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Let's Pretend We're in a Tent!

Written by Melissa Andrews.

tent-revival-webOur Destined series continues Friday evening, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, November 8, we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy good gospel music from Anthony Brown & Group TherAPy (we’re hoping they’ll sing our favorite “Testimony!”).  Pastor Johns will have another powerful word for us, and we’ll give away another gift card.  So what does this have to do with tents?

Sister-to-Sister Anniversary Program

Written by Metro Blogger.

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Sister-to-Sister is 10 years old!  Our mentoring program for teenaged girls has grown from a simple mentoring program into a full-fledged organization that now also hosts the outstanding La Cour Royale program - a year of activities geared specifically for high school seniors to foster emotional, social and mental growth as they prepare to enter adulthood.

The entire church family is invited to celebrate this 10-year-annviersary on Saturday evening, November 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  You'll enjoy an evening of good food, fun and fellowship.  There is a small admission fee of $5. 

If you'd like to enroll your daughter/neice/cousin/granddauther in the Sister-to-Sister program, or for more details about the anniversary program, please see Lovina Thompson or Hazel Charles.

Refocusing on West Africa: A Personal Perspective

Written by Jermey Matthews.

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Ebola hysteria is spreading in the US. Some politicians are calling for a ban on air travel from West Africa, the epicenter of the current outbreak. A college in Texas initially rejected two Nigerian applicants on account of their being from a country with “confirmed Ebola cases.” And radio stations in the Washington, DC region fielded calls from concerned citizens after an infected Dallas nurse was transferred to an isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. 

To be sure, Ebola is a deadly virus, but the chances of encountering an infected individual in the US, let alone his or her bodily fluids, are slim—the flu is a more pervasive threat, and in some cases, just as deadly (check out how Ebola compares to 12 other infectious diseases). For more information on the disease itself, read Keep Calm and Understand Ebola on the Metro church blog.

Meanwhile, Ebola has killed more than 4000 people mostly in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone (according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC). Regrettably, a number like that never seems to stir the emotions as much as when it occurs inside US borders.  One of Metro's members, Sonya Funna Evelyn, is a native of Sierra Leone, and works at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).  In the Q&A below, she reveals what ADRA is doing for the region and offers insight on what we can do as a church community to help our brothers and sisters in the region.

Destined...for Salvation!

Written by Marquis Johns.

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I don’t know who it was that first said, “Don’t get so focused on the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey,” but I'm not sure this is necessarily good advice. What if it's the destination that gives you the strength to endure the journey? Or what if it's the destination that determines how you make the journey? The whole idea of destiny is to focus on what will happen to a particular person or thing in the future. Depending on what you believe about the future, thinking about your destiny could either fill you with dread or delight.

For instance, If you believe you are destined to meet a tyrant who's been waiting to judge you for everything you've ever thought, said or done, then you may focus solely on enjoying the journey and give very little regard to the destination. True?  Others believe that irrespective of the way you've travelled the path, you are destined for a paradisiacal afterlife.  If you fall into this group, you probably believe you can enjoy the journey and still look forward to the destination.  Right?