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699x393We extend a special invitation to you to join us during the weekend of January 18 and 19.  As the Washington DC area takes part in the inauguration ceremony of President Barack Obama - we at Metro want to commemorate the event in our special way - by turning the focus to our Eternal President - Jesus Christ.

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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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tn new year resolutions wide tFor 2013, how about being intentional about reaching out to those in your circles who are un-churched?  Jonathan Dodson from Outreach magazine shares 8 easy ways that we can be "missional" this year (in Metro terms, they would be 8 ways that we can connect to our community). Can we resolve to do one or two of these each month during 2013?

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PraiseIIMediaWebsite72ppiIf you've ever visited Metro for one of our 11 o'clock services on Saturdays, you'll have been blessed by our praise and worship ministry.  It is definitely one of the best loved parts of our service - most of our members will agree.  We are very pleased to be able to announce "Created to Worship:  A Praise and Worship Extravaganza!"  Enjoy an entire evening of praise and worship featuring all of our praise and worship leaders - LatĂ©y Bradford, Jasmime Brann, Lydia Husbands and Theo Milford - and all of our praise teams performing many of your favorite praise and worship songs and hymns.

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tn Homeless Outreach wide tOn January 26, we are inviting our church family to take part in an outreach event at CCNV Shelter in DC to serve the homeless.  We will serve a meal as well as give away clothes.  If you're interested in helping, please complete our volunteer form
 
How can you help?  We are asking members to contribute the following: 12 oz boxes of Special K (Original), boxes of uncooked elbow macaroni, whole corn kernels (canned or frozen), cases of bottled water, and clothes.  We are asking particularly for warm clothes such as socks, hats, gloves and coats.  Containers for these items will be placed in the Fellowship Hall by Sabbath, January 5.  The deadline for food and clothes donations is January 19.
 
We will also need volunteers to help us set-up, serve, assist with clothes giveaway, mingle with our guests, breakdown and clean up.  We will also need volunteers to assist with the sorting and boxing of clothes prior to our outreach event. 
 
This outreach will take place after the 11:00 a.m. service.  CCNV is located at 425 2nd St. NW.  Weather permitting, we will set up tables on the sidewalk in front of the building.  If it should rain or snow, we will set up inside the building. We are asking members to carpool.  Directions will be provided. 
 
Once we finish serving and ministering to our guests, we'll have a warm meal for all of our volunteers.
 
We are looking forward to this outreach and hope to see see many of you there.  You can reach Jenny Laquinte ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Vonric Bradford ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have 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 you if you will be helping us.
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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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WAP 5802On Saturday, October 20, a group of enthusiastic Metro members headed to Franklin Square in Washington, DC to feed the homeless.  Jenny Laquinte wrote a great blog about it that we encourage you to read because it fills in the details about the photos that you see here.  This pictures in this photo blog are courtesy Wood Angle Photography.

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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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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!
 
 
 
[We are distressed to report that we experienced a glitch with the majority of our pictures from the feeding.  We hope to have the problem fixed over this weekend (Nov 24-25) and will update the blog with the link once they are available to view.  In the mean time - enjoy these below]
 
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outcasts-ebonyLast week, in spotlighting National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, WAMU 88.5 FM (the local NPR affiliate) presented a story about a young, homeless mother that left me frustrated and utterly despondent. It went something like this:

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tn will-smith-quoteI’m not one that’s big on keeping up with the every move of celebrities. However, there are a few that I’ll lend an ear to when they have a radio interview or television appearance.  One of them is Will Smith. We saw him start as a rapper turned actor on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and now he’s one of the Hollywood elite. I may not like all of his projects or totally agree with his theology, but I respect his insane work ethic and his thoughtfulness. When I saw the quote pictured to the left, some questions came to mind. What if I didn’t know you during your struggle? Technically I was absent. Does that mean I don’t have the chance to know you during your success? Call it being facetious but I felt inclined to ask!

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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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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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tn voteThe national election takes place on Tuesday, November 6.  Here are the official voters board of election websites for Maryland, the District and Virginia:

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tn Breast CancerOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the number two cause of cancer death and the most common cancer in women. Our Health Ministries department would like to share some important information about this deadly cancer with our church and community.

Breast cancer Trivia: Did you know that the LEFT breast is the breast most frequently affected in breast cancer?  The reason for this is not yet understood.


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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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