“The only way we can navigate through difference is by coming back to our common center in a Savior who holds us together. It is also this core conviction that best motivates the church to action. We work for social justice not because we believe our best efforts will be effective but because we throw our lives into the redemptive work of a Savior who is not nearly done pulling together the things that have fallen apart.”
~M. Craig Barnes
In the message this Sunday I’ll continue to build on the theme of staying centered when there is so much in these days that seems de-centering.
Last Sunday we talked about “Joy at the Center.” This Sunday, we’ll offer another perspective on the “centering” theme. The scripture for this Sunday from Colossians 1:15-20 describes the centering and re-centering power of Christ, the One existing “Before anything was created” (v17). This One before creation is working now for “all things to be reconciled to God” (v20) even when it appears so much is falling apart.
Colossians posits that Christ is at the center, and the center holds: indeed this loving, saving, Center holds us. From the Center, we are empowered to bring strength, courage, conviction and hope to a world gasping and grasping for hope. From the Center, we become part of what Christ has been doing all along: saving lives. And that’s why MCCDC exists: to save lives. See you Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM as we worship God with energy and then go out as witnesses, equipped with spiritual tools to help repair the world.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
MCCDC’s Congregational Form and Meeting , after 11 AM service on November 5th.
MCCDC’s Congregational Forum will be held after the 11AM service on November 5th. The Congregational Meeting will be held after the 11AM service on November 19th. If you have questions, please email Board@mccdc.com.
MCCDC Leadership Opportunities!!!
Do you have the spiritual gifts of leadership, discernment, and compassion? Do you look for new ways to serve your church? Then the Board of Directors might be the right place for you! We are looking for motivated and qualified candidates to run for the Board of Directors. Three positions will be open due to term expirations and vacancies in 2017. What we are especially looking for people with experience in strategic planning, financial management/fundraising, policy development, program oversight, or legal matters.
If you feel called and have been an MCCDC member in good standing for the past six months, you are eligible to run. Please submit a brief bio and a letter of interest to the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, October 22nd.
Join MCCDC HIV Aids Team, 28 Oct @ 9 AM
Help us reach our goal of raising $3,000!
Register for the event and join the MCCDC team by clicking here.
Student/Senior Walker: $15
The walk will start at Freedom Plaza. We will meet at 9 AM at the Federal Triangle metro station.
If you would like to be matched with a sponsor for the registration fee, please contact us!
Questions? Need help registering?
MCCDC Halloween Potluck Party Oct 28th, 6 PM to 9 PM
Hosted by The Older Adult Ministry & Young Adult Ministry
A night of fun dancing, prizes, and dance contest.
Pizza will be provided.
Please Bring/ Donate the following items when you arrive at the door:
Drinks: Water, Soda, Juice
Salads: Marconi, Potato, Bean Salad
Deserts: Cookies and Cupcakes
Help in all areas needed: Setup, Servers, clean up.
Contact: Dale L. Maydun-Baskerville @ email email@example.com or Juan Garcia @ enmail firstname.lastname@example.org
MCCDC Hand Dancing Classes
Come out and have fun learning Hand Dancing! Classes will be held at MCCDC on Saturday Oct 21 at 12 PM. The cost is $5 per class. For more information contact Robin Anderson at email@example.com.
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? MCCDC is forming a new Intercessory Prayer Team (IPT). Here, IPT will come together to have a Spirit-led time of prayer. There will be an informational session on Sunday, October 15th, after both the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services. We will discuss the nature of the ministry, coordinate possible days and times to meet, and address questions surrounding IPT. For more information, please contact Rev. Jules Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 419-7579.
MCCDC MEMBERSHIP CLASS
MCCDC MEMBERSHIP CLASS
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on October 29th 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 email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Eastern Network Gathering,October 21st, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Eastern Network Gathering to be held at MCC of Northern VA in Fairfax. MCC interim moderator Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown will be present conducting her denominational “listening tour”. All are welcome. Please contact Rev Cathy for additional information.
Lay Delegate Corner
On behalf of all your Lay Delegates, I would like to inform you of some changes to the structure of the MCC denomination offices. In the following letter from Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown you will see that we have a new office, some structural changes, and some new and old names on staff. As a denomination we are working hard to make changes that will help us to touch more lives and spread God’s love for all. As you read the letter and move forward with your days ahead, I would like to ask that you keep the MCC staff in your prayers as they all continue the hard work they do for the denomination.
Peace & Blessings, Chocolatté Miller
MCCDC Drama Ministry
As the MCCDC Drama Ministry Team, we nurture and utilize our talents to bring glory to God. We enhance and empower our spiritual community through innovative means of drama, story-telling, music, dance and mime. We contribute our creativity for the out reach and growth of the church. You can contact Jules at enjoyingtoday@hotmail. com or call 336-419-7579
Our first practice will be on Monday, July 31st @ 6:30 PM!
Theological Study to Liberia
Help Lauren’s Angels travel to Libera by donating to her travel:
Join Lauren’s Angels:
Our Intern, Lauren Bennett is going to Liberia as a part of her MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary. This immersion trip will be led by Rev. Dr. Asa Lee. Founded in 1820 by American emancipated slaves, students will learn about Liberia’s deep and intertwined history with the US and the American Protestant church; from support in the 19th Century from benevolent Christian missionary societies to contemporary support in the face of Civil War, poverty, and Ebola. The pivotal role of the church in areas of economic development, healthcare and education will be of central interest on this immersion and Liberia’s resilience and perseverance will be instructive and formative to participants in this immersion. When Lauren returns she will host an event to share of her time abroad.
You can help her raise the $3,600 needed for the trip by becoming one of her angels. Angels will receive special updates and readings before and during her immersion. Anyone can become an angel at any level $1 to $1,000!
Thank you for your support through prayer and finances!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.