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January 16, 2012

THE MESSENGER

Volume XXII, No. 1 www.nationalchurch.org

A Twenty-year Commitment to Serving the Homeless This has been a year for anniversaries. This past fall, St. Luke’s Shelter and the Community Council for the Homelessa at Friendship Place celebrated their twentieth anniversaries. This February marks twenty years since the dedication of Metropolitan House. And it will also bring the 20th Annual Sing Out for Shelter Concert. The coincidence of these anniversaries is a reminder that all of these efforts grew out of the same movement in the early 1990s when churches and community members in upper Northwest DC became convicted of the need to act together in the face of homelessness. The celebration is less about a point in history than of the ongoing work and commitment in the intervening years. While we rightfully “celebrate” these anniversaries, they are also important times to remember and recommit. In that spirit, the Metropolitan House Board of Directors invites every member of our community to be part of two special events on Saturday, February 4.

•Metropolitan House 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, 6 to 8 pm. This catered dinner, held in the Vestry, will honor the founders and dedicated supporters of Metropolitan House with a special tribute to Dick Schleicher. The cost is $30 dollars per person. Reservations are required. Mail your check to the church or call the church office to RSVP by January 27. •20th Annual Sing Out for Shelter Concert, 8 to 10 pm. This annual benefit concert organized by The Augmented

Eight, a men’s a cappella singing group, will also feature performance by Yale University’s Redhot & Blue; the Tone Rangers, an awarding winning Washington area group, and Five O’Clock Shadow of Georgetown Day School. The concert benefits Metropolitan House, Friendship Place, and Christ House. Tickets ($50 preferred seating, $25 general seating, $10 students/seniors) are available at the door or can be reserved by emailing musicdirector@augmented8.org. New fund honoring Dick Schleicher will assist shelter residents moving to permanent housing. To mark the anniversary of Metropolitan House in a way that will continue to expand our homeless ministry, Metropolitan Memorial is establishing a special fund honoring Dick Schleicher. As many of you know, Dick has been a silent but powerful force behind the success of our shelter program since its inception. The fund will be used to assist Metro House residents who are ready to move into permanent housing by providing funds for security deposits, first and last month’s rent, and other financial requirements that are often stumbling blocks at the threshold of a new home. Your donation is welcome, even if you cannot attend on February 4. Checks marked “Metro House Anniversary Fund” can be mailed to the church office.

January Sermon Series

Leap into Fall!

The Boy Who Lived: A Christian Exploration of Harry Potter The Harry Potter series of books and movies are worldwide phenomena. They have been praised for the brilliance of Community Picnic September 18 their vision and for motivating a new generation of children to read again. They have also been criticized as promoting anti-Christian behaviors, such as the practice of magic. At its core, however, the Harry Potter series is based on profoundly Christian themes, such as the power of sacrificial love and the nature of sin and grace. Join us in January as we explore the world of Harry Potter and what it has to teach us about our faith.


LIFE AT METROPOLITAN MEMORIAL COOPERATIVE PARISH Second Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service at the St. Luke's Mission Center Saturday, January 21, 2:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Join us for our community service workday! Beginning with a Martin Luther King Day commemoration service led by our Crossroads Worship Team, participants will engage in service projects including preparing food for the homeless and elderly residents of our community and cleaning and upgrading St. Luke's shelter spaces. At the end of the day, the group will deliver and serve a meal to residents of the Regency House senior apartments near Wesley UMC. Join us for this informative and rewarding experience! The schedule is as follows: 2:30 p.m. Worship: Remembrance and Hope, Living into the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Led by Rev. Jimmy Sherrod and the Crossroads band. 3-6 p.m. Work projects: Make and deliver a meal for 70 residents at Regency House, a city housing unit for seniors (5201 Conn. Ave., NW).; Make lunch bags for hypothermia shelter residents; Paint, clean, organize and create artwork for the mission center. 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Meal at Regency House: Deliver, serve and share the prepared meal with Regency House.

Dear Friends, We are deeply grateful to God and to all of you for the exciting developments in our community over the past year. Together we have crafted a powerful vision to extend radical hospitality, transform lives, and pursue justice. Now, we are beginning to live into those goals as a congregation. While our recent stewardship campaign is proving to be a success, we still find ourselves with a projected shortfall of $203,000. We are working as a team to revisit our proposed budget and make some necessary cuts, but also see a need to increase the amount pledged for 2012. We are asking two things… Firstly, if you have not yet made your 2012 pledge, please take a moment and respond today with your support of Metropolitan’s ministries and programs. Secondly, if you have made your pledge already, we are asking you to accept a special “13th month” challenge: would you be willing to increase your 2012 pledge by adding the equivalent of a 13th month to your contribution? If each of us added an additional month’s contribution to our 2012 giving, we are confident that we can close this budget gap. (Of course, ANY additional pledge will be greatly appreciated, even a 14th month!) To make your 2012 pledge or to respond to the 13th month campaign, please feel free to print and complete the pledge card below and place it in the offering plate on Sunday, complete a card this Sunday, go online to our special pledge site at surveymonkey.com/ s/mypledge , or simply send an email to Bill Potts at the church office, wpotts@nationalchurch.org. We know that a 13th month pledge is indeed a sacrifice in this economic environment. But, if each of us stretches just a bit more, together we can more fully live into our vision to transform the world. Will you join us? From your Stewardship and Finance Committees

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LIFE AT METROPOLITAN MEMORIAL COOPERATIVE PARISH Monday Evening Book Club Monday, January 16, 7:30 p.m., Library All are welcome to join our book club meeting on January 16 as Karen Howard leads a discussion on Marjane Satrapi’s, Persepolis, an autobiographical memoir. On February 20, Pat House and Beverly Fleming lead a discussion on Emma Donoghue's book, Room. Questions? Contact Suzanne Clewell, reader1021@aol.com or Joan Topalian, JTopa62045@aol.com. Prayer Shawl Ministry Tuesday, January 17, 1:30 p.m. Join us for a time of knitting, crocheting, fellowship, ministry and fun! Questions? Contact Annette Fletchall at 301.216.5470. Family Movie Night Friday, January 20, 6 p.m. Join us for a fun evening viewing the first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Pizza dinner begins at 6 p.m. with the movie beginning at 6:30 p.m. To signify the number of slices of pizza you will eat (and your family if you are bringing them), go to signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4DACAE2DAA8-pizza. Jazz@Wesley Saturday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. Wesley UMC Jazz@Wesley presents "Jimmy Burrell & Friends" in concert at Wesley United Methodist Church (5312 Conn.Ave., NW). $10/person; $7/seniors; 12 and under free! $2 discount for advance tickets. Dinner Selections by Yvonne Martin will be available for Purchase. Bring a can of food or a lightly used coat to jazz up someone else’s life. For more information go to wesleydc.org.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to... •the family and friends of Col. William Roberts, who died on December 20.

•the family and friends of Dorothy Robinson, who died on January 1. Congratulations! •to Charles and Victoria Somerville on the marriage of their daughter, Alison Somerville to Lee Brooks on November 19.

•to Jim Conley and Colleen Conley on the birth of their grandchild, Charlotte Cecile Conley on December 4. Parents are Andrew and Kathryn Conley in Atlanta, GA.

•Chris Simon, a young man raised in the Metropolitan church family, has embarked on a nationwide adventure with four other young people. The project is called Bus 52 (check it out at Bus52.com) because for 52 weeks they are traveling to the 48 contiguous states. The group is living on a renovated school bus and going around the country making videos that they will share on a blog all along the way. Their focus is on stories where one person is making a difference in a community, stories of hope and optimism. Last Sunday Chris was sent off with a prayer shawl, the Irish blessing, and the prayers and support of our church family. We look forward to following these unique stories as Bus 52 moves around our nation. Have exciting news to share?! Contact Jeff Clouser, jclouser@nationalchurch.org or 202.363.4900, ext. 23. ASP Interest Meeting Sunday, January 29, 10:10 a.m., Room 206 The dates for the annual youth mission trip to Appalachia Service Project has been set for July 21st – July 28th! Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a home repair and housing rehabilitation ministry. Volunteers will participate in home repair and home building activities including, but not limited to: roofing, carpentry, dry wall installation. If you would like to find out more information, there is an interest meeting on Sunday, January 29 in Room 206, led by Caitlin Barr, a former member of our youth group, and avid ASP supporter who has worked on several ASP work teams and for the larger ASP organization. We are looking for youth work team members and adult leaders! Please come out and learn about the issues facing Appalachia and get involved in this important ministry.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN Support a Women’s Shelter! Circle 8 will be collecting items for a Women’s shelter and are looking for your donations! Travel sized items needed include:

•emery boards •toothpaste •mirrors •combs •shampoo •conditioners Items will be collected in a basket placed in the Vestry. Questions? Contact Annie Butler, Anniepresbury @juno.com.

UMW Circle #2 members host a staff appreciation luncheon.

Donation Honors the Staff at Metropolitan Memorial The United Methodist Women’s Circle #2 donated $800 to our Congregational Care Ministry in honor of the staff at Metropolitan Memorial. This generous donation provided Christmas gifts and food for members in need. An additional $335 was donated to a Washington, DC adult literacy progam.


THE ADVENTURES OF KELLY KUWAYAMA BY BARRY D. WOOD Metropolitan is blessed to have in its congregation numerous war heroes. But Kelly Kuwayama’s World War II experience stands out.

jobs were scarce, but there had to be some reason that he wasn’t getting even a nibble from prospective employers. “Reluctantly,” he says, “I concluded that having a Japanese name must have been a problem.”

Kelly, 93 and a member of Metropolitan since the 1990s, served in the ilKelly and his wife Fumiko lustrious 442d, the Japanese-American regiment whose valor fighting the Germans in Italy and France made it—for its size— the most decorated combat unit in US military history.

Despite speaking Japanese at home, Yeiichi says that until high school he never thought of himself as anything other than American. Anti-Japanese sentiment, he tells me, didn’t take hold until the 1930s after Japan invaded Manchuria.

As a medic in northern Italy and France, Kelly is credited with saving the life of the 442d’s best-known veteran, Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, who lost an arm leading an assault on a German pillbox. Referring to the episode, Kelly modestly says, “All I did was apply a tourniquet.” Kelly himself was wounded in battle and received both the Purple Heart and Silver Star, which is second only to the Medal of Honor. After the war, Kuwayama was among 442d members received at the White House to be personally thanked by President Truman. Last year he was again at the White House when President Obama welcomed surviving members, honoring them with commemorative gold medals. Yeiichi Kuwayama was born in Manhattan in 1918. The son of struggling, hard-working Japanese immigrants, he grew up during the great depression and attended New York public schools. He applied to only one college and was accepted, beginning his studies at Princeton in 1936 and graduating four years later. Seated in Yeiichi’s comfortable Macarthur Ave. home, I asked why he chose Princeton. “Because I didn’t have the Greek or Latin that was required for Harvard and Yale.” Yeiichi says that he didn’t experience anti-Japanese sentiment until he began looking for a job after college. “I sent out nearly 1,000 resumes and didn’t get one offer.” Yes, the depression was on and

With war already raging in Europe, conscription began in the United States a year before Pearl Harbor and Kelly was among the first to be drafted. It was an army sergeant who gave him the name “Kelly.” It stuck. After the war, says Kelly, “I couldn’t get a job. Why?,” he asks, “because they took a look at my face.” As a fallback he applied to the Harvard Business School, was accepted and obtained an M.B.A. After that he worked many years for Nomura Securities. He was sent to Japan for a year and the company facilitated an arranged marriage that “didn’t work.” Returning to the States he took a job with the Commerce Department, a job he valued “because it offered a pension.” Moving to Washington with his second wife in 1973, Kelly eventually moved to the Securities and Exchange Commission, retiring in the mid-80s. Reflecting on World War II, Kelly says he never had any doubt about the outcome. “We won because we had oil,” he says, “and the Germans and Japanese were both ‘achtung’ people, obedient to those in charge.” Remarkably agile and alert today, Kelly is a fixture in the middle left-hand pews in the second service and is an enthusiastic member of the ROMEO’s, the ‘retired old men eating out’ that convenes each Friday. In his memoirs, Kelly says the theme of his life is “East Meets West.”

The Arts Council Presents Bruce Caviness in Concert and “Celebrating the Colors of Life” Sunday, January 29, 4 p.m. - Concert, 5 p.m. - Art Exhibit Celebrating the Colors of Life, opening on Sunday, January 29,showcases the work of Cynthia Farrell Johnson. First and foremost, Ms. Johnson lives and breathes color, bright, flat colors. This exhibit, a feast for the eyes, is the means by which Ms. Johnson accomplishes her goals of bringing beauty into the lives of people and of helping them to recognize the beauty all around them. Ms. Johnson uses gouache and acrylic to develop her ideas about very different topics. One theme that is particularly interesting to Metropolitan is that of knitters. The watercolor we are using on the invitation and which you see here is a realistic interpretation of how our own Prayer Shawl meetings look-except there are not quite as many skeins of wool in the background when Metropolitan’s knitters meet! One does find the same intensity and concentrated activity in the watercolor as in Prayer Shawl meetings. The painting also displays the support that the knitters offer each other, which is one of the charming characteristics of the Prayer Shawl group. One is reminded of the quip, “One with the most yarn wins.”

Ms. Johnson has also developed a series of watercolors illustrating the lives of the five women listed in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17). The story of Bathsheba is interpreted by Ms. Johnson using a single scene which illustrates King David’s first glimpse of Bathsheba when she is bathing unobserved, she assumes. Bathsheba’s innocence and vulnerability are illustrated by the depiction of only the back of her head with her hair floating about her. As a married woman, her hair should be decorously bound; however, Bathsheba, assuming she is alone, lets her hair, her “crowning glory,” free to spread around her. For one brief moment we, who know the denouement of the story, see her virtue and her helplessness in the freely flowing curls. This same ability to seize the moment, the exact point that represents an entire world of feeling and emotion, is found in the depictions of other themes including spirituals; verses from Ecclesiastes; and scenes from her diplomatic postings. These miniatures are full of life and color and carry messages both universal and provocative and fulfill Ms. Johnson’s goal of inspiring and comforting those who view her work.


Caring and Learning Wednesday Nights “Soup & Study” On the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings, join us for a light dinner at 6 p.m. in the Vestry, followed by the fellowship and learning opportunities listed below at 7 p.m. Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Charles Parker: Each Sunday Dr. Parker bases his sermons on particular Biblical texts. Come and explore the Scriptures for each week in more depth. (Room 203) Caregiver’s Support Group: Caring for a family member or friend? Join us as we support one another and share our experiences together. Need someone to stay with your family member during this time? Contact Rev. Barbara Green, bgreen@nationalchurch.org or Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson, dwilson@nationalchurch.org. (Great Hall) Faith and Film: Come and view a film on Faith. (Vestry)

The Support Team Approach: Joyful Service Who has heard about someone in our church family experiencing a health issue or other challenge and wondered what you could do to help? A small group rallying around that person to provide meaningful help could be a Support Team. A Support Team is a network of 6-12 people who work together in an organized way to provide specific requests of the friend in need. Part of the success of the Support Team concept depends on connecting what people like to do with the needs of others in the time frame the team member realistically can give. The Support Team approach works because of four simple principles: do what you can, when you can, in a coordinated way, with a built in support system.

Childcare is available for children. Questions? Contact Rev. Bar- The Wellness Committee is sponsoring information sessions about bara Green, bgreen@nationalchurch.org or Rev. Drema McAllister- the Support Team approach. We are available to present this to your Sunday School Class, Circle, or other gathering. A ten-minute DVD Wilson, dwilson@nationalchurch.org. explains the concept and stimulates discussion about the benefits of this proven approach and how it could enhance our caring Christian community. Please contact Reverend Drema McAllister-Wilson at dwilson@nationalchurch.org or Susan Roach at New Metropolitan Men’s Group susanroach@verizon.net to arrange a time to host an information Second Thursdays of the Month All men of the church are invited to join the session for your group. new Metropolitan’s Men’s Group on the SecLenten Opportunity on Forgiveness ond Thursday of every month. Bring a friend and come catch up Sundays, February 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1 and chill out. For more information, contact Andy Hershey, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Great Hall andyhershey@yahoo.com. Metropolitan and the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation will unite in the coming Lenten season to offer a series of Contemplative Communion Services. Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson and Bruce Poynter Lecture Series Rev. Carole Crumley will lead this reflective worship on each of “Inequality, Democracy and Diversity in America” Tuesday, January 31, 7 p.m., SIS Bldg., American Univ. the six Sunday nights in Lent. On Tuesday, January 31, guest lecturer, Heather McGhee, Wash- The ritual centers on the proclamation of the Word, silent conington Director of Demos will present a lecture on “Inequality, templation and celebration of the sacraments of bread and wine. Democracy, and Diversity in America.” The liturgy combines Bible passages, prayer, music, silence and reflection within a supportive spiritual community. This ecumenical service invites all who seek a closer encounter with Divine Presence and a deeper Lenten experience. Scriptural texts will Darwin Weekend illuminate themes of forgiveness as a gift of God. Featured Presentation In the spirit of Lenten spiritual renewal, these gatherings aspire to Sunday, February 12, 7 p.m., Great Hall cultivate a deeper awareness of the Holy Spirit among and within th th February 10 -12 is Darwin weekend across the us. Questions? Contact Betty Rogers, bettyarogers@verizon.net country. To celebrate several churches in the or 202.841.2864. Baltimore-Washington Conference, as well as other Christian and Jewish congregations, reDrema McAllister-Wilson is Minister of Congregational Care gionally and nationally, are participating with at Metropolitan. special worship services and discussion events. On Sunday, February 12, Metropolitan Memorial will host a pre- Carole Crumley is Senior Program Director for The Shalem Insentation by Robert E. Heggestad, an attorney with Troutman Sand- stitute and an Episcopal priest. ers LLP. Mr. Heggestad will share the results of his three decades of work on the astounding collection of specimens from the perTaking Attendance at Metropolitan sonal collection of Alfred Russel Wallace, British naturalist and Would you be willing to sign in each Sunday on the explorer, “the Man Who Wasn’t Darwin,” but whose paper outlinattendance pads located at the center aisle of each ing the theory evolution was presented simultaneously with Darwin’s pew? We want to know who is missing and then conto the Royal Society in 1858. Join us for this fascinating story. tact you to let you know that we have missed you in You will be amazed by the visual presentation of the collection. worship. We ask everyong to print their names on This event is co-sponsored by the Science & Religion class and the attendance pads each Sunday. If you have some time to help the Board of WesleyNexus, Inc, who promotes an informed dia- with calling, please contact Drema McAllister-Wilson, Minister logue between those interested in science & religion matters. This of Congregational Care, dwilson@nationalchurch.org; is a “don’t miss” event so invite your family and friends. 202.363.4900, ext. 19.

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Service and Advocacy Campus Kitchen Project Task Force @ St. Luke’s Mission Center! We’re excited to announce that beginning with How do I plug in? our January 21, MLK Jr Day of Service, we’ll be cooking monthly meals in our state of the art 1. Food Recovery! Come with us to local restaurants, grocery kitchen at the St. Luke’s Mission Center for stores, farmers markets, community gardens and help us set up Regency House, a city senior housing unit. AU partnerships where we’ll get food to use to make the meals that and Wesley Seminary students are joining us and taking on leader- would have otherwise gone to waste. ship roles, and Bon Appetit—the dining services at AU—will be 2. Food Prep! Join us on the designated Saturdays to work out providing at least the meal’s protein. Pending the great success recipes, cook the meal, and store any food not used. we’ll have, we will be fully incorporated as a Campus Kitchen Project through DC Central Kitchen in the fall and move to serv- 3. Food Delivery! Help us transport the food to Regency House, ing meals once a week if we have enough volunteers and leaders. serve buffet style and take meals directly to the residents’ rooms who can’t leave, and throw in some decorations or programming What is a Campus Kitchen Project (CKP?) The Campus Kitchen as we can. You get a free meal yourself in this! Project is an emerging leader in community service for students and resourceful anti-hunger programs for communities around the When is all of this happening? Saturday, February 18; Saturday country. They empower thousands of students each year to recycle March 17; Saturday, April 21; Saturday, May 19; Saturday, June 23. food from their cafeterias, turn these donations into nourishing meals, and deliver those meals to those who need it most. CurT is for Thank You rently, 31 schools around the country both big and small schools, As a follow up to the Volunteer in Mission Trip (VIM) to Nicarural and urban, colleges and high schools have CKP programs. ragua, Metropolitan’s Christmas Eve offerings were dedicated More information on CKP is available at campuskitchens.org. to equipping a new dental clinic and building a new schoolhouse in rural Nicaragua. With your help we were able to receive quite a blessing… over $9,000 for these initiatives. Thank you for continuing to empower and better the lives of our global family. Reconciling Ministries Driving about this past Christmas season, I couldn’t help but notice how many churches announced that “All are Welcome.” It is a nice idea. The fact that denominations such as the Catholic Church and the Church of Christ (not United Church of Christ, I might add) were posting signage announcing that “everyone is welcome” gives an opportunity for a sardonic chuckle; clearly their and my ideas of who is truly welcome are two different things. What do you do once you are a Reconciling Congregation? How do you get the word out to people who are looking for a truly welcoming atmosphere? There are dozens of ways the church can positively react to the issue; Metropolitan as a whole would be a great beneficiary of these actions, including increasing membership and visibility. The Reconciling group is planning a series of bi-monthly meetings on the fourth Sunday at 1 p.m. The first meeting is January 29. Activities being discussed include: participation in B-WARM (Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling Methodists), participation in the GLBT Pride Festival and Parade, Reconciling Sunday, marching in the Palisades Independence Day Parade. We also welcome other strategies for increasing Metropolitan’s presence on this issue. For more information, please contact Kerm Towler, flautobasso@yahoo.com or Suzanne Forsyth, suzanneforsyth@aol.com. -Kerm Towler

Youth News! Bokamoso Youth Visit The Bokamoso Youth Choir will be at MMUMC on February 5th 2012. They will be at both services and be with our youth in between the services. Come join us for lunch after the second service.

Confirmation Is your child in or around the 8th grade? Confirmation will be held this year. There is a parent interest meeting on Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. in the conference room. Confirmation classes will begin in February, with a planned retreat in April. Confirmation Sunday will be June 3. If you have any questions, please email youthministry@nationalchurch.org.

Youth in Mission Auction - March 4, 2012 The Youth in Mission Auction is approaching! This auction is one of the ways we as a congregation support our youth. The proceeds of the auction go to all the wonderful youth mission opportunities, such as the Appalachia Service Project (see pg. 3 for an upcoming ASP Interest Meeting). The deadline for donations is February 19! To donate, download our donation form at nationalchurch.org/youth/ aspdonorform2012.pdf (We encourage you to share our donation sheet with people outside of our congregation). Youth will also be available after both worship services this month and next month to collect your pledge of donations for our silent and live auctions. Please consider donating gift certificates to restaurants, tickets to sporting or cultural events, or share your talents such as offering a home-cooked meal, a party in your home, scrapbooking, or more! You are only limited by your imagination. Use the attached donor form and submit it to the church office by Feb. 19. Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 4 for the Youth in Mission Auction.

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Children’s Ministries

Pam Settlage, after several years of dedicated and unparalleled leadership as our children’s choir director, has resigned. She All Things Harry Potter… spent 13 years as children’s choir director — she started when Justin, her now-college freshman, was in kindergarten. Now To mark this wonderful sermon series that Metropolitan has embarked was the time, Pam said in her recent note to staff, to reassess upon, “A Christian Exploration of Harry Potter,” we invite you to take priorities at home and at work. I speak for all of us in thanking part in the fun all month long. Come for Family Movie Night, Friher for sharing her gifts of music and patience with our chil- day, January 20 when we’ll view the first Harry Potter film, “Harry dren in this ministry. To thank Pam, we’ll be holding a spe- Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone.” Pizza dinner at 6 p.m., movie starts at cial coffee hour in her honor on Sunday, January 29. Sun- 6:30 p.m. and should be done by 9 p.m. Send a pizza slice count to day School classes will be canceled that morning and instead Anita at aseline@nationalchurch.org for your family. we’ll gather in the Vestry for a celebration of Pam’s service to Sunday, January 22, there will be a house sorting during both worship our children at Metropolitan. We are searching for a new di- services. Intriqued? Go to thealmightyguru.com/Reviews/HarryPotter/ rector for the Morningstar Choir. Betsy White continues as Docs/Quiz-House.html. The following Sunday, Jan. 29, come to church our Cherub Choir director and we will announce an interim dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character. plan soon. Family Christmas Eve Service - Saturday, December 24 We were blessed with a wonderful and warm Family Christmas Eve Service. Below are some snapshots!

The children’s choir, also known as sheep, ducks, shepherds, angels, and readers, sing out for the Baby Jesus.

Metropolitan’s Nativity Scene

The shepherds, hearing the good news, enter to find the Holy Family in the stable. The Holy Family, Mary Margaret, Phi, and baby Mercy, smile before their entrance in the sanctuary.

Two of the wise men, Kojo and Jacob, exchange cell phone pictures of each of other in their royal regalia.

Holly and Lucy lead the wise men with their star.

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Our Mission

Building an inclusive, caring Christian community that invites others into a deepening relationship with God and challenges them to grow as disciples for the transformation of the world.

Our Vision

Extending radical hospitality, transforming lives, and pursuing justice.

Reconciling Statement

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church affirms that all individuals are of sacred worth without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, education, marital circumstances, economic status, physical and mental condition, or criminal history. We declare ourselves in support of the reconciling movement and welcome the full participation in the church of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered persons and their families, as a reflection of God’s unconditional love. At the same time, we recognize differences of opinion on issues of sexuality and seek to journey together in faith toward greater understanding and mutual respect.

PASTORAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF - 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, DC - 202.363.4900 www.nationalchurch.org - Pastoral Emergency Number - 202.510.8555 Rev. Dr. Charles Parker –– Senior Pastor, ext. 11, cparker@nationalchurch.org Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson — Minister of Congregational Care, ext. 19, dwilson@nationalchurch.org Rev. Jimmy Sherrod — Associate Pastor, ext. 24, jsherrod@nationalchurch.org Rev. Kate Murphey — Associate Pastor, ext. 21, kmurphey@nationalchurch.org Ohemaa Nyanin — Interim Associate Director of Youth Ministries, youthminstry@nationalchurch.org Bruce Caviness — 11a.m. Organist-Choirmaster, ext. 15, bcaviness@nationalchurch.org Jeff Clouser — Director of Communications and Outreach, ext. 23, jclouser@nationalchurch.org Dona Collary — Director of Finance, ext. 18, dcollary@nationalchurch.org Casey Elliott — Dayspring Choir Director and 9 a.m. Worship Leader, ext. 12, celliott@nationalchurch.org Barbara Green – Director of Learning, ext. 25, bgreen @nationalchurch.org Patrisha House — Director of Worship, Music and Arts, ext. 28, phouse@nationalchurch.org Bill Potts –– Executive Director of Operations, ext. 17, wpotts@nationalchurch.org Rafael Reyes — Director of Building and Grounds, ext. 20, rreyes@nationalchurch.org Anita Seline — Director of Children’s Ministries, ext. 22, aseline@nationalchurch.org Helen Simon - Executive Assistant to Dr. Parker, ext. 10, hsimon@nationalchurch.org Linda Smith — Director of Nursery School, 202.362.8746, lsmith@nationalchurch.org

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