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Year End 2013

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Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) values inclusion, community, spiritual transformation, and social action. We are committed to spread the liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ and to respond faithfully to God’s call for justice. The context of doing justice is the creation of community and the preservation of all creation.

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From the Moderator

Dear MCC Friend:

As the year begins to move to its end, our thoughts turn to gratitude and to that which means the most to us–our friends and family, our deepest connections and commitments, the kind of world for which we yearn.

Like you, this is a time when I am inundated with requests for holiday giving, and invest in ways that will bless others and confirm my own values about justice, hope, and compassion, including my local MCC church.

More than ever, I am proud every day to serve as the global leader of Metropolitan Community Churches, a movement that saves lives, that gives birth to new communities, that opens its doors to refugees – political, religious, and spiritual. A church that supports activists in difficult and dangerous places that embodies love and radical inclusion in our divided world. A church that recently made a powerful witness at the World Council of Churches in South Korea. A movement which for 45 years, has been speaking up for a Jesus who tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Earlier this year, I got an email from Vittorio, a young man from Italy. He was starving for connections with LGBT people of faith, feeling so isolated and disconnected. He loved watching Founders MCC in Los Angeles, California (USA), and Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, virtually but still longed for face-to-face community.

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Vittorio Amaruso (second from right) walks in his first Pride Parade while attending General Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Also holding the MCC banner include, from left: Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, MCC Moderator; Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor at MCC of Our Redeemer; Vittorio, and Rev. Marian Cavagnaro, Pastor of Congregational Life at MCC of the Palm Beaches.

I will let Vittorio speak for the joy and gratitude he feels for our response to his need:

“My name is Vittorio Amoruso. I live in Italy. After a long period of deep thinking and feeling oppressed by the Italian Catholic Church because of my being gay, I decided to make a change, with the support of my family. I just wanted to be myself in a place where it is called CHURCH. After discovering the presence of Metropolitan Community Churches, I asked Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, to give me an opportunity to be part of an MCC church in the United States. She forwarded my email to Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt who gave me the possibility to spend two months as a guest of Trinity MCC in Gainesville, Florida, and discover how God has an unconditional and everlasting love for each human being, including LGBT people. MCC saved my life and helped me understand the plan that God has in store for me. I’ve been called to be an MCC Pastor/Minister and serve the LGBT community in Italy, where there is no MCC at present.”

Rev. Jim Mulcahy, an MCC pastor who works in Eastern Europe and Russia, sent me this note recently:

“I received this note from a young Russian woman from a very traditional family who literally would kill her if they knew she was a lesbian. ‘Hi Jim! Let me again thank you for your visit to Moscow. Last Sunday’s service gave me the strength to live. It was the first time I took communion not in an Orthodox Church. It your actions I recognized Christ breaking the bread. Thank you very much for your inspiring sermon full of love, hope, and sincerity. Your words taught me to accept and love myself.’ ”

Young people like Vittorio and this young woman from Russia need us, in every country, including in the United States. They need us to be MCC, with our strong, unequivocal message, our inspiring worship, our vibrant, local communities committed to justice and radical inclusion.

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So, for all the Vittorios and all of us who know we must be family and community for so many like him, join me in remembering MCC this holiday season in your generous giving! Every gift makes it possible for us to save lives and heal hearts.

Grace and Peace,
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Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches




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Easter Offering: Discover How Your Gifts Impact MCC Global Ministry

An Easter Invitation from The Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Office of the MCC ModeratorRev. Elder Nancy Wilson

As You Prepare To Celebrate The Resurrection of Jesus Christ…
…I invite you to hold these three images in your heart:

  • A young man sits pensively on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital of the East African nation of Uganda. His face is furrowed with worry for friends who have suffered persecution, violence — and, yes, death — solely because they were lesbian or gay. He wonders if it will be safe for him outside today. He wonders if anyone, anywhere, cares about the plight of tens of thousands of LGBT Ugandans just like him.
  • A woman sits at an outdoor café in St. Petersburg, Russia, her face unable to hide the disappointment she feels. She wants — no, she needs! — the book published by MCC in the Russian language…the book that addresses her questions about homosexuality, faith and the Bible. She’s just learned that the first printing sold out. Until funds are raised to reprint this much needed book, no copies are available for so many just like her.
  • On Easter Sunday, worshippers at MCC Philippines and MCC Makati City, our growing churches in the Philippines, will celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection with contagious joy and enthusiastic worship. These congregations are doing amazing ministry as they transform the culture of their nation; they are MCC’s anchor ministries to the continent of Asia!

Through your generosity, you can celebrate the joy of Easter this year by making a profound difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Uganda, Russia and the Philippines.

Here’s how…

After you’ve shared your tithes and offerings through your local MCC congregation, I invite you to make a generous, over-and-above financial gift to this year’s MCC’s Easter Offerings for Global Ministries campaign.

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Your generous donations to MCC’s Easter Offerings for Global Ministries

will go solely to support the vital work of our sisters and brothers

in Uganda, Russia and the Philippines!

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There are three ways you can make your personal gift to MCC’s Easter Offerings for Global Ministries.

Won’t you select one of these options and share your gift today?

GIVING OPTION #1:

Locate an MCC Pacesetter church in the list below and make your contribution through a local participating church. For step-by-step guidelines, Click Here and scroll down the page to “Donate Through A Pacesetter Church.”

GIVING OPTION #2:

Visit the MCC Easter Offerings web page and scroll to the yellow “Donate” button to make your on-line donation.

GIVING OPTION #3:

Mail your donation via check or money order, made out to “Metropolitan Community Churches,” to P.O. Box 1374, Abilene, Texas 79604. In the notation section, add “Easter Offering.”

Thank you so much for your generosity and for your support of MCC’s global ministries.

As we together prepare to celebrate an empty tomb and the Risen Christ, this is my Easter prayer for you:

May your Easter be filled…
…with the joy of the Resurrection.

May your future be filled…
…with the hope of the Resurrection.

May your life be filled always…
…with the power of the Resurrection!

Alleluia! Amen!

Easter blessings,

+ Nancy

Rev. Nancy L. Wilson
Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches
Easter@MCCchurch.net

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Christ Is Risen!

Christ Is Risen Indeed!

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MCC 2011 PACESETTER CHURCHES
Churches Participating in MCC’s Easter Offering for Global Ministries

1. achurch4me? MCC (Chicago, Illinois) – Rev. Kevin Downer, Pastor
2. Agape MCC (Ft, Worth, Texas) – Rev. David Wynn, Sr., Pastor
3. All God’s Children MCC (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Rev. Paul Tucker, Pastor
4. Celebration MCC (Naples, Florida) – Rev. Rick Sosbe, Pastor
5. Central Texas MCC (Waco, Texas) – Rev. Charley Garrison, Pastor
6. Church of the Trinity MCC (Sarasota, Florida) – Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor
7. Cornerstone MCC (Mobile, Alabama) – Rev. Lee Carlton, Pastor
8. Emerald City MCC (Seattle, Washington) – Rev. Ray Neal, Pastor
9. Exodus MCC (Abilene, Texas) – Rev. Margaret Walker, Pastor
10. First MCC (Wichita, Kansas) – Rev. Jackie Carter, Pastor
11. FirstCoast MCC (St. Augustine, Florida) – Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Pastor
12. Heartland Community MCC (Springfield, Illinois) – Tony Thieman-Somora, Pastoral Leader
13. Holy Covenant MCC (Brookfield, Illinois) – Rev. Danny Spears, Pastor
14. Imago Dei MCC (Pennsylvania) – Rev. Janice Bowker, Intentional Interim Specialist
15. Joy MCC (Orlando, Florida) – Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor
16. King of Peace MCC (St. Petersburg, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor
17. Living Springs MCC (Bath, England) – Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor
18. MCC Albuquerque (New Mexico) – Rev. Judith Maynard, Pastor
19. MCC Austin (Texas) – Rev. Karen Thompson, Pastor
20. MCC Baton Rouge (Louisiana) – Rev. Keith Mozingo, Pastor
21. MCC Boston (Massachusetts) – Rev. Michael Cooper, Pastor
22. MCC Cologne (Germany) – Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann
23. MCC Corpus Christi (Texas) – Rev. Ken Ehrke, Interim Pastor
24. MCC Detroit (Michigan) – Rev. Mark Bidwell, Pastor
25. MCC Elizabethtown (Kentucky) – Rev. Cathy Porter, Pastor
26. MCC Family in Christ (Fort Collins, Colorado) – Rev. Ken Pilot, Pastor
27. MCC Fredericksburg (Virginia) – Rev. Paulette Armstead, Interim Pastor
28. MCC Good Shepherd (Granville, Australia) – Rev. Robert Clark, Pastor
29. MCC Las Vegas (Nevada) – Rev. Wayne Lindsey, Pastor
30. MCC London (Ontario, Canada) – Rev. Paul Whiting, Pastor
31. MCC Los Angeles (California) – Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, Pastor
32. MCC Lubbock (Texas) – Rev. Renae Phillips, Pastor
33. MCC New Haven (Connecticut) – Rev. Marilyn Bowens, Pastor
34. MCC Newcastle Upon Tyne (England) – Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor; Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Interim Pastor
35. MCC of Greater St. Louis (Missouri) – Rev. Carol Trissel, Pastor
36. MCC of New York (New York) – Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Pastor
37. MCC of Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Pastor
38. MCC of Paducah (Kentucky) – Rev. Lillian Ferguson, Pastor
39. MCC of the Blue Ridge (Roanoke, Virginia) – Rev. Joe Cobb, Pastor
40. MCC of the Palm Beaches (Florida) – Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor
41. MCC of the Spirit (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) – Rev. Lori E. Rivera, Pastor
42. MCC of Topeka (Kansas) – Rev. Dr. Ty Sweeting, Pastor
43. MCC Rehoboth (Delaware) – Rev. K’Lynne McKinley, Pastor
44. MCC Richmond (Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Pastor
45. MCC Sacred Journey (Hendersonville, North Carolina) – Rev. Jane Nelson, Pastor
46. MCC San Antonio (Texas) – Rev. Mick Hinson, Pastor
47. MCC San Francisco (California) – Rev. Dr. William Knight, Pastor
48. MCC Washington, DC – Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Pastor
49. MCC Winston-Salem (North Carolina) – Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor
50. Milwaukee MCC (Wisconsin) – Rev. Wendy Woodruff, Pastor
51. New Creation MCC (Columbus, Ohio) – Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor
52. New Hope MCC (Montgomery, Alabama) – Rev. Jo Crisco, Pastor
53. New Life MCC (Charlotte, North Carolina) – Rev. Mark Deane Pastor
54. New Light MCC (Hagerstown, Maryland) – Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor
55. New Spirit MCC (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Open Pulpit
56. Open Arms MCC (Rochester, New York) – Rev. Jim Mulcahy, Pastor
57. Open Circle at The Villages MCC (Florida) – Rev. Carol Rawlings-Chambers, Pastor
58. Our Hope MCC (Athens, Georgia) – Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose, Pastor
59. Peninsula MCC (San Mateo, California) – Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Pastor
60. Pikes Peak MCC (Colorado Springs, Colorado) – Rev. Wes Mullins, Pastor
61. Redeemer MCC (Flint, Michigan) – Rev. Ed Yates, Pastor
62. Resurrection MCC (Houston, Texas) – Rev. Harry Knox, Pastor
63. Resurrection Beach MCC (Costa Mesa, California) – Open Pulpit
64. River of Life MCC (Dorchester, England) – Rev Catherine Dearlove, Pastor
65. Saint John the Apostle MCC (Fort Myers, Florida) – Rev. Steve Filizzi, Pastor
66. Saint Jude’s MCC (Wilmington, North Carolina) – Rev. John McLaughlin, Pastor
67. Spirit of Life MCC (New Port Richey, Florida) – Rev. Vickie Miller, Interim Pastor
68. SunCoast Cathedral MCC (Venice, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy, Pastor
69. The Rock MCC (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Rev. Brad Rice, Pastor
70. Tree of Life MCC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – Rev. Dr. Fran Mayes, Pastor
71. Trinity MCC (Gainesville, Florida) – Rev. Jim Merritt, Pastor
72. Water of Life MCC (Tucson, Arizona) – Rev. Dr. Charlie Arehart, Pastor

MCC Easter Offering: How Your Gift Impacts MCC Ministry in Uganda!

Building Up Hope.


MCC 2011

PACESETTER

CHURCHES

Churches Participating

in MCC’s Easter

Offering for

Global Ministries

 

1.  achurch4me?
MCC (Chicago, Illinois) – Rev. Kevin Downer, Pastor

2. Agape MCC (Ft, Worth, Texas) – Rev. David Wynn, Sr., Pastor

 

3.  All God’s Children MCC (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Rev. Paul Tucker, Pastor

 

4.  Central Texas MCC

(Waco, Texas) – Rev. Charley Garrison, Pastor

 

5.  Church of the Trinity MCC (Sarasota, Florida) – Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor

 

6.  Cornerstone MCC (Mobile, Alabama) – Rev. Lee Carlton, Pastor

 

7.  Exodus MCC (Abilene, Texas) – Rev. Margaret Walker, Pastor

 

8.  First MCC (Wichita, Kansas) – Rev. Jackie Carter, Pastor

 

9.  FirstCoast MCC (St. Augustine, Florida) – Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Pastor

 

10. Heartland Community MCC (Springfield, Illinois) – Tony Thieman-Somora, Pastoral Leader

 

11.  Holy Covenant MCC (Brookfield, Illinois) – Rev. Danny Spears, Pastor

 

12.  Imago Dei MCC

(Pennsylvania) – Rev. Janice Bowker, Intentional Interim Specialist

 

13.  Joy MCC (Orlando, Florida) – Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor

 

14.  King of Peace MCC (St. Petersburg, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor

 

15.  Living Springs MCC (Bath, England) – Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor

 

16.  MCC Albuquerque (New Mexico) – Rev. Judith Maynard, Pastor

 

17.  MCC Austin (Texas) – Rev. Karen Thompson, Pastor

 

18.  MCC Boston

(Massachusetts) – Rev. Michael Cooper, Pastor

 

19.  MCC Cologne (Germany) – Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann

 

20.  MCC Detroit

(Michigan) – Rev. Mark Bidwell, Pastor

 

21.  MCC Family in Christ (Fort Collins, Colorado) – Rev. Ken Pilot, Pastor

 

22.  MCC Good Shepherd

(Granville, Australia) – Rev. Robert Clark, Pastor

 

23.  MCC Las Vegas

(Nevada) – Rev. Wayne Lindsey, Pastor

 

24.  MCC Los Angeles

(California) – Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, Pastor

 

25.  MCC Lubbock (Texas) – Rev. Renae Phillips, Pastor

 

26.  MCC Newcastle Upon
Tyne (England) – Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor; Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Interim Support Pastor

 

27. MCC of Baton Rouge (Louisiana) – Rev. Keith Mozingo, Pastor

 

28.  MCC of Greater St. Louis (Missouri) – Rev. Carol Trissel, Pastor

 

29.  MCC of New York (New York) – Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Pastor

 

30.  MCC NOVA (Fairfax, Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Pastor

 

31.  MCC of Paducah

(Kentucky) – Rev. Lillian Ferguson, Pastor

 

32.  MCC of the Blue Ridge

(Roanoke, Virginia) – Rev. Joe Cobb, Pastor

 

33.  MCC of the Palm Beaches (Florida) – Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor

 

34.  MCC of the Spirit

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) – Rev. Lori E. Rivera, Pastor

 

35.  MCC of Topeka

(Kansas) – Rev. Dr. Ty Sweeting, Pastor

 

36.  MCC Rehoboth

(Delaware) – Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt, Interim Pastor

 

37.  MCC Richmond

(Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Pastor

 

38.  MCC San Antonio

(Texas) – Rev. Mick Hinson, Pastor

 

39.  MCC Winston-Salem (North Carolina) – Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor

 

40.  New Creation MCC (Columbus, Ohio) – Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor

 

41.  New Life MCC

(Charlotte, North Carolina) – Rev. Mark Deane Pastor

 

42.  New Light MCC

(Hagerstown, Maryland) – Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor

 

43.  New Spirit MCC

(Cincinnati, Ohio) – Open Pulpit

 

44.  Open Arms MCC

(Rochester, New York) – Rev. Jim Mulcahy, Pastor

 

45.  Open Circle at The Villages MCC (Florida) – Rev. Carol Rawlings-Chambers, Pastor

 

46.  Our Hope MCC (Athens, Georgia) – Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose, Pastor

 

47.  Peninsula MCC (San Mateo, California) – Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Pastor

 

48.  Pikes Peak MCC

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) – Rev. Wes Mullins, Pastor

 

49.  Redeemer MCC (Flint, Michigan) – Rev. Ed Yates, Pastor

 

50.  Resurrection MCC (Houston, Texas) – Rev. Harry Knox, Pastor

 

51.  Resurrection Beach MCC (Costa Mesa, California) – Open Pulpit

 

52.  River of Life MCC

(Dorchester, England) – Rev Catherine Dearlove, Pastor

 

53.  Spirit of Life MCC (New Port Richey, Florida) – Rev. Vickie Miller, Interim Pastor

 

54.  St. John the Apostle MCC (Ft. Myers, Florida) – Rev. Steve Filizzi, Pastor

 

55.  St. Jude’s MCC

(Wilmington NC) – Rev. John McLaughlin, Pastor

 

56.  SunCoast Cathedral MCC (Venice, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy, Pastor

 

57. The Rock MCC (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – Rev. Brad Rice, Pastor

 

58.  Tree of Life MCC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – Rev. Dr. Fran Mayes, Pastor

 

59.  Trinity MCC

(Gainesville, Florida) – Rev. Jim Merritt, Pastor

 

An Important Update

from Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Office of the Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches


MCC’s 2011 Easter Offering for Global Ministries

Dear MCC Friend:

Easter — the holiest day in Christianity – is rapidly approaching!

 

The Easter message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection has brought hope to millions of people across the centuries.

 

And through MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries, we have a wonderful opportunity to share the Easter message of hope and to join hands with our brothers and sisters around the globe in their life-changing, life-saving ministries.

 

Today, I want to salute the 59 MCC congregations and the 59 MCC pastors who have already written to say they will receive an Easter Offering for Global Ministries.

 

You will find a list of this year’s participating churches in the left-hand column. If your church is not yet listed, I invite you to write to me today and let me know of your participation.

 

In recent weeks, I’ve shared how this year’s Easter offerings will support MCC’s anchor efforts in Asia and extend MCC’s ministry in Russia.

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Today, I want to share with you

why your Easter giving is so vital to the lives

of LGBT people in the East Africa nation of Uganda.

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At a time when many nations are recognizing that LGBT rights are human rights, Uganda is moving rapidly in the opposite direction. In a country where gay sex is already illegal, Uganda’s Parliament has spent two years debating new anti-gay laws which, in various versions, would mandate the death penalty for gays and lesbians, require a sentence of life in prison for engaging in a gay sex act, and even imprison persons who fail to report to authorities if they overhear a conversation in which someone acknowledges they are gay.

 

It gets worse…

 

Sadly, some Uganda church leaders are fueling the anti-LGBT frenzy. For example, Rev. Martin Ssempa, pastor of an evangelical church in Uganda’s capital city, regularly hold anti-gay rallies at which he describes all gay people as pedophiles and deserving of imprisonment or death. He even shows hard-core pornography at churches and Christian conferences to fuel anti-gay sentiment.

 

Think that’s bad?

 

But it gets worse…

 

A number of American fundamentalist churches — including some mega-church pastors — are sending funds to support anti-gay in Uganda!

 

Horrified?

 

It gets still worse…

 

The current anti-gay frenzy in Uganda has created a climate of threats, intimidation and violence against LGBT people. The situation has become so volatile that many human rights groups now describe the situation there as a “Gay Genocide.”

 

On January 26 of this year, David Kato, head of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), was murdered in his home in Mukono, Uganda.

 

David Kato (Uganda)

The late David Kato, Ugandan human rights activist,

murdered on January 26, 2111, in an anti-gay hate crime.


MCC’s Global Justice Institute organized David Kato’s memorial service at New York City’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church and helped organize a major rally at the site of Uganda’s mission to the United Nations.

 

And MCC has partnered with SMUG and Integrity to establish St. Paul’s Reconciliation & Equality Center, which offers safe space to LGBT Ugandans.

 

St. Paul's (Uganda)

MCC is partnering with Integrity and SMUG to provide

this safe space for our LGBT sisters and brothers in Uganda.


This Center meets a pressing need for Ugandans who live under the daily threat of anti-gay violence. For some, it is a safe space where they can experience a time of freedom from persecution. And for others, it offers temporary housing while awaiting asylum to other countries.

 

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Your gifts to MCC’s

Easter Offerings for Global Ministries will help

support this life-saving safe space for LGBT Ugandans!

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I hope you sense why your church’s participation in MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries is so very, very vital.

 

That is why I am asking for your help and inviting your church to receive an Easter Offering for Global Ministries.

 

If your church will participate this year, I am asking that your church take the following steps today:

 

1. Send an e-mail to me and let me know of your commitment. When you write, let me know whether you will receive your offering on Easter Sunday, or on a Sunday close to Easter. As soon as I hear from you, we’ll add your church to the list of 2011 Pacesetter Churches — churches that are “setting the pace” in support of MCC’s commitment to global ministry.

 

2. Let your congregation know about this Easter Offering by sharing the information in these weekly letters. And I especially encourage you to remember our brothers and sisters in Uganda, Russia, and the Philippines in prayer during worship services leading up to Easter Sunday.

 

Through our shared giving this Easter, we can make a profound difference in our world.

 

Won’t you write to me today?

 

Grace and peace,

 

+ Nancy

 

Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

 

 

P.S. May I share one more thought? You may be tempted to think your gifts won’t make a significant difference. I’m reminded of the little boy who brought his few loaves and fishes to Jesus. It wasn’t a large gift — certainly not in the face of the need. But the key was this: He did what he could and he gave what he had — and then Jesus miraculously multiplied them.

 

I think it’s the same with our Easter giving. When we do what we can and give what we have, God will use our gifts in miraculous ways. Won’t you write to me today ?

 

Rev. Pat Bumgardner (Uganda)

Rev. Pat Bumgardner (center, with microphone), executive

director of MCC’s Global Justice Institute, addresses New York City

vigil for slain activist David Kato, at Uganda’s mission to the United Nations.

MCC Easter Offering: How Your Gift Impacts MCC Ministry in Russia!

MCC 2011

PACESETTER

CHURCHES

Churches Participating

in MCC’s Easter

Offering for

Global Ministries

 

1.  achurch4me?
MCC (Chicago, Illinois) – Rev. Kevin Downer, Pastor

2. Agape MCC (Ft, Worth, Texas) – Rev. David Wynn, Sr., Pastor

 

3.  All God’s Children MCC (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Rev. Paul Tucker, Pastor

 

4.  Central Texas MCC

(Waco, Texas) – Rev. Charley Garrison, Pastor

 

5.  Church of the Trinity MCC (Sarasota, Florida) – Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor

 

6.  Cornerstone MCC (Mobile, Alabama) – Rev. Lee Carlton, Pastor

 

7.  Exodus MCC (Abilene, Texas) – Rev. Margaret Walker, Pastor

 

8.  First MCC (Wichita, Kansas) – Rev. Jackie Carter, Pastor

 

9.  FirstCoast MCC (St. Augustine, Florida) – Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Pastor

 

10.  Holy Covenant MCC (Brookfield, Illinois) – Rev. Danny Spears, Pastor

 

11.  Imago Dei MCC

(Pennsylvania) – Rev. Janice Bowker, Intentional Interim Specialist

 

12.  Joy MCC (Orlando, Florida) – Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor

 

13.  King of Peace MCC (St. Petersburg, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor

 

14.  Living Springs MCC (Bath, England) – Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor

 

15.  MCC Albuquerque (New Mexico) – Rev. Judith Maynard, Pastor

 

16.  MCC Austin (Texas) – Rev. Karen Thompson, Pastor

 

17.  MCC Boston

(Massachusetts) – Rev. Michael Cooper, Pastor

 

18.  MCC Cologne (Germany) – Rev. Ines Paul Baumann

 

19.  MCC Detroit

(Michigan) – Rev. Mark Bidwell, Pastor

 

20.  MCC Family in Christ (Fort Collins, Colorado) – Rev. Ken Pilot, Pastor

 

21.  MCC Good Shepherd

(Granville, Australia) – Rev. Robert Clark, Pastor

 

22.  MCC Las Vegas

(Nevada) – Rev. Wayne Lindsey, Pastor

 

23.  MCC Los Angeles

(California) – Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, Pastor

 

24.  MCC Lubbock (Texas) – Rev. Renae Phillips, Pastor

 

25.  MCC Newcastle Upon
Tyne (England) – Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor; Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Interim Support Pastor

 

26.  MCC of Greater St. Louis (Missouri) – Rev. Carol Trissel, Pastor

 

27.  MCC of New York (New York) – Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Pastor

 

28.  MCC NOVA (Fairfax, Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Kharma Amos, Pastor

 

29.  MCC of Paducah

(Kentucky) – Rev. Lillian Ferguson, Pastor

 

30.  MCC of the Blue Ridge

(Roanoke, Virginia) – Rev. Joe Cobb, Pastor

 

31.  MCC of the Palm Beaches (Florida) – Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor

 

32.  MCC of the Spirit

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) – Rev. Lori E. Rivera, Pastor

 

33.  MCC of Topeka

(Kansas) – Rev. Dr. Ty Sweeting, Pastor

 

34.  MCC Rehoboth

(Delaware) – Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt, Interim Pastor

 

35.  MCC Richmond

(Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Pastor

 

36.  MCC San Antonio

(Texas) – Rev. Mick Hinson, Pastor

 

37.  MCC Winston-Salem (North Carolina) – Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor

 

38.  New Creation MCC (Columbus, Ohio) – Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor

 

39.  New Life MCC

(Charlotte, North Carolina) – Rev. Mark Deane Pastor

 

40.  New Light MCC

(Hagerstown, Maryland) – Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor

 

41.  New Spirit MCC

(Cincinnati, Ohio) – Open Pulpit

 

42.  Open Arms MCC

(Rochester, New York) – Rev. Jim Mulcahy, Pastor

 

43.  Open Circle at The Villages MCC (Florida) – Rev. Carol Rawlings-Chambers, Pastor

 

44.  Our Hope MCC (Athens, Georgia) – Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose, Pastor

 

45.  Peninsula MCC (San Mateo, California) – Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Pastor

 

46.  Pikes Peak MCC

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) – Rev. Wes Mullins, Pastor

 

47.  Redeemer MCC (Flint, Michigan) – Rev. Ed Yates, Pastor

 

48.  Resurrection MCC (Houston, Texas) – Rev. Harry Knox, Pastor

 

49.  Resurrection Beach MCC (Costa Mesa, California) – Open Pulpit

 

50.  River of Life MCC

(Dorchester, England) – Rev Catherine Dearlove, Pastor

 

51.  Spirit of Life MCC (New Port Richey, Florida) – Rev. Vickie Miller, Interim Pastor

 

52.  St. John the Apostle MCC (Ft. Myers, Florida) – Rev. Steve Filizzi, Pastor

 

53.  St. Jude’s MCC

(Wilmington NC) – Rev. John McLaughlin, Pastor

 

54.  SunCoast Cathedral MCC (Venice, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy, Pastor

 

55.  Tree of Life MCC (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – Rev. Dr. Fran Mayes, Pastor

 

56.  Trinity MCC

(Gainesville, Florida) – Rev. Jim Merritt, Pastor

 

An Invitation from

The Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Office of the Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

 

MCC’s 2011 Easter

Offering for Global Ministries

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The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it;

The world, and all who live in it!

~ Psalm 24:1

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April 1, 2011

 

Dear MCC Leader:

 

I truly believe MCC’s urgent message of inclusion and justice for all God’s people, and especially LGBT people, is more needed than ever!

 

While we have made so many advances over the past four decades, here is the reality of our world:

 

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The forces of religious fundamentalism are

aggressively promoting hate and discrimination

against LGBT people —  no country is immune from the lethal poison of negative religion and regressive politics.

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That’s why more and more people around the globe are turning to Metropolitan Community Churches, wanting — needing! — our support and help.

 

The Jesus I came to know in MCC is calling us today, not tomorrow, to respond!  One way your church can respond meaningfully is to make the decision to receive a special, designated offering on Easter Sunday, or a Sunday close to Easter — an Easter Offering for MCC’s Global Ministries.

 

Your congregation’s Easter offering is a powerful, effective antidote to the toxic poisons of hate, discrimination, oppression and negative religion!

Last week I shared with you… how a portion of this year’s Easter Offerings will be used to strengthen MCC’s anchor ministry in Asia and support our sisters and brothers in the Philippines.

 

Next week I will tell you… how your church’s Easter gifts will make a profound difference in the lives of our friends in the East Africa country of Uganda, where LGBT people are living courageous lives under the daily threat of horrific persecution.

 

And today I want to share with you… how your Easter offering this year will advance MCC’s growing ministry in Russia.

 

Did you know that MCC published the first — and only! — book in the Russian language that addresses the timely subjects of homosexuality and the Bible, theology and human rights? We were absolutely stunned by the response it received! In fact, there was such a demand for this new resource that the first printing went quickly; now only two copies are left. Your church’s generosity through MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries will be used to update and reprint this vital resource and will help us get it into the hands of the Russian people. (You can view the cover here.)

 

And a portion of your Easter gifts will help MCC sponsor Russia’s first-ever LGBT Christian Conference, which will be held in St. Petersburg in September. MCC Easter Offerings will supplement grants we have received to insure that our leadership can train and inspire the many new groups and activists that God is raising up across Russia.

 

Look how God has worked through MCC’s annual Easter Offerings for Global Ministries:

 

In 2007, I invited local congregations to receive a special Easter offering for MCC’s work in Eastern Europe. You responded generously — and your giving set off a wonderful, spiritual “chain reaction.” Thanks to your Easter offerings, MCC partnered with activists, faith leaders and human rights groups to make significant accomplishments in Romania. The word spread  and activists in Moldova, to the east, and Latvia, to the north, opened their doors to MCC. And that led to invitations from new friends in Bulgaria, to the south, and Hungary, to the west. And now, further east, in Russia, God is still opening new doors of ministry and service to Metropolitan Community Churches. And all of this is taking place because MCC churches around the globe responded generously in 2007 to our annual Easter Offering for Global Ministries.

Diane Fisher - Eastern Europe

Rev. Elder Diane Fisher is trailed by media wherever she ministers

in Eastern Europe.

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I know God will perform miracles and

open new doors of opportunity as MCC

congregations join hands and hearts through

this year’s Easter Offerings for Global Ministries!

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By taking part in MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries, you make it possible for us to address urgent needs in Russia, the Philippines and Uganda. And these local church offerings represent a new day in MCC. You see, this work is not about North America exporting justice to the world; rather, it’s a global MCC impacting our world, including North America, with energy and hope!

 

That’s why I am asking for your help and inviting your church to receive a designated Easter Offering for Global Ministries.

 

If your church will participate this year, I invite you to take the following steps:

 

1. Send an e-mail and let me know of your commitment. When you write, let me know whether you will receive your offering on Easter Sunday, or on a Sunday close to Easter. As soon as I hear from you, we will add your church to the list of 2011 Pacesetter Churches — churches that are “setting the pace” in support of MCC’s commitment to global ministry.

 

2. Begin now to share this news with your congregation – and especially remember our brothers and sisters in Russia, the Philippines and Uganda in prayer during worship services leading up to Easter Sunday.

 

3. Look for more news and resources coming next week – including worship prayers, a bulletin insert, brief articles for your church newsletter or website, and additional information on how your church’s Easter Offering for Global Ministries will impact our world.

 

You and your church can make a profound difference in our world this Easter.

 

May I look for your church’s response this week?

 

Grace and peace,

 

+ Nancy

 

Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

 

 

P.S. Last year, 34 churches participated in MCC’s Easter Offerings for Global Ministries. I’m pleased to report that, as of today, 56 MCC churches have signed up this year! If you’re not yet listed in the left column, will your church prayerfully consider becoming #57?

MCC Officially Launches 2011 Easter Offering for Global Ministries!

 

Tearing Down Walls.
Building Up Hope.

 

 

MCC 2011 

PACESETTER

CHURCHES

Churches Participating

in MCC’s Easter

Offering for

Global Ministries

 

1. All God’s Children MCC (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – Rev. Paul Tucker, Pastor

 

2.     Central Texas MCC (Waco, Texas)Rev. Charley Garrison, Pastor

 

3.     Church of the Trinity MCC (Sarasota, Florida)Rev. Charles Tigard, Pastor

 

4.     Cornerstone MCC (Mobile, Alabama) – Rev. Lee Carlton, Pastor

 

5.     Exodus MCC (Abilene, Texas) – Rev. Margaret Walker, Pastor

 

6.     FirstCoast MCC (St. Augustine, Florida) – Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell, Pastor

 

7.     Holy Covenant MCC (Brookfield, Illinois) – Rev. Danny Spears, Pastor

 

8.     Joy MCC (Orlando, Florida) – Rev. Lisa Heilig, Interim Pastor

 

9.     King of Peace MCC (St. Petersburg, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Pastor

 

10.  Living Springs MCC (Bath, England) – Rev. Kieren Bourne, Pastor

 

11.  MCC Austin (Texas) – Rev. Karen Thompson, Pastor

 

12.  MCC Boston (Massachusetts) – Rev. Michael Cooper, Pastor

 

13.  MCC Detroit (Michigan)Rev. Mark Bidwell, Pastor

 

14.  MCC Las Vegas (Nevada)Rev. Wayne Lindsey, Pastor

 

15.  MCC Los Angeles (California)Rev. Dr. Neil Thomas, Pastor

 

16.  MCC Newcastle Upon Tyne (England)Rev. Cecilia Eggleston, Pastor; Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Interim Support Pastor

 

17.  MCC of Greater St. Louis (Missouri) – Rev. Carol Trissel, Pastor

 

18.  MCC of New York (New York)Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Pastor

 

19.  MCC of the Palm Beaches (Florida)Rev. Dr. Lea Brown, Pastor

 

20.  MCC of the Spirit (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)Rev. Lori E. Rivera, Pastor

 

21.  MCC of Topeka (Kansas)Rev. Dr. Ty Sweeting, Pastor

 

22.  MCC Richmond (Virginia) – Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Pastor

 

23.  MCC Winston-Salem (North Carolina)Rev. Ron LaRocque, Pastor

 

24.  New Creation MCC (Columbus, Ohio) – Rev. Margaret Hawk, Pastor

 

25.  New Light MCC (Hagerstown, Maryland)Rev. Michael Hydes, Pastor

 

26.  Open Arms MCC (Rochester, New York) – Rev. Jim Mulcahy, Pastor

 

27.  Our Hope MCC (Athens, Georgia) – Rev. Dr. Renee DuBois, Pastor

 

28.  Peninsula MCC (San Mateo, California)Rev. Terri Echelbarger, Pastor

 

29.  Pikes Peak MCC (Colorado Springs, Colorado)Rev. Wes Mullins, Pastor

 

30.  Resurrection MCC (Houston, Texas)Rev. Harry Knox, Pastor

 

31.  St. John the Apostle MCC (Ft. Myers, Florida) – Rev. Steve Filizzi, Pastor

 

32.  SunCoast Cathedral MCC (Venice, Florida) – Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy, Pastor

 

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MCC Officially Launches 2011’s 

Easter Offerings for Global Ministries Campaign!

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“When God’s people are in need,

be ready to help them!”

— Romans 12:13, New Living Translation

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A Message from

The Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Office of the MCC Moderator

March 18, 2011

 

Dear MCC Friend:

 

I’m feeling such a sense of excitement and anticipation today!

 

wilson_nToday marks the official launch of a vitally important MCC tradition: our annual MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries. Each year at this holy season, local congregations throughout MCC join hearts and hands to receive a special, designated Easter offering to strategically advance MCC’s international ministries.

 

I’m filled with hope today… because in recent years, you and I have witnessed firsthand the truly amazing ways God blesses and uses these annual Easter offerings.

 

— We’ve supported our brothers and sisters across Eastern Europe as they established MCC congregations, made historic advances for religious freedom, and supported the human rights of sexual minorities, women and children, and marginalized ethnic groups — almost unthinkable just a few short years ago.

 

— We’ve joined hands with MCCers across Central and Latin America as they launched new churches, sponsored life-changing conferences, and trained a new generation of spiritual leaders.

 

— These annual Easter offerings have supported MCCers in Southeast Asia whose indigenous ministries are literally saving the lives of persecuted women and LGBT people, challenging injustice and intolerance — and, yes, planting new, hope-filled MCC congregations!

 

I’m filled with hope today… because I’m already anticipating how God will use this year’s MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries to bless the lives of very real people — our brothers and sisters — around the world.

 

I love the Bible verse in Hebrews 11:1 that says, “Faith is the substance of things deeply longed for; it is the evidence of things that have not yet appeared.” Right now, through the eyes of faith, look with me at what our local congregations will accomplish together through 2011’s MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries.

 

 

Here’s How MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings Will Touch Our World:

 

— One-third of this year’s offerings will be used for the ministries of MCC’s brand-new Global Justice Institute and to open MCC’s first safe house in Uganda, where LGBT Christians and activists face horrific  persecution.

 

One-third of these offerings will help extend MCC’s ministry in Russia by supporting two vital projects. MCC published the first and only booklet in Russian on homosexuality and the Bible, theology and human rights issues. There was such a demand for this resource that the first printing went quickly; now only two copies are left. MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries will be used to update and reprint this resource. Also, Russia’s first-ever LGBT Christian Conference will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, in September. MCC Easter Offerings will supplement grants we have received to insure that our leadership can train and inspire the many new groups and activists Russia.

 

— As a follow-up to last year’s first-ever REVM in the Philippines, MCC’s Asia Pacific Initiative is sending a ministry team there for a month to support churches, leaders and new ministries that are exploding across the Philippines. To date, all funding for these efforts has been raised entirely by donors – this year, local churches  have the opportunity to support MCC’s  anchor efforts in Asia through our Easter Offerings campaign.

 

Our 2011 denominational goal is to raise a minimum of $30,000 USD through special, designated local church Easter offerings.

 

Here’s my invitation to your church:

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I’m inviting your church to participate in  this wonderful

MCC tradition that touches so many lives by agreeing to receive

a designated offering for MCC’s global ministries on Easter Sunday.

_____________________________________________________________

 

When your church notifies me that you will participate in the 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries, we’ll add your church, along with the name of your pastor, to this year’s list of MCC Pacesetter Churches — churches that are “setting the pace” for MCC’s vital international ministries.

 

Here’s how your church can sign-up… to participate in the 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries and be listed as a 2011 Pacesetter  Church.

 

1.  Write to me and let me know that your church will receive a special, designated 2011 Easter offering.

 

2.  When you write to me, be sure to include the following information: church name, city, province or state, country, pastor’s name, and the date your church will receive its Easter offering.

 

3. Begin now to share this news with your congregation – and especially remember MCC’s international ministries in prayer during worship services leading up to Easter Sunday.

 

4. Look for more news and details — along with resources, photos, promotional materials, congregational prayers and bulletin inserts — coming soon!

 

This Easter season, you and your church can make a profound difference in our world through MCC’s 2011 Easter Offerings for Global Ministries.

 

And this is the reality:

 

For many people on this earth whose faces we have not yet seen and whose names we do not yet know, your congregation’s response will be an answer to their hearts’ deepest prayers — “the substance of things deeply longed for and the evidence of things that have not yet appeared.”

 

May I look for your response this week?

 

Grace and peace,

 

+ Nancy

 

Rev. Nancy L. Wilson

Moderator

Metropolitan Community Churches

 

P.S.  As I’ve thought about this year’s MCC Easter Offerings for Global Ministries campaign and prayed for the needs of MCCers around the world, I’ve been inspired by this verse from God’s Word: “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them!” (Romans 12:13, New Living Translation)

 

P.P.S. When you write to me and let me know of your church’s participation in MCC’s denominational Easter Offering, we’ll promptly add you to the list of 2011 Pacesetter Churches that are leading the way in support of MCC’s global ministries.

 

 

Generous in Faith

Metropolitan Community Churches
Tearing Down Walls.  Building Up Hope.
New Growth

September 14, 2010


Dear Pastor and Board of Directors:

At General Conference in 2007, Clergy and Lay Delegates agreed to reduce the minimum percentage of partnership in tithes. Those same delegates and clergy were asked to consider with their local congregations the possibility of continuing to support selected ministries above that minimum level.  Subsequent to that General Conference, and to afford congregations greater voice in guiding the use of their contributions, the Generous in Faith program was initiated.


That program has continued and evolved, and our churches have given generously to our mission to “Tear Down Walls and Build Up Hope.”  This year, 57 churches are contributing to Generous in Faith and have given more than $25,000 to support our mission. Since its inception, our Generous in Faith partner’s contributions are approaching $200,000-thank you!


Your partnership in ministry through Generous in Faith has helped to impact the lives of literally millions of people around the world. New churches are forming in Moscow, in the Philippines, in North America, in Latin America and many places. Lesbians in Pakistan now have hope, because of scholarships from MCC that have made it possible for them to go to school to earn a living and live independently. People in Haiti heard about MCC for the first time this year as our new church plant in the Dominican Republic, lead by young adults, reached out to bring food, medicine, tents, and supplies to families and agencies that are helping on the ground. MCC in Jamaica was the leader in the first ever March for Tolerance. This very week, our first REVM (clergy preparation program) was held in the Philippines with 7 young students who are on their way to becoming MCC pastors!


For the lives touched, for the hope realized, we are humbly grateful and celebrate your generosity.  We invite you to be a partner through the Generous in Faith program for 2011. As the tithe requirement goes down in January to 12.5%, we pray that you will join the MCC churches that have been blessed by giving over and above!!


Please click here to let us know your plans!  May you be blessed on your journey.

Grace & Peace,


Nancy

Rev. Nancy Wilson
Moderator

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Rev. Tony Freeman
Vice-Chair, Governing Board

Fellowship Sunday 2010 is October 10th – Become a Pacesetter Today!

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Dear MCC Pastors,


October 10th is Fellowship Sunday! Every Fellowship Sunday is a sacred event.  It provides us with a time each year to look back to our founding and be amazed once again by the leaders God raised up

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among us so many years ago that gave life to our movement.



Today, new and renewed leaders are being raised up again. With you, I can hardly imagine what God has in store for us, but I am convinced that this call to a renewal of leadership is preparing MCC for a renewal of mission and purpose in our world.


The special offering this Fellowship Sunday will be received and dedicated to programs that nourish, develop and motivate you and other current and emerging leaders of our movement and ministries. The overwhelming response to Size Summits, our Leadership Retreats, REVMs, Interim Ministry Training, Network leaders’ gatherings, the work of the Office for Formation and Leadership Development, as well as the workshops and trainings at General Conference…all of this has convinced me that the Spirit is powerfully on the move among us, preparing the way.


Please let me know if you will join the list of mighty Pacesetter Churches and receive a special offering on (or near) October 10, 2010 in support of all our work in the year ahead that support lay and clergy leaders in MCC.  Click here to sign up and let me know that you will be supporting Fellowship Sunday 2010!

Also, a special video message, PowerPoint presentation and bulletin inserts are being prepared. You will receive a letter with a link to these resources for Fellowship Sunday by September 20th.


Thank you for all you do to support programs and resources for this vital work.


I wish you and your congregation every blessing this Fellowship Sunday.


Grace and Peace,

+ Nancy

Rev. Nancy Wilson

Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches

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 Dear Friends:

Every year, MCC focuses on our global justice work for the season of Easter.

Recently, over 168 individuals and churches raised $32,000 for Haiti – with those resources, our new MCC church plant in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic brought food, clothing, water, medical supplies to 22 families, and members of the LGBT community who were devastated by the earthquake. They will be returning at Easter with tents, t

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arps and more food and water for those families and their communities. In addition, we gave $10,000 this week to Housing Works, who are working to provide safe shelter to men, women and children with HIV/AIDS, as well as emergency medical care. WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Imagine if we could do again this Easter for our Global Outreach program:

Ø    To help lesbians in Pakistan to go to school so they can have safe shelter and independence

Ø    To support our MCC and community center in Kuala Lumpur;

Ø    To help start an NGO in Africa to bring MCC’s commitment to justice on the ground where the needs are;

Ø    To help people like the young men in Malawi and Kenya who have defied the laws in their countries, participated in same-sex weddings and are now in prison;

Ø    To help activists in Uganda fight against draconian laws meant to put LGBT people to death or in prison for life;

Ø    To continue to work for justice, safe space and spiritual support in Jamaica, Moldova, and many places around the world!

Imagine also, if we could bring some of those courageous, committed young leaders and activists to our General Conference in this – so they can connect with their peers and colleagues, and the MCC family around the globe. So MCCers can hear and know first hand of their struggles and victories, and bring those stories back to our home churches. So we can all receive training and inspiration for the years to come!

This is what we want to accomplish over the Easter season. If you did not have a chance to give to our Haiti campaign, consider giving at Easter to our global justice work. If you did give earlier this year, please consider one more gift to make a difference. MCCers are always generous, even in tough economic times. Thanks for caring and giving!

If you are a difference maker, click here to donate to the 2010 Easter Offering! 

 

Grace and Peace,

 

+Nancy

 

Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches

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Dear Friends:
 

It is that time of year!
 

We know that MCCers are always generous, even in challenging economic times.

We hope that your church will consider taking a love offering, and give people the opportunity to do two important things this year:

1)    To support our growing Global justice ministry – on the front lines in places like Kenya and Malawi, where young men are in prison just for participating in same-gender weddings! Where our people in Uganda reach out for spiritual and moral support as they fight the fight of their lives against unjust laws aimed at putting lgbt people to death or in prison for life. Where lesbians in Pakistan flee arranged marriages, and an MCC scholarship fund gives them a chance to live and work independently; where we continue to support Jamaicans as they challenge the violence against our community in that country. As new communities of faith emerge in Eastern Europe; as our church in Santo Domingo continues to reach out to dozens of families in Haiti.

 

2)    To help young, committed, spiritual activists from all over the globe come to MCC’s General Conference to share their stories, receive inspiration and support; and, with all of MCCers at Conference, get training in how to do justice wherever we find ourselves. Our BE A GEM program makes that possible, and your offering can help us meet our goals in creating a truly international gathering in Acapulco later this year.

We know that some of our churches did take a special offering for the work in Haiti in January. We hope and pray you will also offer your church members a chance to give again in this Easter season in our annual appeal! You will be blessed!  Click here to sign up TODAY! 

 

Grace and Peace,

 

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Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches

Dear Friends:

 

For the last four years, I have asked MCC churches and pastors to support our global work for human rights, including the work of our Global Justice Team, through a special Easter Offering.  You have given faithfully and generously, year in and year out, even through tough economic times.

 

I know you share with me the belief that Jesus does not discriminate, and calls us to be in solidarity with communities around the world fighting against religiously based homophobia and for the rights, dignity and hope of our people.  We know, because of our experiences together, that Jesus and justice are connected in the powerful global witness of MCC today.


4 Years!These are some of the things we have accomplished:
 

   * A vibrant leadership training program, fighting religiously based homophobia, securing legal reform, and providing support for emerging MCC communities of faith in Eastern Europe has been established and has received its first outside grants;

 

   * A thriving Sunshine Cathedral MCC in Jamaica is working to foster spiritual community, change laws, hearts and minds, and end homophobic violence in that nation.  With the help of Sunshine Cathedral Ft. Lauderdale and the Arcus Foundation, they are creating a plan to promote human rights and moral equity in Jamaica and are sustaining connections with groups in seven countries in the Caribbean;

 

   * A scholarship fund for lesbians in Pakistan who seek to live and work independently has been established, and we are partnering with several emerging communities of faith ministering to LGBT people in that land;

 

    * A new church and community center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is up and running with the support of MCC New York;

 

   * A U.S. based Public Policy Team has amplified MCC’s voice in Washington, speaking out about the crisis in Uganda, HIV/ AIDS funding, Marriage Equality, DADT, the global recession and poverty, and environmental justice;

 

    * Significant partnerships with groups like Human Rights Watch, the Human Rights Campaign Fund, the International Gay and Lesbian Association, the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission, and the Council for Global Equality have been fostered;


In addition, in January of this year, MCCers across the globe responded generously to a Disaster Relief Fund for Haiti.  To date, 168 individuals and churches have sent over $32,750 for relief efforts.  Organized through our new church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, MCCers carried water, food from Haitian markets, and medical supplies to 22 families in need.  The next truck loads will contain tents, tarps and more food and water.  In addition, we hope to assist an organization poised to help LGBT people and/or people with HIV/AIDS in Haiti with housing and basic needs.  Thank you for your prayerful and generous support!


MCC’S IDENTITY AND FUTURE are so deeply connected to our mission of “Tearing Down Walls and Building Up Hope.”  Answering the call to become “The Human Rights Church” is core to that mission.
 
For that reason, I am asking you and your church to continue MCC’s Easter Offering tradition this year.  Your gifts will make the following urgent priorities possible: 
  

  • BE A GEM.  Over 50% of our offering this year will go to help our priority leaders from around the world get to General Conference, where they will experience leadership training, inspiration and participation in MCC’s global community.  More people need to be at this Conference that we can afford to bring at this time.  I need your help.  I especially want to bring Latin American leaders, activists and church planters for the Latin American pre-conference training event.  And I want to offer many young spiritual activists a chance to participate in Global Justice Day on Thursday of General Conference week.This Year! 

 
  • MCC’S new GLOBAL JUSTICE INSTITUTE and its efforts to build and sustain activism and NGO’s dedicated to global human rights efforts.  This year we hope to establish our first NGO (non-governmental organization) in Africa to help deal with the emerging human rights needs on that continent, where MCC has a long history and deep roots.  In addition, our first spiritual retreat for MCC leaders in Pakistan will be held and more scholarships for lesbians seeking economic and social independence will be offered.  Finally, the work of the US Public Policy Team will continue shaping domestic and international policy as it affects the LGBT global community.  MCC’s Global Justice Institute will work to create safe space for those struggling for human rights and train MCCers in the work of global justice.   


Sign Up Today!Click here to sign up to become a 2010 Pacesetter Church.  Once you sign up, we will publish a listing of all of our 2010 Pacesetter Churches on the MCC Website.  

 

Wait, there’s more!  In the next few weeks, you will receive a resource communication containing links for materials-a PowerPoint presentation, bulletin insert and short video-that you can use on the Sunday of your choice.

 

In this very important year for Metropolitan Community Churches, I hope you will sign on and help make a difference for people in the world who have no one to turn to but you and me to care about the safety, the availability of spiritual community and the human rights of all God’s children.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

+Nancy

 

The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson

Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

About Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC)

 Metropolitan Community Church, founded in 1968, is a human-rights movement and ministry operating as a Christian denomination in 25 countries around the world. MCC has often been and continues to be one of few leading advocates for vulnerable people in places where religious orthodoxy, sexism, and homophobia can result in violence and death. MCC’s promise is stated in its tagline “Tearing Down Walls. Building Up Hope.”

For more information about MCC visit: http://www.mccchurch.org.
 


 

 


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