Worship & Events
Connect & Grow
Outreach & Volunteer
At Resurrection MCC we believe that no matter who you are or where you are . . . God meets you there! This Spring, we are excited to be sharing many new programs designed to Meet You on the Journey. Use our Spiritual Locator, found on pages 8 - 11, as a guide to offerings which might best encourage you on your spiritual adventure! We hope you will find areas to discover and explore your current spiritual location, and that you will journey with us as you experience all God has in store for you this season! In addition to dynamic, Spirit-filled worship, our ministry programs offers many ways for people to find their place in the Resurrection MCC family. On the Journey will help you learn more about ways you can intentionally engage your spiritual development, whether you find yourself • • • • • •
Searching Changing Connecting Listening Serving Preparing
The following pages are full of spiritual development classes, workshops, volunteer opportunities, ministry groups, social groups, and leadership trainings especially designed to meet you right where you are in 2014! We are proud to be one of the most diverse congregations in Houston – and that diversity is reflected in our • • • • •
Passionate Worship Radical Hospitality Intentional Spiritual Transformation Compassionate Mission and Service Extravagant Generosity
We want you to know that you are loved and needed at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. We invite you to join us as we seek to Experience, Engage, and Embody the Holy in Houston and beyond! We hope you enjoy On the Journey and look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 9 or 11 am! Blessings on YOUR journey!
Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church is a Christian church that follows God’s call to justice for all people. We build on a rich history of social justice for, and on behalf of, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Since its founding in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) have been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements as an international advocate for vulnerable people in places where religious orthodoxy, sexism, transphobia and homophobia can result in violence and death. MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBTQ equality movement. MCC’s ministry reaches over 43,000 members in over 250 churches in 22 countries worldwide. Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives, and history. We are a movement that faithfully proclaims God’s inclusive love for all people and proudly bears witness to the holy integration of spirituality and sexuality. Because of our faith we are called to: • Do justice, show kindness, and live humbly with God (Micah 6:8) • Explore life’s questions with open hearts and minds • Raise our voices in sacred defiance against exclusion, whether religious, political or systemic • Reach out to those with no hope • Equip new generations of remarkable, far-reaching spiritual activists The Mission of Resurrection MCC is to demonstrate God’s unconditional love to all people through Christ-like action. The Vision of Resurrection MCC is to attract people into a relationship with God through radical inclusion into God’s family, to transform them to Christ-like maturity, and to mobilize them for their life purpose. At Resurrection MCC, every member and friend is a minister of the church. We envision a Christian community that values diversity and is as diverse and all-encompassing as creation.
CORE VALUES Inclusion Love is our greatest moral value and resisting exclusion is a primary focus of our ministry. We want to continue to be the conduits of a faith where everyone is included in the family of God, and where all parts of our being are welcomed at God’s table. Community Offering a safe and open community for people to worship, learn and grow in their faith is our deep desire. We are committed to equipping ourselves and each other to do the work that God has called us to do in the world. Spiritual Transformation Providing a message of liberation from the oppressive religious environment of our day, and to those experiencing God for the first time, guides our ministry. We believe that when people are invited to experience God through the life and ministry of Christ, lives will be transformed. Social Action Working to talk less and do more, we are committed to resisting the structures that oppress people and standing with those who suffer under the weight of oppressive systems, being guided always by our commitment to Global Human Rights.
9 & 11 AM
Resurrection MCC is proud to offer a vibrant worship experience with our Sunday services, which contain diverse elements from Christian religious traditions each week. We invite you to join us as we worship God and learn more about living in a Christ-like way that emphasizes inclusivity. ALL are welcome! Our church is handicap accessible and provides Deaf and Spanish interpretation at our 11 am services. Make sure to visit the Concierge Desk located in our Welcome Area where you will find friendly volunteer hosts waiting to greet you and welcome you with a special gift!
¡DOMINGOS! SERVICIO RELIGIOSO SE INTERPRETA EN ESPANOL A LAS 11 AM Por favor toma prestado un receptor en la entrada. Sunday Worship interpreted into Spanish. Live at 11 am. Wireless audio headsets are available in the Narthex.
Get in touch with your mind, body, and spirit through Yoga! Connect with others in this non-competitive activity suitable for everyone. All body types and skill levels are welcome. Please bring a mat and towel. Extra mats are available for those new to Yoga. Yoga@ResurrectionMCC.org
EVERY TUESDAY Activities Building
7 - 8 PM
EVERY TUESDAY Gathering Place
7 - 8 PM
Rainbow of Hope Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts, regardless of a specific drug. We focus on the disease of addiction and the nature of recovery. Our message is hope and the promise of freedom: an addict, any addict, can stop using drugs, lose the desire to use, and a find a new way to live. 832-326-6330
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Every SATURDAY 9:30 - 10:30 AM
Every WEDNESDAY 7 - 8 PM Every Saturday 9:30 AM Chapel
Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain maintenance, obesity, or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. We practice unity with diversity and welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. OA@ResurrectionMCC.org
Every Saturday Activities Building
8 - 9 AM
A group exercise class that mixes basic calisthenics with interval and strength training. Using light weights and circuit-training stations to engage the entire body, FIT personal trainer Brian Kinney invites people of ALL fitness levels to participate in a fun and motivating one hour class. Whether you’re looking to get back in shape or wanting to try a new workout, bring a towel and a bottle of water and join us! BodyBlast@ResurrectionMCC.org
Every Sunday Gathering Place
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All are invited to join other congregants after church for brunch at a nearby restaurant. If you want to meet and connect with other worshippers, simply meet in the Gathering Place at 12:30 pm (immediately after the 11 am service) and we’ll decide where to eat. Whether you’re a long time congregant or a first time visitor, consider yourself invited to become a brunch buddy every Sunday! RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
FIRST SATURDAYS NOON - 1:30 PM JAN 1 | feb 1 | mar 1 |apr 5 Varies Monthly
The Young Adults of Resurrection MCC invite those of all ages to join them for a fun brunch and an opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with those you may already know. YoungAdults@ResurrectionMCC.org
imani vida Drum Circle
FIRST SATURDAYS 2 - 4 PM JAN 4 | feb 1 | mar 1 |apr 5 Activities Building
Young Adult Brunch: All Ages Welcome
“Imani” means Faith in Swahili and “Vida” means Life in Spanish. Join us as we explore life and faith through drumming! If you like to drum or have an interest in drumming, join us as we make music through all sorts of percussion instruments: hand drums, shakers, rain sticks and even the sound of foot stomping music. Drummers of all skill levels are welcome. No prior drumming experience required. We only ask that you bring your desire to be a part of our community. www.meetup.com/drummingcircle
JOY OF DJEMBE DRUMMING The advanced group of drummers from the Imani Vida Drum Circle meet to rehearse for community event performances. For an audition to join, email RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
THIRD SATURDAYS 1 - 5 PM JAN 18 | feb 15 | mar 15 |apr 19 Activities Building
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SACRED SERVICE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
FIRST THURSDAYS Feb 6| Mar 6| Apr 3 Gathering Place
6:30 - 8 PM
All Volunteer Team Leaders are invited to a monthly meeting for training, connection, and support from other leaders at Resurrection MCC. We will gather for connection over a meal at 6:30 pm and discuss agenda items and ministry priorities at 7 pm. A representive from every ministry area is asked to contribute through your presence. Special guests from the community will join us periodically. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
SPIRITUAL FIELD TRIP: CHURCH IN THE PARK SECOND SATURDAYS 9 - 11 AM Feb 8| Mar 8| Apr 12 James Bute Park, 512 McKee St (at Runnels)
”Feeding Body & Soul in the Fight Against Poverty, Homelessness, and Addiction!” With this tagline, 1000 Hills Ministry Inernational, Inc., ministers among the “poorest of the poor” in Houston by taking God’s love to the streets! Join us as we join them for Church in the Park at 9:30 am on second Saturdays this season downtown at James Bute Park. If you prefer to carpool, meet in the large parking lot at Resurrection MCC at 9 am. Let’s share God’s love with ALL and be transformed! RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
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FRIDAYS 7 - 9 PM Restaurant Varies Monthly
FRIDAY NIGHT OUT
A popular monthly social gathering over dinner. Join us out at a restaurant in Central Houston (inside the Loop) for fun and fellowship while enjoying a delicious meal. It’s a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with those you may already know. Restaurant varies monthly. We have three Friday Night OUT groups that are location-based: Central (inside the Loop), North (Spring, The Woodlands), and South (Friendswood, Pasadena, League City). Friday Night OUT Central (inside Loop 610) First Fridays, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4 FridayNightOUTCentral@ResurrectionMCC.org Friday Night OUT North (Woodlands, Conroe) Second Fridays, January 10, February 21, March 14, April 11 FridayNightOUTNorth@ResurrectionMCC.org Friday Night OUT South (Friendswood, Pasadena, League City) Third Fridays, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18 FridayNightOUTSouth@ResurrectionMCC.org
Landscape & Facilities Work Days
During Landscape and Facilities Work Days, we get together to love on, clean up, organize, and maintain our church. Join us at 9 am in the Welcome Area to choose an indoor or outdoor project. Lunch and laughs will be held in the Gathering Place from Noon - 1 pm. Facilities@ResurrectionMCC.org
SATURDAYS 9 AM - 1 PM JAN.18 | feb 15 | mar 15 |apr 19 Gathering Place
HIV & STD Testing Planned Parenthood provides rapid testing for HIV (results in 15 minutes), as well as standard testing (results in 2 weeks) for Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C. Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org
SUNDAYS 10 AM - 1 PM JAN 19 | feb 23 | mar 16 |apr 20 Gathering Place
Critical Mass Bike Ride LAST FRIDAYS 6:45 - 9:15 PM JAN 31 | feb 28 | mar 28 |apr 25 Market Square Park 301 Milam St, Houston 77002
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Join fellow Resurrection MCC bicyclists and over 1,000 other Houstonians for the “Critical Mass Bike Ride.” This casual mass bike ride is intended to raise awareness and advocate for a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes and skill-levels are welcomed. Meet at 6:45 pm on the corner nearest to Congress Ave. and Travis St. in downtown. Look for the GOT LOVE? Resurrection MCC Shirts! www.houstoncriticalmass.com RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1 Outside Near Bayou
7 AM - 1 PM
Greet the “First Light” of 2014 with an open 12-Step Recovery gathering! “Let-Go-andLet-God” will be the theme of our open 7 - 8:30 am speaker-discussion meeting, which will take place around the fire with an abundance of hot chocolate, coffee and cider - followed by a continental breakfast buffet. Afterwards, all are invited to participate in simple rituals of Releasing the Old and Visioning the New - letting go, and letting God bring us into the New Year happy, joyous and free! RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
EXPLORING YOUR SPIRITUAL LOCATION WEDNESDAYS 7 - 8:30 PM JANUARY 8, 15, 22 Gathering Place
Asking yourself “Where am I, in this moment, in my spiritual life?” opens the way to a journey of learning to pay attention to what your inner world is telling you, what your body is trying to say, and what your spirit longs to speak. During this workshop we will be guided in the practice of paying attention to ourselves through reflective activities and interactive exercises designed to deepen our personal awareness and connection to others on the spiritual journey. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
THE GRIEF RECOVERY METHOD: MOVING BEYOND LOSS MONDAYS 7 - 9 PM January 13 - February 10 Gathering Place
The Grief Recovery Method® Outreach Program led by Chaplain Larry Leutwyler provides action choices that help us move beyond the pain of loss. This seven-week program creates a safe environment in which to look at old beliefs about dealing with loss, what losses have affected your life, and take new actions which lead to completion of the pain cycle. It is a seven-week program; commitment and attendance are essential to the wok. Fee for the program is $100.00 (financial assistance available). RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
Friends by the Fire Join us for our first gathering of 2014 sponsored by our Landscape and Facilities Team. Bring a chair and blanket and join us as we share stories and laughs. Hot dogs, s’mores, and hot chocolate will be provided. Facilities@ResurrectionMCC.org
FRIDAY JANUARY 24 Outside Near Bayou
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7 - 9 PM changing
MCC 101 SUNDAY 12:45 - 3:30 PM JANUARY 26 Gathering Place
Learn more about who we are at Resurrection MCC in this introductory class. We’ll discuss the mission, vision, and values of Resurrection MCC, learn more about our history, and discover the many ways people are making an impact in our faith community. At the end of class you will be given the opportunity to become a member if you feel God’s call on your heart to do so. The class is open to those wishing to become members and those who simply want to learn more about Resurrection MCC. Lunch is provided. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
LIVING YOUR VOICE 102 MONDAYS 6:30 - 9 PM JANUARY 27 - MARCH 24 Chapel
This weekly class focuses on preparing a performance for an audience. During this series, students will enjoy Living Your Voice’s group process along with individual coaching sessions focused on preparation of a speech, a presentation, or a song. The class as a whole will work on one or more group songs, which, together with participants’ performances, will debut during a “Showcase Celebration!” party for friends and family. Class size is limited. Tony@LivingYourVoice.org
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Creating Change 2014 The 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change is coming to Houston and the Hilton of the Americas on Wednesday, January 29 – Sunday, February 2. Creating Change is the premier annual organizing and skillsbuilding event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and their allies. The conference is run by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and attracts more than 3,500 people from all over the country every year. Presenters and participants come from all walks of life and include members of the business community, elected officials, students, faith leaders and staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations. The five-day program features over 350 workshops and training sessions, four plenary sessions, tons of networking opportunities and really fun events.
(www.creatingchange.org/registration.php) • • • • •
Regular Registration: $350 (ends Jan. 24) On-Site Registration: $395 Limited Income Rate: $165 Daily Rate: $125 Under 16 or Over 65 Rate: $0 - FREE!
Registration includes: • • • • • • •
Day Long Institutes (Wednesday Jan. 29 & Thursday Jan. 30) Thursday evening Opening Gathering/Welcome Session (Thursday Jan. 30) All conference-related events/receptions held on site The Academy for Leadership and Action sessions (Friday Jan. 31 & Saturday Feb. 1) Workshop Sessions/Presentations (Friday Jan. 31, Saturday Feb. 1 & Sunday a.m. Feb. 2) Plenary Sessions (Thursday Jan. 30, Friday Jan. 31 & Saturday Feb. 1) Closing Plenary and Brunch (Sunday Feb. 2)
(www.bit.ly/RMCC-CC2014g) A special registration rate of $275 per person is available for groups of 10 or more. To receive this rate, you must register and pay online at www.bit.ly/RMCC-CC2014g before Monday, January 20. Resurrection MCC will gather the names and register them as a group as this special rate.
Volunteer at Creating Change
(www.creatingchange.org/volunteer.php) 300 volunteers are needed to provide essential on-site people power for Creating Change, the nation's largest
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annual conference of the LGBT movement. We expect over 3500 activists, organizers, elected officials and other LGBT community leaders from all over the country to join us. Volunteers perform essential functions to ensure the smooth operations of the Creating Change Conference, including serving as room monitors in the workshop sessions and staffing our hospitality suites. It's fun! You'll meet great people from around the movement and have the opportunity to learn new skills offered in our robust conference program. Best of all: you're helping to build the grassroots power of our LGBT political movement. In exchange for every four-hour work shift, you will be able to attend the rest of that day's sessions. That's right: volunteer four hours at the Creating Change Conference and then, attend any sessions that interest you. In order for this event to succeed we rely on the generosity and support of local volunteers. Volunteering with the conference is a great way to experience the work of the conference, both in sessions and behind the scenes, while getting to meet new people in your own community. If you live in the Houston area and you want to volunteer, register online at www.creatingchange.org/volunteer.php Note: As part of your volunteer commitment, you must attend a one-hour Volunteer Orientation & Training at Hilton Americas — Houston on Sunday, January 26. Orientation sessions run throughout the afternoon, starting on the hour, from 12 Noon to 6 pm. You'll be able to sign up for your work shift at the Volunteer Orientation Training.
Volunteer at MCC Exhibitor Booth (www.bit.ly/RMCC-CC2014v)
Resurrection MCC is partnering with our global denomination to host a booth in the Exhibitor area. Exhibitors and vendors at the Creating Change Conference meet, greet and interact with over 3,500 activists and organizers in our LGBT movement from across the United States. We'll be providing conference attendees with information about Metropolitan Community Churches and Resurrection MCC and have some items for sale. If you would like to help us spread the word about our global movement, please register online at www.bit.ly/RMCC-CC2014v
Sexual Salvation: Queer Sexual Ethics Friday, January 31 • 9 - 10:30 am Location: see on-site schedule
Facilitated by our own Rev. Kristen Klein-Cechettini and Rev. Michael Diaz, this workshop is an opportunity for individuals to explore what it could look like to create personal sexual ethical guidelines for sexuality-affirming and spirituality-honoring living. Sexual Salvation is about passionately resisting and happily contradicting sexnegative, body-diminishing, LGBTQIA-dismissing cultural messages about our possibilities for sexual-spiritual wholeness!
Meet you on the
On the Journey of Faith we make our way from individual starting points, we navigate with a unique inner compass, and we find ourselves exploring many spiritual locations throughout our lives! At Resurrection MCC we believe that no matter who you are or where you are, God meets you there! But where are you, at this very moment, on your journey of faith? That’s the question! Explore the following exercises and discover your starting point, your personal inner compass, and your current spiritual location . . . then experience all God has in store for you as you intentionally engage your spiritual development through our educational, volunteer, ministry, social, and leadership opportunities specifically designed to meet you right where you are On the Journey!
1) starting point: Right Where You Are
Use one of the following TV Show titles to describe the state of your spiritual life right now. Why?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Six Feet Under
Law and Order
The Wonder Years
Touched By An Angel
The Twilight Zone
The Love Boat
Beavis and Butthead
The Odd Couple
2) inner compass: Spiritual Types Which of the following spiritual types (or combination of types) do you think best describes your personal â€œspiritual navigation systemâ€? and why?
Reflective / Thinking
This spiritual type navigates by engaging ideas though imagining, learning, and studying. They desire faith understanding. Reflective or Thinking types focus on the meaning of the Holy. They engage in theological reflection, teaching and learning. They are attentive to the ways in which faith is communicated. These types care about theological consistency, congruence, and integrity. Reflective or Thinking types respond by reflecting on content. Their spiritual growth is enhanced by thoughtful teaching, theological depth, ethical instruction, and learning through texts and reflective exercises. Reflective or Thinking types tend to resonate with our Core Value of Inclusivity.
Heart / Feeling
This spiritual type navigates by encountering relationship through sharing, connection, and personal expression. They desire faith experience. Heart or Feeling types focus on the immediacy of the Holy. They engage interactively with God, others and their own personal experience. They are attentive to the movement of faith. These types care about connection, transformation, and devotion. Heart or Feeling types respond by feeling moved. Their spiritual growth is enhanced by prayer, manifestations of Holy Spirit, personal sharing, and learning through creative expression and interactive exercises. Heart or Feeling types tend to resonate with our Core Value of Community.
Mystic / Being
This spiritual type navigates by experiencing mystery through listening, contemplating, and inner sensing. They desire faith awakening. Mystic or Being types focus on the revelation of the Holy. They engage in meditation, contemplation and spiritual availability. They are attentive to their internal landscape as the doorway to faith. These types care about openness, wisdom, and simplicity. Mystic or Being types respond by being aware. Their spiritual growth is enhanced by silence, invitation to interiority, poetry, and learning through non-linear processes and intuitive exercises. Mystic or Being types tend to resonate with our Core Value of Spiritual Transformation.
Activist / Doing
This spiritual type navigates by embodying passion through serving, witnessing, and reaching out to others. They desire faith alive. Activist or Doing types focus on responding to the Holy. They engage in discipleship, proclaiming truth, and being of service. They are attentive to the ways in which faith is lived; these types care about idealism, commitment, and changing the world. Activist or Doing types respond by doing works of love, truth, and justice. Their spiritual growth is enhanced by visionary leadership, social action, compassionate outreach and learning through active discipleship and service projects. Activist or Doing types tend to resonate with our Core Value of Social Action.
3) spiritual location: Right Where God Is Which of the following spiritual locations speaks to where you are right now on your journey and why?
I’m not sure where I am or what I believe. I’m in a place of questioning my faith . . . Possibly distancing yourself from faith experiences that no longer fit, or dealing with experiences which have shaken or undermined your beliefs, if you find yourself in the SEARCHING spiritual location you are likely actively questioning the church, Christianity and God. The SEARCHING spiritual location is all about letting go of old stuff, questioning former assumptions, beliefs or traditions, and experimenting as you sense what does and doesn’t fit with who you are and what you are coming to believe at this point in your life.
I’m experiencing transformation in my faith life. I’m in a place of new God-experiences . . . Possibly rediscovering longings buried long ago, or discovering whole new possibilities for a life of faith after a significant or life-changing experience, if you find yourself in the CHANGING spiritual location you are often releasing old wounds and reaching for a new way to be in relationship with God. The CHANGING spiritual location is all about beginning to move in new directions, coming to know God differently, or coming to experience a different kind of God, by exploring what it might mean for you to get up close and personal with the Holy!
I’m finding my faith in community. I’m in a place of exploring my spirituality with others . . . Possibly alight or “on fire” with new or renewed excitement in your faith journey, or interested in becoming more fully part of a faith community, if you find yourself in the CONNECTING spiritual location you are likely experiencing a strong desire to share your faith-life in relationship with others. The CONNECTING spiritual location is all about small groups “praying and playing” together, learning and deepening your relationship with God and each other and finding your place in a family of faith!
I’m quieting my life to hear God’s voice. I’m in a place of inner spiritual attentiveness . . . Possibly responding to a challenging or renewed sense of Presence in your life, or a restlessness for more intimacy with God and more authenticity within yourself, if you find yourself in the LISTENING spiritual location you likely desire greater depth, simplicity and clarity in your spiritual life. The LISTENING spiritual location is all about hearing the “still, small voice” within - be it through creativity or contemplation, daily activities or ancient disciplines - you are inviting Spirit to speak in your life!
I’m feeling the need to give of myself. I’m in a place of living my faith in caring for others . . . Possibly inspired by gratitude, compassion or justice-seeking, or by a desire to “get out of yourself” by giving to those in need, if you find yourself in the SERVING spiritual location you are often sensing a need to use your gifts to care for others. The SERVING spiritual location is all about becoming God’s hands, feet and voice through ministry, activism, service, and opening your life to discover the Holy most vividly in yourself and others through service - the heart of faith!
I’m deepening my faith journey. I’m in a place of responsiveness to God’s call in my life . . . Possibly desiring to personally engage with sacred texts, expand your understanding of theological ideas, or to commit more deeply to your prayer life and spiritual practices, if you find yourself in the PREPARING spiritual location you are often seeking spiritual growth in such things as meaningful discipleship or servant leadership. The PREPARING spiritual location is all about readiness to live out God’s call and your passion by engaging and strengthening the foundations of your living faith and preparing yourself for ministry leadership with others!
Based on your starting point, your inner compass, and your spiritual location, explore this On the Journey magazine with programming from January - April for spiritual development classes, workshops, volunteer opportunities, ministry groups, social groups, and leadership trainings at Resurrection MCC especially designed to â€œmeet you where you are!â€? List your top choices and chart your path for intentional spiritual growth below.
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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 2 Activities Building
12:30 - 2 PM
Everyone, especially newcomers, are invited to a wonderful time of fun and fellowship over lunch with an opportunity to meet new friends and learn about the many opportunities to offer your sacred service at Resurrection MCC. The lunch is hosted by our First Impressions Ministry teams. $5 suggested donation. No one turned away.
THE FOUR AGREEMENTS: AN INTERACTIVE BOOK STUDY WEDNESDAYS 7 - 8:30 PM FEBRUARY 5, 12, 19, 26 Gathering Place
As we practice The Four Agreements we are freed from the chaos and conflict which comes when our thoughts, feelings, and actiona are at odds with out spiritual intentions. Very simply we ask ourselves: Am I honoring myself and others with my word? Do I take responsibility for my beliefs and choices? Do I realize the choices of others reflect their reality and not mine? Am I open to seeing and hearing beyond the confines of my personal perceptions and stories? RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
Bring you the first
New Year’s Health Event
HEALTH AND RESOURCE FAIR
Houston Area Community Services will be providing free, basic health screenings including: Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Hepatitis C, Basic Foot Exam, Glucose (must fast for 12 hours). Breast health and disease prevention education provided. Help with the Affordable Healthcare application process available. When: Saturday, February10 8th AM from -10:00 am – 12:00 noon SATURDAY NOON Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org
FEBRUARY 8 Metropolitan Community Church Where: Resurrection Activities Building 2025 West 11th St., 77008 (at TC Jester & 11th)
What: FREE Health Fair for the community! Basic Health Screenings including: Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Glucose (Please sign up, must fast for 12 hours)
Health Education on Disease Prevention (including Hep C testing)
LEGAL DOCUMENTS WORKSHOP FOR COUPLES
Help with Affordable Healthcare Application Nothing says “I love you” like getting your essential legal documents in order! Join church Process members, friends, and lawyers on February 9 for a free “Legal Love” workshop and learn about the documents you need to safeguard your love in the eyes of the law. You will learn Breast Health Education SUNDAY 1 - 3 PM exactly what it takes to “Be Mine” in every legal way possible as LGBTQ partners. Return FEBRUARY 9 - Workshop Basic Foot Exams with your completed docs one of the next two Sundays (February 16 or 23) and receive free Gathering Place legalofreview Why: Because WE CARE about the health & well being our and notarization. Now that’s love! RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org FEBRUARY 16, 23 - Document Review community!
Houston Area Community Services 2150 West 18th (at Seamist & 18th), 77008 www.hacstxs.org - 713-426-0027
MOVIE NIGHT: THE STRANGE DEMISE OF JIM CROW SUNDAY 5 PM - 7 PM FEBRUARY 9 Museum of Fine Arts Caroline Weiss Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77055
Not all of the civil-rights victories in the 1960s were won at the cost of vicious beatings and mass arrests. The Strange Demise of Jim Crow reveals that many Southern cities, including Houston, were desegregated in a quieter, almost stealthy fashion with behindthe-scenes negotiations and secret deals. A panel discussion will follow the film screening. The event is free but tickets are required for entrance. To reserve your ticket, email RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org.
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FRIDAY 11 AM - 2 PM FEBRUARY 14 Harris County Clerk Office
Join us on Valentine’s Day outside the Harris County Clerk’s office (201 Caroline St) with signs supporting marriage equality. At Noon, several same-sex couples will go upstairs and attempt to obtain an application for a marriage license. After being denied, we’ll walk about a mile through downtown, ending at City Hall (900 Bagby St), where we will hold a brief demonstration. Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org
EBONY & IVORY DANCE $30 Single / $35 (includes 2 Drinks) $50 Couple / $60 (includes 4 Drinks) Wine or Beer - $3
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15 Activities Building
7 - 11 PM
Valentine’s Day march for marriage equality
Hosted by The Gospel Ensemble, this unforgettable evening features a DJ, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments. Black & White theme, business casual to formal attire suggested. Proceeds help send Gospel Ensemble members to the 2014 MCC People of African Descent Conference held this May in Atlanta. Purchase online at www.bit.ly/EbonyIvoryDance or in Inspirations Coffee Cafe & Bookstore.
FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION: “Before God: We are all Family / Antes Dios: Todos Somos Familia.” FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21 Gathering Place
7 - 8:30 PM
Join Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez and pastors from the MCC Ibero-American Network (Latin America), as well as Lisbeth Melenez Rivera with the Human Rights Campaign, for a film screening of the documentary “Before God: We are all Family / Antes Dios: Todos Somos Familia.” The film documents the compelling journey of five Latino families who reconcile their unbreakable love for one other. A panel discussion will follow. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
Spirits & Spirituality THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27
7:30 - 9 PM
Join other MCCers for a casual evening filled with spiritual conversation and fun fellowship. This is an opportunity to explore the spiritual and non-religious aspects of relationships and life challenges in a casual environment. Connections@ResurrectionMCC.org
“EVERY PRAISE” BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONCERT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28 Sanctuary
7 - 8:30 PM
The Resurrection MCC Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of Ms. Cassandra White, invites you to come and experience God’s Anointed Word through Song. A reception, sponsored by the Sanctuary Choir, follows the concert. The concert is free and an offering will be received for our General Fund. Child care, for children one month through three years, will be provided. Cassandra@ResurrectionMCC.org
WHOLEHEARTED LIVING 1/2 DAY WORKSHOP SATURDAY MARCH 1 Gathering Place
10 AM - 2 PM
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In her shame-resilience research, Dr. Brene Brown affirms “our deepest search is for a life lived with three elements: 1) authenticity, 2) love and belonging, and 3) a resilient spirit.” She names this “WholeHearted living.” In this 1/2-Day workshop we’ll work with Dr. Brown’s wonderful shame-resilience process to move from shame to empathy and make way for WholeHearted Living! Workshop can stand alone or lead into the “Release Shame & Claim Authenticity” Lenten Series (page 14). RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
SUNDAY MARCH 2 Sanctuary
All are warmly welcomed to attend this service which serves as the formal recognition of Rev. Troy Treash as the Senior Pastor of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. Our community of faith will celebrate with local leaders, congregants, clergy, friends and family. A reception will follow in the Activities Building. RevTroy@ResurrectionMCC.org
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE WEDNESDAY MARCH 5 Sanctuary
7 - 8 pm
From dust we have been formed; to dust we shall return. As we acknowledge the impermanence of our bodies, we claim the eternal Light within each of us. Join us as we enter into the season of Lent, reaching toward the Holy and releasing all that would deny the Light within. A ritual imposition of ashes will be included in this time of worship for those who choose to receive them. MarkB@ResurrectionMCC.org
25th AIDS Walk Houston 2014 SUNDAY 8 AM MARCH 9 Hermann Square Park
REV. TROY TREASH INSTALLATION SERVICE
AIDS Walk Houston is an inspiring and fun event that helps raise much needed funds for area HIV/AIDS service providers. Resurrection MCC is blessed to be a partner with AIDS Foundation Houston, so 70% of the walk funds we raise stay at Resurrection MCC to fund our HIV/AIDS Benevolence Ministry. As a friend of Resurrection MCC, and advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, please consider joining our AIDS Walk Houston Team or making a donation. Register at www.bit.ly/RMCC-AIDSWalk2014 Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org
THE NEW OLD SCHOOL (LENTEN) BIBLE STUDY! 6 MONDAYS 7 - 8 PM March 10 - April 14 Gathering Place
The New Old School Bible Study returns, just in time for Lent! The name says it all! You, plus the Bible, minus the dogma, equals more excitement with The Word than you ever thought possible! Whether you have never cracked open the Good Book, or if you have whole sections memorized, you are welcome to join us for some spirited Bible study as we join Jesus in the desert, on the mountain, and at the well during this special season of drawing near The Holy! RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
“RELEASE SHAME & CLAIM AUTHENTICITY” LENTEN SERIES WEDNESDAYS 7 - 9 PM March 12 - April 16 Sanctuary
THURSDAY 6 - 9 PM MARCH 20 Houston Food Bank 535 Portwall St, Houston 77029
“In an increasingly anxious world, it’s important that we are grounded by a deep sense of purpose and guided by a resilient spirit,” writes Dr. Brene Brown, even as she notes, “Shame and fear are the greatest obstacles to authenticity, love and belonging, and a resilient spirit.” Join us for 6 Wednesdays in Lent as we engage Dr. Brown’s shameresilience process to Release Shame & Claim Authenticity for Lent this season! (Optional “jump-start” on Saturday, March 1: 1/2-Day WholeHearted Living Workshop!) RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
Houston Food Bank Volunteering
Join us in the fight against hunger as we volunteer with the Houston Food bank. We’ll assist others in processing food that will help feed our hungry neighbors. Wear jeans, t-shirt, and tennis shoes (shorts and open-toed shoes are not permitted for safety reasons). Wear a Resurrection MCC “Love Thy Neighbor” shirt if available. Registration required to volunteer - www.bit.ly/FoodBank-20140320 Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org
MCC MEN’S CONFERENCE Wednesday - Saturday MARCH 26 - 29
JOURNEY KEY MAP
We invite you to join other men from MCC for the MCC Men’s Gathering. The guest speaker (March 26) is Dr. Anthony Pinn, the the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, Professor of Religious Studies, Director of Graduate Studies, Founding Director, Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, Director of Research, The Institute for Humanist Studies at Rice University. Dr. Pinn’s topic will be, “What does the male body have to do with embodying masculinity and sexuality?” Registration is $100 for the full conference and $35 for Dr. Pinn’s session only. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org
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TUESDAYS 6:30 - 8 PM April 1, 8, 15, 22 Montrose Counseling Center (Room 106), 401 Branard Street, Houston TX
THURSDAY APRIL 17 Gathering Place
7 - 8 PM
What would be different in your life if you felt spiritually affirmed in your body, pleasure, sex, your sex practices and sexual choices? In this 4-session interactive workshop we explore what a sexuality-affirming, spirituality-honoring sex life could look like. As we examine our inherited or unconscious sexual models and release false values we can discover for ourselves what it means to claim, develop, and authentically practice queer sexual ethics! Held at Montrose Counseling Center. www.montrosecounselingcenter.org RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
MAUNDY THURSDAY SEDER & FOOTWASHING SERVICE
A ritual meal in celebration of a God of Life, the seder is a time for the community to gather and eat, pray and sing, and to tell the story of God’s steadfast provision for God’s peoples. Rich in history, deep in meaning, and beautifully resonant with God’s many and diverse peoples, the seder at its heart is an open table. Following the seder, we follow the example of Jesus in a shared footwashing service. Come, be with us as we share in God’s story together! MarkB@ResurrectionMCC.org
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE FRIDAY APRIL 18 Sanctuary
SUNDAY APRIL 20 Sanctuary
7 - 8 PM
No greater love... Our whole hearts breaking in witness and in worship, this night we walk with Jesus to the cross. No greater love... Our whole hearts waking in wonder and in worship, this night we stand with Jesus at the cross. No greater love... Come, this night with Jesus, to the cross. MarkB@ResurrectionMCC.org
EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES 9 - 11 AM
Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice! The stone is rolled away! Empty is the tomb! Christ is risen! Love has overcome! With music and with song, with wonder and with joy - let all God’s people rejoice! Join us for an incredible celebration of God’s love risen anew for the life of the world! Rejoice! MarkB@ResurrectionMCC.org
dining out for life THURSDAY APRIL 24
7 - 9 PM
Dining Out for Life is an annual dining fundraising event that raises money for AIDS service organizations across the country. For one night of the year we encourage all Houstonians to Dine Out and Fight AIDS! All proceeds from Dining Out for Life support the programs and services of AIDS Foundation Houston that support thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS in our community. Resurrection MCC will host a dinner at a local restaurant (To Be Determined) and a portion of the food bill will be donated to AFH. Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org
LOVE ALIVE! A COUPLES WORKSHOP SATURDAY APRIL 26 Gathering Place
10 AM - 2 PM
Adventuring, growing, discovering, exploring: these are things which can make us feel especially alive! Yet as we become more established in our love relationships - as sharing nights becomes sharing days becomes sharing months becomes sharing a home, a life, a routine - we often find our sense of shared adventure and discovery has become contained within our Facebook updates! Come get un-virtual together -- reconnect, rekindle, and rediscover Love Alive this Spring! RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
Resurrection MCC Golf Tournament 2014 SATURDAY 8 AM - 1 PM APRIL 26 Hermann Park Golf Course, 2155 S MacGregor Way, Houston
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Get your team together and get ready for our golf tournament this Spring! Entry fees are $100 per player or $400 per foursome. Donations needed for the goodie bags, awards, and silent auction/raffle. Volunteers needed to solicit sponsorships and on site at the event. Sponsorship opportunities start at $100. Golf@ResurrectionMCC.org
SUNDAYS Activities Building
SUNDAY YOUTH & TEEN MINISTRY PROGRAMS
Sunday Programs for Children, Youth and Teens Nursery/Pre-K: During both the 9 and 11 AM services, our paid weekly staff and volunteer assistants would love to meet you and your children: in our Nursery for infants ages 1 month up to walking; in our Toddler Room for walkers up through age 2 years; or in our Pre-K Class for ages 3 years to Kindergarten! The Nursery is located directly across from the Chapel near the front of the Sanctuary, adjacent to the bayou; our Toddler Room and Pre-K Class are also located near the front of the Sanctuary but on the opposite wing, adjacent to 11th Street, across from the Workroom. Youth and Teens: Each Sunday our Youth ages Kindergarten - 12 years, and our “Generation Faith” teens ages 13 - 17 years, learn about God’s unconditional love for all God’s children during the 11 am service in the Activities Building (across the breezeway from our main parking lot). Parents can sign their children and teens in beginning at 10:45 am. Youth@ResurrectionMCC.org, Teens@ResurrectionMCC.org, Nursery@ResurrectionMCC.org
WE ARE FAMILY! PHOTO DAY
Join us for photos and a whole lot of lovin’ fun as our Youth Ministry Program hosts this wonderful time of letting our love shine! Youth@ResurrectionMCC.org
SUNDAY february 16 Activities Building
NOON - 1 PM
GROWING FAMILIES SUNDAY series Fourth Sundays this season our families are growing spiritually together and there is something for parents and children of all ages! Nursery care is available for infants through Pre-K with pre-registration email to Nursery@ResurrectionMCC.org. We love our families!
KIDS MOVIE & PIZZA FOURTH SUNDAYS 1 - 2:30 PM February 23 March 23 April 27
Our schoolage kids ages K-12 years will enjoy pizza lunch in the Activities Building and then watch a kids’ movie on “the big screens” in the Sanctuary.
GENERATION FAITH TEENS: KEEP IT REAL SESSIONS
In these “keep it real” sessions teens will be encouraged to express their unique voice through spoken word, to explore what the Bible has to say about sex and sexuality (and what that might or might not mean to them), and to talk about dating in this new age of technology with the reality of virtual violence. Guest presenters will partner with our facilitators for these sessions.
DARING PARENTS WORKSHOP
In her book “Daring Greatly” Dr. Brene Brown writes “Even though the vulnerability of parenting is terrifying at times...it is our richest, most fertile ground for teaching and cultivating connection, meaning, and love.” Join other parents, exploring and encouraging becoming “Daring Parents” together!
FAMILY OF FAITH SUNDAYS FIFTH SUNDAYS MARCH 30 Sanctuary
On fifth Sundays, instead of our usual Children & Youth Service in the Activities Building, children of all ages join their parents in the Sanctuary for Worship services that include all of our church family! As during all Worship services, nursery care is provided. Every fifth Sunday, our students have the opportunity to serve as ushers, greeters, and eucharistic ministers. Register on Sundays in the Activities Building after Children’s Church. Youth@ResurrectionMCC.org
EASTER EGG-STRAVAGANZA A petting zoo, Easter egg hunt, face-painting and more - all beginning during our 11 am Easter Worship service at Resurrection MCC! Join us for this fabulous annual celebration of New Life with our young and lively family of faith! Youth@ResurrectionMCC.org
SUNDAY APRIL 20 Activities Building
11 - 1 PM
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SUNDAYS, 10 - SUNDAYS 11 AM, Chapel SUNDAYS, 12:30 - 1 PM, Sanctuary
If you need prayer for yourself or someone you know, please join us any Sunday in the Chapel from 10 - 11 am, or near the Prayer Wall in the main Sanctuary after our 11 am Worship service, for one-on-one personal prayer. You may send an email to Prayers@ResurrectionMCC.org or place a note in the Prayer Request box located near the Prayer Wall. When a request is received, it is immediately prayed over by the Fishers Net Prayer team. Once a week, a “Prayers and Praises” email blast is sent out to more than 350 people who are praying together for our prayer requests. Sign up to receive the weekly email on our Web site. Prayers@ResurrectionMCC.org
open by appointment 281- 254 - 8003
fishers net prayer ministry
Our food pantry serves our nearby neighbors, as well as those in the Queer community that are denied at other pantries. Our food pantry flourishes through your generosity. Cash donations may be placed in the offering plate on Sunday with “Food Pantry” written on the memo line or envelope. Nonperishable donations for our pantry may be placed in the shopping cart located in our Welcome Area. FoodPantry@ResurrectionMCC.org
CLOTHES CLOSET open by appointment open by appointment 281- 254 - 8003
We accept new and lightly used adult clothing, belts, shoes, and outerwear, to provide to those in need in our community. Before making a donation, please wash clothes as we do not have laundry facilities on site. Clothes may be dropped off outside Room# 110 in the Activities Building on Sundays. Clothes@ResurrectionMCC.org
DESK FIRST IMPRESSIONS CONCIERGE Do you like to help people feel welcome and included? Serving in the Welcome Area, Concierge Desk volunteers help welcome first time visitors, provide them with a free gift, and answer any questions visitors might have immediately after our worship services. Concierge@ResurrectionMCC.org
INSPIRATIONS COFFEE CAFE & BOOKSTORE
Volunteers provide outstanding customer service for folks who are in need of a hot cup of coffee or purchasing the latest book. If you like helping folks who are leisurely browsing or need help finding a good spiritual resource, we would love your friendly face for this ministry! Inspirations@ResurrectionMCC.org
Resurrection MCC ushers distribute bulletins, help guests find a seat for worship, and direct folks seeking Holy Communion. If you are available to serve one Sunday a month for either of our morning worship services and love to smile, we would love for you to join one of our usher teams. Ushers@ResurrectionMCC.org
Do you enjoy making people feel special and “at home” when they arrive for church on Sunday? Welcome Team members greet folks at our main entrances with a smile and a kind word, offering directions or answering questions. Opportunities are available to serve as a greeter on our Welcome Team one service a month or more. Welcome@ResurrectionMCC.org
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Resurrection MCC is blessed to have a number of groups to minister at our worship services. All are welcome to visit any rehearsals to see which group might be the right place for you to serve.
Celebration CHILDREN’S CHOIR
SUNDAYS 10:15 - 10:50 AM
Directed by Jules Czarnik and Eve Messina, this choir is for children ages 3-14. This Fall, the Celebration Choir will rehearse every Sunday from 10:15 - 10:50 am in the Activities Building in preparation for a Christmas Mini-Musical on Sunday, December 8, during our 9 & 11 am Worship. CelebrationChildrensChoir@ResurrectionMCC.org
gospel ensemble Directed by Cassandra White, this group sings music in the African-American Gospel tradition, traditional Spirituals and contemporary music of all types. Reading music is not required for this group, only the ability to match pitch and sing a part separate from the melody. GospelEnsemble@ResurrectionMCC.org
7 - 9 PM
Instrumental Ensemble Co-Directed by Mark C. Brown and Kedric Brown, this group accompanies congregational singing, choral music, special music, and other liturgical music. Reading music at a good to professional level is required. Instrumental@ResurrectionMCC.org
Praise Team TUESDAY
Co-Directed by Mark C. Brown and Bridgett Vinson, this band includes instrumentalists and vocalists and is an audition/invitation group only. This group primarily presents a wide variety of musical styles with a concentration in contemporary. The group leads congregational singing and presents special music. Invitation only. PraiseTeam@ResurrectionMCC.org
SANCTUARY CHOIR Directed by Interim Steven Shannon, this group sings mostly traditional church choral music with some contemporary music from time to time. Reading music is not required for this group, only the ability to match pitch and sing a part separate from the melody. SanctuaryChoir@ResurrectionMCC.org
7 - 9 PM
Design & Décor Ministry Do you have “that gene”—you know, the one about making a space beautiful? Do you have an eye for design, one that’s able to align visual elements with ever-changing themes and messages? If you’d like to be part of helping the Resurrection sanctuary (and sometimes, other spaces) look inspiringly fabulous, CreativeArts@ResurrectionMCC.org
Jubilee Theatre Ministry Holy Drama, Queens and Kings! Calling all actors, directors, and writers to join our new drama ministry! Help us bring faith to life. Theatre@ResurrectionMCC.org
Angels In Motion Praise Dancers Come and get your groove on for God! All age groups and abilities are more than welcome to take part in this ministry. Rehearsals are held the first and third Saturday of each month. Dance@ResurrectionMCC.org
Metropolitan Community Churches are on a bold mission to transform hearts, lives, and history. We are a movement that faithfully proclaims Godâ€™s inclusive love for all people and proudly bears witness to the holy integration of spirituality and sexuality. All are welcome! Sunday Worship: 9 & 11 am | Deaf & Spanish Interpretation: 11 am | Children & Youth Program: 11 am www.ResurrectionMCC.org | 713-861-9149 | Nursery Available | Handicap Accessible
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A comprehensive guide to programming this Spring at Houston's Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.