Most of us have heard the term revival as it relates to activities of the church though many of us may not fully understand what that really means. By definition, a revival can be described as an improvement in the condition or strength of something. As a verb, it can be described this way: A restoration to use, acceptance, activity, or vigor after a period of obscurity or quiescence.
Through this week we are hosting our Summer Revival - Radical Inclusion. It is our desire to provide a Revival experience that opens our hearts and our minds to experience the divine in EVERYTHING and EVERYONE; to experience, embody, and live out LOVE in a new way - a radically inclusive way!
Come and join us this week as we take this journey together towards Church in a New Way - towards experiencing the God within each and every one of us.
You're invited to attend one or all of the special events we have planned for our Summer Revival Week. Eight days in June....
Adriel Hortiales, Danielle Cortez, and Devin Lentz
Ever feel like “church” was just too stuffy and that you couldn’t be yourself? Or wonder why you had to make it to this structure with a steeple and hard wooden benches every week?
We are very clear that the “church” is the people within a community that come together to share love and promote one another through support, growth, and genuine care. Come experience fellowship with us as we meet at My Way Tavern for a time of friendship, fellowship, and experiencing church somewhere other than that building we visit on Sundays and holidays! After all, Jesus shared a meal with his friends before his death and instructed them to remember him each time we sit down for a meal.
Freed from Guilt ... Freed from Shame
Overcoming Bible Abuse about Homosexuality
a Bible Study for ALL of God's Rainbow People
newly revised to include verses directed toward the Transgender Experience
Church in a new way!
Each and every week we experience the Divine in new ways and through some not-so-traditional ways. We know and believe that we truly experience spirituality in EVERYTHING that we do, therefore this Worship Experience invites us to live outside of those man-made boxes and grow in the truth that we experience God in ourselves and within all of those around us. We are wonderfully created in God’s image and we come to celebrate that through self-expression in the way we were designed to do so - UNIQUELY.
In continuing our dive into "Radical Inclusion" we are offering a Multi-cultural worship experience. Come join us for an evening of worship as we experience God though various cultural backgrounds and celebrate ALL of who we are. If we are to truly embrace this Radical Inclusion, we must be willing to step outside of our own tradition to experience God through the eyes of those around us.
Drag - a gift given by God! Say what…? We are each blessed with gifts that push us to be the best versions of ourselves and that reach others right where they are to share a message of love with them and Drag certainly is NO exception to this. Join us as we convert our sanctuary into a Drag and Talent stage raising awareness that we share Love in ALL that we do. This event is also to raise money for the LGBT Center of Raleigh. All tips and donations will go toward this fundraiser.
This widely-acclaimed workshop exploring Transgender issues is co-sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh and St. John's MCC. All are invited to attend this ground-breaking study led by Devin Lentz, the Director of the Transgender Initiative of the Center.
Shall we gather at the river...?
|Day||Revival Week Event||Time|
|Monday, June 19, 2017||Fellowship Meal at the My Way Tavern Raleigh, 522 St Marys Street, Raleigh NC 27605||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday, June 20, 2017||Freed from Guilt - Tuesday Night Bible Study||6:30 PM|
|Wednesday, June 21, 2017||Wednesday Night Worship Experience - Vance Haywood, speaking||7:00 PM|
|Thursday, June 22, 2017||Thursday Night Worship Experience - Adriel Hortiales, speaking||7:00 PM|
|Friday, June 23, 2017||Gospel Drag and Talent Show - fundraiser for the LGBT Center of Raleigh||7:00 PM|
|Saturday, June 24, 2017||Trans 101 Workshop - Devin Lentz, facilitator||9:00 AM|
|Baptism at the Lake - Lake Wheeler||2:00 PM|
|Sunday, June 25, 2017||Jubilation! Revival Experience - Vance Haywood, speaking||9:00 AM|
|Tool Time at Ten - Friendship Hall||10:00 AM|
|Celebration! Revival Experience - Vance Haywood, speaking||11:00 AM|
We invite you to join this global event.
Live from Orlando, Florida, USA
June 12 2017
7 pm EDT
MCC will host an international virtual gathering to remember those affected by the Pulse tragedy and to recommit to acts of compassion and justice. Forty days of tributes on MCC's Facebook page.
You are invited to post and share in writing, prose or poetry, in your language of choice, or through music or video or other art forms.
- How this tragedy affected you, individually and communally
- How your faith helped you cope with tragedy
- How this tragedy is spurring us to make sure when hate tries that love wins
Virtual Memorial Service
MCC will host a LIVE global worship service from Orlando, Florida, to remember those affected by the Pulse tragedy. We will also recommit to acts of compassion and justice.
St. John's MCC will live stream the Memorial Service from Orlando in their large meeting space. Everyone in the Community is invited to join them at 622 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh NC 27603, near Trophy Brewing Company. Free parking is available in the lot and along Maywood Avenue.
While the organizers of the Virtual Memorial Service have planned for 90 minutes, participants should expect it to run as long as two hours. Light refreshments will be provided.
The seventh annual Out! Raleigh festival will take place on May 6, 2017. This inclusive and action packed event is family friendly, with activities for all ages. Out! Raleigh is an important way to raise the necessary funds to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and all of its 20+ amazing community programs. Last year, more than 51,000 people poured into Raleigh’s City Plaza to celebrate the LGBT community and our friends and families.
Running from 11:00am to 6:00pm, the event offers live entertainment, local vendors and artists, great food, and a KidsZone! There is no admission fee.
In the last seven years, the event has become an integral part of Raleigh’s downtown culture, promoting diversity awareness as well as a sense of inclusiveness for the LGBT community and its allies, both inside and outside of the Triangle. Each year has been more successful than the last, and this year will be no exception.
St. John's MCC will have a booth at Out! Raleigh 2017. To help with the Booth, please contact Mark Godette (MarkG@StJohnsMCC.org). We look forward to seeing you there!
Tool Time at Ten
Cindy Norton begins leading a brand new Bible Study this Sunday, April 30th called "The Attitudes of Being: New Growth from Old Stories (and some new ones)."
It's The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3–12 / Luke 6:20–22) meet The Parables with a new perspective. You are invited to meet in Friendship Hall every Sunday morning at 10:00 am.