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MCC San Jose Is Now Closed

MCC Entrance on San Fernando St.MCC San Jose is now closed.  There are no further worship services or activities.  The A Course In Miracles Group meets independently at Grace Baptist Church Email for information about the ACIM Study Group.

Our last Sunday at MCCSJ was Sunday, Feb 26, 2012
 (408) 279-2711

Many churches have extended a warm welcome to MCCSJ’s members and friends.  See the next article for those Messages of Welcome.

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Messages of Welcome to Members & Friends of MCCSJ – from Faith & Spiritual Communities

Dear Friends,
What words are there to express the enormity of emotions rippling through Northern California because of your closure?  Like you, I am saddened, but I trust that you are doing the right thing at the right time.  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.”

As people of faith, you may be pondering what will happen during your “next season.”  Will you find a new church home?  Will there be “room” for you in a new community?  The answers are “yes” and “yes” and “more yes.”  Although this may feel like a discouraging chapter, the next part of your story has yet to be written.

After the events of the church’s closure have set in and feel real, my prayer for you is that you will begin searching for a new way, a new place, a new home in which to cultivate your faith and make new connections.  As associate pastor for spiritual care, programming and stewardship at MCC-San Francisco, I extend to you a heartfelt invitation.  Come on up, and check us out.  We are worth the shlep!

All of you at MCCSJ ––and my dear bosom buddy Rev. Rebecca–– remain in my best prayers for guidance, comfort and hope.  If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me through MCC-San Francisco’s website.  I have enough hope to share with you as you journey into the future God has for you.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares YHWH, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
As you let go, may your grief give way to “the peace that surpasses understanding.”

Every Blessing,
Rev. Victor H. Floyd, Associate Pastor
Metropolitan Community Church
150 Eureka Street, San Francisco 94114

“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.”  – Psalm 85:10-11

Join us at MCC-SF…
2nd Saturdays, 5PM, Queer Catholic Eucharist with Rev. Victoria Rue, Lesbian Priest
Sundays, 11AM, Traditional MCC Worship Service
Sundays, 7PM, Worship & Praise Service
Tuesdays, 7PM, Q-Sangha (Buddhist) with Rev. Jana Drakka
Wednesdays, 7PM, Prayer at the Heart – Taizé

Please note:  I work full time, Sunday through Thursday, with Friday & Saturday off.


Dear Rebecca,
My blessings to you and the congregation. When the time is right, please let them know
they would be quite welcome at New Community of Faith – a very small, but very welcoming congregation.
Grace and peace and please drop me a note or give me a call when you can,
Sue Ann Yarbrough


Dear friends at MCC San Jose,
I wanted to express my personal prayers and also on behalf of New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley extend all of our prayers to you on your recent decision to close your church.  Please know you have our love and our support for this difficult and courageous decision. We also want to extand an invitation to you to remain in contact with MCC through New Spirit Community Church. You are welcome to visit once, or from time to time, or on a regular basis. We value your history and legacy, and we value your ongoing presence in MCC through whatever relationship- you might like to have with New Spirit Community Church. Come visit us and know that we are with you in sprirt in the upcoming weeks especially.

Sincerely, Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, pastor of New Spirit Community Church


Dear Members of MCCSJ,
At the Peninsula MCC we hold you all in our prayers during this season of change.  We celebrate all that MCCSJ has been.
Lent is a time of transition, of letting go, and for celebrating ressurections that often come from making new room for them.
I hope you will each find a community of faith to nurture what God has in store for you, to give you much needed rest.
(Perhaps you could plan a series of group field trips to each of the MCC’s in the Bay Area to find the best fit for each of you)
Please know you are welcome at the Peninsula MCC in San Mateo, CA. and we’d love a visit!

Many blessings,
Rev. Terri


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

Rev. Rebecca has recently shared with us that you have decided to close your doors at the end of February.  Please know that we are holding you in our prayers and in our hearts.  I am sure that this time of transition will hold pain for many of you and at the same time hold many possibilities for a new beginning.  Living in that tension is never easy.
Our Denomination has not always been fully welcoming to our brothers and sister who are part of the LGBT community.  However, I can now say with great joy, we have repented and are now seeking to heal the pain that our actions created.  Each of you would be fully welcomed into our community of faith if you found a church home with us.  We are a small church with a large heart.  We seek people who will join us in our journey of faith and share their gifts of faith and ministry with us and with those who seek to know God more fully.

As the Pastor at First Presbyterian, please know that my door is always open.  I would be delighted to share some time with you, just talking and getting to know one another.

Joyfully in Christ’s Service
Pastor Sharon Hare


Dear Pastor Rebecca and Our Dear Friends at MCC,
I speak for myself and the whole congregation here at Grace Baptist. I know you already know this from our long association but I want you to hear it clearly and from our hearts. As you move forward in new directions that seem unclear at the moment, I want you to know each and every one of you, individually and collectively are welcomed and embraced into the life of Grace Baptist Church. We have always seen MCC as our partner in ministry and will continue to you as brother and sister ministers of the Gospel with us in the days ahead. I personally, my leadership, and my people have you in our prayers and our hearts are open to you.

Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Daryl L. Lavway
May God Bless your day.

Rev. Daryl L. Lavway
Grace Baptist Church

“Taking seriously the ministry of reconciliation”

Corner of 10th and San Fernando (484 East)
San Jose, CA   95112   (408) 295-2056


Dear Rebecca,
I am so sorry for this decision.  MCC has been around for a long time!  I know it will be difficult.  I hope that many of MCC San Jose will want to be part of what’s happening at Celebration of Faith!!  I can even keep them updated by putting them on our church email list, where I send out daily inspirational messages and remind people of our regular events and future activities?  I do hope those MCC people who choose to affiliate with us will feel welcome with us, and I hope COF will become a major part of their life!

We have social events and our Bible Study, which meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month.  Currently we are reading “The Shack.”  Please, tell them to come and be with us!!  We’d love to see them on a regular bases.

As you may already know, we are an open and affirming church, trying hard; seeking the Lord for guidance, to present the kind of “Worship Experience” that will meet the needs of those individuals who attend.  We have found that generally a person needs to visit two (2) or three (3) times to get a better understanding of our fellowship.

I’m sure your people will feel comfortable with us, and hope they will visit soon.

If I can personally be of any Spiritual help to you, or assist you in any other way, I want you to know that I am available.

Many Blessings,
David J Harvey


Dear Rev. Anderson,
Thank you so much for your wonderful spiritual note inviting members of MCC San Jose to explore our spiritual community.

It is quite an honor to receive this invitation.  I have spent many wonderful hours at MCC San Jose with Rev. Denis Moore, prior to starting my own ministry and church.  And knowing you were there has always been very comforting to me and my gay brothers and sisters.

MCC San Jose was a safe haven for me when I was coming out and always receptive and loving to me and my partner.  For this it will always have a very special place in my heart.

I know that many members of MCC San Jose have visited the Center for Creative Living to attend our sponsorship of the quarterly AIDS Rejuvenation Retreat put on by the Centre for Living with Dying.

CCL, as we lovingly call it has a Sunday Celebration service every week from 10:00 to 11:30.  We are a congregation of approximately 50 to 60 people, who believe in the spiritual and inclusive nature of all faiths and creeds.

Our church is unique, in that we have different people of various faiths speaking almost every Sunday and a varied assemblage of all religions attending our services.  We have an enthusiastic choir, amazing diversity, are completely inclusive and give wonderful hugs.

Besides being a church, we are also a Healing Center.  We have a chiropractor, massage therapist, Huna Healing counselor, hypnotist and a gentleman specializing in Native American healing techniques.  Our spiritual library of over 2,500 books is open for perusing and borrowing.

Some of our CCL members will be attending your church service and potluck on the 26th of February, to join you in loving prayer and community. However, since I have a guest speaker and a workshop, I doubt I will be able to be there.

God bless you in all you have done and in your future endeavors.

Love and Light,
Rev. Doti Boon

The following is a copy of our Mission Statement

Mission Statement
We proclaim and affirm the spiritual nature of all faiths, religions and creeds.  Our vision is to co-create spiritual communities of love, trust, integrity, and mutual respect which embrace our diversity, celebrate the oneness of the human spirit, serve the well-being of the human family and honor the sanctity of all creation.

We accept that God is the moving spirit in all and the loving essence of the universe.

Rev. Doti Boon
Center for Creative Living
1460 Koll Circle ‘C”
San Jose  CA  95112


Dear Rev. Rebecca and the Beautiful Community of MCCSJ,
Thank you so much, Rebecca, for sharing the news of the sad and difficult decision to close MCCSJ. I am holding you all with immense love in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this huge transition. I can imagine how painful it is to lose your spiritual home, the community that you know recognizes your beauty and worth and that has supported you in your spiritual growth toward an ever more abundant sense of love and life. Please be gentle with yourselves, whatever your response to this change may be, and know that you are held in the loving hands of God and of all of us in the wider community.

Please know, too, that here at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose we stand ready to welcome any and all of you who would like to come to us–whether to visit, to sense if this might become your new spiritual home, to meet some wonderful warm people, or to join and to belong. Here all are truly welcomed and loved exactly as we are, recognizing each person’s unique gifts as well as our hurts. We come together to learn and grow and to “make Love visible,” as our mission statement says. Indeed, what binds our diverse community together–across our different races, classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, countries of origin, theologies, and more–is our commitment to Love. Every Sunday we say together that “Love is the doctrine of this church” and it’s true: Love is our central teaching, our compass, and our shared understanding of the Holy.

We will greet you with open arms–quite literally, as we do like to hug (or offer warm handshakes for those who prefer)! To which I’ll add a smile: :-)!

There is much more to share–about our history, our work for justice, our community life–and I encourage you to reach out to me or to my colleague Rev. Geoff Rimositis with any questions you may have (408-292-3858). But for now, I know that I speak for the whole community of First Unitarian when I say that we are with you in spirit! May God/Goddess/Spirit/Love bless you. May you know that you are whole and that you are part of the healing of the world.

With great warmth,
Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones
Senior Minister, First Unitarian Church of San Jose


Dear Rev. Rebecca,
My apologies for the delay in writing – I was traveling to a conference in New Orleans and just returned this week.  I appreciate what a difficult time this must be for many of those who are devoted to MCCSJ; I know this could not have been an easy decision.  Please know you are in my prayers, as is your community.

I wish I could be there with you this Sunday, but I am speaking at both services here at our Center, followed by a meeting which I cannot change.  However, in answer to your request, it would be my great honor for your community to know how welcome they are at our Center.  We are, indeed, an open, inclusive, loving community which enthusiastically and joyously celebrates the diversity of our world.  Our shared values are based on love, compassion, diversity and inclusivity, spirituality, integrity, and prosperity – to name a few.  While I know that we could never take the place of the home your members and friends have found, perhaps we can be a “home away from home!”  A place where new friends are met, connections made, and a safe harbor where those folks from MCCSJ could join with our community in our mission: transforming lives, building dreams, revealing love.

I send you blessings as you go through your closing celebrations. If there’s any way Center for Spiritual Living San Jose can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In loving service,
Rev. Susan

Rev. Susan Overland, M.A.
Assistant Spiritual Director
Center for Spiritual Living
1195 Clark Street
San Jose, CA   95125
408.294.1828 x115

“Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” ~ Rumi


Dear Rev. Rebecca Anderson and MCC San Jose…

We wanted you to know that we are with you in Spirit this morning. What an amazing journey it has been for MCC San Jose. In speaking of MCC San Jose,  our congregants wanted to make mention of  your theological leadership, you work on the North West District, on the Women’s Retreats, and all of the classes and workshops you have offered on healing, death and dying among the many spirit filled offerings you have brought to the larger community over the years.

I know that God’s spirit was at the birth of MCC San Jose and will remain present throughout her current transition. We believe that her spirit will go wherever each of you will go.

Thank you again for all of your work and your presence among us.

MCC of the Redwood Empire.

MCC San Jose meets Sunday Mornings at 10:00am

MCC Entrance on San Fernando St.MCC San Jose meets at:
Grace Baptist Church
484 East San Fernando Street

Our last day as MCCSJ–Sunday, Feb 26
Celebrate with us our years of service!
Potluck and Remembrances
10:00am through the afternoon.

Sunday Morning Services at 10:00am, February 12, 19 and 26,  in the Fireside Room. Enter on E. San Fernando at 11th Street or from the parking lot. (408) 279-2711

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Participate in MCCSJ’s Christmas Gift Drive for Youth Affected by HIV/AIDS

The deadline for donatiopnms is Dec. 9th.  Join us for the wrapping party on Dec. 11th after worship.  This year we are again collecting gifts for youth in Santa Clara County who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Some have HIV themselves and some have one or both parents living with HIV.  These families cannot afford to provide Christmas gifts for their children, so we are helping them out through the Health Trust’s AIDS Services.  Joe Shackelford will be leading this campaign again assisted by his work group at Stanford.  Donations may be given to MCCSJ to help purchase gifts and gift cards.  The wish lists will be available soon if you wish to shop yourself.  Meanwhile donations may be sent to MCCSJ at P O Box 388, San Jose, CA   95103.  You can also make a donation via the web at our donations page.  Please be sure to indicate that the donation is for the Christmas Gift Drive.  Please be sure donmations are received by December 9th.  Thank you.  Watch our newsletter for more information about this campaign.  We appreciate your generosity.
Also, join us for our gift wrapping party December 11th after church.

Congregational Meeting & Potluck–July 24

On Sunday, July 24th following worship we will continue in community with a Potluck Lunch and Congregational Meeting.  Everyone is invited to share and participate.  We will be continuing the discussion we started at our May 15th meeting about the next steps for MCC San Jose.  Bring your ideas and share.  We hope to see you there.

MCC San Jose Lenten, Easter and other Spring Events

Coming Up Soon – Save These Spring MCC Dates:


Sunday, Mar. 27 – Lent 3, 10:00 am Community Worship – Rev. Marjorie Pearson preaching

Sunday, April 3 – Lent 4, 10:00 am Community Worship – Rev. Rebecca Anderson preaching

{ Saturday, April 9 – UFMCC Network Gathering 15 pm at New Spirit Community Church, Berkeley     7pm Revival Worship, a rousing evening!

Sunday, April 10 – Lent 5, 10:00 am Community Worship – Rev. Rebecca Anderson preaching

Sunday, April 17– Palm Sunday, 10:00 am Community Worship – Rev. Rebecca Anderson preaching

Easter Sunday, April 24: 

Pancake Breakfast We’re invited to join our hosts from Grace Baptist Church for breakfast in the Fireside Room.  More information will follow.                                                 

**11 am MCC SJ Community Worship – Rev. Rebecca Anderson preaching (**Note the change in time for THIS Sunday service only. The following Sunday we return to 10 am worship).

Sunday, May 15 after worship, ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING! Please plan to attend.

{ May 19-21 MCC People of African Decent Conference (PAD)

{ Saturday, June 6 – MCC Churches Share A Russian River Baptism Service


Lenten Events Shared with San Jose Downtown Churches


{ Wednesday, March 30 6:15 p.m. Soup Supper A three week series on Homelessness held at Grace Baptist Church. (Soup, bread, and dessert will be prepared each week by one of the churches.) The program for this night will be a panel discussion comprised of representatives from EHC Lifebuilders, InnVision, Bill Wilson Center and Downtown Streets Team. The take-away from this program will be: What can I do to help these agencies?

Wednesday, April 6 6:15 p.m. Soup Supper The program for this night’s program will be our Corrections Systems and how that affects homelessness in our downtown. Representatives for this panel discussion will be from CIC Ministries, the Chaplains to the Jails in our county, and the aftercare programs of Santa Clara County Mental Health Services and Destination Home.  Location: Grace Baptist Church.

Wednesday, April 13 6:15 p.m Soup Supper Tonight’s program will be an stirring bible study on the scripture. from Luke 14:7-14 on God’s kingdom and who is included therein, which will be led by Seminarian and Director of Apostle’s Feet Ministry and the Oakland Servant Partners Ministry, Andy Singleterry.  Location: Grace Baptist Church

Thursday, April 21 6:15 p.m. Maundy Thursday Tonight’s worshipful meal will be at First Christian Church, 80 S. Fifth St.  (parking at the 4th St. Garage and the City Garage opposite First Presbyterian (free at night). Our dinner and program will be with our homeless friends who frequent our churches. 

Friday, April 22 7:00 p.m. Good Friday A Tenebrae (Latin for darkness) Service at First Presbyterian Church, 49 N. Fourth St. (parking in the church lot and the City Garage across the Street on Fourth St., (free at night), an evening of quiet prayerful meditation beginning with light and entering into dark. The distinctive ceremony of Tenebrae includes the gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of Biblical readings are recited.

Sunday, April 24 Easter Sunday Celebrated at each church individually at regular Sunday worship times, or as announced: Watch MCC SJ Bulletin for more information about our Easter Sunday observances.

MCCSJ Announces New Provisional Pastor, Rev. Rebecca Anderson

A Message from Reverend Rebecca Anderson

Dear Members, Friends, and Visitors of Metropolitan Community Church of San Jose, 
As your newly appointed Part-Time Provisional Pastor, I am looking forward to beginning our work in ministry together soon!  MCC

San Jose has a great deal of potential and together I believe we can build on the commitment of those who’ve sustained the community at MCCSJ to this point, while opening the doors with a resounding welcome to all those, already known and as yet unknown, who will become the church with us into the future.

My first day with MCCSJ is February 1st.  I’m planning to spend most of that day working in the church office on the second floor of Grace Baptist, where MCCSJ is now meeting for worship (in the Fireside Room) on Sunday mornings at 10 am.  Please feel free to come by and say hello if you’re in the area.  I’ll be looking for opportunities to get to know each of you in the weeks and months to come, so watch this weekly e-newsletter for invitations to join me.  I have a few getting-to-know-you ideas perking! 

I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I am a Northern California native.  Born and raised in this state, I’ve lived nearly all of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area and nearby counties, mostly in the North Bay.  So, I am getting to know the San Jose area, and I’m delighted to have this excellent reason to do so. 

I was recently ordained (2010) with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, to a call as Volunteer Clergy (Pastor of Congregational Care) with Peninsula MCC in San Mateo.  This was soon after I completed a three month Summer Sabbatical Interim Pastorate with PMCC.  PMCC is also where I had served my Ministry Internship for two years during seminary.  I earned my Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree and Certificate in Sexuality and Religion (CSR) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley in 2009. Since then, I completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (hospital chaplaincy training), and was certified as an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist with MCC.

Prior to seminary, I worked for more than thirteen years as a Biologist-Educator and Director of Education for an environmental education & conservation non-profit in Marin and Sonoma Counties.  For five of those years I also served on the California State Department of Education’s Environmental Education Advisory Committee.  I have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology from Sonoma State University, emphasizing botany, ecology, local natural history, and environmental education, and a great deal of experience working with people who give themselves to the work of community because they share a passion for its particular mission.  It’s amazing what this kind of commitment and caring can create when we believe in what we are doing together!

Before Seminary, I had many years of leadership experience as a volunteer and member of the United Church of Christ congregation in Suisun City.  In the years I was a member there, many pastors came and went, and members of the church sustained the community throughout those transition times.  Among other things, I served on the church board, moderated the church board, served on the pastoral relations committee, the stewardship committee, many pastoral search committees, lead worship and special events, coordinated publicity for our church, sang in the choir, was a member of our small church’s renewal committee, and just before attending seminary, I represented our church at a nation-wide training on church renewal and evangelism (the good kind !).

In addition to ministry, I am also a visual artist working and exhibiting in many media (ink, fiber, collage, and photography), an avid reader (I love mysteries and good novels), a singer, songwriter, essay writer, and poet.  While I value most every aspect of ministry, I feel particularly called to share beauty, love, hope, and spiritual formation through nature and the arts in community.  I love this part of California, I am committed to ministries of inclusion, hope, justice, and joy, and I expect to be involved with vital and meaningful ministries for a long time.

At this time, I am delighted to be appointed to work with you.  I had the good fortune to be a guest preacher at MCCSJ last spring, and I look forward to seeing many of you again, meeting others for the first time, and getting to know you all.  I will be worshipping with you beginning on February 6th.  I hope you’ll be with us that day!  I look forward to discovering how we will be the church together in San Jose in 2011!

 Much love and many blessings,

Rev. Rebecca Anderson

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