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

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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


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

40 Days of Giving

7 Sundays, 1 Mission: Be ME
Because YOU are what makes this community aChurch4Me!

“No one has ever become poor by giving” – Anne Frank  
Today marks the beginning what many within Christianity call Lent, the 40 days before Easter.  Often this is a time of fasting, or giving up of something.  Over the centuries the time of fasting has become a series of choices, such as eating fish on Fridays and giving up a habit or type of food during Lent.

While there may be activities in our lives that could be modified to enjoy and healthy and whole life, in our busy lives, we may be in the need of beginning new practices which enrich not only ou
r selves, but the entire community.Today, you are invited to participate in something different:  “40 Days of Giving.”  This c


ampaign encourages each of us to find new ways to give, that we hope continue year around.  Sometimes we want to give of our timetreasures, and talents, but ask, what is the best way to begin?

40 Days of Giving will cover 40 Days and 7 Sundays, and there is only One mission:  Become the church that allows each of us to “Be Me.”  Be creative, Be justice, Be faithful, Be open, Be LGBT, Be straight, Be community, Be me, because all of these parts build the very upon the values we sh

are as aChurch4Me MCC.
Every day, you will receive via email a quote, or thought, on giving.  The message will inspire you to Become a person who gives of time, treasures, and talents to God, each other, and ourselves in all that we do.

Over the next 7 Sunday’s, a reflection on the blessings of giving will be offered by various members of aChurch4Me MCC.  Each of us has unique circumstances, and the ways we can give of our time, treasures, and talents vary.  This is why during these “40 Days of Giving” we will explore ways to integrate every part of our lives as a spiritual practice through giving.
During these 40 Days of Giving, I encourage you to deeply consider ways in which you may b

e able to give on a regular basis, such as volunteering during the week or on Sunday, offer assistance to another person as needed, take better care of your own self, make donations of items to the Lakeview Food Pantry during our March food drive, or begin giving financially on a regular basis either in
person or setting up an online bill pay option.  This option allows you to set the date and amount of your financial gifts and allows the bank to send the funds through a check to aChurch4Me MC
It is our prayer as a community that during these 40 Days of Givingeach of us discover that giving is much more than money!  This is the same wisdom that is said so well by the young Anne Frank, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”
When each of us give or ourselves in multiple ways, according to what we have been

 given, then aChurch4Me MCC will Be that light of hope for others, just as it has b
ecome for you.  Never forget, YOU are what make this community aChurch4Me.May this journey demonstrate the abundant blessings of giving!
aChurch4Me MCC Stewardship Team:  Hank Barfield, Rich Fattes, Georgia Lacy, Gordon McCoy, Eugene Thomas, and Pastor Rachelle Brown