“Jesus is the one in whose presence you know who you really are—the good and bad of it, the all of it, the hope in it.”
~Barbara Brown Taylor
In the Gospels we listen in on many of Jesus’ conversations. John 4:5-42, the text for this Sunday, is his longest. It may also be his deepest. It is a conversation that happens at a moment of desperate thirst, both for Jesus, and the woman he meets in the hot noonday sun at Jacob’s well.
In need of water, they both receive something more. Jesus meets her thirst when he reveals himself to her, the first such self-revelation in John’s Gospel: “I am the one you have been looking for” (John 4:26).
She recognizes Jesus for who is and receives the living water that becomes a wellspring within her, for this life and life beyond, life eternal.
This Sunday we’ll listen closely to this life changing conversation. It holds insight on how each of us may live well and love well. What does Jesus have to say to us? Though the message for each of us will likely be personalized, the common factor is that Jesus will speak to us like someone we’ve “known all our lives, bubbling up in our lives like a well that needs no dipper” (Barbara Brown Taylor).
See you Sunday at the well—also known as MCCDC. Worship is at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH 2017
MCCDC Celebrates Women’s History Month
Women’s Program for all who identify as woman …women in ministry… women in worship
Primetime Sister Circle
The Eastern Network of MCC has a terrific opportunity in March to participate in a workshop designed to re-frame our work against racism and to galvanize our faith community to engage in racial justice.
MCCDC will host Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey on Sunday, March 26 from 3:30p-8:00p in the lower level conference room. You can find out more about Rev. Dr. Harvey and her work at the following links:
Suggested registration donation of $25 per participant, more if it’s possible and less if
needed. You can visit the registration page You can visit the registration page to sign up, to contribute through PayPal, or to make a commitment. Please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline at email@example.com if you have questions.
Young Adult Ministry member Michael Angeloni is performing in William Shakespeare’s Play
If you are interested, please contact the Green Acres Theater.
“Lenten Lunchtime Prayer”
You are invited to join in the Weekly Wednesday Lunchtime Prayer throughout the Lenten season. During this time you can call into pray or present prayer requests or offer scripture or testimony
Call in number: 857-232-0476, Passcode 976702
This phone service, will run for 40 minutes (representing the 40 days Christ spent in the desert) starting at noon and ending a 12:40pm each Wednesday from Ash Wednesday until Easter week – from March 1 until April 12. Please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-638-7373
MCCDC Goes to the Theater
Join us on Friday April 28th at 8PM at the Area Stage Theater. If you are interested, please contact Rev Cathy at email@example.com or 202-638-7373. Tickets are $50 yet limited scholarships are available. Confirmation and payment deadline is March 26th. Seats are limited so don’t wait to sign up.
11AM music director Tyrone Stanley is performing in “The Wiz”
Morgan State University
2201 Argonne Drive Baltimore, MD 21251
For show times and Ticket Purchase call
Murphy Fine Arts Center 443-885-4440 or Ticket Master 800-551-seat
Soccer Night Out with the Young Adult Ministry
For more information contact the MCCDC Yams at MCCDCYAMS@gmail.com
MCCDC Board of Directors Meeting
The MCCDC Board of Directors met on February 21, 2017. Some highlights from the meeting include the following:
• The Board decided to transfer any profits from rents received from the property at 472 Ridge Street (after paying the monthly construction mortgage payment and paying the property management company fees) in the following manner: 85 percent of the profits will be transferred to the church’s operating funds and 15 percent will be transferred into the Buchanan fund.
• The Board affirmed Rev. Dwayne Johnson’s appointment of Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline to Writer and Theologian in Residence for another year through February 28, 2018.
• Due to conflicts, the Board rescheduled its March Board meeting to Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
• The Board approved an upcoming DC United fundraising event to be conducted by the MCCDC Young Adults Ministry with a portion of the proceeds intended to fund the group’s Labor Day weekend retreat.
Complete minutes of the Board’s meeting can be found on the MCCDC website. A copy of the minutes is also posted on the church’s bulletin board in the Welcome Hall across from the elevator.
Alice Paul is credited as one of the leading figures responsible for the passage of the 19th Amendment (woman suffrage) to the U.S. Constitution. In her honor, the Equal Rights Amendment was sometimes called the Alice Paul Amendment. “When you put your hand to the plow, you can’t put it down until you get to the end of the row. I never doubted that equal rights were the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” By Jone Johnson Lewis Women’s History Expert
2017 Lenten Daily Devotionals — Please Contribute!
During the month of February, we are seeking participants to create the content for MCCDC’s 2017 Lenten Daily Devotionals. For 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 1, these Lenten Daily Devotionals will be simultaneously published on MCCDC’s Facebook page and distributed by email to the congregation. Our theme this year is taken from MCC’s Denominational Office of Church Life and Health — “Naked Faith: Revealing Resurrection.” Please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Frank Wirmusky at email@example.com or call 202-638-7373 if you would like to participate, have ideas on how to broaden participation, or thoughts on how best to articulate the theme through words, music, or video.
BIBLE IN 90 DAYS COMMUNITY
Wednesday, 7 PM
Please go to this blog page for more instructions and to follow along: Click here to enter the blog
The call in number for our community meeting times will be (641) 715-0632, Access Code: 190766, yet we encourage you to attend in person if you can.
Click here to see upcoming schedule: 2017-bible-in-90-days-schedule
If you have questions, contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373. Please call or email to let us know if you plan to participate. All are welcome.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Tuesday night bible study is currently reading the book “The Shack” the New York Times best-selling novel, The Shack takes us on a father’s uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips [Sam Worthington] spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever
Please join the Tuesday Night Bible Study from 7-8 PM in the Welcome Hall. For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Save this date! Easter Spring Bazaar
For More Information contact C.C. Petee at 240-305-9922 or Fenicia Ballard at 540-841 1633
Come Join Us! MCCDC Older Adult Ministry,Free Computer Classes
The second class will be Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 – Essentials, Sunday, March 26th ,from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Computer Lab, lower level.
Course Description :Discover how to create and edit presentations from scratch in Microsoft PowerPoint. Find out how to insert and modify clip art and spell check your presentation, as well as how to format, edit and proof presentation text. Learn how to create a custom layout for your slides, apply background styles, add speaker notes and copy text and slides between multiple presentations. Find out the different options for printing presentation data and how to utilize Outline view as well as slide sorter view to make organizing your slide text easier
MCCDC LIVE STREAMING
MCCDC is going 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.
YOGA Classes at MCCDC! There is room for you!
To nourish your physical body in addition to your spiritual body. Yoga is held on Mondays from 7-8 PM. Hope to see you then. If you have questions or desire additional information please contact Rev. Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
~ Namaste (“The Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you”)
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Adult Sunday School is held from 10:15 to 10:50. Please bring your coffee or tea to the upstairs conference room for the brief yet powerful time together. For more information contact Rose Herring at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Jonah at Sight and Sound Theater
The Tuesday night Bible Study Ministry is sponsoring a trip to see the stage production of Jonah at Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA. The trip will be on Saturday Aug 19 leaving MCCDC by caravan at 8 AM and returning to MCCDC around 8 PM. This production will also complement the Tuesday Night Bible Study focus on the prophet Jonah in August. For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.