Photo caption: Mary Cunigan, Director of Adult Ministries (center) with Forty Plus Models. | Photo credit: Photography by Mona
The holiday mood was festive at Metropolitan CME Church’s recent “Christmas Celebration at The Met” gala as guests and honored members of the military gathered for a time of food, fellowship and fashion.
Director of Adult Ministry Mary Cunigan led the charge in coordinating an enjoyable evening of celebration, song and fashion with the support of Metropolitan CME pastor, Rev. Allen Page, III, who recently took over at the helm of the church.
“This is the 4th year year that we have planned this beautiful celebration. We get a chance to come out and meet and greet each other and we do this because of the celebration of the gift that the Lord gave us,” said Cunigan.
Members of the Navy served as honorary escorts during the event and received plaques of appreciation honoring their service, including Lt. Cmdr. Gregory J. McCrimmon, Lt. Cmdr. Marcus O. Thomas, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Kenneth J. Campbell, Chief Petty Officer Kent E. Page and Pfc. JayQuan Hankerson.
Recording artist and actress, DeQuina Moore of Broadway’s Legally Blond The Musical and Little Shop of Horrors and Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family”, set the atmosphere for the evening with her rendition of gospel artist Tamela Mann’s “Take Me to the King”.
The night’s youngest honoree, 12-year-old Victoria Baynes Lopez, received an award recognizing her entrepreneurial spirit as host of her own radio show, KidzView Talk Show on Houston’s KCOH, founder of Itz4KidzbyKidz, a non-profit organization that aims to empower young people, and her work as a motivational speaker and author.
Members of Forty Plus Models, Inc. topped off the evening with a stunning showcase of chic and fashionable hats.
Cunigan described the event as an opportunity to “empower others” and expressed appreciation for the role the church’s new pastor and his wife are playing in leading the church into a new season of ministry on Houston’s south side.
According to Cunigan, the mission of the ministry she oversees is to prepare, challenge, and inspire women and men to a life of Christian discipleship service.
In addition to the Annual Christmas Celebration at the Met, the Adult Ministry provides financial planning seminars, supports Martin Luther King Day and has plans to develop a grief ministry as well as a scholarship program for youth who are underserved by traditional college scholarship programs.
“Sunnyside is such a great rich community, and it is growing, and Metropolitan is reaching out to meet the needs in the community,” said Cunigan.
The church is located at 8955 South Freeway (Highway 288 at Reed Road) in Houston.