Pastor’s Corner

Pastors corner for the week of July 17, 2016
Whom or What Can Separate Us from the Love of God?
We cannot continue living our lives like nothing is going on in our world. There are wars, rumors of wars and hate being spewed. The climate in our country and world is volatile. Everyday is filled with news story after news story of another shooting that does not make sense and we have no answers or explanations. What can we do? Well, we shouldn’t sit back on our assets and do nothing. That is complacency. We are not called to be comfortable.
As a church, especially a MCC church we are called to action. Our core values are founded on social justice. We must be the voice of those who have no voice. We must be the voice of those who are speaking and no one else is listening.
Is there anything that can separate us from the love of God?

Meeting Rescheduled

Residents and business leaders will have a chance to meet with the Sarasota Police Department and the local chapter of the NAACP at an upcoming meeting.
Sarasota, FL — The Community Conversation between Sarasota Police, the Sarasota branch of the NAACP and other groups that was postponed Wednesday night has been rescheduled.
According to the police department, the meeting will now take place Monday, July 25 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The meeting was originally scheduled in the wake of the shooting deaths of black motorists in Baton Rouge, La., and Falcon Heights, Minn. It also came after a sniper attack in Dallas during a Black Lives Matters protest left five police officers dead and seven wounded. Two civilians were also injured in the attack, which has been characterized as the deadliest day for law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001.

MCC Conference Voting

Results of 2016 MCC Emerge Conference Business Meeting
Winners of Governing Board Clergy Candidates
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Burns Naples, FL 3 Year Term
Rev. Dr. William Hubbard Knighyt, Hilo, Hawaii 3 Year Term
Rev. Joe Cobb, Roanoke, VA 6 Year Term
Rev. Jakob Hero, Tampa, FL 6 Year Term
Winners of Governing Board Lay Delegate Candidates
Kimberly Brown, Sandy, Oregon 6 Year Term
Mark Dalgleish, Wollstonecraft, Australia 6 Years
Angel Collie, Chapel Hill, NC 3 Year Term
The Revised Statement of Faith was Passed
All Amendments and changes to the Bylaws were passed.
On the election of our new Moderator…..
After five rounds of voting there was no winner.
In accordance with By-Laws, the new incoming Governing Board will appoint an Interim Moderator for the next 3 Years.
In 2019 at the MCC Conference which will be in Orlando the first week of July, there will be a new Moderator elected.
SunCoast Cathedral has 17 people at conference.
Doug Barry
Randy McGuire
Lay Delegates

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