When you’re walking in the dead of night and your soul is churning; when your hope seems out of sight, keep the candle burning. All it takes is one steady heart in a world that’s turning. Shine a light. . .one ray of light always breaks through.” ~Point of Grace
What happens when revival fires meet cold realities? Discouragement threatens the hope of change. It is easy to say, “Why bother?” It is easy to return to old patterns, numbing routines, and counterproductive distractions. Beyond such obstacles, I believe revival is sustainable. I believe we can keep the candle burning.
A line from our Vision Statement speaks to ongoing revival: “The love of Christ will shine through our lives. . .” Ongoing revival is both internal and external as the love of Christ shines in us, through us, from us, and around us.
The message this Sunday is from Luke 11: 33-36 where Jesus teaches, “The light will be everywhere!” This teaching calls us to recognize the light in us and others, finding therein great power to live a victorious and impactful spiritual life. John 1:9 describes the light as “the light that enlightens every person coming into the world.” This means EVERY person. J. P. Newell says “It is the Light at the heart of every newborn child. It is the Light at the heart of all life.”
I invited our Drama Ministry to be a part of the message this Sunday through their interpretation of the song “Keep the Candle Burning” by Point of Grace. I’m glad they said yes. You will be inspired! And, there will be a part for all of us as we strive to have steady hearts and shine lights that pierce the fog of fear around us. See you for memorable worship this Sunday at 9 AM and 11 AM.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
“Got Change? Help fuel the Revival fire with your spare change! Sundays, Sept. 3, 10, and 17, buckets will be available near the altar. Simply bring your spare change and drop it in and help support our 2017 Revival. Check your pockets, sofa cushions, and change jars — any amount of change is welcome and will help us kindle the flame and fuel our revival — Ablaze with Praise!
Older Adult Ministry Atlantic City Resort Hotel and Casino Bus Trip, October 7, 2017
Departs MCCDC: 7: 00AM
Arrives At Atlantic City: 11 AM
Departs Atlantic City: 7:00 PM
Arrive back at MCCDC 11:00 PM
MUST PAY IN ADVANCE
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$25.00 FOOD VOUCHER
DEADLINE: October 01, 2017,
Make checks payable to: George Barbari,
*NO LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION AND ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS*
Any First time Comers Please provide date of birth & home address with Check!
For more information – Call Ace Barbari Cell 703-303-2934
Hand Dancing Class is coming to MCCDC
Come out and have fun learning Hand Dancing! Classes will be held at MCCDC on Saturday Oct 7, 14, and 21 at 12 PM. The cost is $5 per class. For more information contact Robin Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessing of the Animals, Saturday October 7, at 11:30 AM
Sometimes God sends guardian angels to us who are clothed in fur, feathers or scales. To recognize the special pets and animal companions in our lives, MCCDC will be holding a special Blessing of the Animals service on Saturday Oct 7rd 11:30 AM. A blessing of the animals is a tradition among many Christian churches and is often conducted in October near the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.
In order to make sure our animals remain safe, please use their leashes or pet carriers. We’ll be sure to have water for your beloved companions.
Please attend with your animal companions—and invite others to attend also.
Worship and Sanctuary Technical Walk through,Saturday October 7th 9-11
All ministries who use the sound equipment and who support worship in the sanctuary, are invited to attend a technical walk through where we will receive training on use of the equipment for the best sound quality as well as the best movement in the sanctuary. The following ministries are included:
Sacristy, communion co-celebrant
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 email@example.com or (336) 419-7579.
Eastern Network Gathering,October 21 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!
Strategic Planning and Guiding Kickoff, September 30, 09:30
Recently MCCDC redeveloped our mission and aspirations statement. We are now poised to continue that work to map out the specific path to achieve what God has for us next as a congregation. If you are interested in contributing to this team, please contact Rev. Dwayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rev. Cathy at email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Tyrone Washington has been hospitalized or home bound for some time. Please continue to hold him in your prayers
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.