“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.” ~Malcolm X
Truth-telling is no simple feat. Yet, the expectation that we will tell the truth is often part of our upbringing from very early in our lives. We then, often, very soon learn that there are complex rules about telling the truth. What is truth? When do you tell it? To what end or purpose? What are the risks if you do tell it or you don’t? What are the consequences? Who gets to tell the truth and who does not? Whose truth anyway?
Truth-telling, in service to love, brings a whole other complex dynamic into the mix. What is love? Whose definition of it are we using? What kind of love are we being moved by as we contemplate truth-telling?
In this week’s gospel, from John (2:13-22), we find Jesus speaking truth to a particular kind of power that existed during his time and location on earth. In the process, he clears part of the temple, turning over tables and telling the truth about God’s expectations about how we are to treat each other and live in community. Through this action in the temple, as in so much of his ministry, Jesus offers an example of truth-telling love in action. Love deeply felt, and moved into relationship in the world with clarity, boundaries, and awareness of consequences to come.
The Lenten journey is most often associated with giving something up, but it also serves as an invitation to make space for prayer and reflection, and renewed loving engagement with the God of our understanding, ourselves, and others.
Join us via livestream this Sunday at 9:00 and/or 11:00 a.m. as we, together, contemplate what truth-telling love in action might involve for each of us as individuals, and in community.
Dr. Carla Sherrell, Ed.D.
MCCDC Ministry Intern
New Church Administrator
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Melvin Moore Adams as MCCDC’s new Church Administrator. He most recently worked as the office manager for a mental health clinic near Largo, Md. Before that, he held administrative and IT manager roles at several non-profit advocacy groups in DC. Mr. Moore Adams has a Bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Hampden-Sydney College and has also pursued a Master of Divinity degree.
Older Adult Ministry
Older Adult Ministry will be holding it monthly meeting via Zoom. March 07, at 1 PM. This month topic is Medicare / Medicaid help for Seniors in DC.
Guest Speaker for this months meeting is. Greg McCoy, General Agent.Secure Benefits Alliance
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Meeting ID: 824 9552 3942
Contact Dale L. Madyun-Baskerville at firstname.lastname@example.org
Public health officials are urging us to help ensure people who are 65 and older know that they are eligible for the C19 vaccine. (Depending on your location, people with certain underlying health conditions are also eligible.) For more information, visit these links—District of Columbia, Maryland & Virginia —for vaccine procedures and answers to frequently-asked questions.
Another Web site reported by News 4 today helps you manage/plan your C19 appointment in one place no matter what state you live in. Click here to go to the web site.
MCC Denominational Events
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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 REV. DWAYNE IN PRAYER FROM NOON TO 12:30 PM Monday thru Saturday
Phone Number: 646-558-8656, Code: 407 740 6668
Intercessory Prayer Team
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 7 pm
Contact LaMar Jenkins at 202-750-08887
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Eastern
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Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or interest in joining this vibrant church ministry this Fall
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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 livestream.com/mccdc, through our website at mccdc.com, or browse clips on our YouTube Channel.
Email Johanna at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
*Jerry Giem’s Son, Jason and Nephew, Travis * Valeria Myers’ daughter Chantelle * Michelle Lax * George Kerr, III * Mama Cee’s sister and niece
* Rose Williams * Randy Punley * Lynn Sulyma * Esther Smith * Marcus Garnett * Renee Valentine * Rose Herring * Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline * T. Green * Evelyn Jones * Valeria Myers’ son Donald * Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen * Steve Sloane * Glenn Conrad * Arden Shutt * Renee Valentine’s brother * Kim Battle * Juanita Dara * Jeffrey Luckenbach * Anthony Goode *Diedre Gray * Elaine Durden-Hunter’s friend Saint Williams family * Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa * Cynthia Melman * Delores Fowler * Bill Stanclift’s brother James, niece Krista, nephew Paul, and several cousins *Buck Carlson at the loss of his husband Keith Richardson