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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of August 26, 2023


 


Grace and peace in this season after Pentecost.


During the weekend, we invite you to join us in worship in the sanctuary or online tomorrow, Sunday, August 27. Service for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost begins at 10 am and is live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.


During the week, 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, and Noonday and Pastor's Study will continue to be on pause for the month of August.


Save the dates for opportunities to engage with us in worship and ministry - Veterans Council meeting is next week on Sept.3, Sarah Allen Missionary Society Annual Day on September 10, Potomac District Fall Conclave on Sept. 13-15, and Christian Education Sunday is Sept 17.


On Saturday, September 23, there are several ways to engage in service and ministry with us; signup to volunteer with the Food Bank with SAMS, join in the fight against diabetes by signing up for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes, and Girls Who Code is back in session.

 


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: https://www.youtube.com/metropolitaname.
 



Please join us for the Sarah Allen Missionary Society's Annual Day on Sunday, September 10, 2023, 10:00 a.m. Our speaker will be Dr. Dana A. Williams, Dean of the Howard University Graduate School. The theme is "A Charge to Keep I Have." (Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. --Proverbs 16:3)

 


Did you know that September is Christian Education Month in the African Methodist Episcopal Church? Metropolitan AME will commemorate Christian Education Sunday on September 17 at 10 am. Metropolitan’s Minister to Young Adults, Rev. Evan Taylor will be the speaker for Christian Education Sunday.

 


 


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 prayer.metro1518@gmail.com.

 

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 and Pastor's Study is on sabbatical all of August and will return in September.

 


The Potomac District Fall Conclave is coming from September 13th through 15th! Join us at Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church at 5pm each day to discuss faith, civics, and how they intersect. We look forward to hearing from Rev. Sheleta Fomby, Bishop W. Darin Moore, and Bishop John Bryant!

 


You’re Invited to join us in the work of supporting and assisting those who are incarcerated and returning citizens at The Sun Can Shine: A Call to Assist Those Who Are or Were Incarcerated on September 20 at 6:30 pm EDT at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church or via webinar. The event is an evening with Best selling author Anthony Ray Hinton of the Equal Justice Initiative. Hinton spent 30 years on death row in Alabama for a crime he did not commit before he was finally freed in 2015 through the efforts of Bryan Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative. Hear about his experiences and learn ways that individuals

and congregations can assist those who are currently or formerly incarcerated. Organizations assisting this program include: Returning Citizens Assistance Network, Free Minds Book Club, Voices for a Second Chance, Offender Aid and Restoration, Welcome Home Program of Catholic Charities and DC Books to Prisons. You can register to attend on Eventbrite.


Register to attend in person: https://HintonSeptember20.eventbrite.com or

Register to attend via webinar: https://HintonSeptember20webinar.eventbrite.com

 


Girls Who Code returns to Metropolitan September 23rd, fostering sisterhood through coding programs such as HTML, Python, Javascript, and more! Meetings are Saturdays from 11am to 12pm via zoom. Contact cprimas@msn.com to sign up for the Fall 2023 session.

 


Have something to share with the congregation? Please send ALL announcement information to announcements@metropolitanamec.org. Blurbs should be no longer than 75 words. Announcements for the month of September should be submitted by Sunday, August 20, 2023!

 


 

Attention all Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, and Veterans - Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church is forming a Veteran Council that will guide our ministry in supporting and addressing the needs of those who are serving and those who have served our nation. The purpose of this council is to extend the arms of fellowship by offering spiritual support that is focused on the military and veteran communities and providing a network of support for the specific needs of these communities. Our first meeting is scheduled following church service on Sunday, September 3, 2023. For more information, contact Dr. Bryon L. Garner at bryongarner@gmail.com.

 

The Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank of the Metropolitan AME Church is excited to announce that in-person food bank operations, will resume on Saturday, September 23 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 vab-59@hotmail.com.

 


Please join us on September 23rd for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes as we “Build Wellness Together.” Nearly 133 million people in the U.S. have Diabetes or prediabetes, and 283,000 under the age of 20 are estimated to have been diagnosed with Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (A.D.A) is “stepping out” at the National Mall! The A.D.A believes in focusing on one goal at a time, and setting “S.M.A.R.T” goals for your health. It is not one giant step that changes your health. It is lots of little steps, and the A.D.A. wants to be part of that journey. Come walk with us, and let's start the journey together! Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.

 


 

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church has been selected for the Smart Surfaces Environmental Justice Initiative grant


The justice and liberation work of Metropolitan continues with a $735,000 grant over 3 years from the Waverley Street Foundation. The grant seeks to alleviate the suffering of mostly Black people living in hot, inhumane environments. The grant is to facilitate the work with the Smart Surfaces Coalition to develop training and educational materials that will be used to equip church leaders in the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, The Bronx/Harlem, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sacramento, to:

  • Organize coalitions to work with city and metro-area policy makers toward the adoption of Smart Surfaces and

  • Fund (through micro grants) innovative, climate action interventions within their local communities.

The three primary areas of work include:

  • Training and Education;

  • Faith Community Outreach and Engagement and

  • Providing micro grants to churches and community-based organizations to spark innovative climate action interventions.

 


...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

 


“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.


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