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tn who is my neighbor wide tUnder the direction of Pastor Johns, our young adults, even those new to Metro, have been leading us in ministries to help the community surrounding the church.  These times we are living in are called ‘Post Religious’, meaning religion does not matter anymore; so I get excited when I see young adults taking the lead in ministries that embrace the community and spread God’s love. It says a lot about our church when others see people of all age groups working together.

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panicThe last thing I wanted to do this past Sabbath was to go out into the community. It seemed like the week was never ending.  I’d had several sleepless nights and I had started to feel defeated.  It wasn’t until God spoke through one of the ladies on the praise team that I decided to go.

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tn XsandOs tOn Sabbath, June 15, Principal Dunn from Ridgecrest Elementary visited us and shared how grateful and excited she was about what Metropolitan has been doing, and will do, for her school and her students.  She was so enthused about joining us on our Jericho Walk that she stayed after church waiting to go out with us, even though her daughter’s birthday party was taking place at the same time!  (As soon as I found that out though, I sent her straight home!)

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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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tn sacrificial faith offering wide tChurch Family,
 
We finally have our own place!  What?  You hadn't heard?  That means you don't attend business meeting or prayer meeting; those people already know what's going on!  Anyway, let me fill you in.
 
At business meeting on June 22, Pastor B asked the church to engage in some serious prayer - on the following Wednesday, June 26, we were scheduled to have the county inspection to see if we could finally, finally get our full occupancy permit for the MAC (yes, we've been operating under a temporary permit all these years).
 
The appointment was set for Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.  At 10:00 a.m., the inspector hadn't come.  At 10:30, there was still no sign of him.  Finally - at 10:40 a.m., he showed up.  They went through everything, looked over everything, walked around everywhere - and, Lord be praised - WE GOT THE FULL OCCUPANCY PERMIT!!!
 
Metro - you should be shouting, stomping, clapping, dancing a holy dance - whatever form of praise you can find within you to express your gratitude to God.  Pastor B said she went home after the meeting and cried.  As I stop to think about how far we've come - from selling 1/2 bricks under Pastor Roberts' watchful eye - to now having full occupancy of the building, after many, many, many - did I say MANY? -  years, heartaches and trials, all I can say is "God is good!"
 
Now there is one little, little caveat.  Even though we are now authorized to do whatever we want with the place whenever we want, we still owe A WHOLE BUNCH OF MONEY on it!!!  However, because I have seen God move mightily in helping us get the building constructed, and now allowing us to have our full occupancy permit, I have no doubt that He will also take care of the finances.  We want to demonstrate our faith, and our thankfulness, by bringing a sacrificial thank offering to service on July 13.  
 
We want all groups of the church to participate - our children, our teens, our young adults, our adults and our seniors.  Each group will have the opportunity to present their offering to God. 
 
Interestingly enough, this week's Kindergarten lesson and this month's Beginner lesson are about Joash - the boy king who encouarged the nation of Israel to come together and supply the money that was needed to repair the temple.  If you give your child(ren) a special offering this Sabbath to give to God, know that it will resonate strongly with them, reinforcing the lesson they've been studying.
 
When Pastor B made the announcement at prayer meeting on June 26, I decided that I would get my offering by giving up Chick-Fil-A for these two weeks (true confession - I'm a serious Chick-Fil-A addict and their stock price has probably gone down since I stopped buying).  Is there something you can give up to help get your offering?  However you choose to get it, we're asking you to dig deep, and truly make it  sacrificial.
 
Let's plan to have a wonderful celebration of God's goodness on July 13.
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Athens rotaterRegister online today!!  Metropolitan Children's Ministries is pleased to invite you to “Athens VBS: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth”.  This exciting event takes place July 22 to July 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. nightly, at the Metropolitan Activity Center (6307 Riggs Rd, Hyattsville, MD). Families step back in time at Athens, exploring some of the adventures the Apostle Paul faced. Kids and adults participate in a memorable Bible-times Marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Bible-times snacks, visit Paul, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. Plus, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Each day concludes at Celebration—a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved.

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tn take it back wide t ntBefore Joseph was elevated, he needed to be reconstructed. He was sweet on the outside but rotting within. God saw his heart and diagnosed him as in critical condition and in need of immediate medical attention.  (1 Samuel 16:7)

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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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IMG 1828My ninth place showing in the inaugural Metropolitan 5K Run/Walk? Yeah, I’m proud of that! I trained for the race. I ate right the day before. I had a race plan, and I executed it. So when I crossed the finish line--where my wife and daughters were standing and cheering me on--it was mission accomplished.

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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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P1500364On Sunday, June 2, weeks of preparation came to a head as 58 runners and walkers gathered at 6301 Sligo Parkway and awaited the sound of the starting gun that would signal that the Metropolitan 40th Anniversary 5k Run/Walk was underway (ok - there was no gun, but that sounded good!).  We had husbands and wives, a father-mother-daughter team and siblings participate.  We had a couple of runners who decided that the day was too beautiful to just run a 5k, and so they increased their distance to 10k.  Enjoy the pictures below - courtesy Claudette Smith.  Here's the list of winners by age category, and here's the list of all runners and finish times (courtesy race timer extraordinaire - Vaughn Andrews).

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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 1122Metro members showed they truly connect to their community by their generous response to our adopted school's request for help with their winter clothing drive.  Here are some pictures Latey Bradford took at the event.  Read the blog that goes along with the pictures.

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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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