Join us as we welcome Jesus to our world. Through Scripture and the familiar Christmas Carols we will welcome baby Jesus into our world, into our lives.
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“This… is Nativity Idol!” Watch as contestants compete for a role in the Christmas pageant. Experience the music, the joy and the laughter as we create the Nativity. Throughout the hilarious auditions a Nativity tableau slowly builds and we come to know Christ as the light of the world.
What are your plans for this Labor Day Weekend? Take time this weekend to do something special — a family picnic, a hike on one of our beautiful mountain trails, having friends over — something that you enjoy doing!
And don’t forget to join us for Sunday worship at MCCA, 10:30 am. You are an important part of this faith community!
LITTLEST ANGELS SERVICE
The Littlest Angels Ministry provides burial services for infants. Sometimes the infants were stillborn at birth and families were unable to provide a service. Other times the infant’s family may be unknown. Whatever the situation, we provide a small service for the infant, giving the baby a name, a baptism, and a burial.
Wednesday, September 1st at 11:00 am at Sunset Memorial Park in the Infant Section, we will provide a service for a baby girl we have named Ruth. Please join us as we bury another Little Angel and return her to God.
SISTER, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?
This past Sunday we unveiled our large flower vase that has been used to collect coins! It is almost full and the count is underway. When we have a total we will let you know. For now, thanks and appreciation to everyone who spared a dime during our campaign. It will help us as we continue to face these challenging financial times.
COMMUNION SERVERS AND HOLDERS TRAINING
Serving communion and holding the communion elements are an important part of our Sunday worship. Perhaps you have felt a call to learn more about this ministry and be a part of serving on Sunday morning. We have scheduled a training session for new people to serve in this ministry area.
Training for servers and holders will take place on Sunday, September 5th, following worship, in the worship space. All are invited to attend the training and learn more about this ministry. This Sunday as communion is served please pray and ask God if you are being called to this ministry. You will be blessed and so will others. Everyone is welcome to attend the training!
For more information call Stacey Kohlman at 315-4878.
CHRISTMAS PLAY AT MCCA
MCCA has put on some great Christmas plays and this year we are planning for another great experience. This year we will perform “Nativity Idol,” which is based on the popular TV show American Idol. It is funny and yet it also tells the story of the birth of Jesus, God’s gift to humanity.
No experience is necessary, but you must be willing to attend practices and performances! Some of the roles are more complex than others, but there are opportunities for all who are interested.
Don’t want to act in the play but enjoy serving behind the curtains? There are opportunities for behind the scenes volunteers.
Cast Call will be Tuesday, September 7th at 7:00 pm at MCCA. If you want to see a list of characters please see Pete or Stephanie after worship this Sunday!
All ministry team leaders please plan on attending the next Leadership Meeting on Saturday, September 11th from 10 am until 11:30 am. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this meeting.
MCCA MEMBERSHIP CLASS
What does it mean when you become a member of MCCA? Want to learn more about MCC Churches and MCCA? Have you been attending MCCA for a few months or longer and want to take the next step into membership?
Please join Pastor Judy for membership class this Sunday, August 22, following worship, in the worship space. All are welcome to attend.
Homecoming Sunday is September 12th at the 10:30 am worship service.
Also known as “Return to Church Sunday,” Homecoming Sunday celebrates the end of summer and the beginning of the new Fall Season at MCCA. We will follow worship with a potluck meal so please bring your favorite dish, a guest or two, and join us for Homecoming Sunday!
FILL THE SEAT NEXT TO YOU
All of September we are encouraging you to “Fill the Seat Next to You” by inviting someone to join you for worship. Maybe it is a family member, co-worker, friend, or even someone who has stopped attending worship – call and extend an invitation to someone!
THE BIBLE AND HOMOSEXUALITY
How has the Bible been misinterpreted around homosexuality? What are some of the verses that people uses to condemn homosexuality? And why has the bible been used to oppress people?
Join us Saturday, September 18th from 10 am until 2 pm for a workshop that will unveil some of the Scriptures that are used to condemn and others that are affirm!
The Labyrinth has been used for centuries as a spiritual path to connect with God. As you walk the path you can pray, meditate, and listen to the voice within. MCCA will have a Labyrinth Walk on Wednesday, September 22nd beginning at 6 pm.
Many people have drawn closer to God, received clarity around issues, and experienced transformation by walking the Labyrinth. If you are new to the Labyrinth come and learn more about this sacred path.
WORDS FROM THE PASTOR
A Prayer for Labor Day
Blessed be the works of your hands,
O Holy One.
Blessed be these hands that have touched life.
Blessed be these hands that have nurtured creativity.
Blessed be these hands that have held pain.
Blessed be these hands that have embraced with passion.
Blessed be these hands that have tended gardens.
Blessed be these hands that have closed in anger.
Blessed be these hands that have planted new seeds.
Blessed be these hands that have harvested ripe fields.
Blessed be these hands that have cleaned, washed, mopped, scrubbed.
Blessed be these hands that have become knotty with age.
Blessed be these hands that are wrinkled and scarred from doing justice.
Blessed be these hands that have reached out and been received.
Blessed be these hands that hold the promise of the future.
Blessed be the works of your hands,
O Holy One.
Prayer by Diann Neu from Imaging the Word
God bless you and your loved ones. Have a great Labor Day Celebration!
Christmas Eve is a time for candlelight.
Who can say what passes through our hearts on Christmas Eve?
Christmas Eve is a time to be quietly glad.
It is a time to wonder, to give thanks,
and of quiet awakening to beauty
that still lives on through the strife
of a war-torn world.
And Christmas Eve is also a time for memories and remembering.
For some, the memories are of loved family members
who have died, and the festive season
makes the pain of those losses ever more real.
For others, the memories are of happier times than we know now,
felt as the anguish of broken relationships,
the insecurity around employment,
the anxiety of illness or poor health,
or the emptiness of loss after drought or bushfire.
All these feelings are with us this night as we gather in this sacred place.
Here we are safe to feel what we feel:
to acknowledge our sadness,
to share our concern,
to release our anger,
to face our emptiness,
and still to know that God by what ever name,
is made present in the caring thoughts and deeds of others.
So let us be and share and remember and receive,
assured that we are not alone in our life experiences as we gather for worship this Christmas Eve.
You are invited to join with us for worship on Thursday, December 24 at 10 pm, as we make that journey which leads to a manger, which leads us to God’s love. Invite your family and friends to come and experience the miracle of Christmas.
Materials will be provided for creating Christmas Sun Catchers, Origami Angels, Dazzling Christmas Stars, and more. At 5:00pm we will have a potluck dinner, lots of fellowship, and fun! If your family would be able to bring food or art materials to this event or have any questions please contact Meg Freestone at 385.6531.
We Need to purchase or have donated – ($30.00 would cover all needed materials) multicolor pom-poms, craft sticks/Popsicle sticks (multi sized pack if possible), assorted rhinestones, stars, paper doilies,etc.
Borrow from someone
Christmas decorative paper hole punchers, hot glue gun.
Please let Meg know if you can assist with the above items.