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The Messenger

October 15, 2012 Volume XXII, No. 10

The Continuing Challenge of Homelessness On November 18, the Metropolitan Church community will observe Homeless Awareness Sunday and celebrate the ways we are in ministry with our unhoused neighbors. The good news is that over the past twenty years our work with the homeless has expanded and become more effective. The bad news is that the challenge of homelessness persists. Consider these facts. There are 3.5 million homeless in our nation while there are 18.5 million vacant homes. Twentyeight percent of Americans have no emergency savings and nearly half do not have enough to cover three months' expenses putting them on the edge of homelessness should they become unemployed. With the weather turning colder, consider what you can do to help the homeless. Volunteer overnight at Metropolitan House or Donate a Meal for Metropolitan House or St. Luke’s. Metropolitan House opens for the season on October 15. You can sign up to help at You can also sign up to bring dinner to our St. Luke’s Shelter where meals are needed throughout the year. Coordinate Bus Passes for Shelter Residents. If you are computer savvy and interested in helping our homeless ministry on your own time, the Metropolitan House Board is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the purchase of Smart Passes for our Shelter Residents and be responsible for adding fare when necessary. You would not be expected to pay for the passes, only handle the purchases on a regular basis. For information contact Ann Michel,

Take Part in the Tyler Rusch Homeless Walk on Sunday November 18. This annual fund-raiser is the principal source of funding for Metropolitan House. Just as importantly, the walk is a time for each and every one of us – young and old alike – to demonstrate our ongoing support for our ministry with the homeless. There will be two start times at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., so you can walk after either church service. The registration fee is $15 for young people (25 and under) and $25 for adults. Support the 2nd Annual Winter Warmth Event, Saturday December 1. Last year, our St. Luke’s Mission Center opened its doors for a one-day giveaway of winter clothing to the homeless that also featured a cafe with coffee, hot chocolate, tea, soups, breads, and cookies. Later in November, we will be putting out the call for donations of winter clothing, particularly outerwear and boots. Volunteers are needed to sort donations, transport them to St. Luke’s, and set things up early the morning of the 1st as well as assist shoppers and staff the Café. Contact Leigh Rollins,, for information or to help.

2012 Tyler Rusch Homeless Walk Sunday November 18

This annual fund-raiser is the principal source of funding for Metropolitan House. Just as importantly, the walk is a time for each and every one of us – young and old alike -- to demonstrate our ongoing support for our ministry with the homeless. There will be two start times: 10:00 am and 12:30 p.m. So you can walk after either church service. The registration fee is $15 for young people (25 and under) and $25 for adults.

Life at Metropolitan Memorial


You are invited to take part in our annual Commitment Sunday which will be held this year on Sunday, October 28. In worship that day, church members will be asked to dedicate their commitments for 2013 at the altar. You will be receiving your pledge packet by mail the week of October 15. Please give careful and prayerful consideration to how you will support the ministry of Metropolitan Church in the coming year.


Our prayers go out to...

We congratulate Cathy and Bill Anderson on the birth of their Grandson, Logan James Hongyan Anderson on October 5.

We congratulate Carol Tippett and Jim Tippett on the birth of their Grandson, Jason Penn Forsythe on September 24. Parents are Amy Tippett and Jack Forsythe.

the family and friends of Marie Meredith who died on October 10.

• Caleb Frazier and Margaret Bagwell who married on October 6, in Broxton, GA.

the family and friends of Clara Diehl who died on October 6. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 2.30 p.m. at The Methodist Home (4901 Connecticut Ave. NW).

• Nick Stathis (son of Peter and Jennie Stathis) and Tianna Bates who were married on September 13 in Pasadena, MD.

Leigh Rollins to Receive Benjamin E. Cooper Award Wednesday, October 17, 7 - 9 p.m. We congratulate Leigh Rollins who will be honored as a recipient of the Humanitarian Award by the Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place at the Benjamin E. Cooper Awards reception. This award recognizes Leigh’s seven years on the Boards of Friendship Place and Metropolitan House. Leigh has empowered countless men and women to change their lives with the selfless sharing of her own recovery journey. Among other contributions, Leigh started a support group for people in recovery from both substance abuse and mental illness, and organized many events engaging congregations in meaningful efforts to end homelessness. For more information or to attend the award ceremony at Adas Israel Congregation (2850 Quebec St. NW) contact John Harris, 202-503-2967 or purchase your tickets online, Tickets are $75.


Life at Metropolitan Memorial Annual Charge Conference Saturday, October 20, 2 p.m.

Metropolitan and Wesley United Methodist Church will hold their annual Charge Conferences led by Rev. Cynthia Moore, Superintendent, Greater Washington District. This will be held as a “Church Conference,” meaning that all are invited to attend and all church members can vote.

Grate Patrol Sunday, October 28, 10:10 a.m., Vestry Kitchen

Join the Grate Patrol team to make sandwiches and prepare the meal bags that will be distributed the following day. As the weather starts to turn colder, the people who rely on these meals are all the more in our thoughts. For more information or to volunteer go to

Feed the Hungry: Gleaning at Clagett Farm Saturday, October 20

Help harvest produce at Clagett Farm, a collaborative effort of the Capital Area Foodbank and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation which provides food to the needy in our community. Departing from Metropolitan at 7:30 a.m. and returning by 2 p.m., we will harvest produce and assist in other projects to support the farm’s operations. For more information or to volunteer go to or contact John Long, or 301-320-6927.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Tuesday, October 16, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 12:30 p.m.

Join us in the conference room for a time of knitting, crocheting, fellowship, ministry and fun! Interested in joining? Contact Barbara Tate, or 202-363-5950.

Campus Kitchen Project Saturday, October 20 3 p.m., St. Luke’s Mission Center

The Campus Kitchen Project empowers students to recycle food from their cafeterias into nourishing meals that are delivered to those in need. Get involved! Join us from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Mission Center to prepare the food or join us at Regency House (5201 Conn. Ave., NW) from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. to serve. To volunteer, sign up at nationalchurch. org/servenow or contact Rev. Kate Murphey, kmurphey@ or 202-363-4900.

Jazz@Wesley Presents Michael Thomas and Friends Saturday, October 20 6:30 p.m., Wesley UMC (5312 Conn. Ave. NW)

Staats Memorial Fund Accepting Grant Proposals Submit by Wednesday, October 31!

The Margaret Rich Staats Memorial Fund is accepting proposals for review for funding in early 2013. The Staats Fund is a committee of the UMW and funds programs and projects that help others, particularly children. Priority is given to local organizations and to organizations where Metropolitan members are actively engaged (as volunteers, supporters, etc.). Please submit proposals by Wednesday, October 31 to Eliza Hamner-Koenig,

UMW Recognition Luncheon - Nominations

The United Methodist Women of Metropolitan are seeking nominations of outstanding women to honor at this year’s luncheon on December 9. The annual Recognition Luncheon honors women who have made significant contributions to the church, the nation, and beyond. To nominate someone, contact Phyllis Kokus, 202-362-7861 or pkokus@ before Tuesday, October 30.

The Mass of the Faithful Sunday, November 4, 11 a.m. worship service Wesley UMC (5312 Conn. Ave. NW)

Join us as Shirli L. Hughes & Ovation & Friends presents “The Mass of the Faithful” and other inspirational music.

Making the Most of Your Retirement Years Sunday, November 25, 10:10 a.m., Great Hall

Join our special guest, Brent Bayes, for this informational session for retirees and their children. Topics include aging well, long-term care, home health and getting the most out of retirement years with a focus on planning. Brent Bayes is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Asbury Methodist Village and has been in the senior living field for 25 years as a caregiver, a CPA and a salesperson.

Bring your friends and family for an evening of jazz. Tickets are $10/General Entry, $7/Seniors and 12 & under free. Tickets available at Savory & sweet items available for purchase. Bring a nonperishable food item to jazz up someone else’s life.


United Methodist Women The UMW Bazaar is Coming! Saturday, November 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Yes, the UMW annual bazaar is coming soon, and lots of help is needed! Last year, thanks to the work of many, this event raised $20,000 for the benefit of projects aiding the welfare of women and children locally, nationally, and around the world. Ministries supported by last year's bazaar included: • Bread for the City - Provides food, clothing, medical care, and other support to low-income individuals in Washington, D.C. • Bright Beginnings - A child-care center for homeless families in Washington, D.C. • Courtney’s House - Helping girls and boys between the ages of 12 and 18 in the Washington, D.C. area who are survivors of sex trafficking. • Fairfield Orphanage and Sponsorship Association - Helps address the needs of orphaned children in the area surrounding the Old Mutare Mission in southeastern Zimbabwe, near Methodist-founded Africa University. • Health in Harmony - Provides affordable health care and advocates for responsible care of the environment in Indonesia. • Just Neighbors - Provides immigration services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all faiths in the Washington area. • High Tea Society - Promotes civility and the development of the social skills for girls from economically disadvantaged areas through educational and cultural enrichment activities, alternative lifestyles, etiquette and other social skills at afternoon tea. • Mabel Jones School - Helps to educate poor children in the region of Sitapur, India

What’s for sale at the bazaar? All manner of gently-used items, such as: • Things for the kitchen • China and other collectibles • Books, CDs, DVDs, Tapes, Records • Puzzles and games • “Attic Treasures” • Christmas decorations • Jewelry • Scarves, accessories, handbags, boutique jackets • Hand-made crafts (including our signature Raggedy Ann dolls) • New and like-new items for giftgiving • Bake sale and meals-to-go • Lunch on site, featuring our renowned Harvest Soup and more

• The Ballet Studio - Provides access to academy-quality dance instruction to low-income children at Brightwood Educational Campus in Washington, D.C. • The Methodist Home - A retirement home and health care facility for the elderly in northwest Washington. • Wesley Scholarship Fund - Supports a seminary student at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. • • • •

You can be a part of this wonderful effort and time of fellowship in any number of ways.

Donate gently-used items for sale at the bazaar. (Drop off deadline near the UMW closet is Sunday, October 21.) Work with the sorting and pricing team on Tuesdays between 10 and noon. (Just drop by – all are welcome!) Help with set-up during the week before the bazaar. Help on bazaar day with anything from staffing a table for a couple of hours to managing clean-up.

This year, shop the jewelry pre-bazaar sale, after church on Sunday, October 28. Shop on bazaar day, Saturday, November 3. Have lunch at the bazaar. Tell your friends and co-workers about the bazaar. Pick up an extra flyer at church and post it somewhere. Questions, ideas? Contact bazaar coordinator Barbara Gaskill, or 202-244-3512. We looking forward to seeing many old friends and new!

UMW Craft Club Sunday, November 11, 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Vestry

It seems our Craft Day was a huge success. The great thing was that those there, all ages, women, daughters, old and young, all decided to start a Craft Club at Metropolitan. The first meeting of the new Craft Club will be Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Vestry. There will be beading, decoupage, painting and some special crafts for guys and boys! Ask anyone who attended the wonderful day we had just a couple weeks ago and they’ll agree that you shouldn’t miss the Craft Club. We look forward to seeing you there to learn a new trade craft, fellowship with one another and make some art as gifts for shut-in’s, our Metropolitan House residents and a variety of other projects while we “play.” If you have any questions, please contact Mary Townsend, 202-534-2022 or


Caring and Learning Lunch and More Thursday, October 18 Noon, Great Hall

Join us every third Thursday of the month (Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20) for “Lunch and More!” After eating together (sandwiches provided) we will plan future activities. All ages and men and women are welcome for this time of feasting, fellowship, and fun! For more information, contact Phyllis Kokus, 202-362-7861 or

Club Memory Wednesday, October 24, 1:30 p.m., Great Hall

Metropolitan’s Caring Ministry is partnering with Sibley Senior Association to provide hope and resources for people living with early memory loss. Club Memory is an informal social organization for people with memory impairments and their caregivers and offers independent activities for those seeking information, resources, and fellowship. We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Volunteers are needed as greeters and hosts. If you are interested, contact Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson, dwilson@ or 202-363-4900, ext. 19.

All Saints Sunday Sunday, November 4

On this day, we celebrate the martyrs, saints, and all people of God, living and dead, who form the Body of Christ. This universal festival of the Church celebrates the richness of Christian history. During Worship, the names of Metropolitan members who have died since the last All Saint’s Day will be read. The Book of Departed Saints will also be placed on the altar. You are invited to write in names of those you knew who have died, in the Book of Departed Saints, so they can be remembered. Candles will be available to light in memory of loved ones, or bring a special candle from home. If you wish to remember a loved one who has passed away since November 6, 2011, please provide the full name and date of death by Wednesday, October 31 to Jeff Clouser, or 202-3634900, ext. 23.

"Soup and Study" Wednesdays This Fall!

Join us for “Soup and Study,” Metropolitan’s Wednesday evening study program. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. with classes beginning at 7 p.m. In addition to Bible Study, led by Charlie Parker, there are several new offerings including: • 2nd Wednesdays - "Enriching the Soul through Leadership Development" • 4th Wednesdays - "Cloud of Witnesses: Christian Writers" • 2nd & 4th Wednesdays - "Living and Dying Well," with Drema McAllister-Wilson (Fall semester only) • Every Wednesday - Disciple I, with Barbara Gaskill (32 weeks) Questions? Contact Barbara Green, or 202-363-4900, ext. 25.

Memory Matters Month Join Iona in November 2012

Iona has designed a series of events to engage our community in a meaningful dialogue about memory loss.

Memory Matters Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m.

Dr. Scott Turner, Director of Memory Disorders Clinic, Georgetown University Medical Center, will lead a discussion on current research on memory, the aging process, and new understandings about maintaining memory in older age. He will discuss state of the art treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and highlight ways to move vital research forward in the future. His lecture begins at 2 p.m., but come early or stay late for free, confidential memory screenings by a qualified Iona professional and glean information from a host of providers who are experienced in helping people with memory loss.

Living with Alzheimer’s November 19, 26, and December 3, 6 p.m.

Iona and the Alzheimer’s Association are partnering to provide two new educational series, one for people caring for someone diagnosed with early stage and the other for people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Come, learn about Alzheimer’s, how to cope with changes, planning for the future, and other information, tools, and strategies needed to cope with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. To register, call Iona, 202-895-9448, option 4.

Chronic Illness Caregivers Support Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

A support group for adults whose parents have chronic or acute illnesses, including dementia. Cost: $10. Registration required.

Effective Caregiving: A Workshop November 28, 1.30 p.m.

Iona’s Carol Kaplun, RN and Sharon O’Connor will provide strategies for how to be an effective caregiver. Live and Learn Bethesda (4805 Edgemoor Ln., Bethesda, MD). For more information go to or call 301-740-6150.

How to Care Like Christ Saturday, November 10, 8.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Trying to console, encourage, or guide a family member or friend? Finding God’s word can bring you insight and understanding as you seek to love and care for others during their time of need. Dr. Bob Kellemen works to empower people to enter deeply into one another’s lives and make a significant difference for hurting people. Cost: $40. National Presbyterian Church (4101 Nebraska Ave., NW). Contact Betsy Ross, 202-302-4299 or

Compassionate Choices at the End of Life Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6 p.m.

How do caregivers deal with decisions that come as their loved ones near the end of life? This workshop will help caregivers understand the health-care decisions that need to be made at the end of life, and how to find the right resources and support to best care for their older relatives and themselves during this challenging time. Grand Oaks (5901 MacArthur Blvd.).


Caring and Learning Participants Wanted Senior Exercise Study George Washington University

The George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services are currently recruiting participants for a free senior exercise program. The program is offered as part of a research study funded by a grant from the National Collaborative on Aging. One out of three senior citizens in the US, over the age of 65 have a significant fall each year. The results of this study will help us to better understand how exercise can help reduce falls among seniors. Individuals must be living independently and be cleared by their primary care physician to undertake an exercise program. The program includes two options - both are reimbursed at $10 per visit: one is an exercise motivation and "readiness" interview in which the individual receives an interview and assessment regarding readiness to improve fitness and a follow up interview 3 months later after receiving a list of exercise programs, etc in the area. The more closely supervised option includes an assessment and two visits involving instructions on how to use one's home and/or nearby neighborhood environment as a "fitness promoting environment" - exercises to do using furniture, stairs, counters, and a couple simple pieces of equipment which are provided. After two visits a week apart, the individuals receive weekly calls by the study staff to check on their progress. Enrollment is open for both options and will close when 30 participants have been enrolled in each track or by the end of October, 2012. The Wellness Committee felt that the Metropolitan community would be interested in this opportunity to prevent falls in seniors by improving strength, flexibility, and general conditioning using one's home environment. To sign up or to request additional information, please contact Caroline Sparks, Ph.D., 202-994-3589. For more information go to

Deepening Your Spirituality in Nature Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m., Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m., Rock Spring UCC

Slow down and explore what the natural world in autumn can teach us about the spirit. Join Beth Norcross, adjunct faculty in eco-theology at Wesley Seminary and amateur naturalist, as she leads a workshop on Spiritual practice, nature discovery, quiet time, and play. Two sessions are available: In DC • Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Metropolitan Memorial • Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. - noon, Rock Creek Park Field Trip In Virginia • Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., Rock Spring UCC (Arlington) • Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m. - noon, Field Trip at No. VA Site TBD To register contact Beth Norcross, BethNorcross1@gmail. com. Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Cost is $20.

Save the Date - Annual InterFaith Concert Thursday, December 6, 7:30 p.m. Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb St., NW) The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington presents “A Celebration of the

Sacred in Song, Dance and Chant.” This year’s event honors Honoring Imam Mohamed Magid, Executive Director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and President, Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Imam Magid has been for many years one of the strongest supporters of IFC and of interfaith cooperation and collaboration in our region. Tickets for this year’s performance are available at two price levels. Reserved tickets are $30 each, $25 each for groups of ten or more. General admission tickets are $15 each, $12.50 each for groups of ten or more and $18 at the door on the night of the performance. Our concert has become a model for interfaith concerts in other cities, notably Hartford, Connecticut, Tucson, Arizona, Columbus, Ohio and Richmond, Virginia. For more information, contact Dr. Maynard Moore, 443-812-2699 or emaynard8@ Contact: 202-234-6300 for tickets.


Children’s Ministries Evening in Advent Planning Meeting Sunday, October 28 11:05 a.m., Conference Room

If you love to craft, work in the kitchen, or sing Christmas Carols, reach out to other communities, run a children’s gift shop, or just like to be in fellowship with members of our congregation, then we want YOU for planning our third annual Evening in Advent. Strategizing for the December 2 event is already underway. Join us in the church conference room to bat around a few ideas! If you have questions or want to volunteer, contact Anita Seline, 202-363-4900, ext. 22 or

Children’s Choirs Directors

Donations Needed!

With Advent almost upon us, we are collecting small decorative glass jars for a snow globe project. Please recycle your jars (10 ounces at most) with their lids by leaving them at the front desk of the office, attention: Evening in Advent. Thank you.

Bible Presentations

Bibles were presented to eight Metropolitan third-graders last month. Below are some pics!

We are searching for two choir directors for our children’s ministry. One is the director of children’s music and leader of the older elementary school children called the Morningstar Choir. The second position is leader of the Cherub Choir, which is for children in Pre K to 2nd grade. If you know someone interested in either position, please contact Anita Seline, 202-363-4900, ext. 22 or

Annual Blessing of the Animals Last week, Pastor Charlie led our annual Blessing of the Animals. Nursery School families and members of the congregation came with their four-legged friends (and a few stuffed animals) for a brief prayer of thanks and safekeeping. Below, Charlie blesses Disa’s cat. Also in attendance were Anita Seline’s cat, Luna, Jeff Clouser’s dog Bailey, Joan Topalian’s dog Buster, and, of course, Charlie’s dog, Chewy.

Caleb receives the Good Word while his family looks on.

Andrew gets his new Bible from Charlie Parker.


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 - Pastoral Emergency Number - 202.510.8555 Rev. Dr. Charles Parker –– Senior Pastor, ext. 11, Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson — Minister of Congregational Care, ext. 19, Rev. Barbara Green – Director of Learning, ext. 25, bgreen Rev. Jimmy Sherrod — Associate Pastor, ext. 24, Rev. Kate Murphey — Associate Pastor, ext. 21, Bruce Caviness — 11a.m. Organist-Choirmaster, ext. 15, Jeff Clouser — Director of Communications and Outreach, ext. 23, Dona Collary — Director of Finance, ext. 18, Casey Elliott — Dayspring Choir Director and 9 a.m. Worship Leader, ext. 12, Caleb Frazier — Campus Ministry Coordinator, ext. 14, David Hosey — Campus Ministry Coordinator, ext. 14, Patrisha House — Director of Worship, Music and Arts, ext. 28, Ohemaa Nyanin — Interim Associate Director of Youth Ministries, Bill Potts –– Executive Director of Operations, ext. 17, Rafael Reyes — Director of Building and Grounds, ext. 20, Anita Seline — Director of Children’s Ministries, ext. 22, Helen Simon - Executive Assistant to Dr. Parker, ext. 42, Linda Smith — Director of Nursery School, 202.362.8746,

The Messenger is published by: The Metropolitan Memorial Cooperative Parish Metropolitan Memorial - 3401 Nebraska Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20016 Tel: 202.363.4900 Fax: 202.686.2056 E-Mail: website: St. Luke’s Campus - 3655 Calvert Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007 Wesley United Methodist Church - 5312 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20015 NEXT ISSUE: November 5, 2012 NEXT DEADLINE: Noon on October 30, 2012

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