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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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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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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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guess whos coming to dinner wide t nvOn Sabbath, April 27, we're hosting our first "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" of the year.  How does it work?  It's really easy!!!  You choose whether you / your family want to be a guest, or host, or both.  You'll complete the appropriate form (guests - click here; hosts - click here).  It's fine to complete both forms.  

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tn stranger-thingsWe typically find ourselves embroiled in deep discussions - even arguments - with people of our own faith family about church reform. In these strange days, how about instead of arguing about how church culture is and what it needs, we work on CREATING culture?  Strange Days call for us to do Strange Things...Let's rediscover the Gospel instead of focusing on worship style.  Let's become such a light in this community that if we left town, we’d be sorely missed.

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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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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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Q2 SS-2012 Lesson 2: Every Member Ministry (read Lesson 2)

A CNBC Originals documentary, “Cruise Inc.: Big Money on the High Seas” (2009), took us inside the $30 billion cruise industry. The cruise ship documented was the Norwegian Pearl, a 15-story tall, 965 ft long, 93,000 ton “money making machine”. They called it a “floating city” that employs 1100 crew members to cater to 2200 passengers eating 12,000 meals per day. One could only imagine that all hands are always on deck to serve and entertain the passengers.

Imagine Peter the disciple being alive today and swearing (before he was saved, of course) at the cruise industry. He’d probably be thinking - what sense does it make for a multi-million dollar sea vessel to be burning through millions of dollars just to entertain?  They don’t even catch any fish!!

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