Communication from your MCCDC Leadership
Greetings MCCDC family,
Your leadership team acknowledges that there may be growing anxiety around the coronavirus expansion. We want you to know that we are taking precautions at church to keep things as healthy and safe as possible.
We have increased cleaning and disinfecting of common surfaces. We want to encourage all to act with caution and common sense. Just a few online sites are noted below so you can stay up to date on precautions and measures to take.
This week Rev. Cathy represented MCCDC at an information meeting given by the Director of the DC Department of Health. Updates were given regarding the status of hotspots around the city and measures the city is taking to ensure the safety of visitors and residents alike.
You’ll notice changes we’ve made to some elements of our church service in an effort to stay healthy and safe. We desire to stay as connected as possible even if we may be limiting hugs, kisses and hand holding. Last Sunday, it seems most were comfortable with the changes and even at moments experienced new ways to connect. Let’s continue to be creative as we explore ways to keep that connection of hearts, minds and spirits going.
We are also discussing contingency plans should the city come to recommend actions that impact public assembly. We will keep you informed as we are informed. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your MCCDC leadership at Board@mccdc.com and RevCathy@mccdc.com.
Jesus was used to being tested and interrogated. Each of the gospels have accounts of this testing from a variety of fronts on many topics.
He ate with the “wrong” people, he hung out with women, he ate at the wrong time. In turn, he seldom received a kind word from the religious officials who likely felt threatened, hurt and scared at Jesus’ presence.
So one way to protect oneself and belittle or even shame the troublemaker is to smugly cross examine and lash out at them. In Jesus’ case, these interrogations were not intended for his benefit. They were designed to catch him, trip him, make him an example of what people should not be doing, and eventually get him out of the way so that his “threat” would be neutralized.
Our scripture for Sunday is Matthew 22: 15-21. Here Jesus was on to his interrogators. He knew what they were doing so he turned the tide back on his questioners (at other times, he spoke in parables). Either way, he was able to cut through the layers of fear, self-protection and lashing out in order to get to the real issue.
In this instance in pretty short order, he goes right to the heart of the matter: Give to God what belongs to God. And what belongs to God? Actually everything.
How do we actually live out this ideal? How do we live lives fully committed to working out God’s call to the best of our ability? How do we give of ourselves in order to give to God what belongs to God?
Join us at 9 or 11 on Sunday as we explore these questions and continue to find ourselves in the passion stories of Jesus. See you then in person or on line.
“UP COMING EVENTS”
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
Come Join the MCCDC team! The following POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE:
Program Director (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
Operations Director (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
Please send Statement of Interest and Resume to Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson: RevDwayne@mccdc.com
Help Us Observe a Spiritually Rich Lent
Lent is here and it’s a special opportunity for all the creative, faithful writers (and would-be writers) among us to contribute to our community spiritual life.
Feel free to contact Rev. Dr. Robin Hawley Gorsline, MCCDC’s Writer/Theologian in Residence, at firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 240/565-3441 or email if you have any questions or concerns. And be sure to watch your inbox for your daily inspiration!
MCCDC Easter Remembrances
We invite you to remember someone you love with an Easter Remembrance. The names of those remembered will be included in the Sunday bulletin. Completed the remembrance form include in the bulletin and submitted form with suggested donation of $20.00 in offering plate on line, or kiosk.
Security Awareness Training, March 21, 10 am to 12 pm & April 26, 2020 @ 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
Women’s Ministry Gathering, PLANTING SEEDS, March 29th, 12:30 pm
All who identify as woman are cordially invited to women’s space. We will come together to connect and share sisterhood. We will meet in the lower level conference room 12:30 pm-2:30 pm. If you would like to attend please contact the church office at 202-638-7373 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or 202-638-7373.
Landscaping Day of Service, Saturday, March 28 , 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Join other MCCers to beautify our church’s property. We’ll rake and collect debris, trim bushes, pull weeds, plant flowers and make our church property prettier. And we’ll have some fun, too! Join us in building community with each other. If you can, please bring your landscaping tools (rakes, brooms, clippers, etc.) and gloves. We’ll have some light breakfast foods to fuel us. Please RSVP to Greg Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-638-7373, if you can join us.
Come Join Us for Funeral Planning, Saturday April 04, 2020, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Don’t leave such a important life event to chance!
Mr. Shelton Hackett Sr. Funeral Director Will talk about:
*Designing Your Funeral
*Funeral and Memorial Services
Please contact Dale L. Madyun-Baskerville at 202-638-7373 if you have questions.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (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.
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!