This Week’s Reflection
Election day in the United States is less than a week away. I’ve noticed how rather than thoughtful and healthy debate, so much of the rhetoric is divisive and reactive. In Matthew 5: 1-12 Jesus teaches a way of living that transforms reactions into the values of the Beloved Community of God.
The Beatitudes are at the heart of the teachings of Jesus. Beyond all the fear-based election headlines, Jesus describes a new world where:
~the hopeless are very near to the realm of heaven
~the grieving are made glad
~the humble inherit the earth
~the hungry and thirsty are nourished until they are full
~the merciful receive mercy
~the clear hearted see God and see the world as God sees it
~those who make peace are known as children of God
No matter the outcomes of the election, no matter what changes may come, the Beatitudes describe our way of doing and being. Every vote cast in love counts. And, all we do in love is like an action which is a vote that will prevail well past election day. The teachings of Jesus are lasting and true.
This Sunday at 9a.m. and 11a.m. Eastern in the Sanctuary, online and on demand we welcome back Eclectic Praise, leading music at both services. We have enjoyed Eclectic Praise videos throughout the past two years. This Sunday, the Sanctuary will be filled with joy, creativity and energy.
This is a Sacred Voices Sunday and we’re grateful for our speakers, Prophet Curtis Savoy and also community leader Bobbi Strang. Their inspiring messages will bless. See you Sunday!
Grace and peace,
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
In Loving Memory
Sunrise: May 27, 1934- Sunset: September 24, 2022 †
Memorial service 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5th at 474 Ridge St NW. Lift Bob’s partner, Jerry Giem, in prayer.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.
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.
Daylight Saving Time
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to sleep this Saturday night.
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 for details no later than Sunday, November 6th.
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
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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