Cornerstone MCC (Mobile, Alabama) is developing a Theology of Hospitality: “From the parking lot to the pew and beyond”.
MCC Windsor (Ontario) is instituting their first ever Youth/Teen Ministry. Additionally, they have just begun a new study group, The Bible in a Year.
Hand and Foot. No, these aren’t body parts. It’s the name of a popular card game. MCC Key West (Florida) hosts a Hand and Foot tournament each month as a fundraiser for the church. Last month they cleared $600 (USD).
TransHOPE, the transgender ministry group at Vision of Hope MCC (Mountville, Reading, and York, Pennsylvania) was invited to lead the worship service at the Third Annual Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity! The five day conference is hosted each year by TransCentral PA. The theme for the service was “TRANS/forming Our Praise: A Time of Spiritual Enrichment and Truth-Tellin'”.
At St. John’s MCC (Raleigh, North Carolina) they are finishing a three month study of all of the faith traditions represented in their congregation. They studied and discussed each one during their Topics at Ten on Sunday mornings and then participated in progressive dinner groups to get to know one another better.
MCC Manchester (England) has begun a parish extension in Dublin, Ireland! Deacon Stan Dolan, who holds two degrees (theology and pastoral care/chaplaincy) and is working toward credentialing in MCC, is leading the group. They chose the name Branching Out and meet every other week for now. https://sites.google.com/site/branchingoutcc/
Geocaching??? Yes, on Saturday MCC Tampa (Florida) had a cookout, yard games, and a geocache, a treasure hunt with a GPS. Teams were given the coordinates for various treasurers hidden throughout the park. There were even surprises for the kids at each cache.
MCC of the Chesapeake (Annapolis, Maryland) voted 15-0 to disaffiliate and become a spiritual community, rather than a Christian church.
“LGBT Parenting: ‘Out’ Parenting in a Straight World” will be offered at MCC Austin (Texas) on 19 March 10:00 – 1:00 with lunch and childcare provided.
The folks at Jesus MCC have been challenged to raise their weekly giving by $1700 (USD) because membership and giving have remained flat for several years. When they accomplish their goal, they will hire Vivian Wyatt, their former clergy intern who is about to complete her M.Div.
“The Vagina Monologues” will be presented at MCC/ICM Los Angeles (California) on 19 March at 7:00 to benefit the Susan Horn Surgery Fund.
MCC of the Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pennsylvania) is having a Green Potluck and Beat the Winter Blues Game Night next Saturday. There will be green potatoes, green bread, and green cake, for sure!
Planning ahead! MCC in the Valley (North Hollywood, California) is planning an MCC Day at Disneyland on 21 May. If you are going to be in the area, join MCCers from Southern California for a fun-filled day! Please RSVP to MCCV so that they can secure discounted tickets.
MCC Toronto (Ontario) has instituted yet one more way of being inclusive. At one station for Communion they are offering gluten free wafers.
Last week Open Circle at The Villages MCC (Oxford, Florida) began their new fitness group. They are focusing on being healthy from the inside out and will focus on the word of God, explore attitudes and behaviors that have developed over time, and investigate ways to improve their overall health.
“Gender Identity and the Faith Community” is the series this month at Agape MCC (Ft. Worth, Texas).
Children’s Sunday School Classes are held for children age 5 through 5th grade twice a month at Joy MCC (Orlando, Florida). They use a multimedia approach which blends Scripture lessons with dramatic videos, hands-on activities, discussions, music videos, songs, and games.
A group from MCC of the Rockies (Denver, Colorado) led by Todd Hartman and Jerry Austin hold a devotional time every Thursday evening at the Spearly Center for individuals who are neurologically challenged. They have prayer, a brief message, and sing with the patients.
Unique Fundraiser! At MCC Topeka (Kansas) a church member is offering to do tax returns for other people with the cost being donated to the church.
Another One! Munchin’ 4 Music & Ministry is the newest fundraiser at MCC Winston-Salem (North Carolina). Congregants volunteer to host a dinner party in their homes and ask their guests for donations for the church’s audio/video worship needs.
King of Peace MCC (St. Petersburg, Florida) held their Flapjacks and Flea Market last Saturday.
MCC Newcastle (England) is moving into the main church for their worship services. To get ready they are going to have an Embrace the Space event in the sanctuary to see how they can transform it into their own for their Sunday evening services. Later on they will have an Art and God session to create banners for their services.
Exodus MCC (Abilene, Texas) will have a congregational picnic on the 27th.
Earlier this month Laszlo Papp and the Fort Lauderdale String Quartet, as well as the Dueling Divas performed at Sunshine Cathedral MCC (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Vickie Shaw will be there Saturday night and Matt Abler on 2 April.
“Holding on when We Need to Let Go: A Spiritual Study on the Practice of Forgiveness” is being facilitated by Jude Litzenberger this month at MCC San Diego (California).
Pride already? Yes. At Gentle Shepherd MCC (Phoenix, Arizona) their Pride committee is already meeting to design their float and plan other activities for the 16-17 April event.
Children’s Sunday School for those 5-12 began yesterday at MCC Charleston (South Carolina). Their first project will be developing a drama for Easter.
At the Bingo Night at All God’s Children MCC (Minneapolis, Minnesota) next Saturday, everyone wearing green will be given a prize in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
aChurch4Me? MCC will begin two new groups this week. “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” will focus on breaking the bonds of the past and exploring ways to stop doing and begin being. “Crazy Love: Exploring the Relentless Love of God” will focus on that love which calls people to radically address the problems of their community, city, and the world.
On the 27th Marshall Grant Ministries will kick of the weeklong festivities leading up to the Building Dedication at FirstCoast MCC (St. Augustine. Florida). Congregants are gathering items from their first 13 years to place in a time capsule to be opened in 2026, 13 years from now.