For many of us, we find the Holiday Season to be hard due to loss, grief, pain, loneliness, or just not feeling so Joyous. For those of us in the LGBTQQI community, it seems that these emotions are often times amplified by discrimination. Blue Christmas, held on the Winter Solstice (the longest night of the year), is a time for us to come together and honor those feelings.
Blue Christmas gives us a way to cope with those feelings, a safe space to share those feelings, and a community of people who remind us that we are not alone!
Come join us on Friday, December 21st, at 7pm. Refreshments and coffee will be available before and after the program.
All are welcome and invited to come spend time with us on Thanksgiving Day! Come to eat or just hang out or come to help prepare the meals!
Community Center Open 8a-8p
- Breakfast - 9am
- Lunch - 1pm
Refreshments, Coffee and beverages available all day.
Rest areas, board games, and movies will be available in various areas around the facility. Showers are also available to anyone needing to make use of them.
Dr. David Williams, M.D., M.P.H.
David was born in Kingston, Jamaica where he completed his primary and secondary school education. Upon immigrating to the United States, he completed his undergraduate studies in biology/biochemical engineering. Since graduating from medical school, he has worked as an emergency/trauma medicine physician and surgeon in the US and several overseas locales as well as a project/program director in employee health and safety for a number of major telecom equipment manufacturers and providers.
David studied at the master’s level, qualitative and quantitative aspects of the U.S. healthcare system policy and politics, including epidemiology of and comparison with international perspectives on emergency medicine, public health and HIV/AIDS. David has more than 25 years of medical and engineering experience. He holds degrees in engineering, medicine and public health; and has extensive experience in managing complex development and deployment projects for large health care companies/organizations, and multinational telecom providers.
David was initially baptized Anglican and then grew up in his grandmother’s Pentecostal church. David started attending MCC Christ the Liberator in 2008 after searching for a church home for a number of years.
Since 2011, David has served on the Board of Directors of MCC Christ the Liberator in various roles from clerk, treasurer, lay delegate, and vice moderator. In January 2017 he was appointed as the Interim Pastor of MCC CTL and was recently elected as Senior Pastor. David was appointed as member of MCC’s HIV/AIDS Advisory Council in 2012. He was later named as the Program Officer in 2015. This role evolved into David being named as MCC’s Program Officer/Coordinator for Health & Wellness. In this role, he has represented MCC at the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, the US Conference on AIDS, and performed as the Medical Director at the 2015 MCC General Conference held in Victoria, Canada. David was named to the Governing Board of UFMCC in January 2018 and has been serving in the role of Treasurer.
David resides and practices in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and travels extensively internationally lecturing on varied subjects in the fields of emergency medicine/trauma surgery and public health as well as visiting a number of MCC churches and networks.
The 50th Anniversary of MCC Churches is October 7th, 2018. But we're stretching it into more than a month of commemorative activities and services. Put these important dates on your calendar now.
September 21-23 - The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, retired global leader of MCC Churches, visits with St. John's MCC
- Friday 7pm - Meet the Author Event at the LGBT Center of Raleigh
- Saturday morning and afternoon - Workshops led by Rev. Elder Wilson
- Saturday 1:00pm - Lunch Boxes of Love with Rev. Elder Wilson serving
- Sunday 9am & 11am - Worship Experiences with Rev. Elder Wilson preaching
- Sunday, 4pm - Pride Interfaith Service at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
September 29-30 - LGBTQ Pride Celebrations
- Saturday morning afternoon, and evening - Pride in Durham Parade, Pride After Dark Festival and Celebration
- Sunday 9am & 11am - Pride Worship Experiences with Rev. Vance Haywood preaching
October 7 - Founders Sunday
- Sunday 9am & 11am - Founders Day Worship Experiences with Rev. Jimmy Gibbs preaching
October 13-14 - Homecoming Celebration
- Saturday 9am - Homecoming Brunch & Feast Preparation
- Saturday 4pm - Homecoming Choir Rehearsal
- Sunday 9am - Homecoming Brunch
- Sunday 10am - Homecoming Worship Experience featuring Rev. Willie White, St. John's MCC Founder with other founding members of the church
- Sunday 12noon - Homecoming Feast
- Sunday 6pm - Gospel Drag Show
October 21 - Founders Month Closing Celebration
Sunday 9am & 11am - Worship Experiences with Rev. Vance Haywood preaching