CONNECT with what’s happening around Metropolitan Community Church

Earlier this year we made the bold decision to proactively seek to connect with people who are not aware of MCC, our rich history, all that we stand for, and all that we do! This “marketing” campaign represents the importance of listening, it acknowledges the needs and perspectives of others, and it embraces our core value of “inclusion” by showing a welcome to others no matter who they are, where they are from, and no matter what stage they are in on their own faith journey.

The results of our decision are now a reality, and we are proud to announce that we have launched the hallmark of stage 1 of the “We’re Seeking You!” external marketing campaign: the “We’re Seeking You!” website. While this particular website was intentionally not created for our own MCC family, we hope you may visit the site over the next few days. We also hope you may offer us your feedback as you place yourself in the mindset of the first timers and outside guests who will be visiting this site. Finally, we hope all of you will join us as we share and announce this campaign to the hundreds of thousands of people who currently reside beyond our own MCC communities and are already open and willing to learn about us.

We're Seeking You

Click on the link below to visit a landing page designed exclusively for you. It is your unique starting point to explore the “We’re Seeking You!” website and it contains all the information and links you may need.

https://www.visitmccchurch.com/announcement

Please join us in helping the world to hear these three simple, yet powerful, words from MCC….We’re Seeking You!


What Time Is It?

Daylight Savings Time is ending in many places. For Germany and Great Britain, it ended on Sunday, October 25th. For the United States and Canada, it ends Sunday, November 1st. Be careful with calculating times between countries this week and next!

UTC stands for Universal Time Coordination. It is the measure for global time but is not a time zone itself. GMT, Greenich Mean or Meridian Time is the time zone. GMT and UTC are the same time. Other time zones are UTC + or – hours. So EDT is UTC-4 but EST will be UTC-5. UTC does not change while other time zones may switch to daylight savings or back to standard.

Just to add to the mix, the S in USA time zones is for Standard: ex. EST Eastern Standard Time. The S in BST is British Summer Time!
Know your time zones especially at this time of year and FALL BACK if necessary!
http://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/


COVID-19 numbers of infections and deaths continue to rise around the world. Please be aware of the rates in your area. Take all the recommended precautions to care for yourself and your congregation. MCC Staff are available to support you and resource you during these challenging times. Please do not hesitate to contact us.


Sentieri – Gruppo Spirituale (Footpaths Spiritual Group)

Do you speak Italian? Would you like to connect with others who speak Italian in virtual space? 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 and time, email [email protected] Join in prayer for this new outreach and connection.


MONDAY, October 26


Gender, Sexuality and Faith Seminar
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/


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 27


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


Sanctuary Online ImageBOOK CLUB SERIES

Tuesday, October 27 – 5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight UTC

Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:
www.SanctuaryOnline.live

Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah

Why don’t you curl up with a good book this weekend and join us on Tuesday?
Where the Forest Meets the Stars is an Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal,
and Washington Post bestseller, and a Goodreads Choice Award finalist.


WEDNESDAY, October 28


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


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 29


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.

Click Here


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/ 11 PM GMT via Zoom starting September 10th. The study is 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


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 30


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


SATURDAY, October 31


ALL HALLOW’S EVE – Hallowe’en


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, November 1


Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is not a Mexican version of Halloween. This is an explosion of colour and joy demonstrating love and respect for those family members who have died. Some say this dates from pre-Hispanic cultures such as the Aztec and Toltec while other scholars trace its roots to Spain. The celebration keeps the dead alive in memory and as part of the community. The modern celebration combines the cultural rites and the Christian (Catholic) practice of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1 & 2). The spirits of the dead are invoked to be present with us and honored.


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


UPCOMING


Queer Leadership; The Jesus Model

Sat., November 7th – 10:00AM until 12:30PM EST (UTC-5) / 3pm GMT

Imago Dei MCC (Pennsylvania, USA) will be offering a virtual Leadership Training via Zoom. This workshop is designed to inform those who are called to serve as leaders in the local church of some of the unusual approaches to leadership that Jesus demonstrated in the Gospels If you would like to be part of the workshop please register contact [email protected] by November 5th.


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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