Thank you to all the churches who are current with their Assessments! We have not seen the dip we thought we might experience due to COVID-19. Thank you for your faithfulness and timeliness.
MONDAY, September 7
It’s Labor Day in the United States and Labour Day in Canada!
More than 80 countries around the world celebrate International Workers Day on May 1st but the USA and Canada observe the first Monday in September. For many of our MCC Staff, this is a national holiday. We will be back in the office tomorrow.
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 8
“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
Tuesday, September 8 – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
WEDNESDAY, September 9
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/
THURSDAY, September 10
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].
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
The Unveiling, a study of the Book of Revelation
Thursday evenings at 7:00PM EDT via Zoom starting September 10th. The study will be facilitated by Pastor Dexter Brecht and Terry White from Imago Dei MCC (USA) For more information and the links to join, please email [email protected]
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 11
FRIDAY NOON YOUR TIME – PRAY for Pastors, Pastoral Leaders, Boards, Lay Leaders and all MCC Chaplains.
SATURDAY, September 12
9pm GMT/ 5pm EDT (UTC-4)
MCC Council of Elders Facebook Page
Nourishment. Elder Nancy Maxwell will explore the spiritual practice of Mindfulness, as well as take prayer requests to the Council. Mindfulness is an age-old practice of being in the present, recognizing that the realm of the Holy is here, now. For those who feel comfortable, you can share your thoughts about, and experiences with mindfulness in the comment section during the broadcast. We will end our time together with prayer requests.
SUNDAY, September 13
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.
This 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!
Holy Laments – A Worship Experience
Monday, 14 September, 2020 – 11pm GMT / 7pm EDT / 6pm CDT
sponsored by the TX-New Mexico Network
The season of pandemic continues. Meanwhile, we rage against the world machine to produce and self-support. in this worship experience we practice lamentation, the Holy wailing that culminates in praise of God, in whom we trust. join in prayer, recitation, singing, and calling upon God’s benevolent grace.
Registration required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xKXKYb9uRPmkWkTpJD0MYg
Sponsored by MCC Detroit, USA
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/
Sept. 15 – Ken Martin leads an informative session on Gender.
Sept. 29 – Book Club Discussion: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Jay Deacon Memorial
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.
Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha
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.
(Updated: 25 August 2020)
(Updated: 25 August 2020)
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.
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?
Yale Divinity School
Video and Small Group Bible Study Resources
Free video resources and study outlines. Register to participate in online discussions.
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.
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]
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DO YOU HAVE AN ONLINE EVENT THAT IS OPEN TO OTHERS?
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