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News From SunCoast Cathedral MCC
August 17, 2017

Worship With Us 
This Sunday
August 20, 2017 
“My House Shall Be Called a House of Prayer for All People”
Does the Bible talk about racism and bigotry?  Is it relevant to what we are going through today, here and now, in our country?  What can heal our communities?  How can we at SunCoast Cathedral MCC be a witness for justice and compassion in a toxic context?  


Preaching:  Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Isaiah 56:1-8





Matthew 15:21-28
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
Friday, August 18 — Potluck and Game Night
Sunday, August 20 — SW Florida MCC Beach Baptism/Cookout
Tuesday, August 22 — Spiritual Practices
Wednesday, August 30 — Book of God teaching series begins
Wednesday, September 6 — What Does the Bible Teach About Justice?
Sunday, September 17 — Lemon Bay Theater
Friday, September 22 — Simply Faith Trio



Thank you Suncoast and Doctors Hospital Staff
for donat
ions to 
Nates Honor Sanctuary
who were flooded out during Tropical Storm Emily.

Potluck and Game Night
Friday, August 18
Potluck: 6pm
Game Night: 7pm
Enjoy a meal with your friends
and then stay for a variety
of fun-filled games.

Join SunCoast Cathedral MCC,
Beyond These Walls MCC,
Church of the Trinity MCC, and
St. John the Apostle MCC
for a
(Bring Your Own Picnic Dinner)
4-7pm, Sunday, August 20
North Casperson Beach*
(South Brohard Park)
Music, Baptism, and Fellowship
Music led by Pastor Susie Brenner, Beyond These Walls MCC
*The North Casperson Beach we will be using is actually in South Brohard Park.   The address is 1600 S. Harbor Drive.    It is across from the Lake Venice Golf Course, just past the dog park, Brohard Paw Park.
The South Brohard Park is 2.3 miles down Harbor Dr, from where it intersects with Venice Ave.  (Once folks get to Sharky’s, it is another .4 miles down the road.)  If people come up Beach Rd, the SB Park is .9 mile from where Beach Rd and Harbor Dr. intersect.
If people see a big sign for Casperson Beach, they have gone too far.  Turn around and go back .4 mile.
Park in the lot at South Bohard Park and use walkway #1, which is the one closest to the entrance to the parking lots.   That will take you to the beach.   
(There are restrooms in the parking lot.)

Trans-Life Support Group 
8pm, Monday, August 21
Trans-Life Support Group is for all members of the Transgender Community and provides a safe place to discuss all issues. The facilitator is Allyson Fichter, who currently works with Get It!, the Gender Equality Trust Network Foundation and facilitates three groups at St. John the Apostle MCC in Ft. Myers. Allyson is also offering to talk with anyone in the church on these issues, one on one, and to help us as we grow as a church in understanding and advocating for these issues.

Spiritual Practices – 
Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
August 22–Mandalas, Colors, and Meditation — Rev. Vickie
Mandala means “sacred circle.” Circles appear in nature (flowers, snowflakes, sun, moon, etc.) and have become symbols of
wholeness and harmony.
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas are used to facilitate meditation and healing.  Psychologist
Carl Jung
used mandalas with his clients because he found they allowed deep healing to take place from within the human psyche.
We will provide the opportunity to color a mandala or to create your own.


Read the Bible! 6pm,Wednesdays Aug. 30, Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 8 
Led by Rev. Vickie

Ever had plans to read the Bible all the way through? Here’s your chance for us to do it together. Rev. Vickie will be leading a book discussion of The Book of God: The Bible as a Novel by Rev. Walter Wangerin. The Book of God (ISBN 0-310-20005-9) is readily available on-line at both new and used prices. Sign up for the class in the church lobby.

Reading schedule:
August 30  Parts I & II
Sept. 20  Parts III & IV
Oct. 18  Parts V & VI
Nov. 8  Parts VII & VIII
Book Description: Here is the story of the Bible from beginning to end, retold with exciting detail and passionate energy. The Book of God reads like a fine novel, dramatizing the sweep of Biblical events, making the men and women of this ancient book come alive in vivid detail and dialogue. The Book of God follows the biblical story in chronological order. Priests and kings, apostles and prophets, common folk and charismatic leaders with individual stories offer glimpses into an unfolding revelation that reaches across the centuries to touch us today.

6pm, Wednesday, September 6 Plan now to attend this one session!

Line Dancing:  6:45pm, Mondays
Rainbow Paint
Rainbow AA: Open Meeting:  7:30pm, Tuesdays
NA Meeting: 8pm Tuesdays
Choir Practice: 7:30pm, Wednesdays
Praise Band Practice: 8:30pm, Wednesdays

Welcome back  
to Gene Hutter and Bill Burckhardt  
Gene will be serving SunCoast as volunteer minister as he finished his ordination process and discerns his call in MCC.

Preaching Series
August 27 – October 1, 2017 
 Not All Who Wander Are Lost: 
The Making of Moses and God’s People
In this six-week preaching series, we will follow the amazing story of Moses, called by God to lead his people to freedom.  At first a reluctant prophet, Moses became a revered Biblical hero and is known as one of the greatest leaders of all time.  Moses’ faith was often challenged by doubt, personal hardship, injustice and resistance, yet his encounters with God   encouraged and sustained him over a life time.  Our resource for this series is Adam Hamilton’s book ,
Moses:  In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet

We are excited for a full weekend of plans for our Homecoming celebra

tion, and are looking for individual, businesses, organizations or small groups to sponsor our weekend festivities and help catch us up financially. Our goal is to raise $2200, with about $1,000 for the weekend, and the rest going to pay bills and catch up. We have already raised $800.00. We can do this, and even exceed the goal! We need only 14 more $100 sponsors! If you can help, but cannot give $100 by yourself at this time, ask some friends to join you! We will acknowledge our boosters throughout the weekend. If you can help, see Dan Mullins, from the Homecoming Team; or Carla Petersen, our Office Manager after church, or call the office 941-484-7068. 
Friday, Oct. 6–Rev. Candy Holmes 
Oct. 7–4-6:30pm BBQ & 7pm Concert FEATURING: Musicians from Church of the Trinity, St. John’s the Apostle, Beyond These Walls, SunCoast Cathedral and more. 
Sunday, Oct. 8–10:00am Rev. Tania Guzman preaching and leading Sunday Worship

Let’s Sail!

SunCoast Cathedral MCC 
will sail on
Carnival Paradise  
May 12 – 17, 2018
Sailing round trip from Tampa, visiting Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Cozumel and two “fun days” at sea.
Call Air, Sea and Land Travel, Inc. today and reserve your cabin!
18350 Paulson Dr., Unit A!, Pt Charlotte, FL 33954
Darlene Brooks (941-235-0600)  travelwithdarlene@gmail.com
Fundraiser for SunCoast Cathedral MCC
First Deposit Due Sept. 6, 2017 ($300 per  cabin)
Final Payment Due: March 6, 2018
For details, click here:
May 2018 Cruise


We will be selling both Polo and T-Shirts with our Dove Logo and address as shown in the photo. Cost is just $25 for a polo shirt and $18 for a t-shirt.
We will also have these on our website with a link to make payment via Easy Tithe!
Watch for details!

Items of Interest
For more information on any of these topics, 
click on the links below:
Pat Moore Memorial Golf Scramble:  Pat Moore Memorial Golf Scramble
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 in March, check out the THRIVE
monthly calendar on our website and facebook page.  Here’s the link: 

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 a school, where they will be added to  bottlecaps from all across the area!  Put them 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.




Loving God, teach us your wisdom through stories of peoples, communities and our lives. Teach us the wisdom of our MCC heritage and from our forbearers. Speak to us through our worship, our fellowship and our conversations. May we have the silent and discerning heart to listen to you and one another, but most especially to the cries, laughter and hopes of the poor, the marginalized and the rejected of our world.


We pray for those whom you have called to study theology and ministry in preparation for ordained ministry. We pray for lay leaders who continue to learn and teach in our churches. We ask this prayer for the continuing learning and development of our leaders, members and communities so in doing we may continue to participate in the work of justice and love in the world. For it is only in the realities of life, the use of our critical thinking and the sincere opening of our hearts that we truly learn, grow and are formed by and through your Spirit of truth and compassion.  These and many other things we pray in all that is Holy and Loving and through Jesus whom we follow. Amen.


Mapagmahal na Diyos, turuan mo kami ng iyong karunungan na masusumpungan sa mga kwento, sa mga kumunidad at sa aming mga buhay. Turuan mo kami ng karunungan mula sa kasaysayan ng MCC at ng aming mga na-una at nanguna sa amin. Mangusap ka sa amin sa pananambahan, sa pakikipagkaisa at sa aming mga pag-uusap. Nawa’y magkaron kami ng tahimik at mapanuring puso upang marinig ka at ang bawat isa, at higit sa lahat sa mga pagtangis, sa mga pagtawa at sa mga pangarap ng mga mahihirap, marginalized at mga itinatakwil ng mundong ito.
Aming dinadalangin sa iyo ang mga lingkod mong tinawa upang mag-aral ng teolohiya at ministeryo para sa ordinasyon ng pagpapastor. Gayun din pinagdadasal namin ang aming mga layko na patuloy na nag-aaral at nangangaral sa aming mga simbahan.
And aming mga dalangin na ito ay nakatuon at naka-ugat sa patuloy na pag-aaral, pagyabong ng aming mga leaders, members at mga kumunidad upang sa pagkatututo kami ay patuloy na makibahagi sa gawain ng katarungan at pag-ibig sa mundo. Pagkat sa realided lamang ng buhay, sa pagkamit ng ating kritikal na pag-iisip at pagbubukas ng aming puso lamang kami tunay na natututo, lumalago at nahuhubog sa pamamagitan ng iyong Espirito ng katotohanan at habag. Eto at marami pang ibang bagay ang aming ipinapanalangin sa ngalan ng lahat ng banal at mapagmahal at sa panngalan ni Hesus na aming sinusundan. Amen

prayer submitted by


MCC Quezon City



If you are interested in submitting a prayer for consideration, 
let Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson know


For more information, visit our webpage at 
The conference is $125 if you register before October 1;
$135 after October 1.

The mission of SunCoast Cathedral MCC stretches far beyond the walls of our sanctuary.  Let’s get out and be a visible presence in the greater community and we share these events with our brothers and sisters.

Sunday, August 20

Church of the Trinity MCC
7225 Lockwood Ridge Road,
Sarasota, FL 34243


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