CONNECT – What’s Happening Around MCC?


MONDAY, October 19


Sentieri – Gruppo Spirituale (Footpaths Spiritual Group)

Do you speak Italian? Would you like to connect with others who speak Italian in virtual space? We are having our first Italian based virtual gathering Monday.
This is NOT church. It is a place to talk, share and build friendships. It is being led by our MCC pastor in Italy.
For the Zoom link, email [email protected]
Join in prayer for this new outreach and connection.


Christians & Cocktails – 6pm EDT / 10pm GMT

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!
Facebook.com/SunshineCathedral (Florida, USA)


MCC Richmond’s Centering Community (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Mondays @ 10pm 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 20


Prayer Service – 6.15 pm GMT / 2:15pm EDT

Praying for the needs of our Community and our World with Inclusive Community Church, Bournemouth, England.
Join us on Zoom – Meeting ID: 795 3355 1910 – Password: 294574


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 ImageCommunicating and not Just Talking!

Tuesday, October 20 – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
www.SanctuaryOnline.live

It’s All About the People! “I’m speaking clearly so why doesn’t she understand what I’m saying?” “Why do I leave a meeting feeling like we wasted time and he feels like it was a very productive meeting?” “Why are our perspectives so different?” Get ready to have fun as you learn why!

Rather than ‘treat others the way YOU want to be treated,’ TDF teaches us to ‘treat others the way THEY want to be treated’. Our guest speakers are the founders of TDF International. They would like you to visit their website before Tuesday and take the TDF Big-Lens Quiz! It’s FREE and FUN!
www.TDFInternational.net


WEDNESDAY, October 21


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/


Share in the Chair 6pm EDT / 10pm GMT

Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins of Sunshine Cathedral (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) interviews a different religious leader each week on Facebook.com/SunshineCathedral


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 22


Midday Worship Noon EDT / 4pm GMT

Rotating clergy from Sunshine Cathedral (fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA) lead this midday worship experience with prayer, scripture and homily.

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Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston is on leave.
No Facebook prayer time with the moderator this week.

When she returns, she will begin a series based on Joyce Rupp’s book “The Cup of Life.” You are asked to have a candle and a cup or mug with you for that study and prayer time starting Thursday, November 5th. Watch for details in an upcoming CONNECT.


A COURSE IN MIRACLES

via Zoom – Thursdays at 6:30pm EDT / 10:30pm GMT Contact Rev. Margarita Rodriguez at [email protected] (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)


American Sign Language Class
Thursdays – 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. You could sign it for your church! 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 23


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


SATURDAY, October 24


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


Spiritual NourishmentSpiritual Nourishment
5pm EDT (UTC-4) / 9pm GMT
MCC Council of Elders Facebook Group

Elder Nancy Maxwell will explore the spiritual practice of stewardship/almsgiving, as well as take prayer requests to the Council of Elders. Jesus mentions three spiritual practices in Matthew 6. One of those spiritual practices is “almsgiving” or stewardship. This spiritual practice connects us to each other by caring for each other and for our environment.


SUNDAY, October 25


The Disciple’s Role in Social Activism – 10am EDT / 2pm GMT

This is the last week of this series to explore and discuss the role of Christians in the fight against systemic racism and poverty. 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 class is facilitated by Lisa Noriega, Lisa Engle and other MCC of the Lehigh Valley (USA) Action Team Members. 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


UPCOMING


Gender, Sexuality and Faith Seminar
October 26th – 14:00-18:00 ICM RIO, Brazil

This event celebrates MCC’s global anniversary. It offers panel discussions and continuing education credits for participants. The event is coordinated by Professor Léo Rossetti, member of ICM/MCC Rio and PhD. student of the Graduate Program in Social History of the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
http://www.icmrio.com/event-items/seminario-genero-sexualidade-e-fe/


NOTEWORTHY


Spirit & Truth Sunshine Cathedral’s daily prayer guide is available online.
https://sunshinecathedral.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/OctST2.pdf


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


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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