Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
“Joy to the World” verse 2, Isaac Watts
This Sunday begins the season of Advent. This is the time to intentionally prepare our hearts and spirits to receive all that God has for us. During this time of preparation leading to Christmas, our theme will be Repeat the Sounding Joy. We will be acknowledging, singing, and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the carol “Joy to the World”.
Worship Design Expert Dr. Marcia McFee notes that composer Isaac Watts’ incorporation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a new song. That song is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. I invite you to read or sing the song and note the words carefully. See which words and phrases resonate with you, perhaps “heaven and nature sing” or “let every heart prepare Christ room” or “Christ makes the nations prove the glories of God’s righteousness”. Meditate on what the words do to your spirit as they connect you to the God of your understanding.
Nan C. Merrill’s translation of Psalm 98 also provides a backdrop to this first Sunday in Advent: “O sing to the Beloved a new song, for Love has done marvelous things! By the strength of your Indwelling presence, we, too, are called to do great things; we are set free through Love’s forgiveness and truth.” We can be hopeful and expectant for a different world, a different future and a new and different song welling from our hearts and spirits.
Please join us at 9 AM or 11 AM on Sunday to witness the lighting of both the Advent candle and the HIV/AIDS candle. Both are symbols of hope for this season and for this World AIDS Day
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Deck the Halls!!!Advent/Christmas Sanctuary Decorating PARTY! Saturday November 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Come one, Come all.
Saturday November 30th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Contact Rev. Cathy at 202-638-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
MCCDC Christmas Concert
CHRISTMAS HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE
We invite you to remember someone you love with a Remembrance. The names of those remembered will be included in our Sunday bulletin. Please attach a check payable to MCCDC to the form and place it in the communication box (next to the front door) or mail it to the church (474 Ridge St, NW Washington DC 20001) (Please be sure to print the names clearly and legibly) or use the kiosk .
The deadline for being included in the bulletin is Tuesday December 18th
Silent Night Christmas Eve service
There will be a Christmas Eve service on December 24th at 7 PM. All are welcome to come out and invite the Christ child in.
Have reached over 100% LiveStream Goal!
Thanks to your generosity we can now report that we have reached 100% of our $2,500 goal. Our Livestream outreach enables MCCDC to send lifegiving messages out to our neighborhood and to our world. Thank you.
LiveStream Equipment Needs!
We also have an aspirational goal of an additional $3,000 to replace and upgrade aging equipment. In-kind donations are also welcome. Our most critical needs are a new Mac Mini ($1,900), two video capture cards ($300) and professional studio headphones so we can better-balance audio levels ($300). If you are able and interested in providing in-kind donations, please see email Johanna at email@example.com to confirm specifications for what is 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
Advent Devotionals Again this Year! Time to Submit Yours!
Advent begins Sunday, December 1 this year, and once again we are collecting and publishing daily devotionals from members and friends. You are invited to contribute your wisdom, stories, hopes, dreams, etc. Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, Writer-Theologian in Residence, will be coordinating the collection and editing of submissions.
Our Advent theme this year is “Repeat the Sounding Joy,” based on the 300th anniversary of the composing of “Joy to the World.”
The words of the hymn are by English writer Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 Psalm 96:11–12 and Genesis 3:17–18. The song was first published in 1719 in Watts’ collection The Psalms of David: Imitated in the language of the New Testament.
Watts’ interpretation of Psalm 98 invites us to sing a“new song”–-and it is a powerful cosmic performance of all creation being renewed and freed. Rather than “joy” being yet another word for “happiness,” the depths of joy can be found especially in the midst of suffering, the work of justice, and the presence of compassion–-all part of the coming of Jesus to this world and a message the world still so desperately needs.
As in past years, you are encouraged to offer devotionals/meditations in various forms: stories from your past (or right now), prayers, poems, etc. They can be texts or on video of you speaking or singing (or both or even all three). We are very open to all forms of expression.
Rev. Robin is happy to offer editing guidance on the written texts. Our excellent A/V folks will be helpful with videos—either filming you at church or taking your own video and making sure it plays well online. They also responsible to publish the written texts, too. It works best if you can submit your devotionals to Rev. Robin earlier than you think is necessary—to allow time for editorial feedback and to give the staff ample time to get the messages ready.
Please send any questions to him (or call 240/565-3441) and submit your offering(s) to email@example.com
MCCDC Christmas Toy Drive Donations will be received from now through December 5th
This year MCCDC is again partnering with the East River Family Collaborative.
We have adopted 2 families Tenisha’s Family and the Monia’s Family with a total of 15 children.
Also Mark Your Calendar for Sunday Dec 8th.
There will be a toy wrapping party on Sunday Dec 8th. East River will host the children’s party on Saturday December 14th at The Chateau Remix 3439 Benning Rd NE 12pm to 4pm. All are invited to attend and represent MCCDC. For more information contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
OUR HEROES 2019
OUR HEROES 2019
THE OUR HEROES COMMITTEE-2019 is proud to announce that the OUR HEROES EXHIBIT will install 50 new photos and bio of Heroes in the fight to end HIV/AIDS at the DC CENTER ART Gallery. A program and reception will be held right here at MCCDC on December 2nd at 5 pm. After that, the installation will be on display in the DC CENTER until December 14, 2019.
Several MCCDCers are among this year’s inductees; Keith Richardson, Buck Carlson, Rev Cathy Alexander and Rev. Dwayne Johnson are among this year’s inductees. Pictures of two urns of the unknown will also be featured. MCCDC member, Wallace Corbett, is on the Our Heroes Committee-2019.
The complete collection of the Our Heroes exhibit includes 350 black and white portrait photographs of individuals, places, events and organizations whom have made an impact in the war against AIDS in Washington, DC over the past 32 years (1981 – 2019). The Martin Luther Memorial Library Historical Collections now has ownership of the complete collection for its historical value of the history of HIV/AIDS in Washington ,DC.
Their portrait photograph and story will help archive the history of AIDS and its impact in Washington, DC, our nation’s capital. Their portrait photograph and stories will also share with the world our journey and heroism in the fight against HIV and AIDS in your life and the lives of others.
And on this date the new 50 pictures to the collection will be given to the MLK Library as part of Washington, DC history in the fight against HIV/AIDS forever and is now housed in the Washingtonian Division of the MLK Library. OUR HEORES EXHIBIT is the largest exhibit of its kind in the United State.
Older Adult Ministry Potluck/Meeting, December 01, 12:30 pm
All age 50 and above are welcome to join. For more information contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at the church office 202-638-7373
MCCDC Thrift Item Sale, Dec 8, 2019
All items $5.00 and below.
A variety of items to choose from.Check out the table in the Welcome Hall.
Please contact Cecilia Hayden- Smith ( Mamma Cee) with questions at 202-638-7373 or email@example.com
MCCDC Cake Sale, December 22nd after the 9 am and 11 am service
Come One! Come All!
Buy Mamma Cee’s Assorted
Home Made Cakes!
Made with Love and Care!!!
Get them while
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-638-7373 for question or information.
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Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
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