Merry Christmas Metropolitan

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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

P.S. We want to see your Christmas photos! Submit them to the Daily Bread here!
If you missed the Messiah, both parts are available here!

Upcoming Worship

Tune in at 6 PM or 11 PM EST on New Year’s Eve for Metropolitan’s Watch Night Service!
At 6 PM EST we will Livestream on metropolitanbaptist.org and on our Facebook page .
If you miss that stream, you may view it anytime at your convince here .
It will also be available on Facebook under our “Videos.”

Want to pray into the NEW YEAR with Metropolitan?
Join us for worship via Zoom at 11 PM EST.
REGISTRATION ON REALM IS REQUIRED!!!

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!

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.

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/

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

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
Written Anonymously

At Home with Care: A Church Family Check-In

Members Kimberly and Orinthal McIntyre with their sons, Mason and Owen
“Family photos are a great way to celebrate God’s keeping power, grace, and provision through all of life’s seasons.
#spirituallyandsociallyconnected
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

A time to remember.
 Metropolitan Baptist Church Bereavement Ministry
The Bereavement Ministry will be holding “A Time To Remember” program on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 10 AM EST via Zoom. We remember those whom death has taken from our midst during the past year.

We will have special guests to join us, including Jazz and Gospel Saxophonist, Phil French, Spoken Word provided by Crystal Speaks and our very own Rev. Lela Harris will officiate.

We ask that you bring a candle to light in memory of your lost loved one.

For more information, please contact the Bereavement Ministry through REALM  or by email bereavement@metropolitanbaptist.org, or Sister Von Bailey at 301-661-0518. You DO NOT have to be a member to register on REALM.

Caregivers Ministry

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
Caregivers Ministry

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 caregivers@metropolitanbaptist.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! 
 Dial-in: 1-929-205-6099
Meeting ID: 488 950 666
Password: 077390

Sunday School is offered online on Sundays at  
8:45 AM 
  (EST) via Zoom. 
All are invited to attend. 
 
Upcoming Lessons
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 
Mark 2:1-12
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
Prophesying Daughters
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
*Some calls may be on Christmas Break until January 4, 2021,
but we are always available to pray with you. Email prayer@metropolitanbaptist.org if you are in need of prayer!


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

Merry Christmas!

YOUR DIACONATE MINISTRY CARES!

The Diaconate Ministry wishes you and your families a very Merry Christmas! Celebrate the birth of our Christ by sharing love and compassion for one another. The greatest Gift of all is not under the tree, He lives in our hearts. Be sure to call at least one Senior on Christmas Day and tell them, “Metropolitan Cares!

Our Servants are keeping our Seniors connected by calling and sending cards and notes to remind them that Metropolitan Cares!  Seniors, please make sure we have your name and number so we can check in on you, too!

Email us at  servants@metropolitanbaptist.org  or call 202-238-5000 and leave a message with your name and phone number. You are important to us!

EMERGE Young Adult Ministry

Metropolitan, Join Emerge on January 2 at 11:30 AM EST as we kick-off our January initiative, “Unplugged: Reducing Distractions”. We are excited to present 3 opportunities to help you unplug from the noise and plug into productive activity. You are invited to fast with us for a 15-day digital/social fast. Pray with us on Wednesday nights, and grow with us on Saturdays as we discuss Biblical principles on how to accomplish our goals. Join us for 1 or all 3 activities. Whatever you decide, we want to offer encouragement and accountability all month long! Register on REALM , or email emerge@metropolitanbaptist.org for details.
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.

IAMA Counseling Ministry

Want to work with our Youth Ministries?

The Child Abuse Prevention Initiative (CAPI) 2021 starts again on January 11, 2021. All persons working with children and youth are required to take this training. Join us this month for new and exciting classes.

Children and Youth Church Training 101, Rev. Kevin Gresham II
Monday, January 11, 7 PM-8 PM
Register here!

Introduction to CAPI, Dr. Sherrill McMillan
Monday, January 18, 7 PM-8 PM
Register here!

Children in Isolation: Mental Health Effects of the Pandemic, Dr. Sherrill McMillan
Monday, January 25, 7 PM-8 PM
Register here!

Register today on REALM or email drmcmillan@metropolitanbaptist.org.

*Photo Credit: Servant Celia Washington; Event: Cooking in Costumes with Rev. Kevin Gresham
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Kingdom Kids and Elevate Youth Ministry

Merry Christmas from the Elevate Youth Leadership Council!
Check out our special video to you and your families by clicking the graphic above or here!

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.

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

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! 

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 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!

Is your ministry interested in sponsoring a Movie Night?  
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.

Women’s Ministry

Calling all women of Metropolitan Baptist Church! Mark your calendars for Friday, January 8 , from 7 PM-9 PM EST for the Women’s Ministry’s first Sister Chat of 2021. Sisters, this will be our time to check-in, be in each other’s virtual presence, and to send virtual love and positive energy to help propel us into a great new year. Sign up via REALM today or email Sister Dru Ealons at women@metropolitan.org . Bring your popcorn and/or favorite snacks and remember, what happens at the Sister Chat stays at the Sister Chat!

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. 

December 25
Karla Crosswhite-Chigbue
Carolyn Robinson
Mary Scott
December 26
Phyllis Black
Kimberly Davis
Malcolm Hawkins
December 27
Terri Lewis
Kathleen Olden Barnes
Quentin Thomas
Laila White
December 28
Janee CampRhonda Gantt
Aaron Jones
December 29
No birthdays.
December 30
Anaya Jangha
December 31
Denise Cherry-Gaskins
Vernadine Jackson
January 1
Meyona Calhoun
Johnetta Diggs
Robin Walker
Sandra Womack
January 2
Dr. Leon Brooks
Hilda Queen
Elder Catherine White
Ossie White Jr. 
January 3
Diane Alexander
Edward Ellis
Elma Jones
Peyton Lovett
S. Yvette Williams
January 4
Erin Hatton
Bianca Leslie
Carolyn Pretty
Marjorie Spencer-Russell
January 5
Leela ArnoAntoinette S. MurphySheryl StokesHelen Thompson
January 6
Rosalyn Barksdale
Rev. Dr. Esther Birch
Javonnia Hargrove
Jadon Meyers
January 7
Darrin Frisby
Rev. John Pye Jr.
January 8
Dr. Arthur Rochee
Charles Young Jr.
January 9
Dru Ealons
Selena Mims
January 10
Derrick Harold
Mariana Jones
Jeffrica Lee
Ellaine Myers
Michelle Samuels-Jones
Courtney Smith
January 11
Servant George Hall
Ella McKenzie
Patricia Shaw
Leona Williams

January 12
Brooke Burton
Wayne Fowler
Brandon Joyner
Michael Mauney
January 13
Adrienne Brooks
Tamara Brown
Dr. Freddie Brown Sr.
January 14
Dr. Tawana Carr
Anthony Gadson
Janette Jones-Jordan
Peggy White
January 15
Akeem Adams
J. Maxim Coan
Juanita Cox
Sydney Honorable
January 16
Rosita Clemmons
Shannon Cloman
Kristy Frizzell
Virginia Hunt
Houston Smith
January 17
Michael Jones
Ebony Phillips
January 18
No birthdays.
January 19
Jacqueline Hall
Sherri Marshall
Kimberly Washington
January 20
No birthdays.
January 21
Remi Popoola
Dr. Tania Thomas-Presswood
January 22
Eleanor McIntosh
Albert Murray
Tauqeer Watson-Davis
January 23
Barbara Childs
Bernard Johnson
Antoine Lee
January 24
Carmin Brittain-Jones
Travis Long
Barbara Preston
January 25
Aiden Armbrister
Cynthia Dixon
Jobena Hellams
Ruby Washington
Dr. Arthur Williams
January 26
Collins Bailey Jr
Julian Merritt
Kamaria Nicholson
January 27
Servant Kathleen Bryant
David Pye
January 28
Jeannelle Branson-Wallace
Johnnie Duncan
January 29
Wesley Matthews
Minister Gloria Williams-Bland
January 30
Servant Wilma Robinson
January 31
Naya Hutchinson
Lisa Stephens

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 HillBeatrice 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 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.

Final arrangements:
Celebration of Life Service:
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Walker Memorial Baptist Church
120 E. 169th StreetBronx, New York 10452
(718) 588-4262
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.

My Dearest Metropolitan Family,
Thank you for your calls, cards, gifts, texts and social media messages during the loss of our brother and uncle Gary Keith Harris.

Your prayers and words of sympathy and condolence encouraged our spirits and provided a much needed spiritual underpinning as we navigated his sickness and eventual passing.

God bless you all.

Rev. Lela Harris and daughters Maya and Nicole Allicock

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! 

Link to the application — https://tinyurl.com/EMLFlottery
For questions, send an email to  info@elsiemarrowlegacy.org.  

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)

Additionally,

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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