Posted on: February 9th, 2016

The United Statrichard-allen-700x400es Postal Service has selected Richard Allen for its 2016 Black Heritage stamp. Join us for the unveiling of the Richard Allen stamp at Metropolitan AME Sunday, February 14,  2016, 10:15am.  The official unveiling took place at Mother Bethel AME in Philadelphia on February.  Since most of our members could not attend, we are bringing an unveiling to Metropolitan with the U.S. Deputy Postmaster General, Ron Stroman doing the unveiling during our Founder’s Day Service.    Invite your family, friends and associates to join us for this historical event.

Oral history has noted that an earlier attempt was made to have a Richard Allen stamp designated near the 100th anniversary of the AME Church. A prototypical photo was drawn and circulated. lt was reportedly stated that while the founding of the AME Church was noteworthy, the firewall between government and religion would make it ill-advisable to honor that request.

In 2004,  a petition drive was initiated, and with the help of a loyal following of AMEs, members of the AME Zion, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Moravian, Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ, International Council of Community Churches, Divine 9 Greek organizations, Masons, Elks, media, press, local neighborhood groups, family, and friends, 40,000 signatures were validated among thousands of petition signers.  The waiting, praying and petitioning paid off, and we learned that The USPS had selected Richard Allen as the 2016 Black Heritage Stamp honoree.  We thank all the leaders within and outside the AME Church for making this happen.  We offer a special thanks to Sister Jackie Dupont-Walker for her tireless work to bring out this recognition in time for the church’s bicentennial.

We want to have the earliest sell-out of any commemorative stamp in US Postal history.  Please continue to order the stamp online and purchase them at your local post office. Give them as gifts and mail letters and cards just to show off “our stamp”.

 






Posted on: February 9th, 2016

The Metropolitan A.M.E. Church Scholarship Endowment application is available from February 15, 2016 to April 15, 2016. Applications are in the kiosk located in the church’s Frederick Douglass Hall and can be downloaded from the church’s website: http://www.metropolitaname.org/church-scholarship-endowment.asp. The deadline for submitting applications and all supporting documents is April 15, 2016. All items are to be mailed to the Scholarship Endowment’s mailing address. The Scholarship Committee is not liable for applications and documents mailed and/or faxed to the church or left at the church. Contact Pamela Moore at plfmoore@yahoo.com for any questions.






Posted on: February 9th, 2016

Join Pastor William H. Lamar IV and Pastor Daryl Kearney of Turner Memorial AME to help the people of Flint, Michigan

The residents of Flint, Michigan are suffering because of the lack of clean water. According to Michigan’s chief medical executive, all 8,657 children In Flint, Michigan who drank the city’s water since April 2014 have been exposed to lead poisoning. It is imperative that we not sit idly by and watch our brothers and sisters agonize over the effects of contaminated water. Turner Memorial AME Church in Prince George’s County, Maryland and Metropolitan AME have partnered with Vernon Chapel AME Church in Flint, MI to send clean bottled water to the residents of Flint. We need your help in responding to this injustice!

Here are the ways that you can help:

DONATE (Tax-Deductible) – Three Ways.
o 1) Text 2 Give – Text 240-233-2488 “Flint [the amount of your contribution]” (e.g., Flint 5 will send a $5.00 donation to the Flint, MI Clean Water cause) **Registration may be required**
o Online – Go to https://www.turner-ame.securegive.com and select the Flint, MI Clean Water Donation line item
o By Check – Send or bring your check to Metropolitan AME, designate Flint, Michigan Water Donation






Posted on: January 29th, 2016

People wear red as a way of bringing attention to the problem or heart disease in women during the month of February.  Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.  For African American women, the risk is especially great.  Heart disease is more prevalent among black women than any other race.

 

The Lorraine Gillian Health Ministry is inviting you to attend our RED DRESS event on Saturday, February 6, 2016, in Douglass Hall, 11 AM to 1:00 PM to hear health professionals discuss the risk factors of this dreaded disease.  All women are asked to wear red.

All women and men of Metropolitan are also asked to wear something RED on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
Take action and know the Heart Truth.

  1. What is your risk of heart disease?
  2. What is your blood pressure?
  3. What are your cholesterol numbers?
  4. What is your body mass index (BMI)
  5. What is your blood sugar level?
  6. What other screening tests for heart disease do you need?
  7. What is your heart healthy eating plan?





Posted on: January 29th, 2016

Dr. Frank Madison Reid IIIOn Sunday, February 7, 2016, we will start Black History Month by worshiping together in one service at 10:15 AM.  The guest preacher will be Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid III, pastor of Bethel AME Church in Baltimore, MD.  His father, Bishop Frank M. Reid, Jr. served as pastor of Metropolitan from 1968 until he was elected bishop in 1972.   During his college years, Dr. Reid answered his call to ministry and preached his trial sermon in August 1971 at Metropolitan. Under Dr. Reid’s leadership, “The Bethel Outreach of Love” Broadcast was the first African Methodist Episcopal Church to have an international TV broadcast.   As a best-selling author who has written important books and articles, Dr. Reid is a much sought out author, teacher, preacher, and motivational speaker.






Posted on: January 29th, 2016

On Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Metropolitan AME Church will hold two services, one at noon and one at 7 pm.  Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Lenten Season, a period of fasting, praying, repentance and introspection. During the Ash Wednesday service, ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers in the Sign of the Cross to symbolize their desire to repent for their sins.






Posted on: January 29th, 2016

Founders Day concert 2016The Hampton University Concert Choir will partner with the United Voices Choir of Metropolitan AME to perform a Founder’s Day Concert in honor of Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.  The free concert will be held at Metropolitan on Saturday, February 13 at 5:00 pm. The Hampton Choir, under the direction of Omar J. Dickerson, is the primary touring ensemble for the University. Established in 1870 as the Hampton Singers, this group has distinguished itself by performing in some of the most reputable concert halls and churches in the United States and abroad. The Choir has toured parts of Europe and Canada, performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Constitution Hall, and was featured at the Inauguration of President William Jefferson Clinton in 1997.






Posted on: January 29th, 2016

Rev. Mashod EvansOn Sunday, February 14, 2016, Metropolitan will observe Founder’s Day.  Our guest speaker will be Rev. Mashod Evans, Sr., senior pastor of St. John AME Church, Birmingham, Alabama, a position he has held since November 2008.  Since his appointment, the Saint John congregation has grown in ministry, membership, fellowship and financially.  A native of New Jersey, he began his ministerial career at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey as a youth minister, and has served on the ministerial staff of Big Bethel AME Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and Charles Street AME Church in Boston, Massachusetts. (more…)






Posted on: January 29th, 2016

The Lorraine Gillian Health Ministry invites you to participate in the Daniel Fast during Lent.  The Daniel Fast is a biblically-based partial fast and plant-based eating plan. Consistent with the three-week period referenced in Daniel 10:1-3, our Health Ministry is marking 21 days for the fast, starting on Ash Wednesday, February 10, and ending on March 2, 2016. Whether you decide to fast for 21 days, the whole season of Lent, a shorter amount of time, or specific days of week, we encourage you to make a commitment to sacrifice in order to grow your relationship with the Lord. Please also consult your physician about any health concerns regarding participation in this fast.

 

Please use this Daniel Fast guide to help you on your spiritual journey.  The Lorraine Gillian Health Ministry thanks Rev. Moya Harris for providing the information reflected in this guide, which has been adapted from Susan Gregory’s The Daniel Fast, and her website, http://www.daniel-fast.com.  For questions, please contact Denise A. Robinson, at drob02@msn.com, Katie Blanding, at katie.blanding@yahoo.com, or Dr. Edith Smith Williams, at esmithcheeks@msn.com.

 

 

Daniel Fast Guidelines

 

Foods to include:

All Fruits (fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned)

All Vegetables (fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, or canned)

All Whole Grains (including whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas)

All nuts and seeds  (Includes nut butters)

All legumes (canned or dried)

All quality oils (canola, coconut, grape seed, olive, peanut, and sesame.)

Soy Foods (includes tofu, TVP textured vegetable protein, and other soy products.)

Condiments and cooking ingredients (Adobo sauce, cilantro, herbs, unsweetened mustard, salt, seasonings,  spices, vanilla, broth, small amount of fruit juices in dishes.

 

Foods to exclude:

All meat and animal products (beef, pork, lamb, poultry, fish)

All dairy products

Eggs and egg substitute

All sweeteners (including sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.)

All leavened bread (such as Ezekiel Bread, pretzels, pita bread)

All refined and processed foods (with ingredients such as white flour, white rice, artificial flavorings, artificial preservatives)

All deep-fried foods (i.e. potato chips, French fries, corn chips)

All solid fats (shortening, margarine, lard)

Non-water beverages (coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated drinks, energy drinks, alcohol. Juices are permitted.)

 

 

Need help with recipes? Check out these websites: (Inclusion of external websites does not constitute or imply an endorsement by Metropolitan AME Church or its Lorraine Gillian Health Ministry.)

 

Daniel Fast Spiritual Exercises

 

Setting Intention: Allow the Spirit of God to direct you as you choose your purpose(s) for your fast. These might be habits you want to change. Or prayers that are still unanswered. Or concerns you have for your health, finances, or relationships. Is there someone specifically the Lord is telling you to pray for?  Before the fast, take the time to pray, so that you will know specifically what your focus will be during this journey.  What is the Lord telling you to focus on during your fast? Choose the few that are for such a time as this. Don’t try to fix everything at once!

 

Preparing for the Fast: One reason people quit fasting is because they have not adequately prepared for the experience. Fasting is a sacrifice. It will not be easy. Choose a day to plan your meals and snacks. Consider choosing a partner to encourage you and provide accountability. While you are preparing, use this time as a time of worship. The more you plan ahead, the easier it will be to focus on God and hear his voice.

 

Following Through: Make sure you set aside specific time throughout the day to spend with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you your purpose in becoming the Beloved Community, both corporately and individually.  Is there a new ministry that He is leading you to join? Is there more that God is requiring of you?  Write down what he tells you as you take time to meditate on His Word.

 

Doing the Work: Fasting is one of those disciplines that you certainly get out of it what you put into it! If you want a deeply fulfilling fasting experience, then make that decision and organize your fasting time so you can focus more acutely on the Lord, the Bible and your study. Below are some questions to help you focus, and we encourage you to journal about them.

 

  • Take a few minutes and think about the areas of your life that are “out of order,” causing you stress, and/or not aligned with the ways of God.
  • Do you have “invisible crutches” in your life? If so, identify those support systems that you might depend on rather than trusting in God.
  • What areas of your life need a “shift” so you can have the hope, peace and security available to you as a child of the Most High God?
  • How can you simplify your life? What are the things you think are getting in the way of your relationship with God.
  • What do you want to submit to the Lord as you develop your faith in Him?





Posted on: January 29th, 2016

Rev. Aisha Karimah has announced that daily fasting and praying will continue in 2016.  She is looking for members who will take a day to fast and pray for the church.  If you would like to pray and fast, please select a day and submit it to Rev. Karimah at revkarimah@gmail.com.