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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of July 29, 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, July 30. Service for the Ninth 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 be on pause for the month of August.

Save the Dates for Teen Bowling Night on August 12 at 1pm, the Food Bank with Sarah Allen Missionary Society returns on August 26 at 9am, and Veterans Council meeting on Sept.3.


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:


The Youth and Family Ministry is hosting a Teen Bowling Activity on Saturday, August 12th, from 1 to 3 pm. Students ages 13 to 17 are welcome to meet us at AMF Capital Plaza Lanes for an afternoon of fun! Admission is $35 per student. Contact to sign up. Hurry, hurry – the first 12 students are free!


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, 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.


"I praise God for your ministries. We are impacting the District of Columbia, the DMV, and the world through worship, liberation, and service. Yesterday we won a judgment against the Proud Boys in the amount of $1,036,626.78 plus costs and interest at the statutory rate."

This is the fourth largest judgement against a white supremacist organization in the history of the United States.

"The God of justice is pleased. Jesus the liberator is pleased. Holy Spirit is breathing upon us. Our ancestors are smiling. Let us continue to be faithful. A luta continua! The beautiful struggle continues!"

-Pastor William H. Lamar IV


Have something to share with the congregation? Please send ALL announcement information to Blurbs should be no longer than 75 words. Announcements for the month of September should be submitted by Sunday, August 27, 2023!



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, August 26th from 9 am to 3 pm. For more information, please contact Sister Virginia Boateng at


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


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.


The Boston University School of Theology is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of New Testament Shively T. J. Smith will serve as the inaugural director of the School’s PhD program

The Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of New Testament Shively T. J. Smith will serve as the inaugural director of the School’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program, effective July 1, 2023. In this new role, Prof. Smith will work closely with Associate DeanBryan Stone and the Office of Academic Affairs, and she will also liaise with the Advanced Studies Committee and the leaders of the PhD Student Association.


Thank You from the Metropolitan Scholarship Committee

The Metropolitan Scholarship Endowment Committee extends heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our Scholarship Endowment donors, to special supporters Ms. Anna Hodges, Ms. Thelma Jacobs, the Church School, the Ethel P. Hall Club, and Wade and Jannice Dean, to DC meteorologist Ms. Veronica Johnson of WJLA-TV/ABC7 for being our keynote speaker, to Rev. Geoffrey E. Tate, Sr. for being our Master of Ceremonies, to Rev. Cozette Thomas for delivering the Invocation and Benediction, to Michael Horton and the N Tyme Ensemble for providing instrumental jazz entertainment, and to all who attended and participated in the 30th Annual Scholarship Awards Program. We were humbled by the support we received. Your generosity makes a tremendous difference in the lives of our students and in the legacy of the Scholarship Endowment. Special thanks to Rev. William H. Lamar IV, Dr. Dana Williams, Rev. Thomas A. Brackeen, Jr., and the church staff for promoting our efforts and helping celebrate our youth.

-Michael McMiller, Michal Young, Gloria Graham, and Janet Oakley Huggins, Co-chairs


I am also asking each of you to make a generous anniversary gift to Metropolitan before July 31, 2023, beyond your regular tithes and offerings...Why give to Metropolitan? Because 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

Please make sure that you specify that your gift is for church anniversary when you give.

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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