CONNECT – What’s Happening Around MCC?

October Ushers in . . . 

  • MCC Fellowship Sunday

  • Pastor Appreciation Month


USA 2020

National Trans Visibility March goes LIVE this week with a line up of daily events. Check out the schedule and the live streams at https://www.nationaltransmarch.com/live


MONDAY, September 28


 

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 29


The Passionate Jesus – Tuesdays at 10pm GMT / 6pm EDT

Join Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson and Rev. Vickie Miller in a discussion. We will explore Jesus in more depth as an engaged and emotional person who inspires us to live a more holy and wholly integrated life. The class is based on the book by Rev. Peter Wallace (book is not required).
Zoom ID: 837 3122 2578 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83731222578#success


“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


WEDNESDAY, September 30


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/


MCC of the Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA)

MCC of the Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA) invites others to join their weekly Bible Study via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85788173520 Meeting ID: 857 8817 3520

Teach It, Then Preach It
series with MCC Baltimore (Maryland, USA)

“Bread of Life: Spiritual Feeding Through the Parables.” The Bible Study on the parable will be on Wednesdays at 7pm EST (UTC-4),

then the sermon on the parable will be shared on the following Sunday during our Worship Encounter at 10am EST (UTC-4).

Both will be available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mcc.baltimore


Church Talks and TED Talks
7:30pm EDT / 6:30pm CDT / 11:30pm GMT

Join MCC of Greater St. Louis (Missouri, USA) as we listen to a TED Talk on one of today’s leading issues and discuss its relevancy to the Church.

On Zoom http://www.mccgsl.org/zoom
Meeting ID: 314-361-3221 Password: 664979


Sanctuary Online ImageSanctuary Online Moves to Wednesday for this week only

Wednesday, September 30 – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
www.SanctuaryOnline.live

Book Club Discussion
Where the Crawdads Sing

THURSDAY, October 1


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


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]


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 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.


Freed from Guilt…Freed from Shame
Overcoming Bible Abuse About Homosexuality

Including verses directed against the Transgender Community
Thursday, October 1 and every Thursday through November 19th
11pm GMT / 7pm EDT (UTC-4)
For more details and to register, click here:
https://www.stjohnsmcc.org/freed-from-guilt.html
From St. John’s MCC, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.


FRIDAY, October 2


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


SATURDAY, October 3


USA National Trans Visibility March –
at “The Gathering Place”

A Multi-Faith Empowerment Community
9am PDT / 12 EDT / 4pm GMT
Streaming live at www.nationaltransmarch.com/live


SUNDAY, October 4


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.


The Disciple’s Role in Social Activism

The objective of this series is to explore and discuss the role of Christians in the fight against systemic racism and poverty. The four-week study will explore four broad categories of oppression against people of color and people who are poor. Both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian scriptures have prominent themes woven throughout that explicitly testify to God’s justice for the oppressed, the poor and foreigner.

The classes will be facilitated by Lisa Noriega, Lisa Engle and other MCC of the Lehigh Valley (USA) Action Team Members. All are welcome.

Mark your calendars for 10am EDT / 2pm GMT on October 4, 11, 18 & 25
via Zoom ID 851 1250 3116


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


“Chat and Chew: The Heart of LGBTQ+ People”

sponsored by MCC Baltimore (Maryland, USA). This is a series of monthly conversations with the community held on the first Sunday of the month via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mcc.baltimore) . Our next Chat and Chew will be on Sunday, October 4th at 4pm GMT / 12pm EDT (UTC-4) featuring Rev. Debora Ruffin. The topic will be “Understanding Trauma and How It Effects Your Spirit.”


October 6, 1968
The First Service of Metropolitan Community Churches

Celebrate Fellowship Sunday one Sunday during October or do something special each week of October. If able, local churches are encouraged to receive a special offering for the denomination. Individuals are also welcome to give a gift through their local church or directly through this website. Click DONATE NOW at the top of the page and choose 2020 Fellowship Sunday from the drop-down.
Resources including short video clips are coming to Pastors and Churches.


Looking Ahead


Beyond "Dear Church"
Lenny Duncan is the pastor of the Jubilee Collective and a nationally recognized writer, speaker, preacher, thinker, and agitator. The conference will focus on and include a reading from Pastor Duncan’s book Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US.

Registration is US $10. Deadline 4 Oct. 2020.
esr.earlham.edu/pastors-conference-2020


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/


American Sign Language Class
Thursdays – October 15 through November 19 – 6pm EDT / 10pm GMT

SunCoast MCC is excited to announce a six-week virtual class to learn a song in sign language that will be featured during a November Sunday Service. More details coming soon.
Zoom ID: 917 2672 6707 | Passcode: suncoast


NOTEWORTHY


Pastor Appreciation Month

Many places observe October as Pastor Appreciation Month. During COVID-19, our Pastors have worked extra hard to keep us safe, cared for and connected. Many Pastors have worked long hours alongside volunteers (and some alone) learning to adapt worship to a virtual environment. This is an opportunity to express your gratitude and say thanks. Send your Pastor a card or a gift. There are many ways to show a little love and appreciation to your Pastor(s). Think about how your church, how you might honor your Pastor(s) this October.


MCC JOBS

Have a job opening to post? Let us help CONNECT you!
Email [email protected]
Check out the current listings.
https://www.mccchurch.org/category/mcc-jobs/


Resources for Advent/Christmas coming soon!

Our 2020 theme “Christmas Hope in a World of Challenges.”


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.




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


The [email protected] Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege

https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/diversity-workshop-guide-to-discussing-identity-power-and-privilege/#icebreaker


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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