Our 10 missionaries departed for Haiti Thursday, July 20.
Team Leader Lynette Francois wrote, “Today I’m headed on a mission trip to Haiti…this time to build 10 homes for needy families and help lead them to Christ”. Missionary Francois leads this 3rd effort in 4 years to change the lives of the people of Haiti with the love of Christ. Following the footsteps of her mother, Missionary Bertha Vaughn, whom is making her final trip to Haiti, she served along side of her eldest son Nehemiah on the previous 2 efforts, and makes this 3rd trip with her youngest son Isaiah.
Like the last trip, families are being used. On this trip, our very own Pastor & First Lady are serving, Minister & First Lady Sowel, and Ebony & Symone Barnes as mother and daughter. God has used these efforts to build within our families the seeds of sacrifice and suffering that have lead to spiritual growth and Kingdom advancement.
Our team hit the ground running. They rolled up their sleeves to maximize their time an to achieve their goal of blessing 10 families with a home from the money raised by our missionaries. Each member relied upon the Lord to give them strength as they worked in extremely hot conditions, and without some of the modern technology we have grown accustomed to.
Sister Francois records that our missionaries were able to meet 9 of 10 of the families that the homes are being built for. A reception hosted for them allowed each family to be prayed for, worshiped with and loved on. Sister Francois says, “More photos to come of the families (and the kids) later in the week. Ages range from 4 days to 78 years old”.
Our team continued to pour into the residents assisting with the local Vacation Bible School (VBS) effort.
The theme was drawn from the story of Jonah and the Whale. Our group worked side by side with staff with the residents of Haiti to make fun crafts, shoot some hoops, ministering through praise dance, as well as teaching the lessons.
The residents were amazed at the creativity of the team and the curriculum. Each was attentive and excited about the lesson they were learning about Christ as the made things they could take home to remind them of the love of Christ expressed through the VBS program.
Sister Eboni Barnes and daughter Symone took the time to learn and teach different praise dance routines to the teenagers at the camp. Sister Francois said this was “An experience they will remember for a lifetime. “
Don’t miss this year’s Women at the Feet of Jesus Conference, July 14th-16th! Special guests include Dr. Jazz Sculark, Dr. Ruth Ollison, Michelle Harden, and Psalmist Jody McCalla. It will be an awesome time of encouragement, engagement, and empowerment as we explore this year’s theme: Hidden Faces: Remove the Mask.
To register for Saturday’s conference, use this link: https://squareup.com/market/john-ogletree. Registration is only $40 and it includes breakfast and lunch, plus the chance to win door prizes.
Don’t delay, register today!
Greetings First Met Family,
We had an amazing time in the Lord yesterday! Our Youth were on fire and are expanding, which means we have to get busy, and build to out of their way. Our graduates will be back in four years and we must be ready to put them to work. They are all watching us and following our lead. They will remember this day and expect us to fulfill our vow to get this building built. The youth workers are training leaders to pass on the baton, so we must get everything ready to pass on a blessing that reflects God’s Greatness! Time is of the essence. Our future is before us.
Dr. Norman’s message was right on time! It is so amazing how God has allowed him to become a part of our family. When we asked for the members who made the first sacrifice for our current location, Dr. Norman was included in that number. With such a small number sacrificing back then, if we all sacrifice now, we can certainly do so much more today! In the sermon, Dr. Norman was real with us, because he cares about our future. He wants to see our church built. He believes we have what it takes to get the job done. He knows what our potential and is challenging us to change our thinking!
We all want the building. We all believe the building is going to be built, but our minds need to be changed about putting God first and making a commitment to give so the building will be built. Remember, faith without works is dead. We need to change our mindset to not just be a believer and a spectator but be determined to do our part. We are not asking for everyone to equally give, but to equally sacrifice, based on how God has blessed you and your family. God has blessed us all, so we must all share what He has blessed us with. This building is for God! He is asking us to join Him in what He is doing for this community and future generations to come. Don’t miss this opportunity!
First Met, we can and must pull together, do our part and get our building built! Pray and ask God this week what he wants you to pledge. Sunday bring your commitment card back filled out. We will have a sacred prayer time asking God to bless our commitment and to reveal how we can change our lifestyle to meet our pledge.
The following Sunday is our Extravagant Giving Day. Bring your First Fruit Offering (a down payment). This day is very important! Last year we made a vow to God to give in one year $600,000.00 toward our new building. As of April 30, 2017 we have given $224.660.67. As you can see we are behind, but we can catch up if everyone will give according to how God has blessed them. These funds are not a part of our tithes and offerings which belong to God. This is money from our personal funds. God has been so good to us. We have abundance in our life because God has given it to us. To whom much is given, much is required. We must not give that excess to the world; it must be given back to God to build His Sanctuary.
We serve a GREAT GOD and WE HAVE GREAT EXPECTATIONS OF HIM! He is going to do great things, BUT IT WILL BE THROUGH US. What an opportunity!
Changed and charged to cross the 1st year finish line victoriously,
Pastor and Lady O
Good evening Brothers,
I wanted to inform each of you that we will not meet this Saturday, April 1st for breakfast, and no this is not an April Fools Joke! Instead we will meet Saturday, April 8th at 9:00 am for our monthly fellowship, food and first word from our pastor. We will have a brief breakfast and ask that you stay and pitch in with our clean up efforts that day as we prepare for Resurrection Sunday!
Also, the Burn Brothers are looking for a few good men (who can cook) to join their team. If you’re interested please see Brother Charlie Evans for details. And last but certainly not least, we are in the planning stages for our annual Men’s Conference scheduled this year for the weekend before Father’s Day, June 9 & 10. If you would like to assist in the planning we will host our first meeting this Sunday, April 2nd immediately following the 7:45 service. Look for us down front in the worship center where our deacons usually sit. Bring your ideas and your enthusiasm as we plan for our best men’s conference yet! See you Sunday.
Minister Chris Butler
First Met Church
First Met Family and Friends,
The celebration of the DEATH and RESURRECTION of OUR LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST is approaching. That’s right, EASTER. We will host our annual Good Friday Celebration, April 14, 2017 beginning at 11 am. We are anticipating a huge showing from our surrounding community and friends.
Last year you all volunteered time or donated candy, eggs or other items that made this event a success for our church and community. We are reaching out to you for support and help with this years Good Friday Celebration. It would be greatly appreciated if you can volunteer time, donate candy or pre-boiled eggs.
Spread the word and visit us after service in the lobby area. Thank you for your continued support and God bless you all.
Boe and Jessica Washington