“Love is the answer, hate is a cancer. Hope of forgiveness, it waters the soul. Our blood is red, we’re not so different’ Cause underneath our skin we’re identical”
~From “Mighty River” by Mary J. Blige
Sometimes we’re under water and we can see the light above the surface yet remain unsure of the breakthrough. Going under is scary. It can be disorienting. And breaking the surface doesn’t always mean we can breathe easy. In our Gospel from Mark 1: 9-15 Jesus comes up from the baptismal waters to see the glory of heaven splitting open and the Spirit descending. A voice proclaimed fullness of love for him. Yet at once after this high moment, Jesus was facing the great test of 40 days in the wilderness. At his baptism, had Jesus gone deep enough to face the depths of an attack on his very being?
At various times in our lives we face uncertainty. Will we have what we need when those times come? Attention to spiritual practices will help us build spiritual muscles. Yet sometimes unexpected waters will come rushing in from what seems like nowhere. Our voice may join with others who have said: “Nothing prepared me for this moment!” That’s when we pray that we’ve lived deeply enough up to that moment to face the new depths ahead of us.
Our Hebrew Scripture from Genesis 9:8-17 describes God’s promise to Noah and his family on the other side of the flood: “Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all flesh” (v 15). However, the promise was not to end all floods. Indeed in 2017 the people of Puerto Rico continue to reel from the floods of Hurricane Maria. 400,000 are still without electricity. Yet the everlasting promise symbolized by the bow in the sky holds true, contingent upon the compassion and generosity of those able to help. God delivers God’s promises through God’s people.
As we enter our 40 days of this Season of Lent, we will meet the depths of joy, struggle, calm waters, rising waters, and the “Mighty River” that “cuts right through” and “never gives up” and is “so full of life” as described in the song by Mary j. Blige. This Sunday, Moving Spirit will bring both our Scriptures and the song “Mighty River” to life at 9 AM and 11 AM. See you Sunday as together we rise with the depths.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
MCCDC Welcomes back guest artists Jeff Corry and AhSa-Ti Nu.
MCCDC Welcomes back guest artists Jeff Corry and AhSa-Ti Nu. They will both bring their gifts and talents to our 11AM service this Sunday. We are grateful for their spirits. You will not want to miss this Sunday.
Rendition of I Love The Lord / Order My Steps
Listen to her new release Tent City
The MCC Interim Moderator Planning Session is February 25 at 12:30 PM
PLEASE HELP US PLAN For a Forum with the MCC Interim Moderator Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown
Contact Rev. Dwayne at RevDwayne@mccdc.com with questions or receive more information.We will be planning for the Forum which will be held on March 11 at 12:30 PM.
Protect, Sustain, Grow: Best Practices for Handling Your Church’s Money Conference & Livestream
This event provides practical advice, best practices, and resources for pastors, finance committee members, church treasurers, financial secretaries, and bookkeepers – all those charged with the sacred trust of protecting, sustaining, and growing the resources God has entrusted to your church.
Sessions: * The Ministry of Financial Management * Protecting Your Church’s Money through * Oversight and Integrity * Sustaining Your Church’s Ministry through * Paying Attention * Growing Your Church’s Money through New * Sources and Means of Giving
Summary of Board Meeting, January 2018
The Board discussed the proposal to sell the M Street NW lot and the establishment of the Far Reaching Faith Trust Fund. In preparation for the Congregational Listening Post and in follow up to concerns expressed at the Congregational Forum, the Board had consulted with SunTrust around the sale and the mortgage, scheduled a first Trustee meeting and prepared a presentation as a basis for discussions with the congregation and visits of all ministries. The Board also received an update on the strategic planning process, the visit of MCC’s Interim moderator, and discussed a proposal to rent church space for a day care center. The Board accepted the Treasurer’s report and authorized a payment to the pastors’ pension funds to cover 2017 obligations. Finally the Board voted that the 2018 Congregational Forum be held on November 4th and the Congregational Meeting on November 18th.
MCCDC Worship Arts Ministry Event, Saturday, February 24, 2018, 6 PM at MCCDC
HOW WE GOT OVER! Come Join us in our celebration of black history month.
Black History Month Theater Outing,February 25th @ 8PM
Stories & Songs from Music’s Revolutionary Women
Conceived and performed by Roz White
Acclaimed actor and MetroStage favorite Roz White pays tribute to Alberta Hunter, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Abbey Lincoln, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone, depicting their hardships and challenges, and their revolutionary influence on music and pop culture. Empowered by their determination, talent and artistry each has a story to tell and music to be celebrated. If you are interested please Rev Cathy at email@example.com 202-638-7373. Tickets are $55 and due at the time of sign up. Deadline for sign up is Feb 20th
MCC General Conference Registration is open.
Please Click Here to Check Out this Amazing Conference and Celebration
Please click here to check out this amazing conference and celebration
Forum with MCC Interim Moderator Forum with MCC Interim Moderator REV. ELDER RACHELLE D. BROWN has been moved to March 11 at 1230.
he meeting with the MCC Interim Moderator, Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, has been moved to March 11 at 1230. We encourage all of you who are able to attend to do so. Please contact Rev. Dwayne if you have any questions or concerns.
Security Awareness Training, March 03, 2018, 10am to 12 pm,
The Metropolitan Police Department will be conducting security awareness training to assist everyone in being more alert before, during, and after worship service?
This training will cover how to create a safer house of worship. Topics include:
Safety Team and Building Security
Responses to Active Violence
This training is OPEN to ALL!!!!
For questions or more information contact please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville or Rev. Cathy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Communion Celebrant Training March 10, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Interested in altar setup, praying and distributing Holy Communion to the congregation during Sunday services at 9am and 11 am? Then Communion Celebrant Training is for you! For questions or more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Usher Training, March 10, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Are you interested in welcoming and serving our congregation during church services? Consider becoming an Usher. For questions or more information, please contact Louis Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
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.
Join Us on YouTube and subscribe to the MCCDC YouTube Channel!
MCCDC You Are Loved By God
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
MCCDC Share Program Needs You!
Middle Adults Ministry
It’s Official!!! The Middle Adult Ministry, AKA The Yelders will have their first fellowship on Sunday, February 25th. We will meet for lunch after the 11:00 service (approximately 1:00pm) at Carmine’s Italian Restaurant at 425 7th St NW, Washington DC. Here we will get to know one another better and plan upcoming events. All are welcome to attend. ( If you cannot afford to come but would like to attend, please see Jules.) For more information or to add your name to our contact list, please contact Jules Christian @ email@example.com or 336-419-7579.
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.