Your love is extravagant, your friendship, it is intimate. Spread wide in the arms of Christ the love that covers sin.
No greater love have I ever known, You considered me a friend. Capture my heart again.~Casting Crowns
As we continue our Lenten journey this fourth Sunday in Lent, this week’s scripture progression invites us to explore and respond to God’s being and God’s doing. Numbers 21: 4-9 tells of how the people who were on a journey to a homeland were bitten by poisonous snakes and needed to look to a bronze snake on a pole to be saved from those snake bites. Psalm 107: 1-3, 20-22 encourages God’s redeemed people to on come out and say so. Be proud to speak out and let others know what God has done for you. The final passage in the series is the Gospel lesson found in John 3: 14-16. It tells of God’s extravagant and redeeming love for all of existence.
If we follow the Psalmists’ admonition, all who are experiencing God’s redemptive and faithful love need to take every opportunity to let others know. Call it from the north, the south, the east and the west. An important reason to tell of that love is because hardship, misunderstanding and oppression also exists in all those places. There seems to be no escaping the grip and far reaching personal and corporate impact of oppressive relationship-busting forces. The Psalm still offers encouragement. The God of relationship is with you and loves you extravagantly. Take heart, deliverance can be yours. Let those who have been redeemed from the oppression of addiction, white supremacy, racism, systems of oppression and people who hold back, say so.
God is a God of relationship. God comes in close, moves alongside and knows you so well that the Holy One gives. The very God that created each of us shows faithful love that makes a way. Are we open to receiving that love, living that love, and showing that love to others? Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
Please join us via livestream at 9:00 and/or 11:00 a.m. this Sunday on YouTube or Facebook. Be sure to sign in and share your thoughts in the chat box. We’re looking forward to engaging with you.
Rev. Cathy Alexander
Day Light Saving Time!
It’s time to spring ahead! Remember to set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to sleep this Saturday, or you’ll be late to church. Change your smoke detector batteries too.
Remembering Bill Stanclift
Join us in celebrating the life of Bill Stanclift, MCCDC’s longtime organist. We’ll host a virtual Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 21st. Watch this space for the link.
Bill passed into eternal life at his home in Manassas, Virginia on December 31st, at the age of 81.
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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
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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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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.
Email Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to any one of the AV team members to volunteer or for more information
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 email@example.com or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
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 *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 *Buck Carlson at the loss of his husband Keith Richardson