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MCCDC: After the Dark Night

I am grateful for the ways that our worship series, Learning to Move in the Dark, has offered permission and encouragement to explore the complexities of how we individually, and at times, as community, think about, experience, and make meaning of darkness and light. Our shared reflection and learning on this topic have led me to develop a practice of looking for, reading, and being in prayer about passages on the dark and the light at least a couple of times a week. Readings have been from the Bible, and also from other sacred texts that have been supportive of my spiritual growth. This week, during this process, I ran into a poem by Mary Oliver. She penned it in response to her grief at the death of her partner.

THE USES OF SORROW
(In my sleep I dreamed this poem)

Someone I loved once gave me
A box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.

The poem returns us, full circle, to the first chapter of Taylor’s book in which she encourages us to explore darkness as a gift, and to the most recent chapter on “the dark night of the soul” brought to us by Rev. Dr. Robin last week. As I made these connections, I found that Oliver’s poem suddenly moved me to become curious about time and space after the dark night of the soul…. About day-by-day, and night-by-night lived experience in the body. About needs and wants, and hopes and dreams. About tools for learning to move again in the darkness and the light. About new and renewed relationship with others, with self, and with God.

Please join us for worship as we explore “After the Dark Night” this Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Also, gather with us at 12:30 p.m. for our weekly conversation about this worship series.

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

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Older Adult Ministry

Older Adult Ministry will be holding it monthly meeting via Zoom. 7 February at 1 PM. This month topic is Financial Planning .
Speaker for this month’s meeting is Dr. Mary House, Imani Woody, PhD, President and CEO, Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc.

Click here to open Zoom and join automatically
• 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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C19 Vaccine

Public health officials are urging us to help ensure people who are 65 and older know that they are eligible for the C19 vaccine. (Depending on your location, people with certain underlying health conditions are also eligible.) For more information, visit these links—District of Columbia, Maryland & Virginia —for vaccine procedures and answers to frequently-asked questions.

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Worship Series:Learning to Move in the Dark.

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 study guide: Learning To Move In The Dark Week #5

For more information, contact Rev. Cathy at revcathy@mccdc.com

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2020 Giving Statements Are Coming Soon.

The treasurer and assistant treasurer are preparing your giving statement for tax year 2020. Giving statements will be emailed in phases during the coming weeks. For those who do not have a working email address on file or who do not have access to email, the 2020 giving statement will be sent out via postal mail.
Please contact treasurer@mccdc.com with questions.

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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).

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 msdeedeemusic@gmail.com

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”

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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:

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 family * Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa * Cynthia Melman * Delores Fowler * Bill Stanclift’s brother James, niece Krista, nephew Paul, and several cousins

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