Team Read Tutoring Program at Cummings School

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Team Read Tutoring  Program at Cummings School

Volunteers are needed to provide weekly tutoring for two second grade students for 30 minutes each with provided materials.  Training and materials are provided for all tutors.  No professional education experience is needed.  Volunteers are asked to register to participate by August 23, 2016. 

Upcoming Team Read training events are:


                Tuesday, August 30, 4-6 p.m., Teaching & Learning Academy

                Thursday, September 1, 9-11 a.m., TLA

                Wednesday, September 7, 1-3 p.m., TLA


Other opportunities to serve the Cummings Eagles are:


Grandparents Day will be Thursday, September 22, from 10:10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.  We are asked to partner with the guidance counselor to adopt a child/children to eat lunch with just for a day so that they will feel loved and cared for.  Chicken and dressing will be served and the salad bar will be available as well.

Title One Open House will be September 15, at 5 p.m.  Greeters at doors, adults to help students transition before and after stage presentations, and volunteers to help serve refreshments.

Six Flags St. Louis is the destination for honor roll students on October 8, 2016.  Financial support to help defray costs for some of the students will be greatly appreciated. 

Doris Hawkins,

Adopt-A-School Coordinator, Metropolitan BC


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Things to Remember

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You Are Invited

ACT prep

Calling All Men


rebecca club


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From the Pastor’s Desk

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Greetings in the Name of the LordRevPorter2“Jesus Christ is Born”


There is only one reason to celebrate Christmas, Jesus Christ, was born! Diversity is good, but Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. We must respect the faith of others, but we must also demand respect for Christianity! Songs of the season are okay; however, we must not neglect the Hymns of Christmas. We cannot afford to be ashamed of, or make excuses for, our faith in Jesus. Lights and trees are nice but, the Nativity Scenes point to the real meaning of Christmas. Sing, decorate, fellowship, shop,  and celebrate, but remember. IF THERE IS NO BIRTH IN BETHLEHEM THERE IS NO CHRISTMAS!!!

There is only one reason to celebrate Christmas…

Jesus Christ was born!



The Peace of God be with you                      See you on Sunday

Word for the Morning                                   Pastor Porter




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Christian Education

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Christine Currin Johnson, Director



We are in the midst of Advent. Advent is the season in the Christian calendar preceding Christmas. One dictionary defines the word Advent as coming or arrival. During Advent, we are preparing for the celebration of the birth or arrival of Jesus Christ. The Advent season begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. At Metropolitan, we celebrate during Sunday School and morning worship service.

We know that Jesus is the Light of the world. As Christians, we are charged with the responsibility of being lights to those with whom we come in contact. We must reflect the Light of God’s goodness and grace as we go into all of the world.


The hymn below refers to the Light – JESUS.


Jesus, the Light of the World

Lyrics written by and music arranged by George D. Elderkin

Hark! The herald angels sing, Jesus, the light of the world;

Glory to the newborn King, Jesus, the Light of the world.

We’ll walk in the light, beautiful light,

Come where the dewdrops of mercy are bright,

Shine all around us by day and by night,

Jesus, the Light of the world.


We are preparing for Christmas! Let’s remember to set aside time during this period to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. This is a time for spiritual preparation.

As we prepare our hearts and minds, we think of hope, love, joy, and peace that come through Jesus Christ. In addition to preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we are also anticipating the return of Jesus Christ.

Annual Christmas Program

The Annual Sunday School Christmas program will be held on Sunday morning, December 20, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

All program participants are asked to attend the very important rehearsal on December 5, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Please inform Superintendent Christal Cater if you will be unable to attend


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Our Sick and Shut-In

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sick and shut-in

  1. Esther Clark,                       295 W. Red Sox Lane, #223 38105
  2. Hallie Johnson,                   838 Walker 38126
  3. Lloyd A. Bell,                    Graceland Nursing,    1250 Farrow, Rm #107 38116
  4. Gwendolyn Jordan,       Greenfield Assisted Living at Lenox Park  6551 Knight Arnold Road 38115
  5. Robert H. Williams            2452 Bridgeport 38114
  6. Lanetha Branch                1776 Greenview Circle, 38108
  7. Annie B. Saunders          1666 S. Parkway E., 38106
  8. Gamaliel Black                 3896 Birchleaf Road 38116    
  9. Geneva Burns                  3010 Rochester Road 38109
  10. Samuel Peace, Jr.          3302 Alta 38109                    
  11. Mary Ethel Jones            1397 Castalia Road 38114
  12. Gladys Bradley                2048 Lamar 38114              
  13. Etha Wiggins                  1498 Arkansas 38109
  14. Evelyn Matlock               1170 Nester Cove 38109
  15. Yvonne Coburn               538 East Mallory 38106
  16. Fred P. Sanders, Sr.      4535 Hancock Drive 38116
  17. John T. Jackson              3923 Baywind Dr. 38109
  18. Zeke Green                     4115 Friendly Way 38115


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To All Women of Metropolitan Church

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Woman of Light

You are invited on December 5, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., to share in a book discussion about a lady named Deborah, a strong lady of the Old Testament and the important role she accomplished for her people. We can get greater insight into women of the Bible through discussions of this kind.

Women of Christ please come together and support Sister Ella Young, the coordinator of the discussion

The book costs $14.99 or visit the library.

Sister Marie Campbell

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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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Sick & Shutin

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  1. Esther Clark,

  2. Hallie Johnson,

  3. Lloyd A. Bell,

  4. Gwendolyn Jordan,

  5. Robert H. Williams

  6. Lanetha Branch

  7. Annie B. Saunders

  8. Gamaliel Black

  9. Geneva Burns

  10. Samuel Peace, Jr.

  11. Mary Ethel Jones

  12. Gladys Bradley

  13. Etha Wiggins

  14. Evelyn Matlock

  15. Yvonne Coburn

  16. Fred P. Sanders, Sr.

  17. John T. Jackson

  18. Zeke Green

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The Annual Mission Project Of the Tennessee Progressive Baptist Council

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The Annual Mission Project of the Tennessee Progressive Council is ready to take off tor this fall. The closing activity has been scheduled for the first Saturday in November (7th) at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Westwood.

The two agencies selected for the effort this year are the Vance Avenue Development Corp and The Salvation Army. The sponsoring churches for the Vance Site are Salem-Gilfield, Metropolitan, Beulah, Greater Mt. Zion, Greater White Stone, and First Baptist Lauderdale. Their wish list includes:

  • School Supplies

  • Toiletries

  • Paper Products

  • Pasta/Spaghetti Sauce

  • Gift Cards

We will post a chart listing the items. You may indicate on the chart by name, what will be your responsibility. Please bring all donations by Sunday, November 1, 2015.

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Announcements from the Youth Minister

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Greetings Metropolitan,


Parents please know that the Youth Choir will sing on the fourth Sunday of September instead of the third Sunday. Therefore, the youth choir will rehearse the Saturday before the fourth Sunday (September 26) at 11am.  Additionally, all members are encouraged to invite college-aged family members and friends for our annual College Student Sunday and dinner.


The Extra Effort Wins Enrichment Program, resumed last week for its fourth academic session. The program continues to operate Monday – Thursday 3pm to 5pm. We welcome our high school youth to volunteer with the enrichment program.   Additionally, we have LeMoyne-Owen work study students and student volunteers who serve as our primary tutor-mentor staff.


In the coming a week’s announcements will be made regarding upcoming events in the Month of October.  We are asking that birth month organizations start bringing in candy for our annual fall festival.  This year’s festival will require the full efforts and support of every members, so be sure to take note when announcements are made and volunteer your time and talents to help make this year’s festival a memorable community outreach event.


Thanks and have a blessed week!

Lincoln E. Barnett, Youth Minister

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