Service every Sunday @ 11:00 am

At Last: Celebration of Marriage Equality

May 30th, 2014 / 6:30pm – 9:30pm / Atmosphere: 5355 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Metropolitan Community Church has been a major national force fighting for marriage equality for 46 years and now it’s time to celebrate marriage equality in Illinois!

Join us for a musical celebration created by Music Director Michael McBride, and  featuring some of the best cabaret and theater performing artists in Chicago.

90% of the proceeds from the event will go to support the programs of A Church 4 Me MCC:
HIV/AIDS Prevention Ministry
Senior Support Group
Ongoing support of the Lakeview Pantry
Ongoing support of “The Crib”

10 % of all funds raised will go to support “The Crib” an overnight youth shelter in Lakeview run by The Night Ministry.

Mission
A Church 4 Me is creating a radically organic community where: love is a blessing, diversity a gift, worship a celebration, & life a journey.

Tickets:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/625799

BBQ Plate Lunch with Husky Hog BBQ and Conversation on Healthcare

Nov plate bbq lunchSunday, November 3, save the date and show up for BBQ Plate Lunch from Husky Hog BBQ and Presentation: What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare)

They are back – Husky Hog BBQ Plate lunches!  They sold out in just 30 minutes last time!!!

Enjoy the fabulous pulled pork, slow cooked BBQ of Husky Hog after worship!

Plate includes Pulled Pork, bread, and coleslaw for $8, add a drink and dessert and it is $10.  All money goes to support aChurch4Me MCC!

Hint – you can take it to go, or stay for a presentation on the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – plus a chance to sign up for Healthcare if you have not already!

Presentation on Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare) at 1 pm with a chance to have questions answered from an expert!

The Chicago Gong Show

The fun and outrageous Chicago version of THE GONG SHOW is Saturday, October 19, 8 pm at Club 3160, the Cabaret Bar at 3160 N. Clark in Boystown!

gong show logo TALENT – SIGN UP FOR THE GONG SHOW here at the Events Page or email gongshow@achurch4me.org! You can perform for FREE!  Sign up so we can get you on the list!

Make sure you have a seat by reserving a VIP seat for only $10. Standing room is available.  $5 suggested donation at the door.  21 and over only.

Every dollar raised from The Chicago Gong Show will benefit aChurch4Me MCC and The Crib, a homeless youth shelter in Boystown run by The Night Ministry.

 

Marriage Equality – March on Springfield

Tuesday, October 22 beginning at 12 pm, be part of making history in Illinois!

The “March on Springfield” is part of a broad grassroots strategy to

march on spfld

In 1970, MCC Rev. Elder Troy Perry walked up to the courthouse in California and demanding marriage equality.  It was the first time someone said what so many hoped and dreamed to experience in America.  That one action in another generation and at another time has led to a global revolution.  The time for Illinois is here. secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the “Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” already approved by the Illinois Senate.

Want to be there?! 

Join other people of faith from Chicago and get ON the bus!  Buy your bus tix today for this historic event!

Visit http://www.chicagowelcomingchurches.org/buses.php.  The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches will arrange at least one bus to leave from a few key geographic locations.  Broadway UMC in Lakeview is a confirmed pickup location.  

For more information, visit

http://www.MarchOnSpringfield.org

March at Facebook.com/MarchOnSpringfield  

Twitter @IllinoisMarches

 

Support the movement with March on Springfield merchandise, including T-shirts, hats, mugs and much more, visit: www.cafepress.com/marchonspringfield

2nd Annual Stand Up & Speak Out Walk Against Domestic Violence

Saturday October 19, 9 am.

Members of the aChurch4Me MCC Community will be walking and there are TWO ways to sponsor the walkers.

1.  $10 donation

2.  Donating items to Family Rescue, a southside shelter.

•    Art supplies (brushes, paint, clay, colored pencils)
•    Journals
•    Family size toiletries
•    Family size laundry detergent
•    Diapers (especially sizes 4, 5, 6)
•    Household cleaning supplies
•    Lotions, shampoos
•    New underwear and socks (women and children sizes)
•    Towels and wash cloths
•    NEW backpacks and school supplies (scissors, glue, notebooks, folders, binders, calculators)
•    Used cell phones

For more information on their organization, please visit their website at http://www.familyrescueinc.org/.

Please drop off either, or both, types of donations to aChurch4Me MCC, Sunday October 13!

 

We want YOUR Opinion

 

aChurch4Me MCC

As a community of faith, aChurch4Me MCC is almost 5 years old, and we are planning

for the next 5 years.  The link

below directs you to a very important survey.

The information you provide is completely anonymous! Your answers are submitted without a name, IP address, or email identifiers.  In this way, your anonymity is assured.

This survey covers three sections: Basic demographics, an evaluation of your worship experience, and expectations of pastoral leadership. Our hope is to receive the most accurate and honest responses possible in order to plan and honor each of you. Your opinion will significantly guide our Board of Servants, Pastor, and Team Leaders.  Thank you for participating.

Please reply before May 12, 2013!

Here is the survey link:  aChurch4Me Survey

If you know of others who have attended aChurch4Me MCC in the past, but are no longer attending, please forward this to them – yes we want everyone’s opinions!

Thank you,
aChurch4Me MCC Board of Servants

The Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary

Hearing the news from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the fact the young man killed his, mother, and so many children and teachers is heart breaking.  My prayers are many even when the words are simple.

I pray for each family who lost their child…each family who is afraid…each one who witnessed such horrible events…those uncertain and grieving.

Watching President Obama express his grief and resolve reminds us of our vulnerability and the call to respond with passion and wisdom.

I know every day, children are in danger, and today we are stunned into reality. Yes, we need to seriously discuss what it means to harbor the emotion that leads to murder.  We all need to seriously discuss how to create a community that includes each member, even those who are different among us.  All of us need to discuss why we have the types of guns and permissions which currently guide a deadly norm within society.

It is my prayer that we all are stirred to our core so these children do not pass away from this life without us all being truly affected to create real change…as our President said, from Newtonwn, CT to the street corners of Chicago.

If you are looking for a New Year’s Resolution that truly builds the world we long for, then begin at home and address the emotional needs of those we know and love.  Then let all of the public representatives know how you feel about creating a safe place to life, learn, work, and worship.  This is about the very basic message Jesus spoke, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  It is our turn to not let these children, teachers, or the gunman to die in vain.  Let it be the beginning of a better life for us all.

Dreams of Freedom

Dreams of Freedom: Show me your papers

During a time of Pride, many think about coming out, some remember the days of silence and hiding, and others celebrate in the streets with our bodies, expressing our love, identities, and families.

GLBT rights are a short and fragile history.  It was not so long ago that our actions were illegal.  Men and some women were regularly arrested for being in bars, or the backseat of cars and bath houses with someone of the same gender.  Today, that is shocking for some to hear, but for many, the risk of being caught came with harassment, violence, imprisionment and more.

We are right to celebrate during pride.  In the United States, we have already marked the end of our status as illegal.  Many in small towns are unable to celebrate – they remain in hiding.

As GLBTQ persons….we need to know the basic facts about life in the US: some people do not want to be identified according to their immigration status.  This deeply affects a person’s ability to connect with a community of faith or express gender and identity!

Today, many GLBTQ immigrants may be undocumented and in hiding. Can we, who were formerally considered law breakers, be compassionate?  The bigger question is:  Can we stand with those who are undocumented?

To speak about immigrants, especially Spanish speaking persons, in this time and age is a hot button topic.  Yet, while so many are celebrating, it is time to look around.

Let me make this a little more real and local.  In Illinois the largest minority according to the 2010 census are Hispanic. These are people who responded to a census report and chose to be documented in an official government count of persons!  Look at the numbers of self-identified Hispanic persons:  Cook County – 24%, Lake county, IL, 20%, Will County, 15.6%.  I broke out a calculator, because math is not my strong suite – but here we go – over 5 million people live in Cook County, and 24% is about 1.2 million people.  Remember potentially tens of thousands, if not more, from Spanish speaking areas remain undocumented.

Let’s say that 10% of people are GLBTQ – just for fun – not as a fact.  Then over 100,000 people just like many of us, plus most likely many more beyond our imagination due to lack of documentation.

GLBTQ undocuments persons face a more dangerous situation because one of the current criteria for immigration includes an official assessment of a person’s “ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships.”  Imagine, not being able to prove you are in a relationship because you are undocumented and afraid to walk down to the county courthouse for a civil union or marriage.  Then if there is no, or little, family support, or a sponsor to assist you toward citizenship or amnesty, deportation is likely.

This year, thousands are being deported from the Chicago area.   Many more are hiding.  Hiding because of citizenship status – hiding because of orientation or gender – hiding from their own and others.

Over a century ago, WEB Dubois described the “tragedy of our age”:

not that [humans] are poor, — all know something of poverty;
not that [humans] are wicked, — who is good?
not that [humans] are ignorant, — what is Truth?
Nay, the fundamental problem remains:
That [humans] know so little of [humanity].

As I ponder the spirit of this decade, I hear this phrase – “show me your papers.”  The demand made upon the poor, assumed to be criminals and ignorant because of language or cultural difference sounds more like the beginning of the 20th century, not the 21st.

Can you prove you belong in society?  Can you declare you are not illegal? Do you hold up a Civil Union certificate or marriage licence?

If any group of people are up to the task to speak up for those in hiding, it is GLBTQ folks living in the safety of a liberated space Chicago provides.

Some of us know what it is like to be liberated.  We have discovered a space where the divine enters, where justice and our bodies meet – a crossroad unlike any other.  For some it is a hot, barren, dry desert.  For others it is like treading water in fear of drowning.   Yet the struggle is familiar.

The US is way behind the call for human rights – basic respect and dignity.  GLBTQ folks know this well.  Our undocumented family does too.

The debate is intense.  I am very aware many of us become overwhelmed by this information and zone out.   Yet, I ask you to deeply consider the fact that not so long ago, many of us were criminals according to the laws of the land.  How can each of us begin the change to assist those who wish to move beyond their hiding?

I want us to explore this together.  What can we as a community of faith do?  Not as a token, but really do to provide hope and liberation for those hiding in fear?  Pray about it.  Ask others.

Small steps have been taken with Spanish speaking bible studies on homosexuality and the Christian tradition, along with conversations and social events.  Yet, our broader family is struggling.

I ask you, with the same passion that you can proclaim your status as GLBTQ, step up and validate someone’s right to be living among us.  Let us create a space of liberation for the undocumented among us.  Let the liberated show the way!

I leave you with a passage from the book of Hebrews as a guide for the Dreams of Freedom:

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.”

Watch these YouTube videos for personal testimonials of GLBTQ persons in the US and those seeking to be with loved ones:

Undocumented and Unafraid, Queer and Unashamed

Ester’s Story of the Green Card Lottery

Also see an immigration process chart below.

Keep dreaming and watch what happens!

Pastor Rachelle

 

aChurch4Me and The Night Ministry

Donate, volunteer, spread the word, and help your neighbor!

aChurch4Me MCC upholds 7 values, which we work to live out within ourselves and one another.  Faith in Action is one of those values: to actively listen and respond to what God is calling us to do and to be to make our lives, our city and the world more just and loving.  One path to create a more just and loving world is to see those around us in need.

Sometimes seeing the need is overwhelming and it can be hard to know where to begin.  As a community of faith, we were led to The Night Ministry as a partner to put our Faith in Action.  The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty and loneliness.   May GLBT and straight teenagers and young adults rely upon the food, shelter, clothing, supplies, education, and support The Night Ministry offers daily. Now and through May, aChurch4Me MCC is stepping up in two ways to assist The Night Ministry:  Donations and Volunteering.  Please carefully review the information below and prayerfully step forward with donations of items or time as you are able.

Donate Items:  Youth, young mothers, and adults  

Now through Mother’s Day, Sunday May 13 Boxes for donations are in the back of the church. Please bring one or more of the following items for the Night Ministry:

  • Disposable diapers: in sizes 4 & 5
  • Socks: packs of new, white cotton socks in adult sizes ONLY. Tube socks preferred.
  • Gift cards: $5 Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks, $10 Jewel/Walgreens/CVS, $25 Kmart/Target
  • CTA one day pass
  • Crochet hooks and yarn

        (Donations will be given directly to Night Ministry for distribution.)

Volunteer: The Crib Help bring nourishment to the young people who stay in the shelter called: The Crib!  aChurch4Me MCC will be providing breakfast on Saturday May 19, 2012 from 7am to 9am. We will need four volunteers for the serving however for the prep work we will need much more help. The breakfast prep crew will prepare enough food for 25-30 people.
For more information about The Night Ministry visit their website. Nilsa  will be available to answer questionsand have sign-up sheets before and after worship at the “Faith in Action” table.

 

We Moved to Rogers Park!

New aChurch4Me MCC Worship Location

Beginning Sunday April 1, 2012, aChurch4Me MCC will worship in Overdeir Hall, 3rd Floor, within United Church of Rogers Park.  This location will also be the new home of aChurch4Me MCC offices and meeting space!

Our NEW address:

1545 W. Morse Ave Chicago, Illinois 60626

Corner of W. Morse and N. Ashland.

Please use Morse Ave Entrance and Elevator.

This space is ADA accessible with handicapped parking on N. Ashland on the street and in the parking lot.