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tn TruthAboutMyTenth TWe KNOW you've always wondered what happens to your tithes and offerings after you "remit" them.  Don't pretend you haven't.  Many of you have probably had Sabbath lunch discussions talking about what should be done with the money, and what's probably happening with the money, etc.  Conspiracy theories abound!
 
Well - how would you like to know the truth?  On Sabbath afternoon, October 5 at 6:30 p.m., we'll have a candid discussion about our tithes and offerings and where they go once the deacons leave the sanctuary.  We'll have a highly qualified panel of guests who will be able to explain the entire process to you:
 
--Herman Bromfield, Treasurer - Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church
--Rob Patterson, Asst. Treasurer - Allegheny East Conference
--Seth Bardu, Treasurer, Columbia Union Conference
--Marquis D. Johns, Associate Pastor - Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church
 
You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel!  If you're a little shy, you can submit your questions anonymously online, and we'll ask them for you.  
 
If you've ever complained about how you think the church is spending the money, or if you don't know what happens to the money - here is your opportunity to find out The Truth About Your Tenth!   Remember - you can ask your questions privately here.
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tn Man Who Knows Nothing wide tMetropolitan is extremely pleased to have David Asscherick with us on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.  However, we’ve run into a slight problem.  Pastor Asscherick is known in Adventist circles as an intellectual, someone highly regarded by his peers, and an excellent speaker.  Imagine our shock when he told us that he’s been a little stumped recently, and he’s not sure anymore what he actually knows!

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tn esl-rotatorMetro is offering FREE Adult Literacy and Reading classes and ESL classes for our community.  Our next 8-week session of classes starts on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Activity Center (6307 Riggs Rd, Hyattsville, MD).  Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

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tn LIFT.sex.ED tDo you believe if you have sex with your BF/GF, you’ll be together forever? Or that staying a virgin until you’re married is a “Thing of the Past”?

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PaulKeensDouglasInternationally renowned comedian Paul Keens-Douglas will perform at Metro on Saturday night, August 10.  The program will take place in the MAC at 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.).  The show will also feature popular DC steel band - Pan Masters.  The event is part of Metropolitan's 40th anniversary celebrations.

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Metro Deacon DayOn Sabbath, July 27, we invite you to attend an evening of music featuring our own Metro talent - MSSO (Metropolitan Symphony Steel Orchestra), the Pan Duet, the Pan Trio and an acapella group you may not yet have heard about, but whom you'll love - Metro 5!

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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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teens-balloons-2aOn July 13th, teens from Metro's Teen Church went to Lewisdale Park. We passed out balloons and popsicles to those in the park. Children enjoyed the popsicles.  Quite a few of the balloons flew away, but it made the children happy. When three kids walked over to our picnic table and asked "Can we get more balloons?" Novella said, "Here. Take 5!" it made me smile. I decided to take part in the activity because I knew that it would be fun. I definitely enjoyed it. Even when people said no to our offer of balloons or popsicteens-balloons-1ales, they still smiled at us.  I would recommend doing an outreach activity to all of my friends.

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tn School Supply DriveIt’s only mid-July and yet the back-to-school frenzy has already begun! TV ads are advertising the latest back-to-school fashions and stores are promoting their back-to-school sales for all your school supplies needs. Pencils, notebooks, crayons, ruler, protractor, tissue, hand sanitizer…. The list gets longer every year!

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tn SeabrookTNTMetroSDAPray, love and serve with us July 27 at Franklin Square Park as we join forces with Seabrook's Twenties and Thirties Ministry (TNT) in serving and ministering to our community. 
 
After the 11 am service at Metro, we will travel to Franklin Park where we will serve the homeless population.  We will provide meals, give away clothes, distribute tracts and toiletries and offer prayer.  There will also be basic health screening stations available to the general public.
 
At 5:30pm, there will be a free summer gospel showcase.  Everyone is welcome! Bring a blanket and a friend (or two), sit back and enjoy puppetry, spoken word, singing, musical performances, drum corps, and a vesper thought.  Some of our own praise and worship singers, and Metro Praiz, will be a part of the concert.  Remember to wear your "Metro Church"  t-shirts!  Franklin Park is located between 14th & 13th and K & I Streets, NW Washington, DC; directions will be provided.
 
Interested in helping?  If you're a health care professional, we need you to help with the screenings.  We need volunteers to help with simple cooking (food will be provided).  At the park, we'll need members to distribute meals, toiletries and tracts, pray with our guests, assist at the clothes station, and help with set up and clean up.  Meals will be provided for those volunteers who join us right after service.  You can also donate bar soap (preferably Irish Spring) and spring / summer clothes.  Donated items can be placed in the bins in the Fellowship Hall.  The deadline date for contributions is July 20
 
If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out this form.  Volunteers will be coming from multiple churches.  Make sure you reserve your slot!   Please see any Homeless Ministry team member with questions or contact us at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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homeless outreach program♫ ♪ My God is Awesome, Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! ♪ ♫
 
Awesome was the experience we had when Metro members, friends and supporters went to the Community For Creative Non-Violence shelter (CCNV) after church service on May 25 to minister to the homeless.  It was our third time for the year serving at CCNV and our second time hosting a worship service there.  Yes, we had church at CCNV after having had church at Metro!
 
As shelter residents entered the room to get a meal and some free items, they were able to participate in our worship service.  Some clapped as they moved forward in line.  A few left after receiving their plates and free goodies, but some sat and and stayed for the program while they ate.  
 
Earle Hall, Sr. recited a poem he wrote - "One Day at a Time"; the poem spoke of the importance of adhering to God's word and taking life one day at a time.  One of the residents later shared with Earle that he felt that the poem was written especially for him.  Theo Milford, Latéy Bradford and Kryselle Baptiste led out in praise and worship, accompanied by Jason Craig on keyboard.  Shelter residents sang, clapped, waved their hands in the air and swayed to the music.
 
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Some of the residents spontaneously participated in the program!  One resident - Brother Butch - was so moved during praise and worship that he stood as he sang, leading Theo to invite him to the mic where he shared with the group what he was grateful to God for.  Another resident - Sister Tisha - felt divinely inspired to perform a Gospel rap proclaiming the soon coming of Christ.  Bible worker Sharon Jones entertained us with a catchy musical selection with her guitar.  The guest speaker was Ronnie Jones, whose incredible, remarkable testimony had the audience audibly engaged homeless outreach eatingthroughout his presentation.
 
The program ended with raffle drawings for gift bags containing toiletries, personal care items and bibles that held a small surprise inside.  Some of our members heard residents stating that they were going to stay until the end for a chance to win a prize.  Sister Raji, acting as our Vanna White, called out the winning numbers.  
 
♩ ♬ He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty, He's Mighty.  Awesome!  I know He is, I know He is, Awesome....♬ ♩
 
Many thanks to all of our Metro members who donated toilet paper, which was our special giveaway item, and cases of bottled water.  We served 194 people!  We took 215 rolls of toilet paper and 232 specially labeled bottles of water with us to CCNV, so we had more than enough to give.  We distributed 259 loads of powdered detergent (left over special giveaway item from the March homeless outreach) and 104 copies of The Ministry of Healing.  A special thanks to Virginia Ross Charles who donated 3 bottles of liquid detergent for the March outreach that we included in the gift bags raffled off at the May outreach.  Thanks to Aunty Connie's Kitchen for contributing towards our delicious menu.  (Contact Connie Thompson for catering or for orders.)  Last, but certainly not least, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered or assisted in making the outreach a blessing to the residents of CCNV.
 
We've incuded a video montage from the May 25 outreach below.  Pictures from the May program, and our other outreach activities can be seen on our new Facebook page (the page is public, so you don't need a Facebook account to see it). 
 
 
 
To receive updates about future homeless outreach activities, "like" us on Facebook and / or subscribe to our mailing list.  You can also support our ministry by making a monetary donation - donate online, or see anyone on the Homeless Ministry team.
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tn XsandOs tMetro!  You've done really well with our Jericho Walks.  It's time to add a few more plays to our game plan, so we need everyone out at Lifted this Sabbath!  
 
After service, we'll be heading over to Ridgecrest to do a Jericho Walk around the school.  Principal Dunn will be at church on Sabbath, and she'll participate in the walk with us.  BTW, she's got a Metro Church t-shirt; do you????  We've still got some available if you need one.
 
For this Jericho Walk, it's going to be BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) - bring whatever food you need to energize you to participate in the afternoon's activities.  We'll provide water and fruit (bananas and grapes).
 
When we're finished at Ridgecrest, we'll head back to church and go straight into Lifted - where we'll dive into our game plan.  Pastor Johns will teach us how to take requests from the community.  You'll have the opportunity to practice these plays until you're comfortable with them.  We'll show you the areas of the Lewisdale we'll be targeting.  You'll learn about, and sign up to be playmakers with our visibility activities.  We'll give you the schedule for the summer, so you can plan to be with us the whole way through.  And most of all - we'll pray that God will lead and guide as we move to this next step.
 
This Sabbath, we'll also start to organize our teams of volunteers - "community angels" (help us collect and deliver goods) and "research experts" (help us find funding and support services).  Regardless of your age, you can impact this ministry.  If you're a student, earn your community service hours with us.  SIGN UP TODAY!  It's quick and easy!
 
Want to make sure you get all the updates?  Follow us on twitter - @metrosda; sign up for text alerts (text metro to 70000); visit us on Facebook -www.facebook.com/metrosda
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tn Vegetarian Cooking tVegan/total vegetarian cookbook authorJudith Richardson will host a cooking class on Sunday, September 29, at 2:00 p.m.  Mrs. Richardson has been preparing delicious and healthy vegan and vegetarian meals for more than 20 years.  A cooking demonstration she did at Macy's in New York City was featured in the New York Times.  She has done cooking demonstrations at various Whole Foods and health stores in the Florida area, and has appeared on cable channel 3ABN.  She is also a much sought-after caterer.

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tn Homeless Outreach wide tDo you have a lot of stuff sitting around the house that you no longer need - just taking up space?  Are you spring cleaning and would like to donate your things to a good cause?  We might have a solution for you.
 
Homeless Ministry will be holding a yard sale on Sunday, June 9th 11am - 2pm in the church parking lot.  We invite you to bring your unwanted and unneeded items and place them in the donation box found in the Fellowship Hall.  If you have items that are too large for the box, please fill out this form or see someone on the Homeless Ministry team so that we can coordinate a pick up time.  Please note that donated clothes will not be sold.  They will be given away at a future homeless outreach. 
 
The deadline for donations is Sabbath, June 1.  Monies raised from the yard sale will help fund future homeless outreach activities.  If you would like to volunteer at the yard sale, fill out this form.
 
You can also support our ministry by making a monetary donation - click here to do so.  **Please note in the description that it's for Homeless Outreach.**
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tn IMG 1122Metropolitan has committed to being a church that prays, that loves, that serves. More and more I am delighted to see how this theme becomes more than just the backdrop to our rostrum or the lyrics to our welcome song. I am so proud to be a part of a church that is bringing prayer, love and service to the needy souls in our surrounding community.

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tn 4G Teens std tMetro Teens 4G is pleased to present Teens Against the Spread of AIDS (TASA) on Saturday, May 18 at 10:45 a.m.  TASA is a non profit group that is part of the National Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. TASA trains high school teens from the Metropolitan DC area on how to create and present high energy, creative, informative and fun performances and workshops for teens that address topics including sexually transmitted diseases, testing and medical care, problem solving and and other problem areas teens face. 

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tn ridgecrestFamily:  Many of us have been praying for the Holy Spirit to reveal how we can be used as a church (and as individuals) to meet the needs of our community. Have you been expecting an answer?! Well, good news!! God has just presented us with an opportunity to bless Ridgecrest Elementary in a very tangible way, so I hope you all are ready to respond.
 
The school is asking for donations of clean COATSSWEATERSSOCKS, and UNDERWEAR. Preference is given to CHILDREN'S sizes, but feel free to bring adult sizes as well-- the kids' parents will greatly benefit from these items.
 
These donations need to be collected no later than Wednesday, May 15. This is just one week away, so let's all work together and make this happen!! There will be donation bins in the Fellowship Hall beginning TONIGHT, so please get your gently-used clothing in order and let the donations pour in!!!
 
If you don't have any clothing to donate, but would like to help, we are collecting monetary donations as well so that we can purchase some of the items the kids need. Please give all monetary donations to Latéy Bradford or Melissa Andrews. For more information about the drive please contact Latéy ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 937-554-9725).
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tn Homeless Outreach wide tIf you were a part of our March homeless outreach event, you will recall what a truly blessed event it was for all present.  We are inviting our church family to join us as we return to CCNV Shelter on May 25 to minister to the homeless.
 
We will host a worship service that will include praise and worship and a sermon.  We will also eat lunch and fellowship with the residents, and then distribute free items to them.
 
We will leave Metro after the 11:00 a.m. service.  Transportation will be provided.  We will also provide directions for those who choose to carpool.  CCNV is located at 425 2nd St NW, Washington, DC 20001.
 
We are encouraging our members to support our ministry!  There are many ways that you can contribute!  We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving, fellowshipping with residents, and clean-up.  We are also looking for musicians (pianist, guitarist, drummer), singers and members to assist with various aspects of the worship service.   If you're interested in helping, please complete our volunteer form
 
We are also requesting contributions of the following: rolls of toilet paper and cases of bottled water.  These items can be placed in the containers found in the Fellowship Hall.  The deadline for donations is Sabbath, May 18.
 
We are looking forward to this outreach and hope to see see many of you there.  We encourage everyone to wear our "Prayer, Love, Service" t-shirts.  Please see Melissa Andrews if you need a t-shirt.
 
You can reach the Homeless Ministry Outreach Event Planning Team at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with questions.  If you will be volunteering, we would appreciate it if you would complete our volunteer form.  Completing the form will help us make sure that we have enough food for all of our volunteers.
 
If you'd like to support our ministry by making a donation, click here.  **Please mention that it's for Homeless Outreach.**
 
If you'd like to subscribe to our new mailing list, click here.  
 
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IMG 5823La Cour Royale's 2013 Cotillion / Beautillion took place at the College Park Marriott Conference Center on Sunday, April 14.  Here are some pictures from the event, courtesy Myron S. Ottley.

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AutismMetropolitan has several families with children on the autism spectrum. On April 6, in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the church along with Moore Communications, F.A.C.E. (Facing Autism with Children Everywhere), and Denise Dixon (Tayten’s Troop) hosted a spiritual event called “A Spectrum of Prayers”.  The event brought together several church families, as well as families from the community, to openly discuss and pray for parents and children affected by autism/ASD, and was very well received.

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