Pastoral Concerns for the Week of December 13, 2020
Greetings Metropolitan family and friends,
This week’s Advent theme is joy. My prayer for you is that you might find joy in the smallest and biggest of things.
Join the Mighty Men of Metropolitan and the Married Couples ministries throughout December as they contribute to weekday “Meditations with Metropolitan” from 7-7:15am. To sign up to offer a meditation or to share your prayer requests, email the Morning Meditations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Noonday and Pastor’s Study continue this week. Join us Wednesdays at noon as we continue to study the book of Proverbs and Wednesdays at 7pm as we study Paul’s letter to the Romans.
We hope you will also join us on Saturdays at 11am for Café Met on Facebook and YouTube. This coming Saturday, December 19th @ 11:00 AM join us for this month’s Café Met health presentation focusing on HIV/AIDS in honor of HIV/AIDS month. The topic will be discussed from the perspective of a health care provider, health advocate and a caregiver.
Also, on Thursday, December 17th @ 7:00 PM join us for a Community Forum, “The Intersection of Health and Social Justice: The Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and substance abuse in the Black Community.” Our distinguished presenters are Dr. Edwin Chapman and Dr. William Lawson. The moderators will be MAMEC’s own Dr. Nickie Martin and Dr. Ruby Gourdine. This will be the 1st in a series focusing on the impact of COVID-19 affecting our community.
Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bCuUWv14Tku-lhkHVSq_hw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar on the day of the event.
Thank you to all who supported the Love and Peace Unit of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society’s Christmas project supporting over 200 youth. Thank you, too, to the team that worked hard this year to bring some joy to families in need this Christmas season.
Don’t forget to register for and join the Church School Christmas program, scheduled for Sunday, December 20 at 11am. We are looking forward to our time together to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
This Sunday is YPD Sunday. The preacher will be the Rev. Tiffany Brooks, the Minister to Young Adults at Reid Temple AME Church. It is always a joy to celebrate our young people. We hope you will join us in doing so.
Your giving is a wonderful expression of God’s generosity. As we celebrate 182 years of ministry as Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, we are asking each member to consider making a gift of $1,820, $1,082, $782, $582, $282, $182, or $18.20 by December 31, 2020. We also ask that you continue to give weekly or monthly in one of these ways: via check mailed to Metropolitan AME Church, via credit card on the website, and via text or Cash App. To text to give, text “metro1518” to 73256; our Cash App handle is $MetropolitanAME. We have long been and will continue to be good stewards of your giving.
Please continue to pray for health, strength, and healing all of those in need. We ask especially for your prayers for Deaconess Beverly Lee, Sis. Rosemarie Elliott, Sis. Janice Ferebee, Bro. Lacey Flagg, Dr. Mercedes Dickson, Rev. Aisha Karimah, Sister Ruby Joyce, Dr. Charles Curry, Deaconess Mary Burroughs, Deaconess Jeanette Spicer, and Mother Ethel Delaney Lee.
Your faithfulness continues to be a testament to our joy and resilience in these challenging times. We hope you will stay connected with us—daily for morning meditation, on Wednesdays for study, on Saturdays for Cafe MET, and on Sundays for worship.
Grace and Peace,
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