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Open Door MCC Newsletter                                        November 19, 2017

Pastoral Transition

The Board of Directors....

...has heard your input from the Congregational Meeting.  The Board will deliberate to find a way to incorporate your input into the discernment process for identifying a candidate for the provisional pastorship while aligning with best practices as outlined by Rev. Pressley Sutherland.  We will have a robust process that includes everyone's input.  Given this need for further thought about the process, as well as the crunch associated with the Thanksgiving holiday and the advent of Advent (!!), the Board will NOT proceed with any interviews until we have had a further chance to deliberate and together we have a plan to move forward.  

As always, don't wait to be asked - feel free to reach out to any and all members of the Boar to share your thoughts and ideas.

To understand better the role of a provisional pastor, please review the deck that was presented on 9/24.  it's on our website at

All the transition-related materials are available on our website at:

The Board continues to seek your input as we work through the transition together.  Please watch this spot in the newsletter for the latest developments.

Remember, you can address your questions or comments to any Board member:

Curt Judd
Jolene Capozzi
Richard Sudol
Amy Morrison
Vernessa Wilson
Drew Curtis

Thank You!!

The Congregational Meeting
Thanks to all who were able to attend the Congregational Meeting last Sunday.  A quorum was achieved, the 2018 budget was approved, two members of the current board had their "temporary" appointments validated (Drew Curtis, Vernessa Wilson) and two members were elected for 2-year terms beginning in 2018.  Congratulations to Drew Curtis and Curt Judd on their election!

THIS SUNDAY - Homecoming
Please stay after service this Sunday to attend our annual Homecoming event.  There will be food (we aren't called Oven Door for nothing!) and companionship - and a tree trimming!

Choir - Special Music - coming soon!
An Early Reminder that our choir will be participating in the Carols & Lessons service on Sunday, December 10th.  If you would like to participate as a member of the choir, please contact Jolene Capozzi and let her know.

If you would like to provide special music during one of our Sunday services, please reach out to a Board member to let them know.  We will work with you to schedule your special music with our cast of musicians, and will be thrilled to share your musical gifts

Thanksgiving Baskets
IMPORTANT - NOW IS THE TIME!  Please be sure to bring your contributed items THIS Sunday 11/19, so that we can assemble the baskets and distribute them before the holiday.

Food Gift Cards 

 As we approach the holiday season, there are some in our community with need for assistance to be able to afford healthy, nutritious food.  This is something that we should never take for granted.  Thanks to those who continue to support our WUMCO food drive.  In addition to collecting for the WUMCO food bank, Open Door tries to keep a supply of grocery store gift cards available at church for those with immediate need.  Please, if you can, add to that supply with a gift card from any local chain grocery store in any amount.  When you give a card, please attach the receipt with the activation code to the back of the gift card.  Open Door has always been a place of generosity and caring for each other and our community.  If you are able, please continue to help us help others.

IMPORTANT - please be sure to bring your contributed items THIS Sunday 11/19, so that we can assemble the baskets and distribute them before the holidays

November 20th is the "official" National Transgender Day of Remembrance
Here are three local Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) commemorations. Please consider attending one or more of these ceremonies and stand in solidarity with our Trans Sisters and Brothers:

Montgomery County TDOR (secular) - Sunday, November 19th, 4-6pm
County Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe St, Rockville

Montgomery County TDOR (faith-based) - Monday, November 20th, 7pm
UCC of Seneca Valley, 13421 Clopper Rd. Germantown

Frederick TDOR - Monday, November 20th, 7pm
Marx Center - Hood College - Frederick

This Week

This Sunday is the twentieth Sunday after Pride! The readings this week are about anger and redemption - and what seems to be investment advice from Jesus.  What's that about? Come hear Curt Judd help explain all of this to us. Stay afterward for HOMECOMING!! Food, coffee, fellowship AND tree decorating are on the post-service agenda. Remember - Open Door is Building Our Future Together, and we all want to be involved, so get your 2018 Stewardship pledge form, complete it, and give it to any Board member - or just put it into the collection plate.
Our Denomination: Around MCC

MCC's Inclusive Language guide has been updated by Rev. Aaron Miller and Rev. Miller Hoffman.

Our Interim Moderator, Rachelle Brown, was interviewed by The Advocate. Read about her experience as a Cajun lesbian and part of a polyamorous family.

  Pastoral Transition
  Vice Moderator, Curt Judd
  Email judddraco787 Phone 301.639.3998
Upcoming Events
This week
Sunday, November 12th
10a Worship, Nineteenth Sunday after Pride, Week 8 of the 2018 Stewardship Campaign, Deborah Tomblyn preaching

Birthdays and Anniversaries

November 18 - one year ago today we lost our good friend Jim Sorensen

Coming Up

Monthly NAMI Support Group
Gather at Open Door on the 2d Thursday of each month for a a peer-led support group for family members, caregivers, and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar circumstances.
Next gathering, December 14, 7p

Sparkle Day
We are planning a well deserved Sparkle Day to prepare for the Christmas holiday season.  Cleaning will commence at 10am on Saturday, December 2.  If you're interested in helping keep our home neat and tidy, please contact Curt Judd and he will DEFINITELY find a way for you to participate.

Wednesday evening meditations and dharma talks at River Road UU in Bethesda.

Social and support groups scheduled, plus opportunities to volunteer for LGBT awareness and equality.

Your tax-deductable donation helps us continue our work for social and spiritual justice.

Does your company offer matching funds?
Let us know and we'll help you double your giving!

Donate to Open Door through United Way of the National Capital Area. Ask us how!

Open Door Supports WUMCO: 2d Sunday Food Drive
Bring a nonperishable food item and be entered in a drawing. WUMCO helps with rent or mortgage payments, utilities, medical or other current critical expenses; transportation for medical and social service needs; long-term coverage of maintenance medicine not adequately covered by insurance, government or private; emergency and holiday food; and holiday toys.

Our next Second Sunday Food Drive will be November 12, 2017.  Plan ahead!

WUMCO always especially needs spaghetti sauce, canned pasta entrees, and cold cereal.
Since its founding in 1968, MCC has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing important issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and other forms of oppression.  MCC has been on the forefront in the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide and continues to be a powerful voice in the LGBT equality movement.

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