Rio Professor Offers Free English Classes, Be A Gem Recipients, Webinar Recordings and Dates

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Headline News – 26 April 2019

Be a Gem Scholarship Recipients Prepare for General Conference

Enrique Zenteno, Mexico
Rev. Francisco Ferreira, Brazil
Rev. Michael Kimindu, Kenya
Lorraine Millar, United Kingdom
Léo Rossetti, Brazil
Pastor Luiz Gustavo Silva, Brazil

Global Leaders to Attend Triennial Gathering

by Linda Brenner, Be a Gem Scholarship Program Director

Those featured in this collage are among the individuals selected to receive a Be a Gem Scholarship. By attending General Conference, these leaders will have the opportunity to access vital resources, attend valuable workshops, and experience inspirational worship.

Their presence will enlarge our understanding of MCC’s vast and diverse ministries and allow us to learn from their innovative work.

Read MCC’s recent email about the Be a Gem Scholarship recipients:

Donations from private individuals, churches, and MCC’s Easter Offering campaign will assist these global leaders to attend General Conference. Your support is still needed to meet the scholarship program’s financial goals.


Go to the DONATE button on MCC’s website and select “Be a Gem” from the drop-down menu.

Donations received from the Easter Offering will support the MCC Be a Gem Scholarship Program and MCC’s global work. A separate fundraising effort is underway to help Rev. Alexya Salvador’s family attend General Conference. Send questions to Linda Brenner, Be a Gem Scholarship Program Director, at [email protected].

Rio Professor Offers Free English Classes for Trans* Community

by Linda Brenner, MCC Communications

Professor Thiago Peniche of Rio De Janeiro is featured in an article in Globo for offering free English classes to those who identify as part of the transgender community.

Professor Peniche began without financial sponsorship for this project, but found support from MCC Pastor Luiz Gustavo. Pastor Gustavo opened ICM Rio De Janeiro for the classes.

Professor Peniche said the classes were needed to assist those who did not have the same access to education.

…Click to Read Full Article

Board of Pensions, USA, Calls for Applications to Fill Layperson Seat

by Rev. Tom Emmett, President, Board of Pensions, USA

Our MCC clergy are the lifeblood of our community. The MCC Pension Plan is one way we show them we care about their future. The Board of Pensions, USA, is an active board which not only oversees the clergy pension plan, but strives to improve and expand it as well.

We have one (1) opening on our National Board, which carries a four-year term. The current opening is a non-clergy position. Investment knowledge, marketing, ability to understand and interpret our plan document, legal, communication and/or technological skills would perfectly complement our Board make up. Please contact us for more information. The successful candidate will be appointed by the Governing Board and Moderator.

Our deadline to receive resumes/references is 13 May 2019. Please send your resume and references to Rev. Tom Emmett, President, Board of Pensions at [email protected].

Learn more about the Board of Pensions, USA, at this link:

Board of Pensions, USA, Application Information

(from left in alphabetical order) 
Ms. Elizabeth Bisordi, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston, Rev. Elder Tony Freeman

First Candidate Town Hall: Recording Available

The Moderator Nominating Committee (MNC) hosted the first Meet the Moderator Candidates Town Hall webinar on 23 April 2019 at 23:00 UTC. Ms. Elizabeth Bisordi was the first of three candidates to appear.

Save the Dates: Candidate Town Hall Webinars

Rev. Elder Tony Freeman
30 April at 7pm EDT / 23:00 UTC

Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston  
07 May at 7pm EDT / 23:00 UTC

Recordings Available:

“Meet the Moderator Candidates” Webinars

YouTube allows viewers to access a transcript of the video and add subtitles of the language of choice.

Upcoming Events

Lay Delegate Count Date
The freeze date for churches to determine their Lay Delegate count for General Conference is 1 May 2019. Send Lay Delegate updates–names and email addresses–to MCC staff member Janine McCarthy at [email protected]

Recording Available: Governing Board Webinar
11 April 2019

Save the Date: Governing Board Listening Webinar
An agenda and additional information to follow.

May 21 at 7 pm EDT / 23:00 UTC

Get Ready for the Business Meeting
General Conference Business Meeting documents and reports are ready for download to read and share with your congregation. Additional documents and reports will be posted as they become available.

How to Create a Video Transcript and Subtitles on YouTube

YouTube will also auto-generate translated subtitles with these steps.

YouTube will create a transcript in the language the video was recorded as a sidebar script that is displayed in real time as the recording is played.

YouTube will also create subtitles/closed captions in the language of choice by following the steps below.

Hover over the bottom of the video until a toolbar appears.

  1. Click on the Settings Wheel (looks like a cog).
  2. Click on Subtitles/CC. Next, click on English (Auto Generate).
  3. English Subtitles should now appear on the video.
  4. Go back to the Settings Wheel and once again select Subtitles/CC.
  5. This time locate the option – Auto Translate – Click that.
  6. A long list of languages should populate. Select the language of choice.
  7. Click out of the settings window and now the subtitles should display in the language selected.

Sun, Jun 30, 2019 7:15 PM EST

50th Anniversary Gayla – A Cabaret Style Event

Hilton Orlando, Orlando


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