“Behold, I Am Doing a New Thing”
The Rev. Terri Steed Pierce
Senior Pastor, Joy MCC, Orlando FL
During the early hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, the worst mass shooting on US soil took place at The Pulse, a popular LGBTI nightclub in Orlando, FL. Before the shooting ended, 49 mostly young men and women including the shooter were dead and even more were wounded physically and emotionally. Into that chaos, tragedy and hopelessness, Rev. Steed-Pierce her congregation and ministry team spoke and gave living witness to our message of hope and God’s inclusive love. As MCC congregations have done through our 48-year history, Joy MCC ministered to a wounded community at its darkest hour. We will begin our weekend with a focus session where pastor Steed-Pierce will share the lessons learned in ministering into crisis and despair. Later that evening we will have a public screening of the film Upstairs Inferno which tells the story of an arson fire in a gay bar in New Orleans in an earlier era during which over 30 people lost their lives including the pastor, assistant pastor and many members of Vieux Carre MCC. Then, as in Orlando, MCC led the caring response and provided a public voice and pastoral presence to their grief.
Rev. Steed Pierce will also preach God’s Word at three services, one Saturday and two Sunday morning.
Winter Revival Schedule
|Saturday, January 14th|
|Responding to Crisis and Despair: Lessons from the Pulse Massacre from the Ministry of Joy MCC||4:00 pm|
|Dinner Hour||5:00 pm|
|Revival Service with Rev. Steed Pierce||6:00 pm|
|Movie: Upstairs Inferno||8:00 pm|
|Sunday, January 15th|
|Jubilation Service with Rev. Steed Pierce||9:00 am|
|Celebration Service with Rev. Steed Pierce||11:00 am|
|Potluck Lunch||After 11 Service|
On Sunday, November 6, Rev. Pressley Sutherland will join us in worship and for a workshop to help us kick off our search for a settled pastor. Rev. Sutherland is the Assistant Director of the Office of Church Life and Health and is an experienced interim leader himself. He graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and trained at MCC New York. He has pastored congregations in London, Cape Town South Africa, St. Louis and Tampa. Come to hear what our next season of transformation will bring.
In this season of Advent as we prepare again to celebrate the coming of the Christ in history into our lives today and in the end of time, Pastor David will lead a five-week study.
“We will have the chance to look at some Biblical figures on whom we don’t always focus during Advent. Somewhat surprisingly, Tamar, Ruth, Mary, Zachariah, Elizabeth, and the Magi ask questions that resonate with Christians today. Our study will be on five Tuesday nights beginning November 22nd leading up ‘til Christmas.”
The Study is based on a guide available from Christianbook.com, stock #09825.
Join us for our first Transformation Chew and Chat on Sunday, October 16 when we will consider the question “If the house is on fire what do you grab and take with you?” We specifically will be considering this in the context of our community at St. John’s, but your answers may tell you something about your own core values and beliefs.
Come prepared to contemplate and play. We also will be doing a “word mapping” project where we will nominate our own single words – adjectives, nouns or even verbs – that best describe what we value at St. John’s.
Our “chew” for the day is chili. We will host a St. John’s Chili Cook Off! Sign up on Sunday to enter a crock pot of your favorite chili recipe. Only the first seven entries will be considered, or you can bring cornbread, salad, beverages, or a dessert. Team entries are welcome. A grand prize as well as one honorable mention will be awarded.
Join us for a hot afternoon!