It is with purpose that we enter the 40 days of Lent. Lent is a season of questions. We may ask ourselves: Do I know my purpose? Has it changed? Is it changing? How am I called to live for the rest of my life? We may ask God: What is the next step? How am I called to grow? How do I get to know you better as my Divine Companion?
In our Scripture for Sunday from 1 Kings 19: 11-12 the prophet Elijah has a question for God: Where are you? Elijah has hit a low spot in living his purpose. Things are not going as he had planned. Intimidated by others, ruminating in self-doubt, and questioning his trust in God, he goes into the wilderness for forty days and forty nights. Then he enters a cave on Mt. Sinai, a geographical location that is also a spiritual location in the story of the people of Israel: here one may experience the bodily presence of God, meeting God “face to face” (Exodus 24:9-11).
On the mountain Elijah experiences wind strong enough to break apart stones, then an earthquake, then fire. Yet Elijah doesn’t experience God. Not yet. Not until beyond the fire. Then Elijah experiences a sound like a whisper, a drawing in and a drawing beyond: a still, small voice.
Re-grounded, re-centered, Elijah receives guidance from God that leads him to renewed purpose and the capacity to live that purpose. New joy opens for Elijah, including a partnership with Elisha.
Worship this Sunday will provide a time set apart in the service for “An Appointment with God.” It will be your opportunity to have your own Elijah encounter with God. Together, in community, we will quiet ourselves for the still small voice. From there, an opportunity is opened for guidance into minding our purpose with clarity, resolve, and passion.
See you this Sunday at 9AM and 11AM, the First Sunday in Lent.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
DAY LIGHT SAVING TIME IS HERE!!!SPRING FORWARD!!! 09 March 2019
DON’T FORGET TO SET YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD ONE HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT.!!!!
Lenten Prayer for the Easter Season! Noon, 6 March
Meeting in the small conference room or call in conference Number: 1-857-232-0476, Pass-code#976702
Security Awareness Training, March 23, 10am to 12 pm
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. Topics include:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-737
The MCCDC Drama Ministry Presents: The Maker of Zoe
In the heart of Washington DC, Avery, an outwardly confident and whimsical toy designer, finds true meaning and purpose, after a supernatural encounter with an angelic messenger. Avery is transported to the Land of Zoe and embarks on a journey filled with mystery and wonder. This moving and suspenseful tale will delight and intrigue audiences, as it unfolds the truth of The Maker’s Love for all and looks at the common misconceptions of Scripture concerning homosexuality.
You will be moved by this inspirational and entertaining performance, enjoy a delicious Italian Dinner served right to your table, and help support God’s message of love for all people
Community Healthy Yoga Classes” Mondays,Time: Class is 7 to 8 pm (doors open at 6:45 pm)
We are pleased to offer Free Yoga Classes at MCCDC. These classes are inclusive for people of all ages and flexibility. Everyone is welcome! This is a yoga level I class where we offer meditative movement with physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
In our sessions, you find a safe and supportive environment in which to practice and start to roll with life’s journey, rather than feeling overwhelmed or at the mercy of one’s emotions. It’s our honor to be a part of this process and to get to introduce beginners to yoga regularly.
Gentle Yoga – For people that want to explore a gentle yoga, we will use props during the class such as chairs, blocks, blankets. This yoga is for everyone that is interested in stretching and enjoying the benefits of mindful meditation. We will practice some warms ups, gently yoga positions, and end the class with a nice meditative Savasana.
Yoga Level 1 – 1.5 – This is for people with previous yoga experience, in this class we will practice warm ups, Sun salutations/ Surya Namaskar, Warrior Series, balancing poses, back bends, etc and a meditative savasana.
We promise you will not feel out of place in this class. We will help you get started. Mats, blocks, etc. are provided. If you have your own, you are welcome to bring them.
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registration forms are available in the Welcome Hall. If you have any questions, feel free to call Veronica or Lorena at (703) 622-1996 or via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Veronica and Lorena Sabogal
Writing Workshop Planned during Lent
We have two writing opportunities in February and March at MCCDC. Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, our Writer-Theologian in Residence, who is facilitating both, asks each of us to consider participating.
The first is our Lenten Devotionals. These can be in written form or as video recordings. Our theme at MCCDC for Lent is “Mind Your Purpose.” [Not mind your manners, though it can be good thing to do-but mind your purpose.]
Ash Wednesday is on March 6, so there is less than one month to go to the beginning of Lent. Please consider submitting something to Rev. Robin by March 1 if at all possible, but let me know if you are planning to submit something later. There are 40 days in Lent, ending on April 14.
The second opportunity is during Lent, a Spiritual Writing Workshop on Saturday, March 24, 2:30-5 pm. Based on a suggestion Rev. Robin received from a member, as well as thinking about Lent, he has chosen the theme for the workshop to be “Forgiveness.”
In 12-Step programs, participants are urged to make “searching and fearless inventory” of themselves, and it is stressed that that includes not only all the stuff you have done wrong, but also all the good stuff about you, too. For me, forgiveness is like that in a way: there are others I need to forgive and I also need to forgive myself.
If you have questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline at (240) 565-3441 or RevRobin@mccdc.com or RevDrRobin@comcast.net. Or
How to Communicate in the Modern World–Hands-On Workshop
Location: The DC Center for the LGBT Community
2000 14th Street Northwest,#105
Washington, DC 20009
This workshop is brought to us by MCCDC member Less Henderson. MCCDCers will receive a $25 discount by entering the code MCCDC at checkout. The workshop includes these topics:
-How to mine your life for stories and anecdotes that can help you achieve your goals.
-A comprehensive explanation of media tools, both old and new.
-A comprehensive marketing plan.
– A new coach/mentor and mastermind group.
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The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU!!!
Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9am and 11am services. No experience needed. You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard, setting mics up for service and learning the technical side of handling the sound board. We would like to have you train at the 9am service and continue training at the 11am service but if your prefer to train only at one service you can.
Please contact me Michael Cunningham at email@example.com or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
The Hospitality Ministry Needs Your Help!
If you have hospitality items that you would be willing to bring in and support Sunday hospitality, please contact the church office at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.. Items for consideration are:
Items that are needed:
White Paper Towel Rolls
Large Cans of Regular Coffee
Large Cans of Decaffeinate Coffee
Box of Coffee Straws
MCCDC Bible Study
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 the email@example.com or call (202) 638-737.
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