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Open Door MCC Newsletter                                            April 22, 2018

Pastoral Transition

Members of the Pastoral Transition Team....

...are very excited about the arrival of Rev Wendy Hamilton as our Provisional Pastor.  We are looking forward to having her "introduce" herself to us officially on Sunday, April 29th. 

Please plan on attending and greeting Rev. Wendy Hamilton at Open Door MCC on Sunday, April 29th.

Remember that the Letter of Appointment is issued by the Metropolitan Community Churches on our behalf.  We sign the contract with Rev. Wendy to define the terms of her work with Open Door.  

While the Letter of Assignment and the contract have been agreed, the Board continues to seek your input as we finish the work of provisional pastoral selection, and proceed through the next steps in our transition together.  Please continue to watch this spot in the newsletter for the latest developments.

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

Curt Judd
Jolene Capozzi
Richard Sudol
Amy Morrison
Vernessa Wilson
Drew Curtis
Linda Gibeaux
Christine Molishas

Thank You for all your support and input and prayers during this critical part of our transition!

Planning for Pride Season
At the last board meeting, we agreed to focus on three Pride events:

1) Frederick Pride - Saturday, June 23rd - we are planning a booth.
2) DC Pride - June 7-10 - we co-sponsor with other MCC's, and participate in the parade on Sunday
3) DC Trans Pride - Saturday, May 19th - we have been sponsors 

We are still open to additional activities.  If you're interested in participating in one or all of these events representing Open Door, please reach out to any of the members of the Board of Directors - now!!

Tasha's Time
Coming Soon to and Open Door near you!

This year we have the cabaret event, and we are looking for the stars of the past, present and future to share their gifts with our audience.  This is a major spring fundraiser for Open Door, so please plan to attend, participate, and have a great time.

June 1 (Friday) will be the dress rehearsal at 7pm
June 2 (Saturday) will be the performance at 7pm

Special Music
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

Food Gift Cards
At every time of the year 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.

This Week

This is the fourth Sunday of the Easter season.  Resist the urge to bring your livestock this Sunday, even though it's all shepherds, all the time! Come hear our own Curt Judd preach - and he definitely knows about shepherding and sheep!.  As always, come join the service and stay for fellowship.

Our Denomination: Around MCC

2019 General Conference registration is open!  Metropolitan Community Churches will hold their international General Conference in Orlando, Florida from July 1-5, 2019.  You can now register to attend by clicking on this link:

Additional information about the General Conference is available at:

2019 will be the 50th Anniversary of MCC.  Come and join the celebration!

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 Phone 301.639.3998
Upcoming Events

This week
Sunday, April 22nd
10am Worship, Fourth Sunday of Easter

Birthdays and Anniversaries
None this week

Coming Up

Monthly NAMI Support Group
Gather at Open Door on the 2nd 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, May 10th - 7pm

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 is Sunday, May13, 2018.  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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Open Door Metropolitan Community Church
15817 Barnesville Road
P.O. Box 127
Boyds, MD 20841
Phone: 301-916-5777