Metropolitan A.M.E. Church

Your faithfulness continues to be a testament to our joy and resilience in these challenging times. Washington, DC
Metropolitan A.M.E. Church

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1518 M St NW
Washington, DC 20005



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Pastoral Concerns for the Week of December 13, 2020

Greetings Metropolitan family and friends,

This week’s Advent theme is joy. My prayer for you is that you might find joy in the smallest and biggest of things.

Join the Mighty Men of Metropolitan and the Married Couples ministries throughout December as they contribute to weekday “Meditations with Metropolitan” from 7-7:15am. To sign up to offer a meditation or to share your prayer requests, email the Morning Meditations team at [email protected]

Noonday and Pastor’s Study continue this week. Join us Wednesdays at noon as we continue to study the book of Proverbs and Wednesdays at 7pm as we study Paul’s letter to the Romans.

We hope you will also join us on Saturdays at 11am for Café Met on Facebook and YouTube. This coming Saturday, December 19th @ 11:00 AM join us for this month’s Café Met health presentation focusing on HIV/AIDS in honor of HIV/AIDS month. The topic will be discussed from the perspective of a health care provider, health advocate and a caregiver.

Also, on Thursday, December 17th @ 7:00 PM join us for a Community Forum, “The Intersection of Health and Social Justice: The Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and substance abuse in the Black Community.” Our distinguished presenters are Dr. Edwin Chapman and Dr. William Lawson. The moderators will be MAMEC’s own Dr. Nickie Martin and Dr. Ruby Gourdine. This will be the 1st in a series focusing on the impact of COVID-19 affecting our community.

Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar on the day of the event.

Thank you to all who supported the Love and Peace Unit of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society’s Christmas project supporting over 200 youth. Thank you, too, to the team that worked hard this year to bring some joy to families in need this Christmas season.

Don’t forget to register for and join the Church School Christmas program, scheduled for Sunday, December 20 at 11am. We are looking forward to our time together to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

This Sunday is YPD Sunday. The preacher will be the Rev. Tiffany Brooks, the Minister to Young Adults at Reid Temple AME Church. It is always a joy to celebrate our young people. We hope you will join us in doing so.
Your giving is a wonderful expression of God’s generosity. As we celebrate 182 years of ministry as Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, we are asking each member to consider making a gift of $1,820, $1,082, $782, $582, $282, $182, or $18.20 by December 31, 2020. We also ask that you continue to give weekly or monthly in one of these ways: via check mailed to Metropolitan AME Church, via credit card on the website, and via text or Cash App. To text to give, text “metro1518” to 73256; our Cash App handle is $MetropolitanAME. We have long been and will continue to be good stewards of your giving.

Please continue to pray for health, strength, and healing all of those in need. We ask especially for your prayers for Deaconess Beverly Lee, Sis. Rosemarie Elliott, Sis. Janice Ferebee, Bro. Lacey Flagg, Dr. Mercedes Dickson, Rev. Aisha Karimah, Sister Ruby Joyce, Dr. Charles Curry, Deaconess Mary Burroughs, Deaconess Jeanette Spicer, and Mother Ethel Delaney Lee.

Your faithfulness continues to be a testament to our joy and resilience in these challenging times. We hope you will stay connected with us—daily for morning meditation, on Wednesdays for study, on Saturdays for Cafe MET, and on Sundays for worship.

Grace and Peace,
Bill Lamar

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About Us

African Methodist Episcopal

The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church contributes significantly to the cultural heritage and visual beauty of the District of Columbia. The church is designed in the Victorian Gothic style popular in America in the 1880s. Completed in 1886, the church was designed by architect Samuel G.T. Morsell (1823-1909), who in 1844 associated with George Bearing (a builder) under the firm name of Morsell and Bearing. Throughout its history, the church has had parishioners who were very important in the history of DC’s Black population, including Frederick Douglass and Altheia Turner. The organization of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in the District grew out of dissatisfaction among Blacks in 1820 with the white Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church. One group of dissatisfied parishioners organized themselves and sent a petition in 1822 to Bishop Richard Allen requesting admission to the Baltimore Conference. Permission was granted, and the first A.M.E. Church in the District was established as the Israel Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. After the original Israel Bethel A.M.E. Church property was acquired by the U.S. Government, the congregation again petitioned the Baltimore Conference in 1870 and asked that the name be changed to Metropolitan A.M.E. Church. In 1872 the Conference approved the new name. It was also recommended that a new church be built and that “each annual conference be requested to give at least one hundred dollars for the new building.” Subsequently, the Israel Bethel Church withdrew from the conference, and in 1884, the General Conference recommended that the Union Bethel Church Society be authorized to build the Metropolitan A.M.E. (Union Bethel A.M.E. was organized in a private home for worship purposes; the group petitioned the conference for recognition and a minister, and their request was granted in 1838.) Metropolitan A.M.E. eventually cost $70,000 to complete. The financing, at times, was difficult. This A.M.E. Church, at the time of its dedication, reputedly represented “the largest organized body of Negroes in the world.” The church was dedicated in a program which ran through the week of May 30, 1886. Among those participating in the celebration were Bishop Daniel Payne historian of the National A.M.E. Church, Frederick Douglass, and the Honorable Francis Cardozo. Throughout its history, the Church has remained an important site for much of DC’s community. The funerals of Frederick Douglass, Blanche K. Bruce, and Rosa Parks have all been held in the Church, and President Barack Obama attended services at the Church prior to his second inauguration in 2013. DC Inventory: April 24, 1973 National Register: July 26, 1973


Senior Pastor, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

William H. Lamar IV PASTOR, METROPOLITAN AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH The Rev. William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He previously served Turner Memorial AME Church in Maryland and three churches in Florida: Monticello, Orlando and Jacksonville. He is a former managing director at Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Lamar is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Duke Divinity School. He is the co-host of "Can These Bones," the Faith & Leadership podcast, and can be reached on Twitter @WilliamHLamarIV(link is external)

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