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Melissa Andrews

Melissa Andrews

Melissa Andrews has one goal in life: to have Metropolitan members immediately think to visit the church's website when they have a question about anything church-related. Okay - so that's not her *only* goal in life, but you would make her day if you subscribed to this blog's RSS feed or email updates! Follow us on Twitter! @metrosda

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imageHas there been an increase number of news stories about black men and police officers in “difficult” situations? Visions of the violence in Ferguson, MO, after the shooting of teenager Mike Brown may still be fresh in your mind. But there was recently this story of a man who was shot by a cop while attempting to get the license and registration that the officer asked him to produce. Or this confusing story of a man being shot in a Walmart while holding a BB gun (that purportedly he was attempting to purchase).

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tn Online Giving wide tWhat do you do with your tithe and offering if you happen to miss a Sabbath service?  Bring it the following week?  There aren’t any official studies to prove it, but many authors believe that you're likely to "forget" to make that contribution.  There are ways that you can avoid this happening to you, especially as we're in the middle of summer and people are enjoying vacations.

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tn spinningYesterday, I decided I would take a spinning class.  People have been spinning for years and I’ve never done it, so this would be my chance [spinning:  an indoor cycling class with various phases (warm-up, sprints, hills, cool-down, etc.) led by an instructor].

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us-veteransMetro – we just completed another successful Beyond the Walls outreach Sabbath!  The stories and reports are great!  We’ve had some members write for us on their experiences.  We hope you enjoy them.  I’ve listed an excerpt from each blog below – click on the title to read the entire article.

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portland-tram-closeup-smallMy job sent me to Portland for some meetings, and I decided to take in some of the city's sights on the evening before we started working.  One of the things that was recommended on all the "things to do in Portland" sites I visited was the Portland aerial tram.  This tram would take you up to a high point and allow you to see the city panoramically displayed below you.

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tn cry-of-the-oppressed std t nvYesterday, I found out that I am a slave owner.  69 slaves work for me.  What???? I'm black!  My ancestors were slaves!  I've seen Roots and 12 Years A Slave!!  How can I even remotely be involved in anything having to do with slavery???  And wait a minute - wasn't slavery abolished hundreds of years ago?  How could there be slaves anywhere for me to own?

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tn eyes wide open t ntThis evening I went into my Pocket and read the article "20 Things the Poor Really Do Every Day" on Ben Irwin's blog.  It was written in response to an article on Dave Ramsey's blog - "20 Things the Rich Do Every Day".  I loved Mr. Irwin's article.  I should let you know up front that I'm a graduate - twice - of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.  I now teach a small group when we offer the class here at Metro.  We practice several of his recommendations at home.  I am an accountability partner for at least two friends. I, for the most part, agree with what he says.  But I was disappointed by the what-the-rich-do article.  Especially this line that Mr. Ramsey used in the comments that he appended to the list after, apparently, all hell broke loose when the blog was first published:  This list simply says your choices cause results. You reap what you sow.

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The other day my friend Kim and I exchanged the following messages via text:

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tn give me more time tChristmas is just a few days away and I’m sure that many of you, like me, haven’t yet purchased any Christmas gifts.  Yes – you can admit it; I won’t judge you!  J  Being late is something I’ve struggled with for the past few years, and it’s something I want to really get a handle on in 2014.  I thought, though, that before I turn over this new leaf and become Ms. On-Time, I’d take a few minutes and share (tongue-in-cheek) some tips that I’ve noticed are helpful when you’re late to a meeting.  Yes, yes – obviously the first thing you should do is be on time.  But…for those rare instances when traffic, the children, your stockings, or something else keeps you back, you might find these useful.

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taleka-blogDecember 16 update:

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tn tale of two people[One sunny summer day, outside Jericho; names have been changed to protect the innocent.  I admit to freely stealing from Pastor Johns' “38 Years a Slave” sermon]

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dreamstime s 28452940Well - we know we can't really prevent you from dying from breast cancer, but we aim to give you a fighting chance!  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the US.  However, for African American women, although they are less likely than white women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, they are 60% more likely to die from the disease.  This is because they tend to be affected at younger ages with more agreessive forms of the disease.  In addition, many women with early breast cancer have no symptoms.  There is hope though!  If there is early detection of the cancer, treatment can be very effective.

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tn sacrificial faith offering wide tChurch Family,
 
We finally have our own place!  What?  You hadn't heard?  That means you don't attend business meeting or prayer meeting; those people already know what's going on!  Anyway, let me fill you in.
 
At business meeting on June 22, Pastor B asked the church to engage in some serious prayer - on the following Wednesday, June 26, we were scheduled to have the county inspection to see if we could finally, finally get our full occupancy permit for the MAC (yes, we've been operating under a temporary permit all these years).
 
The appointment was set for Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.  At 10:00 a.m., the inspector hadn't come.  At 10:30, there was still no sign of him.  Finally - at 10:40 a.m., he showed up.  They went through everything, looked over everything, walked around everywhere - and, Lord be praised - WE GOT THE FULL OCCUPANCY PERMIT!!!
 
Metro - you should be shouting, stomping, clapping, dancing a holy dance - whatever form of praise you can find within you to express your gratitude to God.  Pastor B said she went home after the meeting and cried.  As I stop to think about how far we've come - from selling 1/2 bricks under Pastor Roberts' watchful eye - to now having full occupancy of the building, after many, many, many - did I say MANY? -  years, heartaches and trials, all I can say is "God is good!"
 
Now there is one little, little caveat.  Even though we are now authorized to do whatever we want with the place whenever we want, we still owe A WHOLE BUNCH OF MONEY on it!!!  However, because I have seen God move mightily in helping us get the building constructed, and now allowing us to have our full occupancy permit, I have no doubt that He will also take care of the finances.  We want to demonstrate our faith, and our thankfulness, by bringing a sacrificial thank offering to service on July 13.  
 
We want all groups of the church to participate - our children, our teens, our young adults, our adults and our seniors.  Each group will have the opportunity to present their offering to God. 
 
Interestingly enough, this week's Kindergarten lesson and this month's Beginner lesson are about Joash - the boy king who encouarged the nation of Israel to come together and supply the money that was needed to repair the temple.  If you give your child(ren) a special offering this Sabbath to give to God, know that it will resonate strongly with them, reinforcing the lesson they've been studying.
 
When Pastor B made the announcement at prayer meeting on June 26, I decided that I would get my offering by giving up Chick-Fil-A for these two weeks (true confession - I'm a serious Chick-Fil-A addict and their stock price has probably gone down since I stopped buying).  Is there something you can give up to help get your offering?  However you choose to get it, we're asking you to dig deep, and truly make it  sacrificial.
 
Let's plan to have a wonderful celebration of God's goodness on July 13.
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guess whos coming to dinner wide t nvOn Sabbath, April 27, we're hosting our first "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" of the year.  How does it work?  It's really easy!!!  You choose whether you / your family want to be a guest, or host, or both.  You'll complete the appropriate form (guests - click here; hosts - click here).  It's fine to complete both forms.  

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new-journeyMany of you may not be aware, but one of the things Pastor Johns does in his spare time is function as the host of a 3ABN / Dare to Dream Network program called The New Journey.  The New Journey shows how encounters with Jesus can turn people's lives around, often in dramatic, unexpected ways.  Many of the participants have spent time in prison.  Others have experienced significant hardship in their lives.

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pptOn January 30, we held our first Family Reunion of 2013.  What's a Family Reunion?  It's when all of our prayer meetings groups get together and have prayer meeting together.  Normally we have different classes - children, teens, Prep School and adults - all studying the same Discipleship / Desire of Ages material.  But on the last Wednesday of each month, everyone gets together to share with each other.

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b-laughingOn Sabbath, January 5, Pastor Johns surprised Pastor B with visitors from the Columbia Union - (president Dave Weigley, executive secretary Rob Vandeman and treasurer Seth Bardu) - and the Allegheny East Conference (ministerial secretary Stephen Richardson) to celebrate her receipt of her revised ministerial credentials.  The credentials now say "ordained", instead of "commissioned".

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desire-of-ages2013 is just around the corner.  When did that happen?  Didn't we just start the book of Acts?  Well - we've come to the end.  We've seen Saul stone Stephen, encounter Christ on the road to Damascus and obtain a new identity - Paul, become a powerful orator for Christ, and set his sights determinedly towards Rome, despite beatings, arrests, and shipwrecks.  We've joined a Secret Society; we've discovered a Convenient Season; we've learned what it is to be Duty Bound, and we're working on Be[ing] Ready.  It's been a year of ups and downs, twists and turns, but with God's help, our two pastors have helped navigate us safely almost to the end of 2012.

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tn help wide tThis evening, I responded to a text from one of my girlfriends.  My response was a day late, and she responded that she'd already gotten the information another way.  Feeling a little guilty, I texted back and asked if everything was ok.  She responded - "Honestly - no!"  And went on to tell me that she was pretty much at the end of her rope.  She was mentally, physically, and spiritually EXHAUSTED (emphasis hers).  I read the text and didn't know what to do.  Without divulging all her business, she is a mom who has unexpectedly been left to deal with her three children on her own, as well as handle other stuff going on in her family.  We texted back and forth a bit - her feeling guilty that she was admitting that she could do no more, that she wasn't strong enough to do it on her own; me trying to get her to see that it's okay to be weak.  We ALL are weak at some point.  Finally, I offered - you need to go away.  By yourself.  Do it over a weekend, and I'll keep the children for you.  She said she'll think about it.

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spectrum-pastorbSpectrum Magazine has produced a series of short video clips on several female Adventist pastors in an article they've published on their website titled:

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