Archive for July, 2007

Nuvo Readers Honor Jesus MCC

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Nuvo Newsweekly readers have voted Jesus MCC as “best place of worship” in Nuvo’s annual Best of Indy poll.

Many thanks to everyone who voted, and way to go, church!

Fundraiser for Horizon House

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

You’re Invited…

to the Tackling Homelessness Fundraiser for Horizon House.

You can interact with Colts players, be entertained by Connersvine (Hunter Smith’s band), participate in silent and live auctions, and enjoy a BBQ buffet. It’s on Sunday, August 26, 6:00 pm at the Colts Training Facility, 7001 W 56th St.

We would like to have a table or two of people from JMCC. Tickets can be purchased for $85 by contacting Emmeline Sparks at (317) 423-8909 × 528 or rds@horizonhouse.cc. Dress is casual. For more information about this event or the Homeless Ministry, contact Charlotte Egler via the church: friends@jesusmcc.org or (317) 722-0000.

The Relationship Workshop — August 11

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Are you partnered, or plan to get married some time this year? Are you single, but hope that a relationship will be in your future? Then this workshop is for you!

This workshop, Healthy Relationship for Gay Men and Lesbians, is an intensive, personalized four-hour class that will help you prepare for and create outstanding relationships. It will be presented by Michele O’Mara, LCSW, who specializes in counseling same-sex couples.

If you plan to get married in the next year, this workshop is strongly recommended! The workshop takes place Saturday, August 11, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the church. Cost is $30 per person, and scholarships are available. Register with the form in Sunday’s bulletin, or online at Michele O’Mara’s website.

Homeless Ministry offers help and hope

Friday, July 20th, 2007

by Theresa Benson, member of the Homeless Ministry

I was talking to a few friends from Silicon Valley last week, and they were telling me how the heat out there has really shocked the system — the highs are blowing away the average temperatures by 20 degrees or more, and a lot of homes don’t have central air conditioning. Governor Schwarzenegger has opened “cooling centers” in public buildings to try to help people cope, but for a lot of people, it still means a lot of hot, uncomfortable nights at home. One woman I saw interviewed on the news said the temperature inside her home had reached 90 degrees!

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Jesus MCC Night at the Indiana Fever!

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Indiana Fever!Join us July 20 at 7:00 pm as our Indiana Fever battle the Detroit Shock! Jesus MCC’s choir will perform the National Anthem and children from the church will have a chance to receive a ball from a player! Tickets are available at the Fever web site and at the box office.

General Conference 2007

Monday, July 16th, 2007

This report was submitted by our Lay Delegate, Curtis Boyd.

Metropolitan Community Church’s 23rd General Conference was held July 2-6 in Scottsdale, AZ at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Although the Princess is a very large hotel and conference center, almost all of the MCC conference events were held in one main building, thus minimizing the walking between daily events — a good thing when it is 117 degrees outside!

The conference was well attended, with about 1,400 people present. That makes this the largest General Conference to date.

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MCC Takes a Bold Step Into the Future

Friday, July 6th, 2007

This past week, our denomination, Metropolitan Community Churches, held its triennial General Conference, with delegates gathering from across the globe in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Pastor Jeff’s Board of Administration Report to the General Conference

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Pastor Jeff Miner serves as Chair of our denomination’s Board of Administration (BOA).

The BOA is responsible for the financial and business affairs of MCC, and has been working hard to restructure MCC’s finances. Several months ago, they completed the sale of MCC’s headquarters building in Los Angeles, which has appreciated significantly since it was purchased about ten years ago

Selling the building has allowed the BOA to: (a) reduce expenses; (b) eliminate virtually all debt; (c) create an emergency cash reserve; and (d) establish MCC’s first-ever endowment fund. The BOA’s actions were enthusiastically received by delegates at General Conference. You can read Jeff’s full report to the Conference.PDF document

A Milestone in Affirming Christian Resources

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

If you are a GLBT Christian, where do you turn to find spiritual books and resources to support your life journey? The truth is, you have very few options. At Jesus MCC, we’re determined to change that. We’re committed to a long-term goal of generating resources that can support GLBT Christians across the globe.

Found Pearl Press logoTo that end, several years ago, we formed a publishing house known as Found Pearl Press that is staffed by volunteers from our congregation The first big project was publication of The Children Are Free: Reexamining the Biblical Evidence on Same-sex Relationships, which has become one of the best-selling books on homosexuality and the Bible. In fact, demand is so high, we’re now in our fourth printing, and within a couple months the book will also be available in Spanish!

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