THIS SUNDAY THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MOTOWN!
“I’ve had my share of life’s ups and downs
But fate’s been kind, the downs have been few
I guess, you could say that I’ve been lucky
Well, I guess you could say that it’s all because of you.”
~ From “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” lyrics by James D. Weatherly
Gladys Knight gave voice to the story of many lives in her 1974 hit “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me.” Her beautiful love song filled many a dance floor as couples sang along, “If anyone should ever write my life story, for whatever reason there might be, you’ll be there between each line of pain and glory.”
The song’s popularity, and staying power, is because it speaks to a common longing: to have someone who will be there with us, not just when the candles are burning bright, but when the light goes dim and the way through seems unsure.
I’ve come to believe that despite our best intentions, most of us fall short of fully living the message of this song. Even when we do our best, life happens, and we’re not always there for our friends and loved ones. When this happens in healthy relationships, forgiveness is asked for, given and received and it all becomes a part of the story of our lives.
The great news is, when someone we love disappoints us, we can still sing this song. We can sing it to God, our Divine Beloved. All in all, the love of God is the best thing that ever happened. Without God’s love, there would be no human love. Without God’s love, the hard times would seem hopeless and the glory times would seem fleeting. As it is, the abiding presence of the Lover of our Souls will be there, really there, “between each line of pain and glory.”
This Sunday I begin a three part series, “The Gospel According to Motown.” Our scriptures for this Sunday are 2 Corinthians 3: 17-18 and Luke 9: 28-36. I invite you to read them in preparation for Sunday, and listen close, because you may notice Gladys Knight’s soulful voice singing in the background. You may want to get up and dance. Or, you may want to get down on your knees and pray. Either way, the Spirit will be there.
See you Sunday!
Rev Elder Dwayne Johnson
Rev Elder Dwayne Johnson
THIS WEEK FEBRUARY 2016
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.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY
Please join the Tuesday Night Bible Study from 7-8pm in the Welcome Hall. A time of community, fun learning and sharing. For more information please contact Dale Madyune-Baskerville at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
COMMUNION TRAINING SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 6
Ever thought about adding your gifts to the Sunday morning services? Do you feel called to welcome all to God’s open table? Have you considered joining the ministry of communion and sharing the feast of the open table? If so, come and check out what the Communion Ministry is all about. We will conduct training on Saturday, February 6 from 10-12. Please contact Rev. Cathy Alexander with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-628-7373. You may be pleasantly surprised. Usher training will take place at a later date.
LENTEN DAILY E-DEVOTIONAL WRITERS
We are prayerfully embarking together on the sacred task of creating 36 original written reflections in a Daily Devotional series for Lent. If you are interested in participating in this community offering, please contact Frank Wirmusky through the church office at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
NEWS FROM THE STEWARDSHIP TEAM
Happy New Year from the MCCDC Stewardship Leadership Team!
The team is charged with ensuring that the spiritual practice of stewardship – the giving of time, talent and treasure – is taught and encouraged with measurable impact throughout the year.
Throughout the New Year, you will be hearing from members of the congregation talk about their spiritual journeys and how their commitments to stewardship have played a role in their relationship with God and the church. In addition, the New Year provides a great opportunity for each of us to consider making a pledge of our anticipated giving to MCCDC in 2016.
Whether you give as part of the weekly plate offering, through the various online options, or direct deposit from your bank account — the stewardship team is here to assist you in making stewardship a part of your spiritual practice at MCCDC.
ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE FEBRUARY 10, 7PM
Join us for this service of preparation and reflection. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Its official name is “Day of Ashes,” so called because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. Lent is intended to be a time of prayer, meditation and looking forward. Ash Wednesday commences this period of spiritual discipline.
UNID@s SPANISH SPEAKING MINISTRY WORSHIP FEBRUARY 28,2016 SUNDAY AT 1PM
Are you interested in going to the Theater? A group from MCCDC is attending the Alexandria Metro Stage production of “Shake Loose: A Musical Night of Blues, Moods, & Icons”. The group will be attending the Friday, February 19, 8PM performance.
Check out the story at http://www.metrostage.org/ Please contact Rev Cathy if you are interested in joining the group at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY DISCERNMENT FOR 2016
Do You CARE?
Are You Willing to serve?
Are you on the journey of spiritual maturity?
Are you able to set healthy boundaries?
Do you have a regular prayer life?
Do you have some time to commit?
Are you able to honor confidentiality?
Are you comfortable visiting hospitals and care facilities?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions perhaps you can consider PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY!
Come receive information about the Pastoral Care Ministry
and assistance with your discernment.
Meetings are being held on March 16, April 20 and May 18 @ 6pm. For more information, please contact any Pastoral Care Minister or Rev. Dwayne.
The YAM will be hosting fabulous in February Movie Night.
Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Chocolatte Hatcher-Miller at email@example.com or John Merriwether at JMrthr@aol.com for futher information.
**** Monetary donations are welcome.****
CALLING ALL WHO LIKE TO SEW, CROCHET, KNIT…
If you like to make things with your hands, Rev Cathy would like to speak with you. There is a ministry of caring that you can accomplish from your home or in a group. Making prayer shawls, stoles or scarfs. If you are interested in pursuing your ministry passion in this way, please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
USHER TRAINING RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 20,2016
Ever thought about adding your gifts to the Sunday morning services? Do you feel called to welcome all who enter out doors to this community of faith? Have you considered joining the ministry of ushering? If so, come and check out what these ministries are all about.
We will conduct training on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10-12. Light refreshments will be available. Please contact Rev. Cathy Alexander with questions at email@example.com or call 202-638-7373.
“Lent is a journey, not a pass-fail test.” –Mary DeTurris Poust
Do you remember the first time you encountered Lent? Did you give something up? Did you ever fast? What are your hopes for Lent now? Does this preparation time before Easter have meaning for you? How do you want to spend this sacred time, what do you want to see on this spiritual journey, in preparation for resurrection in your life? Want to go deeper into this penitential season? Do you want to create a new version of Lent for yourself?
One way spiritual people connect with their hopes and dreams is to record them, to write about the process of discovery and exploration, to take them out and examine them, to dig into them to find the nuggets of Spirit that help create these dreams and hopes for more faithful and vibrant living. Writing stories, poems, word pictures and/or reflections are good ways to tap into the deep reservoirs of God within you.
You can learn more about doing that at a workshop, “Telling the Truths of Lent,” on Saturday February 13, at MCC DC from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Led by Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline, the workshop involves some quiet time of guided meditation, writing on site-so bring your favorite pen and journal or your tablet-and sharing thoughts and ideas with others (you can opt out of sharing any writing if you wish, but we all benefit by giving and receiving our gifts).
You may also send any writing you have done about Lent to Rev. Robin in advance (no later than Feb 6th) and he will be glad to review it and give you feedback at the workshop so you can work on it more if you wish (if he has any suggestions for you).
Rev. Robin will provide a vegetarian soup, as well as coffee and tea.
Please contact Rev Cathy to reserve your space at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373. Don’t wait too long, space is limited to 10 people.
2016 PLEDGE CARD
We have launched the MCCDC “45 Years: We’ve Come This Far By Faith” Campaign. Please make sure you return your pledge card to the church office or you can put it in the offering plate on Sunday.
As we celebrate the 45th anniversary, let’s come together and help shape the future of MCCDC!!
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on March 6 from 12:30 to 2:30 in the chapel. 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.