In 2014, the Teen Ministry of First Met will have its 4th Spring Break College Tour. Each year, the teen ministry combines a spiritual journey, with information to expose and enlighten students about the world academia.
The tour will hit the following cities: 1. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 2. New Orleans, Louisiana. While present, local colleges will be toured, as well as experiencing the cities social scene. Students will be able to dine at a popular eating establishment, as well as a visit to popular historical sites.
Students will camp at a local retreat center near on in the city of Baton Rouge. The retreat centers, being reviewed for contract, include high and low ropes course, cabin style lodging and general camp ground amenities. Last year, the students were exposed to a week of Kosher cuisine from the hands of the Kaplan Mitchell Retreat & Conference Center staff and the beautiful mountainous terrain of Georgia.
Past college tours included: University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas State University & Hutson- Tillotson for Spring Break 2011, Texas A & M, Prairie View A & M & Baylor University for Spring Break 2012, and Emory University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, & Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013.
On October 31, 2013 First Met hosted our annual Hallelujah Festival. We are excited to have had over 200 attendees from the community and over 100 members in attendance. Guest were able to enjoy food, drinks, candy, games, treats, goodie bags sponsored by Harris County Sheriff’s Office, and a Live performance from Christian Rapper, Iam Justified.
Children of all ages dressed up in their favorite costumes. We had many creative choices to choose from for our Costume contest. James, of Post elementary dressed up as President Obama, and received second place in the costume contest. It was apparent that each child put a lot of thought into their costume, and everyone walked away from the contest as a winner. Needless to say, all who attended had an amazing time participating in the annual costume contest, even the adult.
Guest really enjoyed the live performance by Christian Rapper, Iam Justified. He debut his new single #ChurchFolk featuring Shei Atkins, as well as the video. Everyone loved the performance including Kiotti of Radio-One Houston who just so happen to bring his daughter to enjoy the festivities.
First Metropolitan would like to thank everyone who attended and those who helped make this event a huge success. We are excited to put on positive events for our members, and the community. Save the date for October 31, 2014!
For more information about Hallelujah Fest please visit www.firstmet.org
Wilsons’ debut album, Just Love, was released in 2009, and featured “Already Here” & “Just Love”; two singles which catapulted Wilson into the national spotlight. His album received a Dove Award nomination for Urban Recorded Song of the Year at the 41st GMC Dove Awards, while he himself was nominated for New Artist of the Year.
This Chicago native graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from University of Illinois, before moving to Houston Texas, where he attended Windsor Village United Methodist Church, connected with St. John’s Downtown Pastor Rudy Rasmus, who was able to link him to Matthew Knowles, which signed him to Spirit Rising/Music World.
In 2013, Wilson united with 3 of Gospel Music’s most talented artist. The group, United Tenors, was put together by Fred Hammond; and feature Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson. The four of them have created a sound that is similar to the recording sound found in the early 80’s where, anointed balladeers created beautiful melodies and harmonies.
Brian completed his sophomore album entitled “So Proud”, debuted number one on Gospel Album chart with top radio singles, “So Proud” and “He Still Cares.”
Inspire Women November 1, 2013
On Friday, November 1, 2013 First Lady of First Metropolitan, Dr. Evelyn Ogletree was honored as 1 of the top 50 mentors in the city of Houston. Honorees enjoyed a VIP luncheon at the Hilton America’s Downtown. The luncheon included inspirational testimonies from members of Inspire Women, and live performance by Gospel Saxophonist, Angella Christie. Each attendee received a book by Anita Carman (CEO of Inspire Women) entitled, “The Best Of My Mentor and Me”. Inspire Women blessed all of the top mentors with a beautiful gift bag that included jewelry, and a hand written card from Anita Carman.
Lady O was chosen as a top mentor in the city of Houston because of her efforts to develop individuals from various walks of live. “If it wasn’t for Lady O I would not have perused a degree in Communications at Prairie View A&M University. She seen something in me when I was her student at the age of six, and she never stopped believing in me”, says former student, Perry West. It is evident that Lady has touched many people with her will to be selfless, and her strengths to take on any task that others may be facing.
First Lady of First Metropolitan, Lady O was beyond excited and thrilled to be recognized for an outstanding accomplishment. To be able to mentor is a beautiful gift, and to watch those that you have mentored express their love and appreciation is beyond amazing. Lady O would like to thank First Metropolitan Church & staff, her family, friends, former & current students, Inspire Women’s Staff, and everyone that helped celebrate this experience with her.