“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
As we continue to focus on our Aspirations, our scripture for this Sunday shows the aspirations of Jesus as he “returned in the power of the Holy Spirit to Galilee, and his reputation spread throughout the region” (Luke 4:14). As Jesus taught in Galilean synagogues, his message was so transformative that loud praise erupted from open hearts.
We don’t know what Jesus taught in these various synagogues, except for what he said in his hometown of Nazareth: “The Spirit of our God is upon me: because the Most High has anointed me to bring Good News to those who are poor. God has sent me to proclaim liberty to those held captive, recovery of sight to those who are blind, and release to those in prison” (Luke 4: 18). Jesus states his aspirations, and his source for accomplishing his aspirations.
Jesus embodied the power of love with a gracious heart that was free from the love of power. As spiritual writer Robert Brearley notes, Luke describes Jesus embodying his aspirations with the guidance of the Holy Spirit: “The Holy Spirit came and taught Jesus what was real: to say no to the false options and temptations in this world and yes to God’s good purposes for all people; to say no to self-glory in all its forms and yes to helping the poor and the captured of all kinds; to say no to trying to get your God to work for you and yes to working for your God with urgency and compassion.”
This Sunday, we will consider the aspirations of Jesus and the implications of such as we look at our Aspirations for 2018-2021.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Come Join MCCDC Team Walk To End HIV, October 27, 2018
CHECK-IN BEGINS: 7:30 AM
5K BEGINS: 9:15 AM
WALK BEGINS: 9:20 AM
General Walk Registration: $25.00
Student / Senior (60+) Walk Registration: $15.00
General Timed Run Registration: $35.00
Sleep Walker Registration: $40.00
For more information email Dale Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev Cathy Alexander at email@example.com or call or 202-638
Church Chat on Sunday 10/28 at 12:30 p.m.
There will be a church chat on Sunday 10/28 in the lower level conference room. Come continue the conversation about:
The M Street Lot Sale
Our Aspirations and Future
Please plan on joining us briefly after both services for a time of gathering, information sharing, hospitality and sharing.
MCCDC Halloween Potluck Party ,October 27, 2018, 6 pm to 9 pm
A night of fun dancing, prizes, and dance contest
Hosted by: The Older Adult Ministry & Young Adult Ministry
Pizza will be provided
Please Bring/Donate the following items when you arrive at the door:
• Drinks: Water, Sodas, Juices
• Salads: Macaroni, Potato, Bean Salad
• Desserts: Cookies and Cupcakes
Help in all areas needed:
Setup, Servers, clean up.
Dale L. Maydun-Baskerville – firstname.lastname@example.org
MCCDC Openings for Board of Directors
Is the Holy Spirit prompting you to consider service on our Board of Directors?
This is an exciting time at MCCDC as we move forward to implement our Aspirations for 2018-2021.
MCCDC will be electing two Board Members at our November 18 Congregational Meeting.
Please contact RevDwayne@MCCDC.com for more information and/or the application process.
Please mark your calendars for the congregational forum on Nov 4th and the congregational meeting on Nov 18th at 12:30 pm.
MCCDC was chosen for innovative program through Wesley Theological Seminary to support young adult outreach and congregational development.
We now join with the other program participants for a two-year process of research, collaboration, and experimentation. An initial 10-month listening and learning process will enable MCCDC to consider the skills and interests of young adults in our neighborhood, understand our own congregational identity and gifts, and brainstorm ways to collaborate. We will then apply for a $20,000 grant to experiment with and track new innovations with young adults.
Team members Lauren Bennett, Rev Cathy Alexander, Elodie Huttner, Juan Garcia, Annie Kyle (Wesley), Robin Anderson (not pictured).
Update on MCCDC’s Strategic Plan
The MCC Statement of Faith affirms that “Metropolitan Community Churches is one chapter in the story of the Church, the Body of Christ… We are people on a journey… We are part of an ongoing conversation on matters of belief and faith, shaped by scripture and the historic creeds, building on those who have come before us. Our chapter begins when God says to us: ‘Come, taste, and see.'”
Through his parables, Jesus teaches that we are stewards of our life and talents. In this time and place, each of us receives different gifts of the Spirit to be used for the greater good. In 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, St. Paul reminds us:
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
Today, MCCDC must be about discovering our renewed aspirations – engaging our community in “our songs of imagining” who we can become, why we exist as a church, and what difference we can make in our challenging and often disheartening world.
We believe that the Holy Spirit will inspire many different voices to help MCCDC build upon our strengths. As we work to complete the MCCDC Strategic Plan over these next weeks, we ask for your prayerful discernment of how you personally can be part of shaping our way forward as a church.
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The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU!!!
Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9am and 11am services. No experience needed. You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard, setting mics up for service and learning the technical side of handling the sound board. We would like to have you train at the 9am service and continue training at the 11am service but if your prefer to train only at one service you can.
Please contact me Michael Cunningham at email@example.com or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
The Hospitality Ministry Needs Your Help!
If you have hospitality items that you would be willing to bring in and support Sunday hospitality, please contact Sonia Grant in the church office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.. Items for consideration are:
Paper Coffee Cups (No Styrofoam)
MCCDC Bible Study
A time of community, fun, learning, and sharing!
Tuesdays, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Welcome Hall
For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at the email@example.com or call (202) 638-737
Keith Richardson is in a nursing home near the church.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!