CONNECT with what’s happening around Metropolitan Community Church

CONNECT will be transitioning.

The weekly CONNECT helped us through the early months of COVID-19. It helped us CONNECT with denominational events and with each other. Now it’s time to create space for other types of communications. This transition will first move CONNECT to every two weeks and then to once a month. There may be a few special editions from time-to-time!

Next Monday’s CONNECT (Nov. 23rd) will be the last weekly issue. There will be two issues during December – December 7 and 21. If you have any virtual events open to any MCCer, please send them to us in advance. We are especially interested in one-time events and short series. .

Thank you for helping CONNECT MCC!


Be sure to scroll the page for these headings:

  • Don’t Miss These!
  • This Week’s Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Recurring Weekly Events
  • Noteworthy Items

DON’T MISS THESE!


Commission on GC Dream SessionsARE YOU SIGNED UP FOR A DREAM SESSION?

Help us dream of what General Conference can be by signing up for a focus-group style Dream Session.

You are invited to participate in our first opportunity for feedback as we begin wrestling with the purpose of General Conference. The General Conference Commission will be relying on gathering ideas, comments, and thoughts from our global community!

In each Dream Session, we will meet in small breakout groups to discuss the purpose, meaning, and big questions we need to ask when it comes to gathering.

Select a Dream Session that fits your schedule and language.

Sign Up Here

Dream Session Times:

Note: Primary language is the first listed
All sessions will be 90 minutes

Tuesday 17 November: English, Spanish
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Thursday 19 November: Spanish, English
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Friday 20 November: English, German (others upon request)
7:00pm CET / 6:00pm GMT / 1:00pm EST

Saturday 21 November: Portuguese, English
7:00pm BRT / 10:00pm GMT / 5:00pm EST

Monday 23 November: English, Spanish
10:00pm EST / 7:00pm PST / 3:00am GMT (Wednesday)

Sign Up Here

Tired of Surveys? Help us dream of what General Conference can be by signing up for a focus-group style Dream Session.


DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MOMENT!

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]


Applications Now Being Accepted for Elder

The Council of Elders are nearing the end of their appointed terms. The notice of the process, responsibilities and criteria was sent out today. It is also available here. The deadline for applications is Friday, 4th December 2020. Please pray with us over this process and those who may be called to serve as Elder.


THIS WEEK’S EVENTS



TUESDAY, November 17


Dream Session

Register here.

Tuesday 17 November: English, Spanish
8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Wednesday)


Sanctuary Online

www.sanctuaryonline.live 8pm EST (UTC-5) / 7pm CST / 1am GMT

November Events Sanctuary


THURSDAY, November 19


Dream Session

Register here.

Thursday 19 November: Spanish, English

8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST / 1:00am GMT (Friday)


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

Including verses directed against the Transgender Community
LAST SESSION
12am GMT / 7pm EST (UTC-5)
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, November 20


Candle in Trans ColoursTransgender Day of Remembrance

Take time to remember. Take time to express support to our trans+ siblings. Take time to educate others about the violence and murders experienced by the Trans+ Community especially transwomen of colour.
HERE is a link to some resources about and for International Transgender Day of Remembrance.


Dream Session

Register here.

Friday 20 November: English, German

7:00pm CET / 6:00pm GMT / 1:00pm EST


SATURDAY, November 21


Dream Session

Register here.

Saturday 21 November: Portuguese, English

7:00pm BRT / 10:00pm GMT / 5:00pm EST


Community Without BordersSharing the Journey MCC Spiritual Community

1am EST/ 10am CST/ 9am MST / 8am PST
4pm GMT/ 3am Sunday AEDT (Sydney)
6pm SAST (Cape Town)
This is our English speaking Virtual Gathering. If you speak English, are not an active part of a local MCC, and are looking to create and build relationships with others, you are invited to attend. ZOOM Link: https://zoom.us/j/97708640687?pwd=UWRRK1dJOXA2aDQrWEtabnoyZlY4Zz09. As a reminder, this is not a worship service but a space to share and be with others.


UPCOMING EVENTS


Sentieri – Gruppo Spirituale (Footpaths Spiritual Group) – November 28

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.


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

MCC Baltimore (Maryland, USA) has launched 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, December 6th at 12pm EST (UTC-5) featuring Steven Dashiell, Ph.D. The topic will be “Male Gender Roles and Masculinity.”


December Events


Yale Bible Study

Join the Rev. Dr. Allen Hilton four a free, online 4-week study this Advent exploring how the Gospels approach the nativity story:

          • November 30 — According to Matthew: Joseph’s Dilemma, Magi’s Gifts, and Herod’s Inhumanity
          • December 7 — According to Luke: Small Child in a Big World
          • December 14 — According to John: Word Made Flesh
          • December 21 — Love Came Down — The YBS Christmas Episode

REGISTER HERE.


Christmas Hope ConcertAn MCC Christmas Concert – Saturday 12 December
Global times to be announced.

HOLD THIS DATE!
In many places, we may not be able to gather in-person due to COVID, however, we can gather virtually! Musicians from around MCC will share hope and joy with the sounds of the season. Watch for promotional information and local times to share with your church, friends and family.


RECURRING WEEKLY EVENTS


MONDAYS


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


TUESDAYS


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


WEDNESDAYS


Share in the Chair 6pm EST / 11pm GMT

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


Address The Mess Joy MCCAddress the Mess Spiritual Transformation
Wednesdays at 7pm EST / 12 GMT / UTC-05)

It’s a common misperception that the Christian life is all about avoiding messes and staying out of trouble. But it turns out that your messes and the messy people you meet along the way may actually be your greatest opportunity to know God. In this 4-session DVD study, Andy reminds us that following Jesus isn’t about avoiding something; it’s about becoming something. Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA.
ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.us/j/812716810#success


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 7:30pm 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


THURSDAYS


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 headshotPrayer Time with the Moderator
5pm EST / 10pm GMT

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston will begin a series based on Joyce Rupp’s book “The Cup of Our Life.” You are asked to have a candle and a cup or mug with you for this study and prayer time starting Thursday, November 5th. Join her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/cecilia.eggleston.50


A COURSE IN MIRACLES

via Zoom – Thursdays at 6:30pm EST / 11:30pm GMT Contact Rev. Margarita Rodriguez at [email protected] (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA)


The Unveiling, a study of the Book of Revelation

Thursday evenings at 7:00PM EST/ 12AM GMT via Zoom. 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 EST (UTC-5) / 12am GMT

This service is in Spanish and English. Join Rev. Stanley from Joy MCC, Orlando, Florida, USA for Alabanza via Zoom
https://zoom.us/j/827025531#success


SATURDAYS


Taize Meditation Prayer – 10am MDT/ noon EST / 5pm 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


NOTEWORTHY ITEMS


Have you visited the new VISITOR website yet?

Have you shared it on your social media?

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://visitmccchurch.com/announcement/

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


Christmas ResourcesAdvent and Christmas Resources

are now available for MCC Worship Teams, Pastors, Musicians and shared educational opportunities.
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ZoSTdwu29GOTht1U3mE-ZQKXULr8Kz-M


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