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Worship Arts Ministry
The choir of our Worship Arts Ministry (WAM) is a regular feature in Sunday worship and special concerts throughout the year. MCCDC choir, ensembles, and soloists have performed at community and citywide events through-out the metropolitan area, at Pride Events and LGBT justice meetings. We welcome all voice parts and all vocal abilities.
Dance Ministry (Moving Spirit)
The Dance Ministry exemplifies MCCDC’s commitment to worship excellence by offering a diversity of worship experiences. The team’s diversity of experience and training is not only a testament to their abilities; it is the source of their inspiration (as a ministry and for the congregation). Their liturgical dance adds a fascinating layer to worship that allows us to give God our praise through creative ways. This ministry is always looking for more dancers to join them in praise.
As the MCCDC Drama Ministry Team, we nurture and utilize our talents to bring glory to God. We enhance and empower our spiritual community through innovative means of drama, story-telling, music, dance and mime. We contribute our creativity for the outreach and growth of the church. The Drama Team is under the direction of Jules Christian and practices on Mondays at 6:30 PM and performs the second Sunday of each month. In addition, the Drama Ministry is planning to expand, to include an annual dinner theater and to further collaborate with other ministries in the church.
Eclectic Praise is a different kind of band that ministers monthly for morning worship, and at special events and concerts. This ministry includes musicians and singers who strive to share their gifts in the form of music as an act of praise and worship to God and to help facilitate the praise and worship of others through music. Eclectic Praise strives to support and encourage one an-other in developing and expanding each person’s musical abilities and spiritual growth through the ministry of music. We aim to reinforce and strengthen a supportive environment for growth both musically and spiritually.
AV and Sound Board Team
The AV Ministry serves to take the worship services and other events outside of the church walls through livestreaming and videography and works closing with the Soundboard Ministry. Communications Ministry Team The Communications Ministry Team extends the ministries of the church beyond the church walls by maintaining, producing and administering our Website, social media, Eblast and other forms of communication.
The Soundboard Ministry is one of the foundational supporting ministries within MCCDC. The Soundboard Ministry uses an up to date sound system to help enhance the worship services. This outreach ministry also provides sound for events such as weddings, funerals, concerts, and special occasions.
Worship Service Ministry
Volunteer Service Coordinator
The worship service coordinator is responsible for initial setup of the welcome table, communion table and giving computer.
They provide leadership during there assigned tour of duty to all assigned welcome hall ministries.
Understanding that God’s hospitality extends welcome to the entire community, the Hospitality Ministry provides arms and feet to that welcome. The ministry is responsible for coordinating food and welcome during the social time after services and other special church events.
Welcome Table Volunteer
• The welcome volunteer is responsible for checking members and visitors at the Ridge Street door.
• Offer the member or Visitor hand sanitizer.
• Offer the member or Visitor MASK if they want one
• If a person is a first time visitor give them a visitor package.
• Direct members and visitor to scan the QR codes for the worship folder Point out the QR codes in the Sanctuary for giving.
The ushers are our literal hands of God, in our worship services and special events. Ushering is among the oldest lay ministries in the organized Christian church. They are our ambassadors of hospitality as first impressions are so very important. Our service is making members, visitors, and guests feel welcome and comfortable during our worship SERVICES and programs. We are friendly people who welcome all, and our faith enables us to see Christ’s presence in all.
Worship Support Ministry
Public speaking is not for everyone, but for those who are either not intimidated by it, or are willing to step out of their comfort zone and participate in a fulfilling way in the service, presenting the Scriptures during services is an incredible spiritual experience. The scripture reading team provides training and support for this ministry.
Our deaf ministry focuses on spiritual learning, understanding, social connections, and communication for the deaf. In addition, this ministry sponsors periodic ASL classes and church wide social gatherings. The 9 am worship service has ASL interpreters provided.
MCCDC participates in the SHARE (Self Help And Resource Exchange) program. The program helps to de-fray the costs of top quality grocery food items, for a fraction of the price of commercial grocery stores. We literally are feeding the City. SHARE food purchase opportunities are offered to ANYONE regardless of their relationship status with the church or income level. The food is distributed on a monthly basis.
Prayer and Pastoral Care
Our Pastoral Care Ministers offer support and prayer to and for the congregational body. They make home and hospital visitations as needed, and they serve as conduits for open lines of communication and dialog with congregants. MCCDC’s Pastoral Care Ministry also seeks to empower the community as they travel along their spiritual journeys, be that by telephone, text messages, emails, and/or other means. In engaging the larger community, Pastoral Care Ministers serve as a referral ministry to outside professional and community–based service organizations for counseling, financial services, and any other services that are not currently being performed by other MCCDC ministries.
Intercessory Prayer Team (IPT)
The Intercessory Prayer Team (IPT), is a Spirit-led time of corporate prayer. Everyone can pray, but IPT is for those who feel called to the ministry of prayer. We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM to lift up the needs of our church, the DMV, our Nation and the World. IPT also hosts quarterly Prayer events for the church. We would love for you to join us in prayer!
Support, Education and Spiritual Growth Ministries
Bible in 90 Days
Every other year (odd years), MCCDC embarks on a 90-day journey, reading the entire Bible cover to cover.
Creating a Life that Matters This intensive 18-week course engages the participants to learn, live and experience God, Self and their passions at a deeper level. The commitment of time and energy will reap lifelong spiritual benefits.
Tuesday Night Bible Study
So the question is: What is in your Christian tool kit? Hebrews 11:1 states: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The Tuesday Night Bible meets year round to see what tough questions scripture poses to us as people on a faith journey. The work extends beyond only the Old and New Testaments and has examined such non-traditional texts as “40 Day Journey with Maya Angelou”, “Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything”,Iyanla Vanzant and “Wrestling with God without getting Pinned”, Rev Durrell Watkins and “Don’t Be Afraid Anymore “, by Rev. Troy Perry. The group has skype with many of the authors during their book study and spoke with them about their book.The group also goes outside the churches wall and review movies like The Shack” by W. M. Paul Young and Christen Plays such as “Jonah” at Sight and Sounds Theater, located at Lancaster, Pa . The curriculum is de-signed so that you may participate, as you are able. The group is lead by a very diverse team of facilitators (Laity and Clergy) with various approaches to Christian education. All are welcome to come explore the 66 wonderful books we call the Bible and how it applies to our daily lives.
Writing is a type of spiritual practice. We are a group who meet regularly, some of whom have been writing for a long time, others who are new to writing. We come together for fellowship, to write, to talk about our writing and more. We support each other in our writing and our spiritual practices. We are open to all. If you want to learn what a writing practice is, or start or expand your writing practice, this is the place!
The MCCDC Children’s Ministry provides Children’s Church and Youth Activities for children age 2-12 years old. Children’s Church is held every Sunday morning at 11:15 AM. Children’s Church is a time for the children of the church to learn the same spiritual lesson as their parents and guardians in a child friendly way. The Children’s Ministry also coordinates other youth activities, such as Youth Sunday and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The mission of the Children’s Ministry is to instill spiritual growth in the children of MCCDC through fun activities and service to the church and community. The Children’s Ministry pro-vides a fun and safe space for children to learn about spiritual values, while valuing each child’s unique talents and abilities.
Older Adults Ministry
The Older Adult Ministry is dedicated to exploring how we continue to find meaning and purpose in life by staying connected with ourselves, others, and the larger world AS OLDER ADULTS. As we engage in our spiritual journey, we will find ways to support experiences and programs that help take spirituality into these programs. We currently provide this means of exploration through social, educational, health and wellness activities. This ministry also works to bring these gifts of aging and our connections to our own moments of spiritual insights to the entire worship community. The ministry meets the first Sunday of the month after the 11:00 am service.
Community Support Ministries
Walk to End HIV
Each year the MCCDC Team participates D.C.’s Walk & 5K to End HIV. The event benefits and is produced by Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit community health center providing culturally competent and accessible care to all, with an expertise in HIV care and LGBT care. All are welcome to participate by walking, running, or even sleep-walking (yes!) to help us raise funds for this organization which is a DC landmark in the LGBTQ+ community.
Breast Cancer Walk
MCCDC assembles a team to participate in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to end breast cancer. Each year we raise money to benefit this worthy cause as so many in our community have been touched by cancer. All are welcome to join the team.
Pride Outreach Ministry
The Pride Outreach Ministry is changing lives by sharing its message of God’s inclusive love for all people. Our mission is to increase the visibility of faith-based organizations in the LGBTQIA community and DC Pride activities: Youth Pride Day, TransPride, Black Pride, Latino/a Pride, and Capital Pride. We want to reach people who have not heard of MCC before, who are hungry and thirsty for a place of worship that is inclusive, loving and accepting each individual as they are – beautifully made in God’s image, deserving of love and respect.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors are responsible for providing the church with a set of Bylaws, which are subject to approval by Congregational Meeting and the MCC Office responsible for Bylaw changes. The Board of Directors also have charge of all matters pertaining to the documents of legal organization and incorporation, risk management, and physical and financial affairs of the church. The Board of Directors is also responsible for collecting and disbursing funds, keeping adequate church records, and making timely reports to the Congregation and MCC.
The Finance Committee assists the Board of Directors in developing the annual church budget for approval by the Congregational Meeting.
The MCCDC Lay Delegates are elected for connection. As stated in MCCDC Bylaws Article X, the church shall elect one (1) lay person for every one hundred (100) Members in good standing, or part thereof, to serve as Lay Delegate. The Lay Delegate shall be a Member in good standing of this church. Delegates are elected at the next regular Congregational Meeting following each General Conference with a majority of votes cast. Their duties are to represent the congregation at General and Network Gatherings Conferences, and to communicate with the congregation regarding MCC concerns and policies.
The Nominations Committee is created by the Board of Directors to recruit qualified candidates for the Board of Directors and Lay Delegates. The Committee presents a slate of candidates to the Board for approval and is then presented at the Congregational Meeting.
Trustees of the Buchanan Memorial Building Fund
The Trustees of the Buchanan Memorial Building Fund are responsible for matters pertaining to the maintenance and subject to approval of a Congregational Meeting, the acquisition and disposal of church real property. Trustees shall keep adequate records and make timely reports to the Board of Directors and the Congregation. Trustees serve for 2-year staggered terms and are appointed by the Board of Directors.