G’day  MCC family and friends

Welcome to MCC Brisbane, the friendly church where you are loved and affirmed. Our church meets at 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. Check our website for details: http://mccbris.asn.au

Lots of information for this week!

This Sunday 13th May at 7:00pm

Share in the joyful worship, meaningful prayer, and faith-building fellowship. Hear an inspiring message from our speaker this Sunday, Pastor David.

MCC Brisbane Code of Conduct is now on our website. Please read the document carefully and ensure that behaviour while on the premises conforms to Christian principles. Bullying, harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, or stalking will not be tolerated. While friendship and fellowship are encouraged, MCC Brisbane is not a dating service. Do not send unsolicited texts or images, and do not use the church wi-fi service for any explicit material. Please go outside to use your phone and switch your phone to silent while in church. Check with the pastor for a printed copy of the Code of Conduct if you are unable to access the website: www.mccbris.asn.au

Join us for Communion Service
Communion Service is included in the worship service – everyone is invited to join in, whether or not you are a member of the church. We use gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic wine so that everyone can participate.

Please note that pets are not allowed on the Uniting Church premises; please see a member of the board should you wish to bring a registered service animal.

Prayer Group
Our prayer fellowship meets before the service, starting 6:30pm each Sunday. Join us in the courtyard as we pray together in preparation for worship. Everyone is invited to join in prayer or just listen to others praying.

Our Membership Ceremony on Sunday 20th May. This is also David and Johns last evening with us before their European trip and David’s retirement. Kevin will be preaching.

Supper in the courtyard

After the service, join us for supper as we fellowship together, renew friendships and meet new friends. If you can contribute food, please bring something simple to share. Everyone is urged to volunteer either to help prepare supper or help wash up afterwards. This Sunday,  Hendrika and Hyeongyu will be caring for supper.

Get to Know the New Pastor
Alex Pittaway will be with us from Sunday 1 July 2018. If you would like to connect with Alex Pittaway on Facebook, you may add him to your social media. Alex will be posting a weekly devotional to his Facebook page. Just go to: https://www.facebook.com/alex.pittaway.1

Women’s Ministry
Meet with women from MCC Brisbane on the third Sunday of each month. For details contact Tracey or the pastor.

Congratulations to David Reid and his partner Harby Vhal who have announced their wedding to be held on Saturday afternoon 26 May at their home in Gympie.

Lots going on at the moment …..

Church Social Event Meet at J C Slaughter Falls lower car park next Sunday 20 May at 10:00am for a walk up Mt Coot-tha. Moderate walk to the summit (approx 1 hour), then morning tea (own expense) at the cafe. Return to the car park by a different route by approx 12:30pm. If you wish, bring a picnic lunch and eat in the BBQ area near the car park. Everyone is invited to join us. (Access the car park via Sir Samuel Griffith Drive).

2018 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Service. Remember those we lost, overcome the stigma, fight the fear and celebrate hope. Duchesne College Chapel, University of Queensland, Sunday 20 May 6pm to 7:30pm. Further information email: d.hale@uq.edu.au

MCC Brisbane Church Retreat

Join us for our church retreat 31 Aug – 2 Sept (Fri evening to Sun lunch) at the Qld Dept of National Parks recreation centre at Currimundi (near Caloundra). The retreat will feature our new pastor Alex Pittaway as our special speaker. There will be times for prayer and meditation, planning and goal-setting, games and social activities. Put aside $5 each week so that you are ready for this major event in the life of MCC Brisbane. The cost (approx $120 – $140) includes two-nights accommodation (dormitory style, all bedding and linen provided), six meals, morning and afternoon teas, conference facilities and access to the beach (3 min walk). If you wish, you may pay by instalments starting now – see Adrian for details. Car-pooling will be available where possible. The normal Sunday evening church service will still meet at 7pm on 2 September.

Annual MCC Network Conference
The MCC Network Conference for 2018 will be 27-29 July at MCC Sydney (Petersham). There will be separate meetings on Friday for both the pastors and for active lay leaders. The combined Network conference featuring guest speakers will take place all day on Saturday, with MCC people from New Zealand, Brisbane, Melbourne and all three MCC churches in Sydney. Sunday’s program includes the morning service at MCC Sydney and social activities. All MCC members and friends are invited to attend. For information and registration go to: www.mccsydney.org

IDAHOT Day 2018 Thursday 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Join the free celebrations at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm, at 6:30pm, part of the MELT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture. Stay for the Brisbane Pride Choir Concert at 7:30pm  ($30 Conc. $26 Tickets from Ticketek). Details atwww.powerhouse.org Or join the LGBTIQ Action Group at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, for the lighting up of the Tropical Dome in rainbow colours. Brisbane City Hall, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge will also be illuminated in rainbow colours.

Daring 2018 National Conference 8-10 June 2018. Sponsored by the Uniting Network for LGBTIQ+ people, their families, friends and supporters in the Uniting Church. Friday evening service and Saturday (all-day) workshops at the Merthyr Rd Uniting Church. Registration $65 (Fri service free).  www.unitingnetworkaustralia.org.au/daring-2018/Information: Damien Stevens, email: info@unitingnetworkaustralia.org.au or  ph: 0418 511 562. MCC people are invited to attend. Bookings close 3  June 2018.

Trivia Night and Silent Auction supporting Fight With Me Inc to be held Saturday 23 June 6-11pm at Norman Park Bowls Club. Facepainting, prizes and lucky door prize, plus food and drinks available. $10 pp at the door or book a table: www.fightwithme.com.au/trivia

Church Giving Online
Support our ongoing ministry at MCC Brisbane by internet banking. The bank account details are as follows:
Bank of Queensland; BSB: 124 – 001 Account No: 93 020 321
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Thought for the Week

There is no better test of a man’s integrity than his behaviour when he is wrong. ~ Marvin Williams

I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” And he arose and came to his father. BUT when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion and ran and embraced and kissed him.  Luke 15:18-20 (whole story in Luke 15:11-32).

We hope you can join us  this Sunday for fellowship and worship .

Blessings

Kevin

Director – MCC Brisbane