This Week’s Reflection
“…it’s about what you have in your core. You have run all the strength, all the superficial fitness out of yourself, and it really comes down to what’s left inside you. To be able to draw deep and pull something out of yourself is one of the most tremendous things about the marathon.” ~Rob De Castella
The Champions of Faith worship series culminates this Sunday. The planned theme was “Celebrating the Victory.” Yes, there is much to celebrate, including the way the MCCDC beloved community continues to provide connection in a world of disconnection. And, as the pandemics linger and even escalate, it occurs to me that we are not in a sprint. We cannot predict how long until we can celebrate the cheers of the finish line. Rather, we are in a marathon.
Many are saying: “I am so tired.” Individual and communal fatigue is evident on many levels. There is the news feed fatigue of relentless tragedies (local and global) that leads to compassion fatigue. There is also fear fatigue from the daily risk of c19, even for the vaccinated. These fatigue factors, driven by external realties, test our internal resolve to remain positive. This is where our faith makes an affirmative difference: our internal resolve is connected to eternal love. We’re in a marathon, and God provides what we need for ultimate victory. God is greater than the fatigue of the long journey.
Our scripture for Sunday is from James 1:1-27, an epistle written to the “twelve tribes in the Dispersion” (v1). These early Christians were in a spiritual marathon that included persecution and forced separation from their homes and communities. They were displaced refugees, struggling for survival, both physical and spiritual. The epistle calls those in dispersion to persist in living their faith and values.
James 1:2-4 offers an audacious invitation: “My siblings, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.”
In the message at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday, we’ll consider the bold assertions of scripture. We’ll reflect on ways to strengthen our spiritual core, move beyond superficial spiritual fitness, and draw deep to pull something out of ourselves on the way to marathon victory.
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
MCCDC Senior Pastor
We’ll begin “borderfree” worship this Sunday, August 8th. You’re invited to continue participating virtually via live stream or join us in person at Fifth & Ridge in Washington, DC.
Learn more at borderfree.mccdc.com and remember to let us know if you’re planning to come in person. Simply visit checkin.mccdc.com (preferred) or contact church administrator Melvin Moore Adams at email@example.com or (202) 638-7373.
Volunteers Needed: We have many opportunities for you to help create this new “borderfree” worship experience. Reach out to Melvin (info above) for details. We’ll gladly work with your schedule.
What is Borderfree Worship? It connects the in-person experience with the virtual experience, free of the walls of church and home. It also reaches freely through time zones and borders as we grow through global participation. Our goal is for everyone to share the same worship experience.
Older Adult Ministry REMINDER!!!
Due to Labor Day, our Older Adult Ministry will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12th. Our guest speaker will be a AARP representative from Washington DC office.
Virtual Breast Cancer Walk
Join MCCDC in the Susan G. Komen “More than Pink” Walk to End Breast Cancer.
While we may not be able to walk side-by-side this year, we can come together virtually to share stories, support one another, and raise money to save lives. Click here to join Team MCCDC (or select “Join an Existing Team” and search for MCCDC). The virtual walk is Sunday , September 12, 2021, Anyone can help with fundraising. See this Q&A or contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
j.scales and family in the passing of their father • Francine Clark and the family of Rose Herring • The family of Louis Hicks, Sr. • Lilah Blackstone and the family of Terry Blackstone • Bob Jones &Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem & Jerry Giem’s son, Jason and nephew, Travis • Valeria Myers’ Daughter Chantelle & Son Donald• Michelle Lax • George Kerr, III • Dr. Veronica Franklin • Mama Cee’s sister and niece • Rose Williams • Randy Punley • Lynn Sulyma • Esther Smith • Marcus Garnett • Renee Valentine & Renee Valentine’s brother • • Arden Shutt • Buck Carlson • Delores Fowler • Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline T. Green • Evelyn Jones • Steve Sloane • Glenn Conrad • Anthony Goode • Jeffrey Luckenbach • Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Cynthia Melman • Kim Battle • ABilly Jones-Hennin • Bill Campbell • Mark Kelly • JoThe family of Joshua Benkins’ Aunt Ellen who passed and for the health of his Father Isaac David Benkins • Amy Stark, on the loss of her cat Rusty, Denise Wright at the passing hof her cousin Marlo Morris.
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
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 707 872 2334
The dial in is 301-715-8592
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Intercessory Prayer Team
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 7 pm
Contact LaMar Jenkins at 202-750-08887
Bible Study (July 20 to 07 Sept 2021 Bible Study is on SUMMER BREAK)
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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