Archive for January, 2013

Metropolitan AME Salutes Centennial Anniversary
of Deaconess Rosa Parks’ Birth

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by admin

Photo of Rosa Parks riding in the front of the bus

Mrs. Rosa Parks, a civil rights icon who is called the “Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement,” has a special place in the hearts of members of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination. To AME’s, she is Deaconess Rosa Parks, a longtime member of the denomination and holder of the venerated position of deaconess.

Metropolitan hosted the national memorial service for Mrs. Parks in 2005. So there is special joy as AME’s join in the national celebration of what would have been her 100th birthday on Monday, February 4. View our tribute page to watch the memorial service and read more about Deaconess Parks.

We encourage every one to take it forward on 2.4.13 by standing up and speaking out in honor of Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. Match fear with strength during the National Day of Courage.

RED DRESS FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by admin

Please come and learn about how you can prevent a heart attack on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 11 AM-2 PM at our Red Dress Fashion Show and Luncheon.

Location: Douglass Hall

Tickets: $20

Speakers: Women who have experienced a heart event.

Contact person: Joan Oxendine, Metropolitan AME Church

Noted Musician Danny Hodge to be Honored at Metropolitan

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by admin

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Metro-Aires Choir of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will spearhead a retirement celebration recognizing Danny Hodge as its director for 42 years.

This will be city-wide, church-wide recognition of love and honor for a noted musician who has given his life towards the progression, education, and development of choral music.

The congregation is urged to support this event. Please RSVP no later than Saturday, January 26, 2013 to either the Facebook event under Geoffrey Tate, president of the Metro-Aires, or contact Mr. Tate via email at GROJEN@msn.com.

Sons and Daughters of Allen Upcoming Events

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by admin
  • February 3, 2013African American-Read-In, 1:30 pm in Douglass Hall – Come read a selection from a Black author or just to enjoy the program.
  • February 10, 2013Nannie Helen Burroughs Project Display by Col. James Wyatt in Douglass Hall.  Meet and talk to Col. Wyatt after the 7:30 am  and 11:00  am service
  • February 24, 2013Annual Day  – Speaker: Rev. Jonathan Newton, Reception following 7:30 am and 11:00 am service; Martin Luther King Memorial Stone Exhibit- Douglass Hall. Meet August Williams, one of only two African American stone masons on the project.
  • March 2, 2013Annual Cultural Arts Festival – 12:00 N – 4:00 PM – Fashion Show- featuring hats,  entertainment, vendors, lunch

 Cost: $15.00 – General Admission and $40.00 for Vendor Table

Do Not Miss These Exciting Programs As We Begin Our 175th Church Anniversary.

For information on either of these events, please contact Consentine Morgan, 301 449-9464 or Joan Oxendine, 301 577-6849.

Annual Youth Trip to George Mason University: Men’s Basketball Game and Campus Tour

Posted on: January 30th, 2013 by admin

The Sarah Allen Missionary Society (SAMS) and The University Club are co-sponsoring a trip to George Mason University (GMU) Men’s Basketball Game on Saturday, February 9, 2013. The trip includes a tour of the GMU campus, lunch on campus, transportation to/from GMU by Motor Coach and an exciting game between the University of Delaware Blue Hens and the GMU Patriots. This trip is for youngsters, ages 8 – 16 years old. Deadline to sign-up is Thursday, January 31, 2013.

President and First Family Worship at Metropolitan on Eve
of Inauguration

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by admin

Clergy in the pulpit during the Worship Service with the First Family

President Barack Obama and the first family worshipped at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church on Sunday shortly before he took the official oath of office for a second term at the White House.

Led by senior pastor Rev. Ronald E. Braxton and assistant pastor, Rev. Marie P. Braxton, nearly 2000 members and visitors welcomed the president for the dual celebration of his second inauguration and the holiday honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pastor Braxton’s sermon, building on the president’s theme for his second term, was entitled, “When Forward is the Only Option,” and may be viewed on our YouTube channel.

The service received wide media attention and the church’s website broke previous records for the number of viewers. The Michigan Chronicle called the visit “significant” not only because it marked Metropolitan’s l75th anniversary year but also because “it underscores Obama’s faith posture, which came under fire during his first term in office with some of the religious right questioning his faith.”

Metropolitan’s leaders voiced regret that some of its congregants were unable to gain access to the church. Despite waiting up to three hours for the service to begin, however, the congregation inside was in high spirits. “The songs really highlighted the importance of the faith tradition to our country–especially the Battle Hymn of the Republic,” said Dakarai Aaron, a lifelong member of the church. “While there was certainly a lot of excitement and pride in having the Obama family join us in worship, our congregation did not turn the service into a political rally. We remained focused on celebrating God’s favor and asking God to bless our leaders as they begin a new chapter in their work to solve some of the nation’s biggest challenges.”

It was the first family’s second visit in two years. However, President Obama’s choice of Metropolitan on such an historic occasion turned another exciting page in the storied history of the church. [see “Metropolitan: A Brief History“] The National Cathedral of African Methodism is not only a major center of worship but its strategic location reinforces the wisdom of the former enslaved persons who built and founded the church. They designated it to be of national character “in close proximity” to the nation’s points of power—the White House and the Capitol. The church’s dedication to continuing to be in the forefront of the civic, cultural, and intellectual life of African Americans will be on display through 2013 as it celebrates its 175th anniversary.

Sermon Notes: When Forward is the Only Option

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by admin

View the service on YouTube
Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Braxton, Senior Pastor
Metropolitan AME Church
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Scripture: Exodus 14:10-15, 26-30

The book of Exodus gives the reader a very elaborate, detailed and dramatic narrative of the Israelites’ journey to freedom from Egypt and the mighty hand of Pharaoh.  Most of us are familiar with the secondary and primary characters of the narrative.  Making up the brief listing of secondary characters are: Pharaoh, the ruler of Egypt; Moses, the champion of God sent to lead the people (God always has God’s own champion to lead the people); there is Aaron, the brother and trusted right hand person at the side of Moses; and though not visible, I am sure she played behind the scenes a vital role, is the wife of Moses-Zipporah.

View the complete service on YouTube

Noted Musician Danny Hodge, Retiring Director of the Metro-Aires, to be Honored at Metropolitan on Saturday, Feb. 9

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by admin

On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Metro-Aires Choir of Metropolitan A.M.E. Church will spearhead a retirement celebration recognizing Danny Hodge as its director for 42 years.

This will be city-wide, church-wide recognition of love and honor for a noted musician who has given his life towards the progression, education, and development of choral music.

The congregation is urged to support this event. Please RSVP no later than Saturday, January 26, 2013 to either the Facebook event under Geoffrey Tate, president of the Metro-Aires, or contact Mr. Tate via email at GROJEN@msn.com.

Special January 20 Worship Service

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by admin

Recommend Early Arrival

Sunday’s worship service is at 10:00 AM. Because of the many high level dignitaries who will possibly be worshipping with us, it is recommended that you arrive at the church no later than 7:30 AM. Church members should line up on the 15th Street side of the church for more rapid entrance.

The church doors will open at 8:15 AM

The NEA garage will be available for parking from 6:30 AM until 9:00 AM when it will be closed for security purposes.

Parking will also be available at the PMI garage beginning at 6:30 AM; that garage will remain open throughout the worship service.

The Church doors will be closed at 9:15 AM and there will be no further admissions due to security concerns. Also, due to security reasons, there will be no street parking on the 1500 block of M street.

We expect a large number of visitors who will be in reserved seating so some of our members may not be able to sit in their regular seats. We thank you in advance for your indulgences.

INAUGURATION AND MLK OBSERVANCE
SUNDAY, JAN. 20: One Combined Service at 10 a.m.

Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by admin

One Combined Service at 10 a.m. Will Also Mark Social Action Sunday

An Episcopal Statement by Bishop William P. DeVeaux and a distinctive sermon by Senior Pastor Ronald E. Braxton will mark Metropolitan’s celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Social Action Sunday on January 20.. One combined service at 10 a.m. will also be the congregation’s special celebration for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday Observance.

Hundreds of special guests are expected to attend the service. These will not only include hundreds of members of the Jack and Jill organization, but also an anticipated large crowd of persons who are in the Nation’s Capital for the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The pastor will use the president’s campaign theme, Forward, as the subject of his message.Bishop DeVeaux’s statement will focus on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the re-election of President Obama.