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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of June 22, 2024


Worship for for the Fifth Sunday of Pentecost, 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; and for our Noonday and Pastor's Summer Study.  

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 in ministry with us this summer -  Volunteer with SAMs Food Bank (June 22); RSVP for the Poor People's Campaign national march (June 29); RSVP by June 19 for Family Style presented by the SANKOFA project (June 30); Save the date for Metropolitan AME Church's 186th Church Anniversary (July 7); Cradle Roll's annual program (July 14); RSVP by June 30 for Vacation Bible School (July 22-26); MAMEC cookout (July 27).


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 time to commemorate our church anniversary is coming and we’re honoring the Fabric of Our Community. On July 7th, we will celebrate 186 years of beloved community filled with a multitude of hues, a plethora of gifts and talents, and multidimensional callings. 

We invite you to mark your calendars to join us as we celebrate our commitment to worship, liberate and serve in and with the beloved community to bring forth the reign of God in the world. Our celebration begins at 10 am in the sanctuary at 1518 M Street NW and will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Immediately following our service, join us in Douglass Hall for 'Visualizing Worship: Celebrating 186 Years of Community,' an art gallery walk highlighting the works of the artists in our community where we will also collaborate on our own communal artistic expression. 

Don’t miss this chance to connect, celebrate and create our shared stories.


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 is 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.


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 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


On Sat, June 29th, from 11 am to 12:30 pm, join us for an empowering and enlightening workshop for young Black teens (rising 9th-12th grade) eager to prioritize their well-being and thrive in all aspects of life. "Young, Healthy, and Black" is a comprehensive workshop that delves into the essential components of holistic health, including fitness, nutrition, and mental well-being. Teens who participate will receive lunch and a $25 gift card. Other door prizes will also be given.


The Poor People's Campaign is organizing a transformative day of declaration and action. Join them to support Mass Assembly and March on Washington  at 3rd St and Pennsylvania NW June 29th this summer,  on Pennsylvania Ave. NW. We will march to declare that now is the time to end racism, poverty, destruction of the Earth, and war. We will rally to demand that our elected leaders hear us. RSVP to join the Moral March:


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.


You are cordially invited to connect, celebrate and create with us on July 7 after worship 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.  Douglass Hall will become an interactive art gallery featuring artwork from our beloved community, light hor d'oeuvres, and live art created by you. 

Would you like to feature your art in the anniversary gallery?

Please email for more information -

we’re looking to highlight artists of all ages!


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!


Please mark your calendars for Saturday, July 27, 2024 for the Church Cookout.  It will be a day of family fun, food and prizes.  Please join us from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Takoma-Piney Branch Local Park Shelter, 2 Darwin Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20910.  More information is forthcoming...


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


Let's Make History Together in 2024: Join NCNW's Eight-State/All State Voter Mobilization Strategy!

As we approach the critical 2024 election year, The National Council of Negro Women has launched an impactful initiative: The Eight-State/All-State Strategy. Our goal is to significantly increase voter turnout from 2022, especially among Black women and young voters ages 17-18. This strategy focuses on activating and mobilizing our dedicated members across the country to ensure every voice is heard and every voice is counted. Target states include: Georgia, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. While we focus on these eight states, we need the collective power of all of our members nationwide. Regardless of where you live, your participation is crucial. We encourage every NCNW member and affiliate to get involved and mobilize their communities. Together, we can make a difference.


How You Can Get Involved:

  • Phone Banking: Reach out to potential voters to provide information and encouragement.

  • Canvassing: Go door to door in your community to register voters and spread the word about the importance of voting.

  • Voter Registration Drives: Organize and participate in events to register new voters.

  • Social Media Campaigns: Use your platforms to share information and inspire others to vote.


“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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