Posted on: December 12th, 2014

Black Lives MatterSunday, December 14, has been designated National Black Solidarity Sunday.   All members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church are asked to wear black to church. Wearing black is intended to send a message that “Black life has value.”

Posted on: December 12th, 2014

Twitter Town HallAfter the 11:00 am service on Sunday, December 14, you are invited to participate in a Twitter Town Hall, “Black Lives Matter: Defining The Issues” in Douglass Hall.  The Twitter Town Hall and Community Conversation “Black Lives Matter: Defining The Issues” will sort fact from fiction in the emotionally charged atmosphere that has erupted nationwide following the failure to indict police officers for the death of unarmed Black Men in Missouri and New York.  The public is inundated with polarizing news and social media activity which makes it hard to identify real issues and potential solutions. This Twitter Town Hall and Community Conversation will allow people with insight in relevant fields (i.e., police, prosecutors, defense attorneys, legislators, policy advocates, and/professors) to address questions from the audience about crime, criminology and the criminal justice system.

If you are not able to attend and have a Twitter account, please follow us on Twitter.  The church’s Twitter handle is @MetropolitanAME.  We will be using the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter.

Posted on: December 12th, 2014

nmapv_flyerMetropolitan AME Church and Sixth & I and will march together for justice at the “National March Against Police Violence” in peaceful and non-violent protest of the grand jury decision not to indict for the murder of Eric Garner on Saturday, December 13. You should meet at Metropolitan at 9:45 am. Parking will be available at PMI from 8am-5 pm. Please share this information on social media and by word of mouth to spread awareness of this important interfaith gathering.

Posted on: December 12th, 2014

The Metropolitan AME Church(MAMEC) has teamed up with Amazon Associates to utilize their online affiliate marketing programs.  The Amazon Associates program has a more than 12 year track record of developing solutions to help website owners, Web developers, and Amazon sellers make money by advertising millions of new and used products from and its subsidiaries. Proceeds from MAMEC Amazon Associates will be used for community outreach such as our Food Bank; Angel Tree; and youth activities for social action.

Just In Time for Christmas!!

Posted on: December 12th, 2014

Many of us are trying to eat a gluten free diet because somewhere along the way we heard that glutens were bad for us and should be avoided.  There may be some truth to this for some of us, but not all of us.  There are advantages and disadvantages to going gluten free.  Read on to find out more…

Gut Check On Gluten 333  by Must Love Foods

Over the last few years, there has been a big push for everyone to go gluten free. There are many advantages to this (especially if you have celiac disease), but there are some real disadvantages as well. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and barley.  If you have celiac disease and you eat foods containing gluten, you get very sick (diarrhea, bloating, nausea, headaches just to name some of the symptoms), so those people have no choice but to give it up. However, for the rest of us, it’s a matter of choice. Here are some of the downsides:

·       Cost: It will cost you about 1½ to 2 times as much for gluten free foods, no matter where you buy them.

·       Calories: Whenever you take something out, you have to add something for a food to continue to taste good.  Out comes the gluten – in goes more sugar and fat. This can result in weight gain when you thought you were eating BETTER

·       Loss of nutrients: You can lose vitamins and minerals found in products containing wheat (foliate and iron)

·       Exposure to toxins: A number of gluten free products contain rice or rice flour. According to Consumer Guide and the FDA many rice based products contain ARSENIC. The amounts are small, but when eaten in larger quantities can be toxic.

So if you change to a gluten free lifestyle (by choice) do your homework, read you labels and be mindful of the risk as well as the benefits.