“What God has planned for us is more than eyes have seen or ears have heard. It has never even entered our minds.”
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9, (CEV, adapted)
When Flora Slosson Wuellner received news that her beloved’s cancer, many years in remission, had returned, it was a jolt to her spiritual balance. It was difficult for her to see or think of anything else. She wrote: “. . . it seems unbelievable that the sun rises and sets, traffic keeps rolling, and thousands go about their own business-even though our own sun stands still, and everything for us suddenly stops. Is there anyone who really hears or cares? ” (Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need, 20).
Trying circumstances are so potent that it is difficult to see anything else. The surface disturbance can be so intense, it is difficult to imagine or see that God is at work on a deeper level, beyond the surface, at the foundation of all that is grace.
Does God hear our cries for mercy and help?
In my message this Sunday from Mark 10: 46-51 Bartimaeus shouts out to Jesus, “Heir of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:48). Bartimaeus is blind and is tired of relying on others for his sustenance. With Jesus, he has the spiritual vision to see beyond his circumstance to the possibility of healing. With hope, he calls out.
Yet even as he calls out Bartimaeus can’t help but wonder, “Will Jesus hear me? If so, will he care?” The turning point comes when Jesus answers the questions with a question: “What do you want me to do for you?”
The compassionate question from Jesus to Bartimaeus is a question with staying power. How would you answer the question from Jesus? This Sunday we’ll reflect further on God’s healing heart as
“UP COMING EVENTS”
LANDSCAPING DAY of SERVICE – 9am-1pm SATURDAY, Nov. 4th!
Join other MCCers to beautify our church’s property. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and make our church and neighborhood prettier. This is a great way to connect to someone you may not yet know. Join us for fun and 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, email@example.com, 202-427-6313, if you can join us.
Fall Back! Don’t Forget! Time Changes, November 5, 2017
Move your clock back 1 hour on Saturday night before going to bed.
MCCDC’s Congregational Form and Meeting , after 11 AM service on November 5th.
MCCDC’s Congregational Forum will be held at 12:30 am 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.
Older Adult Ministry Potluck November 12, 12:30
The Older Adult Ministry Potluck has been change from November 5 to November 12 due to the congregational meeting. Please mark your calendars.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service, Monday Nov 20th at 6pm
This year MCCDC is honored to host the Transgender Day of Remembrance service. The service will be held on Monday Nov 20th at 6pm. Please plan on joining us for this honoring occasion.
MCCDC Thanksgiving Worship Service, Wednesday, November 22nd, 7 PM.
We will celebrate a Thanksgiving worship service on Wednesday November 22nd at 7PM. All are welcome to participate and offer thanks for God’s presence.?
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 email@example.com or 336-419-7579.
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
The MCCDC Drama Team needs your help. We are looking for anyone interested in helping with props, set décor, music. lighting, clean up, etc. If you have a passion and artistic flare for behind the scenes work and would like to join the drama team, please contact Jules at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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 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.