“Clinging to what you already know is the path to an unlived life. So cultivate beginner’s mind, move directly into your not-knowing, and take the risk of failing and falling, again and again-then getting up to learn again and again. That’s the path to a life lived large in the service of love, truth, and justice.” ~Parker Palmer from “On the Brink of Everything”
It is not fun to fall. It hurts to fail. Sometimes it is difficult to get up. Yet there is something to be learned with every fall, if you stop to examine. Sometimes the learning does not come immediately. Sometimes the failure itself is a mystery. Yet is it really failure if you learn something or grow stronger? Even if the strength feels like weakness?
In the Scripture for this Sunday from Exodus 24: 12-18, Moses is your teacher. He listens to God and goes through the effort to climb the mountain. The promise he anticipates is instruction from God to take back to the people. Moses expects an immediate response from God. He hopes to go down the mountain as quickly as he climbed it. Instead Moses is caught in a cloud cover. There is no beautiful view, just the vision at the end of his nose. It is only later that the glory comes. On the seventh day God calls to Moses out of the cloud. Then comes brilliant glory! Then the Lord appears!
Moses, captivated in this glory, couldn’t wait to go back down to share all he has learned and experienced. Yet God’s timeline is not his. Moses waits on the mountain for forty days and forty nights, knowing in part yet not fully knowing.
You too are called to wait, to sit with not knowing; at least not fully knowing. What is to be revealed with time? Keep sitting. Keep waiting. Wait and hope and learn and fall and fail again and again “until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart.” (2 Peter 1: 19b, alt.)
What you need will come. What you seek to know will be revealed in time. Then like Moses you will live a “life lived large in the service of love, truth, and justice.”
“From one mystery to the next and the next and the next,”
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Come Join the MCCDC team! The following POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:
Program Director (Part-time)
~Supports MCCDC’s ministry leaders and programs
~Helps manage communications, relationship building and coordination across ministries
~Develops support systems to assist long-time and new members find their place in our ministries
~Develops and oversees a volunteer network to advance MCCDC’s programming, mission and aspirations
~Facilitates new member classes
Operations Director (Full-time)
~ Responsible for the administrative and operational functions of MCCDC, including recordkeeping and church communication
~Entrusted with protecting MCCDC assets, including managing maintenance of our physical facilities with the Trustees
~Recruits, trains and supervises office and operations volunteers
~Maintains and coordinates church meeting/event calendar
Interviews begin in Mid-February. Please send Statement of Interest and Resume to Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson: RevDwayne@mccdc.com
Help Us Observe a Spiritually Rich Lent
Lent is almost here-February 26 is Ash Wednesday-and it’s a special opportunity for all the creative, faithful writers (and would-be writers) among us to contribute to our community spiritual life.
Each day during the 40 days of Lent, members and friends will receive a devotional-a story (from your past or even one you create), a meditation on Scripture, a video, a poem, or a reflection about this time in your life and/or our lives together.
The theme for Lent this year is “Entering the Passion of Jesus.” You can choose to write in response to that, or you can choose to tell your truth even if it does not address that theme. The key is to submit it to Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, MCCDC’s Writer/Theologian in Residence, at firstname.lastname@example.org (or you can send it to the church office and they will forward it to him).
Feel free to contact Rev. Robin by email or by phone at 240/565-3441 or email if you have any questions or concerns. And be sure to watch your inbox for your daily inspiration!
Stewardship Discovery Weekend, March 7-8
Come join MCCDC leadership in exploring generosity and stewardship with consultant Tom Melzoni. Watch this spot for more information
Come Join Us for Ash Wednesday Service, 26 Feb, 7 pm
All are welcome to come out.
Mark Your Calendar! Older Adult Ministry Chili /Hot Dog Sale,March 01 after 9 am and 11 am service in the Welcome Hall
Come enjoy a tasty treat and Help the Older Adult Ministry raise funds.Contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at 202-638-7373 if you have questions.
Security Awareness Training, March 21, 10 am to 12 pm & April 26, 2020 @ 9 am and 11 am Service, Security Drill
The Metropolitan Police Department will be conducting security awareness training to assist everyone in being more alert before, during, and after worship service?
This training will cover how to create a safer house of worship.
*Safety Team and Building Security
*Responses to Active Violence
This training is OPEN to ALL!!!!
For questions or more information contact please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville or Rev. Cathy Alexander at email@example.com or 202-638-7373
COMING SOON….Wesley Young Adult Innovation Hub Team sponsors OPEN MIC.
If you know a young adult that would like to participate please pass this information on.
We need your help to made this a successful community outreach event:
• Set up
• Food Service
• Clean up
If you have questions or desire to sign someone up, please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
MCCDC Bible Study goes to Sight and Sounds Theater for the Play: QUEEN ESTHER
300 Hartman Bridge Road,Ronks, PA 17572 (800) 377-1277
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (202) 638-7373.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry Needs YOU!
No Dance Experience needed just a willing spirit!
Come Join us for a time of community, fun, and sharing!
5:45 PM to 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
For more information, please contact Cathy Batson at email@example.com or call (202) 638-7373.
Intercessory Prayer Team, “PRAY FIRST” for the New Year! Join us as we endeavor to start off 2020 in prayer!
The Intercessory Prayer Team invites the congregation to “PRAY FIRST” for the New Year! Join us as we endeavor to start off 2020 in prayer by praying first in these five areas:
• Before getting out of bed
• Before driving or taking the metro/bus
• Before saying offensive or derogatory words
• Before making impulsive or important decisions
• Before going to sleep
We believe this will make a difference in our year and draw us closer to God and take us into the Lent season.
You can join us at intercessory prayer on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the Chapel. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jules at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drama for a Day!
Have you ever wanted to write, direct or act for the drama ministry without making a long-term commitment? Now you can! Sign up to lead or participate in one of our monthly performances. For questions or information, please contact Jules at email@example.com
LiveStream Volunteer’s 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 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.
Hospitality Ministry Needed Volunteers and Treats
Hospitality personnel are needed to setup treats after 9 am and 11 am service. Also if you have hospitality items that you are willing to share and would like to support our Hospitality Ministry, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!