“Real friends of the sort whose lives are inextricably bound together in love, must share themselves in such a way that the well-being of the one depends upon the fulfillment of the deepest longings of the other.” ~Roberta C. Bondi
Jesus centered his life in the life of others. Not in a co-dependent way. Rather, in an interdependent way. At times, his openness was rejected. In Mark 6:1-13 Jesus returned to his hometown where despite his wisdom the people “were repulsed by him” (v3).
Undeterred by rejection, Jesus continues to reach out to others. He creates a powerful circle of purposeful friendship in his calling of the Twelve (v7). Jesus is not alone, nor are his disciples. As their shared ministry multiples, no one goes it alone: “Jesus sent them out in pairs” (v7).
Life together is life abundant. Jesus and the Twelve accomplished much through their interconnectedness: “So they went out and proclaimed that many people should change their hearts and lives. They cast out many demons, and they anointed sick people with olive oil and healed them” (vv12-13).
Our theme at MCCDC for July is Celebrate Friendship. I believe our theme speaks to a deep need in our community. In this age of partisanship, divisions run deep. People work (and at times manipulate) to
draw allies to their viewpoints. Relationships are often a zero sum game. Networks and connections open doors to political power, yet hearts shrivel when at some point the players just feel used.
My prayer for MCCDC is that we will increasingly be a place where friendships are formed and nourished. Our worship together during July will celebrate the joy of friendship with God and each other, and the ways that friendship is vital to transforming ourselves to transform the world.
There is a sacramental quality as we gather together; friendship is a means of grace that draws us more fully into the life of the Great Friend who created us to be together. Friends, I look forward to seeing you Sunday at 9am and 11am.
By Faith, Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Older Adult Ministry Pool Party, Saturday, 14 July, 3:00 to 8:00 pm
It is almost time for the annual Older Adults Ministry pool party featuring home-cooked food, dancing, card playing and swimming. Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of age. This event is only $5 plus a potluck side dish. Tickets are available each Sunday after the 11:00 service through July 7th. See Darryl Walker at the Information Station or email him at Darryl_1945@yahoo.com.
August 12th is MCCDC and UFCDC Partnership Sunday and Combined Church Potluck/Cookout sponsored by the MCCDC Older Adult Ministry
MCCDC and Unity Fellowship Church, DC will celebrate our 3rd Anniversary by having a joint worship service and cookout/potluck.
Worship will begin at noon (NOTE WORSHIP TIME). The cookout/potluck will follow the service at 1:30 PM. For more information contact Robin Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church office at email@example.com or 202-638-7373
Please join us for our quarterly Women’s Gathering on July 22nd
All who identify as woman are cordially invited to women’s space. We will have our next women’s gathering on July 9th from 12:30 – 2:30. Please watch this space for more information
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
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.
JOIN THE FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY CLASS, Thursdays at 6 PM
• July 05, 2018 Lesson 9: The Great Misunderstanding
Come Join Bible Study to see the play “Jesus”
Sight & Sound Theaters
300 Hartman Bridge Road
Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572
When August 18, 2018
Tickets can be purchase directly from Sight & Sound Web Site: Click Here To Purchase Tickets From Sight and Sound Sight
Leave from MCCDC Church at 11 am
Show Starts At 7 pm
Car Pool to and from location
Buffet Lunch is separate
Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville :email@example.com or 202 638-7373 for more information.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, MD 21044
‘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.
Middle Adults Events Coming Soon . . .
Volunteering at the Autism Society’s Conference
Middle Adults vs. Young Adults Kickball Game
Cook Out at Irena’s Ho
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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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
Come JoinBible Study to see the play “Jesus”
The MCCDC Drama Team needs crew members.
We are looking for anyone interested in helping with props, set décor, costumes, music. lighting, clean up, etc. If you have a passion and artistic flare for behind the scenes work and would like to join the drama team! The Drama Ministry meets on Mondays at 6:30 and performs on the Second Sunday of each month. If you are interested, please contact Jules at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-419-7579.
Prayers for healing
Keith Richardson is in a nursing home near the church. Please continue to hold him in your prayers
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