First Met Event Reviews
This past weekend, The Mature Adults came together to make 144 gift bags for the residents at the Woodwinds Lakes Nursing Home. The Mature Adults worked to collect donations from both members, friends and local establishments, putting together bags for men and for women, that contain a variety of toiletries, and snacks. The bags were prepared to bring a smile and to show the love of Christ to the residents, bringing a little holiday cheer to their life span.
Woodwinds Lakes is a place that focuses “on people… residents…lives….health….and families.” They are “one of the largest providers of short-term and long-term health care services in the United States.” They are noted as a facility and staff that “are committed to providing compassionate, family-oriented short-term and long-term care.”
Our seniors desired to augment what the staff and facility form, as well as add to the powerful worship service that is done each first Wednesday of the month. This month, the seniors will have a special Christmas service on December 20th.
The seniors want to thank everyone that contributed to this worthwhile cause.
Saturday, December 6th, the Vineyard Bookstore of First Met, sought to bless families in the Northwest Community, by partnering with the Langham Creek Cosmetology Department to offer FREE hairstyles to those being served through the You Belong Food Pantry.
Wearing their shirts with their slogan, “it is our duty to create your beauty”, over a dozen young ladies from Langham Creek H.S. used their skills on a men and women of all ages. They ladies served each person, offering them their very best, taking the time to listen, and deliver to them the beautiful hairstyle they desired. Under the leadership and guidance of Sister Lynette Smith and Mrs. Dillgard, the ladies tackled each person, restoring smiles and bringing beauty and confidence to all they encountered.
August 9th, Pastor O was honored as one of Cypress Fairbank ISD’s top 75 most influential people. Dr. John Ogletree, Jr has been a community presence in CFISD even before his election to the Trustee Board in 2003. His desire to be and create life long learners has fortified the board, ensuring that not only academic excellence is pursuid, but ghat civil injustices are haulted and the equality of all students and educators exist.
Dr. Ogletree has solidified himself as one who stands for all people, giving a voice to all who are and or have been kept silent. It’s been said that those sitting at the table write the story, and thus Dr. Ogletree has taken his seat , serving as an editor of editors, correcting grammatical mistakes, and helping the readers and audience take ownership by making them feel one with the authors.
The acknowledgement wrote of Dr. Ogletree recorded, “Enthusiastic in his role, Ogletree attends many district events,-one may encounter him in an athletic apparel at the Super intended Fun Run or in formal business attire at a Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship professional development seminar…earning the designation of Master Trustee.” The night was filled with music and the fellowship of of other honorees, family members and church members united to celebrate the district and to give thanks to the top 75 that have served and sacrificed to ensure that CFISD remains a model district and one of the top districts in the state of Texas and the world.
We are blessed to have such a leader as Dr. Ogletree! He has demonstrated the love of Christ in his service at the church and also in the community. His understanding of the Gospel and his demonstration of the Word should inspire all to impact the community it at large, placing Christmas on the main stage as a part of every discussion. First Met congratulates our amazing leader, Dr. Joh D. Ogletree, Jr. As a Top 75 Influential Leader.
Saturday, August 2nd, the Save Our Son’s ministry (SOS) had its summer fellowship close out. 16 young men gathered to participate in some fun in the sun at the Redemption Park located on West Greens Rd.
The fun was provided through healthy competition in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, which allowed each young man to show both their skills, and the important social and spiritual lessons they have been taught during their time in the ministry. Each young man gave their all, entertaining all playing and wall spectating. The team called the Thunder won the tournament. It’s members Jaylen, Christian and Neeland, showed their individual abilities, but won the tournament working as a team. In second place were the Clippers, whom included Kendall, Kendon and Caleb.
The young men then were honored with an awards ceremony. Each of the top 3 teams received a trophy, and honorable mentions were given to Jeremiah Franklin, Jeremiah Hill and Andre whom all received gift cards for their play and for the character they displayed while playing in the tournament.
While there, they enjoyed grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, water, and soda.
The SOS ministry meets on Wednesday Night at 7:30 pm during Transformation night. To participate, contact Brother Darrell Franklin.
June 27th at First Met; The Place Where You Belong, the Summer Camp performed “Aunt Lola’s Cafe” from local Playwright Henry H. Edwards, Jr. Local Choreographer Cherita Judson supported Director Edwards in staging the play, choreographing and rehearsing music dance routines and songs. The music was taught and directed by the First Met Music team member and Christian Psalmist Gabrielle Hynds. Both the play and staff were filled with the talent, which made the production a grand success.
The story is about a young lady named Charlie, who is being bullied and over looked by a gang lead by Tiger. Charlie is both young and loved by the community, who value his presence and him as a person. The tension emerges as Charlie and Tiger & Gang encounter each other at local diner; Lola’s Cafe. The entire community is placed the in the midst of tension built from a local gangs power and their potential to harm the flow of customers with their presence. They are forced to speak up or remain silent about the injustice they witness, and thus the scene is set.
Charlie; played by young star budding star Lela Brinkley was powerful. Her understanding of the character and timing helped the storyline translate to the audience. Joining her is the talented Adaiah Ogletree, who was cast as Tiger. Her performance of Tiger helped the audience learn a valuable lesson and carried the bulk of the comedic pieces. The combination of message and comedy keeps the script moving and the audience attentive.
The entire play can be seen on Youtube at Aunt Lola’s Cafe.
The American dream was once described as a husband wife, two kids, a dog surrounded by a white picket fence; ironically, this was the focus of our Missionaries final project. Though considered part of the American Dream, our group spent their time creating for the orphans a fence that represented the love, purity and protection of our Lord and savior. Taking their time, working through each spindle, the team slowly began creating an image of heaven hear on earth for those that the Lord cares and watches over. While orphans watched, the love and presence of Christ was modeled for all present, offering the children security, and teaching the missionaries patience and sacrifice and what it means to share love in a practical way through hard work.
A pleasant note to the Missionary Field was the delicious delicacies found in Haiti. “The food was very delicious each day”, Missionary Francois recalls. The meals were a combination of home cooked meals from the camp and local eateries. Accompanied with great people, the meals created stronger bonds with the people serving, as the needs of the missionaries and the people were closer discovered through dialogue.
Sunday, the Missionaries were treated to worship with saints in Haiti. The worship service was spirited and included a powerful message from Isaiah from with the congregation followed the minister from Bibles that were translated recorded in French. The building though small, was beautifully lit with the natural light provided from our Lord. This added to the worship experience in which our Missionaries praised God for the journey and for the provisions that made serving and worshiping possible.
Our Missionaries return to Houston from Haiti today, encouraged and empowered from the experience. Missionary Francois said of the journey, “If you haven’t been, you must go. Not all of Haiti is like you see on American TV!!”
The Mission Team of First Met; The Place Where You Belong, took the mission of our Lord from the states to the world by boarding a flight destined for Haiti. Leaving July 3rd the crew flew through Florida and landed into Port Au Prince. Upon landing, the Mission Team, led by Missionary Lynette Francois, were empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve the people of Haiti. Pastor Johnny asked Missionary Francios about being in Haiti, “Is there an emotional pull of compassion or just energy to serve and make a difference?” Sister Francois replied, “Some of both. Mostly, the missionaries are just eager to serve!”
The first assignment for the Mission Team was to serve residents at a local orphanages; one named Bienvenue aux eta Blissements deL’Institution Mixte Decilia Francois. Their immediate task was to unload, load and deliver food to the residents and then serve the residents of two local orphanages. Food is shipped abroad and then stored in a local storage, and then delivered as there is need by truck to a variety of site. Missionary Nehemiah lead the charge unlading food packages along side of Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) staff, We Care Haiti staff and local workers.
The ongoing project of the BGCT and We Care Haiti is to serve the Orphans foods that are high in nutrition. Insuring that youth have healthy foods is key to development and insures that they are physically healthy and able to withstand disease and or sickness, extending their lives, and most of all, shows the love and care that our Lord and Savior has for his children.