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omaris-groupOn Sabbath June 7, I was the team lead for a small group of volunteers who participated in the Beyond the Walls “Clean Up Hyattsville” outreach activity.  It first appeared that our activity was going to be a wash, because when we got to Huerich Park, our assigned location, we couldn’t find the park ranger.  We were supposed to meet her to get our cleaning supplies (gloves, bags, etc.).  What to do?  We “radioed” back in to “headquarters” (Melissa and Vonric) for support, but while we were waiting on them to track down the ranger, we decided that we would complete this outreach on our own!  If we couldn’t find supplies, we would get our own supplies.

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

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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!
 
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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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 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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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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IMG 4549Enjoy photos from our 11 o'clock service on Sabbath, March 2 - courtesy Myron S. Ottley.

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nametagsSabbath, January 12, was "Name Tag" day at Metropolitan.  Pastor Johns came up with the idea that - as part of our "stickiness" journey of 2013 - we should all wear name tags, so that we start becoming more familiar with one another.  The idea was a resounding success.  There were some of you who had to be convinced to wear your tags (Rhoden Rubin, Gregory Applewhite, Sr., Owen Wallace), some of you who told us that your names are not what we thought your names have been for years (Christopher Gill, Gregory Applewhite, Sr.), and some of you who tried to assume false identities (Pamela Rubin, Ursula Roberts-Allen - these two must be sisters!).  But overall, everyone was happy to participate, and at the end of service, which included a "getting to know you" segment at the end of Pastor B's sermon - people were asking when we would do it again.  Have no fear - you've not seen the end of name tags at Metro!  :-)

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tn Homeless Outreach wide tOn January 26, we are inviting our church family to take part in an outreach event at CCNV Shelter in DC to serve the homeless.  We will serve a meal as well as give away clothes.  If you're interested in helping, please complete our volunteer form
 
How can you help?  We are asking members to contribute the following: 12 oz boxes of Special K (Original), boxes of uncooked elbow macaroni, whole corn kernels (canned or frozen), cases of bottled water, and clothes.  We are asking particularly for warm clothes such as socks, hats, gloves and coats.  Containers for these items will be placed in the Fellowship Hall by Sabbath, January 5.  The deadline for food and clothes donations is January 19.
 
We will also need volunteers to help us set-up, serve, assist with clothes giveaway, mingle with our guests, breakdown and clean up.  We will also need volunteers to assist with the sorting and boxing of clothes prior to our outreach event. 
 
This outreach will take place after the 11:00 a.m. service.  CCNV is located at 425 2nd St. NW.  Weather permitting, we will set up tables on the sidewalk in front of the building.  If it should rain or snow, we will set up inside the building. We are asking members to carpool.  Directions will be provided. 
 
Once we finish serving and ministering to our guests, we'll have a warm meal for all of our volunteers.
 
We are looking forward to this outreach and hope to see see many of you there.  You can reach Jenny Laquinte ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Vonric Bradford ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) if you have 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 you if you will be helping us.
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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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tn Church Work Day wide tMany of us at Metropolitan come from a West Indian background.  As such, the scenario I'm about to describe is probably very familiar to you (this is probably familiar across many cultures, so include yourself if you can relate).

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Sometimes the gratification of what you strive to do overtakes the discomfort and challenge that it takes you to get there.

tn 1It was one hot Sunday morning that stretched into an even hotter Sunday afternoon.  Even the sticks of frozen sugar water beaded with sweat as they watched the sun beat down on those hard-headed Metro folk.  No amount of 106-degree heat index weather was going to deter these warm-blooded human beings from casting a shadow on a community that sometimes just needs shade from the heat that the world places on them.  It was a simple tn 2 act, but one that spoke volumes of the intentional desire of this church to serve.  They served, not for the benefits of money, or the esteem of accomplishment, but served “just because”.  Why not serve those that are closest to you…sounds simple enough, right?

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tn Testimony Service wide tHi! My name is Danielle! Most people call me “Dani”. Last month (May 2012) marked two years that I’ve been a member at Metropolitan. I started attending after I moved back to the MD area from Atlanta, GA. When I started to pray about where I should start going to church, I felt God directing me to attend Metro. Honestly, I felt like Metro wouldn’t be a good fit for me. “I only know a few people.”  “I’m not outgoing so I’d get lost in the crowd.”  “It’s not down the street.” “ I’m the most Americanized West Indian EVER so I won’t really fit in.”  These are all thoughts that went through my head. However, I decided to be obedient and head for Hyattsville the next morning.

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On June 2, we’re doing an outreach activity here at Metropolitan that I’m soooooooo excited about.  We’re hosting a blood and bone marrow drive!  (Sign up here) Don’t you DARE stop reading!  I know you want to, because you’re most likely black, and black people don’t generally donate blood.  It’s the truth.  The stats are horrible or somewhat less horrible, depending on whom you believe.  Only about 5 percent of the general population donates blood, and of that number, only 10 percent are African American – says the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center1.  Blood Centers of the Pacific reports that only 3 percent of their African American population donates blood2.

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