July 4, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anthony Hawkins
TWO BISHOPS AND FOUR MEMBER-AMBASSADORS HIGHLIGHT JULY EVENTS CELEBRATING 173RD ANNIVERSARY OF METROPOLITAN AME CHURCH
National A.M.E. Historian Helps Lay Cornerstone for Newly- Restored “Downtown Church with a Down Home Feeling”
Under the theme, “A Season of Thanksgiving and Recognition in Kingdom Building,” Metropolitan AME Church will hold an array of activities in July that will begin the celebration of its 173rd anniversary in its newly-restored sanctuary at 1518 M St., NW.
“During the last two years, our sanctuary and church have been restored and modernized, and all the while we have honored the labor of those (enslaved African Americans) whose original handiwork and devotion made our church the great edifice that it is,” said the Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, Metropolitan’s senior minister.
On Sunday, July 10, Bishop James L. Davis, former president of the AME Council of Bishops, will be the guest preacher at 9:00 am. Bishop Adam J. Richardson of the Second Episcopal District will dedicate the new cornerstone and Dr. Dennis Dickerson, historian of the AME Church, will assist him and give a statement of the occasion.
On Sunday, July 17, in a special worship service observing the United Nation’s International Year for People of African Descent, Metropolitan will present citations to four of its members who have devoted a lifetime to international diplomacy as former U.S. ambassadors to African nations. They are: Shirley Elizabeth Barnes, Horace G. Dawson, Jr., Howard F. Jeter and Joseph M. Seegars.
Metropolitan’s youth will present a talent showcase on Saturday, July 16, in the newly restored Douglass Hall, and on the following day, Sunday, July 31, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will commemorate its Centennial Anniversary during the morning service.
The church invites the community to all events. Free parking is available.
- Celebrating the 173rd Church Annivesary
- Sundays with the Met featuring the Bel Canto Singers of Nassau,
Bahamas – June 5, 2011
- SAVE THE DATE! 172nd Church Anniversary
- Youth and Young Adult Talent Showcase July 16, 2011
- Restoration Progress Photos
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