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Then, join us every Sunday night at 6:30 PM EST, to hear Pastor Watson preach God’s Word on Praise 104.1 FM or at praisedc.com!
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Our Tithing Affirmation
We are a tithing church because:
The Word of God teaches tithing.
Our experience gives witness to tithing.
Our obedience to God requires tithing.
Questions about giving? Contact Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell.
Mail: Metropolitan Baptist Church – 1200 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115 B, Largo, MD 20774
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Metro Cares Fellowship / Benevolence Fund
The MetroCares Fellowship/Benevolence Fund was established to provide financial assistance to members of our church family and community who have been impacted by the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. Thanks to your generosity, we have assisted families with food, rent, clothing, utilities and other emergency needs.
Please continue to support the fund with your gifts and don’t hesitate to let us know if we can serve you. You can contact us at email@example.com .
OUR WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL
The Miracle in the Mirror
By Reverend Soammes Williams
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
~1 Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)
Last year has been viewed primarily as a historical negative, as a year of woe. The year 2020 will be remembered with disdain for several reasons, but certainly for losses. There was the loss of our ability to move about freely; the loss of community and church life as we have known and experienced for most of our lives; loss of livelihoods; loss of a sense of security; and most of all for the loss of over 500,000 lives. Yet, despite the negativity that permeates life these days; despite the losses, we are living through the experiences. And we know that every morning brings with it new mercies. Great is the faithfulness of our God. (Lamentations 3:23)
Every Sunday we see that God is doing new things. God is indeed expanding our abilities to reach out. Who would have thought this time last year that technology would be such an integral part of how the church would be serving and expressing care in our community and our world? Technology has extended the reach of ministry far beyond the usual person-to-person contact. Our reach is now only limited by our bandwidth.
This is a time for self-reflection, a time to look in the mirror and strive to be what we want to see. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Does this reflection we see meet our desire? Do we see who and what we want to see? And the greater question – do we see what God desires? We all have much work to do.This is a time for us to place emphasis on Self-care . We must care for ourselves, both physically and emotionally in order to give or express proper care for others. It has been said that “Well-doing, devoid of proper self-care is, at best, doing well poorly. Exemplary care for others is rooted in vigilant self-care.”
Surely, this is a time for Sharing . When we strive to be what we want to see in the mirror and take good care of ourselves, then we are able to share with others as we are required to do. The Word tells us that, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV) . We realize that there is nothing more gratifying than to provide help to others. Then, behold the temple in your mirror! Behold the miracle in your mirror!
Lord, please grant me an ever-increasing awareness and appreciation that my body is Your temple. Help me to treat myself and others with great care. Teach me to share my time, talent, treasure, and faith in ways that are pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Show someone God’s love by taking time to show them you care.
Birthday Celebration: A Church Family Check-In
Why I got vaccinated?
Faithful member, Charlotte Brookins-Hudson participated in an ad campaign with the DC Department of Health to encourage minorities to get their COVID-19 vaccine! Pictured left, she was featured in last week’s Washington Post! You may see her in other publications too! Thank you for your testimony Charlotte!
Church, please get educated and consult your physician about getting the COVID-19 Vaccine!
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com .
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
• Call in for the Morning Glory Prayer Call , every weekday from 6 – 6:30 AM (See Prayer Calendar ).
Conference Call Information: 1-555-604-9589; Access Code: 251509
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
This week’s Lesson:
Joshua: Prophet of Conquest
Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme and is often depicted as an anthropomorphic egg. However, in literature he is not described as such. As a character, Humpty Dumpty can more adequately be described as a literary illusion—one with attributes of a human with expressive emotions that are often connected to human psychology. “ Humpty Dumpty sat a on wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall, All the king’s horses and all the king’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.” Although written as a rhyme it could also be a riddle. A riddle is a statement, question or phrase having a double meaning or hidden message. In essence, it puts forth a puzzle to be solved. According to Elli Kongas Maranda “riddles make a point of playing with conceptual boundaries and crossing them for the intellectual pleasure of showing that things are not always what they seem.” Riddles also appear in biblical narratives.
In Judges 14:14, Samson puts forth a riddle to 30 Philistine men and placed a bet if they were able to solve it, “out of the eater, something to eat, out of the strong, something sweet.” For three days, the Philistines were unable to solve this puzzle because it came from Samson’s personal experience. Eventually, however, Samson was betrayed by his bride who provided the answer to the Philistines. These two examples demonstrate that messages (whether a rhyme or riddle) can be dubious; thus, causing individuals to guess—unsuccessfully—at what the answer might be. Messages from God, however, are always clear and concise. He is direct and clearly lays out what He wants to happen. As the Israelites are ready to cross over into the promise land, God gives Joshua a clear and direct message.
Bible Background~ Joshua 5 – 6
Devotional Reading~ Hebrews 11:23-31
In this week’s lesson, we are introduced to Joshua, the Prophet of Conquest. Joshua was Moses’ successor. Born in Egypt, Joshua experienced all the great events with the Nation of Israel—the Passover, exodus from Egypt and the wilderness of Sinai. Moses took Joshua with him when he went into the mountains to talk with God. He along with 11 other spies were sent to scout out the land but only Joshua and Caleb reported that they could in fact conquer the land with God’s help. But before they were fully settled into Canaan, Joshua received a message from God that the walls of Jericho must come down. This message was clear— “I have given you into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the mighty men of valor (6:2) Jericho was directly in the path of their destination. Not only was the message clear but the plan was laid out with precision. Joshua listened to God’s plan and obeyed His directions. He executed the plan and miraculously the walls of Jericho did come down and the Nation of Israel was able to possess the land that God had promised them. Join us this we as discuss what God’s plan is for us.
By the end of the lesson we will,
1) EXPLAIN how Joshua acted obediently to the vision from God,
2) REFLECT on our inefficiencies when challenges overwhelm us, and,
3) COMMIT to obeying God especially in challenging times.
And the LORD said unto Joshua, See, I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof, and the might men of valor.
~Joshua 6:2 (KJV)
EMERGE Young Adult Ministry
Health and Wellness Ministry
Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Ministry
Matthew 25 Ministries
Metropolitan Music and Arts Ministry
For ALL Youth – Ages 4-18!
Metropolitan Studio & Store and Multimedia
Social Justice and Public Policy Ministry
It’s Women’s History Month!
MBC Sisters, let’s get ready for a weekend of empowerment and sisterhood, March 12 – March 14!
Please join the Women’s Ministry on Friday, March 12 at 7 PMET for a movie night and chat with our very own Sister Riche Holmes Grant! The film will be She Did That, a dynamic documentary featuring women pursuing their dreams and gaining success even in the face of obstacles. Following the viewing, drawing from years of experience, incredibly successful results, and unshakeable faith, Sister Riche will share her best tips for developing the mindset and performing the actions needed to manifest even your wildest dreams. Register here!
Then on Saturday, March 13 , after prayer and yoga, prepare your favorite tea and treats and join us at 2 PM ET for The RoyalTea! This year’s speaker is an activist, singer, and co-founder of Black Voters Matter, Sister LaTosha Brown , who will share an empowering message on the importance of finding and using your voice to make meaningful change in the world! You can’t miss either of these events! To attend, register on REALM or email email@example.com .
Finally, Sisters, don’t forget to wear pink on Sunday, March 14 , for our virtual Worship Experience as we receive the anointed message from God by Rev. Jewel M. London from The Church Without Walls, Houston, TX.
Pre-Register for She Speaks!
Friday, March 26 , 7 PM ET, register for a special event for high school, college, and recently graduated sisters for She Speaks: Goal Diggers – Living on Mission, Leading the Way featuring author and activist, Sister Ebonee Rice. Register here!
Questions about any of our events? Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
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 email@example.com.
For more information or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell
Servant B.J. Brooks
Elder Deborah Jones
Donald Mitchell Jr.
Rev. Clarafrancie Sowers
Dr. Mynora Bryant
Harvey Gantz Jr.
Rev. E. Terri LaVelle
Dr. Robert Sherron
Dr. Raquel Talley
Rev. Dr. Anthony Moore
Dr. Melvis Barnett
Servant Cherrie Van Hook
Dr. Kwamme Anderson
Elder Diane Day
Servant George Hazel
Louis Hutchinson IV
Bennie Williams Jr.
Rev. Angela Love
Rev. Soammes Williams
Harold Desmond III
Dr. April Walker
Janis D. Nix
Dr. Muriel Kennedy
Dr. Tonita Ross-Dozier
Willis Mitchell Jr.
Dr. K. Yawa Agbemabiese
La Saundra Estelle
Maury Walker Branch
Marcia Cross Briscoe
Harold Butler Jr.
Harold Butler III
Minister Shirley Carr
Sonja Horvath Cayton
Delores B. Clark
Elder Delesta Cross
The Clowers Family
Shawanda Hunt Howard
Rev. Marvin Johnson
Arnold “Tony” Jones
Rev. Nawanna Miller
Dr. Elizabeth Palmer
Amelia Parker, Greensboro, NC
Servant Wilma Robinson
Noland Sampson Sr.
Diana L. Satterwhite
Ruth C. Smith
Dr. Kimberley Turner
Jeanelle Branson Wallace
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 lift Ms. Lynn and Leslie Bremby and Family in your prayers in the passing of their mother, Mrs. Andrea Bremby .
Friday, March 12, 2021
Visitation: 10 AM
Service: 11 AM
Metropolitan Funeral Service
5605 Portsmouth Blvd. Portsmouth, VA 23701
Interment: Following Service
Olive Branch Cemetery
Cpl J M Williams Ave.
Portsmouth VA 23701
View livestream on www.metropolitanfuneralservice.com, choose Portsmouth location.
Please continue to keep Mr. James Hadley, Mr. Terrell Allen and families lifted in your prayers in the passing of their beloved, Mr. Tyrone Edwards. Tyrone was a member of our Music Ministry and sang with YAEF.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Viewing: 10 AM
Service: 11 AM
Dunn and Sons Funeral Home
5635 Eads St. NE Washington, DC 20019
(202) 399-0535All CDC Guidelines for wearing a mask and practicing 6 ft. safe distancing will be followed.
Heritage Memorial Cemetery LLC
13472 Poplar Hill Rd. Waldorf, MD 20601
Thank you for keeping Reverends Cynthia and Jesse Wood lifted up in prayer and for all the well wishes you have expressed in the death of their son, Michael Vincent Penn. Please continue to keep his mother Joan Evans and sister Zula Pierce , siblings and the entire Wood, Evans and Pierce Families lifted in your prayers.
Final Arrangements are below:
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Visitation: 1 PM
Service: 1:45 PM
Gateway Funeral Home
17390 Preston Rd. Ste. 310, Dallas, TX 75252
Interment: 3:30 PM
Ridgeview West Memorial Park
12130 Peaceful Ln Frisco, TX 75034
Community Resources and Events
|Learn more about the District of Columbia’s COVID-19 Support Hub here!|
|Live in DC? Need help with rent, mortgage, food or other essentials? Click here!|
|MARYLAND AND PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY|
As of Monday, March 11, 2021 there were 391,000 Coronavirus cases in the State of Maryland, and 8,014 deaths. Prince George’s County continues to have the highest number of cases in the sta te – 74,880 . For additional information on state and county statistics, click here .
Maryland ‘s Governor Larry Hogan provided an update on COVID-19 in Maryland on March 9, 2021; click here for more information. Maryland is currently in Phase 1C; b elow is a summary of the State’s vaccination timeline.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks provided an update on the County’s COVID- 19 vaccinations; click here for more information. For updated information on Prince George’s County’s vaccination locations and timelines, click here .
Everyone is encouraged to educate themselves about the vaccine and to have candid conversations with your doctors and families about the vaccine.
MARYLAND’S VACCINATION GUIDANCE AND TIMELINE
Vaccinations are currently available for Maryland residents in Phases 1A, 1B, and 1C. Be sure to register for the vaccine because although you may not meet the age requirement, you may fall into a special category that qualifies you for the vaccine. Register for the vaccine in your County of residence.
Health care workers
Residents and staff of nursing homes
First responders, public safety, corrections
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Assisted living, independent living, behavioral health and developmentally disabled group homes, and other congregate facilities
Adults age 75 and older
Education and continuity of government
Phase 1C (Maryland’s Current Phase)
Adults age 65-74
Essential workers in lab services, agriculture, manufacturing, postal service, grocery stores, public transit, etc
Adults 16-64 at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness due to comorbidities
Essential workers in critical utilities, transportation, food service, etc.
Phase 2 will begin after the majority of the Phase 1 has been vaccinated or the Federal government’s allocation of vaccines increase.
General population, including healthy adults age 16-64
Phase 3 will begin once the majority of Phase 2 has been vaccinated and/or the Federal government’s allocation of vaccines to the state increase.
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!
Official data is available at coronavirus.maryland.gov .