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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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metrokidzThrough the Beyond the Walls effort  on April 5, I was blessed with the opportunity to minister with the Children's Church team led by Tamara Sam.  When the children arrived at the MAC, they were assigned to different workstations to create beautiful handmade cards for the residents of Chillum Oaks Senior Living Center.  After simple instructions, the children quickly slipped into creative mode and out came the glitter, glue, stickers, markers and paper!  They were all very intentional about making sure their masterpieces displayed beautiful images and encouraging words.  

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On April 5, we were blessed to have the opportunity to serve many in the community through our Beyond the Walls outreach.  Among those served were some of our members who have mobility challenges.  This project was led by Elder Cunningham who divided us into three teams.  Each team had approximately five members and we were assigned 2 visits.  One of the members I visited lives at an assisted living facility; the other we visited at her residence.

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advance kindgom web3Metroplitan Church's Beyond the Walls outreach ministry is pleased to present "Advance the Kingdom" - a one-day evangelism seminar featuring speakers Dr. Carlton P. Byrd (Speaker/Director Breath of Life Television Mininstries and Senior Pastor, Oakwood University Church, Huntsville, AL), Dr. Patrick E. Vincent (Senior Pastor, Mt. Calvary SDA Church, Tampa, FL) and Dr. Abraham Jules (Senior Pastor, Mt. Vernon SDA Church, Mt. Vernon, NY).  Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 22.

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food-line3On April 5, I particiated in Metro's community-wide service day titled “Beyond the Walls”.  The day took a break from traditional church service, within the walls of the divine sanctuary, and stepped out into the community to truly exhibit God’s hands and feet. Of the several activities that took place in Washington, DC and the Hyattsville area, I served at the homeless feeding in Franklin Square Park.

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tn RMH Pic 2On Sabbath, April 5, more than ten eager individuals made sack lunches for the families of Ronald McDonald House as a part of Metropolitan’s first Beyond the Walls outreach day.  Ronald McDonald House serves as a “home-away-from-home” for the parents of hospitalized children. Parents are able to stay at the House for little or no cost, and have access to private bedrooms, home-cooked meals, and an array of support services.

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I was excited to get involved in our April 5 outreach program - Beyond the Walls - and I chose to work with the Random Acts of Kindness group.  There were about 19 people in the group I was assigned to, and we further separated in smaller groups.  My "groupmates" were Samantha Warren and Yolande (Ricque) Sinclair.  We worked at one of the traffic lights near the Prince George's mall.  When the traffic light turned red, we walked to the stopped cars and said, "We are from the Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church and we are here to just share a little love.  Would you like a bottle of water or granola bar or lollipops for the kids?"

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

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tn tale of two people[One sunny summer day, outside Jericho; names have been changed to protect the innocent.  I admit to freely stealing from Pastor Johns' “38 Years a Slave” sermon]

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tn TrueReligionGenes tTrue religion makes its headquarters in the heart of every Christ follower.  It was modeled by Jesus with the intention of redefining religion through an emphasis on compassion, sacrifice and good deeds. Over two millennia later, although the concept of religion has come to refer to a set of systems, creeds and rites, pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this:  to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.
 
Compassion, sacrifice and good deeds made up the DNA of the early church. Consider this quote:

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.... And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
 
As a member of the family of Christianity, as a son or daughter of God, is this the type of religion that's flowing in your genes?  Have the cares of this world diluted the gene pool so that our religion is watered down and unrecognizable?   Join us on Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. as Pastor Johns preaches True Religion Genes: God-made, superior genes to appeal to all mankind.
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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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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 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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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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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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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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