Daily Bread Online March 12, 2021

Upcoming Worship

Worship with us on Sunday, March 14
at 7:30 AM, 10 AM, or 1 PM ET.
Rev. Jewel London , from the Church Without Walls in Houston
will deliver a special word to us!
Join Metropolitan Baptist Church for our Maundy Thursday worship service on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7 PM ET. We are honored to host a joint service with the historic Shiloh Baptist Church and have Dr. Wallace Charles Smith , Senior Pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC, as our guest preacher. You may view the service via our Facebook page, our website or on Zoom.

Worship With Us!
on Online, Facebook, and the Radio!

Invite those you care about to join us for Worship every Sunday on our webpage, metropolitanbaptist.org or on Facebook at 7:30 AM or 10 AM EST.

You can Zoom at 1 PM EST too! Click here  or dial 1-301-715-8592. The access code is 98471497616#, and the meeting ID is 98471497616. 

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!

Looking for past Worship Services? No worries! Click here!

Stewardship

Thank you for your continued giving!
Metropolitan Cares about demonstrating the love of God in word and deed.
Our financial stewardship gives witness to putting God’s Word into action.

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
Online: https://metropolitanbaptist.org/donate/
Text any amount to: 301-888-6225
REALM (Our Church App):  https://onrealm.org/MetropolitanBap/give/now
Cash App: $MetropolitanBaptist

To learn more about our 5 giving options, visit: https://metropolitanbaptist.org/donate/

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 matthew25@metropolitanbaptist.org .  

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!

Prayer
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.


Application
Show someone God’s love by taking time to show them you care.

Birthday Celebration: A Church Family Check-In

Zakiya Bryant (not pictured) and her boys (pictured), Jordan, Bryceson, and Sephan Hayman,
raised their own money and purchased over 400 items for the Supper Bowl Sunday Food Charles “Chuck” Frink (Facilities Manager and long-time member of Metropolitan) celebrated his 60th Birthday with many of his CARING friends two weeks ago!

I must thank God for allowing me to see another year of life. Love to Nedria “Von” Bailey and Charwin Nah for putting together a birthday celebration for me in the midst of the pandemic. To others that worked behind the scene to pull off a great surprise, I extend my gratitude. The care expressed by my Metropolitan family and friends to include phone calls, text messages, gifts, cards, and well wishes warmed my heart!  To those that also donated to the Sickle Cell foundation through Facebook, thank you! It made me feel good to experience persons showing up or reaching out in large numbers to celebrate this special milestone in my life in so many ways.

Peace and Blessings to everyone
Chuck

 #spirituallyandsociallyconnected

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
ALL MEMBERS AND GUESTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER VIA REALM FOR ALL CHURCH EVENTS. EMAIL REALM@METROPOLITANBAPTIST.ORG FOR ACCOUNT SETUP.

Bereavement Ministry

It’s never easy and that’s why we are here to help! If you are coping with a loss, don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

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 bereavement@metropolitanbaptist.org or 301-661-0518.

Caregivers Ministry

Are you a Caregiver who is caring for a loved one? The MBC Caregivers Ministry is here for YOU!

We know that COVID-19 has presented extra challenges as you struggle to meet the needs of your loved ones while trying to safely maintain your homes, telework, and care for your children. To support you, share in your challenges, and provide useful information for your caregiving journey, the Caregivers Ministry hosts a series of monthly virtual events via Google Meet on the THIRD THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH . Please join us for our next meeting which will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7 PM.

Former caregivers are also welcomed. Your caregiving experience can be a blessing to others who are challenged with the struggles of caring for loved ones.

You may register for the events on REALM or send an email to caregivers@metropolitanbaptist.org.

For more information, please contact Larry Thomas at (240)731-6398.
When a Senior Wants to Go Home: What’s a Family Caregiver to Do?

Home is a place of refuge, safety, and warmth. Who among us hasn’t longed for home when we are feeling overwhelmed and lost? When our loved ones start asking to go home, it’s not always as literal as you think. In the coming months, we will invite you to visit the Caregivers Ministry website for articles written by fellow caregivers on ways to respond to our loved ones as we care for them. In the meantime, please visit these website links for valuable information or email caregivers@metropolitanbaptist.org.

We’re here for you because Metropolitan Cares! 
Tips: https://www.healthcentral.com/slideshow/7-caregiver-responses-i-want-go-home
Additional Info: https://www.agingcare.com/articles/i-want-to-go-home-177044.htm

Christian Discipleship Council

Click here to get access to our 40 Days of Power Devotional, the bible challenge and to learn about our NEW Bible Classes!

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 cdc@metropolitanbaptist.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 dailybread@metropolitanbaptist.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!  

In Christ, 

Rev. Adriane Blair Wise
Minister of Christian Spiritual Formation

Register for Bible Study on  REALM  or email  cdc@metropolitanbaptist.org 

Sunday School is offered online on Sundays at  8:45 AM   (EST) via Zoom. 
All are invited to attend. 

Register  here  to go to Sunday School! 
You can join us by phone, too! 
 Dial-in: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 488 950 666
Password: 077390

Upcoming Lessons
Quarter Theme: Prophets Faithful to God’s Covenant

March 14, 2021
Joshua: Prophet of Conquest
Bible Background: Joshua 5:13 – 6:27
Devotional Reading: Hebrews 11:23-31

March 21, 2021
Huldah: Prophet of Wisdom
Bible Background: 2 Kings 22
Devotional Reading: Psalm 25:1-10

March 28, 2021
Elijah: Prophet of Courage
1 Kings 18-19; Matthew 17:1-3
Devotional Reading: Luke 19:28-39

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)

Join Metropolitan for one of our many Prayer Calls!
 You may join any call, anytime, regardless of the group leading. 
If you need prayer, we ALL want to pray with you!

Morning Glory Prayer Call (All members)
Daily at 6 AM 
Prayer Requests:  awise@metropolitanbaptist.org . 
Dial In: 1-515-604-9589 
Access Code: 251509
 
EMERGE Prayer Call  
(Young Adult Ministry) 
Wednesday Night at 8 PM
Prayer Requests:  emerge@metropolitanbaptist.org . 
Dial In: 605-313-5111 
Access Code: 363173  
 
Seniors’ Bible Study and Prayer Call
Wednesdays at 12 Noon 
Prayer Requests:  jwood@metropolitanbaptist.org . 
Dial In:  1-515-604-9589 
Access Code: 251509
 
Women’s Prayer Call via Zoom
8 AM Saturdays
Prayer Requests:  women@metropolitanbaptist.org
Zoom (video)  here   
Dial In: 301-715-8592
Access Code: 596 609 803. 
 
Men’s Prayer Call
Thursdays at 6 AM
Prayer Requests:  jwood@metropolitanbaptist.org
Dial In: 563-999-1161
Access Code: 804528
 
Prayer requests may also be shared with the   P.U.S.H. Ministry  via email. 
For quick access to information about all of our calls, CLICK HERE !
 
If you cannot call in every time, that’s okay! Just call in when you can and keep praying for Metropolitan. Remember, the prayers of the righteous availeth much! If you have any questions about any of our prayer calls, please contact   Rev. Adriane Blair Wise .
If you are seeking salvation, desiring to become a member of our Metropolitan Baptist Church Family, or if you are ready to complete your New Disciples Classes, 
please email us ! We are here to help you along your salvation journey.

At Metropolitan, we CARE about the growth of your Christian Discipleship! If you are a  New Member , don’t miss your required classes on  1st and 2nd Saturdays all year long.
Classes are currently available on Zoom only. Registration 24 hours in advance is required via  REALM . Be sure to specify the class(es) you are attending in the memo line. 

Go and Make Disciples

1st Saturday of each month
8:45 AM – Zoom will be available 
9 AM – 9:30 AM – Salvation, Dr. Vanessa Watson 
9:30 – 10:00 AM – Baptism, Min. Imogene Hunt
10:05 – 10:35 AM – Spiritual Disciplines, Rev. Regina Faison/Rev. Barbara Walker
10:35 AM -11:05 – Spiritual Gifts, Dr. Arthur Williams
 
2nd Saturday of each month
8:45 AM – Zoom will be available 
9 AM – 9:30 AM – Understanding our Heritage, Sister Margaret Flagg
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM – Stewardship and Tithing, Rev. Sylveta Brown
10:05 AM – 10:35 AM – Family and Fellowship, Servant BJ Brooks 
 
Each new member is also required to complete at least four Bible Study classes.

Diaconate Ministry

It was so good to see so many Metropolitan Family members during the recent Diaconate Ministry’s Communion Element Distribution Drive-through Event! Your smiles, fist bumps, excitement, and words of encouragement reminded our Servants of the special bond shared within our congregation. Pastor Watson always says, “We may be physically separated, but we are always socially and spiritually connected!” Metropolitan really cares!


Your Servants and Elders pray for your continued safety and well-being and that God will continue to keep and protect you and your loved ones. We invite you to join us as we seek every opportunity to bless someone and to serve you, our Church Family. Seniors, please make sure we have your name, address, and phone number so that we can check-in with you! Call or email us if you need us!


Every Metropolitan member is encouraged to call at least one Senior each week and tell them, “Metropolitan Cares!” Who are you going to call this week?

 
(Pictured above, Servant Michelle Arnold greeting members Cyril and Mary Shepard)
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servants@metropolitanbaptist.org
202-238-5000

EMERGE Young Adult Ministry

Streeeeeetch it out with EMERGE!Metropolitan Young Adults, on February 27 at 12 noon, EMERGE will host “Soul Stretch”, an event designed to help participants take their minds off of the worries of the world and focus on an experience that will relieve their minds, bodies, and souls. This event is open to all who would like to attend. So take some time for yourself and do something dynamic and different by joining this virtual experience that will be mentally and physically enhancing. Register on REALM or email emerge@metropolitanbaptist.org.Streeeeeetch it out with EMERGE!
The EMERGE Young Adult Ministry, serving ages 18-35, hosts a weekly prayer call just for you! That’s right…we CARE about your spiritual needs and prayer requests. So, young adults, join us on  Wednesdays  from 8 PM – 8:15 PM EST! Please send your prayer requests to  emerge@metropolitanbaptist.org . They will remain anonymous unless otherwise stated. 
 
Email your prayer requests to  emerge@metropolitanbaptist.org  
and someone will contact you.

How can we pray for you this week?

Health and Wellness Ministry

Metropolitan, Fitness Friday is back, and we are excited! Join coaches Kristy Frizzell and Phyllis Davis in a 30-minute workout to relieve stress, boost your energy, and aid you in achieving your personal fitness goals. Just bring lots of enthusiasm along with light to medium weights, water for hydration, a towel, and a sturdy chair. All are welcome–men, women, boys and girls, friends, neighbors, and the entire family. We hope to see you there!
 
Zoom in each Friday from 5 PM – 5:30 PM EST. Register all participants on  REALM  or email  drmcmillan@metropolitanbaptist.org  at least 24 hours in advance of the class. The Zoom link will be emailed to you at least an hour before class starts.

Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Ministry

Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Church

Our Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Ministries are happy to introduce  Children and Youth Church Online , available to Metropolitan youth via Zoom at 11:30 AM EST on Sundays! We plan to continue this weekly Children and Youth worship until we are all able to meet in person at Metropolitan, and we ask that every child and volunteer participate. Children will get to see and talk to their peers as well as get a timely, Biblically-based lesson.

For security purposes , all Children and Youth Church Zoom links will be sent out through  REALM  and the routine email the ministry sends weekly. If you are a visitor or a member who does not receive emails from our Children or Youth Ministries, please send an email to  youth@metropolitanbaptist.org  to be added to the listserv.

Parents, in order for your child(ren) to participate, we need you to: 
1) Register  for Children’s Church on  REALM  to get the Zoom link.
2)  Download Zoom  onto the computer or device your child will use. 
3) Make sure children in 2nd grade and higher have access to a  Bible . If you are using an electronic Bible, we suggest you have it accessible on a separate device. 
4) Lastly, please have your child(ren)  login to the appropriate classroom by 11:30 AM EST on Sunday . We’re asking parents to stay with/close to their children again this week in case there are any technical difficulties.

Questions? Contact us at  youth@metropolitanbaptist.org . 

Matthew 25 Ministries

In need of food?

We thank everyone who continues to give to help us expand our services to our church family and local community. The We Are One Body Food Pantry is now open for new registrations! We distribute fresh produce and non-perishables each Saturday to those who have requested assistance. 

If you are in need, please fill out this form and submit it to matthew25@metropolitanbaptist.org .
To request specific items, please also submit this form .

How can I help the Food Pantry?  This is a wonderful question we get every week! We are still making non-perishable grab and go bags available upon request. You can help by sending financial contributions through any of our 5 giving options (designate the funds for the pantry). These funds will help us to replenish our pantry with the assistance of the Capital Area Food Bank. To request assistance or for further information, contact Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell at  bgirtonmitchell@metropolitanbaptist.org .
  
As Paul reminds us, “…as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” ~Gal. 6:10, NKJV
 
This is one more way we show that Metropolitan Cares! 

MBC Toastmasters

Greetings MBC family, MBC Toastmasters thanks everyone who participated in our February open house. We had guests from as far away as Alabama to attend. The District Leaders also recognized the success of our event. In case YOU missed it, MBC Toastmasters is still recruiting new members to join this vibrant club. If you are looking to enhance your speech and/or enhance your leadership skills in 2021, please consider MBC Toastmasters by joining us on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays from 7:15 – 8:30 PM. Register for our next meeting on REALM or email mbctoastmasters@metropolitanbaptist.org to learn more!

Men’s Ministry

The Men’s Ministry will continue its study of Series 33, Authentic Manhood Bible study on Saturday, January 16 @ 9 AM EST via Zoom. Volume 6, “A Man and His Fatherhood”, is designed to help Dads think strategically about the critical role of a father in the lives of his children, and in the lives all children. It will equip you with insights that help guide you through key decisions and the great challenges of being a Dad.

Workbooks are $20 and can be obtained by contacting Bro. Fred Ball
at men@metropolitanbaptist.org, or you can purchase books on Amazon.
For further information, please email men@metropolitanbaptist.org.

REGISTRATION ON REALM IS REQUIRED. GUESTS CAN REGISTER ON REALM TOO!

Metropolitan Music and Arts Ministry

YOUTH CASTING CALL!

For ALL Youth – Ages 4-18! 

The Youth Department of the Music and Arts Ministry is preparing for Youth Day in June. We need you for a fun day of recording song and dance! Parents there is something for you to do as well! Please attend a short meeting with Sis Janel Merritt and her team on March 27 at 9 AM via ZOOM for the exciting details in how your child can participate!

Register on REALM or email jmerritt@metropolitanbaptist.org for details.

Metropolitan Studio & Store and Multimedia

Miss a Worship Service? View past services on demand here!


TO VIEW ANY OF OUR PAST SERVICES, CLICK HERE !
Multimedia orders have been suspended until further notice.
Questions? Email  multimedia@metropolitanbaptist.org .
Shirt orders have been suspended until further notice.
Questions? Email Kris Hicks at  khicks@metropolitanbaptist.org
Movie Night at The Met … at Home!
Movie Night at the Met (for adults) will be on hiatus until we return to in person worship. However, we will begin to share theme or faith-based titles of motion pictures to stream at your leisure from home. If your ministry is having a class or meeting based on a movie, be sure to let us know so that we can share information about it here as well as under your ministry section of the Daily Bread.
Questions? Contact Kris Hicks via email at  khicks@metropolitanbaptist.org .
Each week we strive to improve your Online Worship Experience. Let us hear from you! We want to know what’s inspiring you, what you think we should change, and how we can better engage you. Email your feedback to  webservant@metropolitanbaptist.org

Livestream Viewing Tips

– Consider mirroring  Worship from your device to your TV for a better viewing and audio experience. (ie. use Apple TV or an app like Mirror for LG TV)

– Check that you are viewing in High Definition 
(Click the wheel icon in your viewer and make sure HD 720 or 1080 is selected)

– View via  metropolitanbaptist.org  from your  Smart TV browser, if you have one. 
You can still chat with us from your device.

– Audio on devices (phones/tablets) is limited. Consider connecting to an external speaker.

– Join our Facebook chat or login to the chat room on our website during service! On our website viewer, just click the chat icon and login as a guest. 
For many, the viewing experience is enhanced by being able to chat, read, and interact with Pastor Watson, our Ministerial Staff, members, and guests in our chat room.

– Do NOT use Firefox or Internet Explorer as your browser.  Chrome and Safari work best. 

– Do NOT have the stream open on more than one browser window. 
If you are getting delays or audio feedback/echo, this may be the reason why. 

As we hear from you, we will add more tips that may help your viewing experience. 

Technical Difficulties?

Experiencing any technical issues accessing our Worship? Please call the church at
202-238-5000 and leave us a message or email  multimedia@metropolitanbaptist.org.

REALM Ministry

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!! A Special Announcement from our Realm Team!

Our Visitors and Guests  DO NOT  need a Realm Account to register for Monthly/Annual events, Bible Study classes, Seminars, or Workshops hosted by Metropolitan Baptist Church. You can share REALM links with ANYONE and they can register to participate in ANY of MBC’s activities! Again, our Visitors and Guests  DO NOT  need a Realm Account to register! So, feel free to invite ya Mama, Daddy, Cousins, and Good Friends too to register to join us for ANY church activity! 

The registration links are typically found in our weekly Daily Bread e-Newsletter. Anyone is welcome to subscribe to it and you can feel free to forward the publication or direct links. Visit  metropolitanbaptist.org  for the Public Registration links as well!

Remember, visitors and guests  DO NOT  need a Realm Account to participate in MBC events and activities! If you have any questions, please email  realm@metropolitanbaptist.org .

Social Justice and Public Policy Ministry

Experiencing economic hardship? You’re not alone and Metropolitan Cares!

Due to the economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous relief assistance programs were created or expanded to support households and businesses. These programs, along with the economic recovery agenda proposed by the Biden-Harris administration and communal adherence to public health guidelines, are key steps towards stabilizing and improving our economic outlook.

The Social Justice and Public Policy Ministry researched and curated a consolidated list of reputable outlets for timely and accurate information on government policies, relief resources and programs available to address economic hardships due to COVID-19. Our resource list provides links to federal, state and local (DMV) government sites, regional utility providers, and national news outlets and organizations where you can read about housing, unemployment and utility assistance in full detail.

We will update this list periodically as new information becomes available on the status of our economic and pandemic recovery. For more information or comments you can reach us at socialjusticeandpublicpolicy@metropolitanbaptist.org . 

Women’s 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 women@metropolitanbaptist.org .

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 women@metropolitanbaptist.org!

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 women@metropolitanbaptist.org. 

For more information or questions, please email women@metropolitanbaptist.org.

Submissions : Ministry leaders are now required to submit  ALL  Ministry announcements to their  Staff Minister for approval  before they are submitted for publication. This includes placements in the Daily Bread Online e-newsletter, Social Media, Realm, Sunday Video Announcements, and our website. 

Submissions are due by 5 PM on Sundays to begin appearing as soon as the upcoming Friday’s publications. In the event a last-minute notification is needed (i.e. Class Cancellation), please notify Dr. Jesse Wood. 

March 1
Betty Bland
Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell

March 2
Cheryl Brown
Mona Calhoun
Louis Sledd

March 3
Servant B.J. Brooks
Janell Johnson
Beverly Monroe

March 4
No Birthdays.

March5
Juanita Cole
Elder Deborah Jones
Donald Mitchell Jr.
Rev. Clarafrancie Sowers

March6
Dr. Mynora Bryant
Colette Honorable
Sinda Talley
Karima Woods

March7
Lydia Carroll
John Carter

March8
No Birthdays

March9
Harvey Gantz Jr.
Rev. E. Terri LaVelle
Dr. Robert Sherron
Kendall White

March 10
Karleen Ray
Christopher Richardson

March11
Virginia Harris
Celeste Pea
Denise Price-Brown

March12
Dr. Raquel Talley

March13
Stephanie Dawes
Stacy Mitchell
Rev. Dr. Anthony Moore

March14
No Birthdays.

March15
No Birthdays.

March 16
Mary Chambers
Karen Kelly
Charles Russell
Charles Young

March 17
Dr. Melvis Barnett
Patricia Bassey

March 18
Servant Cherrie Van Hook
Darryl West

March 19
Dr. Kwamme Anderson
Elder Diane Day
Lois Gregg
Servant George Hazel
Sandy Hughes
Ava Jones
Joe Nichols

March 20
Louis Hutchinson IV
Bennie Williams Jr.

March 21
Jerridan Cameron
Sylvester Colbert
Carla Fults
Adelaide Harris
Michael Johnson
Sharon Smith

March 22
Curtis Jones
Chanel Washington

March 23
Lorraine Daniel
Rev. Angela Love
Eugene Phillips
Doris Spruell
Rev. Soammes Williams

March 24
Kirk Davis
Harold Desmond III
Mattie Gantz
Jodi George
Timmy Harris
Dr. April Walker

March 25
Alicia Cook
Theresa Dozier
Evelyn Holland-Walker
Regina Valentine

March 26
Sally Ladson

March27
No Birthdays.

March 28
Janis D. Nix

March 29
Dr. Muriel Kennedy
Mason McIntyre
Dr. Tonita Ross-Dozier
Sharon Thornton

March 30
Courtney Joseph
Willis Mitchell Jr.

March 31
Dr. K. Yawa Agbemabiese
Maxine Davis
La Saundra Estelle
Bernadette White

PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING HEALING AND RECOVERING
MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN YOUR PRAYERS

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

Shawanda 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 lift Ms. Lynn and Leslie Bremby and Family in your prayers in the passing of their mother, Mrs. Andrea Bremby .

Final arrangements:
Friday, March 12, 2021
Visitation: 10 AM
Service: 11 AM
Metropolitan Funeral Service
5605 Portsmouth Blvd. Portsmouth, VA 23701
757-545-9148
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 EdwardsTyrone was a member of our Music Ministry and sang with YAEF.
Final arrangements:
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.
Interment:
Heritage Memorial Cemetery LLC
13472 Poplar Hill Rd. Waldorf, MD 20601 
(301) 932-5888

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
(469) 913-8493
Interment: 3:30 PM
Ridgeview West Memorial Park
12130 Peaceful Ln Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 335-2444

No thank you notes this week.

Community Resources and Events

Join for the   Communities of Color Townhall on TOMORROW, Saturday, March 13 at 2 PM ET . Metropolitan is s one of the supporting churches participating in the discussion. The townhall will discuss the information and access gap regarding the vaccine including why communities of color are hesitant to sign up for vaccination. The panelists will also discuss educating the community about vaccination in order to help individuals make an informed decision.
************* FEMA ANNOUNCEMENT ****************
HUNT VALLEY, Md. (SBG) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon begin reimbursing Americans for funeral expenses of family members who passed away due to COVID-19.

Congress passed the $2 billion funding in December as part of a $900 billion stimulus bill. The funding was promoted by Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and $260 million will be allocated to their home state of New York, which was hit hard by the pandemic last year. The two representatives want to keep the program in place for the rest of the pandemic.

Families can be reimbursed up to $7,000 for funeral expenses, retroactive to Jan. 20, 2020. Those who apply will need to submit identifying documentation of the person who died, as well as a death certificate. According to the National Funeral Directors Association < https://nfda.org/news/statistics >, the national median cost for a funeral in 2019, including viewing and burial, was $7,640.
Praise God for the opportunity to collaborate with Pastor James K. McKnight, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Dr. Otis Moss, III, and Rev. John Jenkins in producing the PSA, Black Faith Community 90 second PSA, encouraging the African American faith community on the vaccine . We are deeply grateful to Rev. Joshua Dubois and the AD Council for making the PSA possible, even as many in our community are hesitant about taking the vaccine despite Black Americans dying three times more than White Americans from COVID-19. Thank you for all you are doing to help get Black citizens vaccinated.
 
God bless you mightily and stay safe,
 
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner
Co-Convener, National African American Clergy Network
Click here to watch the Black Faith Community 90 second PSA
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!
Get COVID Alert!

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology to quickly notify users who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Click here to learn how it works!
MARYLAND AND PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
COVID-19–CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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.

Phase 1A
Health care workers
Residents and staff of nursing homes
First responders, public safety, corrections

Phase 1B
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

Phase 2  
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.

Phase 3
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 .
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Source: governor.maryland.gov

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