This Week’s Opportunities from MCC and our Partners, Guidelines for Churches Counting Virtual Attendance Resources and Webinar Replays

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MONDAY, May 11


MONDAY, May 11, 4pm EDT /UTC -04 on ZOOM

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91352966296
Meeting ID: 913 5296 6296

Theologically ThinkingIn a recent webinar “Return to Church?” about when and how to return to in-person physical gatherings for worship, we recognized a desire on the part of participants to talk about this question (and emerging questions in this time of pandemic) theologically versus only practically. We want to respond to this need by providing an opportunity for people to share in theological conversation. You are invited to engage MCC’s Core Values (Inclusion, Community, Justice, and Spiritual Transformation) and ask questions about how these values might affect our decision-making about when/how to return to physical gatherings. We plan on talking together and using break out rooms for small group conversations. Participate at your comfort level.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91352966296


TUESDAY, May 12


STILL TUESDAYS
9pm GMT / 5pm EDT

Tea in MayJoin the Community Development Team for virtual tea, coffee, and conversation for another month! We will have some special guests join us this month too, so look out for more information.

Weekly, this will be a time of building hope, cultivating joy, connecting with one another, and with God. Led by Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and Revs. Cathy Alexander, Lauren Bennett & Wanda Floyd, and, our newest team member, Rebecca Wilson!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/248584328
Meeting ID: 248 584 328

 

 

The Change Cycle™ How People Can Survive and Thrive in Organizational Change with Rev. Elder Lillie Brock – May 12, 2020

12am UTC / 8pm EDT (UTC-04)

Sanctuary Online

Lillie is Co-Founder of The Change Cycle – a fabulous science-based and user-friendly model that helps humans cope with change – at work, at home, and in life!

With the many changes Covid-19 has brought into our worlds, Lillie is excited to translate the sciences of physiology, physics, and applied psychology into easy-to-understand methods to help us notice and navigate the impacts that Covid-19 restrictions have brought into our lives. If you’d like to learn more about The Change Cycle, go to www.ChangeCycle.com.

On Tuesday evening, please join us in the Sanctuary Online Zoom Room, simply by going to www.SanctuaryOnline.live 5-10 minutes prior to the top of the hour. If you’d like to let us know you’ll be attending, and be sure to get a seat, please email us at [email protected]. We are incredibly excited to welcome you to Sanctuary – Online!


WEDNESDAY, May 13


No Events today! Take an hour to read an article or listen to a webinar. Check out the list below.


THURSDAY, May 14


Pray with Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston

Join Moderator, Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston for prayer every Thursday at 9pm GMT, 5pm EDT

Bring your joys, concerns, laments, and celebrations to Rev. Cecilia and one another. Meet us on Cecilia’s Facebook every Thursday at 9PM GMT (5PM EDT/ BST 10PM) @Cecilia.Eggleston.50


FRIDAY, May 15


Friday, May 15th, 11am EDT / 3pm UTC (UTC-04)

To ALL CHAPLAINS, Far and Wide…
Whether you are serving in a hospital setting, in hospice, a prison, a school or anywhere around the world where chaplains are needed, this message is for you. We want you to know that we are grateful for you, and we are proud of you and the uniquely-MCC pastoral care you are bringing to those in need of God’s unconditional love.

In the last gatherings we learned that there is a greater desire to meet and connect. As a result, we are having bi-weekly connection opportunities to talk to others who have a unique perspective as professional chaplains. There will be two opportunities to meet every other week. The next meetings are:

Friday, May 15th at 11:00 am ET
OR
Monday, May 18th at 5:00 pm, ET

If you would like to attend, please click on the Zoom link below.

https://zoom.us/j/97515395940 Meeting ID: 975 1539 5940

NOON Your Time – PRAY for Pastors, Pastoral Leaders, Boards, Lay Leaders and all MCC Chaplains.

Let us take time to pray for all those in spiritual leadership during these challenging times. Pray for those doing their best to offer virtual worship and various modes of congregational connection. Pray for those offering pastoral and congregational care to those in need. Pray for those offering spiritual support to healthcare workers, patients, and families. Pray for the safety of all those offering food ministries. Pray for the Boards who are dealing with church finances, church property and administrative implications of COVID-19.


SATURDAY, May 16


Spiritual Nourishment with Elder Nancy Maxwell – returns next week

Center for Disease Control (USA) Guidelines for Churches


The Associated Press reported (May 7) that the Center for Disease Control (CDC-USA) published a 17 page document “Guidelines for Implementing the Opening Up of America Framework.” It is widely reported that the Guidelines were shelved by the Administration. Here is a link to the document: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6883734-CDC-Business-Plans.html The Guidelines for Faith Communities appear on pages 7-9.


Counting Virtual Attendance


MCC has received a number of inquiries about how to count and report worship attendance during this time. Attached is a document to guide “Counting Worship Attendance in a Virtual World.” The very questions of how and what to report raises other questions about what metrics we think are important and why. No doubt we will be talking about this more as we continue to BE MCC in the virtual environment. In the meantime, please read the following document about Virtual Attendance.

Download Icon Virtual Attendance (Word)
(Updated: 12 May 2020)


RESOURCES


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Links to Articles, Webinars and Resources

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These links connect you to resources or webinars by ministry related companies. The listing here does not imply an endorsement nor does it imply that they are LGBTQ+ friendly. Nonetheless, these are resources some MCC’s have found helpful.


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