Every day we are told lies. There is the blatant fake news on social media. There are the “facts” that are twisted to support extreme viewpoints on both the right and the left. There are the edited videos and photo shopped images that distort perspectives. Much of this kind of fakery can be detected by the observant and the questioning. The subtle lies are more difficult to detect: the lies we are sold about what matters, how to live, and who to be.
Some tell the lie that what matters is how impressive we are. Another lie: a big bank account equals a big life: buying power is life power. Such lies promise happiness. And such lies fail to deliver. The United Nations recently released their annual World Happiness Report. The United States missed the top 10 list. The report noted the epidemic of addictions in the United States as indicative of our national “dis-ease.” A shared characteristic of the countries in the top 10, headed by Finland, is highly valuing community and relationships.
It is time to shift our happiness paradigm to the relational and spiritual model that Jesus teaches in the Beatitudes, our text for Sunday from Matthew 5:1-12. The happiness paradigm that Jesus teaches doesn’t try to “sell us” on anything. Jesus simply opens his Sermon on the Mount with descriptions of happiness that are paradoxical yet true: “Happy are the poor in spirit, the grieving, the humble, the hungry, the merciful, the clear hearted, the peacemakers…”
The happiness that Jesus teaches is an invitation to hold dear to truth and trust. This Sunday we’ll look at both the costs and opportunities of saying yes to the true happiness that Jesus teaches.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Come Join the MCCDC team! The following POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:
Director of Ministry and Programming Support (Part-time)
~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
Church Administration and Operations (Full-time)
~ 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
Interviews begin in Mid-February. Please send Statement of Interest and Resume to Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson: RevDwayne@mccdc.com
MCCDC Young Adult Innovation Hub Update
Juan Garcia has been selected to attend a funded contemplative spiritual based Young Adult Life and Leadership Initiative program.The goal of the program is to provide concrete help in the struggle to live authentically with compassion, strength and vision. Congratulations Juan!
2019 Giving Statements
The Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer have finished the Giving Statements for tax year 2019. They are being distributed with a phased approach.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Come Join Us for Ash Wednesday Service, 26 Feb, 7 pm
All are welcome to come out.
We’re Back! Line Dancing!Fun!MCCDC
LGBTQ all are welcome
Saturdays, Feb 1st 10-11 am. , Feb 8th, 12- 1 pm
474 Ridge Street, Washington, DC NW. Jerrie our instructor will teach us the hottest line for the summer!!
Donation – $6 Per Class (cash)
Contact Robin Anderson for info
Older Adult Ministry Potluck/Meeting, 02 Feb, 12:30 pm
Guest Speaker: AARP Representative: Louis Davis
Older Adult Ministry will be holding their monthly Potluck. All age 50 and above are welcome to join. For more information contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville at the church office 202-638-7373
Security Awareness Training, March 21, 10 am to 12 pm & April 26, 202 @ 9 am and 11 am Service, Security Drill
The Metropolitan Police Department will be conducting security awareness training to assist everyone in being more alert before, during, and after worship service?
This training will cover how to create a safer house of worship.
*Safety Team and Building Security
*Responses to Active Violence
This training is OPEN to ALL!!!!
For questions or more information contact please contact Dale Madyun-Baskerville or Rev. Cathy Alexander at email@example.com or 202-638-7373
SPONSORED LEAD RETREAT REGISTER NOW
March 27-29, 2020
Austin, Texas, USA
$0 registration fee
$0 housing cost!
Cost to you? Your travel plus $50!
The purpose of L.E.A.D. is to offer lay leaders of UFMCC an opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth, develop their existing skills and furnish them with additional leadership tools so that they may be effective leaders in the church and the world. The L.E.A.D curriculum will engage a variety of methods that include self-paced, instructor-led, and seminar-based training to support each individual’s learning style.
COMING SOON….Wesley Young Adult Innovation Hub Team sponsors OPEN MIC.
If you know a young adult that would like to participate please pass this information on.
We need your help to made this a successful community outreach event:
• Set up
• Food Service
• Clean up
If you have questions or desire to sign someone up, please contact Rev Cathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Moving Spirit Dance Ministry Needs YOU!
No Dance Experience needed just a willing spirit!
Come Join us for a time of community, fun, and sharing!
5:45 PM to 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary.
For more information, please contact Cathy Batson at email@example.com or call (202) 638-7373.
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.
Event Rental Space at MCCDC
Call MCCDC today at 202-638-7273 for rates and availability.
Join Us on YouTube and subscribe to the MCCDC YouTube Channel!
Stay current on our video postings .
Inspiration Videos, Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC
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 email@example.com
or call (202) 638-7373.
Intercessory Prayer Team, “PRAY FIRST” for the New Year! Join us as we endeavor to start off 2020 in prayer!
The Intercessory Prayer Team invites the congregation to “PRAY FIRST” for the New Year! Join us as we endeavor to start off 2020 in prayer by praying first in these five areas:
• Before getting out of bed
• Before driving or taking the metro/bus
• Before saying offensive or derogatory words
• Before making impulsive or important decisions
• Before going to sleep
We believe this will make a difference in our year and draw us closer to God and take us into the Lent season.
You can join us at intercessory prayer on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in the Chapel. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Jules at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drama for a Day!
Have you ever wanted to write, direct or act for the drama ministry without making a long-term commitment? Now you can! Sign up to lead or participate in one of our monthly performances. For questions or information, please contact Jules at email@example.com
LiveStream Volunteer’s 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
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 email@example.com or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
Hospitality Ministry Needed Volunteers and Treats
Hospitality personnel are needed to setup treats after 9 am and 11 am service. Also if you have hospitality items that you are willing to share and would like to support our Hospitality Ministry, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-638-7373.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!