This Week’s Reflection
“This universe itself, but especially the planet Earth, needs to be experienced as the primary mode of divine presence.”
As I return from my one-year sabbatical, I am delighted to contribute to our exploration of wellness in body, mind, and spirit.
Appropriate to our focus is this week’s Scripture which focuses on Moses striking the rock at Horeb to bring water to the parched Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 17:1-7), an example of how, in Nan Merrill’s rendering of Psalm 78:12, “the Eternal Lover has shown the wonders of Creation, wonders to behold.”
Thus, as we focus on wellness, let us not forget the basics, of how we need clean air, and clean water in the seas and rivers and lakes, trees and sunlight and darkness and animals and those who fly and creep, Earth in all her forms, including rocks and mountains and canyons as well as farm fields and forests and verdant meadows and valleys and even deserts and plains—all the wonders of Creation including us humans. Let us remember that all of us—our human and other than human kin—share in the sacred journey of wellness for all. We cannot make it alone.
I hope you’ll join me and many others this Sunday at 9:00 and/or 11:00 as we continue our sacred journey as a community seeking to be in closer relationship with Divine Oneness and to share the gifts of that journey more widely, remembering, in the words of Native American theologian Steven Charleston, “The intention of God in creating the Earth is so powerful, so extraordinarily holy, that the echo of divine love remains present even after uncounted centuries have passed.”
May we continue to live and love in divine wellness.
Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline
Queer Poetic Eco-Theologian in Residence
Metropolitan Community Church of
Eclectic Praise Concert
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Saturday, October 7, 2023, 5pm EST
Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC 474 Ridge St NW, Washington DC or join us Live Stream at: live.mcccdc.com
MCCDC Leadership Opportunity
Are you looking for a new way to serve your MCCDC community? Can you envision yourself in a leadership position? Then we might have just the right opportunity for you!
The Board of Directors is looking for motivated and qualified candidates to run for two positions that will be open due to term expirations in 2023.
If you feel called and have been a member of MCCDC in good standing for the past six months, you are eligible to run. Please submit a brief resumé and letter of interest to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Forum & Congregational Meeting
Mark your calendars! We will be holding our annual Form and Congregational Meeting on the below dates:
• Forum November 12 In-Person & Zoom
• Congregational Meeting November 19 Zoom only
We invite you to join other MCCDC members in electing new Board Members, recapping 2023 and planning how we’ll grow our generous home in 2024.
Join the MCCDC Team!
MCCDC currently has an immediate opening for a part-time custodial position.
Responsible for cleaning and maintain all areas of church facility Some grounds work will be required. We offer flexible hours and fair pay. Contact Melvin Moore at 202-638-7373 or email email@example.com Or Rev Dwayne Johnson at 202-638-7373 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Older Adult Ministry
The Older Adult Ministry will be holding our quarterly meeting on 29 Oct 2023, at 12:30 PM in person, Church Chapel or join via zoom link below.
This meeting topic will be projected OAM schedule for 2024 and 10 Dec 2024 Christmas Pot luck.
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Worship Folder Developer
Do you like using your creative arts skills? Are you familiar with using Microsoft Word? We invite you to share your gifts developing and producing the weekly MCCDC Worship Folder that is published on the web.
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Mary’s House Lunch and Learning Workshop
Join Mary House for one of their FREE workshops listed below on key topics:
October 11 – Probate Issues
October 25 – Medicare Open Reenrollment Period
FREE Lunch will be provided. Please email Darryl Walker at email@example.com. Your email to Darryl is REQUIRED to CONFIRM your registration and your lunch.
Pathways 2 Generosity, Prayer #78 by Clara Carter, MCCDC Prayer Supporter
by Clara Carter, MCCDC Prayer Supporter
“Abundance and prosperity begin with gratitude and appreciation.” – Anthon St. Maarten
Dear God, we come to you with thanksgiving and praise for all you have done for us. We are grateful for the Holy Spirit that guides us each day through prayer, our spiritual leaders, ideas, plans, and desires to continue carrying out the work you have ordained us to perform according to your will. Thank you for the opportunities that, sometime pose as obstacles in our path toward accomplishing goals for our spiritual gathering place. Give us the patience and strength to endure.
We are thankful for all spiritual places of worship where everyone is invited to partake of God’s grace and mercy. Thank you for the financial gifts, talents, time, and treasures that are shared generously in spreading the gospel and helping people in need.
Thank you for the gifts of the Spirit upon us, your love, mercy, grace, forgiveness and so much more. God, we surrender our faults, ill-feelings, sickness, and doubts to your healing power. By your grace, we move forward in faith and confidence into a healthier and prosperous life. The overflow of your abundance and riches fills us with gratitude for the things you have brought us through. God bless everyone. Thank you in your many holy names. Amen.
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15
We still need volunteers to sustain in-person worship. Please visit volunteer.mccdc.com and fill out the form for the dates and positions in which you can serve your church. Have questions about roles and responsibilities? Contact Chocolatté Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
The Jackson Family in the passing of their beloved Denee Jackson * Bill Campbell * Jerry Giem * Tim Helm * Denise Wright, loss of her sister Felicia * Rose Williams * Cecilia Hayden-Smith and Esther Smith’s health * Delores Fowler * Vernessa D. Wilson * Family of Ms. Brittany Harrell * Kia Murphy * Veronica Franklin her brother Andrews as he transition to the Lord* Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline * Glenn Conway * Anthony Goode * Randy Punley * Marcus Garnett * Renee Valentine’s brother * Arden Shutt * Evelyn Jones * Steve Sloane * Jeffrey Luckenbach * Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa * Cynthia Melman * Kim Battle * Joshua Benkins’ father Isaac * Angela Terrell * Mike Washington * Buck Carlson * Lolita Gleaton for healing from her cancer * Mezyi Choir * Johanna Hardy * Doris Carter Washington of Alexandria * Loss of Melvin Moore Adams’ sister Krissandra Moore * John Hylton * Summer Allen
“Church Ministries & Events”
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
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Pastoral Care Meeting
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