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Harvesting Hope

From the start of the Pandemic through today, MCCLV has provided $10,515 in grocery store gift cards to households in need. Cards are available for individuals, couples and families experiencing unemployment, underemployment or food insecurity. The church's most recent support included nine families referred by Buchanan Elementary School. To receive cards for yourself or for someone you know in need, contact revbethgoudy@mcclv.info or phone the church at 484-202-0149.

Join in harvesting hope and donate to MCCLV's Grocery Store Gift Card program via PayPal: http://paypal.me/mcclv. After entering an amount, click on "Add a Note" and type in "Food Cards." Or, mail a check to the church with "Food Cards" in the memo line and send to MCCLV @ 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Praise God for the generous supporters of the Grocery Store Gift Card program. 
Online This Week @ MCCLV

Wednesday Adult Bible Study
September 30 @ 7pm

This week, MCCLV's Bible Study takes a closer look at Romans 7-8. Join in Bible Study via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85788173520 Meeting ID: 857 8817 3520 

Thriving @ MCCLV
Thursday, October 1 @ 7pm

Thrive with MCCLV via the church's Facebook livestream: http://www.facebook.com/MCCLehigh

18th Sunday of Pentecost
Spiritual Formation
October 4 @ 10am

Join MCCLV's 10am Sunday Adult Spiritual Formation class on Zoom. To attend the class, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85112503116 Meeting ID: 851 1250 3116


18th Sunday of Pentecost
Inspirational Worship
October 4 @ 11:30am

11:30am MCCLV Sunday Worship Service via Facebook Livestream or viewable on the website: http://www.facebook.com/MCCLehigh or https://www.mcclv.org. Limited in-person seating is available (note reservation process below)
Worship Reservation Form

Signup for MCCLV's in-person worship for October can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084dada629a7f49-october

Reservations close each week at 9am on Thursdays and all in attendance are required to wear masks and practice physical distancing. There is no congregational singing and also no social hour. Know that it typically takes a few Sundays to become comfortable and adapt to worshiping in this new way.
 
For those unable to attend in-person, the worship livestream continues every Sunday at 11:30am on Facebook as well as on the church's website.
Blessing of Transgender Journeys

MCCLV hosts an annual Blessing of Transgender Journeys this coming Sunday, October 4 at 11:30am during its weekly hybrid worship service. MCCLV celebrates the wholeness and holiness of transgender people with a spiritual blessing. People in all stages of transition and all ages are welcome to receive the blessing.

Monica Roberts (blogging at Transgriot: https://transgriot.blogspot.com/) writes about transpeople's transformation: "We start our lives in our birth gender presentation and body configuration, go through transition, and then exit the other side of our transitions as the beautiful people we always were with the gender identification and body finally matching for us to happily live our lives."
Beware of Email Scams

From the Metropolitan Community Church denomination: Recently a number of MCC staff members, Elders and US MCC Clergy have been falsely represented. Email addresses are used that are very similar but are NOT the actual church, Pastor or staff email addresses. The false email address may even show up in your inbox with the name of the Pastor, staff member or church office. They tend to ask you to do a favor and to be discreet in purchasing gift cards for them. They ask you not to phone rather just reply by email because the Pastor/staff member is in an important meeting. Please do NOT reply to these! Delete and label it as Spam. If you have any questions, take a close look at the email address and make sure it matches the official published email address. This is a scam rather than a hacked email. Inform your Pastor or Board.
WELD @ MCCLV

Welders join metal parts together and work on the metal components of various structures including bridges, power plants, buildings, refineries, automobiles or ships. In the church, welding is about connecting people to God and God's people. MCCLV's New Member process is called "WELD" because its purpose is to connect disciples with God and with other disciples.

For the first time ever, MCCLV's WELD New Member classes will be held entirely online. Classes will meet via Zoom starting next  Tuesday night, 10/06/20 @ 7pm. All are welcome, register for the WELD classes and receive the first homework assignment by emailing MCCLV's Office Administrator Lauren Noll at LaurenNoll@mcclv.info
The Disciple's Role in Social Activism

Coming up this Sunday October 4 at 10am, MCCLV offers a four-part series of classes on "The Disciple's Role in Social Activism." The objective of the series is to explore and discuss the role of Christians in the fight against systemic racism and poverty. The four-week study will explore four broad categories of oppression against people of color and people who are poor. Both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian scriptures have prominent themes woven throughout that explicitly testify to God’s justice for the oppressed, the poor and foreigner. Activism against bigotry and poverty is a holy fight that the congregation commits to weekly, as the faith community collectively states that "MCCLV's purpose is to worship and serve God through acts of justice and compassion."

The classes will be facilitated by Lisa Noriega, Lisa Engle and other MCCLV Action Team Members. All are welcome. Mark your calendars for 10am on October 4, 11, 18 & 25 via Zoom ID 851 1250 3116
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