Merry Christmas Metropolitan
A Message from Our Pastor
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Church Family!
Rejoice in the birth of our Lord and Savior.
May the blessings of Christ be upon you and your loved ones
this season and into the New Year.
Love, Pastor and Mrs. Watson
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!
Mail: Metropolitan Baptist Church – 1200 Mercantile Lane, Suite 115 B, Largo, MD 20774
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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.
OUR WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL
What Christmas Is About
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. ~Isaiah 9:7
As we look at our world today, we realize that part of the promise of Isaiah 9:6 –7 has not yet been fulfilled. The Son has been given. The Child has been born. But He has not yet taken the government upon His shoulders. We do not yet have peace with judgment and justice. But the good news is that there will come a day when Christ will return. He will establish His kingdom on this earth. And it will be the righteous rule of God Himself.
Before Jesus could take the government upon His shoulder, He had to take the Cross upon His shoulder. Before He could wear the crown of glory as King of Kings, He had to wear the shameful crown of thorns and give His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. The first time, a star marked His arrival. But the next time He comes, the heavens will roll back like a scroll, all of the stars will fall from the sky, and He Himself will light it.
Christ came to this earth. God came near to you so you can come near to Him—to give your life purpose and meaning, to forgive you of your sins, and to give you the hope of heaven beyond the grave. Christmas is not about tinsel or shopping or presents. Christmas is not about the gifts under the tree. Rather, Christmas is about the gift that was given on the tree when Christ died there for our sins and gave us the gift of eternal life.Excerpted from crosswalk.com
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 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 children. To support you and share in your challenges, the Caregivers Ministry will be hosting a series of monthly virtual events via Zoom on the third Thursday of each month. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Larry Thomas at 240-731-6398 for more information.
Christian Discipleship Council
|Register here to go to Sunday School! |
You can join us by phone, too!
Meeting ID: 488 950 666
Sunday School is offered online on Sundays at
(EST) via Zoom.
All are invited to attend.
Quarter Theme: Called in the New Testament
Unit 1: The Beginning of a Call
December 27, 2020
Called to Prepare the Way
Bible Background: Matthew 3
Devotional Reading: John 1:19-34
Unit 2: Jesus and Calls in His Ministry
January 3, 2021
Called to Proclaim
Bible Background: Luke 4
Devotional Reading: Deuteronomy 8:1-11
January 10, 2021
Called to Significance
Bible Background: Luke 5:1-11
Devotional Reading: Luke 9:57-62
January 17, 2021
Called to Heal
Bible Background: Mark 2:1-12
Devotional Reading: Psalm 103:1-14
January 24, 2021
Called as the Intercessor
Bible Background: John 17:14-24
Devotional Reading: I Timothy 2:1-7
Unit 3: The Call of Women
January 31, 2021
Bible Background: Luke 2:36-38; ACTS 1:12-14; 2:16-21, 21:8-9
Devotional Reading: Joel 2:28-32
February 7, 2021
Called to Evangelize
Bible Background: John 4:25-42
Devotional Reading: John 1:37-51
February 14, 2021
Mary Magdalene: A Faithful Disciple
Bible Background: Mark 15:40; 16:1-9; Luke 8:1-3; John 20:10-18
Devotional Reading: Romans 4:13-25
February 21, 2021
Priscilla: Called to Minister
Bible Background: Acts 18:1-26; Romans 16:3-4; 1 Corinthians 16:19
Devotional Reading: Colossians 4:7-15
February 28, 2021
Lydia: Called to Serve
Bible Background: Acts 16:11-15, 40; 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
Devotional Reading: Psalm 33:1-12
EMERGE Young Adult Ministry
Health and Wellness Ministry
IAMA Counseling Ministry
Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Ministry
The Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Ministries would like to thank all of our children, youth, and parents for supporting our Paint & Sip events. Please enjoy viewing the artwork created by our talented students.
Matthew 25 Ministries
Metropolitan Studio & Store and Multimedia
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.
Kathleen Olden Barnes
Janee CampRhonda Gantt
Dr. Leon Brooks
Elder Catherine White
Ossie White Jr.
S. Yvette Williams
Leela ArnoAntoinette S. MurphySheryl StokesHelen Thompson
Rev. Dr. Esther Birch
Rev. John Pye Jr.
Dr. Arthur Rochee
Charles Young Jr.
Servant George Hall
Dr. Freddie Brown Sr.
Dr. Tawana Carr
J. Maxim Coan
Dr. Tania Thomas-Presswood
Dr. Arthur Williams
Collins Bailey Jr
Servant Kathleen Bryant
Minister Gloria Williams-Bland
Servant Wilma Robinson
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
Bessie Hiler Cecil HillBeatrice Holloway
Shawnda 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 keep Elder Reba Diggs and Family in prayer in the passing of her husband Deacon Raymond Diggs on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Deacon Raymond Diggs was a faithful member of Metropolitan for many years. He and Elder Reba were married for 68 1/2 years. Please pray for her strength, comfort and peace. Final arrangements are pending at this time.
Please lift in prayer Mrs. Julia Jones and Family in the passing of their beloved, Mr. Hilliard Jones , who went home to be with the Lord. Mr. Hilliard for many years worked in our Multimedia Ministry, and was always faithful until sickness set in. Final arrangements are pending at this time.
Please be in prayer for Mrs. Yvette Williams and Servant Tony Williams and Family in the passing of Yvette’s mother, Mrs. Shirley Thompson.
Celebration of Life Service:
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Walker Memorial Baptist Church
120 E. 169th StreetBronx, New York 10452
Rev. Dr. J. Albert Bush, Pastor
Viewing: 9 – 9:45 A.M.
Service: 10 AM – 12 Noon
Burial: Calverton National Cemetery, Riverhead, New York
The cemetery has a no flower or plant restriction, therefore please consider donating to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
*Due to the coronavirus pandemic guidelines, the family has reserved the limited seats for and contacted the attendees. A Zoom link will be provided at a later date. *
Please keep Mrs. Charlotte Brookins Hudson and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of Mrs. Mabel Isabella Turner, a beloved friend and “DC Mom” of 46 years, who God blessed with 90 years of life. Final arrangements are pending at this time.
Please lift Mrs. Dionne Savage Williams, her husband Alexander and Family lifted in your prayers in the passing of her brother, Mr. David Savage . Final arrangements are pending at this time.
Please keep Elder Joyce Jones and Family in prayer in the loss of her brother, Deacon James Yates , of Landover, MD. Deacon Yates was a member and Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Highland Park. Homegoing service arrangements are pending at this time.
Please keep Sister Jackie Washington and Servant Jeffrey Washington and Jovanni and Family lifted in prayer in the passing of their dear sister Ms. Charlot Washington Powell Glass. Her Homegoing Service was held on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Petersburg, VA.
Please keep Mr. John Caldwell and Family in prayer in the passing of Metropolitan’s beloved Servant Robert J. Caldwell, a faithful member of the Metropolitan Diaconate Ministry. His Homegoing Service was held in Queens, NY on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.
Community Resources and Events
TEACHER PANDEMIC RELIEF LOTTERY
The Elsie Marrow Legacy Foundation wants to support teachers who have been impacted by COVID-19. To this end, we are funding teachers by lottery who follow our pages, share our lottery posts, and complete the short required application before December 31, 2020. These funds will be used to improve classroom technology, buy supplies, and pay for digital resources to enhance the classroom experience This is a national initiative and we need your help to spread the word. Join us in supporting the teaching community by forwarding this email and sharing our graphic below with the link: https://elsiemarrowlegacy.org/lottery on social media! Make sure to tag your teacher friends and use the hashtag #EMLFLottery!
P.S. Want to help us increase the number of teachers we support? Donate to the Teacher Pandemic Relief Lottery Fund by clicking here. Using this site ensures no fees for you and us. Include the word “pandemic” in the memo/notes line to support the EMLF Lottery only. Please mail checks to the Elsie Marrow Legacy Foundation P.O. Box 662, Greenbelt, MD 20768. —
Rev. Aleisha A. Langhorne, Board ChairElsie Marrow Legacy FoundationMailing Address: P.O. Box 662 Greenbelt, MD 20768 http://elsiemarrowlegacy.org
|Northern Virginia Baptist Association Eviction Fund|
Below is information on the Northern Virginia Baptist Association Eviction fund. They are awarding money to assist persons living in the Fairfax County, VA area who may be facing eviction. They have to use these funds by December 31, 2020 or lose them. Apparently, they may be able to pay rent that is in arrears as well. If Congress fails to act this month, certain moratoriums on evictions will expire. These funds can help someone in need.
This information is from Northern Virginia Baptist Association, Inc.
Subject: Eviction Assistance Funds
Cornerstones have $670k for eviction assistance they need to use by December 31, 2020. The funds must be used by the end of the year or they will lose the money. If you know anybody facing eviction in Fairfax County, please ask them to call Fairfax County Help Line at 703-222-0880 asap. Let them know the wait time on the phone will be long, but stay on the line.
If Fairfax County residents’ eviction is COVID-related, please call. In fact, call even if it is not. God’s favor always outweighs man policies. They pay up to four months. In some cases, up to $10k was paid . Since it is December, they may even pay rent in arrears. Call ASAP and pray while you wait to speak with a representative.
|MARYLAND AND PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTYCOVID-19–CORONAVIRUS UPDATE|
As the number of Coronavirus cases and deaths continue to surge in the State of Maryland, Courts in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties upheld a ruling to end indoor dining at restaurants. As of Wednesday, December 23, 2020, there were 257,862 COVID-19 cases in the State of Maryland, and 5,402 deaths. The state has a positivity rate of 7.36%.
Governor Larry Hogan Gov. Larry Hogan told Marylanders to limit travel to essential purposes only, saying the holidays will be a critical time in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. Under an emergency order, state residents who travel outside Maryland — and anyone who travels to Maryland — must either obtain a negative COVID-19 test result or quarantine for 10 days. Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., are exempt from the order, which was issued Thursday, December 17, 2020 and was effective immediately. (Baltimore Sun, Thursday, December 17, 2020)
–All retail businesses, including grocery stores and religious institutions, must operate at 50% capacity.
–No fans are allowed at horse racing tracks and professional and college stadiums.
–Nursing home visits are suspended, except in cases involving “compassionate care” and a recent negative Coronavirus test result is required. Nursing homes must test residents weekly and employees twice weekly.
–Hospital visits are suspended, with exceptions for patients who are dying, are giving birth, are minors, or have disabilities.
–Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people or less.
–Marylanders are advised against traveling to any state with a positivity rate above 10% or with average case rates above 20 per 100,000.
–Government offices have returned to mandatory teleworking.
–State health officials issued an emergency order expanding hospital surge capacity.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging everyone to stay home–not to travel–during the Christmas holidays.
For additional information, click here.
Prince George’s County residents are urged 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.
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