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Open Door MCC Newsletter                                     January 21, 2018

Pastoral Transition

The Pastoral Transition Team....

...has met again with Rev. Pressley Sutherland to identify and confirm potential applicants, and we are now actively scheduling interviews with our applicants.The team is focused on this task as the first step in our transition.  Once this task is well underway, we can start to plan the next steps in transition planning, so that we will have the shortest possible time in transition, and get moving Open Door forward as a congregation into our common future!

As always, don't wait to be asked - feel free to reach out to any and all members of the Board/Team 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

http://www.opendoormcc.org/congregation/transition/transition_files/pastoral_church_transition_forum2017.pdf

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

http://www.opendoormcc.org/congregation/transition/transition_index.htm

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 Team member:

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

Thank You!!

Winter Chili Cook-Off and Dance
Plan now to join us in shaking off the winter blues with our annual chili cook-off and dance on Saturday 2/10 (bad weather alternate date is 2/17) from 6pm to 9pm.  Admission will be $5 per person over the age of Aaron Molishas (!).  Prizes will be awarded for the best chili and the best dancing.  Be there, or be square!

Bad Weather Policy
Remember that our policy on bad weather is to follow the decisions made by the Montgomery County Government for weekend activities.  If Montgomery County has cancelled weekend (Sunday) events, then services will not be held at Open Door.  To check the status of Montgomery County weather-related activities for the weekend, go to the following website:

http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/cupf/info-cupf/emergency.html

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.

Ledo's Monthly Get-Together - Change in the new year
After several years of meeting at Ledo's in Montgomery Village on the second Monday of the month for companionship, good food and fundraising for Open Door - things have had to change.  Reduced attendance over the last months has caused Ledo's to end our fundraising relationship.  This doesn't mean the end to the companionship or the good food - but it does mean that we won't be presenting slips of paper, or receive that monthly slip of paper (a check) from Ledo's going forward.  We can still meet together on the second Monday of the month.

We thank Ledo's in Montgomery Village for their support over the past years!

This Week

This is the third Sunday after Epiphany.  There is redemption (for Nineveh) and disciples joining the fold.  Deborah Tomblyn will be preaching, so come hear the word, learn the lesson, and join the fold yourself  You can participate in the service, and afterwards stay for fellowship.

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@gmail.com Phone 301.639.3998
Upcoming Events
This week
Sunday, January 21st
10am Worship, Third Sunday of Epiphany


Birthdays and Anniversaries

None this week

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, February 15, 2018 - 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 will be February 11, 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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15817 Barnesville Road
P.O. Box 127
Boyds, MD 20841
Phone: 301-916-5777
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