Revival isn’t fireworks; it’s not meant to dazzle. Revival is simply recognizing our tiny place in relation to God’s enormous, creative love, and then filling that place with our whole lives.”
~ D. Thomas; alt.
Revival is time beyond ordinary time. It is a time of focused intention, through such preparatory activities as prayer and fasting. It is a time of openness to the Holy Spirit, to move quietly and loudly; to move inwardly and outwardly.
Last weekend was an impactful weekend, on many levels. There was inspiration and healing. There was contemplation and action. There was worship and praise. There was the joy of baptism and baptism renewal. There were tears that were actually prayers, flowing like streams from the Heart of Love.
Leading into this coming Sunday I invite you pray this prayer with me: “O God, continue your revival in our minds and hearts.”
Revival not only renews and revitalizes, it also opens possibilities for ongoing spiritual vitality. In this Sunday’s scripture from 2 Timothy 1:1-7 Paul “promotes the promise” (v.1) of such a life when he invites his beloved Timothy to embrace a sincere and ongoing faith. For Paul, faith is more a verb than a noun. Such an understanding is one key to keep revival going. Faith is acting on the gift of God within each of us (v.6), in the confidence that “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-control” (v.7).
The message I offer on Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM will offer perspectives on building upon our recent revival. See you Sunday!
THIS WEEK SEPTEMBER 2016
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.
To nourish your physical body in addition to your spiritual body. Join us for yoga classes on Mondays at 7pm. The class is donation-based. If you are interested in starting or continuing please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.~ Namaste (“The Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you”)
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 email@example.com 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 Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Share Program Ministry of MCCDC
Share Program Ministry of MCCDC will offer food value packages through the SHARE Food Network Program. Everyone is invited to participate. You can purchase one of these wonderful food value packages by seeing one of our Share Program Ministers-Fenicia Ballard, Mark Kornmann, and Wendy Hamilton.
The SHARE Program Ministry is also a great opportunity for high school students to receive community service credit hours. SHARE Program schedule follows:
ORDER DAYS: October 2 and 9, 2016
PAYMENT DEADLINE: October 9, 2016
ORDER PICKUP*: 10/22/2016
*Pickup is at the MCCDC Welcome Hall at 9:30 am.
For more information, please contact the church office at email@example.com.
LANDSCAPING MORNING of SERVICE
Join other MCCers to beautify our church’s property in preparation for Easter and Spring. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and make our church and neighborhood prettier for the Spring. We’ll have fun while we work … and it is a great way to connect with other MCCers! If you can, please bring your landscaping tools (rakes, brooms, gloves, clippers, etc.). We’ll have some light breakfast foods to fuel us. Please RSVP to Greg Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-427-6313.
Ministry Leader Meeting
The Bi-Monthly Ministry Leader meeting will be held on Oct 5 from 7-8:15. Please ensure your ministry is represented at this important meeting as we will be reviewing the 2016 budget and other requirements. Please contact Rev Cathy should you have questions or require additional information. RevCathy@mccdc.com or 202-638-7373.
NEXT MEMBERSHIP CLASS TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 23
If you have questions about MCCDC and what membership is about, class will be held on October 23rd 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.
Gender Neutral Restrooms Coming Soon
We are pleased to announce MCCDC will be implementing gender neutral restrooms. In early August, we will replace the “Men” and “Women” signs with signs indicating our restrooms are gender neutral. Some time ago, the Board approved moving to gender neutral restrooms for our church. The Trustees began working on implementing this decision.
They met and discussed developing new signage and the types of locks to put on the exterior doors to the main floor restrooms. As they were discussing these matters, a clear and strong consensus developed among the Trustees that we need to implement true gender neutral restrooms and simply replace the signage and not install locks on the exterior entrance doors to the restrooms on the main level. The trustees shared this approach with the Board.
Everyone should feel not only welcomed in our church, but each person should feel that they truly belong here. This decision reflects our mission. The plan is to install signage that clearly indicates our restrooms are available to everyone and will display a depiction of either two toilets or one toilet and one urinal. The signs will inform people of the types of facilities available in each particular restroom.
The two restrooms on the lower level will remain private (locking) single occupancy use for people preferring that option.
If you have questions or comments to share about this change, please share them with the trustees know at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to visit with them when you see them at church.
“I hope that everybody gets a chance to be who and what they are. I just know if I have to pee, I don’t care where it’s going to be.” — Dolly Parton, in the Advocate, June 6, 2016.