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Transgender Day of Remembrance
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about violence toward transgender people and to remember those who were slain in the last year.

This year's event will be held at the St. Louis Transgender Memorial Garden at 1469 S. Vandeventer Avenue (at Hunt Ave) in The Grove.

 

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Project Ark Toy Drive
Nov
25
to Dec 16

Project Ark Toy Drive

Beginning on Sunday, November 25, we will be collecting toys for children in the community aided by Project Ark. Every year, our congregation loves being part of the Christmas joy that families might not otherwise experience. When you do your Christmas shopping, remember these families. Check the 2018 Wish List below for more specific information about the toys desired. Please bring the toys to the MCC Outreach Team at their table in The Engage Room by Sunday, December 16.

2018 Wish List

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Blue Christmas
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Christmas

On the longest night of the year, we take some time out from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to acknowledge, that for many, moving through the holidays is less than joyful. If you carry grief, sadness, or a general sense of melancholy through the holiday season, this is an opportunity to acknowledge it and discover new ways of honoring the feelings while also releasing them so that celebrating Christmas can be more joyful.

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Christmas Eve Services
Dec
24
to Dec 25

Christmas Eve Services

4:30pm Family Service

A service for the whole family from kids to grandparents! Featuring special elements for children and young people, this is a moving service that will make the heart sing.

11:00pm Candlelight Service

This late night service geared to adults will run from 11pm-12am and feature a “Silent Night: candlelight welcome at the precise moment of the arrival of Christmas Day.

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Annual Congregational Meeting
Nov
4
12:00 PM12:00

Annual Congregational Meeting

  • 1920 South 7th Street St. Louis, MO, 63104 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on Sunday, November 4, 2018, for our Annual Congregational Meeting. At this meeting we will vote on the 2019 proposed budget, the Board Candidates, reports from our leadership, and hear more about our building sale and search process. An agenda and other documents for the meeting are below.

Congregational Meeting Agenda

Proposed 2019 Budget

2018 Candidate Bios

With Bill Hurst’s recent withdrawal as a candidate, we now have four candidates running for four positions. This means that the vote for the candidates will be one of affirmation. Candidates must receive at least 50% plus one of the quorum of members on election day in order to be seated on the Board. If anyone is not seated, the Board of Directors will appoint a member to fill the vacancy.

Senior Pastor’s Annual Report

Treasurer’s Report Slides

2017-2018 Congregational Meeting Minutes

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Focus on Friends
Oct
28
12:00 PM12:00

Focus on Friends

This online opportunity to engage your faith and others on a daily basis begins on September 16 and continues until October 28.

As we all consider joining a Meetup Group this month and celebrate our 45th Anniversary in October, it is a good time to reflect on the importance of connection, friendship and community in our lives.  For part of September and all of October, there will be daily, online devotions/reflections about these themes.  Join in together to receive these reflections AND have the opportunity to interact with each other around them.  This is an easy and quick way to give your faith a little time every day while also making connections with others who are doing the same!

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MCCGSL 45th Anniversary Concert & Reception
Oct
27
6:00 PM18:00

MCCGSL 45th Anniversary Concert & Reception

Come and celebrate our 45th Anniversary of Ministry by attending a gospel music concert on Saturday, October 27 at 6:00 pm. Throughout the evening you will hear performances by the MCCGSL Choir along with our friends from Glory to Glory Christian Church and our new friends from the Community Gospel Choir of St. Louis (pictured below) under the direction of Suzanne Palmer! Bette Welch has arranged for an instrumental ensemble to share music that evening, too! It will be a wonderful night of music and praise.

Throughout the concert we will highlight and recognize many of our ministries and the volunteers who lead within our church family. As a way to say thanks, there will be a special reception to follow the concert with light refreshments and musical entertainment by Cary Colman. Please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.

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November 2018 Membership Class
Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

November 2018 Membership Class

If you have been visiting for a while and want to learn more about our church, this class is for you! All are welcome and there is no requirement to become a member.

In the class, we will explore what MCC believes, the work we feel called to do and the ways we are invested in your spiritual life. Lunch and breakfast are provided.

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MCCGSL Archive Visit
Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

MCCGSL Archive Visit

  • The State Historical Society of Missouri (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Pastor Wes at The State Historical Society of Missouri on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) to review the founding documents of our church.

Due to the restricted space and hours of the Historical Society, Pastor Wes will review the key documents in the records room in groups of 5-10 people at a time for 30 minutes at a time. Pictured is the letter detailing the first service of MCCGSL where just 10 people gathered. Follow our founding members on their journey from 10 to over 100 in just one year!

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Board Candidate Forum
Oct
21
12:00 PM12:00

Board Candidate Forum

  • 1920 South 7th Street St. Louis, MO, 63104 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Following service on Sunday, October 21st, join us for a forum to meet the 2018 candidates for the Board of Directors. Visit this page after Monday, October 15th to read bios of all the candidates!

The election of candidates will occur at the Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

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Special Congregational Meeting
Oct
14
12:00 PM12:00

Special Congregational Meeting

  • 1920 South 7th Street St. Louis, MO, 63104 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

On Sunday, October 14th we will have a Special Congregational Meeting to hear about and vote on any relevant offer(s) on our building for a sale. Additionally, the Board will review the two draft budgets below for the congregation for 2019. One shows our budget if we do not sell, and the other shows our budget if we are renting space (while searching for a new permanent home). Please make it a priority to attend this Special Congregational Meeting.

Here are the budgets the Board has put together:

2019 Rent Budget vs 2018 Budget

2019 No Sale Budget vs 2018 Budget

Special Congregational Meeting Agenda

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MCCGSL Gamers Club
Sep
27
6:30 PM18:30

MCCGSL Gamers Club

This will be a great opportunity to enjoy playing games together in a place designed for the gamer in you! 

If you love board games, getting know others and having lots of fun, then this is for you! Pieces Cafe in Soulard has 800+ games to enjoy along with food and drinks and will serve as a great atmosphere to enjoy playing games!

The cost to play games is $5 per night, plus any money that you might spend on food or drink.

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Estate Planning
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Estate Planning

We are blessed to have Jennifer Kovar to come and offer us the Estate Planning Seminar.
Jennifer’s law firm, Kovar Law Firm, LLC, is located in the heart of Maplewood in
St. Louis. She frequently assists LGBTQIA+ clients in Missouri and Illinois with
their estate planning. This includes wills, trusts, powers of attorney for property
and finance, and a variety of health care documents as well as name and gender
marker changes. Jennifer also provides legal services for new businesses, such
as drafting formation documents, and assists in many ancillary real estate
matters. Jennifer serves on the board of STL Village (aging in community).
Former board service includes Gateway Business Guild (LGBTQIA+ chamber of
commerce), Confluence Academy Charter Schools and St. Louis Frontrunners
(LGBT running/walking club). Jennifer received her education from University of
Tulsa College of Law, University of Oklahoma, and is a Fulbright Scholar.

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MCCGSL CHOIR SINGS AT STL CARDINAL GAME
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

MCCGSL CHOIR SINGS AT STL CARDINAL GAME

For the third year in a row, the MCCGSL Choir has been invited to sing the National Anthem at the September Cardinal game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Our seats are in a new location this year,  right field box seats. The choir will process right in front of your seats! 

The Choir is selling game tickets for $20 each, normal price for these seats is $44. 

Ticket Sales are now closed.

 

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2018 MCCGSL Golf Tournament
Aug
25
to Aug 28

2018 MCCGSL Golf Tournament

Can you believe it? This year MCC will host the 20th Annual Golf Classic! Over the course of 20 years this tournament has been a place for a lot of fun, making connections, and helping worthy causes. The tournament obviously supports the work of MCC, but each year a portion of the funds collected are used to create a community grant. This grant has been awarded to many community groups that help to make St. Louis stronger! While it is too late to play, you can still be a sponsor or join us for dinner.

Tournament Details
The tournament will be played on Saturday, August 25th at the Acorn Golf Links in Waterloo, IL. Lunch and dinner will be included, with an 11:00am shotgun start. There will be special 20th Anniversary prizes and give-aways that will help make this a tournament to remember!

Agenda for Golfers

9:30 AM 

Registration Begins

Mulligan, Poker  & Raffle Sale

10:00 AM

Driving Range Open

11:00 AM

Tournament Begins (shotgun start)

Lunch when you choose at the clubhouse

4:30 PM

Appetizers served

5:00 PM

Dinner Buffet Begins

Cash Bar open

6:00 PM

Contest Winners Announced

Raffle Winners Announced

Live Auction Begins

Silent Auction closes

6:30 PM

Dutch Auction

Recognition and VIP Awards

7:00 PM

Check out for bidders on Silent Auction

Sponsorships
Want to help make this celebration special? Please use this link to become an official sponsor and advertiser! With sponsorship opportunities ranging from $50-$5000, there is a way for anyone to get involved! 

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Taco Truck Cooking Class at Eckert's Farm
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Taco Truck Cooking Class at Eckert's Farm

We’re cooking up some fun with food truck style!  Learn how to put a fun spin on the traditional taco with our Korean Beef Taco and White Fish Taco with Peach Salsa. Guests can try out our favorite chopping gadgets as we make Eckert’s Homemade Salsa and Mexican Street Corn. This class is hands-on and will be tons of fun!

The cost is $40 per person which includes everything needed to make the tacos!

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Labyrinth Walk (Cancelled)
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Labyrinth Walk (Cancelled)

The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center.There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way.  Join Pastor Katie to experience this amazing spiritual practice.

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Queer Eye: God Bless Gay (CLASS IS FULL)
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Queer Eye: God Bless Gay (CLASS IS FULL)

It's Back! Queer Eye (for the Straight Guy) is back with a whole new cast and a new way of dealing with social issues while providing make-overs! In this first episode of season two entitled, "God Bless Gay," a devoutly religious African American woman with a gay son and a giving heart gets a new look—and a makeover for her church's new community center. After, we’ll have a great chat about the episode!

 

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The Sounds of Silence
Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

The Sounds of Silence

In the middle of such busy lives, it is challenging to find moments to be still and silent.  And even when we do, many of us struggle to take advantage of it and instead, fill it up with more noise and activity.  If you would like to learn more about the power of being silent and still, please join  us for this experience of silence.  It will be a guided experience and though it might stretch you, it will also fill you with a greater sense of well-being.

 

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August Membership Class
Aug
11
9:00 AM09:00

August Membership Class

If you have been visiting for a while and want to learn more about our church, this class is for you! All are welcome and there is no requirement to become a member.

In the class, we will explore what MCC believes, the work we feel called to do and the ways we are invested in your spiritual life. Lunch and breakfast are provided.

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Transformative Storytelling
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Transformative Storytelling

Gather around with others to listen to stories and experience how important stories are in helping us to understand more about our whole selves.  

This is a great way to be in touch with things inside your heart and soul that might not otherwise be revealed.  This session will be facilitated by Dr. Cheska Ferentelli so you will be in great hands!  Dr. Cheska will be sharing the stories so your job will only be to listen and follow her lead to glean something from them that is valuable for your journey now. The cost is only $5 so sign up today.
 

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The Wisdom of Motown: Affirmations and Reflections
Jul
31
8:00 AM08:00

The Wisdom of Motown: Affirmations and Reflections

Every summer we do a sermon series called "The Faith We Sing" and we focus on the lessons of different genres of music.  Last year was Broadway and this year will be Motown!  We are offering daily meditations to be emailed to you for the month of July. These online daily affirmations and reflections will invite you into a brief moment of focusing on your life, your spirit and the wisdom of Motown!!!  The reflections and affirmations will flow right along with the sermons in July.

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Caring for Our Home
Jul
28
10:00 AM10:00

Caring for Our Home

!From time to time, it becomes necessary for us to do some cleaning of the inside of our church home . . . just like you have to do for your own home.  So, please come and help us do a little painting, deeper cleaning, vacuuming, and decluttering!!!  We will only be INSIDE and we always have fun in the process!  Plus, lunch will be provided!

Please be sure to RSVP so we know how many to plan on for lunch. Make sure you indicate any food allergies as well.

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Motown Movie: Dreamgirls
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Motown Movie: Dreamgirls

To follow right along with our Motown Sermon Series in July, this will be a chance to see one of the most celebrated Motown Movies:  Dreamgirls.  Based on the 1981 Broadway musical comes Dreamgirls, it is a story of greed, tough hate, and romance.  A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

The cost for this event is $10, which includes great finger foods and a cozy place to watch the movie.

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Standing Up, Speaking Up
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Standing Up, Speaking Up

The Standing Up, Speaking Out Conference begins on Thursday, July 26 and continues until Sunday, July 29 at the Westport Tower Hotel.

Sponsored by Christian Feminism Today (CFT), this conference will cover a wide range of social justice topics.  CFT will be focusing the conference on Christian feminism in 2018 and would be a great opportunity to learn and meet new people who are involved in justice work from a feminist perspective.  Please drop by the Engage Room for a brochure with more details or visit the CFT webpage by clicking of the CFT link below.

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St. Louis Surge Basketball
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

St. Louis Surge Basketball

  • Washington University Athletic Complex (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Surge is the professional women’s basketball team in St. Louis, Missouri, competing in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL). They are 3-peat Regional Champions and 2-time National Champions, making head coach Tony Condra the most decorated head coach of the Surge. The Surge is in their strongest season yet.  This is our opportunity to have fun together, enjoy basketball AND support this women's sport team in St. Louis!!! 

 

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Congregational Meeting
Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Congregational Meeting

Because we are a congregational church, major decisions of the church are made by a vote of the full congregation, not just the leadership. Therefore, on July 15, after an 8-week period of discernment, we will gather for a time of decision-making and setting a course for our future.

Please make plans to join us on Sunday, July 15, immediately following worship for a Special Congregational Meeting. We will be voting on the which of the 3 options offered by the Board of Directors to select as our path forward. A quorum is needed, so your attendance is very important.

As a reminder, the three options presented by the Board of Directors are as follows:

1. Begin an active search for a building where we can try to maintain current staffing and programming.

2. Run a 1 million dollar, 3-4 year capital campaign that will reduce our debt on our current building to a manageable level.

3. Make staff and program reductions to balance the budget in an effort to afford the current building.

Click Here for the detailed agenda for the Special Congregational Meeting.

* If you missed the previous forums and wish to view the recording, email the church at info@mccgsl.org with a request for the video, and a link to the recording will be provided to you.

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Congregational Forum
Jul
1
12:00 AM00:00

Congregational Forum

Because we are a congregational church, major decisions of the church are made by a vote of the full congregation, not just the leadership. Therefore, on July 1, we gather for three main purposes as we work toward a time of decision-making.

First, the Board will share what they have been hearing in feedback since our previous forum. Second, the Board will give a bit more detailed information about each of the three options presented for the congregation to consider. Finally, there will be an open time of sharing for the congregation to hear from one another. The Board wants to allow space and time for this important dialogue between the members of the congregation in advance of the July 15 Congregational Meeting. We hope you will prioritize this forum and the Congregational Meeting.

Again, the three options under consideration are:

1. Sell our current building and purchase a new smaller building that is more manageable for us.

2. Run a 1 million dollar, 3-4 year capital campaign that will reduce our debt on our current building to manageable level.

3. Reduce our staffing to one pastor with limited part-time support staff in order to be able to afford our current mortgage costs.

* If you missed the previous forum and wish to view the recording, email the church at info@mccgsl.org with a request for the video, and a link to the recording will be provided to you.

 

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Pridefest Interfaith Service
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Pridefest Interfaith Service

Join us for a special Pride Sunday worship service from 10-11 am! We are happy to once again be the coordinators of the worship service held on the main stage at Pride! We are also very excited that we have some new ecumenical partners whose congregations will be joining us. Please make a special effort to be present so that there are enough of us to be a true witness to God's all inclusive love!

 

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Pride T-Shirt Order
Jun
5
2:00 PM14:00

Pride T-Shirt Order

Following are the dates and locations for the 2018 Pride Celebrations in the St. Louis area that MCCGSL is participating in:

· June 16 - Pride St. Charles, 11am-10pm, Frontier Park in St. Charles

· June 23 - Tower Grove Pride, 12pm - 8 pm, Tower Grove Park

· June 23 & 24 - PrideFest St. Louis,  11am - 7pm (Sat), 11am - 6pm (Sun), Soldier's Memorial Park . Pride Interfaith Service at 10am on Sunday on the Main Stage.

Visit the Pride Table in the Engage Room today or any Sunday before June 3 or click on the link below to order your 2018 Pride T-Shirt . T-Shirts are $16 for Crew Necks, sizes S to XL and $18 for V-Necks and Crew Necks sizes 2X and larger. Shirts for Kids are only available in Crew Neck and are $16.

 

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MCCGSL Family Day
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

MCCGSL Family Day

All are invited to join us for our 5th Annual Family Day Celebration coming up on June 3! This is an opportunity where we intentionally CELEBRATE all kinds of families in our community. 

A fun filled day that starts with worship and continues on with food, games, bouncy houses, prizes and much more! This is a great day for our whole church community!

 

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Pray With Me
May
20
12:00 AM00:00

Pray With Me

In Scripture, Jesus modeled prayer for us in what we call the “Lord’s Prayer” or the “Our Father.” Now through Sunday, May 20th, Pastor Wes will be preaching about the types of things that Jesus was teaching us about prayer in his example. This series invites us all to join Christ in prayer: “Pray With Me.”

As we learn and experience more about The Lord's Prayer in worship, this program will be an additional way to engage in the practice of prayer and reflection each day. This will be done online so all you have to do is commit to it and have a phone or computer handy. Try daily prayer for these 7 weeks and see what a difference it makes in your life.

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Holy Conversations on Sunday, May 6
May
6
12:30 PM12:30

Holy Conversations on Sunday, May 6

Join Rev. Katie at MCCGSL on Sunday, May 6 for a Holy Conversation about our future.

2018 is an important year for our church and denomination as we celebrate 45 and 50 years of doing ministry in St. Louis and around the globe. These important markers offer an opportunity to appreciate all that we have done while simultaneously, expecting that God is ready to give us a new picture of our future.

Pastors Wes, Lillie and Katie will be inviting all of you in groups of 10 to come to their homes and have Holy Conversations about the future of MCCGSL. What are your hopes and dreams for this community of faith? What are you most passionate about in your life, and where does that intersect with your faith? Who do you believe God is calling us to be in this new season? All of these questions and more, invite us to pray, share, listen and discern so that our future together is all that God has imagined for us.

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