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Let's Celebrate Pastor Johns

Written by Melissa Andrews.

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He came to us in June 2011 - a bundle of energy that we couldn't quite get our arms around.  He brought us Lifted the Sabbath afternoon program, Lifted the evangelistic series, Get on Board, Beast for the Kingdom, Airborn, Rooted, and Destined.  He brought Vashawn Mitchell, Mali Music, Marvin Sapp, CeCe Winans, Anthony Brown and group TherApy, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Maurette Brown-Clark and more.

He took us beyond the walls, closing church and sending us all into the community.  We learned how to be in one accord and how to be healthy church members.  We studied the beatitudes and how to pray, love and serve through discipleship.  He brought us the men and women who knew nothing - David Asscherick, Trevor Kinlock, Myron Edmonds, Rebecca Davis and more.  He brought us a month of Black History celebration, and an all-women Women's History month - featuring all-women praise and worship teams, an all-women band, and four powerful women preachers!  He empowered our teens.  Wesley Knight, Wintley Phipps, Abraham Jules, Carlton P. Byrd, Charles Booth, Eric Thomas and Jasmin Sculark shared their ministry with us.  A U.S. congresswoman and the current mayor of Hyattsville worshipped with us.  He had us adopt Ridgecrest Elementary School across the street from our church - where we are readily identified by our blue pray-love-serve t-shirts.

We were one of the first churches to have a mobile app.  We updated our website and churches across the DMV suddenly revamped theirs to look like ours.  We conducted polls in church.  We can text in our offering.  We gave away iPads.  We baptized hundreds.  He organized the first ordination service for an Allegheny East Conference female preacher - our former senior pastor Brenda Billingy.  He preached as a gardener.  He preached using a chalkboard and chalk.  He had us symbolically nail our sins to a cross as we celebrated the Communion service.

Whether you liked him or hated him, we have to acknowledge that he has impacted Metro in many, many ways.  And now his time with us has come to an end.  We invite you to join us as we celebrate the bald-headed preacher - Pastor Marquis D. Johns and what he's done at and for Metro.  We want to wish him well as he becomes the senior pastor of the North Philadelphia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Philadelphia, PA.  The festivities take place at 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 6.  He will preach for the 11 o'clock service, backed by an all-star praise and worship team of all our praise and worship leaders.  The afternoon program features tributes from various church departments, and more fantastic praise and worship.  See you there!

We Will Have Service on January 30

Written by Metro Blogger.

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We will be open for service on January 30.  Pastor Johns preaches his penultimate sermon - All Dogs Go To Heaven.  Theo Milford leads out in praise and worship.  The puppets provide our children's story.  It's going to be a high day of praise and worship. Come out and celebrate God's goodness to us - keeping us safe and warm during the snowstorm!

Get Receipts for your 2015 Charitable Contributions

Written by Metro Blogger.

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Receipts for your 2015 charitable contributions will be available from the Treasury at the end of January.  Here is the process for receiving receipts.

If you requested and received an email receipt last year, you do not have to do anything.  Your receipt will automatically be emailed to you.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of your receipt, or if you want to sign up to have your receipt emailed to you - complete this form.

If you have questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We Will Close for Jonas

Written by Metro Blogger.

January 27 update:  There is no prayer meeting this evening.  We should have the campus ready for service this Sabbath.  If you missed it, stay up-to-speed with upcoming events by checking out this week's email-gram.

January 25 update:  The parking lot has not yet been plowed, so the campus remains closed.  We will likely be open at the same time that Prince George's County schools are open, but keep checking the website for details.

The church campus will be closed from 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 22 and will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Monday morning, January 25.  We will not have service on Sabbath, January 23.  We will stream a rebroadcast of a previously aired service.  You may view it at 11:00 a.m. on Sabbath at metrosda.org/watch.html.

Get details on all of the weekend's closings and upcoming events here.