“In God’s house there are many rooms.” ~Jesus (John 14:2)
We have something in common with the early followers of Jesus: we live in troubled and troubling times. It is easy to wake up with trouble on our minds. Melody Beattie says, “There is an important message for us first thing every day.” I agree. Yet I also confess I sometimes miss God’s message for me because my first thought is drawn to what disturbing headlines likely await. When I begin the day that way, I’m on edge, moving tightly with a feeling of dread.
Jesus noticed something similar in the spirits of his disciples. He could see they were constricted by fear. They were caught in a web of anxious questions and frayed emotions. Jesus speaks to their fears: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith in me as well.” Then, Jesus points them home: “In God’s house there are many rooms.”
At MCCDC we exist to offer a generous home like the one described by Jesus in John 14. The MCCDC home is a place where real people can bring their real lives and find there is room enough for everyone. In our home, we are welcome to bring our true selves (and if one is still discovering one’s true self, MCCDC is a supportive place to do so).
At MCCDC there is plenty of room for differing beliefs, many styles, and endless questions. Doubt, anger, frustration and fear are not turned away here. Rather, a door opens into a room called hope, where tough stuff is given space to breathe.
ACTION: Between now and Sunday, take note of your first thought when you awake. Is there a message from God in your first thought? If it seems not, look closer. Whatever comes to mind, don’t judge. Just notice, be aware, and consider how God would have you prayerfully proceed.
PRAYER: God, prepare our hearts for Sunday worship. Show us what it means for MCCDC to build a generous home with many rooms. Increase our capacity for your power to be released in us and through us. Teach us the ways of true hospitality and genuine generosity. Amen.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Join your MCCDC family in the walk to end HIV AIDS Walk All are welcome to join the team.
Saturday, October 26.
Location: The Walk & 5K to End HIV
will begin and end at Freedom Plaza
(Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street, NW)
5K timed run begins promptly. 9:15 am
Walk to End HIV steps off. 9:20 am
General Walk Registration: $25
Student / Senior (60+) Walk Registration: $15
General Timed Run Registration: $35
Sleep Walker Registration: $40
T-shirt pick -up on-site the morning of the event beginning at 7:30 AM
For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-638-7373.
Congregational Forum, Sunday Nov 3rd at 12:30 pm
Our congregational forum will be held on Sunday Nov 3rd at 1230. The congregational meeting will be held on Sunday Nov 17th at 1230. All members are encouraged to attend
OPPORTUNITY FOR SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP MCCDC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Two positions are open for a three year term from 2019-2022 and will be elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting on November 17.
If you are an active member of MCCDC for 6 months or more please consider how your gifts could make a positive difference at MCCDC.
Are you experienced in financial planning, financial development, administration, human resources or policy development?
Do you have a heart for growth, reaching our community, and ensuring a dynamic future for MCCDC?
From our Aspirations:
“The Holy Spirit will inspire many different voices to help MCCDC build upon our strengths. We ask for your prayerful discernment of how you personally will be part of shaping our way forward as a church.”
Please Contact Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson (Moderator) to apply or for more information email RevDwayne@MCCDC.com.
Landscaping Day of Service Saturday, November 02, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join other MCCers to beautify our church’s property and get it ready for winter. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and make our church property prettier. And we’ll have some fun, too! Join us in 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.
Writing Workshop, November 9, 1:30- 4:00 pm
MCCDC will host a Spiritual Writing Workshop on Saturday, November 9, 1:30- 4:00 pm. All are welcome (but please register in advance if possible).
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, Writer-Theologian in Residence at MCCDC, the session will focus on liturgical (worship) writing-prayers, invocations, calls to worship, contemporary psalmody and more. Think about what you might like to do, trusting God to guide you in doing it! We will engage in some exercises during our time with plenty of time for your creative writing and discussion with each other. Also, feel free to bring a piece already in process.
A light lunch/snacks will be available, but feel free to share as you can, including beverages.
In other writing news, Rev. Robin is once again coordinating Advent devotionals. Watch this space for more information about this year’s theme. It is not too soon to begin thinking about this (Advent begins December 1 this year)!
To register, please contact Rev. Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text/phone at 240-565-3441 or contact the church office at 202-638-7373.
MCCDC Thrift Item Sale, Nov 10, 2019
All items $5.00 and below.
A variety of items to choose from.Check out the table in the Welcome Hall.
Please contact Cecilia Hayden- Smith ( Mamma Cee) with questions at 202-638-7373 or email@example.com
Older Adult Ministry Potluck/Meeting, 10 November 12:30 pm
Older Adult Ministry will be holding their monthly Potluck. All age 50 and above are welcome to join. For more information contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at the church office 202-638-7373
Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20 November , 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC, 474 Ridge Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Please join us for the Washington DC observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Nationally, this is the 19th annual observance of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which commemorates those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred. The 1998 murder of Rita Hester, a Boston transgender woman, sparked the Remembering Our Dead web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder, like most anti-transgender murder cases, has yet to be solved.
Thanksgiving Eve Service,Wed , 27 Nov, 7 pm
Come join for a time of community and thankfulness.
MCCDC Letter of Concerns to Mid-City and to ANC Commissioner Nigro.
The attached letter has been sent to the Mid-City commissioner concerning impact of recent development around our church neighborhood.
Click Here to Read the Letter Letter MCCDC to MidCityDev 10-7-2019
Event Rental Space at MCCDC
Call MCCDC today at 202-638-7273 for rates and availability.
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MCCDC Bible Study
A time of community, fun, learning, and sharing!
Tuesdays, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM in the Welcome Hall
For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at the firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 638-737.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
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