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Updated COVID-19 Protocols for Pikes Peak MCC

Effective July 19, 2021

The Board of Directors met on Monday, July 19, 2021 and updated our COVID-19 protocols. We continue to monitor positivity rates and the Delta variant in our area. We will respond as needed to any new variants that show up in El Paso County. Our priority is to respect and protect the most vulnerable among us. We will continue to offer livestreaming of worship and other programs.

Here is what we approved, effective immediately:

  • Masks will continue to be required for everyone, except small children. Anyone in the building must wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
  • We do not and will not require proof of vaccination to attend anything in-person at our building. We understand that some people are immunocompromised and cannot tolerate the vaccine. As of this date, children under age 12 cannot yet be vaccinated. Because we will not require proof of vaccination to enter our facility, we ask that everyone wear masks while on the premises.
  • We will no longer limit the number of people who can attend worship on Sunday mornings. No need to reserve free tickets in advance. You can just show up.
  • We will continue check-in and registration for each event in the building. We will check each person/household in with name, email, and phone number for contact tracing purposes if someone who attended an event in our building later tests positive for COVID-19.
  • We request that everyone practice social distancing while in the building.
  • We will continue our practice of individual cup communion. We also will continue to ask people to make online donations instead of having a physical offering during each worship service.
  • We will again allow people to create and use their nametags with gender pronoun pins. You may take it with you and bring it back each week or hang it on a hook at the top of the front stairs before you leave.
  • Please sanitize your hands upon entering the building, and periodically while in the building. Washing your hands is even better.
  • We will not have a hospitality station that offers coffee, tea or water. Please bring your own water bottle to drink from while you are in the building.
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Read Through the Bible in Year

We are reading through the Bible together in a year!

Join us on this journey together. Some of us are afraid of the Bible because it’s been used as a weapon against us. Others are intimidated by the Bible, and struggle to understand what it’s talking about sometimes.

So we are going to do this together – and help each other out as we read our sacred text. We start September 1, 2020 and will end on August 31, 2021. Each day has a main reading, as well as something from Psalms and Proverbs. We begin in Genesis and will read through to Revelation. The whole plan is listed above in PDF form. We have created a Facebook Group where we can share questions and reflections throughout the year. Click on the link above and request to join the group.

Here’s the Bible translations Pastor Alycia recommends:
Common English Bible, The Message, New Revised Standard Version, or The Inclusive Bible

You can read from the Common English Bible (CEB), The Message, or the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) on biblegateway.com for FREE! They also have a free audio version of The Message.

Join us anytime during the year, and don’t beat yourself up if you fall behind. Simply start again on whatever day it is. This is an invitation to deeper connection to God and spiritual community.

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#GivingTuesdayNow for COVID-19 Support

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our world in 2020. Many people are suffering due to the virus itself, either from being sick or being on the frontline of helping people who might be or are sick. Even more people are suffering due to the economic crisis that has followed in the wake of the virus. Our mantra throughout this pandemic is: You Are Not Alone. We offer our community as spiritual companions through the suffering, uncertainty, and fear during these difficult times.

Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. #GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. 

Your financial gift helps us share the power of community, compassion and care with those in need in the Pikes Peak Region.

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2020 Lenten Study Group with Pastor Alycia

Entering the Passion of Jesus:
A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week

The events of Christ’s Passion, which take place during the last week of Jesus’ life, often don’t receive enough time in our worship and study. These stories are important to our faith journey and our identity as followers of Jesus. And yet we often move too quickly from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with little time to take in the dramatic story of that last week. Throughout the six weeks of Lent we will “freeze-frame” moments in Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” How might taking a closer look at the ancient story open us to deeper conviction for our role in its ongoing message? Enter into the story and experiences of Jesus in a different way this year during Lent.

This Group will meet from 7-8 pm on Monday evenings
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & April 6
We will meet ONLINE with Zoom

Have questions or would you like more information? Contact Pastor Alycia at pastor [at] ppmcc.org

A limited number of books will be available for purchase for $9 each from Pastor Alycia or you may purchase the book online or as an e-book from Amazon.com.

Anyone can use Zoom with a smartphone, tablet or computer. Another option is to call in to each week’s meeting with a phone number. Check out how Zoom works, or test your settings here.

Register Online Here

Wednesday Bible Study: Live & In The Flesh

6 – 7 pm  MST every Wednesday
December 1 – 22, 2021
Co-led by Pastor Alycia and her sister, Pastor Anna-Lisa Hunter, of Bridges UMC in La Crosse, Wisconsin. 
Join the meeting every time with this link here. 
Or open the Zoom app and enter this Meeting ID: 836 954 970 

As we journey through Advent this year to Christmas, we explore the theology of the Incarnation – what does it mean that Jesus came in the flesh and lived among us? What does this tell us about God? What does this say about how God wants to be in relationship with us? Join folx from both churches every week for prayer and a lively discussion. If you have questions or need more information, please email Pastor Alycia

Advent & Christmas 2021

The Inn: Housing the Holy

Sundays at 10 am MST from November 28 – December 26 
Christmas Eve, December 24 at 6 pm
In-person and Online

The pandemic has laid bare, and widened, economic disparity locally and globally. As we enter the Advent season, how can our churches become houses where the Holy will be born anew–offering respite, sustenance and care, opening the doors ever wider to those seeking shelter from the onslaught of life? No one church can do it all, but each can do something. As we study the biblical prophets that call us to care for our neighbors and “make room in the inn,” the lonely and frightened spaces within us are filled with the light of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

Join us on Sundays at 10 am MST from November 28 – December 26 and on Christmas Eve at 6 pm to explore how we can house the holy in our hearts and lives. 

Worship with us in-person or online via Facebook Live, YouTube Live, or on our website

#GivingTuesday2021

Make a gift on #GivingTuesday2021 to support inclusive spiritual community in Colorado Springs

We believe that everyone should be able to have a spiritual home, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

We believe that inclusive spiritual community saves lives.

We believe that Christian community is stronger when it includes straight and gay, lesbian and bisexual, transgender and cisgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people all together.

We believe that the teachings of Jesus inspire us to show up and speak out with those on the margins.

We believe that authentic and inclusive spirituality can transform the world. 

Invest in our mission to nurture LGBTQIA+-affirming spiritual community in the Pikes Peak region.