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Defund Institutionalism, Fund Community

When institutionalism is present in a church, it shrivels the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Institutional religion values the organization more than God's transformation but institutionalism is not limited to Christianity - it happens whenever a structure is protected and people are viewed merely as consumers, criminals or data points. There are examples of institutionalism in corporations, non-profits, law enforcement, government, academia, sports and tech.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of people who have been supporting small businesses, acknowledging their critical role in society. Small churches are like small businesses, close to the heartbeat of a community and able to respond to the needs people with agility, passion and a personal touch.

Many, many thanks to all who have funded the beloved community of MCCLV during a challenging time. Your gracious donations are providing groceries for families in need, spiritual hope for people experiencing isolation and an opportunity to build the kin-dom of God where all people are valued.

Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:38)
MCCLV's Online Programming this Week

Wednesday Adult Bible Study
August 5 @ 7pm

This week, MCCLV's Bible Study takes a closer look at Acts 15-16. Join in Bible Study via Zoom: Meeting ID: 857 8817 3520 

Thriving on Thursday Online Prayer Gathering
August 6 @ 7pm

Enter into God's invitation to thrive on Thursdays at MCCLV. View on or to view the live video.

10th Sunday of Pentecost Spiritual Formation
August 9 @ 10am

Join MCCLV's 10am Sunday Adult Spiritual Formation class on Zoom. To attend the class, go to: Meeting ID: 851 1250 3116

10th Sunday of Pentecost Worship
August 9 @ 11:30am

11:30am MCCLV Sunday Worship Service via Facebook Livestream or viewable on the website: or Limited in-person seating is available (note reservation process below)
Worship Reservation Form

MCCLV's August Signup for in-person worship can be found here:

Thank you for helping MCCLV worship safely by signing up for a seat in advance:
  • The 25-person limit in the sanctuary remains through August 
  • Reminder: Reservations close each week at 9am on Thursdays
  • 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 the church's website.
Virtual Lehigh Valley Pride 2020

MCCLV once again kicks off the Pride celebration this year by hosting worship. The Pride Worship Service will take place on Sunday, August 16 @ 11:30am. You can view the livestream on MCCLV's Facebook page: or via the church's website:

The virtual Lehigh Valley Pride 2020 will take place from 2pm-5pm on August 16. The event will be viewable on RCN TV within Pennsylvania and on Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center’s Facebook page: and Youtube page:
Sunday School Teacher Training

MCCLV Children's Sunday School enthusiastically invites all to consider serving as a teacher or teacher's aide for the 2020-21 school year. Teaching children and youth spiritual values is a vital ministry. All are welcome to attend a Sunday School teacher training on Sunday, August 23 at 10am via Zoom video. Write MCCLV's Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator Tirsa Rothman for more information:
An Abundance of Prayer

Join MCCLV Staff Members Rev. Goudy, Brian Jones and a number of local faith leaders in an Interfaith Service of Prayer on Sunday, September 13 @ 7pm. All are warmly welcome to pray with Bethlehem spiritual leaders representing a wide diversity of religious communities. Sponsored by the Bethlehem Interfaith Group, view the livestream here:
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