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Metropolitan Newsletter - Week of September 30, 2023


Grace and peace to you and yours.

During the weekend, we invite you to join us in worship in the sanctuary or online tomorrow, Sunday, October 1st. Service for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost and Holy Communion Sunday begins at 10 am and is live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

During the week, 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.

Engage with us this weekend and this week - You're invited to the March on Washington Film Festival ends today, Sept.30. Use the discount code MAMEC at checkout to claim your free pass to participate virtually, in-person or both. The closing event, Pulpits, Protest & Power: The Church and The Civil Rights Movement will include: talks from Rev. Delman Coates, Rev. Stephen A. Green, Dr. Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, Urban Cusp founder Rahiel Tesfamariam, as well as a special performance from Gospel legend Yolanda Adams.


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:


We are so thrilled to invite you to a night of music and spiritual inspiration at “Pulpits, Protest & Power: The Church and The Civil Rights Movement,” and evening reception and concert presented by the March on Washington Film Festival!

Taking place Saturday, September 30th at 7:00 PM at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., this event will celebrate activists, preachers, and artists of the past and present, who have harnessed the power of faith and community in the name of Civil Rights.

The night’s lineup includes talks from Rev. Delman Coates, Rev. Stephen A. Green, Dr. Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, Urban Cusp founder Rahiel Tesfamariam, as well as a special performance from Gospel legend Yolanda Adams.

Our friends at MOWFF have granted Metropolitan 100 discount passes to participate in the festival (in person or virtually) for FREE. Use discount code MAMEC at checkout to claim your free pass.


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 Metropolitan AME Church School cordially invites you to attend the 2023 Homecoming program on Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 8:30 am in Douglass Hall. The theme is "It's a Family Affair." Please join the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church School family in celebrating Homecoming through music, a puppet show, class reflections and fellowship.


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 today, September 30th, 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.


College Connection Ministry Resumes

After interruption due to the pandemic, the College Connection Ministry is seeking the names of Metropolitan AME Church students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree or who are enrolled in a certificate-granting post-secondary program. The student or family must be a member of Metropolitan with participation in church or church school activities within the past year. During the fall semester, the student will receive communication and a gift from the Ministry. No later than October 13, 2023, please send your student’s name, mailing address, and e-mail address to:

Thank you - Dianne G. Black and Marsha Turner Botts


Calling all authors!

It’s Advent season. Are you ready to share a devotion or reflection on what the season means to you? Take the time to write your reflection in 250 words or less, to include a title, scripture and prayer. Send your reflection to by 22 October 2023.

We’re ready to hear from you.


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 Richard Allen Young Adult Council, a connectional Christian Education ministry within the AME Church seeks to engage persons 18-45. For more information and engagement opportunities email to join the communication listserv!



Register for the Community STEM Extravaganza

The Payne CDC is sponsoring a Science Fair for youth ages 7 to 13 on November 11th to be held in partnership with Metropolitan AMEC and Howard University from 1030am to 2:30pm. Free lunch will be served. Most of the facilitators at the interactive and fun stations will be college students from Howard University Karsh STEM program! We hope to have Metropolitan's own Girls Who Code and Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington also offer an activity.

Advance Registration is required. You can register using the QR code in the flyer.



Deidra McEachern is pleased to announce the premiere of her short film, "He Only Hit Me Four Times". This film centering domestic violence will premiere on October 21, 2023. Tickets and more information can be found by scanning the QR code above. A portion of proceeds will go to The House of Ruth - women's and children's shelter.


Veterans Day at the World War II Memorial

Save the Date: The Friends of the National World War II Memorial invites you to celebrate Veterans Day at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC on Saturday, November 11 at 9 a.m. ET. Please join us in paying tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. As part of the commemoration, WWII veterans will place wreaths at the Memorial's Freedom Wall to remember their fallen brothers and sisters.


Metropolitan’s own Horace F. Whitaker, Jr. has written and published a book. Please consider purchasing a copy of ‘We Are Humankind’, for a loved one! Spread the word to others and share your child’s or loved ones’ reading experience on social media within your network of friends and associates.


Save the Date for Metropolitan Speaks: an author symposium featuring Metropolitan writers hosted by Metropolitan's Sons and Daughters of Allen. The event will take place in Douglass Hall on October 7 from 2-4pm. Come join us for this free event. You will have an opportunity to meet the authors, hear excerpts from their work, and enjoy a meet-and-greet reception with refreshments.


...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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