Weekly Eclips Newsletter


News From
SunCoast Cathedral MCC
December 7, 2017

Worship With Us This Sunday
December 10, 2017
Preaching: Rev. Vickie Miller
Message: “Holy Darkness: Mysterious and Beautiful”
 Contemporary Reading from
Learning to Walk in the Dark  by Barbara Brown Taylor

Luke 2:6-11
Welcome to one of the best open and affirming churches on the SunCoast.  
We are a welcoming, diverse and active community sharing God’s love in a spiritual environment offering Truth, Trust and Transformation.

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Get It in Your Calendar
Highlights of What’s Coming Up 
at SunCoas
t Cathedral MCC


Sunday, Dec. 10 — Bake Sale following Service
Sunday, December 10 — Eirinn Abu Sax Concert

Tues., Dec. 12, 19


 — Book Study, Learning to Walk in the Dark


Wednesday, December 13 — Bobbi’s Coffee Hour
Wednesday, December 13 — Christmas Choir Concert,
Church of the Trinity, Sarasota
Saturday, Dec. 16 — Christmas Choir Concert, SCC
Sunday, Dec. 24 — Christmas Eve Services, AM & PM
Sunday, Dec. 31 — Putting on the Ritz New Year’s Eve Dance
Tuesday, Jan. 2 — Clean-Up  after New Year’s Eve Dance
Sunday, Jan. 14 — Simply Faith Gospel Trio
Saturday, January 20 — Annual Congregational Meeting


Thank you

To everyone 

for your


donations to the







Thanksgiving Food Drive




or CHAPS and the All Faiths Food Bank!



Landscaping Day
Saturday, December 9, Begins Early Morning
Join Rev. Nancy and help us spruce up the grounds in preparation for Christmas. . . on December 9th, anytime after daylight!!
All our landscaping is done by volunteers, and let’s do what we can to help out!
 There will be some special projects, and an opportunity to sign up for your own plot
to tend for the coming year.   We are looking for volunteers to “adopt-a-plot.”
There are all sizes and shapes of “plots” to care for.  
Some tasks involve weeding, others mulch-there’s a little something for everyone!

Bake Sale
following Service, Sunday, Dec. 10


Need Xmas decorations?




Check out the SCC “extras”
on the Chapel deck & help yourself!



An Easy Way to Give to Your Church
This Christmas and All Year Long

Use Amazon.smile
When shopping this year, please designate SunCoast Cathedral MCC as your charity and the AmazonSmile Foundation with donate 0.5% of the purchase price to SunCoast Cathedral MCC.
Below are the the instructions:
1. Visit smile.amazon.com
2. Sign in and Choose SunCoast Cathedral MCC
Once selected you will receive an email confirmation and you can begin shopping.
3. Begin shopping!
4. Share with your friends.
For more details, click on the link below:

Generosity Sunday
Mortgage Sunday:
Help us meet our monthly mortgage.  A second offering will be taken.  Your generosity is essential to our financial health.


CHAPS Sunday:
Each month on the second Sunday we collect personal hygiene and cleaning items for clients of CHAPS.  The clients deal every day 

with HIV/AIDS and the impact on their lives, including limited incomes.  They may get food stamps but personal hygiene and 

cleaning supplies are not covered which means that clients might have to go without the things essential to maintaining their health an
d welfare.  Please be generous as you bring items such as:  shampoo, hand soap, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, body lotion, cotton swabs, and feminine hygiene products.

Learning To Walk 
in the Dark 
by Barbara Brown Taylor
Book Study 10am 
Dec. 12, & 19  
Led by Our Pastors
Come and explore themes of the season as we spend time in discussion and in prayer as we prepare for Jesus’ birth.  

Bobbi’s Coffee Hour
10am, Wednesday, Dec. 13
Come share a cup of coffee and a holiday treat with your friends from SunCoast and from the greater community.  This is a great way to meet people and extend the hospitality of our SunCoast community.


7pm,  Wed., Dec. 13, Church of the Trinity, Sarasota
7pm, Sat., Dec. 16, SunCoast Cathedral MCC, Venice

A Blue Christmas  Sunday, December 17 
We Encourage Everyone
to Wear Blue on that Sunday.
We will gather after service to make a short video for our sister church God Is Grace Uganda to wish them a blessed Christmas.  Please plan to stay a few minutes after church to be a part of the video!

For more information, click below:

Order a
Christmas Poinsettia  
$10 per plant.
Orders due by 

Sunday, Dec. 17

Bradford Angel Ornaments for Sale  $10 each
Proceeds Benefit SunCoast Cathedral MCC
Once again you have an opportunity to adopt one of these beautiful, collectible ornaments.  These angel children are just waiting for a new family to adopt them and care for them.  See Paul Barber for more information.


Please take a “calendar bag” (2,3,4 friends can fill a bag as a team)
Collect personal hygiene items from Dec. 4-31 and deposit them into the bag!   Bring the filled bag b
ack to SunCoast Cathedral or call Mercie at 941-625-2552 to arrange pick-up.  
Items Needed:
Bar Soap     Liquid Hand Soap     Body Wash     Shampoo
Conditioner     Toothbrushes     Toothpaste
Deodorant (M/F)     Shaving Cream
Body Lotion     Hand Cream        Mouthwash
Denture Tablets     Disposable Razors     Cotton Swabs
Feminine Hygiene Products (tampons, sanitary napkins)
If you can only partially fill a bag–no worries!
All donations are appreciated
Please support this holiday benefit.   
There will be no gift card tree for the youth of CHAPS.  
Toys for Tots will be providing gifts for the youth!


Rainbow Paint
Rainbow AA: Open Meeting:  7:30pm, Tuesdays
NA Meeting: 8pm Tuesdays
Choir Practice: 7:30pm, Wednesdays
Praise Singers Practice: 8:30pm

An Easy Way to Give to Your Church All Year Long



Staples will donate $2 for each used inkjet or toner cartridge up to 20 per month.  This means a savings to the church of nearly $500 per year.  All you need to do is bring in your used inkjets or toner cartridges and leave them in the collection box in the volunteer office. (It’s over by the copier.)  We’ll turn them in for you.
Also, if you shop at Staples, give them the church’s phone number (941-484-7068) when you check out and the church will get credit for all your purchases.

Hospitality Needs 



– See Linda or Connie



Volunteers help with set-up, beverage preparation, putting out refreshments, cleaning up after fellowship time, and
bring goodies on a regular basis.
We Also Need Someone to coordinate goodies each week in the New Year!
Supplies Needed: To-Go Boxes, Ind. Butter Cups, Christmas Plates & Napkins

Chances Available Now!  Drawing on December 18
Chances are $25 each or 5/$100   
For Complete Information, click below:

SunCoast Cathedral MCC 
May 12 – 17, 2018
You Can Still Register
For Details on How to Book a Room, click below:

Items of Interest
For more information on any of these topics, 
click on the links below:
Partnership with God is Grace MCC in Uganda: 
God is Grace MCC
Prayer Wall: 
Prayer Wall
3 Ways to Support Your Church Financially: 
Support Your Church

For information on everything that’s happening at SunCoast Cathedral, check out the THRIVE 
monthly calendar.  Here’s the link: Thrive Magazine

On Line Giving Now Available 
For more information, click below:

Bottlecaps can be used for benches, trash containers, and other great outdoor furniture.  All bottlecaps we collect will go to Neal Armstrong Elementary School.  Put all plastic bottle caps in the bear in the fellowship hall.
Please, no metal bottle caps.

What’s Happening in the Denomination
This section will include articles/items of interest from MCC Churches.  If you are aware of an item that should be included, please let us know.



A Prayer for the People of Puerto Rico
My Dear God. My Precious Creator. It is with a broken heart that I render prayers for my
beautiful land of Borinquén. Isla de mis padres. Puerto Rico of my heart.
The Land of my ancestors has been destroyed by the winds of wrath and the drenching rains of
María has descended upon them with a fury that devastated the land we know as home. For once
we sat down by the rivers in the Land of the Boricua and sang “Preciosa Preciosa Te llaman los
hijos y hijas de Borinquén.”
But today, we pray in the great words our poet and psalmist Rafael Hernandez (translated to English):
The mourning is heard everywhere
Through my wretched Borinquen, yes.
And sad, the peasant goes
Thinking, saying,
Crying like this -along the way:
“What will become of Borinquen, my dear God,
What will become of my children and my home?”
Borinquen, the Land of Eden
Which when the great Gautier sung
He called “The pearl of the Seas”
Now that you are dying from your sorrows
Let me sing to you too
Borinquen, my love”*
Create in her a new land oh God and renew and right spirit in her. May her mountains once again flourish with the green pastures of your grace and may the valleys be filled with the promises of your love. Heal and restore my land of Puerto Rico and let my Boricuas rise with the love and pride that you have instilled in us.
For when the Lord brought back the captive ones of Borinquén, we were like those who sang:
“The Lord had done great things for us and we are glad… yes we are glad… For the Lord will do
great things for us.”
“Cuando el Señor trajo a los cautivos de Borinquén, éramos como aquellos
que cantaron que el Señor hizo grandes cosas por nosotros… Y nos alegra que sí, estamos contentos.
”  Amen.


*Rafael Hernández Marín, Lamento Borincano, 1929. Sony Publicación
“Se oye este lamento por doquier,
en mi desdichada Borinquén sí.
Y triste, el jibarito va, pensando así,
diciendo así, llorando así por el camino,
Qué será de Borinquén mi Dios querido
Qué será de mis hijos y de mi hogar?
Oh, Borinquén la tierra del Edén
La que al cantar el gran Gautier
Llamó la perla de los mares
Ahora que tú te mueres con tus pesares
Déjame que te cante yo también
Borinquén de mi amor”


prayer submitted by


East Orlando Florida, USA



Let’s make SunCoast Cathedral MCC more visible in the community.  Support these events and let them know you’re with SCC.



Unity Church Presents

Unity Church of Venice Presents a 
CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Jason & DeMarco!
Friday, December 8, 7:00 pm 
You WON’T want to miss this extraordinary opportunity to experience these internationally renowned artists as they share songs from their “Christmas Reflections” album as well as many other Christmas favorites.  There will be a reception featuring delicious desserts in the Love and Light Center at 6:00 pm.  Concert starts at 7:00 pm.  LOVE OFFERING.


See Kathy Hanus for Tickets



The Gentlemen of PRIME TIMERS Extend an invitation to our SCC gentlemen of the Gay and Bisexual Community to their HOLIDAY PARTY SUN., DEC. 10 Visit the website for details:


Labyrinth Ceremony

at Unity Church of Venice
December 22, 3pm
Rev. Robin and the people of Venice Unity invite the parishioners of SunCoast Cathedral MCC to com to a Labyrinth Ceremony on December 22 at 3pm.  There will be live music, harp, Native American flute and gentle drumming.  People are encouranged to bring their own water and snacks and a beach chair.


JANUARY 20, 2018 
For Complete Details, Click Below
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Thank you
SunCoast Cathedral MCC


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