“No matter how short or long your journey to your accomplishment is, if you don’t begin you can’t get there. Beginning is difficult, but unavoidable”
Moses was known for his wisdom. Yet his wisdom was not just in his head and heart. Wisdom was also in his feet and in his hands. Wisdom embodied and emboldened Moses. Wisdom without action is empty.
Wisdom spurred Moses to climb Mount Nebo, offering a view of the Promised Land. Wisdom is wasted unless shared, and in a potent description in this Sunday’s scripture from Deuteronomy 34:1-12, it is clear that Moses did not hoard his wisdom, but extended it to Joshua and the Israelites: “Joshua, born of Nun, was full of the Spirit of Wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelite’s listened to Joshua. They did what the Lord had commanded Moses” (v. 9).
With Moses’ leadership, wisdom became multi-generational . He inspired others to climb mountains of promise and then to act on the vision they witnessed. He laid hands on Joshua who in turn laid hands of anointing on others—an act of empowerment that continues to our day and is offered at MCCDC during Sunday Response Time following the message.
One simple definition of wisdom is: knowing what to do and when to do it. Yet fear and resistance sometimes hold wisdom back. Thus, wisdom is not lived and the subsequent wisdom that is made possible through action is short-circuited. On the other hand, with action, wisdom is released and multiplied.
One invitation from our scripture this Sunday is to seek out moments that inspire you to put your wisdom into action. For Moses the moment was on a mountain. It may be awhile before some of us climb a mountain. However, an inspiring dawn is available to most of us. Vera Nazarian describes the possible impact: “Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you can truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action.”
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM as our worship promises to spur us to wise action together as directed by the Holy Spirit.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
LANDSCAPING DAY of SERVICE – 9am-1pm SATURDAY, Nov. 4th!
Join other MCCers to beautify our church’s property. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and make our church and neighborhood prettier. This is a great way to connect to someone you may not yet know. Join us for fun and building community with each other. If you can, please bring your landscaping tools (rakes, brooms, clippers, etc.) and gloves.
We’ll have some light breakfast foods to fuel us. Please RSVP to Greg Snyder, email@example.com, 202-427-6313, if you can join us.
MCCDC’s Congregational Form and Meeting , after 11 AM service on November 5th.
MCCDC’s Congregational Forum will be held at 12:30 am on November 5th. The Congregational Meeting will be held after the 11AM service on November 19th. If you have questions, please email Board@mccdc.com.
MCCDC Leadership Opportunities!!!
Do you have the spiritual gifts of leadership, discernment, and compassion? Do you look for new ways to serve your church? Then the Board of Directors might be the right place for you! We are looking for motivated and qualified candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Three positions will be open due to term expirations and vacancies in 2017. What we are especially looking for people with experience in strategic planning, financial management/fundraising, policy development, program oversight, or legal matters.
If you feel called and have been an MCCDC member in good standing for the past six months, you are eligible to run. Please submit a brief bio and a letter of interest to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, October 22nd.
Join MCCDC HIV Aids Team, 28 Oct @ 9 AM
Help us reach our goal of raising $3,000!
Register for the event and join the MCCDC team by clicking here.
Student/Senior Walker: $15
The walk will start at Freedom Plaza. We will meet at 9 AM at the Federal Triangle metro station.
If you would like to be matched with a sponsor for the registration fee, please contact us!
Questions? Need help registering?
MCCDC Halloween Potluck Party Oct 28th, 6 PM to 9 PM
Hosted by The Older Adult Ministry & Young Adult Ministry
A night of fun dancing, prizes, and dance contest.
Pizza will be provided.
Please Bring/ Donate the following items when you arrive at the door:
Drinks: Water, Soda, Juice
Salads: Marconi, Potato, Bean Salad
Deserts: Cookies and Cupcakes
Help in all areas needed: Setup, Servers, clean up.
Contact: Dale L. Maydun-Baskerville @ email email@example.com or Juan Garcia @ enmail firstname.lastname@example.org
MCCDC Hand Dancing Classes
Come out and have fun learning Hand Dancing! Classes will be held at MCCDC on Saturday Oct 28 at 12 PM. The cost is $5 per class. For more information contact Robin Anderson at email@example.com.
Older Adult Ministry Potluck November 12, 12:30
The Older Adult Ministry Potluck has been change from November 5 to November 12 due to the congregational meeting. Please mark your calendars.
MCCDC MEMBERSHIP CLASS
MCCDC MEMBERSHIP CLASS
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on October 29th from 12:30 to 2:30 in the lower level conference room. All are welcome to attend. A light lunch will be served. PLEASE register so that we may have enough food and materials. Contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
MCCDC Intercessory Prayer Team (IPT)
Are you a Prayer Warrior? Do you desire to connect and support others through prayer practices? Do you want to make a difference in our church, city, nation and world? Come join the Intercessory Prayer Team! The IPT will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM to have a Spirit-led time of prayer. We will also host a quarterly prayer event. For more information please contact Rev. Jules Christian at email@example.com or 336-419-7579.
Lay Delegate Corner
On behalf of all your Lay Delegates, I would like to inform you of some changes to the structure of the MCC denomination offices. In the following letter from Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown you will see that we have a new office, some structural changes, and some new and old names on staff. As a denomination we are working hard to make changes that will help us to touch more lives and spread God’s love for all. As you read the letter and move forward with your days ahead, I would like to ask that you keep the MCC staff in your prayers as they all continue the hard work they do for the denomination.
Peace & Blessings, Chocolatté Miller
MCCDC Drama Ministry
The MCCDC Drama Team needs your help. We are looking for anyone interested in helping with props, set décor, 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, please contact Jules at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-419-7579.
Our first practice will be on Monday, July 31st @ 6:30 PM!
Theological Study to Liberia
Help Lauren’s Angels travel to Libera by donating to her travel:
Join Lauren’s Angels:
Our Intern, Lauren Bennett is going to Liberia as a part of her MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary. This immersion trip will be led by Rev. Dr. Asa Lee. Founded in 1820 by American emancipated slaves, students will learn about Liberia’s deep and intertwined history with the US and the American Protestant church; from support in the 19th Century from benevolent Christian missionary societies to contemporary support in the face of Civil War, poverty, and Ebola. The pivotal role of the church in areas of economic development, healthcare and education will be of central interest on this immersion and Liberia’s resilience and perseverance will be instructive and formative to participants in this immersion. When Lauren returns she will host an event to share of her time abroad.
You can help her raise the $3,600 needed for the trip by becoming one of her angels. Angels will receive special updates and readings before and during her immersion. Anyone can become an angel at any level $1 to $1,000!
Thank you for your support through prayer and finances!
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Please join the Tuesday Night Bible Study from 7-8 PM in the Welcome Hall. A time of community, fun learning and sharing. For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
MCCDC LIVE STREAMING
MCCDC is live! We have an opportunity to use of our AV system to reach outside our walls to many people who may not be able to join us in person. To make this happen we must have a subscription service that will provide us the ability to stream our services, concerts and special events, and expand opportunities for participation in our bible studies and other activities remotely. The testing done so far with streaming has generated a lot of excitement, particularly by those who have been unable to visit our church.
You can be a part of making this happen in a number of ways: (1) pray for our reach beyond the walls of our church (2) join others in donating to cover the one-time annual cost of the service and associated AV training for our volunteers; and (3) consider joining the AV ministry.
You can contact the church office with questions at 202-638-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With EasyTithe, supporting the church is as simple as clicking a mouse or whipping out your smart phone.
Our new online system allows you to make a financial donation to the church with your credit card or direct debit from your banking account.
You’ll be asked to set up your MCCDC EasyTithe Account. You can set it up to make a one-time/anytime donation or make a recurring donation.
You also can give by text 202-999-3841. Please contact the church office with questions at 202-638-7373 or email@example.com.