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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of June 1, 2024


Worship for Second Sunday after Pentecost and Holy Communion Sunday, starts tomorrow at 10 am in the sanctuary and 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 and Pastor's Summer Study will launch with a new book this Wednesday, June 5.  

Our Summer Bible Study (June and July), titled "Life After: The Theological Reimagining of Sacred Economies," will explore the book Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone. The book can be purchased on Amazon.

Engage with us in ministry this summer -  All teens are invited to register and join "Empowering Black Families" after worship on Sunday (June 2); Veterans Council Meeting (June 5); Save the date and buy your tickets for the MAMEC Scholarship luncheon (June 8), Youth Sunday (June 9), 'Quilting Our Stories: A Practice of Art and Reflection’ (June 15); National Digital Equity Bible Study (June 19), Metropolitan AME Church's 186th Church Anniversary (July 7); Cradle Roll's annual program (July 14) and Vacation Bible School (July 22-26).


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, in partnership with the Health Commission, will be sponsoring a session on "Empowering Black Families" for rising 9th-12th graders. This conversation will replace our normal YPD Meeting scheduled this Sunday on June 2nd after service until 1:30 pm. Food will be served. Please register with this link below or contact


YOUTH DAY is Sunday, June 9th! Please join us as we celebrate the young people of Metropolitan A.M.E. at 10 AM in the Sanctuary! At 8:30am the Church School cordially invites you to attend their Youth Day Program celebrating 2024 graduates in Douglass Hall.


The Youth and Family Ministry looks to celebrate the Class of 2024 in June on our Annual Youth Day. If you are a high school, college, or post-secondary graduate, please let us know by emailing


Save the date for July 7, 2024! Metropolitan AME church will celebrate its 186th Church Anniversary on July 7, 2024 at 10 AM in the sanctuary. Mark your calendars to join us as we celebrate another year of God’s goodness within our community of faith! More information on this year’s theme and celebratory events will be shared soon, keep an eye out for the newsletter and more information.


Girls Who Code’s Spring 2024 sessions will continue Saturdays until June 8th.

Sessions are free, open to middle and high school girls, and will be held via Zoom.

Contact Cristol Primas at to sign up.


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!

The Cradle Roll Annual Program originally scheduled for May 19, 2024 has been rescheduled for July 14, 2024 a 8;30am. We look forward to seeing all of our families and babies in July.


We invite you to join us for our summer study, "Life After: The Theological Reimagining of Sacred Economies," starting this week on Wednesday, June 5th at noon and 7pm led by Rev. Dr. E. Michelle Ledder (noonday) and our Metropolitan Ministerial Staff (7pm) exploring the book, Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone. The book can be purchased on Amazon.


Summer reading time is almost here! SAMS is happy to invite you to join a "Reading  Adventure" for our younger members and children throughout the DMV.

Please place new or gently used books for pre-k through third grade reading level in baskets in the church lobby.  You are also invited to take a book that you like, read it pass it on or return it for someone else to enjoy! What a great opportunity to pass on those books your children and grandchildren have outgrown, or you are welcome to purchase new books if you choose.


The next Metropolitan AME Veterans Council meeting, a valuable opportunity for veterans and those interested in their experiences, will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 5th, 2024 at 6pm. 

By attending, you can gain insights into veterans' experiences and contribute your skills to assist the veteran community.  We will discuss the Veteran and Military Spouse Talent Engagement Program at our next meeting. For more information, please contact Dr. Bryon L. Garner at


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 Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Scholarship Endowment Payne-Tanner Memorial will host its 31st Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at Metropolitan on Saturday, June 8, 2024.  The program will feature Keynote Speaker, Ms. Denise Rolark Barnes, Publisher of The Washington Informer newspaper, music by the N Tyme Jazz Ensemble, and a liturgical contemporary dance performance by Ms. Melissa Smith.  The Scholarship Endowment appreciates your support of our deserving youth who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need.  Ticket donations of $50, and other contributions are appreciated and can be made online at Eventbrite:


Join us for two special events celebrating 'The Fabric of Our Community' through visual art, reflection, and worship. In June, On Saturday, June 15 at 1 PM, 'Quilting Our Stories: A Practice of Art and Reflection’, explores the ancestral tradition of how we reflect and communicate through artistic expression. Register using the QR code.

Then in July, on July 7th after our church anniversary worship celebration join us for 'Visualizing Worship: Celebrating 186 Years of Community,' an art gallery walk highlighting the works of the artists in our community and collaborating on our own communal artistic expression. Both events will be held in Douglass Hall. Don’t miss this chance to connect, celebrate and create our shared stories. Stay tuned for more information.


Join me for the Juneteenth National Digital Equity Bible Study on June 19th at 10 AM CST/11 AM EST at Greater Grace Temple. The event will also be held virtually. Get more info and register here:


The Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Please see the flyer with a link to sign up for volunteer opportunities.  For more information, please contact Sister Virginia Boateng at


You are invited to join us for Family Style – an information session about The SANKOFA Project on June 30th from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM in Douglass Hall, immediately following the church service.

Through the generous support of the Lilly Endowment’s Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative, the SANKOFA Program is dedicated to creating a sustainable ecosystem of Christian parenting support within all Black families. Join us for an afternoon of family style lunch, music, and information sharing. Please RSVP by June 19, 2024 to confirm your attendance.



As you  are making your Summer plans?   Be sure to save the dates for Vacation Bible School 2024!  Yes! July 22-26 we will be studying from the theme, "From Vision to Reality:  Winning God's Way."   

As always, we will study the Word of God, as well as  provide dinner, fellowship and fun!  Registration is now open. Register using this form, registration will close on June 30. We look forward to you joining us!


The Youth and Family Ministry is also seeking volunteers who can assist in Communications and content, creation, person to help facilitate monthly youth church gatherings for elementary-aged students, and a Project Lead for Intergenerational Gatherings. Please speak with Rev. Thomas Brackeen or email for Volunteer Job Descriptions and more information.


Have something to share with the congregation? Please send ALL announcement information to Blurbs should be no longer than 75 words.


...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


It’s time to celebrate! Happy Birthday to all of those born during the month of June. We are grateful for another year of your life and we honor you in the month of your birth!


Happy Anniversary! We salute all couples married in the month of June. May you continue to grow in  love again and again each year!


Tuskegee University makes history with the naming of its 10th president - a member of Metropolitan! Let us celebrate! Tuskegee's new president belongs to our family of faith! Join us in congratulating Dr. Mark Brown on this wonderful achievement.  God be with him on this extraordinary journey.


"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute." -Psalm 82:3. As the Bible so instructs it is our call to pursue justice. We are proud to share the first ever Black Lawyers Directory serving Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. Feel free to use this interactive directory to connect with a lawyer who can provide you and your family with sound legal advice. Download the complimentary copy here.


“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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