Headline News 14 November 2018

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Headline News – 14 November 2018

MCC Congregation Grateful
for Global Support after Hurricane

‘The love will live in our hearts,’ says St. Jude’s Pastor


Donations of food and money allow St. Jude’s MCC volunteers to restock their pantry. Most of their supplies were destroyed by Hurricane Florence. (photo by Rev. John McLaughlin)

by Rev. John McLaughlin,
Pastor, St. Jude’s MCC

When Hurricane Florence hit the Southeast Coast of North Carolina, USA, lives were devastated and it took weeks for communities to recover. St. Jude’s MCC in Wilmington, North Carolina, was closed for over two weeks, but during that time they received support from MCCs and others from all over the world.

Thanks to donations and financial support, the first thing to reopen at St. Jude’s MCC was the community food pantry, which feeds over 5,000 people per year.

Food and supply donations were coordinated by Pastor Vance Haywood at St. John’s MCC in Raleigh, North Carolina, and delivery included an airlift to Wilmington in the week following the storm.

The community of St. Jude’s MCC wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they have received since the storm.

“With your help, we were able to be here for our community and food pantry clients long before we would have been able to do so without you. The love that was shown to us will live forever in our hearts,” said Rev. John McLaughlin, Pastor of St. Jude’s MCC.

Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.

Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980’s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings – across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

General Conference Plenary Speakers!

The lineup for speakers, teachers, and preachers is well underway for General Conference! Today, we announce our speakers on the Spiritual Retreat Day, Wednesday 3 July! In the next few weeks, look for more information on other speakers.

Tools for Building Resilience and Renewal

Led by a diverse team of people who have worked all over the world and sponsored by the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance group, this workshop will offer the opportunity for renewal and respite. It will be a time for building resilience, grounded in three essential elements of story telling, relationships, and using and building tools for self-care. The afternoon will begin with a ritual of writing down our most pressing concerns and allowing them to be placed in sacred care for the time of the program.


#GivingTuesday Resources Offer Creative Strategies

by Linda Brenner, MCC Communications
#GivingTuesday began only seven years ago and in that brief time has become a global social media movement geared to encourage generosity for local change.
If you still need a #GivingTuesday strategy, it’s not too late! The resources below will help you create a campaign that will work for your local church or ministry.
MCC will not compete for your donations. We support your local ministries and want you to be successful.
In addition to the resources below, more can be found on the #GivingTuesday website at https://www.givingtuesday.org.
offered by MobileCause.org
No Charge
  • Optimize Online Giving Forms
  • Video Storytelling
  • Email Strategy
offered by DonorPerfect
No Charge
  • Raise More Online
  • Stand Out on Social Media
  • Keep Donors Engaged
On-Demand Seminar
offered by TechSoup.org
$20 USD / One Hour Course
  • Tons of creative ideas
  • Message frequency – how much is too much?
  • Should we spend ad money?

Upcoming Events, Registrations, Recent Publications

Governing Board Nominating Committee
The Governing Board Nominating Committee’s recent email [https://conta.cc/2D7VdHX] provides a timeline for goals and tasks through General Conference 2019. Questions can be sent to [email protected].
Moderator Nominating Committee
A recent email from the Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC) [https://conta.cc/2QuqWa3] provides vital links to a webinar recording and documents. The Moderator application process and timeline was also discussed.

Creative Resources Available in MCC Advent Toolkit
This abundant collection of resources includes a two-track option for this year’s Advent theme of “Silent Night.”
  • “Silent Night: Living the Song” uses lyrics as a guide through the season of Advent.
  • “No More Silent Night” offers justice-focused options.
The toolkit is available at this link: https://conta.cc/2QFhyk3

Office Releases Final Issue of Synergy
by Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos,
Associate Director of Formation and Leadership Development
Due to the staff reductions in MCC and the strategic discussions we have had to prioritize the work we are able to accomplish well, we will no longer be creating or distributing Synergy or any other OFLD newsletter. We will still strive to communicate with you about things we think you want to know, but will do so in MCC’s primary publication, Headline News, as well as on our Facebook Page(s).
Read the last issue of Synergy: http://bit.ly/2PlIPLN
Jared Vázquez

Volunteers Needed to Develop Resources and Awareness

by Jared Vázquez
MCC Associate Director of International Diversity & Inclusion
Working Groups (once called Advisory Councils) are in need of volunteers to join these groups that span various affinities. These groups work closely with me, Jared Vázquez, to develop and provide resources for the denomination that support education, advocacy, inclusion, and awareness with regard to the diversity that exists in MCC.
The current list of working groups includes: Older Adults, Younger Adults, Health and Wellness – Mental Health, Women’s Health; HIV/AIDS, No2Racism, PAD: People of African Descent, Accessibility, Women, Heterosexual Inclusion, Trans* Inclusion, and Bi/PAN Inclusion.
I would also like to develop working groups that represent other racial and ethnic groups beyond black and white and am looking for those interested in this.
If you feel passionate about any of these areas of diverse identity and would like to be involved, please contact me at [email protected]. We need volunteers for all the groups, and leaders for a few of them. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you to the Pacesetters!

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Paul Moyer, Clerk

Mobile, Alabama, USA
Rev. Sara Sills, Pastor

College Park, Maryland, USA
Rev. Gail Minnick, Interim Pastor

Brighton, UK
Rev. Michael Hydes, Senior Pastor

Punta Gorda, Florida USA
Susie Brenner, Pastor

Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
Rev. Wes Mullins, Senior Pastor

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Dr. Lori E. Hatch-Rivera, Senior Pastor

Topeka, Kansas, USA
Rev. Paul Whiting, Pastor

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA
Rev. Dexter Brecht, Pastor

Fort Myers, Florida, USA
Rev. Steve Filizzi, Pastor

Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA
Rev. Dr. Joan M. Saniuk

Portland, Oregon, USA
Rev. Nathan Meckley, Pastor

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Folsom, California, USA
Rev. Sharon Henry, Pastor

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Dorchester, UK
Belleview, Florida, USA
Cathedral City, California, USA
Waterford Township, Michigan, USA


MCC Award Nominations

Out Now!

Is there someone in your community or congregation who needs to be recognized by Metropolitan Community Churches for their work?
Is there a church that ought to be recognized for their discipleship? Is there an aligned organization that has been an outstanding partner to Metropolitan Community Churches, your local church, community or country?
Metropolitan Community Churches is seeking nominations for all awards below.
The nomination form will be out next week and be open until 3 December. The form is provided in multiple languages and will accept nominations in any language.
To nominate and read the full description of all these categories, click here:
Excellence in Diversity Award
Phoenix Award
Purple Grass Award
Excellence in Technology Ministry Award 
Bob Crocker Award for Excellence in Music Ministry 
The Ed Paul Award for Transitional
Emerging Ministry Award
Kerry Brown Award for Distinguished Leadership 
Rev. John Hose Award for Dedicated and Faithful Service by 
a Clergy Person in MCC 
Network Ministry
JoNee Shelton Lay Leadership Award
Jennifer Justice and Carlos Chavez Young Adult Award
Profiles of Courage Award
Theological Award
Mutuality in Ministry Award
Edith Allan Perry Award
Ecumenical Award  
Human Rights Award

Florida Congregation Coordinates Support for Hurricane Victims

by Christy Temples, Pastoral Leader, Thrive MCC

Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Mexico Beach, Florida, USA, in early October.

In addition to Mexico Beach, other Florida cities suffered extensive damage including Panama City, Altha, Blountstown, Port St. Joe, and Marianna. Donalsonville, Georgia, was in the hurricane’s path, as well. For some of us, the victims in those cities are our family members.

Although a month has passed since that storm, and some have already sent donations to help the victims, these communities will take a long time to rebuild. This isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon to recover from so much destruction.

If you wish to help in Hurricane Michael relief efforts, there are several large organizations accepting donations. However, some individuals have expressed concern about some organizations’ policies regarding the LGBTQ community. If you do not wish to donate to those large organizations, for whatever reasons, you may donate to Thrive MCC, and we will purchase needed supplies and deliver to the devastated communities where we have contacts.

You can make your donation online at www.thrivemcc.com or make checks payable to Thrive MCC and put Hurricane Michael in the memo line. Thrive MCC, PO Box 721, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302.

OFLD Seeks Program Manager to Support MCC Lilly Foundation Grant Work

by Rev. Dr. Mona West, Director, Office of Formation and Leadership Development

OFLD is looking for someone to become the Program Manager for MCC’s Thriving in Ministry Initiative. This project is being funded by the grant recently awarded to the OFLD by the Lilly Foundation. This position is a contract position and can be performed primarily from your own location. The core job responsibilities include providing administrative support through the creation and evaluations of surveys, booking travel and meetings, assisting in report writing, and contracting with retreat centers; following up, tracking and supporting participants in the initiative; facilitating virtual groups; and assisting in identifying mentors for pastors in vocational transition.

Application details can be found at this link: https://www.mccchurch.org/a-contract-position-through-the-office-of-formation-and-leadership-development-program-manager-for-the-thriving-in-ministry-initiative/
Deadline: 16 November 2018

Employment Opportunities

The links below list churches seeking a transitional pastor or settled pastor, in addition to national secular jobs.

Settled Pastor and Secular Employment