About MCC of the Spirit - Harrisburg, PA

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Welcome to MCC of the Spirit, located in Harrisburg, PA. We're so glad you’ve connected with our online community. Our prayer today is that you find information and a message of hope that connects you with the Holy.

Whoever you are and wherever you come from on your life’s journey, there is a place for you at MCC. We are an intentionally diverse spiritual community reaching across barriers of gender, race, sexuality, disabilities, and religious backgrounds.

Throughout our 35+ year history in Harrisburg, our church has been a place where many have found healing and wholeness in their lives. That message of hope and transformation extends far beyond the walls of our church into our community. It’s a message we live everyday through our work for justice and inclusion.

Our church is growing in numbers, ministry, and in the life of Spirit. You are invited to join us for the journey.

Yours in Christ,
The Body of Christ at MCCS



Our Mission, Vision, and Core Values

We are a spirit-filled community called to inspire, encourage, educate and empower in order to share Christ's love.

We heed the Voice of the Spirit, which calls us to create an open, safe and respectful, multicultural, multi-generational and healing church where all are welcomed and unconditionally loved. We foster the creation of disciples of Christ radically committed to unity, freedom and social justice in our world.

  • Unconditional Love/God Committed - MCC of the Spirit holds the value that every person is a creation of God, worth of respect, dignity & acceptance. Like the warmth of a loved one's open arms, our doors are open to those who seek unconditional love in a non-judgmental atmosphere. We ask ourselves, "What would Jesus do?"

  • Diverse Theology/The Word is Preached - MCC of the Spirit recognizes the richness & diversity of each, unique individual. God's Word comes alive as we embrace, celebrate & share the depth of faith experiences & eclectic theologies that each person brings to our community.

  • Place of Healing - We are called to wholeness through God's love & guidance. MCC of the Spirit provides a safe haven where all are invited to experience the process of healing in mind, body & spirit. As ministers of faith, we are encouraged to be a part of each other's healing experiences.

  • Social Justice - We are committed to Micah 6:8: The Lord God has told us what is right & what God demands: Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. Using prayerful judgment & consideration, we will take public stands & reasonable action on issues concerning social justice for those who suffer oppression.

Rev. Lori E. Hatch-Rivera, Pastor

Rev. Lori Hatch-Rivera

pastorlori@mccofthespirit.org

Reverend Lori E. Hatch-Rivera was ordained August 29, 2004. She received her Masters of Divinity June 6, 2004 from Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami, Florida. Rev. Lori was on staff as the Associate Pastor in Church Management (church administrator) at SunCoast from August 2004 until February 2011. She is currently attending Lancaster Theological Seminary as she pursues her Doctor of Ministry degree.

Rev. Lori was born in New York, the second of four children (all brothers). Rev. Lori, her parents, and her two younger brothers moved to Florida in 1973. She became involved in the local Southern Baptist church and felt the call to ministry in her early twenties. Dealing with many issues in her life, she fought against answering God’s call until her early forties. Prior to entering the ministry, Rev. Lori worked as a middle school science teacher and department chair for 14 years in Palm Beach County, Florida. Working to overcome the issues in her life led her to Psalm 27, especially verses 1-4: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh – my adversaries and foes – they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in God’s temple.” These are her life verses.
       more about Rev. Lori here.....




Rev. Dr. Lawrence F. Keiser II

Rev. Dr. Lawrence F. Keiser II

revlawrence@mccofthespirit.org

Rev. Dr. Lawrence F. Keiser II has been involved in the Music Ministry at MCC of the Spirit since 2015. He oversees the Music Ministry and conducts the choir, chime choir, percussion band, instrumental ensemble, coordinates and leads the worship music with the assistance of volunteer vocalists, arranges music, provides congregational care, and so much more.

Rev. Lawrence has received multiple undergrad and graduate degrees including a Diploma in Music and Marketing from Harrisburg Area Community College, an Associates of Biblical Studies, a Bachelors of Biblical Studies, a Bachelors of Ministry, and a Masters of Ministry from Calvary Bible College and Seminary. He was also awarded a Masters of Worship Ministry with an emphasis in music and theater and a Doctorate of Christian Music and Ministry from Shalom Bible College and Seminary.

Dr. Keiser has been active as a musician for 30 years as a church musician and teaching music for over 19 years. He has served in a wide variety of Christian denominations as Organist, Choir Director, Minister of Music, Soloist, etc. He has received several awards for his work in music and theater. He has been the guest conductor and Tenor soloist for a variety of ensembles, and has been music director for numerous musicals in both the sacred and the secular field. Lawrence has trained extensively through multidenominational work.

Rev. Lawrence was born in 1980 and grew up in Adams County, Pennsylvania. As a pastor, vocalist, pianist and conductor, he is committed to serving the local church and LGBT community, of which he is proudly a part, by facilitating corporate worship that is Christ-exalting and transformational, and which displays the unity of the Spirit and the love of Christ for all, regardless of the orientation and sexual identity.



Our History

MCC of Harrisburg was founded in 1980 as a ministry extension of Metropolitan Community Church of Philadelphia. Rev. Bruce Hughes from Philadelphia and Gary Norton from Williamsport were the leaders active in planting our church.

In 1983 under the leadership of Rev. Pat Lichty our community engaged important spiritual work to widen the circle of our diversity and inclusion. Rev. Lichty taught us about inclusive language to be sensitized culturally, racially, and aware of people with disabilities. Today inclusive language and worship is an important way we live out the value of diversity.       more about Our History here.....



The By-Laws of MCC Harrisburg

A complete statement of our official by-laws is available here in .pdf form



Directions to MCC of the Spirit

PARKING: There are several spaces surrounding our building. Street parking is available on Jefferson Street. Additional parking is also available on Sundays and during the evening in the Penn United parking lot (fenced in area) on the north side of the church.

From Downtown Harrisburg, 2nd Street: Take 2nd Street North. Turn RIGHT onto Division Street, then proceed until you cross over N. 6th Street. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Street. The church is on the right side of the second block.

From Interstate 83: Take the 2nd Street exit and follow to Division Street. Turn RIGHT onto Division Street, then proceed until you cross over N. 6th Street. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Street. The church is on the right side of the second block.

From Interstate 81: Take the Front Street exit and follow the signs for South Front Street. Proceed to Division Street. Turn LEFT onto Division Street, then proceed until you cross over N. 6th Street. Turn LEFT onto Jefferson Street. The church is on the right side of the second block.