The Metropolitan Messenger
January 2012, Volume 14, Issue 1
In this issue of the Metropolitan Messenger:
Discipleship & Spiritual Formation
Wednesday Bible Studies:
4:00 PM and 7:30 PM, resuming January 11. All are welcome. At 4:00 PM, we are continuing the Gospel of Mark and at 7:30 PM, the Gospel of Matthew. Study gives us the opportunity to grow in our knowledge of God and each other. This may be an opportunity for “Epiphany!”
Wednesday Dinner and Worship: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. Come for a time of fellowship around the table through “food, fellowship, and study.” Our schedule resumes on January 11.
Sunday School for all ages continues at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. If you are not in Sunday School or Bible Study, please make this a part of your resolution for spiritual formation in 2012.
Confirmation is the time for our youth to become official members of the Church and pledge their commitment to Jesus and the Body of Christ. If you have a child between the ages of 11 to 13, please contact Rev. Miles for more information. Our class will most likely meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM. We also need sponsors to pray, support, and mentor our youth involved in confirmation. Adults, please contact Rev. Miles if you are willing to participate. Classes will begin in February and meet through the end of April.
Angel Tree Ministry
Thank you to all our volunteers for the Angel Tree Ministry, to those who purchased gifts, and to those helpers who delivered the gifts. We had 16 children this year and your graciousness was God’s blessing. The children received a joy because of you. Thanks again.
United Methodist Women
Read the January 2012 article from Metropolitan's UMW here
Next UMW Meeting
See you at our next meeting on January 14 at 10:00 AM as we plan the 2012 calendar of events and activities. All women are welcome. There is room at the table for everyone.
Loose Change Sunday
Loose Change Sunday is January 29, 2012. Keep saving those coins. They will help a local charity.
Christmas Head Start Sweater Project
It is with gratitude that we send this message regarding the UMW Head Start Christmas gifts. Thank you to the many Metropolitan members and friends who gave the very special contributions of hand knit sweater sets and for the purchase and wrapping of the beautiful packages. Due to your generosity, UMW was able to deliver almost 100 Christmas packages to Detroit Public Schools Head Start to be distributed among their pre-school children. You can be sure that the gifts will be accepted as your message of God's love to the often under-served young children. Your concern and dedication to Metropolitan's mission in the city of Detroit are greatly appreciated.
- In His Name, Project Co-Chairs: Sharon McCarty and Martha Martin
Music and Fine Arts
All handbell ensembles were active and participated in Advent and Christmas season worship in November and December. All choirs have been on break until January. The Bell Quintet and Epworth Bells will resume rehearsals on January 4. Youth Bells will resume on January 8. All handbell groups will be participating in worship in January and will begin practicing for the Martin Luther King, Jr. recognition in February, as well as for Lent and Easter.
Join the Detroit Renaissance District as we celebrate the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honoring his memory, and perpetuating his legacy in the metropolitan area. We will also introduce the recipients of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships and Grants. The event will be held Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM at Waterford Central United Methodist Church, 3882 Highland Road, Waterford, MI 48328. The theme is "The Beloved Community." Rev. Faith Fowler of Cass Community UMC in Detroit is the keynote speaker. The flyer can be found here