Pastor & Lady O featured in Houston Church News

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On Sunday, November 24th several hundred members of First Metropolitan Church gathered for the celebration of the church’s 27th anniversary.

First Met’s founders and co-pastors John and Evelyn Ogletree spoke frankly about their 27 year journey; the good and the not so good as well as Pastor John Ogletree’s call to ministry after coming to Houston to attend law school, becoming an attorney and after two years practicing law answering that call.  Read More….


Come enjoy New Year’s Eve at FMC

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New Years Eve FMCThere is no celebrations like a First Met Celebration. We are eager to bring in the New Year excitement. It is guaranteed that New Year’s Eve at First Met will be one to remember.

The Challenge is ON!!! Do you have the best Chili, or Gumbo? Yes! Well excellent, we WANT YOU to be a part of our annual Chili & Gumbo cook-off on December 31st at 8:30 pm. Come spice up the night with your famous Chili & Gumbo as the judges search for the best bowl. You could take home the title this year.

Directly after the cook-off we will have a concert in the Sanctuary featuring Recording Artist, J Shep & Standard.   J Shep is a native of Houston Texas, but has taken the Gospel Industry by a complete storm with hits like, Let’s Go, Haven’t Forgot, I can depend on you, and a host of other great hits. J Shep has worked with artist such as, Hezekiah Walker, Edwin Hawkins, Phil Taver, Unquenchable Worshippers, Vernard Burton and many others. It is a great joy to welcome J Shep & Standard Muzik to First Met for New Year’s Eve.

As the last moments of 2013 come to an end we can expect a powerful word from our very own, Pastor Ogletree. Pastor O will also pray us into the new year. This night will be great on every level. We encourage everyone to come out to enjoy a fun, safe, and glorious event. Happy Holidays from First Metropolitan’s family & staff.

Salute the Single Mothers Event Recap

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On Sunday, December 8, 2013 First Metropolitan Church implemented our first ever “Salute The Single Mother” event.  This event was created by Pastor Ogletree to allow the single mothers of First Metropolitan and the community to feel special, loved, adored, and honored.  As we know, Christmas is normally centered around the children, but during this time we wanted to let the single mothers know that they are appreciated for their countless hours of raising the wonderful children of our community.

The single mothers were able to enjoy a message delivered by Pastor Ogletree titled, “Hope during the Christmas Season”. The message encouraged everyone to never give up hope no matter what is taking place in your life. Directly after the message, Pastor O & Lady O had each single mother stand up for the celebration of the event. As each mother stood, Lady O welcomed them to service, and she explained how growing up her mother struggled to keep all of her children in great spirits during the Holiday season. IMG_1572

All of the mothers being honored at the event received a gift bag including, tickets to see the new movie “Mandela”, beauty products, gift certificates to various restaurants, perfume, and various items to show our appreciation of these strong single mothers. Several members became our “Secret Angels” by adopting a few single mothers and giving them monetary gifts to assist with special needs.  Four deserving mothers received $100 gift cards from Pastor & Lady O, and over twenty mothers received $40 gift cards.  All mothers also received bags of groceries from First Metropolitan Church’s food pantry. 

“This event was a complete blessing to me. I appreciate First Metropolitan Church for hosting an event such as this one”, said Valencia Guinn.

We are so thrilled that we were able to uplift our beautiful single mothers. Pastor & Lady O would like everyone to know that this is the time to of giving, and take this time to do something special for someone else. We love each of you, and we look forward to making this event bigger and better in the future. Happy Holidays.

The Ensemble is Coming to the Beltway

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December 22, the historic Ensemble Theater will be performing Black Nativity at First Met, The Place Where You Belong!  The performance will be in the sanctuary of First Met at 7 pm.  The tickets for seats can be obtained by registering online (Tickets can be picked up in the front office).  The $15 cost for the performance is being covered by First Met; thus the community can access this message of love for free.


Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story by writer Langston Hughes.  It contained an all -black cast, which performed traditional gospel style Christmas Carols, and a few additional songs that were written specifically for the show.

Black Nativity was one of the first plays written by an African-American, and was first performed on December 11, 1961.  The show has annually been performed in Boston, Massachusetts, at Tremont Temple since 1969.

The Ensemble Theater was founded by the late George Hawkins in 1976.  It was created to preserve the artistic expression and diversity in the arts.  The theater is over 35 years old, and has become one of Houston’s top historical institutions.

New Members Orientation 2013 in Review

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You Belong!

The New Members ministry congratulates the 2013 New Member Orientation Grads.

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Danielle is all smiles after receiving her
Certificate of Completion.

The New Members Ministry’s purpose is twofold: We help members become acquainted with the history and overall function of the church. We encourage them to move beyond a “positional membership of belonging to their new church home to a participating membership”. Danielle Jones – April Grad

To achieve this, we will study and align ourselves with the First Metropolitan Church vision statement that states: We are a family of faith, leading people to become fully developing followers of Christ by Belonging, Connecting, Growing and Serving.

Some July Grads include Freddie Richard Jr., Mary Malveaux, Mekeba Gordon and Joyce Townsend receiving their
Certificates of Completion.

We then focus on the mission of First Met which is to be a Dynamic Congregation, that Declares God’s Word to our Community and beyond; that Draws people to Christ; that leads people to Develop a godly lifestyle; and seeks to Demonstrate God’s love through service. At the end of New Member class and Network, we present you with opportunities to grow, give and serve.

The New Member Process

New members orientation consists of 3 consecutive orientation classes that are held every first, second and third Sunday of each month. On the fourth Sunday, members are welcomed to the VIP You Belong Graduation Reception.

VIP Graduate Reception

The VIP reception is on the fourth Sunday of each month to recognize the completion and transitioning of the new member. Members get to connect with ministry, Network & Fulfillment Hour leaders. Certificates of Completion are also presented.

Need to Attend Orientation?

Chris Jones receiving his Certificates of Completion and prepare to join
their Fulfillment Hour Class.
August Graduate Justina Freeman is all smiles after completing New Member Orientation and prepares for ministry service and Fulfillment Hour Class.

Orientation classes are held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the NM Room every first, second & third Sunday. The room is located in front of the Worship Center next to the bookstore. Any Worship Attendant or Greeter will be happy to escort you to the classes.


Our 2014 Orientation Classes will resume on January 5th 2014 at 9:30 am in the New Members Room.    2014 will see the return of “Breakfast with the Pastors”.  To join the New Members Team in 2014, sent your request to Sister Gail Smith.


Brian Courtney Wilson sets the Atmosphere

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Brian Courtney Wilson SingingNovember 27, the Thanksgiving Worship Service received an injection of praise from National Recording Artist Brian Courtney Wilson.  Brother Wilson, a true worshiper, bathed himself in worship in prayer and entered the service ready to share with those in attendance, his amazing life story as well as the music that God has birthed through him.

His opening song was an amazing worship song entitled “Already Here,” and continued in worship with “All I Need.”  Both songs set an amazing tone for the approaching Word from our Pastor.  He concluded with a song inspired by his father and his relationship with God entitled “Proud of You“.

His melodic voice, eased through verse after verse, warming the heart, and casting out anquish doubts and fears, preparing the believer for the seed of the Word brought by our own Pastor O.  His song selection was a progression of love, building and encouraging the audience, reminding them of the love and presence of Christ as the reason above all circumstances to be thankful.


After a powerful message from Pastor O, entitled “The Little Things”, brother Wilson spent moments with the First Met faithful, taking pictures and swapping stories about life in Houston as well as in Chicago.  As a native of Chi-town, he had an instant connection with many members who too were natives about his transition to becoming a Houstonian.  His story of faith and favor served as encouragement to all to follow the voice of God; knowing that His blessings and favor rest on and follow those who are obedient to His command.

Let There Be Snow!

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snowmasterThe 2013 date for “It’s Snowing on the Beltway” is December 21st, from 2pm to 5pm.  This fun event, a vision of Lady O, Executive Pastor of First Met, is a joint venture from The You Belong Food Pantry, Adopt-a-Family and the Young Adult Ministry of First Met.

Bring your family out to thousands of pounds of snow, which will be delivered to the beltway and placed on our Infant Development Center playground.  Kids ranging from toddlers to 12 years of age can enjoy making snow men, snow angels and the fun of making snow balls.

An appearance from Santa himself has been solidified, so your youth can have a special photo opportunity as well as a chance to share Christmas wishes and desires.  SnowBelt4

In addition to Santa, families will be able to meet Senior Pastor of First Met, Dr. John Ogletree, Jr, a Trustee on the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Board and Executive Pastor Dr. Evelyn Ogletree, a college professor at Lonestar College.

You can receive a notification about “It’s Snowing on The Beltway” and other events by following us on Twitter @FirstMetChurch or on Instagram at 1stMetChurch.  Our website and Facebook are also great sources of information.  See you December 21st from 2pm to 5pm.SnowBelt7