“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now, it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 NKJV
The COVID-19 pandemic brought our “normal” way of life to a screeching halt. Our routinized days were abruptly interrupted and we were forced to be still. We could not go and come as we pleased. Everything was closed. The church doors, workplace, restaurants, movie theaters, retail stores, gyms, etc., all closed. PPE (personal protective equipment) became a regular part of our attire as we had to mask up, avoid physical contact with and stay six feet apart from folks, wash our hands frequently, and not touch our face. Our homes were transformed to create both a workspace and place of worship. Internet was no longer a luxury but essential for us to connect virtually to worship service and church events, work, social events, and entertainment. In a short time, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Live, YouTube, and other virtual videotelephony and online chat platforms became our major modes of communication. For some of us this was a welcomed change–no more rush hour traffic, no more intrusion of our personal space from folks wanting to engage us when we’d rather be left alone. We were alone in our homes by ourselves or with our families.
After the novelty wore off, we became restless and yearned for the way things used to be. We began to feel out of control, powerless, and dependent on others to bring us prepared food via Door Dash and Uber Eats; groceries via Insta Cart; and household items via Amazon. All the while, the Holy Spirit was nudging us to see that God was doing a new thing! Fortunately, we were prepared for change and we followed Pastor Maurice Watson’s lead as we embraced this change. Now, we can reach out to more people nationally and globally. We have greater attendance in our Sunday School. Our ministries are robust and thriving. We have prayer calls on Monday through Saturday and two on Wednesday at 6 AM and 12 noon. We have stepped up the pace to demonstrate how “Metropolitan Cares!” Those of us who work remotely are more productive. Some of us are multi-tasking with teaching our children and working!
So, while we may be nostalgic about what was, as we see that God is doing a new thing, our new way of doing things has sprung forth! Say, “Amen!,” somebody!
Application: If you are not currently a member of a ministry, I invite you to share your gifts and talents and join one today! When you do, you will be a blessing to others and your life will never be the same.
Prayer: Lord God, we come to the throne of grace with an attitude of gratitude. We thank You, that when the pandemic came, You had already prepared us for change! We thank You for the many ways You have and continue to use us to be a blessing to others. We ask Lord, that You convict the hearts of those who are not currently a part of a ministry to join one so they too can be a blessing to others! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
At Home with Care: A Church Family Check-In
Family, we want you to check-in with us! The Coronavirus pandemic is forcing us to connect more and in unique ways. Keep sharing your stories and photos of how you are spending your days involved in ministry virtually or from a distance. #MetropolitanCares
The Bereavement Ministry is offering GriefShare SPRING Session virtually via Zoom!
The Spring session is a 13-week series that includes various topics: • Is Grief Normal? • Guilt and Anger • Challenges of Grief • Establishing a New Normal after Grief
Register today and join us on Wednesdays starting on March 3 through May 26 at 10 AM or 7 PM (EST) by way of video or telephone conference. You can complete the required registration anytime on REALM or by contacting the Bereavement Ministry. If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, we encourage you to take part in this support group that will provide you with the tools to go through the grieving process during this difficult time! Please register on REALM or contact Sister Von Bailey, Ministry Leader, at email@example.com or 301-661-0518.
Christian Discipleship Council
Dear Metropolitan Family:
Welcome to the 40-Days of Power Lenten Season for 2021 ! Our theme for this year is God Still Speaks: How to Hear the Voice of God and is inspired by the words penned in the Book of Samuel, “Speak LORD, for Your servant is listening.” (2 Samuel 3:19– NKJV)
On January 20, during our Prayer Summit, Dr. Cynthia Turner Wood served as our facilitator as we discussed “Growing in Wisdom to Discern God’s Next Move” which set us on the course of hearing from God. This year we are doing a little something different for our Lenten Devotional; each week we will share an inspirational meditation in the Daily Bread for your edification. As we reflect on the salvific work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our hope is to bring God’s Word into your daily life with each devotion you read. As you meditate on the Scriptures, creatively find ways to apply the lessons, and prayerfully seek God for guidance and direction. We believe this experience will only enhance your spiritual development and maturity. In addition to reading our weekly devotional, there are a variety of ways you can engage in feeding your spirit during this season:
• Join us for a Church-Wide Bible Study beginning Tuesday, February 23 for a new teaching series God Still Speaks: How to Hear the Voice of God.Whisper by Mark Batterson will serve as our study guide. Books can be purchased on Amazon.com (paperback, hardcopy, and Kindle). In this 10-week series, we will explore God’s desire to speak to His people and how He often speaks in a whisper…not to make it difficult to hear Him, but to draw US closer to Him. Staff Ministers will rotate in teaching each week and a schedule is provided below. Register on REALM or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
• Participate in our ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) Project. Each week, members are encouraged to do at least one act of random kindness. We are asking that you share photos and videos of your Acts of Random Kindness with us via REALM or by emailing them to email@example.com .
• Call in for the Morning Glory Prayer Call , every weekday from 6 – 6:30 AM (See Prayer Calendar ).
Sis. Charlotte Hudson, Dr. Shirley Jackson, Rev. Terri LaVelle, Rev. Angela Love, Rev. Arnette Georges, Sis. Frances Hartwell, Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell and Sis. Traci Miller will join me as prayer leaders throughout the week.
• And The Bible Challenge is back! We will read the Book of Isaiah . Forms can be downloaded from the Daily Bread. This year we will have three (3) prizes awarded in the form of Visa gift cards; 1 st place – $75.00, 2 nd place – $50.00, and 3 rd place $25.00 winners!
Pastor Watson continues to remind us that we all have a responsibility to grow our church, but more importantly to keep the Great Commission by sharing the Good News with others in our sphere of influence. Please invite people to join us for Worship on Sundays (see service times and platforms above).
Metropolitan, we have been given our marching orders to demonstrate to this community just how much WE CARE!
Rev. Adriane Blair Wise Minister of Christian Spiritual Formation
Church Women United and P.U.S.H. Ministry
EMERGE Young Adult Ministry
Tips on Virtual Interviewing
Make sure that you prepare
Research the company a. Review the company website for clues about the culture (casual, formal, etc.) b. Familiarize yourself with the type of products/services the company provides c. Read the value statement and/or letter or statement from the CEO to understand what the company’s values are and where it intends to go d. Look for noted accomplishments, awards, etc., the company has announced
Know how you will answer typical interview questions a. Tell me about yourself – (remember this is not just about you, but how you will “fit” into the company b. Why are you interested in this company–time to use all of the things you learned about the company from their website. They want to know that you are interested in them and not just having a job. c. What is your strength (should speak to the qualifications listed for the job). What is your weakness (be careful with this answer–you should be truthful but not say anything that would disqualify you)
Prepare the technology a. Make sure you have a strong WiFi connection b. Have multiple browsers available (Chrome is used most often)c. Test connection with the application the company will use for the interview (Zoom, Google, etc.)
Prepare the atmosphere a. Take interview in a room with good lightning – (bright lights in front of you) b. Quiet phone(s), TVs, etc. and move to a quiet room without noise or distractions. Let others in the household know that you will be on a call and they need to be as quiet as possible c. Dress appropriately as you would have for in-person interview (take note of the employees page on their website- is it formal or casual dress–you may not want to wear suiting). Note that potential employers may be dressed casually from home. d. Make sure camera is positioned correctly (direct to face) e. Make sure what others will see in the background is clutter free and gives the impression you want to give a future employer f. Practice with friends/family to increase comfort level of being on camera
Chair Yoga As we navigate the unrest of our country and our world, we must continue to seek peaceful moments in our daily lives. The Women’s Ministry invites you to join us virtually, on the second Saturday of each month at 8:45 AM for Chair Yoga and Yoga Nidra. Our guide will be our very own Sister Jennifer Cover Payne and it is open to women and men. Chair Yoga will focus on appropriate stretching while using our chairs and Yoga Nidra will be guided meditation that will allow us to reflect on the blessings of God while reaching a peaceful state. Please register on REALM at least 24 hours in advance to receive the Zoom details.
Prayer Call The Women’s Ministry invites our MBC Sisters to join us for a weekly virtual prayer call, on Saturdays at 8 AM EST. The virtual prayer calls have both a video and audio option which will work on computers, laptops, or any mobile devices (phone or tablets). To join, first register on REALM! We will send out the link via REALM and hope you will consider joining via the video option. We want to see you…and you don’t have to worry about being made up unless you want to! Just come as you are. For more information on how to join Zoom, please click here.
We look forward to SEEING you on Saturday mornings at 8 AM. Feel free to email your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or questions, please email email@example.com.
February 1 Brenda BrooksRodger Hawkins III Eugene Hellams Jr. Darryl Mayes Robert Parks
February 2 Maria Floyd-Williams Alicia Hardy Rev. Lela Harris Kory Jones
February 3 Katherine Coleman Larry Frazier Joanne Taylor-Cotten
February 4Tillie Jones Reginald Nash
February5 Della Hammond
February 6 Evelyn Snipes
February7 Faye Davenport Corinne Moody Michael Taylor
February8 Branita Griffin Henson Camerella Oliver Karon Scott
February9 Beverly Barksdale Kimberly Douglas Kentrel Jones Sr.
February 10 No birthdays
February11Paula Porter Mary Shepherd
February 12 Allen Hunt Kamaal Jones Florence Parker
February 13 Rosemary Estes Elaine Gunter Rev. Dr. Demetra Hutchinson Kimberly Lee Richard Thomas
February 14 Sylvia Berryman Khari Jones
February 15 Larry Thomas Warren Williams
February 16 Antoinette Barksdale
February 17 Yvonne Blanc Loretta Hobbs
February 18 Valerie Dawson Kenya Huckaby Anthony Singletary
February 19 Mackenzie Artis Carol Harriston Shirley Jackson Arlene Johnson
February 20 Ana Bodipo-Mbuyamba Faye Davis N Charwin Nah
February21 Lillian Carr Charles Frink Sophronia Smith Donald Washington
February22 No birthdays
February23 Inez Powers
February24 Selina Barfield Edward Lane Art Lawson Madison Watson R. Merinda Wilson
February25 Brenda Hicks George Jefferson Jeannette Saunders Eileen Shaw
February26 Althea Batticks Vercy Brown Geoffrey Coleman Charmaine Riley
February27 Lynn Bremby Chad Brown Michele Penick Bree Williams
February28 Rob Jones III Stephen Miles Geneva Morrison Cyril Shepherd Doretta Willingham Brieanna Womack
Gwendolyn Abraham Vivian Adams William Amey Hallie Beaner Philip Bentley Dorothy Blanding Catherine Blue Gregory Bolton Joyce Brake Delores Branch Maury Walker Branch Marcia Cross Briscoe Susan Browner Wilma Bryant Harold Butler Jr. Harold Butler III Lamont Butler Jimmy Canty Minister Shirley Carr Rufus Cayton Sonja Horvath Cayton Cassandra Chestnut Delores B. Clark Cecelia Clayton Angela Cross Elder Delesta Cross The Clowers Family Cynthia Davis Gerard Davis Yardyne Day Erma Despertt Terry Dismuke Jeanette Dugan Robert Everheart Matt Flavin Talon Francis Cora Frink Oler Frink Denise Cherry-Gaskins Lillie Hammonds Sibyl Harold Derrick Harold Adeline Harris Thelma Hauser Evangeline Henderson Bessie Hiler Cecil Hill Beatrice Holloway Trudy Horvat Aundrea Hunt
Shawnda Hunt Howard Dawn Jackson Emma Jackson Vincent James Bridgette Johnson Dawn Johnson Rev. Marvin Johnson Arnold “Tony” Jones Roberta Keller Edward Lane Abimbola Kai-Lewis Robin Lewis Wilhamena Logan Phyllis Love Maria Majors Barbara McDougald Josephine McNeill Brenda Miller Rev. Nawanna Miller Toni Mitchel lAlbert Murray Connie Murray Derrick Oates Dr. Elizabeth Palmer Amelia Parker, Greensboro, NC Ann Pierce Tina Reese Ivy Rentz Minnie Robertson Jackie Robinson Servant Wilma Robinson Noland Sampson Sr. Diana L. Satterwhite Christopher Scott Louis Sledd Christiaan Smith Gloria Smith Ruth C. Smith Sheryl Stokes Blanche Tarpley Roy Taylor John Thornton Joan Tilson Dr. Kimberley Turner Joan Walker Jeanelle Branson Wallace Shante Westmoreland Bernadette White Jocile Wicker Kevin Williams Gerald Wood
Do you know persons in need of prayer while they are healing and recovering? Submit their names to the Daily Bread! Just email the name of the persons in need of prayer and we will add them to our prayer list!
Please keep Servant Jonathan and Delma Branch and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of Servant Jonathan’s cousin, Ms. Charmaine Branch of Richmond, VA. Final arrangements are pending at this time.
Please keep Mr. James Hadley and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of his cousin, Mr. Tyrone Edwards .Tyrone was a member of our Music Ministry and sang with YAFE. Final arrangements are pending at this time.Please lift Mr. James Hill and Family in your prayers in the passing of his sister, Ms. Dorothy Hill of Orange, VA. Final Arrangements: Saturday, February 20, 2021 Homegoing Service: 1 PM Satchell’s Funeral Service 118 E. Church Street Orange, VA 22960 (540) 672-4490
Please keep Ms. Patricia Mapp and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of Patricia’s sister, Ms. Darlene Humphries . Final arrangements are pending at this time.
Please keep Ms. Gale Ellis and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of Gale’s father, Mr. Edward Lane . Mr. Lane was a very faithful member of the Metropolitan Family, who even in his blindness faithfully made his way to the Metropolitan Church. Final Arrangements: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Viewing: 10 AM Homegoing Service: 11 AM Marshall – March Funeral Home DC 4217 9th St. NW Washington, DC 20011 (202) 723-1250
Interment: Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland 20746Mask and Safe Distancing will be required of everyone.
Please keep Officer Lydia Polk and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of her aunt, Mrs. Ellinder Williams of Lanham, MD. Final Arrangements: Saturday, February 20, 2021 Viewing: 10 AM – 12 Noon Service: 12 Noon – 1PM Pope Funeral Home 5538 Marlboro Pike Forestville, MD 20747 Due to COVID-19 guidelines the service is by invitation only. Interment at: Harmony National Memorial Park 7101 Sheriff Road Hyattsville, MD 20785
Community Resources and Events
MARYLAND AND PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COVID-19–CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
The number of Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge in the State of Maryland. As of Thursday, January 28, 2021, there were 367,865 cases in the State of Maryland, and 7,288 deaths. Prince George’s County has the highest number of cases in the state–70,465. For additional information on state and county statistics, click here.
Governor Larry Hogan expanded vaccine eligibility for Marylanders 65 and older; click herefor more information.On Monday, January 25, the state entered Phase 1C; below is a summary of the State’s vaccination timeline.
On January 20, 2021, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks shared information on the new process for scheduling vaccines in Prince George’s County; click here for more information.
Everyone is encouraged to educate themselves about the vaccine and to have candid conversations with your doctors and families about the vaccine.
UPDATED PHASE 1 GUIDANCE AND TIMELINE
Based in part on the recommendations of the Federal government’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the state is updating and expanding priority populations for vaccinations.
Phase 1A. The state continues to progress through Phase 1A, and has expanded the priority populations to include all licensed, registered, and certified healthcare providers. Local health departments have begun to make arrangements with providers to get them vaccinated in the coming days and weeks. Vaccinations will also soon be underway for correctional officers, law enforcement agencies, and front line judiciary staff. Overall, Phase 1A includes more than 500,000 Marylanders.
Phase 1B. The expanded Phase 1B includes all Marylanders age 75 and older, special needs group homes, high-risk inmates, developmentally disabled populations, continuity of government vaccinations, as well as teachers, child care, and education staff. The Maryland State Department of Education will immediately begin coordination with school systems to get their critical personnel vaccinated. Phase 1B includes an estimated 860,000 Marylanders. Based on the current pace of allocation, the state expects to fully enter Phase 1B by late January.
Phase 1C. The new Phase 1C now includes all Marylanders ages 65-74, and workers in other critical sectors, including grocery stores, public transit, agriculture production, and manufacturing. Phase 1C includes an estimated 772,000 Marylanders. Based on the current pace of allocation, the state expects to fully enter Phase 1C by early March.
Phase 2. The updated Phase 2 includes Marylanders ages 16-64 who are at increased risk of COVID-19 illness due to comorbidities, as well as essential workers in critical utilities and other sectors. Overall, Phase 2 includes an estimated 1.1 million Marylanders.
Please continue to exercise caution, limit non-essential trips, continue to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing (at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others), and practice critical hygiene actions such as washing your hands frequently with soap and water. Stay safe and stay informed!
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