“Alone, I am what I am, but in community I have the chance to become everything that I can be.” ~Joan Chittister
A foundational question from our 2018-2021 Aspirations is “What difference can we make in our changing and challenging world?” One difference we can make is to provide a community where people can say: “MCCDC is a church that offers the inspiration and support that gives me the chance to become everything that I can be!”
Building community is at the heart of our ministry. It was also at the heart of the ministry of Jesus. In our Scripture for Sunday from Mark 7:1-8, Jesus faces a situation where religion is blocking spiritual growth. The religious authorities observe that the disciples of Jesus are eating food without going through the proper hand washing rituals passed on by tradition. They label the disciples as defiled. Rather than focusing on community, connection, engagement and hospitality, the accusers focus on externals.
Jesus confronts their heartless religion: “Isaiah really knew what he was talking about when he prophesied about you hypocrites. He wrote, ‘this people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me. Their worship of me is empty. . .’ “(6-7). Jesus is direct in calling out the behavior of the religious authorities: “You abandon the commandments of God and hold to human tradition” (8).
Our 2018-2021 Aspirations proclaim “We will open new windows into the loving heart of our Creator. . .” Jesus invites his followers into a way of life that is lived from the heart. MCCDC seeks to be a church that follows the heart of Jesus. We are surrounded by people hungering for a deeper connection. There is a longing for true friendship. In a world of divisions that often rip at the heart—there needs to be a place like MCCDC where hearts can heal towards wholeness. We pray that MCCDC will increasingly be a community where we each will become the best that we can be.
See you Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM
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
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.
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.
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!