On Sunday, July 8, we're holding a free car wash in the parking lot of our church. If you're not a member of our church and you live near us (or you want to drive out here) - stop by any time between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You'll get your car washed, you'll get a healthy snack, and you'll meet some of the nicest people in the Hyattsville area. Well - we think so, at least. :-)
Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church Blog
You know that feeling you get when you say you're going to do something and you actually do it? You know the feeling! Especially knowing how many other times you said you should, or you would, or you could, but in reality you didn't! Well if that's not your testimony it sure is mine!
I thank God for a successful day of ministry on Sabbath! If you didn't get to join the group who visited with our neighbors at Chillum Oaks and the fire department, or the group who braved the heat as we passed out cold water and reading materials to the folks we met in the Langley Park Shopping Plaza area...you definitely missed out on an encouraging and humbling experience.
Many of us have been coming to Prep School and being spiritually fed for the past year and growing more and more each day. Like the disciples, we are being trained and groomed not for just our own benefit, but to go out and share God with others. Thankfully I've been learning that I don't necessarily need to be the preacher or even the teacher. I can simply be a doer, for others!
We've moved to the next phase of our AirBorn Flight Plan. Prior to this you should have completed the following tasks:
- identified the people you’d like to pray for over the next three months
- identified your prayer partners
- decided on a meeting place and time for your Prayer Cell (your weekly meeting with your prayer partners to fellowship and pray); you should now be meeting regularly on a weekly basis
On June 2, we’re doing an outreach activity here at Metropolitan that I’m soooooooo excited about. We’re hosting a blood and bone marrow drive! (Sign up here) Don’t you DARE stop reading! I know you want to, because you’re most likely black, and black people don’t generally donate blood. It’s the truth. The stats are horrible or somewhat less horrible, depending on whom you believe. Only about 5 percent of the general population donates blood, and of that number, only 10 percent are African American – says the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center1. Blood Centers of the Pacific reports that only 3 percent of their African American population donates blood2.
La Cour Royale - a deb / beau ball for our high school seniors, and the culmination of a year of activities that help to prepare them for adulthood, took place on May 6 at the University of Maryland Marriott. It was a spectacular event and we share some of the evening's events via pictures. Unless otherwise indicated, photographs were provided courtesy of Myron S. Ottley Photography.
The people who attended the first class of our Financial Peace University course discovered that the answer to that question isn’t a Capital One credit card. For them, if they follow the steps outlined in the course, their wallets are going to have a lot of cash!
More than 40 people showed up on Tuesday night, May 8 – filling the choir room to capacity. The class is so large that next week they will have to move to the sanctuary. Quite a few of the attendees are not members of Metro and found out about the class from our website and Facebook promotion. Sivan Bruce was the youngest attendee and Sis. Ravi (yes, Sis. Ravi!) was the eldest.
Our Men's Ministries department invites you to honor your mom - biological or spiritual - at a formal banquet on Mothers' Day - Sunday, May 13. The banquet will provide an opportunity for our members to share tributes about the mothers in their lives - their moms, wives, sisters, grandmothers, etc. The banquet starts at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the Ministry Center Banquet Hall.
In the Adventist church, it's possible that one of the only things we talk about less than we talk about suicide is incest - which is not only sad, but dangerous, as the National Institute of Mental Health reported that in 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15 - 24. Why won't we talk about this? Are there things we can do to prevent our young adults from attempting suicide? Are there risk factors we can look out for? On Saturday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m., Lifted presents "Ready to Die" - an open discussion about suicide
Experience the wonders of science and technology, in our backyard
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. (Psalm 19:1; New International Version)
Call me a nerd—you better not!—but I am near giddy about the USA Science & Engineering Festival that’s coming to town this weekend. It has become one of the few major gatherings I gear up for, joining the quadrennial Summer Olympics (I’m accepting donations for a trip this August to London) and the quinquennial General Conference session (San Antonio 2015, here I come).
[Register now for our Financial Peace University classes. You may attend the first class for free - come out an join us on May 8 at 7:00 p.m.]
- National student loan debt: $869,309,799,803.00
- National credit card debt: $795,385,655,880.00
- National mortgage debt: $13,424,542,699,384.00
- Total personal debt: $15,959,931,085,004.00
- Average personal debt per citizen: $50,931.00
- Average savings per family: $6,065.00
Aren't those numbers mind-boggling? They're also stale (they keep changing every second and in your free time, it's fun to look at the actual numbers at www.usdebtclock.org). But the two numbers we want to bring to your attention are the average personal debt per citizen and the average savings. If our creditors were all to come calling today, we'd be in a lot of trouble.
The last two concerts I decided to put down good money to attend, which also meant hiring babysitters, were Michael W. Smith at Bethesda’s Strathmore Hall two Christmases ago and Mali Music at Metro’s Activity Center this past Easter Sunday. When my two favorite artists come to town, I can’t let the opportunity to hear them pass by. At the Christmas concert, my wife and I sat in plush seats and were serenaded by the 53-year-old Smitty—as true fans are allowed to call him—backed by full symphony orchestra, as he sang such classics as “Agnus Dei.” At the concert on Sunday, the majority of us ignored our chairs, while the 25-year-old Mali—as true fans are allowed to call him—and his merry (to say the least) band and backup singers performed such anti-mainstream YouTube hits as “I Hate You.”
When they started promoting this concert, I was like, "Mali Music? Who’s that?" People gave me incredulous looks and said, "Yeah, Claudette, he’s the one that sings All the glory belongs to You – you know the song that the praise team sings all the time?" Oh okay. He’s coming to town…word? I’ll be there.
Beast 4 the Kingdom - the two-week journey from history to prophecy featuring the dynamic preaching of Pastor Marquis D. Johns - got off to a fantastic start yesterday.
During the morning service, Pastor Johns introduced us to our study of Daniel by re-orienting our thinking about Nebuchadnezzar, the first king of Babylon. In his sermon titled "Say Goodbye to the Bad Guy," Johns showed us that God wanted to use Nebuchadnezzar, someone we think of as heathen, as the 'bad guy', just the same as He wants to use us. You can watch "Say Goodbye" here.
Beast 4 the Kingdom officially starts on Sabbath (Saturday) morning, March 31, at 11:00 a.m. We invite you to come on out join us for a sprit-filled service.
We're really excited, however, to tell you about the Saturday night program, when the Howard University Gospel Choir will present a mini concert! You don't want to miss this dynamic group of young people as they sing about what Jesus has done for us.
The Beast series starts nightly at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7:00 p.m. Each night will feature an uplifting praise and worship session, prayer, a gift giveaway (including $100 gift cards, and 2 brand, spanking new iPad HDs), a cool video - and a dynamic Word from the Lord from Pastor Marquis D. Johns. On various nights during the series, we will also feature specific intercessory prayer sessions.
There are seven expressions traditionally attributed to Jesus during his crucifixion, gathered from the four Canonical Gospels. In Mark and Matthew, Jesus cries out to God. In Luke, He forgives His killers, reassures the good thief, and commends His spirit to the Father. In John, He speaks to His mother, says He thirsts, and declares the end of His earthly life....
On Saturday night, March 10, "The Voice: A Poetry Cafe Experience" made its debut at the Hyattsville Busboys and Poets location. This is probably the first time Metro has hosted an event like this - a poetry slam featuring Adventist and non-Adventist poets, held at a popular food and poetry "joint". We are happy to report that it was a complete success!...