February 24 is our Commitment Sunday! We invite all of you to bring your commitment cards if you haven’t already mailed them in, as we join together in Investing in a Just Future. As of last Sunday, we already have 24 early pledges turned in for a total of $412,160 – that’s over halfway to our full goal of $750,000! Our church leadership has really gotten excited about a future in which we expand our justice seeking capacity in church, community, and creation. How will you support this important initiative?
Read more about how we’re Investing in a Just Future in our second newsletter: IJF Newsletter 2
Join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition of Cincinnati for an interfaith march, prayer service, and program for MLK Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. You can participate at 10am at the Freedom Center, 11am at Fountain Square, 12pm at Music Hall, or any of the above. Pastor Stacey will be offering a prayer during the service at Fountain Square. Get more information athttps://mlkcoalition.org/about/
For many months, a group of church members commissioned by Session has been exploring what’s next in our congregational life. Where can we devote our time, talent, and treasure to expand our work of love and justice? We’ve been talking about this initiative for quite some time now, but we’re delighted to present to you our first official communication about our plan for Investing in a Just Future at MAPC. Read all about it now, and look for even more information in the new year!
As we move toward the launch of the Investing in a Just Future initiative, Judy Lindblad and Valerie Bernardino have been enlisted to help us support the effort in prayer and nurture our prayer practices beyond this particular event in the ministry of MAPC. They’ve written this entry to introduce us to the book and basic prayer method they are encouraging for congregational use.
HELP, THANKS, WOW: The 3 Essential Prayers by outspoken author Anne Lamott
This is our first Blog ever! It has come about because a couple months ago Valerie Bernardino and Judy Lindblad were asked to co-chair a Prayer Team related to empowering MAPC’s next years of service.
First we said, “Why us? Then HELP! And where is that little book by Anne Lamott?
Since both of us had moved recently we were relieved to locate our copies – THANKS!
Then we re-read her wisdom on prayer and living faithful lives in these times and exclaimed, WOW!
The book has turned out to be a lifesaver and talisman of courage for us in just 102 pages over the past two months! Anne’s “short list” of essential prayers and descriptions of real life situations in accessible prose have reassured us and strengthened our prayer lives. She describes life as it is, and her own struggles with it are frank.
We are suggesting that HELP, THANKS, WOW be considered as a companion on our journey toward a Just Future. It is especially well suited for these times and the tasks we are are undertaking. Each person will have their own takes…and though her experiences may differ from ours, they often bring to mind similar ones in our lives. We invite you to read and dialogue with these new or familiar prayer practices.
~ Valerie and Judy
As we begin Investing in a Just Future together, you are invited to join us in praying for God’s help as we identify the needs of the Church, the city, and the creation, and try to do our part in meeting them using the resources we have been generously given.
On November 25, we spent part of our worship time honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance by hearing from one of our members, Teri Miles, about the dangers to the trans community and raising in prayer the names of the 28 transgender persons who were killed in the United States this year. You can read the statistics of violence against transgender persons worldwide and the names of the U.S. victims here: TDOR 2018.
You can also listen to Teri Miles’ remarks below (and the choir anthem tacked on as an additional treat).