Each year we provide a basket of groceries and gift cards to families in need of support, both in our congregation and in our wider community. Please sign up to bring one of the nonperishable foods on the list, or a gift card for the perishables so that we can help these families have a Happy Thanksgiving! We received a $250 contribution from Wegman’s to aid in this important effort. Please remember to sign up today, and to bring your items no later than next Sunday (11/19) so that we can assemble and distribute the baskets.
Open Door is now able to accept company matching funds. Please look into whether you work for a company that offers matching funds and let us know how to help you double your offering to the church!
Two new recycling bins are in the foyer for used glasses (for people in need of prescription eyeglasses) and ink cartridges (for recycling and purchase credits at Staples)!
If you are so moved, you might donate additional monies to the “Do Unto Others” fund, which allows Open Door to help folks who need emergencies monies for necessities. Just mark your gift DUO or “Do Unto Others” in the memo line. Bless you! If you need emergency assistance, please speak to Rev. Miller or any Board Member.
Interim Moderator Blessing and Welcome
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 1p
Blessing and welcome of the interim moderator, who will be announced on October 1. Many joined in the celebration of blessing for the work of the church that lays ahead.
• Posts from MCCDC Facebook: (pictures)
• Rev. Nancy Wilson passing the Moderator's Stole to Interim Moderator, Rev. Rachelle Brown. (Movie)
• Metropolitan Community Churches: Blessing of Rev. Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator
Fellowship Sunday, October 9, 2016 Today is the 48th anniversary of MCC churches. Forty-eight years ago a movement was set into motion. Today is a time that we can come together and reflect on who we are and what it means to be MCC, a church that started because there were kids sitting alone in the cafeteria. Only they were grown ups, too, and they were being kicked out of their churches for not loving the right ways with the right people. Today we give thanks to Rev. Troy Perry for this gift and this community.
We ordinarily would install our new members and friends today, but because of schedules, this is being postponed to the 23rd, when they can all be here together. And so there is still time. If you are interested in becoming a member or friend, or want information about what that means, please speak to me this week.
We will take a second offering today. This year, we have been challenged by a member of the MCC family to raise $100,000, and they will match those funds dollar for dollar. Whatever gift you can make to the anniversary offering will be doubled this year to benefit not one program or one church, but ALL of MCC.
This fall marks the beginning of Open Door's 35th year.
The Office of Church Life and Health (OCLH) is preparing to offer a program for congregations that are desiring (re)Vitalization. Through a communal process of discernment, congregations will answer questions about ministry and faith. If you are a ministry leader, you should have received an invitation already. But if any of you are interested in learning more about this program for our congregation, and are ready and willing to be humble, learn together, and take risks, then join OCLH for an informational webinar. Ask Rev. Miller for the registration link.
Our elected Lay Delegate, Adam, is unable to finish his term.
An interim was appointed by the Board of Directors, please help me to thank Vernessa Wilson for taking on this role for the remainder of the year, and look forward to MCC updates from her.
Eastern USA Network call summary of 28 July 2016 can be found here.
This March we held our annual bowl-a-rama-palooza-thon, and we gave out prizes for best bowling style, awarded to Skylar's sweet baboo, John; for highest score, awarded to Jolene's son the younger, Keith; and most enthusiastic bowler, awarded to Aaron, who announced before every throw that “This is for best style!”
We awarded most pledges collected. Our total this week, with more funds still coming, is $3500 toward the General Conference expenses we will incur sending the pastor and lay delegate to Victoria, British Columbia. Thanks to all who bowled, all who cheered, and all who donated to the fundraiser. This year, the most funds collected award goes to Aaron Molishas!
The Network gathering is taking place at Open Door MCC on Saturday 23 April. Registration will be open soon. There are many things that are happening around the Network and Denomination:
- Moderator’s nominating committee has announced 4 candidates who will be running for moderator. There will be webinars and town halls forthcoming.
- The Governing Board Nominating Committee is in the midst of deliberating and should have the slate of candidates shortly.
- The conference planners are still seeking volunteers.
Special collection for Flint MI, we will send to Redeemer MCC of Flint and the United Way of Genesee County, where donations can be made to a fund that's already helped purchase and distribute 11,000 water filter systems, 5,000 replacement filters, and thousands of cases of bottled water.
This week we elected Board officers for the year 2016. Our Vice Moderator for the year is Colette Broussard. The Clerk is Tom Sumser. The Treasurer is Richard Sudol. And the Risk Assessment officer is Sara Capozzi. Board members at-large are Jennifer Knoll and Curt Judd (who is also a Worship Leader, the Hospitality Team Leader, a Congregational Care Team member, a Trustee, a regular preacher and communion celebrant, the metal recycling fundraiser guy, and on the Altar Guild and Ministry Leadership Teams; take a breath, Curt, for pity's sake, and thank you!).
Last weekend (12.13.2015), Rev. Edgard worked with Open Door to reimagine a framework for growth and understanding who we are and where we would like to go. If you were not able to go but would like to find out what we discussed and have an opportunity to engage with the questions we asked each other, please let me know and we'll set a time for a follow-up group. If you did attend but would like to be a part of bringing others into the conversation, let me know that as well. Rev. Miller
On Fellowship Sunday, October 4, we took a special collection in honor of the 47th anniversary of MCC churches, founded in October 1968 by Rev. Troy Perry. This collection benefited Emerging Churches. In May, a delegation from MCC visited Cuba for the first time. While there, Rev. Elders Troy Perry, Mona West, and Héctor Gutiérrez discovered allies and open doors. More recently, Rev. Gutiérrez completed a second visit to Cuba. He led a two-day retreat with 20 people outside of the city of Matanzas for Holy Conversations, with an emphasis on Spirituality and Sexuality.
Reflecting on the retreat, Rev. Gutiérrez said, "For many of them, it was like coming out of the closet. They were able to talk about God and Jesus from a perspective that was much more liberating and personal. With each story, each God moment, it was more clear for them the correct decision to take was to be MCC."
||Today we are so proud to announce there are three groups now forming to become an MCC Emerging Church in the following Cuban cities: Matanzes (mahTAHNzeys), Santa Clara (clahra), and Cardenas (carDEYNahs). Please keep these cities and the leaders of these new groups in your prayers. Click on the image to hear Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson's talk.
||Today we are also proud to announce Open Door MCC is a 2015 Anniversary Pacesetter Church
Prayers of great thanksgiving for an incredibly successful WUMCO fundraiser on August 28th, 2015, in which Amy sold fourteen pieces of artwork!
Members and friends were installed at the 10/4/15 service, our denomination's anniversary weekend known as Fellowship Sunday.
There are several ways to support the ongoing work of Equality Maryland and our friend (and 2014 Schrader-Witcher award winner) Keith Thirion. 1) Visit the Contribute page at equalitymaryland.org website. 2) Show up in Annapolis to show support for the needs of LGBTQ youth during the General Assembly Committee on Children and Families. 3) Volunteer to phone bank for the organization's November fundraiser.
If you are interested in becoming part of a fledgling prisoner's ministry, please speak to Sandy Bostian. At this point, we are looking for counselors and GED tutors.
The BOD is working to schedule a congregational meeting for follow-up on the language of our by-laws; stay tuned for details and please speak to any Board member for more information.
Rescheduled Retreat for Friday, December 5, 2015: From Rev. Edgard – "I am excited about meeting you to celebrate the great things you are doing as a community of faith. I am excited about the opportunity to connect with you to ask, to imagine, to wonder, to be surprised by the work of the Spirit in you and through you.
Meanwhile, I leave you with these questions: 1) Is Open Door MCC a problem to be solved? 2) In deficit mode? 3) A play with a single script?
Or, is Open Door MCC 1) a mystery to be embraced? 2) A poem with a myriad of interpretations? 3) A living book with multiple authors? I look forward to meeting you in the near future." ~Rev. Edgard Francisco Danielsen-Morales
Two new recycling bins are in the foyer, one for used glasses, which will be donated to people in need of prescription eyeglasses. The other bin is for ink cartridges, which both contributed to recycling and also earns Open Door purchase credits at Staples!
|| Ruth Schrader to Turn 90
Our friend Ruth Schrader is about to turn 90 years young, as her ridiculous son says, on December 12 this month. If you would like to contribute to the shower of cards, please prepare your card and send to the Nebraska address which is found on the insert in your bulletin!
Open Door is Impacting Need in Montgomery County
Every second Sunday
of the month, all food pantry donations are shared with the
county program, Upper Western Montgomery Help, which provides
assistance with food, medications, and transportation to medical
Please be especially careful to place your pantry donation
in the basket at the front door so that it can be added to
the good work at WUMCO-Help.
Phone: (301) 972-8481
Fax: (301) 916-3236
ODMCC's WUMCO news reports are here.
WUMCO Help, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission
is to provide quick and friendly assistance to needy persons
in Western Upper Montgomery County (Poolesville, Barnesville,
Beallsville, Boyds, Dickerson and surrounding areas) in times
of crisis. It provides emergency help with rent and mortgage,
medical expenses, utilities, car repairs, transportation,
prescription medicine and limited childcare subsidies. It
operates a holiday basket and toy program in the area. It
also coordinates a paratransit type bus service for seniors
and disabled in the area.
Open Door has an emergency assistance fund that people with surplus can contribute to in order to assist folks who are in a pinch. If you are donating to this fund, mark your gift with the Fund Do Unto Other (or DUO). If you need emergency help, speak to Rev. Miller or a Board member after service.
The Open Door Facebook page is close to 250 followers. Have you “liked” our Facebook page? Visit our Facebook page today and “like” us, and tell other people who you think would appreciate Open Door to go there and “like” us to increase our online presence and impact.
Read more of Rev. Miller's writing at his Huffington Post page here.
"Gay couples find a welcome place at Montgomery churches"
By Jen Bondeson, Published in Washington Post: April 4, 2012 and Gazette,Net Maryland Community News Online: Apinterestedril 4, 2012
A Maryland delegate is threatening to put the new Fairness for all Marylanders law to a referendum. Del. Parrott is using bathroom myths and other stereotypes to undermine the important protections for trans and GNC people. Maryland Equality and other supporters are pushing for education and pledges of support, but decline-to-sign drives and other actions would bring attention and exposure of the issues. Please let me know if you are interested in helping to coordinate a Maryland MCC churches effort to keep the Fairness law in place.
Saturday, April 5th, 2014, the Eastern Network gathered
in DC for connection, worship, and Board development.
Join area MCC churches in DC to build relationship
and support one another. Rev. Miller, Adam,
Sara, Linda, and Jim were able to connect
with friends, meet new folks, and talk about trans
stuff for over an hour. It was a very good day.
On Sunday, March 30, immediately
following service we had a Board-led congregational check-in
about the State of Open Door. How things are
working for the congregants and where we go from
here were talked about.
On Thursday,March 27th,
the Maryland House of Delegates passed the Fairness
for all Marylanders Act, which will offer protections
in employment, housing, and public accommodations
from discrimination based on gender identity and
expression. The bill was passed by the Maryland Senate
earlier in the session and now goes to the Governor's
who said last month at Lobby Day, “I am waiting to
sign it.” Thanks to everyone here who signed a card
to your representatives.
March 23, after service we
sent off our beloved Jeff, Kevin, Ruth, and JAKson who are moving
to Nebraska. Who will we have to kick around anymore? Many favorite
stories heard about family members. Many tears of sadness
and tears of laughter. We adore you, Witcher-Schraders! Kevin
Witcher passed his Boards on March 1, and can now be referred
to as Certified Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Adult/Gerontology
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, or simply The New Supreme. Congratulations,
On 20 November 2013, Rev. Miller presented a Trans 101 to a hundred smart,
attentive high school students and their teachers in DC,
and Huffington Post ran a piece written for
the Transgender Day of Remembrance by Miller. Also, "lots
of Facebook folks are talking and thinking about anti-trans
violence and making the world safer."
Read Miller's piece here.
Sunday: Begun in 1936, World Communion Sunday is intended
to be an annual celebration of ecumenical, or interdenominational,
unity and oneness in faith. It became a celebration of the
National Council of Churches in 1940. In a world increasingly
polarized by rigid definitions of who is in and out, and by increased
violence, we observe this day and practice human solidarity not,
or not only, as Christians, but also as people of justice. As
people of MCC, which has not been accepted as a member of the
body that promotes this celebration, we pray for a true realization
of spiritual unity. Paul wrote, There is neither
Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male and female, for you are
all one in Christ Jesus. Let this be our mission
Fellowship Sunday - 47 years ago, on October 6, 1968, twelve people
gathered in a Los Angeles living room for the first service of
what would become Metropolitan Community Churches. It was a single
service with twelve gay people. It has become a global justice
movement working to end not just homophobia and transphobia,
but also racism, sexism, and other forms of social and spiritual
oppression. Truly, where two or three are gathered in Jesus'
name, God is there among them. Today, we'll take a second offering
in honor of our anniversary dedicated to strengthening the effectiveness
and impact of MCC's Networks. Our network includes DC, DE, MD,
and VA churches, and our sibling churches are celebrating big
changes: Rehoboth dedicated a new church building last Sunday.
MCC Baltimore has called a new permanent pastor to serve. New
Light in Hagerstown has a new interim pastor. And MCCDC had its
2d Spanish-speaking service honoring Monsignor Oscar Romero.
On 15 Sept 2013 we marked the 50th anniversary of the
bombings at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist Church by the
Klan. The film Fruitvale Station is currently in art theaters
and tells the story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by
transit police in Oakland. He was unarmed, handcuffed, and lying
on the ground. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed last year by
a neighborhood watch captain. He was unarmed. Kimani Gray, 16.
Kendric McDade, 19. Timothy Russell. Ervin Jefferson, 18. All
unarmed. Last week Jonathan Ferrell, former Florida A&M University
football player, was shot 10 times and killed by police. He was
unarmed and had just been in a car accident. I can't bear this
anymore, and I can't be just angry anymore without acting. If
you have ideas or suggestions of where Open Door can plug into
ongoing conversations and work from within the communities directly
impacted, please speak to me or a board member.
years ago (September 15, 1961), at 10:22 am, four young
women were murdered at Birmingham's Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church by a Klan bombing. “Birmingham Sunday” marked a vital
turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. The grief and anger
sparked the all-out, nonviolent voting rights campaign that produced
the 1965 Voting Rights Act—recently debilitated by the Supreme
Court. The movement’s courageous nonviolent response also helped
ensure passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
September 10, 2013,
at the United States Capitol, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson,
Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair were awarded
the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest civilian
honor, received by members of their families. Today at 10:22
we rang our church bell for each of these precious children,
we said their names, and we encouraged you to continue the
work of racial, economic, and environmental justice by, for example,
educating yourself and others and becoming involved in issues
such as: voting rights suppression; mass incarceration of
African Americans and Latinos; global slavery; sweatshop labor;
immigrants’ rights; violence against youth of color & against
women and girls; joblessness; age discrimination; retirement;
and family debt burdens, esp. student debt. Do not under-estimate
your power to make change. As Marianne Williamson famously said,
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
Open Door is making “Clean Kits”
for distribution by Montgomery County Homeless Services. Ongoing
donations of personal toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap,
shampoo, nail clippers, washcloths, or deodorant) are needed
and welcome. Please speak to Corrine Bertram with interest or
Each week we fill out our “My
Time and Talent” receipts to record the time we give
to church ministries and services and place them in the offering plate as we do our monatary tithe. Your time is priceless! Thank
Miller had a piece entitled, "What
Would Jesus Do For Chelsea Manning?" published August
29, 2013, on the MCC Global Justice Institute Webpage.
Open Door needs you! There are lots of ways to get involved.
Where does your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger
Frederick's LGBTQ Community Center is scheduling community
and small-group get-togethers and activities. Find out
more on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/TheFrederickCenter?
The Green Team asks for your help improving our ecological
practice. Please place all recyclables (cans, bottles,
other plastic or metal containers) in the large blue bin
in the kitchen. Please place all paper recycling in one
of the small blue wastebaskets marked with the recycling
logo. Please help Open Door reduce, reuse, and recycle!
Donations of nonperishable foodstuff and gift cards from
local major grocery stores and gas stations are always
needed and welcome. (Please provide the receipt in case
the cards have not been activated.)
of personal toiletries are always needed and welcome
(toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, nail clippers,
washcloths, or deodorant). Packets are available now
below the nametag board for distribution. Please speak
to Corrine Bertram with interest or questions.
recyclables container – metal only
our Inclement Weather Policy: Should we receive
substantial snowfall or other inclement weather on a Saturday
night or Sunday morning and worship is canceled, information
will be available after 8:30 am on Facebook and the church
voicemail. Additionally, we will also be listed with WTOP (103.5 FM or 103.9FM) or wtopnews.com. The church follows
Montgomery County school closings during weekday evenings.(Webpage)
for Marriage Equality
Rev. Miller was one of
the speakers for the Marriage Equality rally
on Sunday, October 14th, 12:30p on the
front steps of Evangelical Reformed UCC, at 11 W.
Church Street in Frederick, MD. Speakers also included
faith leaders, community members, and elected officials.
and signs were in evidence, demonstrating support
as people of faith FOR marriage equality. A Blessing
of Families concluded the rally.
The ERUCC choir sang a
song written for marriage equality, “For All
the Children.” The
link for the music can be found at www.WelcomeSongMusic.com.
A rehearsal for the song was held at 12:00 noon
prior to the 12:30 rally in the ERUCC sanctuary.
Free parking on Sundays
is available at the Frederick City parking garages
on Church Street (one block from the church) and Court
Street (two blocks from the church).
Click here for pictures from the rally.
Open Door is Impacting Need in Montgomery
On the first Sunday of each month Open Door MCC donates
all food pantry donations to
the county program, Upper Western Montgomery HELP,
which provides assistance with food, medications,
and transportation to medical appointments.
WUMCO-HELP, Inc. is a
not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to provide
quick and friendly assistance to needy persons in
Western Upper Montgomery County (Poolesville, Barnesville,
Beallsville, Boyds, Dickerson and surrounding areas)
in times of crisis. It provides emergency help with
rent and mortgage, medical expenses, utilities, car
repairs, transportation, prescription medicine and
limited childcare subsidies. It operates a holiday
basket and toy program in the area. It also coordinates
a paratransit type bus service for seniors and disabled
in the area.
Phone: (301) 972-8481 Fax: (301) 916-3236
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