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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

*UPDATED* Bible Reading Plan for New Testament

In his book, “Evolution of the Word,” Marcus Borg has offered us a version of the New Testament printed in chronological order by when it was actually written. I have revised our reading schedule and included a link to it. It will be a different way to read the New Testament. I hope it will offer us new insights and help us better understand the development of the earliest Christian communities and theologies.

After our recent experience reading the Hebrew Bible, I have decided to re-arrange the order in which we read the New Testament. The order in which the books are printed in our Bibles is not based on when they were actually written. That got rather confusing as we made our way through the Hebrew Bible. So I thought we might try something a little different. There is broad scholarly consensus about when (approximately) various books of the New Testament were written. In his book, “Evolution of the Word,” Marcus Borg has offered us a version of the New Testament printed in chronological order. I have revised our reading schedule and here is a link to it. It will be a different way to read the New Testament. I hope it will offer us new insights and help us better understand the development of the earliest Christian communities and theologies.

This is a great time to consider joining us for our weekly Wednesday evening Bible Study at 6 pm MST on Zoom. My sister, Anna-Lisa Hunter, is a pastor in Wisconsin, and we join with her church for a joint Bible study together. It has been a rich space for spiritual reflection and growth. Join us any week, even if you haven’t been able to do the reading.

May Day Parking Lot Celebration

Saturday, May 1st from 3 pm-5 pm

Join us in celebrating our beautiful new parking lot in the parking lot. This is a huge achievement for our church and we want to celebrate! It looks like it will be a perfect Colorado day.

We have fun planned for the entire family: Chalk Art, Bubbles, May Pole, Music, Stickers, Temporary Tattoos and more.

Bring a mask and plan to socially distance as appropriate outside. 

Stop by and say hi! We’d love to see you.