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MCCDC: Resurrection Takes Practice

” Pastor Reflection”

“Resurrection is not simply a long-ago event. It is a call to faith in our own lives, a call to living into resurrection day by day, year after year.” ~Mark S. Burrows

John’s Gospel begins with “In the beginning was the Word…” John’s Gospel ends with “There are many other things that Jesus did-yet if they were written down in detail, the world itself, I suppose, couldn’t hold all the books that would have to be written” ( John 21:25). John’s closing words inspire me to imagine what Jesus did that was not written down in detail. And it inspires me to imagine how the resurrected Jesus is still at work bringing hope, healing and wholeness. The work of Jesus continues through us. Such resurrection work takes practice.

The Great Fifty Days of Easter continue through May 31, Pentecost Sunday. Eastertide is a time of special intention, seeing and living the signs of resurrection. We are called to work for life, pushing against the pervasive death culture that could easily beat down hope. As of this writing, the global death toll from c19 is 130,982. These deaths, most of which could have been prevented, make it difficult for many to celebrate the Great Fifty Days of Easter.

Lauren Winner writes, “I know that sometimes it is hard for me to lay claim to the reality and promise of the Easter season. Sometimes I look out the window and see resurrection everywhere, but sometimes I just see brokenness. Sometimes that is all I see when I Iook in the mirror, too. On those days it is hard to remember that Christ has triumphed, already, over all of this.”

Indeed, Christ has triumphed. To live Easter hope in the face of present realities takes practice.
One practice recommend by one of our Pastoral Care Ministers on our Noon Prayer Call is to not only focus on the pandemic death toll and lament each day. Also look at the recovery count. As of this writing the global recovery count is 505,214. It takes practice to focus on the life count. It takes practice to see beauty in the midst of global and local suffering. AND, something I’m learning through this difficult season is that through practice a shift in perspective is possible. Resurrection takes practice and intention, and it is worth it.

This Sunday we’ll look at ways to “practice resurrection” when it is not easy. We work faithfully for hope, healing and wholeness.

By Faith,
Rev. Elder Dwayne

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Here How to Connect On Sunday

Greetings MCCDC family,

Here’s HOW to connect. You will be able to access Sunday’s livestreams at 9 and 11am through our normal outlets (see below):

MCCDC Live Stream Services (Our Facebook page)

Blessings in God’s service,
Your leadership team

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Remembering Dan L. Kisela

It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Daniel L Kisela on April 11, 2020 at age 75. Our brother and friend served as Church Administrator for a number of years before retiring.

Condolences may be sent to the church and they will be forwarded to Dan’s spouse Lemoria Lester Jr. Rest in peace faithful servant.

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Phone Number: 646-558-8656, Code: 407 740 6668

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Bible Study

A time of community, fun, learning, and sharing!

Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Via FREE ZOOM Video Conference Call

Click here to see the MCCDC 2020 Bible Study Schedule

Phone Call in number is: 301 715 8592 US,Meeting ID: 434 566 329
Password: Email Dale Madyun-Baskerville at for login invitation

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Mid-week Praise Experience

Join us each Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 7:30 PM via conference call for a 30-minute mid-week Praise Experience led by Ministers Diedre and Daniel.

The phone number is 301-715-8592, meeting ID 505 301 766.

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Come Join the MCCDC team! The following POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:

Program Director (Part-time)

Position Highlights
~Supports MCCDC’s ministry leaders and programs
~Helps manage communications, relationship building and coordination across ministries
~Develops support systems to assist long-time and new members find their place in our ministries
~Develops and oversees a volunteer network to advance MCCDC’s programming, mission and aspirations
~Facilitates new member classes

Operations Director (Full-time)
Position Highlights:
~ Responsible for the administrative and operational functions of MCCDC, including recordkeeping and church communication
~Entrusted with protecting MCCDC assets, including managing maintenance of our physical facilities with the Trustees
~Recruits, trains and supervises office and operations volunteers
~Maintains and coordinates church meeting/event calendar

Please send Statement of Interest and Resume to Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson:

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“Ministry Spotlight”

Join Us on YouTube and subscribe to the MCCDC YouTube Channel!

Stay current on our video postings .

Click here to see more MCCDC Videos

Inspiration Videos, Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC

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LiveStream Volunteer’s Needed!

Volunteer! No experience is required. We will train you or someone you recommend. (Perhaps a student interested in picking up new skills?) Opportunities include:

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, through our website at, or browse clips on our YouTube Channel.

Click here to visit MCCDC YouTube channel

Email Johanna at or talk to any one of the AV team members to volunteer or for more information

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The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU


Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9 am and 11 am services. No experience needed!

You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard and learn how to set up mics for services.

Ideally, you will train at the 9 am service and continue training at the 11 am service, but we are flexible.

Please contact Michael Cunningham at or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.

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Coronavirus Hotline DC, MD and VA

Washington DC

The GW Medical Faculty Associates at 202.741.3000 (8:00 am to 4:30 pm – Monday to Friday)

The triage team will ask you a few questions and determine if you will need to be contacted by triage nurses or provided more detailed information regarding your needs.

After hours, please call the GW Hospital Emergency Department at 202.715.4000

Cough, fever, and shortness of breath, are the three symptoms together that raise the concern for coronavirus,
coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453

2902 Porter Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202.525.5287
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-6pm

1101 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.798.0100
Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm
Sat: 8am-4pm

2350 Washington Pl., NE
Suite 110N
Washington, DC 20018
Phone: 202.544.7580
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-6pm


Cough, fever, and shortness of breath, are the three symptoms together that raise the concern for coronavirus,
coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453

Kaiser Permanente Members there are five drive-through testing sites in Maryland and Virginia for patients who have a prescription in Gaithersburg, Largo, Woodbridge, Tysons and South Baltimore

Holy Cross Hospitals in Silver Spring and Germantown plan to test by the end of the week

Virginia Sites

Cough, fever, and shortness of breath, are the three symptoms together that raise the concern for coronavirus,
coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453

Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington and a health-care system in Hampton Roads, Va., are testing people via drive-through

The Norfolk-based Sentara Healthcare system launched three drive-through screening and testing sites Monday outside their facilities in Hampton Roads Va

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How to Protect Yourself

• Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds multiple times a day. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick if possible
• Stay home when feeling sick [yet stay in touch with friends and family in other ways]
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash [other sites have suggested covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or sleeve]
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Reaching Out to Your MCCDC Family
We encourage each of you to reach out to your MCCDC family members. If you have not seen someone in a while please call them or send them a note. Let one of the Pastoral Care minis

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Prayer Corner

Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:

* George Kerr, III * Mama Cee’s sister and niece * Rose Williams *? Lynn Sulyma * Esther Smith * Marcus Garnett * Renee Valentine *Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline * T. Green ? Evelyn Jones * Travis, Jerry Giem’s Nephew * Valerie Myers’ son Donald * Anthony Goode *Ted Shaffer, husband of Larry Harris * Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen * Steve Sloane * Glenn Conrad * Arden Shutt * Renee Valentine’s brother * Kim Battle * Juanita Dara * Jeffrey Luckenbach * Keith Richardson