“Lord, take me where you want me to go;
Let me meet who you want me to meet;
Tell me what you want me to say,
and keep me out of Your way.”
~ Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M (1833-2001)
Father Mychal Judge, the priest of 9/11 who also happened to be gay, was the first death recorded on the tragic day of September 11, 2001. As a chaplain with the New York Fire Department, he was one of the first on the scene as the Twin Towers were falling. Before being struck by the debris that took his life, he was on-site, praying for the wounded in the name of Jesus. He was living the promise of Jesus from John 17:11, “Holy Creator, protect them. . .”
The prayer of Jesus to protect his beloveds is a prayer for all time. It is an eternal prayer for the ages. Jesus prays for our hearts to be protected and strong. Protected eternally, we do the work of the moment, offering hope beyond the bomb blast of Manchester and other signs of trouble in our times. The work of these moments offers eternal impact.
Our protected hearts are guided by the Spirit of Jesus in each of us. Now is the time to listen and to act. Our friend, Rev. Dyan Akousa McCray-Peters’ of Unity Fellowship Church DC writes in her reflection this week: “Listen for God today, but don’t listen for an audible voice. Listen with your spirit and heart. Always consider that being religious has its place in our lives, however being spiritual takes precedence as it puts us in relationship with God, a true relationship like no other.”
Join your community at MCCDC this Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM as we consider the Priestly Prayer of Jesus and the dimensions of protection therein.
See you Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM.
UPCOMING EVENTS MAY/JUNE 2017
THANKS TO ECLECTIC PRAISE & MCCDC
I am so thankful to Eclectic Praise for serving with me at MCC Baltimore last Sunday (May 21) where I preached at their 45th Anniversary Celebration. Eclectic Praise offered four wonderful selections, each of them of a different genre. I received so many positive comments about Eclectic Praise from other pastors in attendance as well as the leadership and members of MCC Baltimore who were so appreciative.
It was also a joy to see so many from MCCDC who “made a day of it!” and journeyed to support on this very special day. The love of MCCDC was truly shared in Baltimore, and many were touched by the ministry of support and presence.
Rev. Elder Dwayne
MCCDC’s Pride Outreach Ministry
MCCDC’s Pride Outreach Ministry invites you to share our message of God’s inclusive love for all people – at the 2017 Pride events! Let us reach people who are hungry and thirsty for a community that is inclusive, loving and creative, and who need to know that MCCDC is the place to be!
MCCDC is partnering again with MCCs and other faith communities in the DMV area that share our message of faith & inclusion. Together we are a Pride coalition called “ChurchesUnitedInPride”.
So, come out and be a part of Pride: Join us for the festivals and march with us in the Parade. We will also have a Pride shirt again. This year’s message is “be the TRUTH you long for”. Please look out for an online order form in the coming days.
If you have any questions about Pride, please contact Knut Panknin at email@example.com.
Pride is a great way for us to be a collective rainbow breaking through the clouds of injustice and fear!
TransPride – Saturday, May 20 (Studio Theatre, 1501 14th Street NW)
Black Pride – Sunday, May 28 (Walter E. Washington Convention Center)
La Fe / Latino Pride – Saturday, June 3 (MCCDC)
Pride Interfaith Service – Tuesday, June 6 (Calvary Baptist Church)
Capital Pride – Sat/Sun, June 10/11 (Dupont Circle/Pennsylvania Ave)
Order Now!!!! The order deadline is May 29th.
POC for the T-Shirt is Knut Panknin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride Interfaith Choir
Interested in singing in the choir for the June Pride Interfaith Choir? Join us at the times listed below. We invite you to join us for at least 3 rehearsals (with at least one rehearsal being the final rehearsal on 06/06/2017 at 6pm). All Rehearsals take place at Calvary
Baptist Church located at: 755 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Rehearsal Dates at Calvary Baptist Church
Saturday, May 20 and June 3: 1:30pm – 3:30pm in Music Suite
Monday, May 22 and June 5: 7:30pm – 9:30pm in Sanctuary/Music Suite
Tuesday, May 30: 7:30pm – 9:30pm in Music Suite
Tuesday, June 6: 6:00pm – 7:00pm in Music Suite
Tuesday, June 6: 7:00 pm – Pride Interfaith Service in Sanctuary
Join the YAMs for an Open Mic
Join the YAMs for an Open Mic Night on Friday, June 9th from 7pm – 9pm.
All are welcome! A $5 cover is suggested to help fund the YAMs revival in September.
MCCDC SHARE Program
On the First and Second Sunday of each month please see Cecelia Hayden-Smith at the information station to sign up for SHARE.
Orders must be picked up here at MCCDC on May 27th between the hours of 10-11 am
Let’s make share one of our great ministries, God gave us a directive to feed his sheep
That means you and me. Please donate.For more information contact email@example.com or 202-638-7373
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
Creating a Life that Matters (CLM)
THIS TRANSNATIONAL SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COURSE IS STARTING SOON!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Spiritual Writing Workshop with Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline,
Of What Are You Proud? It’s time for another Spiritual Writing Workshop with Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline,
Writer-Theologian in Residence at MCCDC—Wednesday, June 14, 7:00-8:30
pm. We will meet on Flag Day (did you forget that June 14 is Flag Day?) and during
LGBTQI Pride Month—and both those prompt me to focus our time together on this topic:
Of What Are You Proud?” Maybe it’s pride in our nation or being queer (or whatever
label you use) or maybe its something you have achieved or your kids or grandkids or
your church or your spouse/lover . . . many possibilities. And, if, for some reason, you
are not feeling pride, you can 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. Snacks will be provided. Please contact Rev. Robin at RevRobin@MCCDC.com.
JOIN YOUR MCCDC FAMILY Night OUT at the Nationals
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:10 PM Nationals Park
Washington Nationals vs Atlanta Braves
Tickets are $30. Payment is due by June 4th. Payments may be made by cash, check, kiosk, text, or online. Also don’t let the price of the ticket keep you from joining the group. Please contact Rev Cathy should you have questions at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
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.
PASTORAL CARE DISCERNMENT FOR 2017
READY TO CARE? Willing to serve?
Do you have a consistent prayer life?
Are you able to honor confidentiality?
Are you on the journey of spiritual maturity?
Are you comfortable visiting hospitals and care facilities?
Are you able to set healthy boundaries?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions maybe
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY is for you!
Informational and Discernment Retreat
Saturday, June 3rd, 9:30 am to 3 pm
Commissioning for 1 year Term
“These are the words of the Lord God: Now I myself will ask after my sheep
and go in search for them. . .and rescue them, no matter where they were scattered
in dark and cloudy days. . . I will search for the lost,
recover the straggler, bandage the hurt,
strengthen the sick, leave the healthy and strong to play.”
~ Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 16; NEB
New!!! MCCDC Google Plus and Instagam Pages!
Click the links below to visit now !!!
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
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.