May 2, 2018
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!
February 21, 2018
Greetings First Met!
This Sunday we celebrate 31 years as a family of faith in Northwest Houston. I am happy to report; God has been so good to us. His hand has been and remains firmly on our ministry. I’m sure you have experienced and seen Him work in our congregation as He expands His kingdom.
This Sunday, we celebrate our church anniversary with some anointed guest: Bishop Merton L. Clark of Truth Revealed Ministries in Palm Bay, Florida; anointed psalmist Johnny Johnson and gospel comedian “Cantaloupe.” It’s going to be a glorious 31st celebration! You will not want to miss this Sunday. After the 10:45 service, we will salute our Dream Team with a dinner at 2pm honoring for dynamic service.
I want you to think about the message the Spirit of God gave me last Sunday: “The Plus Side.” God promises to add to our resources when we put His kingdom and righteousness first. (Matthew 6:33) Many of you shared with me how meaningful the message was to you. There are many testimonies in our congregation from those who have experienced the addition of God.
For our 31st I want you to present a significant offering toward our Faith Forward Campaign. We need to catch up by raising about $1million dollars before June of 2019. We can do this!
The Spirit of God has assured Lady O and me that this year will be a breakthrough year. Many blessings will flow to First Met and our members this year. Will you join me in tapping into the overflow from God with a seed of thanksgiving for our church this Sunday? Sow according to how God has blessed you. Sow: $31.00; $62.00; $93.00; $131.00; $262.00 or $1,031.00.
Make this a grand anniversary celebration and help put First Met on the Plus Side. See you Sunday.
From the Heart of Your Pastor,
Dr. John D. Ogletree, Jr.