“We will engage our community in ‘our songs of imagining’ who we can become.”
~MCCDC Aspirations, 2018-2022
With a look back we can look ahead to who we will become: a people on an exciting adventure to the fullness of God’s purpose for us. We look back to Psalm 125, a “song of imagining” that the people voiced with the rhythm of their hopes on their journey to Jerusalem. They were steady in their persistence, encouraged by this song of ascent that kept them moving.
God’s providence and purpose would not let them down. And as we embrace our Congregational Aspirations for 2018-2022 we too look forward, supported by a God who will not let us down. We are strong because we know where to place our efforts and our trust: “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever” (Psalm 125:1).
“Trust in God cannot be acquired,” writes John Mogabgab, “apart from dwelling close to God. Trust is not a possession we can secure for ourselves and then ration out to God. Trust is rather the living tissue of our relationship with God.”
Our Aspirations and Strategic Plan are rooted in our trust that God’s plans for us are even greater than our own: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Staying close to God and to each other with and through “our songs of imagining” is one way to embody the trust that will embolden our faith to act, to connect, and to engage.
The message this Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM ,in addition to my reflections on Psalm 125, will also bring to life our Aspirations with a powerful creative touchpoint: Cathy Batson will tell a story of faith and trust leading into a Moving Spirit dance to Mahalia Jackson’s timeless classic: “In the Upper Room.”
Do you have a Trust-Deepening Room in your life? See you Sunday as we discover ways to each find “an upper room” to touch our “songs of imagining” to who we can become, individually and as a church.
By Faith, Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
“UP COMING EVENTS”
JOIN TEAM MCCDC in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! September 8, 2018
Be a part of Team MCCDC’s 3rd Annual Participation in the Race for the Cure!
Join us in walking, running, or sleepwalking to raise funds and awareness in support of those fighting breast cancer and working towards a CURE!
Join Team MCCDC today!
To sign up for the team, visit: and look for MCCDC. For more info and to let us know you’re joining us, contact Rev. Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
OLDER ADULT MINISTRY (OAM)…MONTHLY POTLUCK PRESENTATION!
Crimes Against Seniors: Where to get HELP?
Briefing offered by United States Department of Justice representative Wendy Pohlhaus.
September 09, 2018
Lower Level Conference Room
For more information contact Wallace Corbett (OAM )-202-257-1484
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month.
September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month. The drama team will be performing on Sunday, September 16th. If you have a loved one who has died by suicide and you would like their name listed and remembered, please send to Jules at email@example.com or 336-419-7579.
Atlantic City Resort Hotel and Casino Bus Trip, 22 Sept 2018
This event is sponsored by the Older Adults Ministry, but anyone is warmly invited to join!
Departs MCCDC promptly at 7AM and returns at 11PM.
The cost is $50 and must be paid in advance. The deadline for sign up is Sept 1st. For more information please contact Ace Barbari at 703-303-2934.
MCCDC SPIRITUAL RENEWAL,BECOMING A SPIRITUAL FORCE”
Sunday, September 23
Rev. Cedric Harmon at 9 AM and 11 AM
Saturday, September 29
A Service of Prayer, Power & Praise coordinated by the MCCDC Pastoral Care Ministers
Sunday, September 30
Minister Lauren Bennett at 9AM and 11AM
Come Join MCCDC Team Walk To End HIV, October 27, 2018
CHECK-IN BEGINS: 7:30 AM
5K BEGINS: 9:15 AM
WALK BEGINS: 9:20 AM
General Walk Registration: $25.00
Student / Senior (60+) Walk Registration: $15.00
General Timed Run Registration: $35.00
Sleep Walker Registration: $40.00
For more information email Dale Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev Cathy Alexander at email@example.com or call or 202-638
Update on MCCDC’s Strategic Plan
The MCC Statement of Faith affirms that “Metropolitan Community Churches is one chapter in the story of the Church, the Body of Christ… We are people on a journey… We are part of an ongoing conversation on matters of belief and faith, shaped by scripture and the historic creeds, building on those who have come before us. Our chapter begins when God says to us: ‘Come, taste, and see.'”
Through his parables, Jesus teaches that we are stewards of our life and talents. In this time and place, each of us receives different gifts of the Spirit to be used for the greater good. In 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, St. Paul reminds us:
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
Today, MCCDC must be about discovering our renewed aspirations – engaging our community in “our songs of imagining” who we can become, why we exist as a church, and what difference we can make in our challenging and often disheartening world.
We believe that the Holy Spirit will inspire many different voices to help MCCDC build upon our strengths. As we work to complete the MCCDC Strategic Plan over these next weeks, we ask for your prayerful discernment of how you personally can be part of shaping our way forward as a church.
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The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU!!!
Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9am and 11am services. No experience needed. You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard, setting mics up for service and learning the technical side of handling the sound board. We would like to have you train at the 9am service and continue training at the 11am service but if your prefer to train only at one service you can.
Please contact me Michael Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
The Hospitality Ministry Needs Your Help!
If you have hospitality items that you would be willing to bring in and support Sunday hospitality, please contact Sonia Grant in the church office at
email@example.com or 202-638-7373.. Items for consideration are:
Paper Coffee Cups (No Styrofoam)
MCCDC Bible Study
A time of community, fun, learning, and sharing!
Tuesdays, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Welcome Hall
For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at the firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 638-737
Prayers for Healing
Keith Richardson is in a nursing home near the church. Please continue to hold him in your prayers
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!