Archive for November, 2012

Family Communion Service Precedes “Messiah” this Sunday!

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by admin

One of Metropolitan’s richest and most deeply spiritual traditions is the Family Communion service. It will be celebrated this Sunday, December 2, at two services: 7:45 am and 11:00 am. Come and bring your family as we observe the final Communion Sunday of the year. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments… Read more

Journalist Gwen Ifill and Leading Soloist to be featured
at Handel’s Messiah

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 by admin

CONTACT: Dr. Lester Green

Nov. 20, 2012


Journalist Gwen Ifill

WASHINGTON—Journalist Gwen Ifill and leading local soloists will be featured when Handel’s Messiah is presented at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street N.W. on Sunday, December 2 at 5 p.m.

Sopranos Michele Gutrick and Alia Waheed-Ky; baritone Vashawn Savoy McIlwain, tenors Keith Craig, Rev. Anthony Brown, Wayne Jennings and countertenor Curtis Adamson, along with the Metropolitan AME Cathedral Choir, will perform the beloved oratorio by George Frideric Handel. Ms. Ifill, one of the nation’s leading journalists and host of Washington Week on PBS, will serve as host.

“Over the past decades, Metropolitan has helped to usher in this highlight of the Christmas season and we look forward to persons from across the Greater Washington area sharing this spectacular joy with us,” said Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor of Metropolitan, known as the National Cathedral of African Methodism.

The production will also feature local high school and college talent from Metropolitan Art Partners Program singing this quintessential musical crown of the holiday season. Dr. Lester S. Green, Jr., who has performed with the Washington National Opera and is Minister of Music at Metropolitan A.M.E., will conduct the performance.

The performance is free and free parking is available.


Sermon Notes: When it Gets Tight and Tough, Get Tough!

Posted on: November 25th, 2012 by admin

Rev. Dr. Ronald Eugene Braxton, Senior Pastor

Scripture: Psalm 132: 1-12 (13-18)

Soon after the Democratic convention, according to the polls, the now re-elected President Obama was doing extremely well. At the first debate I was in great anticipation that he was going to wipe his opponent out of the race. Much to my total dismay, the opponent came out and far exceeded my and others’ expectation. That night I went to bed wondering what happened. The next day Jonathan tried to convince me that this was some kind of political tactic. I have to admit that I – and most folk that I know – did not see it then, and still don’t see it.

After that debate, times got tight for the President. As the days and weeks rolled on, according to the polls, it really got tight and tough. According to the polls, the President’s lead started to decline, and the favor began to turn to the President’s opponent. By the time the next debate came around, the President found himself in a tough battle. This time it was “do or die.” He went into this debate fighting and slugging, and he came out victorious. By the time of the final debate, it really was a tough time; according to the polls, the country was evenly divided. In the final two weeks, as things became tighter and tougher for the President, it appears he tightened up and got tougher himself. History will show that when it got tight and tough, Barack Obama got tough. For just a few minutes pray with me from the theme, “When it Gets Tight and Tough, Get Tough.”


Posted on: November 21st, 2012 by admin

Hurricane Sandy Devastated Greater New York and parts of New Jersey!

Flooding and fires destroyed homes and businesses; scores of lives were lost! Residents are still living in shelters and rebuilding from the wreckage. They need help now!

Metropolitan AME Church is working with Greater Allen Cathedral in New York to help provide basic supplies for persons living in the Queens, NY area. All money collected will go directly to hurricane relief.

Please give to Metropolitan AME Church’s Thanksgiving Week Drive for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

If you did not bring your offering to our Thanksgiving Service, you may give on Sunday or give online by selecting the
“Donate” button

May God’s richest blessings surround your gifts.

Stop the Pipeline to Prison: Create Educational Opportunities,
Jobs and Wealth

Posted on: November 15th, 2012 by admin

Stop the Pipeline to Prison:  Create Educational Opportunities, Jobs and Wealth

Pipeline to Prison Flyer

Saturday, November 17, 2012, 4:00-6:00 PM
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington DC

Moderator: Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Harvard University School of Law


Rep. Bobby Scott (VA) – a member of US House of Representatives who serves on the Education and Labor and
the Judiciary Committees. He received his B.A. degree from Harvard U. and his J.D. from Boston College.

King Downing – Mr. Downing is an attorney and founder of the Human Rights-Racial Justice Center, which researches and advocates on race, policing and mass incarceration. King received his B.A. from Harvard U.y and is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law.

Glenn Martin – formerly incarcerated himself, Mr. Martin is VP of Development &Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, a social service and advocacy org devoted to the successful reentry and reintegration of individuals with criminal histories. Martin hosts a cable television show, Both Sides of the Bars, where he engages criminal justice stakeholders and the local community in conversations about criminal justice reform.

Nigel Parkinson – President & CEO of Parkinson Construction Company (PCC) and Managing Partner of Morgan Development. As part of its commitment to the community, PCC actively engages with groups of ex-offenders to offer encouragement and, more important, jobs that can lead to a better life. He is a graduate of FAMU, Florida State and Harvard Business School’s OPM program.

Francine Sherman – Visiting Clinical Professor at Boston College Law School where she teaches Juvenile Justice and where she founded and directs the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project. She speaks and writes widely about the juvenile justice system and, in particular, about girls in the justice system. Her most recent book, entitled Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy and Practice (Wiley & Sons), was published in September 2011.

The forum is co-sponsored through the Daniel Alexander Payne Community Development Corporation (CDC) a 501©3 organization, by the Bethel Literary Historical Society, the Commission on Public Relations of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The event will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street, NW, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. A reception will follow.

For more information, please contact Co-chairs, Dr. Ruby M. Gourdine ( ), Mr. Gregory Johnson, or any member of the Commission on Public Relations. Let’s come together and dialogue on this issue which is a tragic waste of human lives.

Help Hurricane Sandy Survivors

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by admin

The International Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) is partnering with Church World Services to purchase key supplies for survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Specifically, they need cleanup supply buckets ($56), hygiene kits ($10) and blankets ($5). International President Dr. Shirley Cason-Reed asks all who respond to this urgent call to only send monetary donations. The WMS will write one check to Church World Services to purchase the designated items.

The WMS service does not end there. President Reed will journey with area WMS to the Church World Services Center at 601 Main Street in New Windsor, Maryland to help package the items for delivery. If you want to assist and desire more information, please call the WMS International Headquarters at 202.371.8886.

“Our sisters and brothers need those of us who are willing and able to step up and assist in this trying time,” says President Reed. “I am calling on all local societies to ask their Pastors to designate a Helping Hurricane Sandy Survivors Sunday. No amount is too small because we know God will multiply all gifts to meet the needs of the recipients.”

Please make checks payable to the Women’s Missionary Society and send them to the International Office by November 19, 2012. The address is 1134 11th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. Please write Hurricane Sandy in the memo.

By Jacqueline Mitchell Robinson