This Weeks Newsletter

Join us for the Third Sunday of Advent―Love

Rev. Vickie Miller | Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
SUNCOAST MCC NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 13, 2018
CALM AND BRIGHT: 200 YEARS OF SILENT NIGHT
“The
Dawn of Redeeming Grace”
With Rev. Vickie Miller
Third Sunday of Advent

Love
Sun. | Dec. 16 | 10AM

God imagined us for love and for beauty, for life and for wholeness, for goodness and for mercy. You were made in the image of God. God yearns like a father, like a mother, for us to be free. God is Love, yes, and so God wants to lavish friendship and meaning and abundant life upon us, to help us to see this old world like the new world God envisions. God wants us to be truly human, the way Jesus walked for and with us.
Even the wrath of God isn’t something to fear, but something to welcome–that wrath is coming against the very thing in us that bring death and destruction. You, dear one, you’re not being condemned. You’re being rescued.
This whole story is about how you were so loved and you are so loved and you will always be this loved: look, the cosmos testifies to it”
.
Sarah Bessey
Readings

Luke 1: 35-45
John 1:1-5, 14, 16-17
UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES
FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMASTIDE
Join Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson and Rev. Vickie Miller to explore the rich meaning of the
most beloved Christmas carols for our turbulent times
Dec. 23

With the Angels Let Us Sing |
Dec. 30

Christ the Savior is Born 
EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
ONLY 4 DAYS REMAINING … PLACE YOUR BID NOW!
SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER

GIFT BASKETS GALORE!
Bidding Ends Sun. Dec. 16
Great deals are still available on the beautiful baskets filled with lots of goodies, such as, Chocolates, Music, Wine, Champagne, Kitchen Items and much more!
A WARM FUZZY CHRISTMAS
Fri. | Dec. 14 | 6PM
Come and share the music of the season with our choir, soloists, diversity carolers, comedy and surprise guests! Bask in the light of a Yule Log, share goodies and cheer with old friends and new ones. . . . wear holiday garb! Invite your friends, family and neighbors.
BAKE SALE
Sun. | Dec. 16 | After Service
Baked items needed!
Time to bake your favorite cookies, pies, brownies or other delectable treats.
Come and sample a variety of delicious baked goods. All proceeds help fund Church events.
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ORDER A POINSETTA
$10
Deadline to Place your Order is
Mon. | Dec. 17 | NOON
This year we continue an ongoing SunCoast tradition. To honor or remember someone special in your life, complete the form in Sunday’s December 16 Church Bulletin. We will announce your loved ones in the Christmas Eve Church Bulletin. Don’t forget to place the form and payment of $10 per poinsettia in the offering plate.
COASTAL RAINBOW FORUM RADIO INTERVIEW
Fri. | Dec. 21 | 5PM
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson will do a 30-minute interview with Steve Ryan on Coastal Rainbow Forum, an Internet forum that interviews well-known people for their perspectives on local, regional, and international issues that impact the LGBTQIA Community. Don’t forget to
listen in
.
CHRISTMAS DINNER & NETWORKING
Sun. | Dec. 23 | After Service |
$8 Per Person
“Wear Something Blue”
Join us for an early afternoon (immediately after service) traditional Christmas Dinner with turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls and sweets. Purchase your ticket in advance. 
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CHRISTMAS EVE
SPECIAL CANDLELIGHT SERVICE
Mon. | Dec. 24 | 6PM
Enjoy the Reverends and congregation in a special service.
All Is Calm, All Is Bright –
a beautiful and peaceful, candlelight service you will want to share with family, friends and neighbors. 
MINISTRY HIGHLIGHTS
SUPPORT THE HOSPITALITY AND FELLOWSHIP TEAM
If your last name begins with
M through R
, please donate a goodie tray that will be shared with congregants immediately after Sunday service. Those with the last name beginning with
S through Z provide hospitality in January. Please participate as you can.
SUNCOAST SUPPORTS CHAPS TO HELP FAMILIES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

DONATE
THROUGH SUN. DEC. 30
During this holiday season, our partner organization, CHAPS, is helping families impacted and affected by HIV/AIDS. You can participate in two ways.
WALMART GIFT CARDS
―D
onate $10 gift cards from WALMART so the children can have a great Christmas. Donate several cards if you can! Place cards at the back of the Church.
FILL A REVERSE ADVENT BAG

Please deposit one hygiene item each day into the bag. Return your bag to SunCoast MCC on Dec. 30 and CHAPS will distribute the items as needed to their clients! Pick up a bag in the lobby…..fill it yourself, or fill it with a group of friends!
Items Needed: Bar Soap, Liquid Hand Soap, Body Wash, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Deodorant (M/F), Body Lotion, Hand Cream, Mouthwash, Denture tablets, Shaving Cream, Disposable Razors, Cotton Swabs, Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons, napkins.).
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Interested in Serving on the Leadership of SunCoast’s MCC Board?
If you have any questions about the roles, responsibilities and/or service terms contact the Revs. or any Board member..
Now through Dec. 23
—If interested, submit your application to the
Board
.
Applications are available in the volunteer office.
Applications will be treated confidentially.
Early January 2019
—Interviews will be held with the Nominating Team (i.e., a Board member, a deacon and Revs.).
Jan. 13
—Member Congregational Forum to review the 2019 Financials.
Jan. 20
—Annual Member Congregational Meeting. Only voting members can vote to elect Board members.
Dear SunCoast MCC Members,
Friends and Supporters
This year has been a season of joyful change and reaching out at SunCoast MCC, of welcoming new folks, and challenging ourselves to connect with our neighbors. We have reached out to do justice, created new programs and opportunities, and are becoming that beacon of hope and love for so many who need it. SunCoast MCC has been blessed by your generosity in the past; and, we hope that we have blessed you and others in return.
As you consider your holiday giving, we encourage you to consider the message and ministry of Suncoast MCC. Our goal is to end this year on a positive note and prepare for another year of service. Thank you for your generosity. You can express your gratitude for what God is doing at Suncoast MCC through volunteer opportunities and/or online giving.
Click below.
You are in our prayers for a “Calm and Bright” holiday season! Grace and Peace,
Rev. Vickie Miller | Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson Selected as the 2019 Mother Eagle Award Recipient
Award will be Presented on Thurs. Jan. 10, 2019
Please join SunCoast MCC in congratulating
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
on receiving the Mother Eagle Award. This is an important achievement for Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson and SunCoast MCC congregants where Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson serves as Co-Pastor. The award, presented jointly by Christian Feminism Today and Q Christian Fellowship, honors a woman integrally involved in advocating for LGBTQIA equality in Christianity!
The official award presentation will take place during the Q Christian Fellowship conference in Chicago, IL, on January 10, 2019. The Mother Eagle Award was jointly created by Q Christian Fellowship (formerly the Gay
Christian
Network) and
Christian
Feminism Today to honor women who have taken the lead in advocating for LGBTQ+ equality in Christianity.
The name of the award comes from Deuteronomy 32:11: “like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft” (NIV). This is an annual award. Virginia Ramey Mollenkott was the recipient of the inaugural award in 2017; Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder was the 2018 recipient.
To congratulate
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson or for more information about this achievement, please reach out to
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson.
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(22, 22, 22); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-style: italic; font-weight: bold;“>Free Workshop &amp; Film Showing on the topic of homosexuality, gender identity and the Bible</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>Sat. | Dec. 8 | 1:30PM to 4:30PM | Free </span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(22, 22, 22); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;“>A must attend program. All are welcome. Bring a friend.</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“> healing, clarity and understanding to&nbsp;anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif;“>Outing the Bible” facilitated by Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson who will a</span>
<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(55, 55, 55);“>nswer the&nbsp;question:&nbsp;Are there LGBT people in the Bible?</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>Fri. | Dec. 14 | 6PM</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>Come and share the music of the season with our choir, soloists, diversity carolers, comedy and surprise guests! Bask in the light of a Yule Log, share goodies and cheer with old friends and new ones. . . . wear holiday garb! Invite your friends, family and neighbors.</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>BAKE SALE</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>Sun. | Dec. 16 | After Service</span>
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Time to bake your favorite cookies, pies, brownies or other delectable treats.
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>COASTAL RAINBOW FORUM RADIO INTERVIEW </span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>Fri. | Dec. 21 | 5PM</span>
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Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson will do a 30-minute interview with Steve Ryan on Coastal Rainbow Forum, an Internet forum that interviews well-known people for their perspectives on local, regional, and international issues that impact the LGBTQIA Community. Don’t forget to
<a href=”https://www.spreaker.com/user/society_bytes_radio/100118-inequality-steve-ryantarget=”_blankstyle=”color: #233E7A; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: underline;“>listen in</a>.
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>Sun. | Dec. 23 | $8 Per Person</span>
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<span style=”color: rgb(0, 0, 0);“>Join us for an Early Traditional Christmas Dinner after Church Service with&nbsp;turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls &amp; sweets.&nbsp;</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>CANDLELIGHT SERVICE</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>Mon. | Dec. 24 | 6PM</span>
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<span style=”font-style: italic;“> All Is Calm, All Is Bright&nbsp;- </span>a beautiful and peaceful, candlelight service you will want to share with family, friends and neighbors.&nbsp;
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(14, 14, 14); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>Our partner organization, CHAPS, will be helping families impacted and affected by HIV/AIDS to ensure their children get gifts for Christmas. Starting on Sun., Dec. 9, look for a box that will be labelled “CHAPS/ WALMART” located at the back of the Church. Please donate $10 gift cards from WALMART so the children can have a great Christmas. Donate several cards if you can! Thank you.</span>
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<span style=”font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>Regardless of whether you are a member of SunCoast MCC or not, you can support us when you shop at AMAZON. </span>
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<span style=”color: rgb(22, 22, 22); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>To honor or remember someone special in your life, complete the form in Sunday’s Bulletin and place your form and payment in the offering plate. Orders and payment are due no later than Mon. Dec. 18.</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-style: italic; font-weight: bold; font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold;“>Interested in serving on the leadership team at SunCoast MCC?</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; font-weight: bold;“>6 Positions Open</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>Early January 2019</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>Jan. 13</span>
<span style=”font-size: 14px;“>—Member Congregational Forum to review the 2019 Financials. </span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px;“>—Annual Member Congregational Meeting. Only voting members can vote to elect Board members.</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: bold;“>SUPPORT A FAMILY DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>We need&nbsp;a team of volunteers, at least 6 persons, to prepare, deliver and/or serve a meal, or meals to a family being housed for two weeks by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Venice.&nbsp;</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>They need some extra help from Christmas Day through Jan. 4.&nbsp;</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>To volunteer call SunCoast, email </span>
<a href=”mailto:revdrnancywilson@suncoastcathedralmcc.orgtarget=”_blankstyle=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; text-decoration: underline;“>Rev. Nancy Wilson</a>
<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>&nbsp;or sign up on Dec. 9 at Church to volunteer or ask more questions.&nbsp;</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>There will be an organizing and training meeting the week of Dec. 10 to onboard our volunteers.&nbsp;</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 14px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;“>This wonderful program always blesses those who give of themselves this season!&nbsp;</span>
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<span style=”font-size: 16px; color: rgb(54, 97, 189); font-weight: bold;“>and Supporters</span>
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This year has been a season of joyful change and reaching out at SunCoast MCC, of welcoming new folks, and challenging ourselves to connect with our neighbors. We have reached out to do justice, created new programs and opportunities, and are becoming that beacon of hope and love for so many who need it. SunCoast MCC has been blessed by your generosity in the past; and, we hope that we have blessed you and others in return.
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As you consider your holiday giving, we encourage you to consider the message and ministry of Suncoast MCC. Our goal is to end this year on a positive note and prepare for another year of service. Thank you for your generosity. You can express your gratitude for what God is doing at Suncoast MCC through volunteer opportunities and/or online giving.
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You are in our prayers for a “Calm and Bright” holiday season!
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Grace and Peace,
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Rev. Vickie Miller | Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
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Happy Thanksgiving

A Loving Note From
Rev. Vickie Miller and Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
November 19, 2018
Dear Congregation Family and Friends,
Thanksgiving is one of those sacred holidays that has an uncompromised message: Give Thanks! Maintaining an outlook of thanks and gratitude, as we know, is one of the most sustaining and healthy life choices we can make.  
 
At SunCoast MCC, we have much for which to be thankful, both in our personal lives and in the life of our church. Having recently hosted the Inaugural Venice Pride, our team gathered afterwards for a review, ending in a circle to offer thanks. We were thankful for the weather, for the support of the mayor and commissioner, for the many well-behaved pets, for making many new friends and acquaintances, and for a safe and joyful event. But mostly, we were thankful for each other. We noted how many people from church volunteered and how well we worked together to support our common mission.
 
Those characteristics are something that we, as your pastors, are thankful for each day! Thank you for supporting us personally in the so many different ways that you do. Thank you for upholding each other, in times of stress, illness and difficulty, but also in the times of celebration and joy. Thank you for the ways in which you provide for the church’s programs, facilities and services. In short, thank you for caring!
 
May this Thanksgiving holiday resonate within you the joy of gratitude, as together we count our blessings and give thanks to our wonderful, gracious God.  
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Vickie Miller | Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
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