Through his ministry, again and again, Jesus teaches us of the marvelous transformations that can happen when we give attention to God, instead of to the thousands of distractions that society offers us.” ~Kristin Berkey-Abbott
Martha has an agenda. She is in a tizzy to accomplish it. Who is she trying to impress? She has made Jesus feel welcome in her home. She has shown him love and hospitality. Yet evidently enough is not enough. Perhaps she is caught in a whirl of self-imposed expectations and perfectionism. Jesus, not one to mince words says: “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.”
Was Martha calm enough to notice the tenderness with which Jesus spoke her name? “Martha, dear Martha. . .” In this evocative story from Luke 10: 38-42, Jesus invites Martha to marvelous transformation beyond the suffocation of worry and the fragmentation of distraction.
Debi Thomas calls out some questions that emerge from this story. I’m personally pondering these questions and invite you to do so also: “Is your inner life so fragmented, so strangled, so incoherent, that you struggle to give and receive love? Has your busyness become an affront to people you long to host? Is your worry keeping you from being fully present, fully engaged, fully alive? Have you lost the ability to attend? To linger? To delve deep? Are you using your packed schedule to avoid intimacy with God or with others?”
I admit that sometimes my answer to many of those questions is yes. How about you?
And, I find great hope in the invitation of Jesus that is at the center and heart of this story: “Dear Martha. . .one thing only is essential. . .it’s the main course.” While Jesus is looking forward to the “main course” that Martha has labored over in the kitchen, what he deeply hungers for is the true main course: time together.
“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!
Anyone who wants to sing with the combined choirs from mccdc and unity fellowship church,
join us Wednesday July 31@7pm and Saturday August 3@10am.
For additional info email Diedre Gray at email@example.com
Dancing * Fun * Dancing, Line Dancing! Line Dancing! It’s coming to MCCDC
LGBTQ all are welcome
Saturdays, June 29, July 20, and July 27 at 12pm
474 Ridge Street, Washington, DC. Jerrie our instructor she’ll teach us the hottest line dances for the summer!!
Donation – $6 Per Class (cash)
Contact Robin Anderson for info firstname.lastname@example.org
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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This is an update on the repair project that involves repairing/replacing the lighting control panel in the sanctuary.
The Soundboard Ministry Needs YOU!!!
Soundboard volunteers are needed for 9am and 11am services. No experience needed. You will be trained on a state of the art soundboard, setting mics up for service and learning the technical side of handling the sound board. We would like to have you train at the 9am service and continue training at the 11am service but if your prefer to train only at one service you can.
Please contact me Michael Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by to talk with any soundboard volunteer.
MCCDC Bible Study
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 email@example.com or call (202) 638-737.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson who is in a Nursing Home.
Join our Worship and Arts Ministry!