” Love never gives up. ” ~ I Corinthians 13:4
We’re better than this. I have heard a lot of people say that lately. Especially in response to the bullying, name calling, trolling, body shaming, and hate speech that happens every day and is escalating. The attack this week on Jussie Smollett, star of the TV series Empire, was another violent crime against the LGBTQ+ communities and black communities.
The violence against Jussie Smollett, as all violence, began with a violent thought. The perpetrators violent thoughts became violent speech as they planned and implemented the attack. Evil of all kinds begins as a thought. To end violence begins with addressing the violent thoughts. Thoughts are not harmless, and they can lead to greater harm. Thoughts are powerful, for good or evil.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. knew this deeply, so one of the spiritual practices he taught those in the civil rights movement was to “refrain from violence of fist, tongue, or heart.” What is planted in the heart grows into thoughts which become words and actions.
Our faith calls us to create a world that is free of violence of fist, tongue and heart. Such a world is not easy to create. Jesus devoted his life to creating such a world, yet when he returned to his hometown of Nazareth in Luke 4:21-30 he barely escaped death when the home folk turned on him.
A great vision of our spirituality is to live non-violent lives in a violent world. One of the best pictures of what that looks like is the beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 which includes the quote: “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
This Sunday at 9AM and 11AM we will experience the power of God’s love, the unity of community, and we will learn practical ways to live more loving lives during tough times. See you Sunday!
By Faith, Rev. Elder Dwayne
“UP COMING EVENTS”
Dear MCCDC Congregation,
Ms. Sonia Grant has resigned as Church Administrator due to health issues. I am grateful for her faithful service and positive impact. A thank you reception following services will be announced soon. In the meantime, please keep Sonia in your continued prayers for health and healing.
Rev. Elder Dwayne Johnson
A Note from Rev. Jason Carson Wilson, Minister of Liberation Formation
I serve on the Potomac Association (UCC) Justice & Witness Committee. The committee is hosting Community Organizing Training on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St NW, DC. I want to extend this invitation to all who are interested in attending.
8:30-4 Friday and 8:30-3 Saturday
This training is open to faith and lay leaders from all faith traditions as well as people from the community. Please consider participating. A flyer is attached. A registration link is below.
Community Song Bath Threshold Singers
We invited yo to listen to and share in soothing songs of healing and well being. We offer an opportunity for you to bathed in song as you releax and rest in the center of a circle of song.
Join us at 9 am and 11 am services
Sunday February 3, 2019
As a chapter of the Threshold Choirs, we bring the comfort through song to those at the threshold of life. www.thresholdchoir.org/dc
MCCDC Goes to the Theater on Feb 8th for Black History Month
An intimate musical which exposes the souls of three strong women as they reflect the promise of the future, while revealing the pain of the present and their regrets of the past. An evening of gospel, rhythm & blues, bebop and funk: a hauntingly beautiful musical score by William Hubbard. A smoldering family drama inspired by Chekhov’s Russian masterpiece and set at the height of the civil rights and anti-war movements of 1969.
Metro Stage is partnering with MCCDC to get you to the theater. Tickets are $35 and do not let the price be a barrier. Please contact Rev. Cathy if you would like to participate at email@example.com or 202-638-7373. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 1.
We’ve Come This Far By Faith MCCDC Worship Arts Ministry
MCCDC Worship Arts Ministry Black History Month Program February 23rd 2019 at 6pm. Please mark your calendars for a time of singing, dancing and remembering.
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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.
The Hospitality Ministry Needs Your Help!
If you have hospitality items that you would be willing to bring in and support Sunday hospitality, please contact Sonia Grant in the church office at
email@example.com or 202-638-7373.. Items for consideration are:
Items that are needed:
White Paper Towel Rolls
Large Cans of Regular Coffee
Large Cans of Decaffeinate Coffee
Box of Coffee Straws
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 638-737.
Please continue to hold in your prayers Keith Richardson and Fannie Woody who are in Nursing Homes
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