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leighton-kennedy-albumLifted presents "Praise on Sax" - an evening of instrumental praise and worship by saxaphonists Leighton Kennedy and Courtney Fadlin - April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at 6307 Riggs Road in Hyattsville, MD.

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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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tn parentaladvisory3Two months ago, Metropolitan hosted a Lifted program that was dedicated to our youth.  We used the opportunity to converse with teens and young adults about sex and relationships.  There was a great amount of participation and many of the young people were able to share their perspectives.

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tn Man Who Knows Nothing wide tMetropolitan is extremely pleased to have David Asscherick with us on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14.  However, we’ve run into a slight problem.  Pastor Asscherick is known in Adventist circles as an intellectual, someone highly regarded by his peers, and an excellent speaker.  Imagine our shock when he told us that he’s been a little stumped recently, and he’s not sure anymore what he actually knows!

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tn LIFT.sex.ED tDo you believe if you have sex with your BF/GF, you’ll be together forever? Or that staying a virgin until you’re married is a “Thing of the Past”?

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teens-balloons-2aOn July 13th, teens from Metro's Teen Church went to Lewisdale Park. We passed out balloons and popsicles to those in the park. Children enjoyed the popsicles.  Quite a few of the balloons flew away, but it made the children happy. When three kids walked over to our picnic table and asked "Can we get more balloons?" Novella said, "Here. Take 5!" it made me smile. I decided to take part in the activity because I knew that it would be fun. I definitely enjoyed it. Even when people said no to our offer of balloons or popsicteens-balloons-1ales, they still smiled at us.  I would recommend doing an outreach activity to all of my friends.

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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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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 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!
 
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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 XsandOs tBefore every game, coaches and players go through a game plan. This is especially important if the they've never played the opposing team.  To have a chance at winning, they need to know their opponent's strengths and weaknesses. They develop this knowledge by studying their opponents, by spending time looking at footage from several games, and developing an understanding of how the other team plays.  They then adapt their game plan to counter what their opponents will bring.  For example, if the opposing team has a strong running game, they know they need to focus on protecting the line, not sacking the quarterback, or preventing deep throws down the field. If the opposing team has strong perimeter shooters, they don't prepare to defend post plays.

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new-journeyMany of you may not be aware, but one of the things Pastor Johns does in his spare time is function as the host of a 3ABN / Dare to Dream Network program called The New Journey.  The New Journey shows how encounters with Jesus can turn people's lives around, often in dramatic, unexpected ways.  Many of the participants have spent time in prison.  Others have experienced significant hardship in their lives.

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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 WORSHIP std tThis edition of LIFTED is a Call to Worship! Lift your voices with our Praise Team then open your heart & mind to Pastor Noah Washington of the Bladensburg Seventh-day Adventist Church, as he guides us deeper into worship. We invite you to join us as we thank God for the ALL he has done...at LIFTED!

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tn BurningBridges tIn honor of Black History Month, this week LIFTED features a special panel of guests who will discuss the Role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement.

From the repeal of Jim Crow Laws to concern about current legislation such as The Dream Act.... this compelling program will illustrate how church affected Civil Rights Leaders of the Past and whether or not the Church still has a role in Human Rights today. Have we been Burning Bridges?

Join us at Metro for LIFTED, 'Burning Bridges: The Role of the Church in the Civil Rights Movement' - this Saturday, February 16 at 5:15 p.m.

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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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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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In the Adventist church, it's possible that one of the only things we talk about less than we talk about suicide is incest - which is not only sad, but dangerous, as the National Institute of Mental Health reported that in 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15 - 24.  Why won't we talk about this?  Are there things we can do to prevent our young adults from attempting suicide?  Are there risk factors we can look out for?  On Saturday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m., Lifted presents "Ready to Die" - an open discussion about suicide

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