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CALLING ALL MCC MUSICIANS
Praise Teams, Choirs, Vocal Soloists, Instrumentalists

Submit 3 song titles ASAP to [email protected] of Advent or Christmas songs you would like to video record to submit as part of an MCC wide Christmas Concert. Submit the titles (and composer) now and receive instructions about the video and process for submitting videos. Song titles due now. Videos will be due in November. Our overall theme is HOPE in a Chaotic World. Be part of sharing HOPE with the world this Christmas!


MONDAY, October 12


Indigenous People’s Day

This day celebrates Native / Indigenous American peoples’ cultures and histories. It is officially observed in a number of cities and states in the USA. It started as counter celebration to Columbus Day which is a national holiday in the USA and Mexico.


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, October 13


It’s TEA TIME with the Community Development Team!
9pm GMT / 5pm EDT (UTC-04)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/248584328?pwd=NmRackdTN1luZ2kreHNISFJMWC9TZz09

Meeting ID: 248 584 328
Passcode: 469464


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


Sanctuary Online ImageAuthor Interview with Toby Johnson (part 2)

Tuesday, October 13 – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
www.SanctuaryOnline.live

Ken Martin continues his interview of Toby Jonson, the acclaimed and award winning author of numerous books exploring the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and mythology.


WEDNESDAY, October 14


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


THURSDAY, October 15


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


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


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
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 16


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


SATURDAY, October 17


Taize Meditation Prayer – 10am MDT/ noon EDT / 4pm GMT

Pike’s Peak MCC (Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA) invites you to join Greg & Candy Mulkey (friends of the congregation) for 30 minutes of simple chant-like meditative/prayer songs from the monastic community in Taizé, France.
On Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/taizecommonunion


SUNDAY, October 18


Worship Time!

Visit a virtual worship gathering in a different part of the world! Search YouTube and Facebook for MCC or ICM or Metropolitan Community Church.


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 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


FEATURED CALENDAR


Sunshine Cathedral (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) has
DAILY ONLINE PROGRAMMING

Daily on Facebook (and other social media), you can enjoy inspirational programming from Sunshine Cathedral.

Sunday – Live stream worship at 10:30 am, EDT / 2:30pm GMT
Monday – Saturday – Midday Prayer at Noon, EDT / 4pm GMT

Monday
– Christians & Cocktails (Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins & panel go deep, but with humor and holy irreverence, into every theological question you can think of, and you even get to chime in!) at 6 pm, EDT /10pm GMT

Wednesday
– Share in the Chair (Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins interviews a different religious leader each week) at 6 pm, EDT / /10pm GMT

Thursday
Midday Worship (rotating clergy) at Noon, EDT / 4pm GMT (prayer, scripture, and homily).
GAY TOWN HALL (Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins is one of a dozen or more co-hosts for this Happening Out TV production…the panel and viewers discuss current news from an LGBTQ+ perspective).

Saturday
– Just A Thought (Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins & Rev. Cindy Lippert discuss a spiritual idea each week) at 12:30 pm, EDT /4:30pm GMT


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 and how YOU might honor your Pastor(s) this October.


Clergy License Renewal Time
Early Bird Deadline December 1st

Go to the 2021 Clergy License page for detailed instructions and forms to submit. Instructions may differ by country. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]


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


USA National LGBT Elder Housing 2020 Virtual Institute Oct 13-16

https://www.sageusa.org/national-lgbt-elder-housing-symposium-2020/


Children’s Ministry

MCC Richmond is launching a new virtual ministry to fill this gap and serve families: Storytime for Children! ALL are invited to video record the reading of a children’s book and email it to the Church Office: [email protected] The Storytime for Children! library of videos will be available through MCC Richmond’s website and YouTube channel.


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

This MCC Webinar shared 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.




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.


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


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