JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
AT 3PM FOR A MEETING WITH ICM DE LA TRINIDAD REPUBLIC CHURCH
Representatives from ICM de la Trinidad Dominican Republic and MCCDC will be meeting by conference call on Sunday September 13 at 3:00 pm in the upstairs conference room.
All are welcome to attend as we pray for and with this partner church that is in transition.
Please contact Rev Cathy if you have questions or would like to attend. firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
JOIN US SUNDAY!9AM & 11AM
BY FAITH: SPEAK LOVE TO POWER
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” ~ Markus Zusak
For 45 years MCCDC has offered a powerful word to our community. When we were founded, our word to the community was unconditional: all are welcome, including the LGBT community. To same gender couples seeking God’s blessing on their relationships, the word of MCCDC was clear: love is love. In the 80’s and 90’s when HIV/AIDS took so many of our beloveds, the compassionate word of MCCDC was strong: God is greater than AIDS.
The word of MCCDC has been strong and clear through the years. Now, we are called to offer a strong and clear word as we move into our future. Our neighborhood, community, and world are in desperate need of the word MCCDC offers today. We are called to speak (or sign!) love as a countervoice to the powers of violence, anger, despair and hatred that permeate mass media, social media, and the shouting matches on sidewalks.
The scriptures for the message this Sunday speak of the power of words to bring death or life. In James 3:1-10 the scripture writer warns that words can create evil that spreads like a forest fire. Today, many of the fires raging in our world are fueled by the rhetoric of death cultures. The opposite is also true: “Blessing and cursing come from the same mouth” (James 3:10): our words have the power to bless.
Words also have the power to protect and guide our purpose. In Mark 8: 27-37, Peter uses his word to try to dissuade Jesus from his purpose. In response, Jesus uses his word to sternly correct Peter: “Get behind me, Satan. You are not thinking God’s thoughts but human thoughts” (Mark 8:33).
Imagine a world where all words were created by God’s thoughts! At MCCDC, this is the world we seek to co-create with God working around us, in us, and through us. See you Sunday at 9AM and/or 11AM as we seek to grow in our ability to speak love to power.
Rev. Elder Dwayne
TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Fall Theme: A Life That’s Real
Sept 15 Your Worship
Sept 29 Reaching out to others
Opportunities to serve in ministry are plentiful. If you have a heart to serve and to be a part of something larger than yourself, please consider this your personal invitation to join in ministry. Where needed most:
MCCDC Choir – Consider joining the choir for the Christmas concert which will be held on Dec 4th and 5th. Please see our 11 am Music Director Tyrone Stanley for more information. Our 9 am choir has room for you. Please see our 9 am Music Director Daniel Scearce for more information.
Website Content – Many go to MCCDC’s website to learn more information, hear sermons, see pictures of our community even before stepping foot into our sanctuary. We are in great need of a volunteer to assist in this communications ministry.
Children’s Ministry – The Children’s Ministry provides a fun and safe space for children to learn about spiritual values, while valuing each child’s unique talents and abilities.
Hospitality – God’s hospitality extends welcome to the entire community, the Hospitality Ministry provides arms and feet to that welcome. The ministry is responsible for coordinating food and welcome during the social time.
Information Station – These faithful folks coordinate the sharing of information about ministry activities, events and directions. They extend the hospitality of welcome to everyone who has questions or require assistance.
AV Ministry – This Ministry is responsible for the sights and sounds in worship and other services in the sanctuary. If you feel called to investigate learning and participating in providing audio and video support, please pray about connecting.
If you are interested in any of these service ministries, please contact Rev Cathy at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
CONGREGATIONAL FORUM TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Saturday, September 12 will be an important day in the life of MCCDC. I invite you to be a part of it. Rev. Elder Don Eastman will be with us for a Church Planning Forum to help answer the question, “What are we called to do as a congregation?” We will meet from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. So we can plan, please sign-up now by contacting Rev Dwayne at revdwayne@MCCDC.com or 202-638-7373.
HEARTSONG RELATIONSHIPS RETREAT
Sometimes relationships with God, self and others can range from joyful to challenging, especially if you are not currently in a relationship. This workshop offers an opportunity to build tools and spiritual practices to be in a mutually fulfilling, healing, healthy and loving relationship.
When our hearts are joyful the entire soul rejoices. Ephesians 4:2-3 states “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
When: Sept 26, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Please bring your own lunch.
The retreat will be led by Dr. Veronica Franklin.
Please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373 to register or for more information. If you would like to attend yet cannot afford the cost, please contact Rev Cathy at email@example.com.
AV MINISTRY PHONE CONFERENCE
There will be a conference call of the AV ministry and anyone who is interested in joining and for further information on the video ministry.
The call will take place Saturday September 19th from 11 am – noon. Please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373 for the call in number or for more information. All are welcome.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CONTINUES
Let Us School You (And you can teach us a few things, too)
Adult Sunday School has restarted. It is held Sunday mornings between the two services from 10:15 ’till 10:45, in the lower-level conference room.
Our topic of discussion is an overview to Bible basics.
Bring your coffee and cookies. Sessions are short but pack a lot of punch.
It’s a great way to spend a half-hour – learn something new and fellowship, too.
All are welcome and wanted.
JOIN THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION TEAM
CALLING ALL PARTY PLANNERS – WE NEED YOU
The MCCDC 45th Anniversary Celebration Team is forming. If you would like to be a member of this historic team for this historic event, please contact Rev Cathy for more information. email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
MCCDC TO BE A SPONSOR AT THE MAUTNER PROJECT 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
MCCDC will once again be a sponsor at the Mautner Project 25th Anniversary Gala, Friday, September 25, 8PM at Union Market. The sponsorship cost $2500 and to help offset that cost, the church has 10 tickets for the event. The tickets cost $250.00. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please go to www.mccdc.com/donate, send a check to MCCDC to 474 Ridge Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 or contact the church office at 202-638-7373.
“45 YEARS: WE’VE COME THIS FAR BY FAITH” PLEDGE CARD
We have launched the MCCDC “45 Years: We’ve Come This Far By Faith” Campaign. Please make sure you return your pledge card to the church office or you can put it in the offering plate on Sunday.
As we celebrate the 45th anniversary, let’s come together and help shape the future of MCCDC!!
CHRISTMAS CONCERT DATES ANNOUNCED SAVE THE DATES!
The 2015 Worship Arts Ministry Christmas concerts will be held on Friday, Dec 4th and Saturday, Dec 5th. You will not want to miss this will be an evening to remember.
Friends and Family Sunday
Sept 27 will be an opportunity to invite your friends and family to the MCCDC Life giving and life affirming services.
The BoD/Trustees/Staff will serve a mouthwatering pancake brunch and a special take home gift will be given to all who attend. Looking forward to seeing you there.
MCCDC TEXT GIVING
“BY FAITH: SPEAK LOVE TO POWER”
REV. ELDER J. DWAYNE JOHNSON
BIBLE STUDY: YOUR WORSHIP
MCCDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUNDAY
9AM AND 11AM SERVICES