Metropolitan Communty Church of Pueblo
PO Box 1918 Pueblo CO 81002
719-543-6460
Rev John Mark Hild Pastor

Outreach

Our community outreach programs and youth initiatives are designed to help those in need.

We don't require that you belong to any particular religious affiliation or financially support our organization in any way. We only ask that you return one good deed with another and perform an act of kindness to another. In this way, the cycle of compassion and goodwill continues indefinitely.

Our mission is to spiritually uplift our community, and work toward a greater good. We work tirelessly to feed the hungry and clothe the poor. We help those seeking spiritual healing and enlightenment find the path to a higher power. Our faith-based outreach serves people of all races, creeds, and religions. We support our fellow man, and serve as a guiding light.

Our membership is growing at a steady pace. With this growth, we've been able to accomplish more, and have a greater impact on our community. We welcome you with open arms. Please inquire today about how you can become a cherished part of our faith-based family.

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WEDDINGS, CIVIL UNIONS, & HOLY UNIONS

What is Life's Journey MCC?
Life's Journey Metropolitan Community Church is a Christian church with a primary outreach to the LGBT community. it is a member congregation of Metropolitan Community Church denomination. The congtegation in Pueblo was formed in 1986.

Does MCC perform marriages? Yes, our clergy are licensed and happy to perform legal weddings, civil unions, and non-legal ceremonies.

What is a Holy Union? it is a rite of the Metropolitan Community Church often used by those unable to have a legal marriage. Weddings of whatever kind are formal (but not regid) faith-based ceremonies expressing your personal commitment to share your lives together.

Who?  Those wishing to make a commitment may be any persons, at least 18 years or older, in a relationship, wishing to publicly profess their love.

Why? Couples gain comfort and support in taking this step before family and friends and in knowing that their relationship is blessed by god. In some states or communities, couples utilize a Holy Union, or Civil Unions to further validate rights of domestic partnership.

Legal? Marriages performed at MCC are legal. Holy Unions, though not legally recognized in the U.S. as marriage, are observed by our denomination and Civil Unions are recognized in Colorado, we believe, all we believe are blessed by God of unconditional love.

Where? Life's Journey MCC meets at 3939 W. Pueblo Blvd. To make arrangements to use our beautiful facility, please contact us. Weddings can be performed virtually anywhere such as at a home, in the mountains, etc. Additional fees may be required for mileage or other costs incurred.

When? A wedding can be scheduled most any time, dependent upon the availability of clergy. Saturdays are the most popular day. It is recommended that a couple plan their ceremony at least 3 to 6 months in advance, fitting a most special occasion.

How elaborate does it have to be? Some couples wish to have a very simple and brief ceremony; others elect to include attendants, family, special readings and music. All are equal in stature. Each ceremony is uniquely planned during preceremony meetings to fit the couple.

Are there cost? A quality occasion requires careful planning with the assistance of professional staff. Therefore, there is a schedule of fees for staff services and donations for use of facilities. The actual cost will vary depending on the type of service and its location.

What about enhancements?
Flowers, Photography, invitations, ushers, or any reception are the responsibility of the couple. We will gladly offer suggestions or ideas to assist you.

How do we get started? LIfe's Journey MCC will help you along each step of your ceremony planning to help make it as stress-free, smooth, and joyful as possible.

Step One: The couple should call the church office at (719)543-6460 and set up the first of three pre-ceremony meetings with the pastor.

Step Two: A fee of $50.00, is due at the first meeting with the pastor.

Step Three: Copies of sample ceremonies, which couples often find extremely helpful, will be provided so you can begin the excitingly creative process of planning the details of your ceremony. Keep in mind that we are flexible in structuring the union to make it truly yours.

Step Four: You will set the remaining appointments with the pastor and meet 3 to 5 weeks before the big day to fine-tune the ceremony and make final arrangements.

Step Five: While you will be coordinating and additional aspects of your big day, the finale and most thrilling step is the one you take in making your vows.

Step Six: Upon your wedding, you begin a new level of your life together as a couple, committed publicly before friends, family, and blessed by God. We are honored to be a part of this important time in the lives of those who come to us.

Fees for Services

Pastoral Honorarium $150.00 (includes pre-ceremony counseling, rehearsal-and service; $50.00 due at first meeting)
Sanctuary $150.00
Social Hall $100.00 (reception) (there will be $50.00 cleaning fee added to space rentals)
Administrative Fee $40.00
Organist/Pianist $50.00
Sound Tech $30.00 (if church's sound or visual equipment is to be used for service)

Please note that Life's Journey MCC maintains a smoke free environment. Smoking is allowed outside the building in the designated smoking area.

Special Organist/Pianist music arrangements can be made if adequate time for rehearsal is planned.

Honorariums for all parties will be paid according to the arrangements made with each, but no later than 30 days prior to the ceremony.

May God bless you as you consider making this very important step in your life. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Sexuality
&
Spirituality

Gay and Christian
What the Bible Really Says

The Good News is Good for Everyone

Sexuality in Scripture

The first lie to dispel about sexuality and spirituality is that the two are opposites or in conflict. To the contrary, the Bible is full of incidents and examples of sex!
  • Adam and Eve were instructed to be fruitful and multiply, and they did.
  • Abraham wanted an heir so badly his wife allowed her maid to become a concubine and bear his first child, Ishmael.
  • A prostitute named Rahab helped Joshua and the other spies to ultimately conquer Jerichco and enter Israel.
  • King David lusted for Bathsheba, had her husband killed, and wrote of his deep love for his male companion, Jonathan.
  • King Solomon, who had hundreds of wives, created erotic and sensual poetry praising beauty and sexuality.

An important thing to remember when looking to the Bible for guidance is to always take the Bible in the context in which it was written-including the parts about sex and sexuality.

All those examples, and that is just a few scenes from the first parts of the Biblical story! The Biblical writers clearly knew that sex is a part of life-that it has the power to enhance love, create intimacy, or harm our spirits. Understanding that, the Bible includes all kinds of prohibitions about sexual behaviors-over 400 verses dealing with heterosexual behaviors, and only 6 addressing homosexual behaviors. These numbers alone help reveal how unimportant this issue was in the minds of the Biblical authors. they were far more concerned about the poor, giving 3000 instructions to care for them.

Scripture is markedly silent on the topic of same-sex love. The cultural context of the time in which the words were written seems to have provided no need to discuss loving same-sex partners.

Because of the relatively few references to same-sex love and because all six of the references are about particular behaviors which are culturally coded, we need to be very careful when we seek to interpret a passage's intent.

What does the Hebrew Bible say?

The most common story cited about sex in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) is the story of Sodom. Many assume that this story is about homosexuality. However, both the prophet Ezekiel and Jesus (in the gospel of Luke) told their followers that Sodom's sin was inhospitality-a very important practice in Sodom's culture. You can read the story in Genesis chapter 19. In the story the men of the town do seek to rape the male visitors that come to town. As wrong as this sex act is, it is compounded when the story's hero, Lot, offers his daughters to the men. Obviously this is not a text about sexual ethics. If it were, the Bible would be teaching people to give their daughters over to be raped! No, this is clearly a story about hospitality and the failure of a city to treat those who were strangers, those who were different, with honor and respect.

The other Hebrew Bible text that is sometimes cited as a prohibition of homosexuality comes in the book of Leviticus. These laws were given to keep the people of Israel distinct from the people that lived in the areas around them. Many of these laws are seen as clearly irrelevant today, like the commandment not to wear cotton/polyester blends! With many bizarre laws, there is no clear way to choose which laws are relevant in today's culture.

What does the New Testament say?

Most significantly, Jesus never said anything about homosexuality. Instead, Jesus just made it clear that love is always good and right: love for men, women, prostitutes, prisoners, the poor, and more.

The most crucial text for understanding sexuality in the New Testament comes in Romans chapter one when Paul writes of men exchanging natural relations with women for other men and women becoming lustful toward one another. Paul condemns this behavior, and many cite this as proof of God's disapproval.

The problem with this assumption is that it fails to take Paul's cultural contest into account. Paul had no concept of a person being naturally attracted to someone of the same-gender, and yet people do experience same-gender attraction just as naturally as opposite-gender attraction. Paul is not trying to condemn same-gender love as we understand it today, instead he is warning against sexual practice that becomes wanton and careless-having no regard for the consequences of one's actions. Regardless of our sexual orientation, we must handle ourselves in ways that honor and respect one another.

The profound and clear message of Scripture is that God loves everyone and desires relationship with us. We are all children of God, created in marvelous diversity. This brief introduction to issues of spirituality and sexuality is only a starter.