April 2014 Newsletter

 

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April 2014  
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Sundays -- MORNING SERVICES -- 10:30 AM

 

Wednesdays -- BIBLE STUDY -- 7:00 PM

Our Bible Study gathers at 6:30 pm and begins at 7:00 pm.  

  

Sunday, April 6 -- WORSHIP PLANNING TEAM MEETING -- 12:00 PM
This is an open meeting. Anyone interested in helping to plan worship is welcome.

  

Sunday, April 13 -- FOOD PANTRY DONATION SUNDAY

Bring your non-perishable food donations to help out our Food Pantry.

 

Thursday, April 17 -- MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICES -- 7:30 PM

 

Friday, April 18 -- GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES -- 7:30 PM

  

Sunday,  April 20 -- 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING -- 12:00 PM
Our Board of Directors are: 
Arlene Leon, Moderator; Cheryl Evans, Treasurer; 
Harold Gress, Secretary; Terry Schildt, Buildings Management; 
Bruce Brooks, Lay Delegate.
This is an open meeting. All are welcome to attend.
  
MEDITATION GROUP MEETING -- NO APRIL MEETING
See Harold Gress if you are interested in joining this group which meets ever fourth Sunday of each month.
  
... MORE TO COME ...
  
  April Events
 
Sundays
10:30 AM - Services
 
Wednesdays
7:00 PM - Bible Study
 
Sun., Apr. 6
After Services - April Birthdays Celebration
12:00 PM - Worship Planning Team Meeting
       
Sat., Apr. 12, 26
9:30 AM - Food Pantry
Food & Friends
 
Thu., Apr. 17
MAUNDY THURSDAY Services
 
Fri., Apr. 18
GOOD FRIDAY Services
 
Sun., Apr. 13
PALM SUNDAY
Global Justice Institute 
Special Offering
Food Pantry Donation Sunday
  
Sun., Apr. 20
EASTER
12:00 PM - Board of Directors Meeting  
    
No Meditation Group Meeting this Month
  
 Pacesetter Church    
  
 2013 Generous in Faith     
Visit our Website,
for our calendar of events.
  
Visit us on Facebook for up-to-date notices:

April  Birthdays

 

April 19 - Chris L.
April 21 - Shonte H.
April 24 - Eugene G.
April 28 - Lyn B.
  

 Please join us in wishing these fine folks 

a Happy Birthday! 

If your or another member's birthday or anniversary does not appear please email newlightmcc@hotmail.com and help us update our information.
 
 Membership Class

New Light Metropolitan Community Church will conduct a new member class for all those who wish to join our church congregation. Anyone interested in joining please email your interest, or see one of the Board members or one of our deacons. Class date will be scheduled according to those interested in joining.

 

Worship Planning Team

The Worship Planning Team meets every month to plan special worship services and discuss ministry needs. If you wish to be a part of this team come and participate. The next meeting is after services on April 6th.

 

Weddings!

We now are taking bookings for weddings at New Light MCC. Please call to make arrangements with Rev. Sherry Miller and discuss our rentable space.

  
2nd Sunday Food Pantry Donation Day

The second Sunday of each month is our Food Pantry Donation Day. Please drop off your non-perishable food donations into the designated box in the Library. Sunday, April 13th this month.

  

Sound Team Help
Help is needed on the Sound Team to help run the sound system each Sunday. Weeks are alternated between members and training is provided. Please see Jamie Coates for more information.
  
Movie Fundraiser
Please be sure to pickup or download a Movie Fundraiser Card and use it each time you see a movie at Leitersburg Cinemas. Our Scholarship Fund earns $1.00 for each movie seen with use of the Movie Fundraiser Card. (Ignore the expiration date ... they do.)

EASTERN NETWORK GATHERING

Registration is now open for the Eastern Network Gathering. Registration is $25 which includes a light breakfast and lunch. Please do not let price be a barrier to attending. The Gathering will be held at MCCDC at 474 Ridge Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Phone number 202-638-7373. Please contact Rev Cathy Alexander atrevcathy@mccdc.com or Rev Emma Chattin at revemmachattin@gmail.com, or Mr. David Wilson at DRWricVA@aol.com .

 

Please follow the link and fill in the registration form. Feel free to forward this information.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HUQE5f43F5d4t8_rFgbxJeZfv3XelHYNhSfaSCoZrEQ/viewform

 

Eastern Network Gathering April 5, 2014

Agenda

8:30 am Gathering (Light breakfast)

9:00 am Welcome by leadership team and Warm up

10:00 10 Minute Break

10:10 am Network Communication Thing (Kharma)

How do we "be together"?

How Do We Work Together Better

Small Group Mixers / Fun / Play

Planning for the next Network Gathering,

announce where it will be and when

Choices are Roanoke, Norfolk or Rehoboth

11:30 am 15 Minute Break

11:45 am Sessions Resume

12:30 am Social Time / Break for Lunch

1:30 pm (TRACK X)

Board Member Training (Arlene Ackerman assisted by David Wilson)

1:30 pm (TRACK Y)

Gender 101 & 102

Trans 101 Intro to the Trans Community

Trans 102 Some of the ways an MCC can begin a Trans Ministry

(sharing things from MCC NoVA's TransFormations ministry).

2:30 pm Afternoon Break

2:45 pm Session resumes and wrap up by 3:45

Break to set up worship

4:00 pm Afternoon Worship Service

Closing / Gathering Graces

4:45 pm Sending Forth

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The Global Justice Institute, founded by Metropolitan Community Churches, is an independent 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting the work of LGBT and human rights activists around the globe. The Institute offers support for programs fostering theological reconciliation, economic development and the creation of positive media.

 

On Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday, we will be taking a special offering for The Global Justice Institute, besides are regular offering.

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Congratulations Shenandoah Valley MCC!

Congratulations to Shenandoah Valley MCC for their "Emerging Ministries Award".

We share this invitation we received:
 
"Help Us Celebrate!
You are Cordially Invited to Share in Our Celebration of Receiving Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches 'Emerging Ministries Award'
 
Where: Shenandoah Valley Metropolitan Community Church
Centre Meeting House
205 N. Washington Street
Winchester, VA
 
When: Sunday, April 27, 2014
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Award Ceremony
Installation of Reverend Minnick
Worship
Reception
 
R.S.V.P. to rodney.ritenour@comcast.net or 540.533.4858 
by Monday, April 21, 2014"
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Don't forget to sign up to volunteer to help with worship each week. Anyone interested in being the Worship Coordinator for this next quarter please contact Leslie Sease who will assist you.

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Pick up "The Monthly Calendar" on the first Sunday of the month before services to keep up to date on weekly events or announcements.
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We are still taking used ink cartridges so we may recycle them at Staples for their Rewards program and continue to pay for our new printer cartridges thru that program.

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stewardship check 
Be sure to download your "My Time And Talent" Check
This program allows New Light MCC to keep track of our congregation's volunteer service which will greatly help us in the future with applying for grants for our church and ministries. The forms are to be filled out by church members anytime they volunteer in the church or the community. They can be placed in the collection plate each week or they can be turned into the office.
 

 

Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.

  
MCC Statement of Vision

Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives & history. We are a movement that faithfully proclaims God's inclusive love for all people & proudly bears witness to the holy integration of spirituality & sexuality. Just as Jesus did, we are called to:

 

Do justice, show kindness, and live humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

Explore life's questions with open hearts and minds.

Raise our voices in sacred defiance against religious (and political or systemic) exclusion.

Reach out to those with no hope.

Lift up new generations of remarkable, far-reaching spiritual activists.

 

MCC Statement of Direction

MCC has staked its claim. As one of the world's emerging churches, we are proclaiming a spirituality that is liberating and sufficiently profound to address the issues of our chaotic and complicated world. We live out our belief that in the margins we are blessed and we are offering multiple ways for people to access our message of liberation and inclusion. Through church planting, church revitalization, alliances, the internet, and our work in acts of compassion and justice, we will expand our reach substantially over the next few years. MCC will become a name known to an increasing number of people as a place where all are welcomed and our service to those who are excluded is a primary focus of our ministry. We will be leaders in the world about the union of spirituality and sexuality by articulating our message and spreading it effectively.

 

MCC Core Values

Inclusion
Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be the conduits of a faith where everyone is included in the family of God and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God's table.

Community
Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world.

Spiritual Transformation
Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day or to those experiencing God for the first time is what guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed.

Social Action
Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with to those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to global human rights.

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Until next month...

Thank you New Light MCCers for the gifts and talents you bring to our church body so that we might take the message of God's love into our community, our country, and our world!

 

Religion is a compass, not a harness, let your heart explore.  You have the freedom to break the chains of religion that might have held you captive so you can find the YOU that God intended you to be!

 

 Be MCC
 

 

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