related to the theme of sharing Christmas Hope in a COVID World. Send your resources and ideas with permission to share them with MCC to [email protected]

GOT GOOD NEWS TO SHARE?

Send the information to [email protected]

DO YOU HAVE AN ONLINE EVENT THAT IS OPEN TO OTHERS?

Please give us at least 2 weeks advance notice of events and include all details on how to register and/or login.  Send your event notices to [email protected]


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