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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of December 30, 2023


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

Worship for the First Sunday after Christmas & New Year's Eve, starts tomorrow at 10 am and is 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; and Noonday and Pastor's Study on Wednesday at noon and 7pm.

Engage with us this week and next- Read the Advent reflections for this week;Veterans can share their stories with Dr. Garner for his upcoming book; Register to join the Lorraine Gillian Health Commission immersions on Jan 14 and 21st; Submit your 250-word lenten reflections by Jan 15; and order your book and journal for study with Rev. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dana starting January 17.

Happy New Year to you and yours.


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:

Join us in worship as we celebrate the first Sunday after Christmas and New Year's Eve! We hope to see you at 10 am in worship.


Save the Date: The Mighty Men of Metropolitan's Annual Day will be January 28, 2024!

Please join the Mighty Men of Metropolitan on January 28, 2024, during worship service for our Annual Men’s Day Program. On this day, Anthony Cooke, Professor at Georgetown Law and Founder of Coalition for Racial Equality and Democratic Equality will grace us with his wisdom and insights. The Mighty Men look forward to your presence.


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 and Pastor's Study continues at noon and 7pm. 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 & YouTube.


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!


If you struggle to maintain a healthy weight or manage diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease, join the African American Culinary Heritage cooking and nutrition immersion classes on January 14th and 21st after service in Douglass Hall. The class will last about 75 minutes at each session.

This immersion will include plant-based cooking demonstrations, food tastings, and great health information.  This opportunity is brought to you by a partnership between the Lorraine Gillian MD Health Commission and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.   

For more information or to register go to:


2024 Lent Booklet Reflections

Easter is coming! Soon we will be thinking of Jesus’ sacrifice. ASH Wednesday is February 14, 2024.

What is your message for this season of Lent?

Please take time to write your reflection for the Metropolitan A.M.E. Lent booklet. Your 250 words or less submission, to include a title, scripture and prayer, is due NLT January 15, 2024.

Send your reflection to

We appreciate your efforts.


We're excited to announce the new book for 7pm Pastor's Study for 2024. Beginning January 17, we will be 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."


Let’s talk about patriotism, race, and veteran identity. Dr. Bryon L. Garner is scheduling interviews with Black veterans for his coming book. If you are interested in being interviewed, please use the following link to schedule your interview:


...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. Lord, hear the prayers of your people.




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