MCC GENERAL CONFERENCE UPDATE: ELECTIONS:
Moderator-After five rounds of voting, no moderator candidate received the required votes to be elected. The new MCC Governing Board will appoint an interim moderator for 2016-2019 and the moderator search will be reactivated and candidates will be presented at the 2019 General Conference for election.
MCC Governing Board-7 candidates were elected: Clergy: Stephanie Burns, Joe Cobb, Jakob Hero, William Hubbard Knight, Lay: Mark Dalgleish, Kimberly Brown, Angel Collie, and Mark Dalgleish.
2019 MCC General Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, July 1-5.
THIS WEEK JULY 2016
LET’S GO ON A CRUISE! BID NOW! BID OFTEN!!!!!
A 45th Anniversary Auction item is available for bidding. Olivia’s Pacific Costal Cruise from Sept 25th to Oct 2nd (Retail Value of $5,198)
The package is the ocean view stateroom and does not include taxes. The itinerary is: Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA, or San Francisco, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, San Diego, CA.
“North America’s most LGBT-friendly cities are calling you – Vancouver, Seattle, Astoria, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and San Diego! Join us as we cruise the best the Pacific Coast has to offer in the company of 1,450 women.”
Please contact the church office for more information or to post your bid (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373). Bids must be received by midnight July 17 in writing in a sealed envelope, or by email, and full payment (the full bid amount) must be tendered within 24 hours.
As an incentive, $500 is available to help defray airline costs.
YOGA CLASSES CONTINUE JULY 11, Monday Nights, There is room for you!!!!
To nourish your physical body in addition to your spiritual body. Join us for yoga classes on Mondays at 7pm. The class is donation-based, so give what you can. If you are interested in starting or continuing please contact Rev Cathy at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
~ Namaste (“The Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you”)
You may give online at mccdc.com/donate or give by text 202-999-3841. Please contact the church office with questions. 202-638-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Please join the Tuesday Night Bible Study from 7-8pm 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.
45TH ANNIVERSARY VIDEO
Thank you for all who supported the 45th anniversary gala and worship services. Here is the video that was shown during the program. Be blessed.
Older Adults Pool Party, Saturday, July 9th at 4:00 P.M.
The home of Darryl Walker
8312 20th Avenue, Adelphi, MD 20783
You and your friends are cordially invited to the MCCDC Older Adults Pool Party. It is a social affair with home cooked food, live entertainment, great oldies music, dancing, swimming, and just lounging around poolside. The cost is $10 to cover a complete meal, soft drinks, wine, water, and munchies. Unused monies will be considered a fund raiser for the Older Adults Ministry. A sign up sheet and tickets/RSVP are available on the first Sunday in July at the Information Station following the 9:00 and 11:00 services.
This year we are featuring the Slidell Road Trio, a group of womyn from Open Door MCC in Boyd’s, MD, that will be entertaining us with their unique a capella music.
TO RSVP and for MORE INFORMATION: Please email Darryl at email@example.com or call 202-297-6884.
OLDER ADULTS MINISTRY HOSTS MCCDC 3RD ANNUAL CHURCH PICNIC Rock Creek Park Come Out And Enjoy!!!
DATE: Sunday · August 7, 2016
TIME: 12:30 pm -6pm
WHERE: Rock Creek Park, Military Rd and Glover Rd NW
DIRECTIONS: From 16th St to Military Rd west
To left onto Glover Rd / Oregon Av
Site will be to your right
Please sign up at the information station to bring items such as cups, plates, forks etc. or food items.
Also, help is needed with the transportation of tables to site, setup and cleanup of site. Sign-up sheets for this are also at the information station.
There is something for everyone to do!!!!
MCCDC IS THE PLACE TO BE…ON THE GO!!!
This summer as you travel and visit or simply sit by the pool, take MCCDC with you. Watch and listen to weekly sermons at mccdc.com. Make sure you are signed up for the weekly eblast. Place your request at Mark@mccdc.com. Sign up for auto-tithe at mccdc.com/donate so that your gifts can continue throughout the summer.
Take pictures of the mccdc wrist band (or of YOU wearing the wrist band) and submit them throughout the summer to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can stay connected and continue to share as community. The pictures will be posted and there will be a special gift in the fall for the most amazing picture/location.
MCCDC Computer Training
The computer training theme this year is Using Social Media!! The classes will be focused on the basic use of these very popular tools. We hope you will be able to join us in the Computer Lab on the lower level at MCCDC.
~ 7/17 Home Computer Security Basic
~ 8/21 Using Droid Smart Phones & Tablets
TRANSFORMATIONAL SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE
Steve Jones and Rev Cathy Alexander will facilitate this 18 week discipleship course.
ABOUT THE COURSE:
Creating a Life that Matters (CLM) is a three-course curriculum which explores ways to rediscover relationship with the Sacred, with my Self, and with my Passion. These three courses correspond to the spiritual experiences of being changed, gifted and called.
Graduates of CLM will have been challenged to broaden their understanding of all that is Sacred; integrate their self-awareness into being authentic, aware leaders; and live their passion intentionally through the life and work of the church. CLM integrates art, scripture, music, film, journaling, and diverse spiritual resources to augment our exploration of the Christian path.
If you are interested in becoming a part of this amazing event or receiving more information, please contact Rev Cathy at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
THE FREEDOM OF FORGIVENESS; PRACTICAL AND SPIRITUAL TOOLS
“Forgiveness is giving up all hope for a better past, and choosing peace in the present.”
– Are you ready to let go of blaming, truly forgive yourself and others, and free yourself to move on with your life and have healthier relationships?
– Do you want to learn practical and spiritual tools to communicate compassionately and directly, and learn about conflict transformation?
In a safe circle of trust, learn the true meaning of forgiveness, and how to overcome your resistance to it. Using spiritual and psychological practices such as loving kindness and mindfulness meditations, compassion practices, centering prayer, and non-violent communication, transform conflict into peace. Group sharing, reframing our stories, journaling, and letting go rituals will also be included. People of all, as well as no spiritual paths are welcome.
Workshops for the LGBTQ/Allies Communities in June and July 2016 and are facilitated by Elizabeth McCain, MA
When: Wednesdays, June 22 & 29, 7:00-8:30pm
Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:00am-4:00pm (Bring a bag lunch)
Where: Metropolitan Community Church, 474 Ridge Street, NW, Washington, DC
Cost: $45 for the June workshops, or $20 for each.
Register by May 23rd to reserve your space.
$80 for the July workshop if registered by July 15. After that, $90.
Register for all these workshops by May 23rd, discounted package of $110.
To register email Elizabeth McCain at EMcCainLPC@yahoo.com / 301-520-8734 or Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org / 202-638-7373.
Rev. Elizabeth McCain is an interfaith minister, energy therapist, forgiveness coach, spiritual mentor, positive psychology practitioner, and storyteller in private practice, in Takoma Park, Md. Whether ministering, coaching, mentoring, or performing, Elizabeth believes that sharing and reframing our stories touches hearts and changes the world. Her specialty areas are loss, forgiveness, deepening relationships, spiritual care, and healing from religious wounding for the LGBTQ/Allies communities. www.elizabethmccain.com.
Sexuality and Spirituality: An Introduction
Why does it feel wrong to pair them? Or maybe it doesn’t feel wrong to you, but you know that you’re not supposed to talk about IT (sex) in church. Why is that?
In this interactive workshop, Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, a self-identified Queer Christian theologian and writer about sex, bodies, and spirit, will help us explore the divine roots of our sexualities as well as begin to delve into how our prayer lives and sex lives are connected in our souls and bodies.
Join him and others for a day-long time of prayer, brain (and even a little body) work, and sharing at MCCDC (Metropolitan Community Church of Washington) on Saturday, July 23, 10 am – 4 pm. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but donations gratefully accepted. Please RSVP to Rev Robin at RevRobin@mccdc.com or email@example.com.
Dr. Gorsline, Writer-Theologian in Residence at MCCDC, is the co-author of the weekly blog, “SexBodiesSpirit” (sexbodiesspirit.net) and author of another weekly blog of poetic resources for preaching and worship (faithfulpoetics.net). He served for 10 years as the Senior Pastor of MCC Richmond (VA), and earned his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York (dissertation: “Bearing Witness to the Dark: Resources for Anti-White Supremacist, Pro-Same-Sexes, Pro-Feminist Theologizing in Queer Modes”).
NEXT MEMBERSHIP CLASS TO TAKE PLACE AUGUST 21
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on August 21 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.