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MCCDC: Who’s Afraid of the Dark?

This week we begin a new worship series, Learning to Move in the Dark. The series is based on, and utilizes the writings of, Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark.”

Spiritually, Light and Darkness appear at the very beginning of the Hebrew Scriptures in Genesis, both as wondrous parts of God’s creation. Yet, Taylor reminds us of how much darkness is associated/equated with evil and fear, and light with what is good, with support and rescue. She cautions us against simply going with this “opposed pairs” perspective and encourages us to work with our fears by engaging practices that allow us to embrace and be guided by darkness, as well as by light. She proposes and explores the richness of a lunar spirituality, one of waxing and waning phases of divine light that are filled with the lessons and offerings of darkness.

Taylor says that each of us has a personal history of the dark and shares hers with us through narratives of her physical lived experiences, some long past during childhood, and others more recent. Our expansion of the title of her book from “walking” to
“moving” connects well to this approach of storying her development of intentional relationship with darkness as it occurs through her body—through her senses in relationship and in interaction with nature. The uniqueness of her experiences offer reminders to consider the differences, as well as similarities, in how we are able to, and how we choose to navigate the world in stillness and movement, physically and spiritually. To consider how we each define, experience, and understand states and phases of darkness and light, physically and spiritually.

Join us this Sunday at 9:00 and/or 11:00 a.m. Eastern as we contemplate how our faith, our ways of being, and our lives might shift as we learn to move in the dark.

Dr. Carla Sherrell, Ed.D.
MCCDC Ministry Intern

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Next Worship Series

We invite you to join us in conversation about our new worship series. We’ll meet via Zoom for six Sundays after worship, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern, starting January 10th and continuing through February 14th.

We’ll gather to talk about the message of the day, to meditate and to think about the issues brought up in the chapters of Taylor’s book.
We will also have an opportunity to share with each other about what we have learned when we learn to Move in the Dark.

Here are three ways to connect at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday:
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• Launch Zoom and enter Meeting ID 821 1321 8266
• Dial (301) 715-8592 by phone, using the same Meeting ID

Click here to download our two-page study guide
For more information, contact Rev. Cathy at revcathy@mccdc.com

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Join MCCDC’s Bible in 90 Days Journey 2021!

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Older Adult Ministry

Older Adult Ministry will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom this Sunday, January 10th at 1:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Kirstan Fuller, LGBTQ Program Coordinator from Seabury Resources for Aging. Here are three ways to connect:

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• Launch Zoom and enter Meeting ID 824 9552 3942
• Dial (301) 715-8592 by phone, using the same Meeting ID

Contact Dale L. Madyun-Baskerville at mccdcbiblestudy@mccdc.com

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MCCDC Writing Ministry

Come Join Our Zoom Meeting from 16 Jan, 10 am – 12 pm. MCCDC Writing Ministry intent to explore seasonal devotions, spiritual writing-prayers, benedictions, and poems. Email Rev Robinhawleygorsline writer@robinhawleygorsline.com to request zoom invite.

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Join MCC Resurrection Book Study

Your invited to Join MCC Resurrection for a book study Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Jill-Amy Levine 13 January – 10 February at 8 PM EST

In Sermon on the Mount, Dr. Jill-Amy Levine invites us to grow in faith as we explore the powerful teachings of Jesus from Matthew 5-7.

This series will be facilitated by Dr. Carla Sherrell, interim programming support staff, RMCC, and Pastoral Intern, MCCDC.

Registration required at ResurrectionMCC.org/sotm

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MCC Denominational Events

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“Virtual Church Events”

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Virtual Choir

Come and join the Virtual Voices of MCC Choir! Lift your voice in our virtual rehearsals while singing from the comfort of your home. For more info, email Music Minister Deidre Mouton Gray at msdeedeemusic@gmail.com.

Spiritual Gifts, Get Involved!

Your’re invited to consider sharing your spiritual gifts by making a Scripture Reading Video or sharing a Video Testimony on what MCCDC means to you.

It does not have to be long and the AV team is standing by to help you with the video. Please email me at revdwayne@mccdc.com for more information.

Moving Spirit Dance Ministry

Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at cathybatson1@verizon.net for more information. Check out past performances on our YouTube channel, including “I Can Only Imagine” (April 2019) and “Mighty River”(February 2018).

JOIN REV. DWAYNE IN PRAYER FROM NOON TO 12:30 PM Monday thru Saturday

Phone Number: 646-558-8656, Code: 407 740 6668

Intercessory Prayer Team
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 7 pm
Contact LaMar Jenkins at 202-750-08887

Drama Ministry Practice Via Zoom
The 3rd Mondays each month at 6:30 pm Eastern
Contact Clara Carter at c4mcarter26@gmail.com for information

Bible Study
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Eastern
Click here to Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/434566329
or Dial: (301) 715-8592 ,Meeting ID: 434 566 329
Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at mccdcbiblestudy@mccdc.com for more information.

Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
Contact pastoralcare@mccdc.com for more information or interest in joining this vibrant church ministry this Fall

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“Ministry Spotlight”

Join Us on YouTube and subscribe to the MCCDC YouTube Channel!

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LiveStream Volunteer’s Needed!

Volunteer! No experience is required. We will train you or someone you recommend. (Perhaps a student interested in picking up new skills?) Opportunities include:

o Producing the livestream itself on Sundays and for special events (greatest need)
o Assisting on Sundays by video recording and managing cameras
o Video editing (this requires access to your own computer and video editing software)

Share our message! Inspired by Rev. Dwayne’s spiritual instruction? Moved by a praise & worship song? Post it on Facebook. Send a link to friends and family. They can tune-in to our livestream or watch worship services on demand at livestream.com/mccdc, through our website at mccdc.com, or browse clips on our YouTube Channel.

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Email Johanna at mccdclive@gmail.com or talk to any one of the AV team members to volunteer or for more information

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The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU!

 

Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9 am and 11 am services. No experience needed!

You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard and learn how to set up mics for services.

Ideally, you will train at the 9 am service and continue training at the 11 am service, but we are flexible.

Please contact Michael Cunningham at mjcunningham2013@gmail.com or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.

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Prayer Corner

Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:

* Jerry Giem’s Son, *Jason and Nephew, Travis * Valeria Myers’ daughter Chantelle * Michelle Lax *George Kerr, III * Mama Cee’s sister and niece * Rose Williams * Randy Punley * Lynn Sulyma * Esther Smith * Marcus Garnett * Renee Valentine * Rose Herring * Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline * T. Green * Evelyn Jones * Valeria Myers’ son Donald * Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen * Steve Sloane * Glenn Conrad * Arden Shutt, * Renee Valentine’s brother, * Kim Battle, *Juanita Dara , * Jeffrey Luckenbach, * Anthony Goode,* Keith Richardson, *Diedre Gray *Elaine Durden-Hunter’s friend Saint Williams * Cathy Batson niece Lisa * Cynthia Melman*

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