“If we choose God and love God, Psalm 91 promises that we will find in God’s faithfulness our dwelling place: our shelter for safety, refuge in fear, fortress of strength. A moveable dwelling, of course, for we are called not to stand still but to venture forth.” ~Susan A. Blain
We live in times that call for courage. An act of courage this past Monday (July 22) was when ICE officers tried to take a man into custody in Tennessee. They blocked his van in a driveway. Some neighbors had known him for 14 years and they couldn’t bear to see him separated from his 12-year-old son. In defiance of ICE agents, the neighbors courageously provided supplies to the father and son who stayed protected in the van. Later, the neighbors formed a human chain from the van to the house and later to another vehicle to see their protection through.
Courage is strong hearts in action. Courage is the willingness to risk, especially for the sake of another. Courage is rooted in trust, inspired by faith. Our Scripture this Sunday is from Psalm 91, which proclaims God’s guidance and protection. Highlights include such lines as “Our refuge and our strength; in you alone will we trust…You protect us as an eagle protects its young…We will not fear the daily changes that life brings…Though we move among those who roar like a lion, or are as sneaky as snakes, in your strength we will endure.”
How does God guide and protect? The guidance is offered through the Holy Spirit. Protection? It primarily comes from God working through God’s people, as through the neighbors in Hermitage, Tennessee offering protection from ICE. God offers protection through those working for just laws, equal education, employment programs, support for mental health needs and shelter for the unhoused. Guided by the Spirit, we become like the angels the psalmist describes as being sent by God to “watch over and to guide in all God’s ways.”
Watching out, caring, listening and supporting are at the heart of our ministry to one another and to our community.
Courage, a spiritual gift of the heart that is grounded in love, is one antidote to the fear of our times. In the message this Sunday, we’ll consider ways to build the skill of courage.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Mark your Calendars! MCCDC amd UFCDC Partnership Sunday!04 Aug 2019, 12 PM
Join your MCCDC and UFCDC families for Partnership Sunday. We will offer our regular 9 am service. The second service will be held in partnership with our UFCDC siblings at 12pm.
Signed up to donate your favor desert or help with clean up and setup. Sign-Up sheets are posted on the back of the welcome hall wall. Lunch will be provided after the service.
The Partnership Sunday Choir wants YOU!
8TH ANNUAL BACKPACK 4KIDS
In partnership with the community outreach program at NBC4 Washington, we are collecting backpacks and supplies (or financial donations that would allow us to purchase those items).
It only takes $20 to equip one student with a backpack and supplies for the school year. Our goal is to provide 300 kids with backpacks and supplies for the coming year. We are also encouraging our neighbors to help with the backpack program by donating supplies! You can also reach out to folks at work or send donation requests to family and friends!! Help MCCDC help kids in our community!!
Here’s how you can help:
• Donate a new backpack stuffed with school supplies or
• Donate securely online at www.mccdc.com/donate (select the “Donate” tab near the top, and choose “Backpacks 4 Kids” in the dropdown menu). SPONSORING 5 KIDS IS JUST $100!!!
f you would like to donate a backpack, the school supplies needed per backpack include:
• New backpack
• Two packs of loose leaf notebook paper
• Two dozen #2 pencils
• Two packages of cap erasers
• Three spiral composition books
• One yellow highlighter
• Two composition books
• Paper glue
• Box of Kleenex • 2 packs of copy – white paper
• 12-inch ruler
• 8 plain folders with pockets and brads or loose leaf binder with dividers
• One package of 24 crayons and/or one package of colored pencils
• Small pencil or supply box or zippered supply pouch
We have big blue tubs in the Welcome Hall. Drop-off your donations during the week and before or after the Sunday Services. If you need more information, please contact the church office at email@example.com
• Last collection date: Sunday, August 25th
Walk it Out! Join your MCCDC family in the walk to end breast cancer. All are welcome to join the team.
7:00 AM-Registration and T-shirt Pick-up Opens
8:45 AM-Opening Ceremony
Survivors and Those Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Strut to the Opening Ceremony (line up at 8:30 in the Hope Village)
9:00 AM-Walk Start
For more information, please contact Rev Cathy Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 638-7373.
Atlantic City Resort Hotel and Casino Bus Trip 14 Sept 2019
This event is sponsored by the Older Adults Ministry, but anyone is warmly invited to join!
Departs MCCDC promptly at 7AM and returns at 11 PM.
The cost is $50 and must be paid in advance. The deadline for sign up is Sept 1st. For more information please contact Ace Barbari at 703-303-2934.
Join your MCCDC family in the walk to end HIV Aids Walk All are welcome to join the team.
Saturday, October 26.
Location: The Walk & 5K to End HIV
will begin and end at Freedom Plaza
(Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street, NW)
5K timed run begins promptly. 9:15 am
Walk to End HIV steps off. 9:20 am
General Walk Registration: $25
Student / Senior (60+) Walk Registration: $15
General Timed Run Registration: $35
Sleep Walker Registration: $40
T-shirt pick -up on-site the morning of the event beginning at 7:30 AM
For more information please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville email@example.com or call 202-638-7373.
Revival! Revival! Revival! MCCDC will celebrate revival at the end of September 2019
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 638-737.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
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