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Check out the Metro Worship Schedule for our online worship Zoom and dial-in information for prayer meeting, Bible studies, Sabbath School, etc.  All other meeting information is in the specific announcement below and in our Moments at Metro video announcements.  Do you have an announcement for the church?  Submit it here (deadline:  Tuesdays @ midnight).  Opt-in to receive regular communication from Metro (pick your favorite method:  email, text, voicemail or all three!).

Keep checking our coronarivus resources page for helpful local resources during the pandemic, and watch videos from our pastors here.

Please note that our church office is now closed on Fridays until January 2021, and our food distribution program is on hiatus until Wednesday, January 13, 2021.  Call 301-853-2224 for additional information.

[January 16 UPDATE]

red rectangle Join us in a 10-day call to prayer challenge.  We started on Friday, January 15 - but you can start whenever you ready this!  We'll conclude on Sunday, January 24.  We're asking members to pray three times daily for our country, our families and salvation.

red rectangle Road to Inauguration.  Monday 1/18 @ 7:00 p.m.  Hosted by Richard Cunningham, this program is especially for our Generation Z members.  The panel will discuss how recent political events have affected our mental health.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

red rectangle Apply for scholarshps!  Our education department is compiling a list of scholarship opportunities.  Check it out here.


[January 2 UPDATE]

red rectangle Our sermon series this month is Better Days.  Won't you invite someone to join us each Saturday?  We are all looking for 2021 to bring better days - this messaging will resonate with your unchurched family members and friends.

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red rectangle Sign up to represent your country during Black History Month!  Deadline:  January 6.  

red rectangle This is the link to watch the memorial service for Gladys Langford, Pastor Billingy's mom. 

[December 30 UPDATE]

red rectangle New Year's Eve service:  Thursday, 12/31 @ 7:00 p.m.  Communion, worship service, then after party.  Watch the service on our websiteFacebook or YouTube, then join the after party via Zoom.

red rectangle Sign up to represent your country during Black History Month!  Deadline:  January 6.  

red rectangle There is no F.L.O.W. or teen meeting on Friday, January 1, 2021, but we will have our regularly scheduled church-wide prayer call at 7:00 p.m.

[November 21 UPDATE]

red rectangle Pre-teen game night:  11/21 @ 8:00 p.m.  Zoom:  889 1857 5643

red rectangle Men's Ministry meeting:  Sunday, 11/22 @ 10:00 a.m.  Theme:  True Thanksgiving.  Zoom:  366 729 3028 | pw:  6307

red rectangle 50+ Club meeting:  Sunday, 11/22 @ 11:00 a.m.  Presenter:  Dr. Simone Walton-Marcelle.  Zoom:  939 1240 2801 | pw:  50Plus

red rectangle We're pleased to announce the launch of Women's Corner! We invite all Metro women to join us on Sunday, 11/22 @ 4:00 p.m.  Get all the details here.

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red rectangle There is no food distribution on Wednesday, 11/25.  We resume on December 2.

red rectangle Join our Thanksgiving service on Wednesday, 11/25 @ 7:30 p.m.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

red rectangle Sign up to be a Metro Christmas Angel and give a gift to a foster care child.  

 [November 7 UPDATE]

red rectangle Attend our parent seminar - for parents of children 18 and under - this afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

red rectangle F.L.O.W. starts a new series - TRIGGERED - this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.  Join them for "A conversation about stress".

red rectangle Remember:  our Saturday evening church-wide prayer call to close the Sabbath now starts at 5:00 p.m.

[October 31 UPDATE]

red rectangle There is no F.L.O.W. this afternoon.

red rectangle Our Friday evening church-wide prayer call moves to 7:00 p.m., starting November 6.  Visit our worship schedule for connect info.

red rectangle Upcoming Youth Division events:

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  • MAN UP:  Saturday, October 31 @ 6:15 p.m.  Young men ages 10 - 19 welcome to attend
  • Pre-Teen Movie Night:  Saturday, October 31 @ 8:00 p.m.  Register here to attend; snack pickup at the church; 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday Teen Fellowship:  Friday, November 6 @ 7:30 p.m.  Discuss tattoos and piercings with Pastor Claude Hardcastle, II
  • La Cour Royale Registration deatline:  Saturday, November 7 is the deadline to register to participate in 2020-2021 La Cour Royale.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.

[October 17 UPDATE]

red rectangle The funeral service for Elder Maxwell Carrington takes place this afternoon at 5:00 p.m.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube; view the program.  There will be a drive-by viewing tomorrow at the church between 10 a.m. and noon.  

red rectangle Participate in our National Call to Prayer. We're praying for God's leading in national affairs, justice for oppressed people and the Holy Spirit.  Pray three times daily starting on October 17 through November 3.

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red rectangle We celebrate Communion this coming weekend - October 23 & 24.

red rectangle Attend our church business meeting on Sunday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m.  If you've attended a business meeting this year, connection information will automatically be emailed to you.  If you haven't, you'll need to register at metrosda.org/businessmeeting. 

[September 5 UPDATE]

red rectangle Gift a subscription to Message magazine.  Available to the first 75 people who sign up!  Click the image to send your gift today!

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red rectangle Jericho Prayer Walk in the church parking lot - September 5 @ 7:00 a.m. [FMI:  340-690-2254]

red rectangle Invite 10 family members and / or friends to Pastor Kinlock's new series - Restore the Hope - at 11:45 a.m. this Saturday, September 5.  First sermon:  The church has left the building!  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

red rectangle New date for youth bible study!  Join us at our new date / time - Fridays at 7:30 p.m.  We kick things off with an outdoor youth fellowship at 7:30 p.m. in the church parking lot.  Bring your own chair and wear a mask.  It's gonna be lots of fun!  FMI:  Ps. Smith

red rectangle September 12 events:  Adventurer Club drive-through registration @ 3:00 p.m.  Sister-to-Sister virtual kickoff @ 8:00 p.m.

red rectangle New program for pre-teens!  Sundays at 5:00 p.m.  Our first discussion - Let's talk about Tiktok, Instagram, YouTube and Jesus! - takes place on September 13. Sign up for text reminders and information by texting @4youdiv to 81010.

red rectangle September 13 events:  Zoom exercise class @ 9:00 a.m. [meeting ID:  918 7949 6131].  Men's ministry meeting on relationship goals w/Ps. David Defoe @ 10:00 a.m. [meeting ID:  366 729 3028; password:  6307.  Dial-in:  (646) 558-8656].  La Cour Royale kickoff @ 6:00 p.m. [meeting ID:  975 8338 6573; password:  Royalty]

[September 3 UPDATE]

red rectangle September 5:  Join us for our Jericho Prayer Walk in the church parking lot @ 7:00 a.m. [FMI:  340-690-2254]

red rectangle Invite 10 family members and / or friends to Pastor Kinlock's new series - Restore the Hope - at 11:45 a.m. this Saturday, September 5.  First sermon:  The church has left the building!

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 [August 29 UPDATE]

red rectangle Important youth rally!  Saturday, August 29 @ 7:00 p.m.

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red rectangle Gift a subscription to Message magazine.  Available to the first 75 people who sign up!  Click the image to send your gift today!

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red rectangle Exercise Zoom Sunday, August 30 @ 9:00 a.m.  Zoom meeting ID:  918 7949 6131

red rectangle County Council Executive Angela Alsobrooks is hosting a call to action meeting titled “Understanding the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution: Your Right To Vote” on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.  Linkhttps://mypgc.zoom.us/j/98278747249. Passcode: 196002

red rectangle Sign up to receive text alerts from our Youth Division.  Text @4youdiv to 81010 or (442) 333-4494

red rectangle September 5:  Jericho Prayer Walk in church parking lot @ 7:00 a.m. [FMI:  340-690-2254].  Pastor Kinlock starts a new series - Restore the Hope - at 11:45 a.m.  First sermon:  The church has left the building! 

[August 22 UPDATE]

red rectangle Election 2020: Choose Christ is here!  We start on Saturday, August 22, then run nightly at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, August 23 to Friday, August 28, anc conclude on Saturday, August 29 at 11:45 a.m.  Click the image for all the details!  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

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red rectangle The memorial service for Dr. Arnold O. Roberts takes place on Sunday, August 23 at 11:00 a.m.  Watch on our website.

red rectangle Youth Wednesday night prayer meeting will take a break starting Wednesday, August 26.  We will resume in September, with a new date and time.  Sign up to get text alerts:  text @4youdiv to 81010.

red rectangle Save the date: September 5.  Jericho prayer walk on our campus at 7:00 a.m. and Pastor Kinlock starts a new sermon series - Restore the Hope.  Sermon title:  The Church has left the Building

red rectangle Message magazine challenge:  we are challenging every member to start a gift subscription to Message magazine and have the magazine sent to a family member or friend you'd like to see brought to Christ.

red rectangle The Adventurer Club would like the church family to complete this short survey.

red rectangle Foods, Moods and Attitudes - use these foods to help combat the following moods and attitudes

  • Anger Tea (e.g. Sour sop, chamomile)
  • Anxiety Oatmeal with walnuts+ strawberries/blueberries
  • Crankiness fruit and veggies e.g. baby carrots with cottage cheese, guacamole or hummus
  • Depression salmon burger*, guacamole burger*
  • Fatigue Spinach salad with walnuts, mandarin oranges and sweet peppers
  • Female hormonal issues e.g. PMS grilled cheese sandwich*; sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon, avocado or guacamole sandwich*
  • Stress 1 ounce of dark chocolate (approx. 2 squares) *all bread sources should be whole grain or organic wheat 

[July 31 UPDATE]

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red rectangle Join us for a combined vesper / Permission to Feel session on Friday, 7/31, starting at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Simone Walton talks to us about anxiety.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

red rectangle Saturday services - 8/1

  • 9:45 a.m. - Adult Bible study w/Inskip Allsop
  • 10:30 a.m. - Young Adult bible study
  • 10:30 a.m. - Kidz Connect Online
  • 11:45 a.m. - Worship experience; Elder Rob Harris talks about dealing with change.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.
  • 1:00 p.m. - Metro Men in Prayer
  • 3:00 p.m. - Foods, moods and attitudes; our health and mental health professionals lead a panel discussion and live Q&A
  • 4:30 p.m. F.L.O.W. discussion "What's your financial health?"  Watch on YouTube.
  • 6:30 p.m. - Time to pray vesper service 

Connection information can be found on our worship schedule page

red rectangle The Permission to Feel conference concludes on 8/2.  We will host a session on depression starting at 8:00 a.m., then move into prayer, and conclude with our Family Life exercise class.  Please note:  the Power Prayer Session will use Zoom this week, so that we can easily transition to the exercise class.  

red rectangle Business meeting takes place Sunday 8/2 at 5:00 p.m.

red rectangle Save the date! Plan to attend our late summer revival titled:  Election 2020 – Choose Christ.  Remember, 2020 is not about Trump, Biden or ‘rona.  Christ is on the ballot.  Choose Christ; choose life.  The revival takes place August 22 to 29 at 7:30 p.m.  Invite your family and friends.

red rectangle Donate to our back-to-school supply drive!  The list of supplies we are collecting is on the screen.  Drop your donations off at the church office, Monday through Friday, during normal business hours until August 17.

[July 25 UPDATE]

red rectangle Attend our business meeting on Sunday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m.  Registration is required for those who did not attend our spring business meeting.  Register at metrosda.org/businessmeeting.  July 29 is the registration deadline. 

red rectangle We celebrate Communion during the July 25 worship experience (11:45 a.m.).  Everyone is welcome to participate.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

red rectangle Join us for our health department's inaugural Metro M.O.V.E.S. event:  Black Health Matters - July 25 at 3:00 p.m.  Win door prizes, listen to an informative panel of health professionals and more!  Click here for Zoom info and to pre-register to be eligible to win the door prizes.

red rectangle This afternoon (July 25) at 4:30 p.m., F.L.O.W. presents:  A Special Letter to our Queens.  Join them on YouTube.

red rectangle Our 50+ Club meets on Sunday, July 26 @ 11:00 a.m.  Join via Zoom.

red rectangle Plan to join us for a special series of programs around mental health - Permission to Feel - featuring Dr. Juwanza McIntosh, Dr. Simone Walton and Robert Harris. 

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 [July 10 UPDATE]

red rectangle Plan to join our Great Expectancy Season of Prayer on Friday, July 17, from 9:00 p.m. to midnight.  Get the details here.

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red rectangle Pastor Troy Levy talks about why GE Peters is a great school choice for your children, especially if there is a distance learning requirement this fall.

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[July 9 UPDATE]

red rectangle Pastor Smith's zoom info has changed:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/58574179775857417977.   

red rectangle F.L.O.W. presents "Colorism" - a program about Black women and skin color.  4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

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red rectangle Pastor Kinlock starts a new sermon series "I Can't Breathe:  Racial Justice and the Global Crisis of White Supremacy" on July 11.  Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.

red rectangle Pastor Smith and the Youth Department will host a screening of the movie "Just Mercy" on Saturday evening, July 11 at 8:00 p.m., and a discussion about the movie on Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.  Watch here:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5857417977.

 [July 4 UPDATE]

red rectangle We will host our regular Sabbath School program on Zoom today, hosted this week by Pastors Inskip Allsop and Seth Bardu, starting at 9:45 a.m.  Get connection details here.  

red rectangle Join our virtual exercise class on Sunday, July 5 at 9:30 a.m.  Enjoy Caribbean rhythms and get your blood flowing and your heart pumping.  Family Life directors Rob and DeDe Shepherd are the leaders.  Classes will be held every other Sunday.  Join via Zoom.  

red rectangle La Cour Royale will hold their socially distant Cotillion celebration in the church's parking lot on Sunday, July 5 at 11:30 a.m., not 5:00 p.m. as previously announced.  Wear your masks and come celebrate with our debs and beaus.

red rectangle VBS starts on July 12, but you must register by July 7 so that we have enough time to get your child(ren)'s packets to you.  Watch our promo video and register today!

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red rectangle View the virtual condolences book for Mother Bella Sampson

 [June 28 UPDATE]

red rectangle We will be streaming Pastor Smith's ordination service on Friday, July 3 at 7:00 p.m. Watch on our websiteFacebook or YouTube.  

[June 27 UPDATE]

red rectangle We will be streaming Allegheny East Conference's camp meeting services on June 27 and July 4.  The stream will start at 10:00 a.m. for Sabbath school.  Watch on our website, Facebook or YouTube.  We will still have Kidz Connect online at 11:00 a.m. via Google Meet or phone [https://bit.ly/KidzMeet | 856-500-3262, pin:  380122333# 

red rectangle Our graduation celebration is this weekend.  Zoom celebration - Saturday, June 27 @ 3:00 p.m.  Drive-through celebration at church - Sunday, June 28 @ 12:30 p.m.

red rectangle The memorial service for Mother Bella Sampson takes place on Sunday, June 28 at 9:00 a.m.  You can watch on our website, Facebook or YouTube.

red rectangle The virtual exercise class hosted by Rob Shepherd will not meet on Sunday, June 28 due to the memorial service.  Class will resume on Sunday, July 5.

red rectangle There is no prayer meeting on Wednesday, July 8.

red rectangle Sign up for Pastor Smith's kids bible study class - starting Monday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m.  Email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 [June 19 UPDATE]

red rectangle Watch Pastor Kinlock's Juneteenth message.

[June 17 UPDATE]

red rectangle We've posted new information about food distribution centers in Prince George's County.  Visit our Coronavirus Resources page for details.

red rectangle We're holding a special Father's Day tribute for our dads immediately after our June 20 worship service.  Zoom info:  https://metrosda.zoom.us/j/98652111245

red rectangle Participate in our drive-through graduation celebration!  The fun takes place on Sunday, June 28.  Graduates, register to participate by Wednesday, June 24.  We need members to help with the celebration - contact Anitra Vincent [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] for details.

red rectangle Share your favorite Mother Bella memory with her family.  Sign our virtual memory scrapbook.  Please keep the family in prayer as they deal with her loss.

red rectangle Pastor Smith is being ordained on July 3!  Save the date - details to follow.

[June 10 UPDATE]

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red rectangle We want to know what you think about how and when Metro should re-open.  Complete our re-opening survey by Sunday, June 14.

red rectangle Slots are still open to join our Metro Virtual Support Group.  It's a safe place to talk about your concerns about COVID-19, police brutality or anything else that's on your mind.  Sign up today!

red rectangle Exercise class starts this Sunday!  Get your workout clothes and a bottle of water and join the Zoom at 9:00 a.m.  Rob Sheppard is our instructor.  Zoom ID;  918 7949 6131

red rectangle Join F.L.O.W. for another stirring social justice discussion - To be black or to be Christian?  Saturday, June 13 at 4:30 p.m.  Join at YouTube.com/c/Flowfromtheheart

[June 6 UPDATE]

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red rectangle Don't miss our virtual town hall with Councilmembers Deni Tevares and Calvin S. Hawkins, II.  Monday, June 8 at 7:00 p.m.  Pastor Smith hosts and Jason McFarlane moderates.  Get connection details here.

red rectangle Share your favorite Mother Bella memory with her family.  Sign our virtual memory scrapbook.  Please keep the family in prayer as they deal with her loss.  

red rectangle Donate trashbags to Ridgecrest Elementary School so they can return students' supplies.  Call the church office [301-853-2224] to arrange a dropoff time.  Deadline:  June 10.

red rectangle If you've graduated or will graduate this year, we want to celebrate your achievement on June 28.  Sign up to particiapte at metrosda.org/graduation.

red rectangle Let's stay healthy - online exercise classes start on Sunday, June 14 @ 9:00 a.m., and run every other Sunday.  Robert Sheppard is our facilitator.  Zoom ID:  918 7949 6131.

[May 30 UPDATE]

red rectangle Our health professionals are starting a virtual support group.  This six-week program will focus on allowing individuals to feel supported, emotionally and spiritually. Although it is not therapy, it can still be therapeutic.  Members will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Visit metrosda.org/virtualsupportgroup to sign up.  

red rectangle Watch Pastor Kinlock's "No More Hashtags" video.

[May 23 UPDATE]

red rectangle Our health professionals have started a Moments of Wellness video series.  Dr. Simone Walton-Marcelle discusses resilience in the first episode  

red rectangle Food distribution now takes place weekly on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.  Call the church office for information. [301-853-2225]

red rectangle Sign up for the DMV's Got Talent!  All are welcome to participate.  Click the image to sign up.

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[May 16 UPDATE]

red rectangle Watch a special video message from Pastor Kinlock about the re-opening process.

red rectangle Register to attend our spring business meeting - Sunday, May 17 @ 5:00 p.m.  

[May 15 UPDATE]

Here's a picture that provides concise information on County Exce Alsobrooks' Executive Order to continue to shelter-in-place (May 14, 2020)

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[May 12 UPDATE]

Click the image below for information on receiving rent assistance if you live in Prince George's County

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[May 7 UPDATE]

red rectangle Pastor Kinlock preaches the last sermon of his "Restore the Church" series on Saturday, May 9 at 11:45 a.m.  Watch here.

red rectangle We're hosting a special Mother's Day Tribute for our moms immediately after the 11:45 a.m. service on Saturday, May 9.  Join via Zoom.  

red rectangle Metro's Men in Prayer will meet at 1:30 p.m. - not 1:00 p.m. - on Saturday, May 9 because of the Mother's Day tribute.

  • Video:  bit.ly/MetroMeets
  • Dial-in:  260-475-0758; pin:  761593021 (one-touch click for iOS:  260-475-0758,,761593021#)

red rectangle If you'd like to attend the business meeting scheduled for May 17 at 5:00 p.m., register here.


red rectangle Pastor Kinlock preaches part 2 of his "Restore the Church" series today at 11:45 a.m.  Watch here.

red rectangle Our prayer warriors and pastors host a Power Prayer Session, every Sunday at 8:00 a.m.  | Dial-in:  260-475-0758; pin:  761593021

red rectangle Sunday, May 3 @ 11:00 a.m.  50+ Club Money Matters discussion w/Pastor Kinlock and Winston Joefield.  Join here.

red rectangle Monday, May 4 @ 7:00 p.m.  Listen to Kaylee Samuel's powerful testimony as Pastor Smith hosts "Does God Care." See connection details below.

red rectangle Wednesday, May 6 @ 10:00 a.m.  Food distribution for members and the community:  Call 301-853-2224 for details.  Volunteers needed; masks and gloves will be provided.

red rectangle Sunday, May 17 @ 5:00 p.m.  Virtual business meeting | Get meeting information here.


Pastor Smith hosts another "Does God Care" - this time interviewing Kaylee Samuel about a sudden, unexpected period of health challenges she went through.  Monday, May 4 @ 7:00 p.m.  Watch on our website, Facebook or on YouTube, or dial in:  260-475-0758; pin:  761593021

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Pastor Kinlock interviewed Dr. Juwanza McIntosh about ways we can stay mentally mindful during social distancing / isolation.  Watch the video.


Join Pastor Smith for an inspirational discussion on Monday, April 20 at 6:45 p.m., featuring Keziah Allsop. Keziah suffered a stroke about a year ago and is also a COVID-19 survivor!  Watch on our website or on YouTube, or dial in:  260-475-0758; pin:  761593021

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This evening for prayer meeting, we will all join the Church or Nah series.  Rob Harris leads a conversation about finances, starting at 7:00 p.m.  Watch on our website or on YouTube, or dial in:  260-475-0758; pin:  761593021.  We encourage you to participate in our virtual BusBoys and Poets dinner if you can!  Get additional details here.


Check out these pictures from our April 11 communion service.

This week's homework:  Pastor Kinlock is requesting that we read Revelation 18, Matthew 25 and John 14:1-6 during this week.

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Church or Nah:  7 Words:  This evening at 7:00 p.m.  We're encouraging our youth and young adults to join the conversation.  Pastor Novella Smith speaks about "purpose".  Watch on our website or on YouTube. Get additional details here.


We are pleased to invite you to Resurrection Celebration:  Praise in the Pandemic - our weekend celebration of the Lord's Supper and resurrection.  Get all the details here.

Plan to attend Church or Nah? 7 Words - a series of conversations about the relevance of church for young adults by young adults.  The study runs live online from April 12 to April 18.  Get more details here.


Community Services has some perishable food items available for distribution to members.  Please call the church office at 301-853-2224 to make arrangements if you'd like to pick up.


Prayer challenge:  Pray three times a day for seven days, starting on April 5.  Pray for (1) the latter rain (2) spiritual understanding (3) identification of opportunities the Spirt presents for us to be a blessing to others.  Reading for this week:  Revelation 14, Matthew 24 and Romans 13:11-14.  

Sabbath School resources:  It's the start of a new quarter.  Links to Sabbath School lessons online can be found by clicking the Worship Services corkboard.