The historic inaugural Metropolitan Community Church worship service on October 6, 1968 was an act of trust. When Rev. Elder Troy Perry opened the doors into his little pink house in Los Angeles, he trusted that people would show up. He also trusted that God loved him unconditionally as an openly gay, defrocked Pentecostal Pastor at a time when being gay was illegal in the eyes of the law, sick in the eyes of the American Psychological Association, and a sinful perversion in the eyes of the church.
Rev. Elder Troy Perry trusted God: he didn’t give up on God and God didn’t give up on him. For Rev. Perry, it was a slow journey of trust, with difficult steps (including a suicide attempt) that with time inspired countless others on their journeys. The inspiration continues.
At MCCDC, as we seek to implement our 2018-2021 Aspirations, we too are moving deeper into a journey of trust. We trust that God has called us to “Be a diverse faith community of many ages, races, cultures, gender identities, and ways of life.” And we trust that God will help us to live out that Aspiration and our other Aspirations.
This Sunday, as we celebrate the founding of our movement 50 years ago, we will also look forward. My message will be from the Scripture that Rev. Perry preached on that very first Sunday: John 3:1-21. When Rev. Perry embraced his full self and his full call he answered the invitation of Jesus to Nicodemus: “Don’t be surprised that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.'” The first worship service in the history of MCC opened a day of new birth. It was true then-and it is true 50 years later at MCCDC where we too are born anew.
See you Sunday at 9 am and 11 am as we celebrate 50 years of MCC and look ahead to trusting God for what’s next.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
LANDSCAPING DAY of SERVICE – 9am-1pm, SAT. Oct. 13th!
Join other MCCers to beautify our church’s property and get it ready for winter. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and make our church property prettier-and we’ll have some fun too! Join us in building community with each other. If you can, please bring your landscaping tools (rakes, brooms, clippers, etc.) and gloves.
We’ll have some light breakfast foods to fuel us. Please RSVP to Greg Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-427-6313, if you can join us.
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.
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 email@example.com or Rev Cathy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or 202-638
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 – email@example.com,
“NEWS ABOUT THE YAMs”
We regret to inform you that the Young Adults Ministry (YAMs) will be inactive until further notice. If you have questions please contact Rev. Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson and Fannie Woody who are in Nursing Homes.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!