This season we have been exploring our connection and responsibility towards those of our neighbors who are perceived as “Outsiders.” This week we will focus on “Who is my neighbor” the person asked Jesus.
Who is our neighbor? The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that the outsider is our neighbor, perhaps even more a neighbor than the so-called “insiders” across the street. Neighbors act with love and grace when it is least expected. Who are the neighbors in your life and how are you called to be a neighbor, even an unexpected one?
I n this series we will follow the family stories in the book of Genesis.
July 21—Leaving Home (Adam and Eve)
July 28—Finding Refuge (Noah)
August 4—Looking Back (Lot and his family)
August 11—Rejected (Abraham, Sarah and Hagar)
August 18—Wrestling with God Face to Face (Jacob and Esau)
August 25—Betrayal and Reconciliation (Joseph and his family)
The struggle with right relationship is a human theme that we’ve been dealing with ever since we were “humans.” To live is to love – no way around it! These themes cross boundaries of time and geography and we also find them in some of the most ancient stories of our Judeo-Christian tradition. How are we to deal with human frailty and the ways in which our fear shows up in difficult relationships?
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Trans-Life Support Group (TLSG) Meeting
Sat. | Jul. 13 | 10:30AM
TLSG is for all members of the Transgender community. These meetings provide a safe place to discuss all issues.
Sun. | Jul. 14 | 6PM
$5 Per Person
at Venice Bowl
Sign up in the Church Lobby.
Join us for a fun evening.
PRIME DAY IS COMING … JULY 15 and 16!
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SUN COAST WIND ENSEMBLE CONCERT
“Hollywood or Broadway?
Get on Board”
Fri. | Jul. 19 | 2PM
$5 Per Person
This concert will feature melodies from Hollywood and Broadway sure to run the emotional gamut from joy to passion . Featured on the program will be a selection of tunes from Mama Mia, Rocky and Man of La Mancha as well as crowd favorites such as Come Fly With Me and songs by George
Gershwin. Bring your neighbors, family and friends. About 200 people attended the last show. Don’t miss it. All are welcome.
Sept. 8 —ALSO Out Youth Fall Festival Brunch, 12 noon, Hyatt Regency, Sarasota
Sept. 28-29 —Homecoming Weekend
Nov. 2—Venice PRIDE
SUNCOAST MCC HOST REV. MARIO BONFANTI’S VISIT TO FLORIDA, USA
On Saturday, July 6, members and supporters of the Global Outreach Team from SunCoast got together to break bread at China Buffett in North Port with Rev. Mario Bonfanti. Then on Sunday, July 7, over 80 congregants, friends and family attended Rev. Mario Bonfanti’s sermon on “The Wanderer.” Special thanks to SunCoast’s Judy Marsh, the Global Team, Board, Lay Delegates and many others for their spirit of hospitality and generosity. Your continued support of the partnership with Rev. Mario Bonfanti and his church, “The Circle” in Italy continues to make a positive difference.
Special Thanks …
Kathy Hanas our Vice Moderator and Pebbles, her therapy dog attended MCC General Conference. They raised awareness for the PULSE Foundation. The Foundation was established to create a sanctuary of hope around this tragedy in American history and honors the 49 lives that were taken, the 68 injured victims, the affected survivors and the first responders and healthcare professionals who cared for the victims. Pebbles provided affection and comfort to many at Conference. Thank you Kathy and Pebbles for representing SunCoast MCC and keeping the memory of PULSE alive.
HOSPITALITY & FELLOWSHIP: Need Help on Sunday in Jul & Aug
Looking for volunteers to set things up 8and serve light refreshments. Please speak with Linda Staib to get more information. Also, if your last name begins with “A-E” can you please bring a goodie tray in June.
If you have a prayer need, are ill or become hospitalized, call the church office to let us know. We would like to minister to you in your time of need.
Wednesdays at 6:30PM
LANDSCAPING: Jul & Aug
Taking a break due to the summer heat. If you have a “plot” check it regularly! Save up your energy for the fall, when we will resume on the second Saturday of every month!
“We are Here”
Sat. | Nov. 2
11AM to 4PM
Seeking Sponsors and Vendors!
Ask any business, church or community group to consider participating.
Registration Forms are available in the Church lobby or click below for online registration. Signup your favorite business or community group today!
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston was elected as the next Moderator of MCC for a term of six years. Also below are the names of the newly elected governing board. Join us in wishing them the best of luck and much success in their roles.