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park-n-praise-july262014What do you get when young adults from around the DC Metro area gather in a park to feed the homeless and have praise and worship?  Park n’ Praise!!!  Come out to the second annual Park n’ Praise – Saturday, July 26 at 2:30 p.m. in McPherson Square Park in Washington, DC. (Check out the promo video below!)

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I love to cook; especially when I know there are epicures ready to taste and eat!!

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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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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 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 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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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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Posted by on in News and Events
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 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 Homeless Outreach wide tWe continue to provide opportunities for our members to connect to the community.  We are reaching out to two homeless shelters in our area.  This will be an ongoing project that you can support at any time that is convenient for you.  Jenny Laquinte and Tammy Francois are the project coordinators and are happy to answer any questions you may have; email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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