“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
~Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, July 18, 1918-December 5, 2013
True friendship has the power to change the world. Friendship is love lived out in partnerships. The power of love, when fully released, transforms enemies into friends.
The ministry of Jesus reflected a deep concern for others as described in this Sunday’s Scripture from Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. In a spirit of partnership “The apostles returned to Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught” (v30). The whole region was buzzing, people were everywhere, and transformation was unfolding all around Jesus and his disciples. The world was changing before their eyes.
The transformation was exciting. And it was exhausting. Friends often know what friends need. Jesus saw the exhaustion of his friends and said to the disciples, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while” (v31). Jesus knew that if they were to be there for the world, they needed to be there for themselves and each other. The call to rest was not selfish. Jesus in his loving wisdom knew that rest was necessary to restore the sources of generosity.
In this week’s Gospel reading “we find a Jesus who recognizes, honors, and tends to his own tiredness. We encounter a teacher who notices his disciples’ exhaustion, and responds with tenderness. We find a Savior who probes below the surface of our frantic, ‘productive’ lives, and pinpoints the hungers our work-obsessed culture won’t allow us to name: the hunger for space, reflection, solitude, and rest” (Debie Thomas).
This Sunday, we’ll consider how friendship plays an important part in helping us balance compassion for the world with self-compassion. We will also consider the wisdom of one of the great teachers of transformative friendship, Nelson Mandela, whose 100th birthday we commemorate this week. Though he passed in 2013, the rhythms of his legacy express his ability to see deeply into South Africa —and beyond as a friend for the world.
By Faith, Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
“UP COMING EVENTS”
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
Celebrating Friendship Sunday
This July we are celebrating friendship. On Sunday July 29th we will have a friendship blessing during the 9 am and 11 am services. Please invite friends and family to come to church with you to have your friendship blessed. If you have questions, please contact Rev Dwayne at email@example.com
Life in the Middle….
The Middle Adults will be going to the
Museum of the Bible next Sunday, July 29th at 2:30.
We have a few tickets left; please contact Jules if you would like to go!
1st Sunday Singers
We want to extend a special invitation to the 1st Sunday Singers as well as all members of the congregation to join us on Wednesday 7/25, 8/1 and 8/8 at 7 pm. Help us to make a joyful noise to the Lord
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
7th ANNUAL BACKPACK 4 KIDS DEADLINE: Sunday, August 5th
Dear MCCDC Friends,
This is the final week to support our Backpacks4Kids fundraiser! As in years past, MCCDC is partnering with the community outreach program at NBC4 Washington, collecting backpacks, supplies or financial donations to support kids going back to school.
It only takes $20 to equip one student with a backpack and supplies for the school year. Our goal is to provide 300 kids with backpacks for the coming year and so far, we have collected donations for 90 kids! That is great, but we still have room for more.
Here’s how you can help:
• Donate a new backpack stuffed with school supplies or
• Donate securely online at www.mccdc.com/donate (select the “Donate” tab near the top, and choose “Backpacks4Kids” in the dropdown menu).
• DEADLINE: Sunday, August 5th
If you prefer donating a backpack or supplies, you can drop them off this week or on Sunday in the big blue tubs in the Welcome Hall. The school supplies needed per backpack include:
• New backpack
• Two packs of loose leaf notebook paper
• Two dozen #2 pencils
• Two packages of cap erasers
• Three spiral composition books
• One yellow highlighter
• Eight plain folders with pockets and brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
• One package of 24 crayons and/or one package of colored pencils
• Small pencil or supply box or zippered supply pouch
• Two composition books
• Paper glue
• Box of Tissue
• 2 packs of copy – white paper
• 12-inch ruler
Every person deserves a solid education, so let us make sure that our kids have the basic tools to succeed. More importantly, let us show our kids that we have their back and that there is a community that loves them. One of the easiest and most practical ways to do that is by supporting our Backpacks4Kids fundraiser. Thank you for your support and if you need more information, please Lilah Blackstone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle Adults VS. Young Adults Game Night Challenge!
It’s a blast to the past with Charades, Pictionary and Trivia!
Saturday, August 4th @ 6:00 PM!
Right here at MCCDC!
Come and have a blast, show off your skills and meet some new people!
Bring a finger food or snack to share with the group.
All ages are welcome. Drinks will be provided.
For questions, please contact
Jules @ email@example.com
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)
Paper Plates ( 8 inch and 4 inch)
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.
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.
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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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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