This Week’s Reflection
“We may want to turn off the noise and hope for some much needed peace. But now is not the time to reach for a sedative—whether over the counter, prescribed from a physician, or even from comfortable faith. Now is the time to pay attention, careful attention to those around us, careful attention to our own hearts, and careful attention to those we disagree with most often.” ~Rev. Elder Troy Treash, Resurrection MCC
Where do you find your strength? The scripture for this Sunday from Colossians 1:15-20 describes the strengthening power of Christ, the One existing “Before anything was created” (v17). This One before creation is working now for “all things to be reconciled to God” (v20) even when it appears so much is falling apart.
Colossians posits that Christ is at the center, and the center holds: indeed this loving, saving, Center holds us and strengthens us. From the Center, we are empowered to harvest strength and share it with others. We extend courage, conviction and hope to a world gasping and grasping for hope.
From the Center, this place of strength, we become part of what Christ has been doing all along: saving lives. And that’s why MCCDC exists: to save lives. People are bound by fear on multiple fronts, bound by division, and bound by consumer culture that skews our sense of self-worth and our God-given instinct for generosity. At MCCDC we offer a message of freedom and salvation.
In preparation for Sunday, reflect on the question: “Where do you find your strength?” As you prayerfully ponder that question, consider Nan Merrill’s paraphrase of Psalm 46:
• “God is our refuge and strength, a Loving Presence in time of trouble.
• Therefore we need not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. . .
• Be still and know that I am love. Awaken! Befriend justice and mercy.
• Do you not know you bear my love? Who among you will respond?”
Grace and peace,
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
In Loving Memory
Sunrise: January 13, 1960 † Sunset: October 17, 2022
Memorial service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19th at 474 Ridge St NW and live streamed at youtube.mccdc.com. Please keep Mark’s husband, Bill Campbell, in your prayers.Services will also be live streamed at youtube.mccdc.com.
Sunrise: July 9, 1954- Sunset: October 10, 2022 †
Memorial service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd at 474 Ridge St NW. Read his obituary here and lift Rob’s partner, David King, in prayer. Services will also be live streamed at youtube.mccdc.com.
Borderfree Worship Update
Effective Tuesday, November 1, MCCDC will adopt a flexible masking policy. That means when you enter the church at 474 Ridge St NW, you have the flexibility to choose* to wear or not to wear a mask.
• · Please continue to social distance. Respect personal space.
• · Respect personal masking choices. Others may be at high risk.
• · Be responsible. If you don’t feel well, have tested positive for COVID, or are otherwise sick; stay home and join us online.
*Note: Individual ministries or other activities/events at MCCDC may still require masks under certain circumstances
MCCDC Leadership Opportunity
Are you looking for a new way to serve your MCCDC community? Can you envision yourself in a leadership position? And do you have a passion for innovation, hands-on implementation, and transparency? Then we might have just the right opportunity for you!
The Board of Directors is looking for motivated and qualified candidates to run for one of the three open seats on MCCDC’s Board. Two positions will be open due to term expirations in 2022, and one appointed Board Member’s position will also become available in December.
If you feel called and have been a member of MCCDC in good standing for the past six months, you are eligible to run. Please submit a brief resumé and letter of interest to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
We still need volunteers to sustain in-person worship. Please visit volunteer.mccdc.com and fill out the form for the dates and positions in which you can serve your church. Have questions about roles and responsibilities? Contact Chocolatté Miller, email@example.com
Saluting Our MCCDC Veterans
During both services on Sunday, November 13th, we will be acknowledging and honoring our veterans.
If you are a veteran, we want to include you in a video. Contact Darryl Walker by calling 202-297-6884 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bible Study, Labyrinths History and Walk
Come Join MCCDC bible study in person
on 15 Nov 2022 7 pm at 474 Ridge Street NW, Washington DC in the Annual Labyrinths Walk.
Learn about the history and walk the MCCDC Labyrinths in person.
A finger Labyrinth will also be offer via zoom as well.
Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville
email@example.com for more information
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2022
A Virtual Service TDOR Live Stream Service from
Metropolitan Community Church DC 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Go to www.mccdc.com and click on the live stream box to join
Pathways 2 Generosity, Prayer #37, by Clara Carter, MCCDC Prayer Supporter
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” Maya Angelou
Dear God, thank you for Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC and all places of spiritual worship who work together harvesting hearts for your Beloved Community. Thank you for the process of faith that continues to evolve as we give generously of our financial gifts, time, talents and treasures to help spread the gospel of Your unconditional love and bringing people into your Beloved Community here on earth.
We are truly blessed, for you sacrificed your only son, Jesus, to die for our sins so that we could have eternal life. Thank you for this gift of your love and generosity! Help us remain committed to continue giving generously of what we have to help expand your Beloved Community.
God, we pray to “aspire to wholeness” in body, mind, and spirit for it is you who have given us the ability to be prosperous. In your many names, we thank you. Amen.
“You shall give to God freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to God, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.” Deuteronomy 15:10 (ESV)
Queer Relationship Seminar
Join MCCDC member Peter Covington in a Zoom discussion about Queer relationships every Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. Eastern until November 30th.
• Click here to open Zoom and join automatically
• Launch Zoom and enter Meeting ID 898 9402 4629
• Dial (309) 205-3325 by phone, using the same Meeting ID
Contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
One by the name of Joseph, in Acts 4:36 was called “Barnabas” by the Apostles, because he had an encouraging spirit. His words consoled and encouraged those who heard him. For those interested in learning more about Barnabas Culture, MCCDC Ministry Intern Rev. Teresa Tygart will host training sessions 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Thursday. Click Here to Join The Zoom Thursday Nights For more information or questions Email email@example.com.
Support for Tim Helm
Beloved longtime MCCDC member Tim Helm is recovering from spinal and back wound complications at BridgePoint Hospital on Capitol Hill. Tim welcomes your calls in the afternoon and evening at (202) 368-9877.
Tim, our love and prayers are with you!
~Your MCCDC Family
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
• Jerry Giem at the recent passing of his partner Bob Jones • Tim Helm • Min. Diedre Gray • Mark Kelley and Bill Campbell • James Newkirk ? Denise Wright, her mother Lucy Mae Coombs and her aunt Lottie Mae King. • Rose Williams• Cecilia Hayden-Smith and Esther Smith’s health• Delores Fowler • Vernessa D. Wilson • Family of Ms. Brittany Harrell • Veronica Franklin• Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline • Glenn Conway • Michelle Lax •Anthony Goode • Valeria Myers’ children Chantelle & Donald • George Kerr, III • Randy Punley • Lynn Sulyma • Marcus Garnett •Renee Valentine’s brother • Arden Shutt • Evelyn Jones• Steve Sloane • Jeffrey Luckenbach • Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Cynthia Melman •Kim Battle • Joshua Benkins’ father Isaac •Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother Earline • Angela Terrell • Carol Washington for the peaceful transition of her mother • Mike Washington •Angela Dodd for healing •Buck Carlson •Lolita Gleaton for healing from her cancer • Cameron & Sabrina Beauford for the health of their unborn baby • Mezyi Choi request prayer for her sucess healing from surgery
“Church Ministries & Events”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Check out past performances on our YouTube channel, including “I Can Only Imagine” (April 2019) and “Mighty River”(February 2018).
Singing to God
Join the Virtual Voices of the MCC Choir. Lift your voice in our virtual rehearsals while singing from the comfort of your home. Email Music Minister Diedre Gray at email@example.com
JOIN PRAYER FROM NOON TO 12:30 PM Monday thru Saturday
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 707 872 2334
The dial in is 301-715-8592
Meeting ID: 7078722334
Intercessory Prayer Team
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 7 pm
Contact LaMar Jenkins at 202-750-08887
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
Contact email@example.com for more information or interest in joining this vibrant church ministry this Fall
For more information, contact Jacqueline Laughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnabas Culture Sessions
Barnabas Culture, Session 7:00 p.m. Eastern, Thursday. Click Here to Join The Zoom Thursday Nights. For more information contact MCCDC Ministry Intern Rev. Teresa Tygart at Email email@example.com.
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