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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of November 25, 2023


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

Worship to celebrate 101 years of ministry of the Ethel P. Hall Club, formerly known as the Sunday Evening Club, begins 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, and Noonday and Pastor's Study at noon and 7pm.

Just before Giving Tuesday, don't forget to support The Messiah Comes by Monday, November 27 to be included in the digital souvenir booklet.

In the coming weeks, contribute gift cards to the Love & Peace Unit of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society 2023 Christmas Project; Join us for the Messiah Comes on December 3 at 5pm; Veterans can share their stories with Dr. Garner for his upcoming book; Start prepping your lenten reflections; and buy your tickets for the Pearl P. Cook Senior Citizen's Club Christmas Party.

Grace and peace to you and yours.


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:

Enlightening the past, engaging the present and envisioning the future! The Ethel P. Hall Club will celebrate 101 years tomorrow, Sunday, November 26, 2023. Please join us for a service that celebrates those that take care of the needs of the church.



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 and Pastor's Study continues at noon and 7pm. 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 & YouTube.


The new session of Girls Who Code continues this week, fostering sisterhood through coding programs such as HTML, Python, Javascript, and more! Meetings are Saturdays from 11am to 12pm via zoom. Contact to sign up for the Fall 2023 session.


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. We also welcome you to join us for the Advent Season and Concert.

Find me after church or send me an email. COME, let’s make a joyful sound unto the Lord!


The WIN BETH team have partnered with the Economic Policy Institute and the Jain Family Institute on a report to document barriers to Black homeownership in DC including Student debt, poor debt to income ratio and their combined negative impact on credit scores.

One of the more startling data the report reveals is that the average college debt held by a black graduate or (non) graduate of college in DC is $50,000!

The WIN BETH team has been working diligently on strategies to address this including a program called SMARTBUY in which student debt forgiveness is built into 1st time mortgages.

We'll be celebrating and promoting this report widely and look for your support in building the people power Metropolitan's BETH team needs to influence change.

We need your power through your presence to make change happen!

Click here to access the study. Please share the link widely! Tweet it, Instagram it, Facebook it, and share it widely with DC residents and voters!


Save the Date: Sunday, December 3, 2023, at 5 pm as we continue our tradition of storytelling through music, dance, and spoken word in our presentation of The Messiah Comes.

The United Voices of Metropolitan will share the rich stories and traditions of our global church community accompanied by a string quintet, our great organ, and our own MET Live Band. This year we will welcome back sopranos Angeli Ferrette and Victoria Purcell Coan. Our featured artists will be The Ellington Carthan Trio, headliner at Blues Alley and led by Strathmore Artist-in-Residence alumnus, Ellington Carthan.

The Messiah Comes tells the Christ’s coming and will feature works from Handel’s Messiah and Quincy Jones’ Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. This concert will guide us on a journey of spirituals, anthems, gospel, and soul music. We will share the story of great anticipation and faith through the canon of music specific to the Black church tradition.

This year we will offer a digital program and souvenir booklet. This keepsake will be sent via email to all contributors. To feature your business or to offer a congratulatory ad, please send your ad to

We appreciate every gift. There are several opportunities to support our efforts through tax-deductible donations using CashApp: $MetropolitanAME, Realm through the church website, check, or money order. Please make your check or money order payable to Metropolitan AME Church and list THE MESSIAH COMES on the memo line.

If you are mailing your donation, send to the attention of:

Metropolitan AME Church

Attn: Brittany Johnson, Director, Music & Creative Arts Ministry

1518 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

All donations and ad information should be received by November 27, 2023 to be acknowledged in the digital booklet.


The Pearl P. Cook Senior Citizens Club invites you to its Christmas celebration, Home for the Holidays.

Join us in Douglass Hall on December 21, 2023, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for lunch, music, games, skits, and more. Tickets are $35. To register, contact Barbara Robinson at or 202-722-1718.


2024 Lent Booklet Reflections

Easter is coming! Soon we will be thinking of Jesus’ sacrifice. ASH Wednesday is February 14, 2024.

What is your message for this season of Lent?

Please take time to write your reflection for the Metropolitan A.M.E. Lent booklet. Your 250 words or less submission, to include a title, scripture and prayer, is due NLT January 15, 2024. Send your reflection to

We appreciate your efforts.



GriefShare is a special 13-week Biblically based seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your life after experiencing grief that comes after a significant loss. Our group is led by caring members of Metropolitan who have experienced grief, participated in GriefShare, and want to help you through the difficult days ahead. The first 13-week series is limited to Metropolitan members and 15 slots. There are only a few slots left. If you are interested, please provide the information below and email to Dr. Flavia Walton at You will receive the link to the Zoom sessions and instructions on how and where to obtain your workbook for the GriefShare sessions. We encourage you to participate in this most helpful group to find support, comfort, and learn strategies to help you through a most difficult time.


Greetings Metropolitan Church Family and Friends,

The Love and Peace Unit (LAP) of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society has provided Christmas gifts to children in need for more than forty years, and with your generosity, we hope to continue the tradition. As we have done since the pandemic, donations of $25 Visa, Walmart, or Target gift cards will be given to each child identified by the following organizations:

  • Metropolitan AME Church Food Bank;

  • DC Public Schools;

  • The TraRon Center (Supports survivors of gun violence through therapeutic methods focusing on the arts);

  • The Black Student Fund (Serves as an advocate to children and their families to ensure access to educational opportunities);

  • Life Pieces to Masterpieces

  • Creekside Community of Trust Youth Center (on behalf of Mighty Men - VA-based youth organization)

Your generous support will help bring love and light to many. Visa, Walmart, or Target gift cards in the denomination of $25 should be mailed to:

Love and Peace Unit / Sarah Allen Missionary Society

Metropolitan AME Church

1518 M Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

Check donations should be made payable to: The Sarah Allen Missionary Society with the annotated memo: 2023 Christmas Project, and mailed to the Church address above. Cash App is also available c/o Cynthia Wilson, $51Pocket. We ask that all donations be made by Sunday, December 10, 2023.

Thank you for your generosity and faithful support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the undersigned via email or telephone. From the 1980’s to the present and beyond, let our beacon of light be steadfast and cast joy upon others.

Cheryl Taylor (; 202-431-6348)

Dianne Black (; 202-669-4027)

Marsha Botts (; 202-550-5250)

Pamela Waring (; 703-901-3391)

2023 Committee – LAP Unit / Sarah Allen Missionary Society



It would be an such an honor to have you present and to celebrate with us for this momentous Inauguration of my daughter, Nicole Cheek, DDS, as the 100th President of the National Dental Association, and the youngest in its history (founded in 1913). You may remember her from the Cafe MET Oral Health Series, or just as "Harlem's mom" (Cranston) .

The NDA Inaugural Gala will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023

Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

8801 Allen Y. Lew Place NW Washington, DC 20001 West Salon

6pm Cocktail Hour; 7pm Dinner (GHI)

Dress Theme: Sneaker Ball (Formal + Sneakers)

The Gala also serves as a scholarship and program fundraising event. For ticket/donation information (Tax Deductible) use the button below:

For further information and for assistance with using the link contact the Gala Hotline (call/text):



Let’s talk about patriotism, race, and veteran identity. Dr. Bryon L. Garner is scheduling interviews with Black veterans for his coming book. If you are interested in being interviewed, please use the following link to schedule your interview:


...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


“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.



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