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Flower Dedications:

Please check the flower chart in the rear of the sanctuary and sign up to dedicate the flowers in the church to honor, or in memory of, a loved one.

Food Bank Update:

Did you know that in November our Food Bank served 525 people? Would you like to help in this important ministry to the community? These are our most needed items: peanut butter, corn, rice, tuna, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, pasta and mac-n-cheese. We will gratefully accept any items that you are able to donate to the Food Bank, and you can also make a monetary donation and designate it for the Food Bank. Please make the check out to MCC Charleston, and indicate MCC Food Bank on the info line. MCC Food Bank is open from 10 – 2 on Wednesdays. Thank you for supporting our Food Bank!

December 2017

If you love to fellowship, then this is for you! We are looking for a Team Leader for the Coffee & Cookies Ministry. You would need to be at church at 9:30 on Sunday mornings to make the coffee and set the table, and clean up by 10:15to attend worship service. You can recruit volunteers to bring cookies each week. If you are interested please contact our Worship Coordinator, Donna Xenakis; she will help you get started!

 ThinkAbout…

 
Our Food Bank is in need of all types of non perishable food. If you are able, please remember to donate to this important ministry to our community. Some of our congregants are doing a reverse Advent Calendar, each day adding a food item to a box, and then donating it to our Food Bank at the Christmas Eve Service on Sunday, December 24. You can also make a monetary donation and designate it for the Food Bank. Please make the check out to MCC Charleston, and indicate MCC Food Bank on the info line. Thank you for supporting our Food Bank!

 Bible Study:

 
Join Pastor David and members of MCC Charleston for the Advent Bible Study “Why Jesus” on Tuesday, December 5, 12, 19 and January 2, 6:30 – 8PM as we examine the lives and stories of many Biblical characters to find the “Why Jesus” in our own lives.

 Blue Christmas

Mark your calendars and join us for a Blue Christmas Service, Friday December 15 at 6:30PM. Though this season of the year can be a joyful time of celebration, it can also be a sad and painful time as we mourn loses, grieve for faces no longer at the table and perhaps feel overwhelmed by expectations. Come join us for an acknowledgment that the light is also revealed in darkness.

Donate:

 
Bring a bag of groceries next time you visit The SPA at 203 East 2nd North Street in Summerville, you will get $10.00 off any spa service AND the groceries will be donated to MCC Charleston’s Food Bank. Thanks to The SPA for helping this important ministry to the community.

MCC Interim Moderator Calls on Churches to Confront

the Sin of Racism and Heal Local Communities with Love

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, MCC Interim Moderator

Less than a week after the MCC Persons of African Decent (PAD) Conference, torches, racist chants, and violence filled the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. A rally of white nationalists and other right-wing activists protested the removal of Confederate symbols. One person was killed and 19 hurt when a car slammed into the counterprotestors.

The powerful days of sharing and learning at the PAD Conference exposed the devastation of racism, the tentacles of white privilege, and the ways in which blackness is challenged and discredited within American culture. Over the last 24 hours, hate speech with literal fires of intimidation encircled faith leaders and anyone who disagreed with violence. We are faced with the gut-wrenching reality of racism spilling into the streets.

Today, with the Spirit, we intercede with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26). We lament the ways that one person is set against another. People of God, we are not called to love a nation, an idea, and especially not a statue more than our neighbor. We are called to love God and our neighbors as we love ourselves.

MCC stands with the call across the generations of sacred teachings to “Love Thy Neighbor.” Who is my neighbor? Persons of all hues, languages, and nations present in the blended realities of the United States, and the world-each one is our neighbor. We are called to love our neighbor and pray for the enemy of God’s profound message of love. We are called to name and directly confront the sin of racism and injustice.

We can no longer ignore the need to start a serious conversation. A conversation about privilege, power, and race is a beginning. This is a conversation that must permeate our own home, church, neighborhood, school, and community.

Don’t know where to begin? Start a conversation about Charlottesville. Watch live videos from the scene in Charlottesville. Talk about Confederate statues. Watch the speech from New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu from June 2017 (https://youtu.be/t0jQTHis3f4).

MCC, this is our time to speak loudly and clearly. We will not endorse the racist message carried into Charlottesville. Silence is implicit agreement. Repentance will cleanse our souls. Living the commandments to love our neighbor will heal our communities. MCC, we are a church and a movement, faith and works. This is our prophetic call. Join me to show our values of Inclusion, Community, Spiritual Transformation, and Social Action. Let’s show our faith today.

Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown
Interim Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

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