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Merry Christmas

Thank you for all of the incredible ministry you did in 2021, locally and around the world. The COVID pandemic was with us throughout the year however that did not stop your creativity or compassion. You are a gift to MCC. Together, we are a gift to the world as we continue to create communities of justice, equity and inclusivity. Merry Christmas to you and all the congregations you represent. May 2022 open new doors, new possibilities and renewed vision.
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Moderator
The Council of Elders
The Governing Board
and your MCC Staff.

MCC Office Holiday Schedule

The MCC Offices will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24- Jan. 3rd. Staff will respond to your inquiries as soon as they are back in the office.
THANK YOU to our MCC Global Staff for all they have done in 2021!


Celebrate the Season

MCC Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Christmas Concert
MCCDC (Washington D.C., USA) Christmas Concert
MCC Greater St. Louis (Missouri, USA) Christmas Concert
MCC Richmond (Virginia, USA) Christmas Concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe5sVqK2vOU


MCC Christmas Music Concert (2020 Replay)

Don’t have a music concert planned or don’t have a music program? You can still celebrate the season with music. Share the 2020 MCC Christmas Concert with your congregation. Get together onsite or online and enjoy the concert.


Kwanzaa Resources

Thanks to Resurrection MCC (Houston, Texas, USA) for sharing these resource videos and for the creativity and work of Dr. Carla Sherrill, who coordinated the project. Below are links to daily devotional videos for Kwanzaa! Resurrection MCC will post one at noon each day of Kwanzaa. Like their page to have them appear on your feed. https://www.facebook.com/ResurrectionMCC
Use the individual links to post on your church’s social media or website. Find the links here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mR2R976tJzlKIeBn5-zAA62jaHIwTIEzOoTV_H3lFeY/edit?usp=sharing

MCC Partners in Hope

(regularly monthly supporters of MCC over and above their giving to local congregations)
We had a Christmas Party during which we celebrated a wonderful year of generosity. We had a great time hearing about the impact of our gifts on the ministries of MCC around the world.
PIH Christmas Party Screenshot

Give the Gift of MCC! Your year-end gift will help MCC change lives and transform the world!

Become a part of this growing group of Partners in Hope – supporters who are committed to generously supporting MCC’s mission OR make a one time end of year gift here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E252133&id=14


Reminders


Proposed Bylaw Submissions

Submit your proposal with the written support of your local church by February 1st and submit the written support from 2 other churches in 2 different countries by March 1st.
A member of the Lay House or of the Clergy House should submit the Bylaw amendment proposal in writing to the Office of the Moderator

Complete details for this process may be found at: Microsoft Word – UFMCC Bylaws as of July 2013_Addendum 1 Procedures for Submitting Bylaw Proposals (mccchurch.org)


Candidates Sought for the Governing Board

There are openings for two (2) clergy and two (2) lay candidates each to be elected for six (6) year terms at the Global General Conference in 2022.
Details on eligibility and the application process may be found at:

https://www.mccchurch.org/governing-board-nominating-committee-application/


Clergy – Have you renewed your Clergy License?

 

Weekly Events


Sanctuary Online every Tuesday

A Celebration of Fire and Light: Seasonal Symbols

5pm Pacific / 6pm Mountain / 7pm Central / 8pm Eastern / midnight GMT
Sanctuary’s Zoom Room:  www.SanctuaryOnline.live
December 21st – Christianity – Advent and Christmas
Sanctuary Online will take a break on Dec 28th and January 4th.
They will return at the usual time on January 11th for “New Year, New Beginnings”


 

Tuesday 21 December


Tea TimeTea Time with the Elders!

5pm EDT / 9pm GMT

Join us via Zoom
Meeting ID: 248 584 328

Password: 469464


Thursday 23 December


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston headshotPrayer Time with the Moderator
most Thursdays
at 5:15pm EDT / 9:15pm GMT

https://www.facebook.com/RevElderCeciliaEggleston

Join the Moderator for a time of reflection and prayer on Facebook Live.

 


Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas


Tuesday 4 January


Sexuality, Orientation & Gender in the Bible

Tuesdays January 4, 11 & 18 via Zoom at 6pm EST /11pm GMT
led by Rev. Elder Goudy
To receive the Zoom link information, write to MCC of the Lehigh Valley’s Minister for Administration, Ray Joseph at [email protected].

Thursday 6 January


Feast of the Epiphany

2022 Global Prayer Vigil

As 2022 begins, all over the world, hearts are longing to see light. MCC invites you to join one or many of our zoom prayer-vigils on January 6th (Epiphany).
They will be held at 7pm in a sequence of time-zones around the world, starting at our 2022 Global General Conference site in Manila, Philippines. And then around the world in different time-zones.
You may choose to attend the time-zone closest to you, or you may join any of them, and as many as you like.
Since Epiphany is a celebration of Revelation-Light of Christ for all people everywhere, we invite you to bring a light — be it a candle, a torch, or a phone.
Elders will available in the meetings to pray for you, and there will be space for you to pray spontaneously for issues on your heart, or to receive ministry.
These are the time zones for the vigils.
  • Manila 7pm PHST (11am GMT)
  • Western Africa 7pm WAT/CET (6pm GMT)
  • Western Europe 7pm WET (7pm GMT)
  • São Paulo and Latin America online 7pm BST (10pm GMT)
  • Houston 7pm CST (1am next day GMT)
  • Los Angeles 7pm Local Time (PST) (3am next day GMT)
Need help converting time zones? This will help.https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 845 9307 6880 Passcode: 164981

Saturday 8 January


MCC Communities Logo

Sharing the Journey

English Virtual Community
11am EST / 4pm GMT
If you speak English and are looking to create and build relationships with others, you are invited to attend. These gatherings offer you the freedom to talk about spiritual matters in a safe environment while making connections. Email: [email protected] for the ZOOM link.

Wednesday 12 January


Rev. Kerr MesnerCelebrating Gender Diversity in Nonprofits and Churches: Digging Deeper and Identifying Next Steps

Wednesday, 12 January, 2022 – 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT
Presented by Rev. Kerr Mesner,
Heart Story Consulting
(Consultant, Facilitator, Spiritual Director)
A free online workshop exploring:
• The importance of creating a culture that actively celebrates gender diversity
• How to begin an assessment of your policies and practices
• At least one action step for your institution emerging from this assessment
• Resources to help you continue this work
Workshop takes place on zoom, and preregistration is required.

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrdO2uqDorH92aS-pAJs9DiPnfF8or8v7x


Thursday 13 January


MCC Clergy Connection Call

Thursday 13 January 1pm EST /6pm GMT
Focused monthly support. Last fall, sections of a book were discussed each month.

Thursday 20 January


Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston headshotPrayer Time with the Moderator
most Thursdays
at 5:15pm EDT / 9:15pm GMT

https://www.facebook.com/RevElderCeciliaEggleston

Join the Moderator for a time of reflection and prayer on Facebook Live.


More Resources


“Chapter, Verse, and Season: A Lectionary Podcast from Yale Bible Study”

https://yalebiblestudy.org/podcast/

Chapter, Verse, and Season gives listeners the opportunity to overhear the kinds of conversations that take place in the halls of Yale Divinity School. Each week, professors from different disciplines chat about biblical texts from the Revised Common Lectionary. They bring their own interests to the table and hopefully spark new insights into the scripture appointed for the coming Sunday. The Center for Continuing Education is excited to provide this new avenue for communities, clergy, and laypeople to access the Yale Divinity School faculty’s wide-ranging expertise, 10 to 15 minutes at a time. New episodes come out every Monday, beginning November 22.


MCC Resources

Resource Bank – for Clergy, Lay Delegates, Board Members, and Worship Planners. New resources are added all the time so check back often! https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dv3gtp1MVF1KFXFzqXeHn5pCrZKqLRyo?usp=sharing

Share Your Resources – If you have a sermon series, original song, liturgical piece (communion celebration, call to worship, etc.), or a programming/fundraising idea that you are willing to share, please send them to [email protected].


Thriving in Ministry

USA Clergy, learn more about this program and its support for new and seasoned clergy. There are programs for mentoring, respite care, and more. Contact [email protected] for more information.


SSOL logo on a laptopCheck out all the great classes and resources still available at Sacred Space Online Learning (SSOL) including MCC specific classes. Yes, we no longer have the OFLD (Office of Formation and Leadership Development) but SSOL classes are still available.
http://www.sacredspaceonlinelearning.com/


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