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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of June 8, 2024


Worship for Youth 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; 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 -  Save the dates for Quilting Our Stories: A Practice of Art and Reflection (June 15); National Digital Equity Bible Study (June 19), SAMs Food Bank (June 22); Poor People's Campaign national march (June 29); Family Style presented by the SANKOFA project (June 30); 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:

YOUTH DAY is tomorrow, 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.


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.


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!


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


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.


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


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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