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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of April 20, 2024


Thank you for your commitment to worship, liberation, and service.

Worship for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, starts tomorrow at 10 am in the sanctuary and live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

We encourage your presence in Church school on Sundays at 8:30am; Morning Meditations with Metropolitan at 7 am Monday through Friday; the Men's Prayer Call at 7:30 am on Monday; Noonday Study on Wednesday at noon; and Pastor's Study with Rev. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dana at 7pm.

Engage with us this week and next- New members classes continues this week; Purchase your Pastoral Anniversary community concert tickets in person on Eventbrite and after worship; access the course materials for study with Rev. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dana as it continues this Wednesday; Apply and/or share the Ifill and McZier scholarship opportunities by May 1st.


Worship with us at 10 am every Sunday on Facebook & YouTube, and on our website.
Need to join via phone? You can dial in for an audio-only livestream at 1-929-205-6099, 975804722.

Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel and you'll be notified every time we are live. You can subscribe here:

It is time to commemorate the visionary leadership of our own Pastor William H. Lamar IV. Let’s celebrate 10 years of worship, liberation, and service in the beloved community on April 28th! For morning worship we are thrilled to welcome Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams, Friend of Our Pastor as our guest preacher.

Celebrate Good Times - come enjoy brunch and family fun as we celebrate in a fashion fitting a man of the people. DJ Ty Alexander, renowned open-format DJ from Baltimore, MD and featured DJ for Black Girls Rock Fest in 2023 will join us on the dance floor. Bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets for the CELEBRATION CONCERT featuring Chelsey Green and the Green Project and the Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute Band are available via Eventbrite at

Worship, Liberate, Serve: A Decade of Dedication - find us at the table to purchase anniversary merchandise or to find out more information! Do you have your tickets for our Pastoral Anniversary Community Celebration concert? Purchase online at


The Youth and Family Ministry looks to celebrate the Class of 2024 in June on our Annual Youth Day. If you are a high school, college, or post-secondary graduate, please let us know by emailing


Girls Who Code’s Spring 2024 sessions start today, April 20th and will continue until June 8th.

Sessions are free, open to middle and high school girls, and will be held via Zoom.

Contact Cristol Primas at to sign up.


Please join us this week, Monday-Friday, from 7 am-7:15 am for “Meditations with Metropolitan.” To sign up to offer a meditation or share your prayer requests, email the Morning Meditations team at


The Men's Prayer Call is a sacred space where brothers can share and explore their relationship with God in Christ Jesus. All brothers are encouraged to join. The call will be every Monday Morning from 7:30 am – 7:45 am on Zoom.

Meeting ID: 767 5679 7276

Passcode: y28Ma2


Train up your child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Church School meets each Sunday morning at 8:30 am, and concludes at 10am in Douglass Hall. There are classes available for EVERYONE! We will be excited to see you in attendance!


Noonday continues at noon this week. We continue to read Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams' Holy Imagination: A Literary and Theological Introduction to the Whole Bible.

We invite you to join us as we contemplate the scripture and its implications as we engage in the world. Join us on Zoom.


Pastor's Study continues this week. We are reading This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories that Make Us Better by Cole Arthur Riley. Rev. Shively TJ Smith and Dr. Dana A. Williams will be our discussion leaders. Join us for 12 weeks of close reading of a book that critics describe as "storytelling that helps us examine our capacity to rest, wonder, and repair." Watch the intro video and review course materials. Register to get access to the study materials here:


Classes for new members conclude this week! These orientation classes can help you get to know your new church family, our leadership team, and find a ministry that’s right for you!

Have questions? Contact Rev. Cozette Thomas for more information.


Summer reading time is almost here! SAMS is happy to invite you to join a "Reading  Adventure" for our younger members and children throughout the DMV.

Please place new or gently used books for pre-k through third grade reading level in baskets in the church lobby.  You are also invited to take a book that you like, read it pass it on or return it for someone else to enjoy! What a great opportunity to pass on those books your children and grandchildren have outgrown, or you are welcome to purchase new books if you choose.


The Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank of the Metropolitan AME Church announces that in-person food bank operations will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 am to 3 pm.  


Please see the flyer with a link to sign up for volunteer opportunities with the SAMS Food Bank.  For more information, please contact Sister Virginia Boateng at


Applications for the Ifill and McZier scholarships are now available! 

To learn more and obtain the application, please visit The deadline is rapidly approaching. All applications are due to by May 1, 2024. Please contact Wade Dugger at with any questions.


May 4th, from noon to 4pm, the Sons and Daughters of Allen are hosting Pre-Mother’s Day Tea! This event is a silent auction and hat parade for ladies and gentlemen. TIckets are $25 including lunch. Prizes for best and most creative hat are available, so come with your finest! For more information, contact Consentine Morgan Groover at


Metropolitan’s Music and Creative Arts Ministry is looking to add your voice to the choir! Please email me, Brittany Chanell Johnson, at for more information. There are options available for all ages.

Find me after church or send me an email. COME, let’s make a joyful sound unto the Lord!


The Youth and Family Ministry is also seeking volunteers who can assist in Communications and content, creation, person to help facilitate monthly youth church gatherings for elementary-aged students, and a Project Lead for Intergenerational Gatherings. Please speak with Rev. Thomas Brackeen or email for Volunteer Job Descriptions and more information.


The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Scholarship Endowment Payne-Tanner Memorial will host its 31st Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Metropolitan on Saturday, June 8, 2024.  The program will feature Keynote Speaker, Ms. Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher of The Washington Informer newspaper, music by the N Tyme Jazz Ensemble, and a liturgical contemporary dance performance by Ms. Melissa Smith.  The Scholarship Endowment appreciates your support of our deserving youth who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need.  Ticket donations of $50, and other contributions are appreciated and can be made online at Eventbrite:


Have something to share with the congregation? Please send ALL announcement information to Blurbs should be no longer than 75 words.


...we are answering God’s call for the present age. We are planning to provide housing for unhoused veterans. We fight ecological apartheid and climate injustice by organizing people around the nation to ensure that Black, brown, and poor communities are not doomed to be stifling heat islands... We fight the displacement of Black people in the District of Columbia. We stand up against legislation that would further criminalize Black youth in our city.
-Pastor William H. Lamar IV

We're grateful for your generosity.

There are several ways to give:

  • via check mailed to Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC. 20005;

  • via Credit card: on our website and via Realm;

  • via Text: To text to give, text “metro1518” to 73256;

  • via Cash App: $MetropolitanAME


"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute." -Psalm 82:3. As the Bible so instructs it is our call to pursue justice. We are proud to share the first ever Black Lawyers Directory serving Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Feel free to use this interactive directory to connect with a lawyer who can provide you and your family with sound legal advice.  Download the complimentary copy here.


"If I Touch"  by Kathlyn A Wilson is a limited edition lithograph, commissioned by Metropolitan AME Church for 'A Women's Season Celebration in 2004.’ The Original artwork hangs in the Pastor's study, and now you can own your own print! Prints will be available for purchase until April 30th for $175. They can be purchased after service on Sundays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

Contact Edith Robinson or Linda H. Jefferson for more information.


“Truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Let us continue to lift each other in prayer - please pray for those experiencing grief or in need of health, strength, and healing. Lord, hear the prayers of your people.




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