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tn new years eve service wide tOur annual New Year's Eve service (Old Year's service - if you're traditional West Indian) takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 31.  The church will be open from 5:00 p.m. for those who would like to pray and do quiet introspection as they face the beginning of a new year.  The evening's program will feature praise and worship and thanksgiving to God for how He brought us through 2012.  We will also pray that He directs us in the path He wants us to take in 2013.

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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 IMG 9314On a beautiful mild autumn Sabbath afternoon, a multitude of volunteers from Metro ventured to Franklin Park to feed some of D.C.'s homeless.  As Franklin Park has become a popular location for our homeless brothers and sisters to congregate, particularly on the weekends, the park has become the go-to site for church groups to feed and distribute clothes and personal care items.  October 20th proved to be no exception.
 
When we arrived after service, we observed evidence of previous groups having already been there, but as Pastor Johns reminded us at the park, Jesus did not stop supplying needs.  In the gospels, when crowds formed Jesus provided.  Our homeless brethren actually did not seem to mind that yet another group was there to feed as they had formed a line before we even unloaded the tables from the car.  Perhaps their hunger was more than physical. 
 
While we were setting up and waiting on the food and remaining supplies to arrive, Minister of Music Theo Milford introduced the church group and then led everyone into a mini praise and worship, which included a song request from a fellow sister in Christ.  As soon as the water and the rest of the provisions arrived, volunteers hustled and bustled to finish setting up the tables.  Before we started serving, we (the Metro volunteers and the homeless) all held hands forming a circle to pray giving me an impression of "we" and being "one big family", not us vs. them.       
 
We served approximately 170 people.  There was a sense of gratitude and excitement among the homeless when they realized they tn IMG 1287were being given hot food - something different from sandwiches and soup.  The line was not very long at first, but word soon got around that good food was being served.  The menu consisted of macaroni and cheese, steamed vegetables, Caribbean flavored yellow rice, jerk chicken wings, dinner roll, and bottled water with ROOTED tags.  We provided delivery service to some brethren hanging out in a smaller park nearby.  Volunteers brought spiritual literature to share.  Our children were particularly eager to assist providing food and water to those who did not want to leave their positions in the park.  "I was so happy.  I want to do it again," exclaimed 12-year old Peterson Francois.  There were inquiries of when and if we were returning.  All in all, we served, socialized, had misconceptions dispelled and learned.
 
We learned creativity in serving where we actually had to place a plate of food in a trash receptacle in order for one of the gentlemen, presumably with mental health issues, to accept food.  He would not take food from anyone's hands.  Some of us were reminded of how it is truly by the grace and mercy of God that we do not share the same circumstances.  Ibrahim Sesay had a conversation with a gentleman who subsequently became homeless because of a crucial error made when he worked as an engineer.  He was preoccupied with a family situation that resulted in the mistake that cost him his job.  I was informed of some of the inhumane treatment the homeless sometimes receive and how we really ought to regard them as one of our own.  Ms. Belinda shared with me that on occasion groups will give them spoiled food or drink which, of course, would make them sick.  We also learned that sleeping on the street is sometimes a choice.  Many of the homeless have to sleep on the street due to lack of shelter beds.  Mr. Martin, however, chooses to sleep on the street on account of crime in the homeless shelters. 
 
tn IMG 9294As grateful as our homeless friends were for the food, conversations, and being valued as human beings, they need more.  They need opportunity and homes.  "God didn't intend for His people to suffer like this...We need somewhere to go.  I need a second chance at life," one of our guests told Theo.  Mr. Martin commented, "I am a handy fellow.  I can paint, clean, whatever.  I just don't know how to get back on my feet."  My question to all of us...What can we do more of as a church to help fellow sheep of His fold?   
 
Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up and to all that helped in any way, shape or form!  Most importantly, thank God for His guidance and favor!
 
 
 
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rooted699x393The apostle Paul cautions us to beware that no one leads us astray through hollow and deceptive philosophy.  Fortunately, he also provides the counsel we need to avoid being deceived:  we must be ROOTED and built up in Christ and established in the faith (Col. 2:7-8).  So get your gardening tools out and join us for our fall revival - "Rooted" - a power packed week that will see us tilling up the mind, sowing the Word of God and harvesting the fruit of the Spirit.  Get the study guides.
 
The meetings will run nightly from October 27 through November 3 on Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday nights at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.  The speaker is our very own Pastor Marquis D. Johns.  We'll have uplifting praise and worship sessions, special musical guests, question and answer periods, and free giveaways - including a new iPad.  Light refreshments will be served during the week from 7:00 p.m..  
 
While you're digging into the Word, your children will be soaring into the Sky - an interactive spiritual learning experience for young ones between the ages of 4 and 12.  They'll participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and dig into yummy treats, experience electrifying Bible adventures and test our Sciency-Fun Gizmos.  The entire experience is intended to build their faith and teach them that everything is possible with God.
 
We looking forward to seeing you there!
 
 
Each night we'll distribute study guides that correspond with the material being presented.  The nightly study guide should be completed as you listen to the sermon.  The supplemental study guides provide additional material on the subject presented each night.
 
Saturday, October 27 - Seed
 
Supplemental Guides
 
Sunday, October 28 - Meeting canceled due to weather 
 
Wednesday, October 31 - Sower
 
Supplemental Guides
 
Thursday, November 1 - Soil
 
Supplemental Guides
 
Friday, November 2 - Stream
 
Supplemental Guides
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tn TOP SECRET tAfter thousands of years and many attempts to conceal the truth, one of history's greatest secrets will be exposed this coming Sabbath at Metro Church. We're not talking about the identity of the anti-Christ. Nor will we be exposing the mark of the beast. However, once you know this secret, life will never be the same.

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tn Homeless Outreach wide tOn October 20, we are inviting our church family to take part in an outreach event as we head to Franklin Square Park in DC to feed the homeless.  Ifyou're interested in helping, please complete our volunteer form.

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tn datingWhat's love got to, got to do with it
  Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?  (Tina Turner)

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tn when its all on the line t ntFootball has started so that means that basketball is just around the corner!  All of our teams made it to the playoffs of the MAABA League last year.  We didn't bring home any trophies, but we're looking forward to better things this year!  If you're interested in playing on one of the teams, or your children would like to play - come out this Sunday to register.  Here's the schedule:

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tn Puppet ministryHi, I'm Jessica Bardu and I'm super excited to let you know that we are re-viving the Metropolitan puppet ministry!!  If you're 12 or older and you meet the following criteria - 

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la-cour-royaleNext Meeting: Saturday evening, October 20 at 6:30 PM (new time) in the Metropolitan Church's Fellowship Hall.

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tn thenewjourneylogoHere's something you might not have known about Pastor Johns - he hosts a television program called The New Journey.  If you've ever heard his testimony, you'll know that in his earlier life, he had a few encounters with law enforcement that had him enjoying the comforts of federally provided housing for a while.  Fortunately, Jesus had other plans for his life, and he responded to the call.

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tn Church Work Day wide tMany of us at Metropolitan come from a West Indian background.  As such, the scenario I'm about to describe is probably very familiar to you (this is probably familiar across many cultures, so include yourself if you can relate).

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On Saturday, August 18, at 6:00 p.m., we take Lifted to the park.  Come enjoy God's great outdoors as we have an open discussion with Pastor Quis.  We'll provide water and bug spray.  Bring a friend, and your blankets and/or comfy chairs.  Otherwise, you'll be enjoying the green grass.  

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Clothing Drive MetroWebFor years, Metropolitan has run a food distribution program - every other Wednesday, needy families are served by Myrtle Nora and her Community Services team.  Other members of our church have run and done their own personal community outreach as well.  The Adventurers collect and distribute blankets every year to homeless shelters.  We continue this tradition of service on August 19 when we host our second voters registration drive of the year and hold a clothing give-away for the community.

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On the first night of VBS we had about 50 kids attend.  By the second night that number had grown to about 65!  Each night the kids and the counselors would gather with Valrie Applewhite, Jasmin Crossfield, Latéy Bradford and little Jordan Sam as they led us all in the theme song and taught new songs. The theme song was a hit as the chorus of the song has each group run around in a circle!

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tn DSCF1525AirBorn has come to an end, but oh - what a week it was!  28 precious souls decided to commit to Jesus all the way and were baptized as a result of the series.

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tn kisha ipad winnerKisha Johnson knew she wanted to win something at AirBorn.  She came reallly close on opening night - the giveaway went to the person whose birthday was closest to that date - July 28.  "Kish" - as she's affectionately called by family and friends - stood up excitedly.  Her birthday had been July 21.  The presenter was about to give Kisha the prize, when the audience pointed out another guy she (the presenter) hadn't seen. Turned out his birthday was July 27 and he got the prize.

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IMG 6425 copyThe place: the ancient city of Babylon

 
 
The time: the Reign of King Nebuchadnezzer 
 
 
 
The story: Daniel and his friends Hananiah, Meshiel and Azariah learn that God is always there when they are afraid, alone and in an unfamiliar place.
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Sometimes the gratification of what you strive to do overtakes the discomfort and challenge that it takes you to get there.

tn 1It was one hot Sunday morning that stretched into an even hotter Sunday afternoon.  Even the sticks of frozen sugar water beaded with sweat as they watched the sun beat down on those hard-headed Metro folk.  No amount of 106-degree heat index weather was going to deter these warm-blooded human beings from casting a shadow on a community that sometimes just needs shade from the heat that the world places on them.  It was a simple tn 2 act, but one that spoke volumes of the intentional desire of this church to serve.  They served, not for the benefits of money, or the esteem of accomplishment, but served “just because”.  Why not serve those that are closest to you…sounds simple enough, right?

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IMG 7132Every year our Adventurers and Pathfinders participate in the annual Allegheny East Camp Meeting Pathfinder/Adventurer parade.  The parade generally features all of the clubs from the Conference, and is one of the highlight's of each club's yearly events.  We'd like to thank Myron Ottley for sharing these photographs with us.

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