“Our world is far from perfect. Yet God is creating a new world. God does not create alone. We are the bearers of God in the world; the responsibility for the well-being of that world rests with us. We cannot throw our hands up in despair. We must not turn our well-being over to soulless corporations, greedy financiers, self-serving politicians, or anyone who shirks the task of helping God to create a new earth in which all can thrive. God calls for the full creative involvement of every one of us in the new order God intends.” ~ Nancy Mairs, adapted
At MCCDC we are building a generous home for all time, a home beyond our physical facility. As Jesus says in Luke 21, in reference to the physical temple, “the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” Jesus was calling the builders of his day to build homes that would stand true beyond trouble, homes of the heart built by wise ones on strong foundations.
Our aspiration is to build a strong home physically, and an even stronger home spiritually. The spiritual home is the true home, deeply connected to the eternal work of God. In Isaiah 65:17 the prophet presents the voice of God announcing, “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.” Has the prophet Isaiah lost all sense of reality? The statement stands in stark contrast to the trouble of that time. The ancient Israelites lived in deep poverty. One indicator of that poverty was infant mortality and childhood disease. Only about 1 in 4 live births made it to adulthood. Yet the prophet says, “No more shall there be an infant that lives but a few days. (Isaiah 65: 20)
This Sunday the message will look at building a generous home in an ungenerous world. Being “church” is not easy these days. Yet we must not give in to the temptation to throw up our hands and settle for a constricted future. Rather, we must open up our hands in compassion to serve and build.
Anne Lamott, in her book “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair” writes that in the face of difficulty we need to do what’s in front of us and keep doing it. That may mean continuing to show up to protest unjust polices or to say no to bullying in its various manifestations. Or it could be shoveling snow for an older adult neighbor who lives on a fixed income and cannot hire help–and is not physically able to do the work. These are among the ways that “being church” is actually “being home.” A true home in the real world is true enough to persist in the face of troubles.
Anne Lamott says “Every time we choose the good action or response, the decent, the valuable, it builds, incrementally, to renewal, resurrection, the place of newness, freedom, justice. The equation is: life, death, resurrection, hope.”
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Livestream Sunday – Thank You!
Thanks to your generosity we were able to reach 70% of our $2,500 goal. Our Livestream outreach enables MCCDC to send lifegiving messages out to our neighborhood and to our world. Thank you. You can still participate by clicking on the link below and selecting LiveStreaming in the drop-down menu to contribute
LiveStream Equipment Needs!
We also have an aspirational goal of an additional $3,000 to replace and upgrade aging equipment. In-kind donations are also welcome. Our most critical needs are a new Mac Mini ($1,900), two video capture cards ($300) and professional studio headphones so we can better-balance audio levels ($300). If you are able and interested in providing in-kind donations, please see email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm specifications for what is needed.
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.
Email Johanna at email@example.com or talk to any one of the AV team members to volunteer or for more information
Congregational Meeting, Sunday Nov. 17th at 12:30 pm
Our congregational meeting will be held on Sunday Nov 17th at 12:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend.
MCCDC Christmas Concert
MCCDC Christmas Toy Drive Donations will be received from now through December 5th
This year MCCDC is again partnering with the East River Family Collaborative.
We have adopted 2 families Tenisha’s Family and the Monia’s Family with a total of 15 children.
Also Mark Your Calendar for Sunday Dec 8th.
There will be a toy wrapping party on Sunday Dec 8th. East River will host the children’s party on Saturday December 14th at The Chateau Remix 3439 Benning Rd NE 12pm to 4pm. All are invited to attend and represent MCCDC. For more information contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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.
Advent Devotionals Again this Year! Time to Submit Yours!
Advent begins Sunday, December 1 this year, and once again we are collecting and publishing daily devotionals from members and friends. You are invited to contribute your wisdom, stories, hopes, dreams, etc. Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, Writer-Theologian in Residence, will be coordinating the collection and editing of submissions.
Our Advent theme this year is “Repeat the Sounding Joy,” based on the 300th anniversary of the composing of “Joy to the World.”
The words of the hymn are by English writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 Psalm 96:11–12 and Genesis 3:17–18. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts’ collection The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament.
Watts’ interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a“new song”–-and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion–-all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.
As in past years, you are encouraged to offer devotionals/meditations in various forms: stories from your past (or right now), prayers, poems, etc. They can be texts or on video of you speaking or singing (or both or even all three). We are very open to all forms of expression.
Rev. Robin is happy to offer editing guidance on the written texts. Our excellent A/V folks will be helpful with videos—either filming you at church or taking your own video and making sure it plays well online. They also responsible to publish the written texts, too. It works best if you can submit your devotionals to Rev. Robin earlier than you think is necessary—to allow time for editorial feedback and to give the staff ample time to get the messages ready.
Please send any questions to him (or call 240/565-3441) and submit your offering(s) to email@example.com
Deck the Halls!!!Advent/Christmas Sanctuary Decorating PARTY! Saturday November 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Come one, Come all.
Saturday November 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Contact Rev. Cathy at 202-638-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
MCCDC Thrift Item Sale, Dec 8, 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
MCCDC Cake Sales, 22 Dec 2019 after, 9 am and 11 am service
Thanksgiving Eve Service, Wed , 27 Nov, 7 pm
Come join for a time of community and thankfulness.
MCCDC Bible Study goes to Sight and Sounds Theater for the Play: QUEEN ESTHER
Click On picture above to see QUEEN ESTHER 2020 Video Clip
When August 15, 2020
Time: Carpool leaves 9 am from MCCDC to Sight and Sounds
SHOW STARTS AT 3 PM
INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVING OR COORDINATING A RIDE TO AND FROM THEATER LOCATION!!!!
All Money Due No Later Than 28 June 2020!!!
Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-638-7373 for question or information.
Event Rental Space at MCCDC
Call MCCDC today at 202-638-7273 for rates and availability.
Join Us on YouTube and subscribe to the MCCDC YouTube Channel!
Stay current on our video postings .
Inspiration Videos, Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC
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 email@example.com or call (202) 638-737.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!