Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Call To Action From Rev. DJ

Hello All,

The violence in our communities has driven a wedge between peace and harmony.  Recently the news has shown how bullying and violence can lead to harm and in some cases even death.Our goal is to have young people elevate their awareness of using "Peace" as a mainstay.  We also want to encourage them using positive messaging.

Stand with me at 3pm on Monday, November 18th, at Central High School in Newark, NJ where we will rally against violence. Together we will push forward our mission to create an environment of higher thought for using Peace as the first option in the lives of our youth. Come Join us!

-Rev. DJ



Dreams4Youth
presents 

The School's In Session
"Peace4Youth" Rally

in association with 
The 20th year anniversary of Wutang Brand 


EVENT: The School's In Session "Peace4Youth" Rally
DATE: November 18, 2013, 3PM
VENUE: Central High School, Newark, NJ

Special Guests Appearances by:
Representatives from The City of Newark
&
Ras Baraka

Performances by:
 Brick City Poetry slam winner, Amanda Tucker 
and 
The Wu Tang Clan.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Summer Programming

It's that time again!

We're gearing up for the summer and you know what that means . . . lots of summer programming for our youth.

Here is just a taste of the things we will be offering this summer:


Vacation Bible School
Freedom School for Boys
Teen Life Day Camp
Sleep Away Camp (Mount Fair Lawn)
Dance & Choir Workshops
Dorney Park Trip

 . . . and much more!

Be sure to check our Forms page for applications and check our News & Events page often for updates as well.

Stay Tuned!

Friday, February 15, 2013

FEBRUARY 23RD!! DON'T MISS OUT!


"Why We Can't Wait": Rev. DJ Speaks On Our Past & Future

As we celebrate black history month, I pray you take the time to reflect on our great past. On my current reading list is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's book: "Why We Can't Wait". (Other titles on my list include "The Bible" (can't beat this classic),  "The Art of Fishing For Men", "The American Paradox: A history of the United States Since 1945" and the "The Faith of Barack Obama".)

Dr. King's stirring depiction of the civil rights movement makes you feel as though you were there. His ability to look past the civil rights movement and shift the perspective to the human rights movement is equally impressive. There is a section of the book filled with pictures that transport the reader to various points during the movement. One such image struck my attention: the picture of a 6 year old girl waiting to be arrested while large policemen loom over her.

I thought to myself: "Look at how bold and brave this little girl is!" She stands with authority and purpose for the greater good, for her future and she see's the value in that future; not only for herself but for the future generations that would come.

God said "I am the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob." He makes it clear He is the intergenerational God. The God of your father, your father's father and your father's father's father. And further still He shows us that He is not only the God of our past, but of our future as well. "I am the God of your children, your children's children and your children's children's children."

Do you understand why we can't wait? Why we shouldn't wait? I do.  Because our children aren't going to wait. Just like the little girl knew her purpose. I do too and so should you.

Be Blessed

-Rev. David Jefferson Jr

Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Message from the Pastor “J”and First Lady “J”:


First let me begin by sharing with you that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by Hurricane Sandy. This unprecedented storm has impacted countless numbers of people and businesses in communities along the East Coast, and we sincerely hope that all of you and your families and friends are not only safe but also able to begin a return to daily routines.

The community of Metropolitan Baptist Church expresses its deep concern and offers earnest prayers for all families and communities impacted by the super storm. As I met with community leaders on yesterday to make certain that we were taking action to help alleviate and address the pain of this devastation, it was obvious that we have much work to do. I strongly urge those who desire counseling to speak with our staff and  I encourage all employees and members to assist where they can.

Along with the many devastating images we have all seen over the past few days, we are also inspired by the kindness expressed and generosity shown by so many of you. We are so proud to see communities band together and lend a hand during this time of need. We have opened up our Willing Heart Community Care Center and offered assistance handing out food, assisting neighbors creating charging stations, and enlisted volunteers to help step in to provide assistance and comfort to those in need.

Metropolitan Baptist Church is a part of the same community in which you and our members live, where our children attend school and many run their businesses, so it is imperative that we do our part. As a result of the storm we have suffered from a lack of  power at our main campus, located at 149 Springfield Ave, Newark, NJ.

However, even in the midst of this aftermath we are still a thriving community, with a strong vibrant spiritual scene. Please join us for worship this weekend at the Willing Heart Community Care Center located at 555 MLK Drive for our "Sunday Morning Worship Service " on 11/4/12 at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 am.  We believe that those who can make it will want to come and worship. Lets gather together as a community offer our prayers unto God and and press forward as one body!

In him,

Pastor Jefferson and First Lady Sis "J"

Sunday, September 30, 2012

VOTE!


It's that time again! It's an election year! On Tuesday, November 6th voters will cast their ballots for their candidate(s) for President, Senate and the House of Representatives. If you're 18 or older you should be registered to vote and actively anticipating exercising that privilege this November.

The registration deadline is October 16th and is fast approaching. To register all you have to do is download and complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form. Then, mail or deliver the Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form to the County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections for your county.

DID YOU KNOW?

In the State of New Jersey you can vote if you are:
  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 18 years of age by election day.
  • a New Jersey resident at least 30 days before the election.
  • not in jail, on probation or parole because of a felony conviction. (That means that in NJ ex-felons CAN register to vote. Any person who is no longer in prison, or has completed his or her term of probation or parole CAN register to vote. THAT IS THE LAW.)
  • registered to vote at least 21 days before the election. (The deadline is October 16, 2012!)
Know your voting rights! To read more about your rights as a voter in the State of New Jersey, click here to view the NJ Voter's Rights Handbook.

If you're already registered to vote but still have no idea who to cast your ballot for, click here to find out more about each presidential candidate and where he stands on the issues. 
Click here for more information on the NJ Senate candidates.
Click here to find out who the Representative for your district is. (They are different depending on where you live in NJ.)

Make an informed decision before you head out to the polls on Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.
No matter who you're voting for come November make sure that your vote is heard because it matters.

VOTE!