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At Resurrection MCC we believe that no matter who you are or where you are . . . God meets you there! This Summer, 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! We especially invite you to journey with us in worship as we experience the Holy in unique and wonderful ways this Summer week after week! Woven throughout our 2013 worship calendar we will “Enter the Story” together, engaging Scripture as a Living Story to discover the awesome truth that our own stories are each part of God’s Story in unique and real ways! 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

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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 2013! We are proud to be one of the most diverse congregations in Houston – and that diversity is reflected in our Kiki Neumann is a Texas folk artist making useful handmade items from found objects off the urban streets for over 15 years. She finds inspiration daily from discarded tables, chairs and vintage wood which she turns into useful home and garden items. One of her current creations is shown on the cover and she created a line of 60 different greeting cards made from used cast-off license plates. “GOT LOVE?” greeting cards are available in the Inspirations Coffee Cafe & Gift Shop. www.facebook.com/ pages/Kiki-Neumann-Creations

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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 Christian 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.

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SUNDAYS Sanctuary

9 & 11 AM

WEEKLY

SUNDAY WORSHIP

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 Christian 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!

SUNDAY YOUTH & TEEN MINISTRY PROGRAMS

SUNDAYS 11 AM Nursery - Pre-K: Main Building Youth - Teens: Activities Building

Nursery: 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. Nursery@ResurrectionMCC.org, Youth@ResurrectionMCC.org Teens@ResurrectionMCC.org

¡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.

SUNDAYS

11 AM

YOGA Connection 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

Rainbow of Hope N.A.

EVERY TUESDAY Gathering Place

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7 - 8 PM

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


FIRST THURSDAYS 6:30 - 8 PM may 2 | june 6 | july 4 |aug. 1 Chapel

Living with - and beyond - a cancer diagnosis is many things, including frightening, confusing, and exhausting. This monthly connection group is offered by, with, and for persons who have experienced a cancer diagnosis in their lives. Come and share, no matter where you are on the path: recently diagnosed, pre-treatment, post-treatment, somewhere in the middle, or living in remission. With God and each other there truly is more to life! MoreToLife@ResurrectionMCC.org

Out Later: Support for Gay MEN

FIRST THURSDAYS 7:30 - 9:30 PM may 2 | june 6 | july 4 |aug. 1 El Real Tex Mex

Out Later is an open support group for gay men who are striving to live authentically after coming out later in life. This group primarily focuses on life issues such as parenting, divorce, family, dating, and relationships. Each session begins with brief introductions from participants followed by an open discussion of life experiences in the previous week(s). El Real Tex Mex, 1201 Westheimer Rd, Houston 77006 www.elrealtexmex.com Facebook.com/OutLater

Bingo Night at Big Tex BINGO FRIDAYS 7:30 PM may 3 | june 7 | july 5 |aug. 2 Big Tex Bingo

MONTHLY

More TO Life: Beyond Cancer Support Group

Bring your friends and family and join Resurrection for a night of fun! Over $5,000 is given away nightly (bingo prizes and pull tabs). Big Tex offers a full service snack bar, daily food specials, beer, margaritas and more. Resurrection MCC and Pride Charities are two of the organizations who share in the profits. Doors open at 5:30 pm. First session starts at 7:30 pm. Big Tex Bingo, 13030 Veterans Memorial Dr, Houston TX 77014 www.BigTexBingo.com

Young Adult Brunch: All Ages Welcome FIRST SATURDAYS NOON - 1:30 PM may 4 | june 1 | july 6 |aug. 3 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 may 4 | june 1 | july 6 |aug. 3 Gathering Place

Searching

“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

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Newcomers Welcome Reception FIRST SUNDAYS 12:30 - 1:30 PM may 5 | june 2 | july 7 |aug. 4 Gathering Place

JOURNEY KEY MAP

Are you new to Resurrection MCC? If you have begun attending within the past few months, or have returned after hiatus, welcome home! You are cordially invited to attend a reception immediately following the 11 am Worship service with refreshments provided. You’ll have the opportunity to meet new folks and some of the ministry leaders and clergy, learn more about Resurrection MCC, and ask any questions you might have. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org

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FRIDAYS 7 - 9PM Restaurant Varies Monthly

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 North (Woodlands, Conroe) Second Fridays, May 10, June 14, July 12, August 9 FridayNightOUTNorth@ResurrectionMCC.org Friday Night OUT South (Friendswood, Pasadena, League City) Third Fridays, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16 FridayNightOUTSouth@ResurrectionMCC.org Friday Night OUT Central (inside Loop 610) Fourth Fridays, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23 FridayNightOUTCentral@ResurrectionMCC.org

Generation faith Teens: Buy Your Own Brunch! THIRD SUNDAYS 1 - 3 PM may 19 | june 16 | july 21 |aug. 18 Restaurant Varies Monthly

Our Generation Faith Teens will “Buy Your Own Brunch” together after church every 3rd Sunday. Teen Ministry Facilitators drive the 13-17 year-olds to and from a nearby restaurant for this monthly Teen social. All Teens welcome with signed Parental Release Form. Families may attend - at nearby tables! Restaurants announced each month. Meet at Resurrection MCC in Gathering Place by 1 pm. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

enter the story: Bible Study WEDNESDAYS may 1, 8, 15 Gathering Place

7 - 8:30 PM

God’s Story is a living story - come and see! With the unique bible study process of “storying” we will engage Scripture anew with experiential reading and interactive reflection designed to bring God’s Story to life in our lives. All are welcome to join us for one, some, or all of these sessions offering unusually rich consideration of some of the texts from our current preaching series. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

Strictly showtunes FRIDAY may 3 Activities Building

8 - 9:30 PM

MAY | MONTHLY

FRIDAY NIGHT OUT

Join us for an unforgettable evening of showtunes sung by Steven Shannon and accompanied by Mark C. Brown. Proceeds support the ministries of Resurrection MCC and help cover costs for Bayou City Performing Arts and Steven Shannon as they sing at Carnegie Hall this May! Some lyrics rated PG-13. Nursery available. $20 tickets available online at stevenshannon.eventbrite.com and at the door. MarkB@ResurrectionMCC.org

dinner and a show FRIDAY may 10 Gathering Place

7 - 9:30 PM

The Landscape and Facilities Team will host this summer version of Friends by the Fire. Since it’s too hot to sit around a campfire, we’ll have hot dogs ready to eat and watch “Finding Nemo” in the Gathering Place. Movie starts at 7:30. Hot dogs provided. Bring water or soda. Joy@ResurrectionMCC.org

Pastoral care ministry: 2013 Initial Training Friday, may 17, 6 - 9 pm Saturday, may 18, 9 am - 9 pm

Lifeline Chaplaincy Conference Center

Are you called to be a source of strength and comfort when a life event occurs? Are you a good listener with a prayerful heart? If so, then consider becoming a Pastoral Care Minister and provide prayerful and spiritual support to congregants who are homebound or in the hospital. For more information, or to fill out an application, email our Pastoral Care Coordinator, Rev. Johnna Faber, at PastoralCare@ResurrectionMCC.org Lifeline Chaplaincy Conference Center, 1415 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004

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FRIDAY may 17 Sanctuary

7 - 8:30 PM

This concert is a tribute to the blessed Virgin Mary and a testament to love through song. You’ll experience five different settings of the Ave Maria text and hear unison singing, handbells ringing, and complex, and mixed choir arrangements. Two of the most wellknown arrangements are included, as well as a new arrangement written especially for us by local composer Peter Johns. It is a beautiful piece and Peter will be present. Concert is free. Donations accepted. A reception will follow the conert in the Gathering Place, hosted by the Gospel Ensemble.

size matters: church size theory workshop SATURDAY 10 AM - 2:30 PM may 18 Gathering Place

MAY

“Ave Maria” Sanctuary Choir Concert

Featuring Rev. Elder Ken Martin. This is a must for all church leaders and will be enlightening for everyone who is involved in the life of the church! Six aspects of congregational life must be in alignment in order for healthy and sustainable growth to occur both numerically and spiritually. Join us for this important and engaging one-day workshop as we get together, get informed, and get growing!

Surviving Your Adolescents! How to manage and Let Go of Your 13-18 Year-Olds SATURDAY 10 AM - 2 PM may 18 Activities Building

Parenting is one of the most joyful - and challenging - experiences of our lives! And when our kids hit the pre-teen and teen years we often ask God why they don’t come with an instruction manual! If you are a parent of a pre-adolescent or an adolescent, come join family therapist, certified family life educator, and mom, Leslie Guditis, Ph.D., for this workshop on the ins and outs of parenting pre-teens and teens. With many years of experience working with families, Leslie Guditis’ workshop will instruct, inspire and encourage parents on the way to Surviving Your Adolescents! $12 registration requested - no one turned away. Light lunch provided. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

Feed my people: Friendraiser Brunch & Celebration of Joy SUNDAY 10 AM - 2 PM may 19 Activities Building

Hosted by Harold Spencer and our Lansdcape and Facilities Team, Friendraiser Brunches are a wonderful time of fun and fellowship with an opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with those you may already know. A suggested donation of $6 helps support the ministries of Resurrection MCC. We will celebrate Joy Jolley and her three dedicated years of ministry as she concludes her service as our Director of Operations at the end of May.

JOURNEY KEY MAP

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The Firestarter Sessions WEDNESDAYS 7 - 8:30 PM may 22 - September 18 Gathering Place

Consider yourself specially invited to SHINE! Danielle LaPorte’s wild and wonderful “training course for taking the leap of your life,” The Firestarter Sessions is all about discovering what success really means to you! It’s full of startling questions, illuminating challenges, and passionate permission to rethink your assumptions about what will make you happy! Join us throughout the summer for one, some, or every session of this “soulful and practical guide to creating success on your own terms”! Materials provided each session. Book optional. Learn more at www.bit.ly/RMCC-FSS RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

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Critical mass bike ride FRIDAY 6:45 - 9:30 PM may 31 Market Square Park, 301 Milam

Join fellow Resurrection MCC bikers for a Critical Mass Bike Ride from. The Houston Critical Mass is a casual mass bike ride around the city, intended to raise awareness and advocate a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes and skill-levels are welcomed. We will meet up at 6:45pm on the corner nearest Congress Ave and Travis St. Downtown. Look for the GOT LOVE? Resurrection MCC Shirts! The ride usually lasts around two hours. Details at www.houstoncriticalmass.com. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org

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MONDAYS JUNE 3, 10, 17, 24 Gathering Place

7 - 8:30 PM

Most of Christianity has taught that human sexuality is counter to spirituality. Our series considers what a theology of “sexual salvation,” a sexuality-affirming faith, could look like. Join Rev. Michael and Rev. Kristen and explore what it means for to claim, develop, and personally practice queer Christian sexual ethics individually and as a community. A basic understanding of the issues regarding homosexuality and the Bible will be assumed and not specifically addressed. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

zumba EVERY THURSDAY BEGINNING JUNE 6 Activities Building

7 - 8 PM

JUNE

Sexual Salvation: Queer Christian Sexual Ethics

Beginning Thursdays in June, Zumba fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation. Zumba exercise classes are “ fitness-parties “ that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a celebration. Zumba@ResurrectionMCC.org

Summer flix: How to Survive a Plague FRIDAY JUNE 7 Sanctuary

8 - 9:30 PM

How to Survive a Plague is the story of two coalitions-ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)-whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. www.surviveaplague.com Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org

Landscape & Facilities Work Day SATURDAY JUNE 8

9 AM - 1 PM

Work Days provide you with a chance to come out and lend a hand to help out your “second home”…your church home. Things don’t get done unless we do them…just like your own home. Please help your church, consider yourself “one of the family” and join us Saturday. We can’t do it without your help! Meet in the Activities Building to get your project assignment. Lunch served at Noon. Facilities@ResurrectionMCC.org

BE the One You Want to Marry! SATURDAY JUNE 8 Gathering Place

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10 AM - 1 PM

Looking for “Mr. or Ms. Right”? Or to rediscover “Mr. or Ms. Right” in the one you’re with? Join Leslie Guditis, Ph.D., for an illuminating workshop on BE-ing The One you want in order to attract The One you’re looking for! Uncover the way to more satisfying relationships! Leslie Guditis is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified family life educator, with years of experience working with couples and families. $12 registration requested - no one turned away. Light lunch provided. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org


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journey

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

If you were going to describe the state of your spiritual life right now, using one of the following movie titles, which would you choose and why?

Clear and Present Danger

Unforgiven

Gone with the Wind

It’s a Wonderful Life

Transformers

Psycho

Boys Don’t Cry

Life is Beautiful

2 Fast, 2 Furious

Mystic River

Little Miss Sunshine

The Help

40 Year Old Virgin

Sin City

Gone in 60 Seconds

Singin’ in the Rain

Dumb and Dumber

Big Daddy

Friends with Benefits

Home Alone

Fight Club

Dazed and Confused


2) inner compass: Spiritual Types Which of the following spiritual types (or combination of types) do you think best describes your personal “spiritual navigation system� 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?

SEARCHING

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.

CHANGING

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!

CONNECTING

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!

LISTENING

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!

SERVING

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!

PREPARING

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!


NOW:

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 “meet you where you are!� List your top choices and chart your path for intentional spiritual growth below.

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CLM Summer Weekend Series

June 21-23, July 19-21, August 16-18 Fridays, 6 - 9 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 6 pm Sundays, 1 - 3 pm

Creating a Life that Matters: Summer Series is an intensive 3-course curriculum for rediscovering your relationship with the Sacred, your Self, and your Passion! For this 3-weekend CLM: Summer Series participants gather every third weekend of June, July, and August to complete the high-impact 18-session curriculum over 3 concentrated Friday - Sunday immersions. Space limited to 25. Commitment to all three weekends required. Scholarships available. $50 Registration applied to $150 tuition. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

Rediscovering Relationship with the Sacred

Rediscovering Relationship with My Passion

Rediscovering Relationship with My Self

Friday, June 21 - Sunday, June 23

Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21

Friday, August 16 - Sunday, August 18

While many would agree that relationship with the Sacred is the fundamental beginning of all faith paths, this transforming experience is often lost when we exchange our spiritual vitality for empty religious practices. In these six sessions, we explore what it means to be transformed by an encounter with the Sacred, and rediscover loving God with heart, soul and mind.

Our passions make us most aware of our personal power, energy and joy. Many internal and external factors influence how successfully we manifest these passions in our lives. In these six sessions we explore ways to manage those factors, and discover what gives us power, energy, and joy as we serve the Sacred through the church

As modern, Western people, we expend time, effort and money seeking to understand who we are. In these six sessions we explore some of the influences that have shaped us, and ways to create a self we will want to live with, others will want to relate to, and God will be able to use in the service of all that is Sacred.

Sessions which make up this Course:

Sessions which make up this Course:

Sessions which make up this Course:

Bring Many Names Beyond Belief Church: The Body Eclectic Friends of God and Prophets Staying Alive Celebrating the Sacred

Did You Call Me? Peaks and Valleys Shadows in the Valleys Tapestry The Perfect Swing Here We Are, Send Us!

Brilliant, Gorgeous, Fabulous Powerful Beyond Measure Under the Waterline Keeping Body and Soul Together Good Vibrations Celebrating My Sacred Self

Register online at www.bit.ly/CLM2013

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SATURDAY JUNE 22 Gathering place

9 AM -NOON

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. RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org

Pride Festival SATURDAY NOON - 8 pm JUNE 29 Two-Hour Volunteer Shifts (Noon-2pm, 2-4pm, 4-6pm, 6-8pm)

JUNE

MCC 101

Booth Hosts provide a friendly smile, pass out “On the Journey” magazines, and answer questions to festival attendees. This opportunity is perfect for outgoing individuals and is a fun way to be the “face” of Resurrection MCC in the community. Our booth at the festival proclaims God’s inclusive love for all people with a special outreach (like Jesus) to those on the margins. The festival contains over 200 exhibitors with more than 65,000 people in attendance. www.pridehouston.org 2800 Commonwealth St, Houston, TX 77006 Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org

Pride Parade SATURDAY 8 pm JUNE 29 Location To Be Announced

We will have a float featuring a drumming group, followed by a large walking group. This is one of our most visible outreach efforts. To participate as a Parade Walker you need the ability to walk approximately 1.5 miles and not be disturbed by heat. The Parade, held along Westheimer between Dunlavy and Montrose Blvd, features more than 100 organizations and businesses supporting and celebrating the Houston LGBT community. The Parade draws more than 325,000 people in total, making it the second largest parade in Houston and the largest Pride Parade or LGBT gathering in the Southwestern United States. www.pridehouston.org Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org

Family Game Day!

Summer flix: A PLACE AT THE TABLE FRIDAY JULY 5 Sanctuary

8 - 9:30 PM

50 million people in the U.S. -- one in four children -- don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This documentary shows us how hunger poses serious economic, social and cultural implications for our nation, and that it could be solved once and for all, if the American public decides -- as they have in the past -- that making healthy food available and affordable is in the best interest of us all. www.magpictures.com/aplaceatthetable Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org

Generation Faith TEENS: Pool Party SUNDAY 1 - 5 PM JULY 7 Location To Be Announced

13 | JUNE / JULY

JULY

SUNDAY 1:30 - 3:30 pm JUNE 23 Activities Building

They say “families that play together stay together!” Stick around after church for some family play time! Bring your favorite family games from home to share with others, or join in one of another family’s favorites! We will order pizza, hang out, and have some good ol fashioned family fun! RSVP for pizza ordering purposes. Youth@ResurrectionMCC.org

Our Generation Faith Teens will practice the spiritual disciplines of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, splashing and diving in the pool, and laughing and playing together after church. Teen Ministry Facilitators will drive the 13-17 year-olds to and from a nearby home. All Teens are welcome with signed Parental Release Form. RSVP for planning purposes. Teens@ResurrectionMCC.org


6 - 10 PM SATURDAY July 13 Doors Open - 5 pm. Bingo Begins - 6pm. Activities Building

Join your favorite Drag Kings and Queens for a fabulous night of fun and prizes. Enjoy bingo, prizes, food, drinks, beer, wine. 3 cards of Bingo for $10 or 9 cards for $20 (10 games of bingo). Raffle drawing held at 8 pm with Visa Gift Card prizes of $1,500, $300, and $200. Raffle tickets are $20. Childcare available for children under 3 years old. All proceeds support the ministries of Resurrection MCC. Bingo@ResurrectionMCC.org

Houston Food Bank Volunteering THURSDAY July 18 Houston Food Bank

6 - 9 PM

JULY

Drag Bingo

Join your Church Family by volunteering for the Carousel and re-pack project at the Houston Food bank. We will assist other volunteers in processing over 60,000 pounds of food that will go out to our hungry neighbors. Please wear jeans, t-shirt, and tennis shoes (shorts and open-toed shoes are not permitted for safety reasons). Wear a Resurrection MCC Got Love? shirt if available. Registration required to volunteer. www.houstonfoodbank.org Houston Food Bank, 535 Portwall St, Houston 77029 Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org

Spirits and Spirituality: No Rules. No Religion THURSDAY July 25 Sonoma Wine Bar

7:30 - 9 PM

A social group for our Young Adults (ages 21 to 39) who come together for fellowship and encouragement on our spiritual journeys. This is an open discussion for the 20 and 30 somethings to discuss the spiritual and non-religious aspects of relationships and life challenges. www.sonomahouston.com Sonoma Wine Bar, 801 Studewood St, Houston 77007 YoungAdults@ResurrectionMCC.org

Zero Negativity: Positively Transforming Your Life, One Relationship at a Time SATURDAY July 27 Gathering Place

10 AM - 2 PM

Negativity destroys relationships. When we stop practicing negativity toward ourselves and others, our hearts, minds, and relationships are released from destructive habits of attitude and thought; our lives transformed from burdened and depleted, to uplifting and affirmed! Accepting this single simple challenge - to practice “zero negativity” in our immediate relationships for 30 days - has startling power to bring about the peace, love and joy you seek in many areas of your life. Join Rev. Kristen Klein-Cechettini and Leslie Guditis, Ph.D., as they share Harville Hendrix and Helen Lakelly Hunt’s wonderful work with “zero negativity” - and positively transform your life! $12 registration requested; no one turned away. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

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More-Than-Half Movie Date! SUNDAY 1 PM - 4 PM July 28 Location To Be Announced

Students ages 5 - 12 years who have attended our Youth Ministry Program children’s church for “more-than-half” of the Sundays during June and July (at least 4 Sundays) will be celebrated with a movie date! Kids attending this free outing will require signed Parental Release Form for the event, and will depart from and return to Resurrection MCC. Ticket price and snack pack will be provided, along with a ride to and from a local movie.

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FRIDAY AUGUST 2 Sanctuary

8 - 9:30 PM

Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film, “Bully,” directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Come gather together as a community to view and discuss this moving film. http://www.thebullyproject.com Mark@ResurrectionMCC.org

Night OUT at the Ballpark MONDAY AUGUST 5 Minute Maid Park

7 - 9:30 PM

For $25 per person, you get a seat on the Mezzanine Level (section 252) and access to the All-You-Can-Eat concession stand, which includes unlimited water, soda, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, and hot dogs. Purchase your tickets for the 7 pm ballgame in the Inspirations Bookstore and Coffee Café by Sunday, August 4th and help us cheer the Astros on as they face the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. It will be a fun night OUT at the ballpark! Tickets available online - http://www.conta.cc/11AZ5F3 Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St, Houston 77002 RevMichael@ResurrectionMCC.org

Bulletproof Faith: For LGBTQ Christians FOUR MONDAYS AUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26 Gathering Place

7 - 9:30 PM

AUGUST

Summer flix: Bully

It’s only when we develop the heart-knowledge of God’s unconditional and enduring love for us that we become “bulletproof” - able to withstand others’ attacks on our faith as LGBTQ Christians. During these 4 Mondays we will work with Candace Chellew-Hodge’s fantastic book to develop the “spiritual survival skills” we need to live an undeniable faith in every circumstance, even in the midst of others’ hostility, ignorance or fear. Everyone welcome for one, some or all sessions! RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

Sons and Daughters: Rites of Passage SATURDAY AUGUST 10 Gathering Place

10 AM - 1 PM

Though we celebrate birth, death, and marriage, the “in-between” passages from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, don’t get much attention. Yet formal community celebration speaks of the value and worth of lives and futures. Leslie Guditis, Ph.D., will share ways some cultures celebrate, inviting us to create rites of passage for our sons and daughters. Parents and youth volunteers are especially encouraged. $12 registration requested. No one turned away. Light lunch provided. RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org

Nursery Play: Water Day SUNDAY AUGUST 11 Front Yard

THURSDAY AUGUST 22 Sonoma Wine Bar

9 AM & 11 AM

Our little ones (ages infant through Pre-K) will enjoy age-appropriate, supervised water play with wading pools, slip-n-slides, water balloons, and water squirters! Have your infant, toddler or Pre-K bundle of joy dressed for success with swimwear or other water-welcome wear! Available during both 9 and 11 am Sunday Worship services. Nursery@ResurrectionMCC.org

Spirits and Spirituality: No Rules. No Religion 7:30 - 9 PM

A social group for our Young Adults (ages 21 to 39) who come together for fellowship and encouragement on our spiritual journeys. This is an open discussion for the 20 and 30 somethings to discuss the spiritual and non-religious aspects of relationships and life challenges. www.sonomahouston.com Sonoma Wine Bar, 801 Studewood St, Houston 77007 YoungAdults@ResurrectionMCC.org

Back to School Parent-Child Fancy Dance SUNDAY 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM AUGUST 25 Activities Building

15 | AUGUST

Sons and daughters, moms and dads, it’s time to gussy-up and get-down! Join us for our first-ever Fancy Dance as grown-up parents and growing-up kids wear fancy clothes, dress up with corsages and boutonnieres, and any other fun stuff you like (top hat? tutu?) and join us for a sweet celebration with music, photos, soft drinks and lunch treats! RSVP for planning purposes. Youth@resurrectionmcc.org


Chad Walking up the steps with mycardboard testimony in hand (for all of the congregation to see), I knew I had reached a point in my spiritual journey where I could finally exhale.

Carlotta Walking with other folks from Resurrection MCC in the Pride Parade and sharing communion with each other and with the people lining the streets made me feel like not only can we be both LGBT and Christian, we can BE Jesus to our community!

Amy Jo I realized in

LGBTQ and Free in Thee that I was carrying

around someone else’s version of God; the many offerings of Resurrection MCC encouraged my own exploration to find “my God.”

Kim I loved

Drag Queen Bingo! Terri

Sexual Salvation: Queer Christian Sexual Ethics was a liberating doorway to authenticity and honesty for me.

Gloria In 2012, I attended

Creating A Life That Matters with the

expectation of enriching my spiritual walk through workshop exercises. What I didn’t anticipate was leaving that workshop being enriched by so many loving RMCC relationships that will endure for years beyond the workshop.

Rhonda I have been

teaching kids

Resurrection MCC for a long time and I never get tired of seeing the “lights go on” when I teach them about God’s love for all of us.

Carolyn

VOICES HEARD ON THE JOURNEY

One of my greatest life lessons came to me during the Bulletproof Faith book study when I realized that it’s more important for me to be in relationship with the people I love than for me to convince them that I am right about the issues where we have differing opinions.

I feel joyful each time

we sing ”We are standing on holy ground, and I know that there are angels all around.” I look around me and see all God’s Angels/Ministers of Resurrection MCC.

Georgia

The Prosperous Heart gave me a “smack in the face” reminder that God always provides -- and very generously.

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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

FOOD PANTRY

open by appointment 281- 254 - 8003

SERVE

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

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

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KIDS COMMUNICATE GOD’S LOVE EVERY FIFTH SUNDAY!

EVERY FIFTH SUNDAY

Allow your kids to experience the joy of giving! Every fifth Sunday, our students have the opportunity to serve as ushers, greeters, and eucharistic ministers. Experience the greatness of our kids! Register on Sundays in the Activities Building after Children’s Church. Youth@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

USHERS

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

WELCOME TEAM 16 | SERVE

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


WORSHIP ARTS

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.

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

TUESDAYS

7 - 9 PM

HEAVENSOUND HANDBELLS Directed by Rose Wall, there are several open spots in the handbell choir. Interested people need to have some music reading skills. Experience in ringing is not required. HeavenSound@ResurrectionMCC.org

SUNDAYS 1:30 - 3:30 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

MONDAYS

7 PM

Praise Bands TUESDAY

6 PM

Co-Directed by Mark C. Brown and Bridgett Vinson, these Bands include instrumentalist and vocalists and are audition/invitation groups only. These groups primarily present a wide variety of musical styles with a concentration in contemporary. The groups lead congregational singing and present special music. Invitation only. PraiseBands@ResurrectionMCC.org

SANCTUARY CHOIR

Directed by Reed Hoke, 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

TUESDAYS

7 - 9 PM

CREATIVE ARTS

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 God’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

2025 West 11th Street, Houston TX 77008-6320

2013.05.23


On the Journey - Summer, 2013