May 2014 Newsletter

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May 2014  


 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.  


This is an open meeting. Anyone interested in helping to plan worship is welcome.



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


Sunday,  May 18 -- 
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.
See Harold Gress if you are interested in joining this group which meets ever fourth Sunday of each month.
... MORE TO COME ...
  May Events
10:30 AM - Services
7:00 PM - Bible Study
Sun., May 4
After Services - May Birthdays Celebration
12:00 PM - Worship Planning Team Meeting
Sat., May 10, 24
9:30 AM - Food Pantry
Food & Friends
Sun., May 11
Food Pantry Donation Sunday
Sat., May 17
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Hagerstown Hopes
(Doubs Woods)
Sun., May 18
12:00 PM - Board of Directors Meeting  
Sun., May 25
 Meditation Group Meeting
 Pacesetter Church    
 2013 Generous in Faith     
Visit our Website,
for our calendar of events.
Visit us on Facebook for up-to-date notices:

May  Birthdays


May 30 - Sherry M.

 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 and help us update our information.
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 May 4.



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, May 11 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 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.)

Congratulations to Shenandoah Valley MCC who won the "Emerging Church Award" from UFMCC and installed their Pastor Rev. Gail Minnick on Sunday, April 27. New Light MCC was responsible for this church start when Rev. Michael Hydes began it as a outreach ministry. With his eventual departure back to his home country to be with his ailing mother the members of that group of determined worshippers continued on and became Shenandoah Valley MCC and are growing in numbers and in spirit.



Saturday, May 17, The Third Annual Hagerstown Hopes takes place in Doubs Woods, Hagerstown, MD from 12:00 Noon til 4:00 pm. New Light MCC will be there. Hope to see you! It is also "International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Day of Action" (see below).



 Don't forget to sign up to volunteer to help with worship each week.
Check out our Resources and Links Page on our Website. 
There's many useful files to view. 
You'll find the Pastoral Search Power Point Presentation Download that Rev. Tony Freeman sent us. 
Please download it and review.
Our Board of Directors are prayerfully and carefully looking at potential pastor resumes. We are blessed.


Pick up "The Monthly Calendar" on the first Sunday of the month before services to keep up to date on weekly events or announcements.

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.

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.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Human beings of all sexual orientations and gender identities are entitled to the full enjoyment of all human rights . . . Everyone is entitled to enjoy all human rights without discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Everyone is entitled to equality before the law and the equal protection of the law without any such discrimination whether or not the enjoyment of another human right is also affected. The law shall prohibit any such discrimination and guarantee to all persons equal and effective protection against any such discrimination." - The Yogyakarta Principles, 2006


In the past year, several nations have passed new laws to enshrine into their legal and cultural institutions discrimination and criminalization against their citizens on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Uganda and Nigeria have passed anti-homosexuality laws that criminalize same-sex sexual activity with life imprisonment and impose harsh penalties for those who advocate for civil and human rights for LGBTI persons or who fail to report same-sex behavior. The Russian duma passed a "gay propaganda" law, which makes it illegal to talk to children about "non-traditional sexual relationships," creating a chilling effect on freedom of expressionand leading to increased persecution of the nation's LGBTI community. Now, more than ever, people all over the world who suffer from violence, hatred, discrimination, and exclusion based on sexual orientation or gender identity need the support and solidarity of allies who are free to bear witness to the need for civil and human rights protections for all people.


Since 2005, millions of concerned people worldwide have joined together each year for a day of action against anti-gay prejudice and gender-based discrimination, highlighting personal stories and direct action to bring equal rights to LGBTI persons in every corner of the world. Now understood to be the "international LGBT solidarity day."


International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) has inspired more than 100 countries to engage their citizens and institutions in intentional conversations around the rights and quality of life issues for sexual minorities within their borders. As a result, a global movement for civil and human rights for LGBTI people is fomenting unprecedented momentum for change. But more needs to be done.


On May 17th, join others from all over the world in raising your voice in your church, school, and/or community against homophobia and transphobia. This is our opportunity to bring a message of equal rights and non-discrimination to regions and countries where civil and human rights have been stifled and to build alliances with those who are willing and able to mobilize for action in a comprehensive campaign for equal rights. Further, all of our actions against homophobia and transphobia forecast to political leaders and social and religious institutions that the demand for civil and human rights for LGBTI people will not be silenced.


MCC's Public Policy Team joins in solidarity with LGBTI persons and allies in observance of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and urges all members of MCC to raise their voices against anti-gay prejudice and discrimination.


There are many ways that you can participate:

  • Change your Facebook profile picture to the logo for IDAHOT on May 17th
  • Tweet about the event and your local action using the hash tag #IDAHOT
  • Publicize IDAHOT in your church bulletin
  • Print and share IDAHOT campaign promotional art and flyers.
  • Organize an event in your church, school, or community, including a pray-in, a sing-in, a training and education event, or a candlelight vigil.

The resources below can help you make the most of your observance of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia:


This statement was prepared by Rev. DeWayne Davis and Angel Collie for the Public Policy Team of Metropolitan Community Churches/The Global Justice Institute, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.


For more information, contact the Public Policy Team

Support the Global Justice Institute.

The Global Justice Institute is the non-profit advocacy and resourcing arm of Metropolitan Community Churches. We "do justice, show kindness, and live humbly with God" (Micah 6:8). From helping LGBT activists in Uganda to resourcing communities of women in Pakistan to fighting for marriage equality in the U.S.A. and beyond, the Global Justice Institute is effecting change and making a difference throughout the world. Please consider making a generous contribution in support of this work. Donate now.


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!





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