Pastoral Concerns for the Week of November 1st, 2020
Updated: Nov 28, 2020
Greetings Metropolitan family and friends,
The signs of Fall are all around us; the cycle of renewal continues. The embrace of the change of season is familiar, even in these unfamiliar times. On this first Sunday of November, we look forward to sharing the communion table with each of you.
Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, so move your clocks back!
Knowing that “nothing can separate us from God’s love” (Romans 8:38), we will serve Holy Communion as a part of our virtual worship experience and as an act of remembrance that the first act of communion was “at home.” All are welcome at God’s table. Not only is the altar at Metropolitan holy; the tables in our homes and the food we share are holy because they are God’s good gifts to us. As a reminder, we invite you to create your own communion table. If possible, use bread and grape juice or wine; or pray and be directed by God’s Spirit for an acceptable substitute.
Weekday "Meditations with Metropolitan" continue this week from 7-7:15 am Monday through Friday. If you would like to offer a meditation or have prayer requests, email the Morning Meditations Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you miss a mediation or have not ever joined the calls, the mediations are available on our YouTube page for your convenience. Take a moment now to subscribe.
The Youth and Family Ministry Fall Retreat series concludes this week. And we are looking forward to the Intergenerational Virtual Cooking Class with Chef Dave on November 16 at 6:30pm. Mark your calendars now.
Election Day is this Tuesday. If you have not already voted, please make sure you make it to the polls. This Wednesday, in lieu of our normal Noonday and Pastor’s Study, we will create a virtual space to begin to process how we can gird ourselves spiritually as individuals and as a community to do the challenging work of co-creating with God.
Your giving is a wonderful expression of God’s generosity. As you know, there are three ways to give: 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. Please be in prayer for all who have experienced loss recently and those who continue to experience grief. In particular, we lift up the family of Sis. Priscilla Ryder, who transitioned this past week, and the family of Dr. Mercedes Dickson, whose sister died recently.
Please continue to pray for health, strength, and healing for 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, Bill Lamar
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