This Week’s Reflection
“My prayer became ‘May I find peace. . .May I love this life no matter what.’ I was seeking an inner refuge, an experience of presence and wholeness that could carry me through whatever losses might come.” ~Tara Brach
This Sunday is the First Sunday of Pridetide. We begin a new worship series with the theme, “God Knows Your Name.” The series is inspired by the wonderful song by Tasha Cobb that invites us to find our sense of worth through God’s love for us. This Pride Season we are called to celebrate Pride. Yet Pride is not found in such externals as designer labels. Our Pride flows from the inside out, centered in our sacred worth.
Our theme scripture from 1 Peter 2:9-10 offers resounding clarity in defining us: “You are a chosen people. You are a royal priesthood. You are singers of praises to the One who called you out of fear into the wonders of divine love. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God.”
This Sunday and in upcoming weeks through Pride season we will open ourselves to the joy we experience when God calls our name. We will discover the ways that God goes with us, moves with us, and tells us that we are God’s own. When God speaks our name we find comfort, counsel, and eternal friendship. When we become quiet to experience our name spoken through our heart by the Holy Spirit, we will be made new. We receive what we need for the next minute, the next hour, the next day. . .for the rest of our lives.
To celebrate Pride is to rise up as LGBTQ+ peoples and offer counter voices to the voices of injustice, division and oppression. And our rising thrives as we are released from fear into the wonders of divine love.
Yes, we are a people. We each have a name that God knows. Therein we live with wholeness.
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
MCCDC Senior Pastor
As we continue practicing social distancing, many of us still want to celebrate father’s Day with our dad and dad-figure, whether blood or chosen. MCCDC wants to celebrate and remember with you, so we invite you to email a headshot of your mom with his name. Feel free to include yourself in the picture too. We will fill the sanctuary with cut-outs of dads across our church family.
Please send your pictures to Melvin Moore via email, email@example.com, by Sunday, June 13th.
Congregational Forum & Meeting
Save the dates for MCCDC’s annual Congregational Forum and Meeting. At 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 20th, we’ll host a forum to discuss the church budget and operational issues. Then, at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 27th, we’ll have our annual Congregational Meeting to approve the proposed 2021 budget and expenditures from our Far Reaching Faith Trust Fund. Please plan to join us!
Older Adult Ministry, June 06 at 1 PM
Older Adult Ministry will be holding it monthly meeting via Zoom. June 06, at 1 PM. This month topic Wills & Legacy Giving .
Guest Speaker for this months meeting is: Murray Scheel, Senior Staff Attorney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
+13017158592,,82495523942# US (Washington DC)
Meeting ID: 824 9552 3942
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
The family of Louis Hicks, Sr. • The family of Terry Blackstone • Bob Jones • Jerry Giem • 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 • Arden Shutt • Buck Carlson • Delores Fowler • Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline T. Green • Evelyn Jones • Valeria Myers’ son Donald • Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem’s Son, Jason and Nephew, Travis • Steve Sloane • Glenn Conrad • Anthony Goode • Renee Valentine’s brother • Juanita Dara • Jeffrey Luckenbach • Elaine Durden-Hunter’s friend Saint Williams • Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Cynthia Melman • Kim Battle
Have you been vaccinated yet? Everyone 12 years or older — including undocumented immigrants — is now eligible. Visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you and make an appointment.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing reimbursements up to $9,000 for funeral expenses incurred as a result of C19. To apply, visit FEMA’s website.
“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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com for more information.
Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or interest in joining this vibrant church ministry this Fall
The MCCDC Writers’ Ministry mission is to offer to our church and the world more reflections and devotionals throughout the year. If you’d like to join this project, now or in the future, please contact Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, Writer-Theologian in Residence, at email@example.com
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