This Week’s Reflection
What does it mean to be filled to the brim and overflowing with encouragement? Encouragement brings hope and hope causes fears to subside. God calls us to be filled with hope, allowing the cares of this world to fall away. Our hope is in Christ. There is nothing too hard for our God.
God mentions the word “encourage/encouragement” 54 times in the scripture. What that tells me is that encouragement is important to God. Ask yourself, “What encourages you?” Each of us has things in our life that encourages us to be better. On days that seem to make us bitter with life, or bitter because of our circumstances, what will encourage us to make us better? Only God truly knows what makes us better. God places people in our lives to encourage us when we least expect it.
One by the name of Joseph, in Acts 4:36 was called “Barnabas” by the Apostles, because he had an encouraging spirit. The name Barnabas means “son of encouragement.” He always seemed to have the right word at the right time to encourage the situation. His words consoled and encouraged those who heard him.
I want to be a “Barnabas.” I want God to use me like Barnabas. What will that entail? We will talk about that later. Pastor has been asking us to ask God, “Lord what would you do through me?” Are you Barnabas material? What commitment might that bring? What is the cost?
Barnabas has a legacy engraved in the scripture because of his willingness to be used by God. What will your legacy be? This week, in the Book “Openings,” the scripture said in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God!” Are you willing to be still for a minute to find out what God wants to do through you? You won’t be sorry; I encourage and challenge you to ask God. Start today so that when you stand before God one day, you will have no regrets.
In the message Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Eastern on livestream (and later on demand) we’ll flesh out more of how each one of us can be included in building a Barnabas Culture at and through MCCDC.
Rev. Dr. Teresa Tygart
MCCDC Ministry Intern
Our church building is closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Our COVID-19 Advisory Team and Board of Directors will re-evaluate community risk after New Year’s.
Seeking Worship Volunteers
Help us open our sanctuary! Please visit volunteer.mccdc.com and fill out the form for the dates and positions you can serve your church. Have questions about roles and responsibilities? Contact Chocolatté Miller, email@example.com. We’re planning volunteer training for Sunday, April 10th but can make alternate arrangements for those who can’t attend.
Where is God leading you? We invite you to prayerfully complete the digital Giving Intention Form after reviewing this brochure.
This is an opportunity for each one of us to participate in supporting the Ministry Action Plan that was unanimously voted on by members of our Congregation. Together, we can support and expand our ministries! Please contact Pastor Dwayne at RevDwayne@mccdc.com or Rev. Cathy at RevCathy@mccdc.com with questions.
Share Your Intentions
Let’s celebrate all mothers and mother figures in our lives. Please offer: her/their name, whether it’s an honor or remembrance, and your name. Tributes will be presented in our Sunday Worship Folder on May 1st and May 8th. We also welcome photos or videos for us to compile into a special video presentation. Please email Melvin Moore Adams at ChurchOffice@mccdc.com
Older Adult Ministry
MCCDC’s Older Adults Ministry will gather via Zoom on Sunday, May 1st at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Join Rev. Dwayne & Rev. Cathy in a dynamic conversation about shaping the future of our church. We’ll also be joined by AARP’s Chris Coady, who will teach us ways to better-protect ourselves from identity theft.
Support for Tim Helm
Beloved longtime MCCDC member Tim Helm is recovering from spinal and back wound complications at BridgePoint Hospital on Capitol Hill. Tim welcomes your calls in the afternoon and evening at (202) 368-9877.
Tim, our love and prayers are with you!
~Your MCCDC Family
Support LGBTQ+ Ukrainian Refugees
The Metropolitan Community Churches have organized an effort to directly benefit the LGBTQ+ people of Ukraine, and their extended families. Donate through the link below and our denomination will cover all costs associated with the administration of this fundraising campaign so that 100% of your gift will go directly to refugees. Ukrainian Refugees
General Conference Dates
Save the dates for the Metropolitan Community Church’s online virtual global General Conference Gathering. All are welcome Friday July 1 through Sunday July 3. Meet other members of our denomination’s worldwide community, share devotional times, and take part in webinars with amazing guest speakers. To learn more and register, visit generalconference.mccchurch.org.
Related: Click here to review our denomination’s 2021 annual report. It highlights of the many ways that MCC and its ministries are making a difference in a hurting world.
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
• Glenn Conway’s cousin Trey • Rev, Dennis Johnson • Delores Fowler •Dale Madyun-Baskerville’s brother, Mike Washington • Tim Helm • Maria Hill • Evelyn Jones • Bob Jones & son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem & son, Jason & nephew, Travis • Dr. Veronica Franklin for healing • Valeria Myers’ children Chantelle & Donald • Michelle Lax • George Kerr, III • Kim Battle • Randy Punley • Rose Williams’ healing •Lynn Sulyma •Marcus Garnett •Renee Valentine & brother •Arden Shutt •Steve Sloane •Glenn Conrad •Anthony Goode •Jeffrey Luckenbach •Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa •Bill Campbell •Mark Kelly •Joshua Benkins’ health of Isaac David Benkins, father •Elaine Durden-Hunter healing for her dog, Angel •Angela Terrell •Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline T.Green •Donna and Karen Payne-Hardy at the death of Donna ‘s mother • Jason family at the death of his mother Sheryl Jedlinski• Cecilia Hayden-Smith for healing from upcomming medical procedure • Cecilia Hayden-Smith for Granny comfort and a painless transitioning • Esther Smith for continue health
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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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 Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Eastern
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Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
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