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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of January 27, 2024


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

Worship for the Mighty Men of Metropolitan's Annual Day and the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, 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; 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- Read more about our vision for the 1518 Residences at Metropolitan; access the course materials for study with Rev. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dana as it continues this Wednesday; Sign up to participate in the Black History Read-in with Sons and Daughters of Allen; Register for the Church School Black History program by Feb 1; and Save the Dates for Lay Annual Day on Feb 18.


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:

Please join the Mighty Men of Metropolitan tomorrow on January 28, 2024, during worship service for our Annual Men’s Day Program. 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 the Robert R. and Ora B. Kelly Lay Organization for Lay Annual Day on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.  The speaker will be Sis. Glen White, President of the Washington Conference Lay Organization.  Thank you.


We believe that every veteran who has bravely served our country deserves a safe and dignified place to call home.

Metropolitan AME Church (“Metropolitan”) and the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation (“Payne CDC”) are excited to announce our preliminary plans to construct a residential tower on the grounds of our historic church, Metropolitan AME Church, at 1518 M Street NW.

This tower will serve as a home for 28 unhoused, at-risk military veterans who are in desperate need of stable housing and support services.

Want to know more about our vision for 1518 Residences at Metropolitan? Read the full special announcement and the press release and project details.


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!


Save the Date for the Church School's Annual Black History Month Celebration on February 16th at 6pm in Douglass Hall.  The theme is African Americans and the Arts.

Register to join us here. Registration closes February 1st, so don't delay register today!


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:


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!


Anti-Racism 4REALS is holding a 2-day, virtual session January 26th and 27th: REAL TALK with REAL STRATEGIES in REAL TIME for REAL CHANGE for Faith Leaders. Learn to differentiate between REAL TALK and just more talk, how to interrupt racism in REAL TIME, and use effective accountability structures to enact REAL CHANGE. Participants will leave with 50 anti-racism strategies and have learned the skills necessary to employ them. More info coming soon!


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 today from Saturday, January 27th 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


The Sons and Daughters of Allen will host a READ-IN with Pearl P Cook Senior Club on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 11 AM via zoom and on Sunday February 25 following worship in Douglass Hall. 

We invite anyone who wishes to read and recite writing by African Americans, especially young people.

Contact Joan W Oxendine at 301-577-6849 if you wish to participate.


The Sons and Daughters of Allen present the 2024 Cultural Arts Festival. This year's theme is Bridging the Generation Gap through Music and the Arts. The festival will take place Saturday March 2, 2024 at 12 noon. The festival with feature the youth of Metropolitan and Howard University.

Tickets are $35 and vendors can exhibit for $50. You may purchase tickets from any member. 

Vendors please contact Helen Harvin at 202-240-4468. For more information contact Consentine Morgan Groover at (301)466-7178 or


...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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