SUNCOAST MCC NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 12, 2019
HEAVEN AND NATURE SING
“Repeat the Sounding Joy: Loving Joy “
Rev. Nancy Wilson | Sun. | Dec. 15 | 10AM
“Joy to the World,” a beloved Christmas classic, turns 300 this year. Joy doesn’t wait for struggle to be over. This Sunday we will learn that the Joy of this season is grounded in love. As the song goes, “Love changes everything,” and it was the love of God that created the universe and all of us. It is that love that also came into the world at Christmas. If it is not love, it is not God. In our world today, love is the key to the vision of a peaceable kingdom that Isaiah speaks about in our scripture. More than anything else, Jesus preached, taught, and modeled self-giving love. Our answer to “What would Jesus do, is simple: love until joy is complete!
Thank you for your continued generosity to make all that we accomplish at SunCoast MCC possible in the years to come. Your generosity continues to support our efforts in so many ways.
A virtual stocking with your name will be posted on our website .
OUR ADVENT WORSHIP SERIES CONTINUES
Make the Nations Prove: Peaceful Joy
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: The Lord is Come: Incarnate Joy
Christmas Day Communion Service: With Truth and Grace: Welcoming Joy
ORDER YOUR POINSETTIA TODAY!
Deadline for orders is noon on Monday, December 16. Help to beautify the Sanctuary during the Christmas season. Purchase a poinsettia plant for $10 in memory or in honor of someone you know/love. Email us or call us with your order.
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
SUN COAST WIND ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Fri. | Dec. 13 | 2PM | Admission $5 per person
Enjoy an afternoon of music. All are welcome. This is a great event to bring your family and friends. For online tickets, click here .
WALMART GIFT CARDS FOR CHAPS DUE ON SUN. DEC. 15
We need 15 more cards at $10 apiece. With your generous support we would exceed what we did last year. Let’s go for 20 more! Thanks for bringing joy to our CHAP families.
Lots going on … COOL CHRISTMAS CASH RAFFLE, SILENT AUCTION AND BAKE SALE all happening on
Sun. | Dec. 15 (following worship)
Are you the lucky winner? We will hold the drawing of the 50/50 Raffle. Limited tickets were sold. Final chance to bid on a Basket. Join in the fun baking sale. All just in time for the holidays.
JOINT CHOIR CONCERT
Church of Trinity and Suncoast MCC
Sun. | Dec. 15 | 4PM | at SunCoast MCC
A wonderful afternoon of music filled with joy for the holidays. “Come Out and Enjoy the Fugue!
17 Coffee with the Pastors 9:30am and 10am (by appt. for new members)
22 Ministry Team Recognition 10am
24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 4:30pm
25 Christmas Day Communion 10am
31 Final day to donate a CHAPS advent bag
NOTE: The 2019 New Year’s Eve Dance at SunCoast MCC has been cancelled.
04 SunCoast Paddlers 10am
Silver Foxes Show 3pm*
24 Drag Queen Bingo 7pm*
04 Practical Daily Liberation Class, Instructor Rev. Naomi King 5:45pm brown bag dinner, class 6:30pm
Valentine’s Day Dance 7pm
21 SunCoast 25th Anniversary Celebration 5pm to 9pm (details soon)
29 Legacy Giving Luncheon (details soon)
*We still have tickets available for the Sun coast Wind Ensemble Concert and the Cool Christmas Cash Raffle. Order online, c all (941) 484-7068 or email us.
HOSPITALITY AND FELLOWSHIP
Make December extra special. Fellowship is a time for congregants, friends and family to mingle, laugh and share holiday stories. If your last name starts with the letters “M-R” bring a goodie tray this month. Thanks for your generosity.
Every Wednesday at 6:30PM.
We need 200 feet of hose for watering. Email us if you can donate it
A program is being scheduled. Sign up in the Church Lobby if you are interested in participating in the training. A small fee will be charged. More details coming soon.
SUNCOAST ADVENT RETREAT HELD AT LEMON BAY PARK A SUCCESS
Here are photos from the recent SunCoast Advent Retreat. About 30 persons attended. Thanks to the Revs. and the deacons for sponsoring the event. For more pictures visit the website.
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCHES UPDATES
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR
REV. ELDER FREDA SMITH
ON DECEMBER 21 AT 1PM PST AT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF ST. ANNE, STOCKTON, CA
Rev. Elder Freda Smith has inspired a generation of women, lesbians, and people of every gender and orientation. She is survived by her long -time spouse of 40 years, Kathleen Meadows.
…Freda….was the first woman ordained in MCC, as well as the first woman elected as an Elder….She is the one we should credit for bringing about inclusive language as an early value and guiding principle of MCC. In every General Conference, she stood up when there was a gender-specific word in MCC bylaws and petitioned for it to be change to “he or she” instead of only “he.”
Freda is noted for the sermon she gave a number of years ago at Sunshine Cathedral MCC in Ft. Lauderdale, as well as the sermon known as “Purple Grass,” and a poem called “Dear Dora,” which was read in the California Legislature in the early 70’s.
On her website, Freda said this was her final prayer as an evangelist: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and that I could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”
Cards to Kathleen may be sent to PO Box 881, Sutter Creek, CA 95685. The service will be streamed for those unable to attend. A link will be available closer to Dec. 21.