Month: May 2018

Faith Forward Newsletter June 2018

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Volume II, June 2018 Issue

From Our Pastors


Hello First Met Family!

We hope you’re as excited as we are that we are nearing the last year of our initial Faith Forward Capital Campaign. Many of you have pledged and sacrificially given over and above your tithes and offerings for our new sanctuary.  Thank you for your faithfulness!pastorladyo

Over the last two years, we have experienced many blessings! We believe it is because of our faith pledge and our sacrificial giving. We are reminded of the song ‘You can’t beat God giving’ and can say we have not wanted for anything! Our seeds sown into Faith Forward have already come back to us in so many ways!

Now with the last year upon us, I want to encourage you to complete what you have begun. And, if you haven’t joined the hundreds of members who have pledged and given sacrificially, now is the time to do so. You’ll want to be part of those who were used by God to fulfill His vision.

This month in June, we have two exciting dates that you’ll want to focus upon:

1.   June 3rd is our ‘Reveal Day.’ Before your very eyes, you’ll see the glorious
sanctuary that we will build for the Lord. It will be a building that will glorify our
God and showcase our Faith, Obedience and Sacrifice.

2.  June 24th is our ‘Day of Extravagant Giving’. Every member and family will
have the opportunity to emulate the people of God in Exodus 35 along with
1 Chronicles 29, who gave extravagantly for the building of God’s house of worship.
It’s going to be a joyous occasion for us all as we took for a record setting Day of
          Extravagant Giving that will span the history of First Met!

Our word to you is: ‘Push to Finish Strong!’ This is a call to Persevere, Unite, Sacrifice, and Hope! God has been good and gracious to each of us and He expects all of us to give in response to His kingdom! Therefore, everyone (young, young adults, middle aged, seniors, married, single, widowed) should give their very best offerings to finish strong this last year.

We are asking that you follow our lead, with faith and extravagantly give. This sanctuary will serve as God’s place on the Beltway to transform the lives of individuals and families in our community and city. Let’s Finish Strong and do this together! He has chosen to use each of us to be a part of what He is doing.


Enthusiastically Yours,
Pastor & Lady O

Where Are We Today?


Calendar of June Events

June 3rd
Pledge Reveal Day
(Bring back cards completed)

June 10th
Prayer & Rally Sunday
Deacon’s Challenge Update

June 17th
Personal Testimony
Deacon’s Challenge Update

June 24th
Day of Extravagant Giving
(Celebrate and bring God our best offering)
– Top Ten Deacon Family
– 100% participation
– Spirit Rally

Meet the Faith Forward Team


Faith Forward Team (L to R): Daniel Johnson, Jeffrey Gant, Deborah Gant, Stacey Milton & Henry Milton. (also Frank & Yolanda McCammon, Sharon Blue & Linda Burnett)

Thank you for your pledge and support of the
Faith Forward Capital Campaign. Let’s finish strong!

From the Pastor’s Desk: May 2, 2018

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May 2, 2018

Greetings Family,

We are entering a very important season in the future of First Met. I am excited about this season as it ushers in June, the month when we celebrate the day God allowed us to enter our current location here on the Beltway.  Each year we celebrate this miracle by giving an extravagant gift to God to show our appreciation for what First Met has meant to us, our families and this community.  This year our theme is Kingdom Focused.  We have pledged to build a worship center for the Lord.  And this we will do! God’s hand is on us.  As I reflect on the changes and blessings around First Met, I can see a glimpse of where God is going to take us.

I’m sure you’ve witnessed and/or felt this as well.  Lives are being changed because years ago a few committed people sacrificed to build our current location.  Many of you are reaping the blessings of those who obeyed God and gave generously so our current building could become a reality.  Now each of you has an opportunity to do the same for God, and for those who will come.  We are giving for our children and their children.  We will leave a legacy that will go on forever on the Beltway.

This year we have seen the impact a church home can have.  It is important that we continue to grow so the needs of this community and city will be met, and many will be discipled for Christ because we gave.   This year I have seen:

  • Relationships developed in our Community Life Groups
  • The initiation of our Growth Track for new members
  • Our new Dream Team Room for those who serve on Sundays
  • The opening of the Training Den for our children’s ministry
  • The new classes on Transformation Night: L.A.C.E., dFree and Freedom
  • The unforgettable Resurrection Sunday service and Children’s program
  • My Kingdom Focused series – especially “The Plus Side” message
  • The present “Doubt Less” series
  • Our new playground
  • The renovations of our church
  • Financial assistance to the Harvey victims
  • Increased our Food Pantry distribution center

We are experiencing the extravagance of God, marriages have been saved, miracles have occurred, multiplication has taken place in our finances, mysteries have been revealed, mountains moved, and new mercies have been seen each morning.  Thank God for His extravagance toward us.  Now it’s time for us to demonstrate extravagance toward His Kingdom.  Everything we have has come from the hands of God!

The Day of Extravagant Giving is on the fourth Sunday, June the 24th.  The fourth Sunday in June was chosen because it marks the Sunday we moved to this property called the “miracle on the Beltway.”  This day is set aside to give at an extravagant level – above tithes and offerings.  The Word of God speaks of people who gave on this level.  King David gave an extravagant offering for the building of the Temple in 1 Chronicles 29:2-5.  Solomon gave an extravagant gift to dedicate the Temple in 2 Chronicles 7:5.  And a poor widow was commended by Jesus for her extravagant gift in Luke 21:1-4.  It’s not equal giving but equal sacrifice.  Everyone has something to give back to God.

Last year, Lady O and I were able to give the most extravagant gift we’d ever given $8,000 above our tithe and offerings.  Like King David, we encourage you to prayerfully plan to join in unity to give your best gift on June 24th with an extravagant gift.  All gifts will go toward our Faith Forward Campaign for our New Sanctuary.  We are meeting with architects and bankers right now.

Remember, your gift is not just recorded on earth.  It is recorded in heaven!  God has blessed you with your gift, so give it back for God’s Kingdom. When you give extravagantly an extravagant blessing from God will await you.  Let’s make June 24th a record day in our church.

Let’s go First Met. – – – Faith Forward Finishing Strong!

Pastor  O