“How we live becomes part of our conversation with God, and our words and actions form a response to our having been not only created, but loved.”
~ M. O’ Laughlin
Who you are matters to God. What you do to bring more love into the world also matters to God. That’s why God has chosen you. That’s also why Jesus chose the first disciples.
The scripture for the message this Sunday is from John 15:5-13. Jesus is sharing from his heart with his disciples and they are stunned by what Jesus says: “As the Creator loved me, I too have loved you.” (John 15:9). For the disciples, this is a radical shift in perspective. They have never had one in authority speak to them with such direct intimacy, drawing them in on a heart level. They were accustomed to bowing down to authority. Jesus was inviting them to a new way of thinking, being, and loving. Jesus’ call to them includes a call to think of themselves in a whole new way.
Jesus takes the paradigm shift a step further when he says “I have said these things to you so that my joy will be in you and your joy will be complete” (John 15:16). With incisive clarity Jesus is opening them to a life of joy. Out of their friendship with him and each other, their hearts would become the soil to produce the fruit of joy.
Preaching from this beautiful text this Sunday is MCCDC’s Wendy Hamilton. She is one of our Pastoral Care Ministers and tracking towards clergy credentials with MCC. I will be guest preaching at United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. I will return next Sunday to continue the Lenten series, “Live Well. Love Well.” For this Sunday, Wendy says she will be “talking essentially about how God’s love for us translates into love for others!” Don’t miss her powerful message of love at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
UPCOMING EVENTS MARCH 2017
SPRING FORWARD!!! DON’T FORGET THAT TIME CHANGES THIS SUNDAY!
TURN YOUR CLOCKS 1 HOUR FORWARD MARCH 11, 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 begin on Saturday, March 11,2017
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 “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
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
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.
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.
Communion Celebrant Training
Interested in altar setup, praying and distributing of the Holy Sacraments to the congregation during each church service each Sunday? Communion Celebrant training is being offer on March 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm upstairs in the chapel.
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
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.
Save this date! Easter Spring Bazaar
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.