The truth is: Belonging starts with self-acceptance. Your level of belonging, in fact, can never be greater than your level of self-acceptance, because believing that you’re enough is what gives you the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect.
Last week Rev. Dwayne shared a message about the greatest sermon ever preached, the Beatitudes. We are blessed to be a blessing. If you missed it,
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As life and the world continue to swirl in, though, and around us. We may find ourselves asking, “what am I to do” or “where am I to go” or “what difference can I make in this world”? The words of the prophet and the disciple express volumes even to our 21st century lives.
The Sermon on the Mount passage continues with this Sunday’s reading from Matthew 5: 13-16. We are the salt of the earth, and we are the light of the world. How do we accomplish this? Sunday’s second reading, Isaiah 58 provides some insight. If we remove the finger-pointing, the harsh words, if we open our hearts to the hungry, and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted, our light will shine in the shadows, and you will be like savory salt. The Lord will guide us continually and provide for us, even in parched places. We will be like a watered garden, like a spring of water that won’t run dry. We will be called menders of broken walls, restorers of livable streets.
See you at 9 AM or 11AM for a time of praise, worship and community.
UPCOMING EVENTS JANUARY 2017
BIBLE IN 90 DAYS COMMUNITY, Wednesday, 7 PM
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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.
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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.
THE OLDER ADULTS MINISTRY POTLUCK
February 5, 2017, 12:30 PM, LOWER LEVEL
The Older Adult Ministry Monthly Pot Luck will be held today. All Older Adults 50 and above welcome to attend.
NEW FOR 2017,February 26th at 2:00-3:30 PM at African American Civil War Museum
Ignite is a new monthly Sunday Night Worship. The mission of this new service is to create a worship space that celebrates the diverse tapestry of God’s creation, seeking to explore innovative ways to interact with the Divine who lives in us all. Mark your calendar now and stay posted for more information!
The Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, 10 am – 2 pm at MCCDC.Spiritual Writing Workshop, “The Beauty of Darkness”
The Workshop will be held on Saturday, February 4, 10 am – 2 pm at MCCDC. Soup is provided.
Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline will lead the workshop. He shares “Eighteen years ago, I wrote and defended a dissertation entitled, “Bearing Witness to the Dark. My research and writing led me on a journey to embrace darkness, a journey that continues to this day. My interest in darkness began long ago with my passion to resist white supremacy/racism/privilege.
Along the way, I realized that much else that I value is kept in the dark–not just the lives of Black people (in the lives of white people) but also sex and sexuality (in the lives of most of us), and the lives of women (in the lives of men)—and that my sense of God’s shalom, peace (but more than the absence of war that really involves human wholeness grounded in our divine heritage), means I need to really learn to live and walk in the dark every day.
If you are interested in please RSVP to RevRobin@mccdc.com or call 202-638-7373 so that we can have enough food and materials.
2016 Giving Statements
Please contact Sonia Grant in the church office at email@example.com or 202-638-7373 with questions about this or electronic, kiosk or text giving.
MCCDC MEMBERSHIP CLASS
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on February 26th 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.
Black History Month Theater Outing
Join us as we visit the Alexandria Metro Stage on Feb 10th at 8 pm. Tickets are $55 and must be purchased in advance. If you are interested in joining the group, please RSVP to Rev. Cathy by no later than Friday Feb 3rd. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Cathy at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
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.
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.
Easter Spring Bazaar
Save this date!
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 Word 2003 – Essentials, Sunday, February 26th ,from 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Computer Lab, lower level.
Course Description:Learn the essentials of Microsoft Word and word processing. Create, navigate and save documents, apply character and paragraph formatting, insert symbols and create headers and footers. Find out how to check spelling and grammar, add page breaks, work with document views and learn how to print. Adding graphics and clip art will also be covered.
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.