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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of March 16, 2024


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

Worship for Purple Sunday and the Fourth Sunday of Lent, 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 and reflect with our Lenten devotional guide; Sign up to join the Purple Sunday virtual Connectional Program at 4pm tomorrow; Watch the feature from WUSA on the Sons and Daughters of Allen, access the course materials for study with Rev. Dr. Smith and Dr. Dana as it continues this Wednesday; Sign up to support the Food bank; Apply and/or share the Spring 2024 Scholarship opportunities.


It’s Women’s History Month - Let us celebrate and uplift the women who have built, are building, and will build the bridges that we cross to our successes!


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:

This Sunday, March 17th, let’s join the Connectional AME Church in recognition of Alzheimer’s. We all are familiar with this condition and its impact on our loved ones. We can only seek to learn how best to manage it. Please wear Purple in SOLIDARITY!

Later in the afternoon, consider joining the virtual Connectional Purple Sunday program at 4pm EDT. Register with the button below to attend. 


Join us on the journey to the cross - lenten meditations are released daily via email. Contact us at if you’d like to be added to the digital mailing list. On March 29th, Good Friday services will be held at noon and 7pm. Finally, prepare your hearts and minds for Easter Sunday! Honored on March 31st, we will hold a sunrise service at 6 AM and celebrate during service at 10am. All services are open to the community, we hope to see you there!


It is time to commemorate the visionary leadership of our own Pastor William H. Lamar IV. Let’s celebrate 10 years of worship, liberation, and service in the beloved community on April 28th! For morning worship we are thrilled to welcome Rev. Matthew Wesley Williams, Friend of Our Pastor and President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA as our guest preacher. Community tickets for our CELEBRATION CONCERT featuring Chesley Green and the Green Project and the Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute Band become available next sunday via Eventbrite. Worship, Liberate, Serve: A Decade of Dedication - find us at the table to purchase anniversary merchandise or to find out more information!


Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church is proud to announce that it has received a generous grant of $1.25 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to establish the groundbreaking SANKOFA program to promote Christian parenting among congregations and communities.

This grant marks a significant milestone in the church's commitment to serving its community and nurturing the spiritual growth of its members.

The SANKOFA Program is an ambitious initiative designed to create a sustainable ecosystem of Christian parenting support within Black nuclear, blended, and intergenerational families, including, but not limited to Black adoptive, queer, and traditional families. The program also embraces Afrocentric cultural and parenting values, fostering a vibrant tapestry of faith and tradition.

This visionary project is made possible through Lilly Endowment’s unique Christian Parenting and Caregiving Initiative. The initiative's primary aim is to empower parents and caregivers to pass on their faith and values to the next generation, ensuring that spiritual development remains at the forefront of family life.

For more information about the SANKOFA Program, please contact Rev. Cozette Thomas at


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!


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:


The Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank of the Metropolitan AME Church announces that in-person food bank operations will be held on Saturday, March 23 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 Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Scholarship Endowment Payne-Tanner Memorial’s mission of awarding scholarships to students who demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need continues.  The scholarship application are now available from February 15, 2024 - April 15, 2024.

Applications can be downloaded at or can be requested and delivered via email from

The deadline for submitting applications and all supporting documents is April 15, 2024. 

All materials must be mailed to The Scholarship Committee at P.O. Box 19322, Washington, DC  20036.  Applications that are not mailed to the Scholarship Committee’s post office address or are not timely received will not be considered. 

Please contact Pamela Moore at with any questions.


Applications for the Ifill and McZier scholarships are now available! 

To learn more and obtain the application, please visit All applications are due to by May 1, 2024. Please contact Wade Dugger at with any questions.


Girls Who Code’s Spring 2024 sessions will be held from April 20th to 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.


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!


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


Dr. Shively Smith has lent her voice to The People’s Book in its fifth installment, Revelation. The People's Book is an ever expanding audio Bible narrated by Black, Brown, Asian and Indigenous voices. It can be purchased using the link on the flyer, or by visiting the website

If you’d like a sneak peek at the audio book, free samples are also available!


"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.


"If I Touch"  by Kathlyn A Wilson is a limited edition lithograph, commissioned by Metropolitan AME Church for 'A Women's Season  Celebration in 2004.’ The Original artwork hangs in the Pastor's study, and now you can own your own print! Prints will be available for purchase until April 30th for $175. They can be purchased after service on Sundays from 12:30-1: 30 p.m. 

Contact Edith Robinson at  or Linda H. Jefferson for more information.


“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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