Pastoral Concerns for the Week of December 20, 2020
Greetings Metropolitan family and friends,
This week’s Advent theme is love. The scripture has much to say about love. Love thy neighbor. God with us, Emmanuel, is love. Love is patient and kind. There is no greater love than our willingness to lay down our lives for friends. Perfect love casts out fear. Take a moment this season to reflect on God’s love, the ways we love and are loved.
Join the Mighty Men of Metropolitan and the Married Couples ministries for the final days in 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 will resume January 6, 2021. We look forward to joining with each of you in the new year.
We hope you will also join us on Saturdays at 11am for Café Met on Facebook and YouTube. This 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.
Don’t forget to register for and join the Church School Christmas program, scheduled for this Sunday, December 20th at 11am. We are looking forward to our time together to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
Congratulations to Jonquilyn Hill, who has been our audio/technology lead for virtual worship since June, on her promotion to senior editor of NPR's nationally syndicated show 1A. JQ is also one of the producers developing the podcast Through the Cracks, about the life of Relisha Rudd who disappeared in DC in 2014. The first podcast will be released in late January. Congratulations JQ.
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.
We pray for those experiencing grief, especially Willie and Frances Oxendine whose sister passed this week.
Please continue to pray for health, strength, and healing all of those in need. We ask especially for your prayers for the father of Sis. Evan Taylor, 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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