This Week’s Reflection
In the Gospels, we find many stories of those seeking to have an encounter with Jesus—to get his attention and have an interaction with him. In our scripture this week (Mark 5), we find this to be true of a woman who is ill with uncontrolled bleeding. Despite the throngs of people and the years of failed medical procedures in her way, she is determined to get to Jesus for the healing she needs. She is healed, and from that moment, the Gospel writer takes us on Jesus’ journey to his next recorded miracle. As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to go with the woman instead. To journey with her for a while and to know more of her story. To find out where she has been prior to being with Jesus, and to know where she is going after.
“Christ Healing a bleeding woman,” as depicted in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter. (Fourth century AD, near Rome.)
First and foremost, I wanted to know her name. She surely had had many names. Those that family had called her as she came into the world, became a young woman, and when she became a woman of wealth (verse 26). What was she called when she developed the bleeding that changed her relationship to her community, and surely to herself? Was there anyone in her life to help her withstand those names, or for 12 years had she borne those in solitude? What did she call herself to buoy her determination to make her way to Jesus, the divine incarnate, who called her Daughter—called her Family—and pronounced her healed?
This Sunday, please join us via livestream at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. as we explore God’s love for us as God’s family, and how God knows and calls each of us by name.
Dr. Carla Sherrell, Ed.D.
MCCDC Clergy Intern
Congregational Forum & Meeting
Please join us after worship at 12:30 p.m. ET this Sunday, June 20th. Our Treasurer, Terri Neal, will present the proposed 2021 budget and review expenditures from our Far Reaching Faith Trust Fund. We welcome your questions and feedback. Then, the following Sunday, June 27th, we’ll gather again for a Congregational Meeting to vote on and officially approve these plans.
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MCCDC’s c19 Advisory Team has made recommendations for safe re-entry to our sanctuary at Fifth & Ridge. Our Board of Directors has approved those recommendations.
We have not yet determined our re-entry date, given pending work on the church roof and ventilation systems. We’ll share more details at this Sunday’s Congregational Forum (see Zoom link below).
We need your help. We have many volunteer opportunities as we prepare for re-entry. We can work with your schedule. Email Melvin Moore Adams at ChurchOffice@mccdc.com for more information.
Our goal is for everyone to share the same worship experience, whether physically present or participating via livestream.
A memorial service for our dearly beloved sister in Christ, Rose Herring, will be held at 11:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 17th at Yarborough & Rocke Funeral Home, 1001 N 63rd St in Philadelphia. We’re also planning an MCCDC service in Washington
Please lift the following people up during your prayer time:
Francine Clark and the family of Rose Herring • The family of Louis Hicks, Sr. • Lilah Blackstone and the family of Terry Blackstone • Bob Jones • Jerry Giem • 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 • Arden Shutt • Buck Carlson • Delores Fowler • Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother, Earline T. Green • Evelyn Jones • Valeria Myers’ son Donald • Bob Jones’ son Chuck & wife Karen • Jerry Giem’s Son, Jason and Nephew, Travis • Steve Sloane • Glenn Conrad • Anthony Goode • Renee Valentine’s brother • Juanita Dara • Jeffrey Luckenbach • Elaine Durden-Hunter’s mother health• Cathy Batson’s niece Lisa • Cynthia Melman • Kim Battle • ABilly
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing reimbursements up to $9,000 for funeral expenses incurred as a result of C19. To apply, visit FEMA’s website.
“Church Ministries & Events”
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Moving Spirit Dance Ministry
Come dance for God! No experience needed. Email Cathy Batson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Intercessory Prayer Team
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month at 7 pm
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Pastoral Care Meeting
Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, each month at 6::30pm
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