This Week’s Reflection
In challenging times—in times like these—of pandemic, of repeated acts of senseless, blatant violence perpetrated against marginalized communities through mass shootings, of wars, and climate crisis, it can be challenging to even consider being full to the brim and overflowing with freedom. One might instead be much more aware of feeling states of shock, surprise, rage, anger, fear, confusion, and/or grief because of heinous acts that are so very connected to ongoing systemic inequity and injustice in deep opposition to freedom.
Raised Black, in the United States of America, I was taught very early in my life that freedom is not just ideology, but is the stuff of breath, of life. My parents, and the Black Christian church I was brought up in taught me that God wanted freedom for us—wanted us to be free. So, I got to wonder from a very early age what that meant for me, and I got to notice and listen to others, across a range of social identities/locations (ages, genders, abilities, socioeconomic classes, and yes, sexual orientations) discussing what that meant for them. I quickly learned, at home and in church, that if I thought of God and freedom and me, I was to also remember God and freedom and community.
Luke’s telling in Acts 16 of the experiences of the enslaved woman and Paul and Silas invites contemplation and prayer on freedom of body, mind, and spirit, individually and in community. It supports us in considering the narratives of those who may be forgotten within marginalized communities. And, it tells of freedom, full to overflowing, in the midst of struggle, distress, and injustice.
Join us this Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Eastern as we, together, continue our exploration Overflowing with Freedom.
for Love has done marvelous
By the strength of your Indwelling
we, too, are called to do
we are set free through Love’s
justice and truth.
Yes, your steadfast Love and faithfulness
are ever-present gifts
in our lives.
Psalm 98:1-3 ~ Nan C. Merrill, Psalms for Praying: An Invitation to Wholeness, alt.
Dr. Carla Sherrell, Ed.D.
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 June 12th! 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.
“God, what is it You want to do through me, financially?”
Prayer from Clara Carter:
Dear God, thank you for the opportunities to give generously of our financial gifts, as well sharing our talents and time with Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC. We are “full to the brim” with Your Spirit and overflowing with anticipation as we share our prosperity in a Christian community “without borders.” We pray to continue being a blessing to others and to do so with a cheerful heart. Lord, help us to trust you in all things. In your many names, we thank you. Amen!
We invite you to prayerfully complete the digital,
Share Your Intentions
MCCDC’s 2022 Pride Event
Come participate again in the Capital Pride Parade with the MCCDC’s Pride Outreach Ministry on 11 June 2022.
Enjoy the route that will be fill with joy music, dancing, and gifts for the crowd .
There will be several non-required rehearsals for those who would like to learn some group movement to use along the route, and we’ll talk more about plans and ideas. Driver support is needed to drive participaes along the route.
Contact Peter Covington at:PeterDguy@gmail.com to join or more informatio about this event.
Upcoming Pride Dates for DMV Area
Nationals Night Out
Join your MCCDC family for the Night Out at the Nationals on Tuesday, June 14th. The Nats play the Atlanta Braves at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $35. To sit with other church members, please pay for your tickets by June 05th. Simply select “Nats Game 2022” from the Fund box at http://donate.mccdc.com. Do not let cost be a barrier to attending. Please contact Melvin at 202-638-7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Capital PRIDE Interfaith Service
On Wednesday, June 15th, the greater DC faith community will celebrate our 40th annual Capital Pride Interfaith service. We’ll carry the live stream on The DC Center YouTube channel and FacBook Page, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
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 • Denita Madyun-Baskerville and family as they celebrate the life of Dorothy McCarter •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 •Angela Dodd needs prayer for healing.•Cameron & Sabrina Beauford need prayer for the health of their unborn baby.
“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 PRAYER FROM NOON TO 12:30 PM Monday thru Saturday
Join Zoom Meeting
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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 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
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Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
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