Saturday the 16th of November, Lady O spoke a powerful message to the Leaders of First Met under the theme of “Back to Basic” called “Church Membership. Her message was both informative and challenging, calling leaders and future leaders to step up to the plate of leadership, consider how they are serving.
On Friday, Pastor O stated, “We must learn to affect people not infect people”, and Lady O continued “Leaders attitudes are caught! You can be infectious.” Her message, one important to the cultural change of the body. The Bible encourages us not to deny ourselves the fellowship of the saints. The fellowship of the saints is an important part of spiritual growth and maturity. It helps believers stay focused on the path of righteousness, offering accountability as well as healing and wise counsel. In the midst of all these key elements to our spiritual deposits is the potential for negative interaction. It’s this potential that causes some to fall away, thus as leaders, we must help by keeping our interactions cleans and insuring the interaction between those in the body are nurturing and not negative.
In our quest for leaders, Lady O stressed an importance of cleaning up our interaction with others, when she spoke, “We must remember that leaders were once members.” This point drew a great response. As we look for other laborers, we must insure in our interaction with others that future workers are not chased off because of our negative attitudes, frustration and conversations. “Chaos kills church growth” Lady O continued.
If we are to be who we are called to be as a congregation, we must insure that our dialogue does not create negativity and chaos. When this happens, we will see membership up, volunteer up, staff moral up and God pleased with our efforts.
There were many powerful points from the opening message of the leaders retreat by Pastor O. Our Pastors session, entitled “Back to the Basics“, addressed some of the concerns and many of our star qualities about the church. Using the book, The Fred Factor, Pastor positioned his message to address the type of members and leaders we must be to be the city on a hill and life changing agents we are called to be.
Pastor O called from a change in culture, stressing a move from clique to community, but stated, “We must learn to affect people not infect people.” True to form, Pastor O challenged us as leaders to govern not just our ministries according to biblical principles, but our personal lives and interactions with others. In this, we discussed the many lost and hurting people, not by the world or through personal loss, but through interaction in ministry through service. He addressed the growing trend in congregation of members that have been injured in service, not by the work, but by the worker, and demanded a shift in these trends. As believers, we are to affect those near to us in a positive way. Our words should inspire and encourage growth, not tear down and discourage. We have to close the back door to our churches by properly caring for the sheep God has entrusted us with or our new members and ex-members will grow at the same rate.
When ministries become members only in their approach, the reception and interaction with new converts and or believers seeking a local body to unite with is not positive. We must fight to change the cultural content received in our churches that infect people. We must make sure that our conversations build and create order, not destroy and encourage chaos. If we are to be the church God has called us to be, we must manage each encounter knowing that we are causing movement either forward or backwards. If we do this, our church can truly live up to our slogan; we are The Place Where You Belong!
In 2012, the first ever “It’s Snowing on the Beltway” was held at First Met, The Place Where You Belong on December 22nd. The event, a vision of Lady O, Executive Pastor of First Met, was brought to life by a concerted effort from the You Belong Food Pantry and the Young Adult Ministry of First Met.
Pounds of snow were cast across the Infant Development Center playground; allowing kids of ages ranging from toddlers to 12 years of age to enjoy snow living. Children made snow men and snow angels, giving them a moment to form childhood memories and just for the moment, enjoy being children.
While playing, the kids were able to share moments with the Senior Pastor of First Met, Dr. John Ogletree, Jr. Dr. Ogletree, a Trustee on the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Board, took time to pour into the lives of all present, praying and playing; building moments that will never be lost.
The Young Adult Ministry served hot chocolate and snacks, some of which were donated by Cook Middle School. Later, the kids were welcomed by a surprised guest, Santa himself. Santa took pictures with all present and encouraged the children to enjoy the days of their youth and to never loose hope.
Dates for the 2013 It’s Snowing on the Beltway will follow soon. You can receive notification by following us on Twitter at FirstMetChurch , Instagram at 1stMetChurch or Tumbler at 1stMetChurch, as well as Facebook and Foursquare.
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.