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Beyond the Walls webMetro, get ready! We’re moving BEYOND THE WALLS!

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tn r-ratedThe Oscars have come and gone. Hollywood continues to do its thing: art imitating life, they say. In reality, it’s not that simple: some movies have an agenda beyond pure entertainment; many movies are pure fantasy, divorced from any conceivable reality; and ultimately, Hollywood is a for-profit enterprise.

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tn A Person Driven Life std confession tWe took a break from our Person Driven Life series to celebrate our African, African American and West Indian cultures, as well as our church’s history.  This week we return to our regularly scheduled program, resuming our study of the book Steps to Christ in an attempt to emulate the most impressive, yet enigmatic person in the history of the world – Jesus Christ.

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tn tough times wide t nvAny member of Metro church will tell you that our family is made up of people from very different cultures. Even those of us of African descent know that a Nigerian is different from a Ghanaian, is different from a Guyanese, is different from a Jamaican, is different from a New Yorker, is different from a Floridian.

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tn happy valentines day wide t NVLet's face it!  Many married men have little to no game, or, the once-revered game is utterly rusty.  Truth be told, but for your significant other's faith and belief system, you'd still be in perpetual bachelor status.  Add a couple of children to the mix, and these men have gotten even slacker in the spouse appreciation department.  Now, you're facing Valentine's Day - the most blatantly manufactured holiday on the calendar year.  Your knee-jerk reaction is to order some overpriced flowers, find a baby-sitter and take the missus out to dinner.  (By the way, if you already spent the money at FTD.com, I cannot help you there; you could have simply gone to Trader Joes).  I’m here to suggest that instead of taking your beloved to Ruby Tuesday or Applebees, you elevate your game a bit and take her to a real restaurant.  Who knows, she may be so impressed she'll be singing her own kosher version of Beyonce's Drunk in Love (off the Martinelli's, of course).

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Freedom Fright tAn Arab chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the Persian army. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black door. As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the Persian general, who asked the question, “What will it be: the firing squad or the big, black door?”

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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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tn A Person Driven Life grey std tAccording to popular Christian thought, the most basic questions everyone faces in life are: “Why am I here? What is my purpose?”  While we may agree with this to varying degrees, I believe these questions are only answered after we’ve been properly introduced to the Person that put us here – the One who watched us as we were being formed in utter seclusion, and woven together in the dark of the womb. (Psalm 139:15 NLT). That person is Jesus the Christ, “the one through whom God created everything”.  Since “everything has been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NLT), who better to answer those questions?

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

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Happy New 2014 std tOur annual New Year's Eve service takes place on December 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  There's a wonderful program planned for you - full of music, inspiring testimonies, uplifting presentations and more!  Once we've finished at the church, everyone is invited to join us at the MAC for an evening of fun and entertainment.  Bring your favorite board games!  We'll also have a live band and refreshments for sale.  And finally, we'll watch the ball drop in Times Square - via live feed - at midnight!  Bring a friend!

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taxesAs we roll into 2014, our Treasury department is streamlining the way they handle our tithe receipts.  In previous years, they would print receipts for rax purposes for everyone who made contributions to our church.  This has proven to be a waste of paper as many members never bother to pick up their receipts.  So for this year, you'll need to "opt in" to receive a receipt.  You can select to receive your receipt via email, or pick it up at church.  Indicate your choice here:  www.metrosda.org/taxreceipts.

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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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metro christmas std t nvJoin us on Saturday, December 21 at 11:00 a.m. for our annual Christmas service.  This year's service features lots of Christmas music provided by our "praise team choir", Edmund Joseph, the English-Bishop trio, Gabrielle, Liverpool and more.  You'll also enjoy siging and liturgical dance performances.  Our children's choir - Wee Praize - will share their Christmas story, and you'll also hear from a couple of special women about what Christmas means to them.  Come early so you can be serenaded while you walk the red carpet, and bring a friend!

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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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tn WinterClothes Drive wide tWe're asking our church family to donate new or clean and gently used items for this year's Winter Clothes & Coats Drive for the students and families of Ridgecrest Elementary School and for Miriam's Kitchen - a program for the homeless in DC.

Items requested:
 - Sweaters
 - Thick socks
 - Hats, Gloves, Scarves
 - Winter Coats
 - Cans of tuna, toothbrushes
 - Sleeping bags, blankets
 
Please leave your donations in the bins in the fellowship hall. Monetary donations are also welcome; you may donate online here.  We'll be collecting clothes and funds through the end of December.
FMI: Latéy Bradford ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Jenny Laquinte.
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tn thanksliving wideJoin us for our annual Thanksgiving prayer service - this Wednesday evening, November 27.  We'll have awesome praise and worship and inspiring testimonies.  You'll have the opportunity to particiipate in a very special poll.  Pastor B will lead us into a season of prayer and thanksgiving.  We'll close things out with our special guest speaker - General Conference Vice President Dr. Delbert Baker.
 
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and we start at 7:00 p.m. sharp!  See you there.  Bring a friend!!
 
Thanksgiving Dinner Exchange:
Metro members:  If you would be willing to host a student or member of our church who doesn't have family in town for Thanksgiving dinner, please call the church office (301-853-2224) or complete this form.  If you're reading this and would like to eat with one of our members on Thanksgiving, please call the church office, or complete this form.
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wired for connection t ntCome hear national gospel-recording artist Isaac Carree in concert this Saturday, November 23 - for free!  Enjoy an evening of praise and worship and your favorite Isaac Carree songs including "Clean This House", "But God", and "In the Middle". This FREE concert takes place this Saturday, November 23 at 5:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Junior Communications Center on the Bowie State University campus.  It's the culmination of a day of events that features Dr. Carlton P. Byrd (speaker / director of the Breath of Life Television Ministries) as the guest speaker at the 11:00 a.m. service.  Enjoy the silky tones of Duawne Starling - he provides special music for that service.  The Pine Forge Academy Creative Arts team shows the Sabbath School program which starts at 9:30 a.m.

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JamilaSilveraConcert HomepageJamila Silvera, a native of the Washington DC area, is a singer/songwriter who blends soul, 40s gospel rock and jazz into her own brand of storytelling.  With the support of her collaborators Garage Voice, she released her self-titled EP in August with a kick-off concert and tour in Seattle, Washington.

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