“Tested faith trains us to believe more in God’s ability to give us life than our enemies’ ability to extinguish it.”
~Ayanna J. Watkins
This Sunday is the 8th day of the Great 50 Days of Easter, the spiritual countdown to Pentecost (June 4). Our scripture from John 20: 19-31 finds the disciples behind locked doors in fear that they are in danger because of their support for Jesus. It is the evening of the resurrection. They love Jesus, but they don’t want to end up like him. In other words, their fear is greater than their love.
In the events surrounding Jesus, the disciples’ faith and their love was facing a test, not from God, but from the dangerous socio-political circumstances swirling around them. Many of us today feel like we’re facing something similar with the daily proliferation of hate speech, racist violence, and anti-immigrant discrimination. As we near June 12, memories of the Pulse shooting will trigger a range of responses.
These are dangerous times. And God is not testing us. Rather, God is standing with us in the test we are facing. Jesus stepped into the center of the disciples’ fear with these words: “Peace be with you. As the Creator sent me, so I am sending you” (v. 21). The peace of Jesus transformed their fear into love. They became messengers of good news.
This Sunday, we too will experience the presence of Jesus in our midst. Through the gift of the Spirit we will learn from the radical Rabbi who invites us to be messengers of love beyond all fears.
See you Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM.
UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 2017
MCCDC MEMBERSHIP CLASS
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on April 23rd 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 email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Easter Writing Workshop “Resurrection”April 26, 7:00-8:30 pm.
It’s time for another exciting and meaningful Writing Workshop with Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, Writer-Theologian in Residence at MCCDC—Wednesday, April 26, 7:00-8:30 pm.
We will meet ten days after Easter, and the theme for the evening is “Resurrection: How Is It Happening in Your Life?” This is an opportunity to do as Rev. Dwayne recently said, “Don’t just witness a miracle, be a part of it.” In our time together, we will be encouraged to be as concrete as possible—resurrection is not just an idea, a theological construct, but an embodied reality.
And, if, for some reason you are not experiencing that rising, you will be encouraged to write about that. Rev. Robin will provide some writing prompts and suggestions for your own writing, and there will be an opportunity to share what we have written (but not required of any one).
This shorter, midweek format is designed to help busy people to take a break and experience the gift of conscious reflection on, and expression of, personal spiritual truths.
If you have questions, or wish to register, please contact Rev. Robin at RevRobin@MCCDC.com
Workshop Series:”RENEW YOUR SOUL, and CELEBRATE YOUR STRENGTHS DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES”
Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth McCain
Workshop Series for the LGBTQ/Allies- “RENEW YOUR SOUL, and CELEBRATE YOUR STRENGTHS DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES”- Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth McCain
We are being impacted by uncertainty these days. And we are strong and resilient people! In these workshops learn how to transform your fear and stress into empowerment and peace. In a sacred circle, come renew your body, mind, and Spirit through spiritual practices, journaling, identifying and celebrating your strengths, and sharing your stories. Deepen your friendships and become a source of light and healing in our world.
Dates and Times- Sunday, April 30th- Lunch and workshop from 12:30-3:00pm, Wednesdays May 3rd and 10th, from 7:00-8:30pm MCCDC, 474 Ridge St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Rev. Elizabeth McCain is an interfaith minister and energy therapist, as well as a spiritual counselor and storyteller in Takoma Park, Md. She assists the LGBTQ/Allies communities in living soul-directed, meaningful lives- specializing in loss, grief, transitions, illness, aging, positive psychology and forgiveness. Elizabeth believes that sharing and reframing our stories in community heals hearts and changes the world. She brings passion, wisdom, and humor to her work and play in the world. www.elizabethmccain.com.
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MCC Eastern Network Spring Gathering. All are Welcome!
MCC Eastern Network Gathering 2017 Agenda
8:30 – 9:00 am Gathering and Registration (Light breakfast)
9:00 – 9:10 am Opening Prayer – Welcome
Leadership team and Pastor Kenny
9:10 – 9:40 am Church/Organization Sharing and Updates
9:40 – 10:00 am DC Rape Crisis Center Presentation for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
10:00 – 10:15 am Break and Picture
10:15 – 11:45 am Rev. Elder Tony Freeman, OCLH Presentation on Church Revitalization
11:45 – 12:00 pm Break and Set up for Worship
12:00 – 12:45 pm Worship
12:45 – 2:00 pm Working Lunch
Clergy, Lay Delegates, Non Parish based clergy, Ministry Leaders and participants, BoD/Treasurers, Young Adults [Local church resource sharing and Network future setting]
2:10 – 3:00 pm Roundtable Discussion Facilitated by Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
3:00 – 3:10 Break
3:15 – 3:55 pm Special Event featuring Music, Word and Spirit facilitated by David North
4:00 pm Sending Forth
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During April people raise awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it. Since 2001, NSVRC has provided resources to help individuals and organizations plan SAAM activities in their communities and play a role in prevention throughout the year.
You can contact organizations in your state or community to learn more about activities planned for SAAM.
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Learn more about the history of SAAM.
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Learn more of how you can get involved.
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MCC Conference for People of African Descent(PAD)
MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS!
Today I registered for the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Friends and Advocates (PAD). This is the 9th PAD Conference. Through the years, I have been challenged and inspired at these conferences. I have received tools to help me be a better though imperfect advocate. I have also made friendships that provide mutual nourishment to keep doing the difficult yet joyful work of justice. I would like for at least twenty people from MCCDC to join me from August 3-5 in St. Louis.
See You in St Louis! Rev. Elder Dwayne
MCCDC to visit National Museum of African American History and Culture
MCCDC 46th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Saturday May 6 at 6 p.m., Sunday May 7 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
INVITATION TO TRANSFORMATION
Special Preaching Guest
Rev. David North
Plan to join us for special 46th Anniversary services. Saturday night will be a time of sharing a meal, lots of music, and a Spirit-led word from Rev. David North. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and flow into a great time of worship. Our Sunday services will celebrate our stories and the people who have made MCCDC a place of transformation through the years. The service will also include special music and a some surprises to inspire us forward to continue our journey of transformation.
MCCDC Health Fair and Flea Market Sponsor by the Older Adult Ministry
When: June 24, 2017
Time 1-4 PM
Place: MCCDC, 474 Ridge St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
The Health fair will provided FREE screening , testing and exercise tips.
At the flea market you can get sell items you no longer want or used. Tables are free and all profits from the sales go to MCCDC church.
For more information contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Join the National Center for Transgender Equality
Join the National Center for Transgender Equality on Friday, June 9th for a Transgender Lobby Day on Capitol Hill!
NCTE works hard in Washington D.C. to fight anti-trans legislation and promote trans inclusive policies, but we need you here too. Your presence and personal stories provide the human experiences that change hearts and minds. When you make your voice heard, your lawmakers take note!
This year, we want legislators to know the trans community and understand that we are a powerful force for progress. We must make it clear that the trans community is strong and organized and stands in solidarity with other communities under attack around the country.
Sign up here to meet with your representatives one-on-one.
When: Thursday, June 8th – Friday, June 9th, 2017
Where: Washington, DC
Who should register?
• Transgender people
• Parents and families of transgender people
• Transgender rights advocates and allies
What to expect
You will connect with a network of advocates and supporters of trans equality while gaining the tools necessary to effectively lobby your representatives in D.C. and your home state.
Join dozens of others who will walk the halls of the U.S. Congress sharing personal stories and encouraging legislators to do the right thing by supporting transgender rights.Limited travel and housing assistance is available. We want legislators to hear your voice.
If you have more questions about this or anything else related to Lobby Day, contact me at email@example.com.
Kory Masen, Lobby Day Organizer
National Center for Transgender Equality
CONNECT WITH NCTE
National Center for Transgender Equality
1400 16th St. NW, Suite 510
Washington D.C. 20036
5th Annual Party with a Purpose
OLD SCHOOL DANCE PARTY
Saturday, May 27, 2017 ? 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm
HYATT REGENCY HOTEL
Creating LGBTQ/SGL 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
Friendly Environments Donation: $20 advance ? $30 at the door
If you are interested please go to the Information Station
RECYCLING is COMING!!
Throughout the Bible God teaches that we are stewards of our world. To be better stewards, MCCDC will soon begin recycling. Until we roll out a full-blown recycling program, we are asking everyone to do two things. First, we generate a lot of paper waste like left behind bulletins, newspapers and magazines. Please take these items home with you to recycle. Second, DC outlawed styrofoam in 2014. We appreciate people contributing cups and plates to the church, yet to be in compliance with the regulation we cannot accept styrofoam items any longer. If you want to contribute, please bring paper items—better yet buy ones that contain recycled material already! Thank you so much for your generosity and spirit of service.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 202-638-7373.