34th Anniversary Letter: Nov ’20

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Pastor and Lady O
34th Anniversary Appreciation
‘Shifted for Greater’ 1 Peter 5:10

Greetings First Met Family,

We pray this letter finds you and your family in good health and remaining safe.

November is Pastors’ Appreciation month. We, as the First Met Family, show thanks to our pastors, Drs. John and Evelyn Ogletree and their family, for their selfless love and dedication to our church family.

This reminder is from the Pastor Appreciation Team, letting you all know that on Saturday, November 21st at 9:00 am, we will celebrate our Pastors 34th Pastoral Anniversary with a Zoom Appreciation Breakfast.

Sunday, November 22nd, from 8 am to 9 am, we will honor our pastors with a Drive-Thru Appreciation held at the church. All our First Met Families will bring their cards and monetary gifts for our pastors during this time. You will not have to get out of your car! Our team will make provision for you to tender your gifts safely. Other options to tender your gifts are PUSH PAY, Cash App (the links are available on the anniversary webpage (https://myfirstmet.com/pastors-appreciation/), or by mail.

Following the Drive-Thru, at 10:00 am during our live stream, we will have Pastor Wm Dwight McKissic of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Arlington, TX as our guest speaker. This sermon is one you won’t want to miss.

Our pastors have given of themselves to shepherd First Metropolitan Church for 34 incredible years. We hope that all the church will show their love and appreciation by coming regardless of whether you are giving a gift or not.

Our Colors are Cobalt Blue, Fuchsia, and a hint of Metallic Silver. Feel free to wear these colors in support of our pastors.

We want to thank you for joining

34th Anniversary: Nov. 2020

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Greetings First Met Family,

We pray this letter finds you doing well!

2020 began as a remarkable year with great expectations. But in many ways, it has been a year filled with unexpected and unforeseen challenges. During Covid-19, some in our congregation have lost family members, suffered from the disease, or lost employment, yet our church family continues to shift and thrive during these circumstances. To God be the glory for His faithfulness!

November is the month of giving thanks, and at First Met, we give thanks to God for our pastors John and Evelyn Ogletree and their family. The Pastor’s Appreciation Team invites you to join in this month of celebration. Our pastors have continued to deliver exceptional leadership to us. We have been blessed, as they shepherd us well despite the difficulties presented by the pandemic. Throughout the month, you can share your love individually or as a group or ministry.

This year marks the 34th Pastoral Anniversary. Although our ministry has shifted away from our campus, we want to honor our Pastors with an Appreciation Breakfast via Zoom on Saturday, November 21st, at 9:00 am. The Anniversary Service will take place on Sunday, November 22nd, during our 10 am livestream. Pastor Wm Dwight McKissic of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Arlington, TX, will be the guest speaker.

On Sunday, November 22nd, from 8 am to 9 am, there will be a Drive-Thru Appreciation. We ask individuals and families to bring cards and gifts during this time. You will not have to get out of your car! Our team will make provisions for you to tender your cards or gifts safely. Other options to give are Push Pay, Cash App (the links are available on the anniversary webpage (https://myfirstmet.com/pastors-appreciation/) or by mail.

First Met members and families, we ask you to record a video with our media team a 30-60 second video congratulating our pastors and wishing them well. We will show the videos during the Zoom breakfast on the 21st. The link to schedule your private Zoom recording session is located on the anniversary webpage, mentioned above.

Thank you for joining us as we honor our spiritual leaders. We Are Better Together!

“Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17

In His Name,

Pastor’s Appreciation Team

Linda Burnett Elder Al Dugas
Deacon Michael Ford Minister Xavier Gilstrap
Elder Daniel Johnson Angie Wells
The Armor Bearer Ministry

November 2020 Worship

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Greetings First Met,

We have really enjoyed our in-person worship @ 8 am on Sundays during the month of October! As I stated to you when we went in, we would try it out for a month and see what the numbers are.  I love in-person worship and can’t wait to get back together, however the health of our members and out guests will always be my priority.  The medical authorities in Harris county have reported that  the Covid-19 numbers are rising in Houston and Harris County.  Therefore, we will cancel  in-person worship until further notice.  It looks like we will reconsider in January of 2021.  Be safe, wear your mask and use social distancing so we can gather back together one day – as God allows.

Please continue to join me and Lady O every Sunday morning by streaming at 10 am.  Don’t forget to like, share and comment during worship!   Invite other family, friends and co-workers to join you.  Host a watch party.  Let’s continue to worship and serve to the Glory of our God!

Shifting Together,

Pastor O

Act of Kindness

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August 31st Act of Kindness

Five group members of the Bethany Group met at 10:30am at Park Manor of Cy-Fair Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 11001 Crescent Moon Drive, 77064.  We spent about 90 minutes there and passed out blankets and engaged with residents of the facility. bethanyactofkindness

About half of our group members gave donations to purchase the 45 blankets we distributed. We sang, prayed and/or chatted with those we visited. We also chatted with a few workers and some guests who were there visiting residents. It was a good time.

Sis. Stephanie
Small Group Leader

Annual Budget Letter

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November 30, 2018

Dear Members,

First Metropolitan Church is a wonderful place to belong, connect, grow and serve.  It is members like you who make our church what it is today, and what it will become in the future.  We thank each of you for your financial support and commitment to help us grow spiritually, numerically and financially.

The Elders/Stewardship Team has prepared this up to date budget/report for you.  Our annual budget is $2,000,000 or $38,461 per week.  Our monthly expenditures consist of missions, ministries (Youth, Children, Music, Community Life Groups, Women’s, Men’s, Food Pantry etc.), as well as, financial support of various community programs/events.  The operation expenditures include mortgage, maintenance of our facilities and the personnel needed to operate and support the vision of our church.

2018graphicFrom January 1 – November 1 of 2018, First Met has collected $1,600,000, which includes $492,892 of dedicated Faith Forward funds. Our expenditure total thus far is $1,500,000, and is reflected in this chart.

To ensure we meet our budget, we need commitment and consistency from every member.

As you know, we are in a capital campaign and have requested each of you give a sacrificial gift, as God has blessed you, above your regular tithes and offerings for our new sanctuary.  Some of you have completed your pledge, some need to catch up, and some need to join in supporting our vision. Offerings given to the campaign are intended for the construction of the new sanctuary. These funds should not come from your regular tithes and offerings, which support our current budget.  Our record indicates that our “regular tithes & offerings” have been lower than usual this year and our capital campaign giving has increased significantly, which could indicate our tithes and offerings are now being given to the Capital Campaign fund – which is leaving a deficit in our daily operating funds.

We pray that you will complete your pledge before the end of the year, but only if it is above your regular tithes and offerings.  Our percentage of giving in the area of tithes and offerings has decreased while our giving to the Capital Campaign fund has increased.  We understand that your financial circumstances may change from time to time. We prayerfully ask that you review your current giving to ensure you are giving proportionally to both funds and consider giving a little more as we close out the 2018 year.

If you are not a regular tither, now is a great time to start and catch up on your giving. If God has blessed you, we are asking that you give an extra special Christmas gift to your church before December 31, 2018.  If we all pray, pull together and do our fair share of giving and sacrificing, WE CAN DO THIS!  Remember, it is not Equal Giving but Equal Sacrifice!  Let’s pray about a special offering this December that will honor God and bridge our financial gap.

Finishing Strong,

Pastor and Lady O

GriefShare 11-26

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Our GriefShare Support Group has only two more sessions left in the Fall Cycle.   Monday night, Nov. 26, 2018 at 6:30 pm, we will cover Session 12: Heaven. This session reminds you that God has promised a better place for those who trust in Christ as Savior and encourages you to console yourself with that hope.

On the following Monday, Dec. 03, 2018 we will cover Session 13: What Do I Live For Now? This session will cover what to do when this GriefShare cycle is over. It will cover how to continue moving forward through your grief to healing and freedom of pain.

If this is your first time coming to GriefShare, that’s no problem. You will be helped from each session. Bring along a friend or relative for support or as a way to introduce them to the GriefShare program.

Please let me know if you are coming so we can properly prepare for you and your guest.

Bless You,

Brenda Harvey, Facilitator
GriefShare Ministry
First Metropolitan Church