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Observing the Season of Lent – Ash Wednesday until Easter
Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter, not counting Sundays. It is a time of reflection and preparation for the celebrations of Easter. This Lent, we are focusing on the life and faith of one of Jesus’ most famous disciples. In Peter, we see a person who is both steadfast and unsteady, a dear friend and a betrayer, a follower and a wanderer. In Peter, we often see ourselves. By following Peter’s journey, we watch the story of Jesus unfold through the eyes of a very normal human trying to figure it all out—just like us. Our series also draws on the hymn “Come Thou Fount” which we will sing. Join us onsite or online each week as we journey with Peter towards Easter new life.
MANY WAYS TO GIVE AND SUPPORT THE MINISTRIES OF MCC KNOXVILLE
Please use your preferred method to give. We want it to be easy and convenient for you. Giving is a blessing for the giver and receiver. We thank you for your support of this church.
If you tend to give weekly, twice a month, or monthly, consider setting up a recurring gift. Set it up one time and it’s done. Recurring gifts are very helpful to the church’s cash flow.
- Cash or check in the offering plate
- Mail a check to 7820 Redeemer Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919
- Set it up through your bank using auto bill pay. They will mail us your check.
- Donate through the website: www.MCCKnoxville.org/donate
- Text2Give number at 865-509-9980
FOOD PANTRY SUPPORT THROUGHOUT LENT
Online members who cannot bring a donation to church may also make a financial donation on our website or Text2Give 865-509-9980 and choose “Food Pantry” from the drop-down menu or mail a check to the church- 7820 Redeemer Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Lent Discussion Groups
Tuesday Touchstone and Tuesday Night Discussion (Online)
Tuesdays at Noon Eastern
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern
Join our discussion groups on Tuesdays at Noon and Tuesdays at 7:00 PM (Eastern).
Our next book study is If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk: Finding a faith that makes us better humans by John Pavlovitz (2021). (Paper ISBN 978-0-664-26684-4) It is available in both text and audiobook formats. Electronic copies (and audiobooks) can also be borrowed through online libraries such as Libby and Hoopla.
This will be a 6-week study beginning the first week of Lent. We have selected chapters to focus on but encourage folks to read the whole book. Our conversation will include some of the discussion questions at the back of the book. You are encouraged to read the assigned chapters along with us but are not required to do so.
Our reading schedule:
- February 13th: Your Job / Unboxing God (Intro & Ch 1)
- February 20th: The Sh*t Is Never Getting Together (Ch 3)
- February 27th: The Dude Abides (Ch 5)
- March 5: Let Them Eat Cake (Ch 8)
- March 12: Love Your Damn Neighbor (Ch 15)
- March 19: Good Book / The Gospel According to You (Ch 10 & 18)
Our study leaders:
The Rev. Dr. Joan Saniuk is a retired clergyperson in the Metropolitan Community Churches. She is a former pastor of MCCs in Boston, MA and Hendersonville, NC. While in Boston, Joan was active in organizing religious support for marriage equality; she also did doctoral research on ways that a church can be healing for people who have previously been hurt by churches. Joan and her wife Sharilyn Steketee live in Hendersonville, where they are staff to one cat.
Sharilyn Steketee, M. Div., served as an actor and leader for 18 years in Covenant Players, then assisted faculty as support staff at Harvard Business School for another 18 years. Sharilyn has designed and led workshops for churches and conferences. She has also written and performed a one-woman play of Mary Magdelene. Sharilyn enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing her bassoon (and with above mentioned cat.)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88963765176?pwd=VGF4bjdNeGJpWitwYWN4MXlzeWtjZz09
Meeting ID: 889 6376 5176
Tuesday Night Discussion
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83345821582?pwd=Y1lXTWhSQmwrZmd2U0VucXl2cGJ3dz09
Meeting ID: 833 4582 1582
MCC Hikers and Walkers (In Person)
Saturday, March 2nd at 10:30 AM Eastern (Weather permitting)
Location: Norris Lake
Please join us (weather permitting) for our monthly walk/hike on Saturday, March 2nd at 10:30 AM for an easy walk on the Songbird Trail at Norris Dam State Park. We will meet at the pavilion located off Powerhouse Way. This 2-mile loop trail meanders along the Clinch River and various tree orchards. Afterwards, we will have lunch nearby.
Hope to see you on March 2nd for fun, fitness, and fellowship!
Monthly Board Meeting (Online)
Thursday, March 14th at 6:30 PM Eastern
Our monthly Board meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of the month. They are open for our members to attend.
Our monthly Board Meetings are held virtually. You can join them by using the following Zoom link:
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/93963675351?pwd=WG1LS1c0QWlzem5ZekgwaWNPdnpPZz09
Meeting ID: 939 6367 5351
Zoom phone number: 646-558-8656 (passcode 429791 followed by #)
Monthly Book Club (In Person and Online)
Friday, March 15th at 10:00 AM Eastern
Location: South Press Cafe - 3615 Chapman Highway
Monday, March 18th at 12:00 PM Eastern
Connect with one another and with social issues as we read and discuss one book per month. You are invited to read the whole book and then gather onsite or online for a conversation about the book. There will be two conversations to choose from: one over coffee/tea at South Press Café, and one over coffee/tea on Zoom! Choose which location and/or time best fits your schedule. Don’t like to read? Most of the books are also available as audiobooks! Listen while you walk or drive or while relaxing.
March Book - The Measure by Nikki Erlick
Friday, March 15 – 10:00 AM ET – at South Press Café on Chapman Highway, Knoxville
Monday, March 18 – 12 noon ET – on Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82059571267?pwd=NTZ6ejZXOHNzZkFDS0FoQllMVTl2QT09
Meeting ID: 820 5957 1267
Friday Night Game Night (In Person)
Friday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM Eastern
Location: MCC Knoxville
This month at MCC Knoxville, the Friday Night Game Night theme will be Bingo!
Join us on Friday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to join in the fun and fellowship. Invite a friend. Admission is free. Bring a snack to share along with an inexpensive item for the prize table if you would like.
Currently (subject to change), because of the low risk level for COVID in our community, masks are optional. Food and drink are allowed.
Congregational Forum and Meeting (In Person and Online)
Forum: Sunday, April 7th at about 12:20 PM Eastern
Meeting: Sunday, April 14th at about 12:20 PM Eastern
Location: MCC Knoxville and Zoom
A Congregational Forum will be held Sunday, April 7th after our worship service and a short break (at about 12:20 PM). The Forum is to help us all prepare for the Spring Congregational Meeting to be held the following week. Everyone will have ample opportunity to ask their questions in a less formal setting. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate.
Reports from the Board, Treasurer, Pastor, Lay Delegate and Deacons will be available online and onsite ahead of the Forum. Please review the reports prior to this meeting and have your questions ready. They will be on the Documents page of our website (www.mccknoxville.org/documents) by Friday, April 5th.
During the Forum, we will also identify candidates for election to three 2-year terms on our Board of Directors. Please be in prayer and discernment for those who are gifted in the areas of administration and leadership. These are the seats currently held by Doug, Gary, and Ruby. Doug and Ruby have expressed their willingness to run for another term. Gary will not continue due to conflicts with his work schedule. We thank Gary for his service.
For those online, since the Forum immediately follows our Sunday worship service, please remain in the regular Zoom Virtual Worship meeting. If you don't usually attend virtual worship on Zoom, you may register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5Ysf-6gqzst116c1dYPvxfVDO0tUCP5Ow to receive the meeting link.
Our Fall Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, April 14th immediately after our worship service and a short break (at about 12:20 PM Eastern). Everyone is welcome, but members are especially encouraged to attend. Members have voice and vote. Attendees may have voice but no vote. This meeting will be held onsite and on Zoom.
The Agenda includes:
- Approval of the minutes of the last congregational meeting
- Election of three members to the MCC Knoxville Board of Directors (2 year term)
- Reception of reports from the Board, Treasurer, Pastor, Lay Delegate, and Deacons. These will be available on our website under Documents.
Anonymous voting will be available onsite by ballot and on Zoom using the Poll feature. Please know that every effort is made to conduct the business of the church in accordance with our Bylaws.
The link for the Congregational Meeting (not Forum) is different than for Worship. You do not need to pre-register.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83986162593?pwd=Vzd3a2FDWXBvSG83V25xa1dYOGp5QT09
Meeting ID: 839 8616 2593
Sunday Worship (In Person & Online)
Sundays at 11:00 AM Eastern
Location: MCC Knoxville, Facebook, and Zoom
The wearing of masks is currently optional indoors during Worship and at other gatherings. The Board continues to review our policy in light of current COVID numbers and public health guidance.
This service will continue to be available on Zoom and Facebook. If you have not previously registered, please register in advance of Sunday morning. Click this Link now:
More information is available here: http://mccknoxville.org/index.php/virtual-services
We are offering indoor in-person worship services at the church on Sundays at 11:00 AM.
This service will continue to be available on Facebook and Zoom.
Visit our Virtual Services page for instructions on how to join us online.
Visit our Donations & Support page for ways you can support MCC Knoxville during these unusually challenging times.
A Community of Faith
We come together from a rich variety of religious experiences and denominational backgrounds, seeking to:
Celebrate God manifested in every single person
Model Christ and share God’s immutable love
Be God’s hands, feet, and voice sharing the story of Love
We offer our experience and our love -- we share our stories and our journeys -- to encourage and uplift the transgendered, bisexual, gay and lesbian communities of Knoxville and the entire East Tennessee area. We welcome all to join us, regardless of denomination or background.
Communal memory takes shape when we share our stories. In those stories is our longing and yearning for peace, for love, for acceptance, for freedom, equality and justice. In those yearnings is a search for the truth of Spirit.
If you are looking for a spiritual home, come visit us here at Metropolitan Community Church at Knoxville and listen to the voice of the Holy speak to you through the voices of diversity, community, social justice and prayer. We welcome people of many beliefs and backgrounds into the holy space of worship, and pray that you will find justice and peace wherever Spirit leads you.