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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of December 9, 2023


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

Worship for YPD Annual Day and the 2nd Sunday of Advent 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- There's still time to contribute gift cards to the Love & Peace Unit for the Sarah Allen Missionary Society 2023 Christmas Project, donate to Carroll Manor with SAMs; sign up to volunteer with the Food bank on December 16; Veterans can share their stories with Dr. Garner for his upcoming book; Start prepping your lenten reflections; and buy your tickets for the Pearl P. Cook Senior Citizen's Club Christmas Party.

Grace and peace 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 continue to celebrate the Advent season and also celebrate the Annual Day for our YPD! We hope to see you at 10 am in worship.



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.


The new session of Girls Who Code continues this week, fostering sisterhood through coding programs such as HTML, Python, Javascript, and more! Meetings are Saturdays from 11am to 12pm via zoom. Contact to sign up for the Fall 2023 session.


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 Pearl P. Cook Senior Citizens Club invites you to its Christmas celebration, Home for the Holidays.

Join us in Douglass Hall on December 21, 2023, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for lunch, music, games, skits, and more. Tickets are $35. To register, contact Barbara Robinson at or 202-722-1718.


If you struggle to maintain a healthy weight or manage diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease, keep your eye out for the African American Culinary Heritage cooking and nutrition immersion starting in January 2024,

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

For more information, contact one of the Lorraine Gillian MD Health Commission Tri-Chairs, Flavia Walton, PhD, Dr. Nickie Martin, Richard Allen Brown.


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."



GriefShare is a special 13-week Biblically based seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after experiencing grief that comes after a significant loss. Our group is led by caring members of Metropolitan who have experienced grief, participated in GriefShare, and want to help you through the difficult days ahead. The first 13-week series is limited to Metropolitan members and 15 slots. There are only a few slots left. If you are interested, please provide the information below and email to Dr. Flavia Walton at You will receive the link to the Zoom sessions and instructions on how and where to obtain your workbook for the GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to participate in this most helpful group to find support, comfort, and learn strategies to help you through a most difficult time.


Greetings Metropolitan Church Family and Friends,

The Love and Peace Unit (LAP) of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society has provided Christmas gifts to children in need for more than forty years, and with your generosity, we hope to continue the tradition. As we have done since the pandemic, donations of $25 Visa, Walmart, or Target gift cards will be given to each child identified by the following organizations:

  • Metropolitan AME Church Food Bank;

  • DC Public Schools;

  • The TraRon Center (Supports survivors of gun violence through therapeutic methods focusing on the arts);

  • The Black Student Fund (Serves as an advocate to children and their families to ensure access to educational opportunities);

  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces

  • Creekside Community of Trust Youth Center (on behalf of Mighty Men - VA-based youth organization)

Your generous support will help bring love and light to many. Visa, Walmart, or Target gift cards in the denomination of $25 should be mailed to:

Love and Peace Unit / Sarah Allen Missionary Society

Metropolitan AME Church

1518 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

Check donations should be made payable to: The Sarah Allen Missionary Society with the annotated memo: 2023 Christmas Project, and mailed to the Church address above. Cash App is also available c/o Cynthia Wilson, $51Pocket. We ask that all donations be made by Sunday, December 10, 2023.

Thank you for your generosity and faithful support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the undersigned via email or telephone. From the 1980’s to the present and beyond, let our beacon of light be steadfast and cast joy upon others.

Cheryl Taylor (; 202-431-6348)

Dianne Black (; 202-669-4027)

Marsha Botts (; 202-550-5250)

Pamela Waring (; 703-901-3391)

2023 Committee – LAP Unit / Sarah Allen Missionary Society


SAMS is collecting socks, toiletries, games, and puzzles for Carroll Manor residents. Items must be received by Friday, Dec. 15th. Please consider contributing. Contact Sis. Janice Murray, Sis. Joan Oxendine, or Sis. Virginia Boateng. Bring items to the Lee-Glover Room on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays in December. Thank you.


The Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank of the Metropolitan AME Church is excited to announce that in-person food bank operations will be held on Saturday, December 16th 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



It would be an such an honor to have you present and to celebrate with us for this momentous Inauguration of my daughter, Nicole Cheek, DDS, as the 100th President of the National Dental Association, and the youngest in its history (founded in 1913). You may remember her from the Cafe MET Oral Health Series, or just as "Harlem's mom" (Cranston) .

The NDA Inaugural Gala will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023

Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

8801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW Washington, DC 20001 West Salon

6pm Cocktail Hour; 7pm Dinner (GHI)

Dress Theme: Sneaker Ball (Formal + Sneakers)

The Gala also serves as a scholarship and program fundraising event. For ticket/donation information (Tax Deductible) use the button below:

For further information and for assistance with using the link contact the Gala Hotline (call/text):



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.



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