We will work to: cultivate and strengthen a congregational culture of pastoral care.” ~From MCCDC Strategic Plan, 2018-2021.
The work of soul care, of care for each other, is at the heart of our congregational calling.
We are called to be a caring congregation, living the ways of care in a world that too often is both careless and care less. Care is both a basic need and a source of strength. Psalm 84 for this Sunday says: “They go from strength to strength. . .” Through God’s care, we find strength in each other as individuals and as a community.
This strength is sourced by care, like the pools described in the ancient Valley of Baca of Psalm 84. We are invited to drink deeply and dip deeply into these pools so that “the strength of what God pours into us becomes an impression, an imprint on the surfaces, people, situations we encounter. It means entering deeply into life and allowing our presence and God’s presence in us to leave a mark” (Regina M. Laroche).
Are our footprints actually careprints, nourishing the world with every step we take? Or, if in a wheelchair, every move we make? What are some practical ways MCCDC can begin, even today, to live more fully into caring for each other? How can care become our congregational culture? In preparation for this Sunday, I invite you to reflect on these questions and on the wonderful invitation of Psalm 84.
This Sunday, at 9 AM and 11 AM, we will directly practice this calling by giving and receiving care as part of our worship. See you Sunday as we grow together in the ways of care, from the inside out.
By Faith, Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
“UP COMING EVENTS”
There will be an informational meeting on August 26th at 10 and 1230 to have a conversation about current church status (including the lot sale update, ministry update and strategic spiritual locations). Please plan on attending. For more information contact Rev Dwayne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life In the Middle…….
Today, after the 11:00 service and “Church Chat”, we will go to Paul’s House for a Potluck lunch and fellowship gathering! All are welcome to join, regardless of age.
Paul lives at 7597 Chrisland CV, Falls Church, VA 22042. For questions, contact Paul at 703-400-7127
Trip to Cunningham Falls
Bible Study & Pizza Night
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, MD 21044
October 20, 2018, 6 PM Tickets $64.00, meet at Toby’s, Money Due NLT Aug. 26, 2018, Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville :email@example.com or 202 638-7373 for more information.
‘This joint will be jumpin’ with Ain’t Misbehavin’, one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and a Tony Award winner for Best Musical. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with his infectious swing music. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and powerful energy of this ‘American original’ with music made famous from uptown clubs to Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood!
Click below to see Buffet Menu that is Include
For questions or more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!