SUNDAY SCHOOL Lesson at a Glance

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Quarter At-A-Glance: Signs from God
Unit 3: An Everlasting Covenant

The four lessons in this unit are drawn from Numbers, 1 Samuel, Jeremiah, Hebrews, and 1 Corinthians and examine the components of the covenant God makes with the priest Phinehas and the divine promise to Israel through the prophet Jeremiah.

Lesson 10: November 5, 2017
Faithful God, Unfaithful People
Numbers 25:10-13; Samuel 2:30-36


Some people are more faithful to their commitments than others. How do we respond to those who are faithful to their commitments to those who are not? God rewarded faithful Phinehas and punished Eli’s unfaithful children.

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High School Summer Law Intern Program

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The MBA is sponsoring their annual High School Summer Law Intern Program. Interns must be minority high school students in good standing who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August, 2016, and must be a resident of, and attend school in Shelby County.  If interested, please complete an application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016.  More information and applications are available at MBC on the desk outside the office.

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March Is Youth Annual Month

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March 26th – Easter Gala

March 27th – Easter Sunday Children’s Easter program during SS hour

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January is Men’s Month

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January – Men’s Month

Calling All Men

It’s Men’s Month! Let’s support the men of Metropolitan! They have been working to provide spiritually enriching activities for the month of January. Each activity will be successful if YOU are in attendance. Let’s plan to attend the special activities this month. All of the activities are designed to enrich your Christian experiences.

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2015 – 2016 Optimist International Oratorical

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2015 – 2016 Optimist International Oratorical Contest


Sponsored by the Curve Optimist Club of Memphis


The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is a competitive event in which students compose a speech on a preassigned topic and deliver the speech before a panel of judges and an audience. It is an excellent opportunity for them to improve oratory skills, develop self-confidence, and receive awards. The topic for 2016 is “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.”

The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2015, and  students who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. There is no minimum age. The oration has a time limit of (4 – 5 minutes) that must be adhered to in order to get the proper points assigned (see penalties on Official Rules).

All contestants will receive certificates of participation. Winners will receive medallions and the following monetary awards:


                                 1st  Place – $200.00

                                 2nd Place – $100.00

                                 3rd Place – $50.00


The Curve Oratorical Contest is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on February 27, 2016, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126. Contestants are encouraged to begin planning for this competition NOW!

An application form and official rules are available upon request by contacting Doris W. Hawkins (901-755-1132 / or Paulette Brown (901-690-5156). Completed application forms are due on or before February 10, 2015.

Doris W. Hawkins, Oratorical Contest Chair

Cary C. Woods, Curve President

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An Invitation

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The 75th Annual Messiah


On Sunday, December 20, 2015, 6:00 P. M., our sister church, First Baptist Church, Lauderdale, located at 682 S. Lauderdale Street, is extending a special invitation to Metropolitan to attend its 75th annual rendition of George Frederic Handel’s Messiah. Mrs. Yvonne Cleveland-Holmes is Minister of Music and Pianist, Metropolitan’s own Carl Everett Johnson, Jr. is Director and Dr. Noel G. L. Hutchinson, Jr. is Pastor. Several members of Metropolitan will be singing in the choir or playing in the orchestra. Please plan to attend.

Second Congregational United Church of Christ cordially invites you to its Annual Christmas Candlelight Celebration on Sunday, December 20, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. This annual event will feature an evening of scriptures, carols, and songs that highlight the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



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Things to Remember

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THE ANNUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM will be held on Sunday morning, December 20, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. We extend a special invitation for YOU to participate in the program. All three Sunday School divisions are invited and encouraged to participate. Christmas is celebrated by ALL ages. It’s all about the birth of Jesus Christ. The Sunday School Christmas program rehearsals are below.

                                Saturday, December 19th,   10:00 o’clock


December 23-26, 2015 – Church Office Closed for Holidays

December 25 – Christmas Day Worship , 10 a.m.

December 31 – Watach Night service, 10 p.m. til 12 midnight

December 31-January 2, 2016 – Church Office Closed

There will be a Deborah Circle meeting Sunday, December 20, 2015 after morning worship in the Gym. Jesus is the reason for the season. Hope to see you there.


Tiffany M. Crawford- President


Will meet on Saturday, December 5th at 11am to review and discuss the book, Woman of Light a Novel about the life of Deborah.



The music ministry presents the Annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. There will be many special artists and groups featured. Please plan to attend.



JOIN! RENEW! YOUR MEMBERSHIPS – – Get a Gift! Get your membership today!

Membership information is below or donations (will be used to write memberships on youth in our community) in any amount are welcomed. Checks should be made payable to NAACP.


  • Regular Adult: $30.00 (includes subscription to Crisis magazine)
  • Youth $15 (includes subscription to Crisis magazine)
  • Youth $10
  • Life Memberships are also available


WE WILL BE COLLECTING MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6th. Contact Macelle Turner or Patrice Thompson for more details.



Will be held on Sunday morning, December 20, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. We extend a special invitation to YOU to participate in the program. All three Sunday School divisions are invited and encouraged to participate. Christmas is celebrated by ALL ages. It’s all about the birth of Jesus Christ. The Sunday School Christmas program rehearsals are below.

               Saturday, December 5th,     10:00 o’clock

               Saturday, December 19th,   10:00 o’clock


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Coats for Kids

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coats for kids

Winter is almost here!


Again this year the Mary Jane Owen Circle will be collecting coats for Cummings School Clothes Closet on November 9 – December 13.

Boys and girls new coats sizes 7 to 18 will be collected by any member of the circle or the coats may be left at the church.


Claytine Coleman, Project Chairperson



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Homeless Awareness Month

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Somebody Cares, Homeless Fostering Advocacy Organization, is introducing itself to the city of Memphis by instituting November as Homeless Awareness Month in Memphis. Somebody Cares has chosen November because it is the time of year when homeless situations become more critical and life threatening with the onset of colder temperatures and harsher weather. The month objective for Somebody Cares will be to increase knowledge, understanding, and outreach amongst a wide-ranging demographic of Memphis citizens, bringing to light the issue of homelessness as a living condition to many who might not consider it otherwise. Somebody Cares will be using a simple flyer campaign to spread the word and spotlight several outstanding homeless support organizations and service providers in Memphis including H.O.P.E.(Homeless Organizing for Power & Equality), the Bridge street newspaper, Manna House personal services/options for the homeless, Room At the Inn, Community Alliance for the Homeless and Calvary Mission homeless shelter. The flyer will be available for print at Fedex Office allowing anyone who’d like to aid the effort to distribute flyers or supply flyers for distribution. Somebody Cares is a Human Services Project from the nonprofit Elmer Henderson Closer Walk Foundation. Somebody Cares was created by dance entertainer Eric Henderson (Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul) from his own recent, first-hand experience with homelessness. From living on the streets to staying at missions and rooming houses to utilizing homeless services, for Henderson, the creation of Somebody Cares makes worth it every hardship moment he suffered along the way and would not have been possible without having had the true homeless experience he endured,. A “look forward to” highlight of the month will be dance performances by Henderson at Metropolitan Baptist Church including Sunday services the 15th / 22nd and a Thanksgiving Listening Heart Performance Day for the Homeless. Another highlight of the month will be a McDonald’s Free Sandwiches for the Homeless Initiative, encouraging folks to use their paid McDonald’s receipt to take an online survey that delivers a code for a free sandwich, then donating the coded receipt to Somebody Cares who will distribute to homeless for redemption. Progressive plans for Somebody Cares include:

    • Building a “Care Bank”, where everyone, sheltered and non-sheltered can register an account to become involved in services and servicing for homeless individuals

    • Establishing a 24hr Homeless Information Phone Hotline

    • Creating Community Service Employment/Work Programs for Homeless Individuals

    • Hosting Homeless Benefit Entertainment Events

    • Ultimately, Somebody Cares seeks to offer every homeless individual in Memphis a personal anchor upon which to base their efforts to make their way out of homeless way of life.

Donate…Volunteer…Advocate…Bank Up! @

Elmer Henderson Closer Walk Foundation #MakingMemphisABetterMemphis / 901.364.8652

The Elmer Henderson Closer Walk Foundation is a non-profit business creating Human Services Projects to uplift, educate, inspire, and economically aid specified groups of Memphis citizens, thereby creating a positive impact on the city as a whole

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The Metropolitan Family extends its deepest sympathy to Mrs. Alberta Wade upon the transitioning of her son on January 3.  Mr. Henry L. Weatheral was funeralized at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church on Friday, January 9.  Let’s include Mrs. Wade in our prayers and thoughts.

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