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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of May 18, 2024


Worship for the Pentecost Sunday and Young Adult 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 on June 5.  Our Summer Bible Study, 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 this week and beyond- Are you graduating this year and would like to be included in our celebration? Email Rev. Thomas A. Brackeen, Jr. at with your information; Participate in the SAMs book exchange; Save the date and buy your tickets for the MAMEC Scholarship luncheon (June 8), Save the date for Youth Sunday (June 9), Cradle Roll's annual program (July 14) and VBS (July 22-26); and connect with a senior this month in celebration of Older Americans month.


Older Americans Month (OAM), a time to recognize older Americans' contributions, highlights aging trends, and reaffirms commitments to serving the older adults in our communities. The 2024 theme, Powered by Connection, recognizes the profound impact that meaningful relationships and social connections have on our health and well-being. Connectedness plays a vital role in supporting independence and aging in place by combatting isolation, loneliness, and other issues. Connect with a senior and experience the benefit of connection for the senior and for you.


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:

You can still commemorate the day by downloading the souvenir book.


It’s young adult Sunday tomorrow, on May 19 at 10 am. The theme is “We are the Coalition: Securing the legacy through wisdom, faith & collective action. Join us.


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


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

This week's meditations will be led by the Married Couples Ministry. All are welcome, especially couples, to join us for inspirational music and communal reflection and prayer, led by married leaders in the church  who will celebrate what God has done  in their lives. 

Our Meditations will be led daily this coming week by:

Richard  and Shelley Corley; Reverend Dr. Shively and Brian Smith; Sheila and David Garnett; and Sidra Smith Garner and Bryon Garner.


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.


Noonday study continues this week. Our new Summer study Noonday will be led by Rev. Dr. E. Michelle Ledder and discuss the book: will explore the book Black Theology and Black Power by James Cone. The book can be purchased on Amazon.


Thank you to everyone who participated and shared with Rev. Dr. Shively TJ Smith and Dr. Dana Williams is the study of  This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories that Make Us Better by Cole Arthur Riley! The study has ended and Pastor's study is on sabbatical until June 5.

We invite you to join us for our summer study at 7pm, "Life After: The Theological Reimagining of Sacred Economies," led by our Metropolitan Ministerial Staff 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 Sarah Allen Missionary Society Food Bank of the Metropolitan AME Church announces in-person food bank operations will be held on Saturday, May 18 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


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 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.


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:



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 will open soon!  We look forward to you joining us!


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


"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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