“The blessed heart of Jesus is an expansive heart: it holds a place for each of us. The blessed heart of Jesus is also a heart of resistance, refusing to compromise to any power keeping others down.”
~T. J. Mourtoix
This Sunday, we will look deeply into Jesus. We will see his heart shining through. During Lent, we have seen him rising strong. From the waters of baptism, he rises from the depths to face wilderness temptation with courage. With clarity of call, he compels the first disciples to follow him. Jesus is fierce in casting out demons and meeting the opposition of religious authorities. He is wise in his teachings: responding to tough questions from critics and delighting the curious. With bold compassion, he brings healing to the hurting and nourishment to the hungry.
This Sunday is the glorious Palm/Passion Sunday. Mark 11:1-11 presents Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Mark describes Jesus entering Jerusalem on a young colt. With joy the crowds shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” This entry of Jesus is part parade and part protest. The loving heart of Jesus is also a heart of resistance. His popularity will soon fade as he boldly rises strong to resist the injustice of the kingdom of the world for the justice of the Realm of God. Jesus resists the status quo of the religious authorities, the comforts of the rich at the expense of the poor, and the unjust rule of the Roman occupiers. His resistance leads to his death. And his death is transformed to resistance rising in a journey of ultimate victory.
In what ways may we rise strong as we align our lives with Jesus? How are we called to rise strong with resistance? What power and privilege are we being called to resist? How do justice and faith work together in our lives?
As you ponder such questions in preparation for Sunday, I invite you to consider this quote by Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
“UP COMING EVENTS”
March for Our Lives – Washington, DC
On March 24 at 12:00 PM, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. The collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard. March location is Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd NW and 12th NW.
LANDSCAPING DAY at MCCDC – 9am-1pm, Sat., March 24th!
Join other MCCers to beautiful our church’s property for Holy Week. Easter is early this year so we’re having a special day to pretty-up our church and grounds for Holy Week. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, and plant Spring flowers. This is a great way to connect to meet others and play in the dirt. If you can, please bring your landscaping tools (rakes, brooms, gloves, clippers, etc.).
We’ll also have another landscaping day on April 28th when we’ll do a more extensive cleanup around our church property. Watch for further announcements closer to that date.
Ignite Sunday Service, Sunday, 25 March, 5 pm
Join us for Ignite Sunday, 25 March at the National Portrait Gallery located at 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Meet us in the atrium (in the middle of the museum) at 5p.
During this worship service, we will explore an exhibit on Justice as we wrestle with what we actually need to be whole and what we might holding onto that keeping us from wholeness
Lauren’s Liberia Trip Presentation March 25,12:30
Thank you for contributing to Lauren’s Angels and making the trip to Liberia a success!
Come, hear stories, experiences, and see photos from Lauren’s time abroad. Join us after worship on March 25th in the Lower Level Conference Room.
MCCDC Easter Remembrance
We invite you to remember someone you love with an Easter Remembrance. The names of those remembered will be included in the Sunday bulletin. Please use the kiosk inthe Welcome Hall, mccdc.com, or attach a check payable to MCCDC to this form and place it in the communication box (next to the front door) or mail it to the church (474 Ridge St, NW Washington DC 20001). A contribution of $15 per individual remembered is suggested. The deadline for being included in the bulletin is Tuesday, March 27th.
Join your MCCDC Family for Holy Week
Sunday March 25th 9 & 11 AM Palm Sunday
Thursday March 29th 7 PM Holy Thursday
Friday March 30th 7 PM Good Friday
Sunday April 1st 9 & 11 AM Resurrection Sunday Service.
Christ is Risen Indeed!
April is Autism Awareness Month
Our drummer Kris Guin will be speaking on a panel on autism acceptance and faith. The panel will be held at 4pm on April 15 at Emmaus United Church of Christ, 900 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180. Please consider attending and supporting Kris.
The Older Adult Ministry Flea Market, April 14, 2018, 10 am to 2 pm
Household Goods, Clothes, Pictures, and more will be sold at unbelievable prices ! Your Bargain is just waiting for you!!
Got Stuff you want to sell? Want to help your church? Reserve a table for FREE AT MCCDC Flea Market!!!
All PROCEED TO BE GIVEN TO MCCDC GENERAL OPERATION FUND
Mamma Ce Fried Chicken will be sold during the Flea market.
Contact Dale L. Maydun-Baskerville @ email firstname.lastname@example.org,OR Sonia Grant at email@example.com or call202-638-7373
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Strengths Assessment, April 21st, 9:30 am
What are your strengths and how can you best use them in accomplishing your individual goals and your goals on a team? MCCDC will host a half day session on March 21st from 9:30 AM to 4 PM with a certified Strengthfinders coach. The assessment tool will also be provided at no charge. If you would like to participate, please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for more information.
An Assessment to Help You to Discover the True You
Completing the Strengths online talent assessment is your way to:
• discover what you naturally do best
• learn how to develop your greatest talents
• use your customized results to live your best life
• receive coaching to best understand how to interpret the result and use them in our MCCDC ministry setting and beyond
Understand how your talents work with others
Come Join MCCDC Bible Study to see the play “Jesus”
Sight & Sound Theatres
300 Hartman Bridge Road
Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572
When August 18, 2018
Tickets can be purchase directly from Sight & Sound Web Site: Click Here To Purchase Tickets From Sight and Sound Sight
Leave from MCCDC Church at 11 am
Show Starts At 7 pm
Car Pool to and from location
Buffet Lunch is separate
Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville :email@example.com or 202 638-7373 for more information.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre, 5900 Symphony Woods Road, Columbia, MD 21044
October 20, 2018, 6 PM Tickets $63.55, meet at Toby’s, Money Due NLT Aug. 26, 2018
‘This joint will be jumpin’ with Ain’t Misbehavin’, one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and a Tony Award winner for Best Musical. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with his infectious swing music. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and powerful energy of this ‘American original’ with music made famous from uptown clubs to Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood!
Click below to see Buffet Menu that is Include
For questions or more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Update – M Street lot sale
After the congregation approved the sale of the M Street lot on February 11th, the Board of Directors would like to give an update on the sales process and the next steps:
• The Board has authorized the appraisal process of the church/lot in order to start the subdivision process and the separation of the M Street parcel. The appraisal process is the first priority and should take 3-4 weeks total once it has been started.
• The developer (Lock7) has sent a purchase and sale agreement, a declaration of access for those parking spots that the church will continue to use after construction, and a construction contract for the basement unit of our building at 472 Ridge Street. MCCDC’s contracted law firm, Cozen O’Connor, is currently reviewing the documents on behalf of MCCDC. Cozen will also oversee the subdivision and coordinate the closing process.
• All financial obligations (lawyer fees etc.) are currently being paid with our Eagle Bank construction loan money. We have about $65,000 left of that loan and the Board estimates total costs to be about $35,000. The Board is also negotiating to have the developer pay for parts of the costs (e.g. closing or subdivision).
• The Board has scheduled a meeting with Sun Trust’s investment team to determine the design and to set up a trust bank account.
• The Trustees and Board are in close communication on the process and have agreed on a division of labor. Pressing maintenance needs will be addressed by the Trustees while the sales process is moving ahead.
• Trustee Greg Snyder is assembling a parking team that will look into creative parking solutions. Please reach out to Greg if you would like to support the effort and/or have ideas for creative parking solutions.
• Please contact the Board at email@example.com if you have any questions or would like to support the process.
Life In The Middle..Join us for a drop in at Knut’s place on Easter Sunday, April 1st, 1:00 PM.
We will meet in the Welcome Center and walk over together. If you would like to join us there, the address is 57 Bates St NW, Apt A, 20001. Please bring your own Beverage and a finger food to share. For more information, please contact Knut at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-277-2470 or Jules Christian at email@example.com
Middle Adult Ministry Coming Soon: The Middle Adults are planning a Friday trip to The Escape Room!
This is a fun, team building activity where we work together to solve clues and find the key that unlocks the room in 60 minutes or less! There is a limit of ten people in each room and the cost is $28.00 Per person. Reservations are required, so If you are interested, please contact Jules @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-419-7579.
Join Us on YouTube and subscribe to the MCCDC YouTube Channel!
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Stay current on our video postings and help us in our goal of more than 100 subscribers to qualify for a custom MCCDC link that will help us reach more people.”
The Information Station Ministry Needs You!
We are in need of Information Station volunteers for both 9am and 11am worship services. It’s a very easy commitment of one (1) Sunday a month. No experience needed just your time and willingness to serve. Volunteering includes: greeting & directing MCC attenders, providing information about church events, and more. Please sign up at the Information Station or contact Chocolatté Miller at Chocolatte.Miller@outlook.com.
Join MCCDC AV ministry
If you have questions, please contact Johanna Hardy at email@example.com
MCC General Conference Registration is open.1-5 July 2019
Please Click Here to Check Out this Amazing Conference and Celebration
Please click here to check out this amazing conference and celebration
MCCDC Intercessory Prayer Team (IPT)
Are you a Prayer Warrior? Do you desire to connect and support others through prayer practices? Do you want to make a difference in our church, city, nation and world? Come join the Intercessory Prayer Team! The IPT will meet on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM to have a Spirit-led time of prayer. We will also host a quarterly prayer event. For more information please contact Rev. Jules Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-419-7579.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!
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.
MCCDC LIVE STREAMING
MCCDC is 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.