Looking for an amazing way to give your time back to the community?
Come on out and volunteer at The Beacon with The Next Level Ministry.
WHAT: Community Service
WHERE: John S. Dunn Center
1212 Prairie Street
Houston, TX 77002
WHEN: March 29, 2014
8:30 am -11:00 am
WHY: To give back to the community through volunteer work
If interested, please respond to this mail as the maximum participants allotted is 15!
We look forward to serving with you!
This past weekend was filled with LOVE, the First Met Way. On Sunday, February 16th 31 couples attended our annual Valentine Couple’s Dinner. This year the dinner was held at the fabulous Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant; which consisted of dining, dancing, bonding games, and an over the top great time. Pastor O & Lady O presented each lady with a long stemmed red rose as she entered the dinner.
The main objective of the dinner was to remind couples of the importance of working together to keep their marriages strong and healthy. Pastor O & Lady O encouraged the couples to continue to uplift each other, and grow, because no marriage is perfect. In order for any marriage to remain healthy there must be forgiveness, love, and support in place. Couples were also encouraged to be creative with each other, and keep the romance alive at all times.
As the dinner progressed there was a live swing dance demonstration lead by Northside Swing Dance Group. The Swing Dancing was very exciting, and offered a new twist to the modern dances that most are familiar with. Guest were also able to participate in a Lego activity; which allowed each couple to have the opportunity to build “something” together that represented their marriage.
The Night was described as “Magical”, and a perfect way to display love through marriage. Pastor O & Lady O would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the couples who attended, and encourage you all to continue to stride towards a healthy marriage.
The 2014 college Tour is upon us. This years theme is First Hand, drawn from the book, Firsthand; Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by the Ryan & Josh Shook. The goal this year is to insure that each student has a personal faith, and not one based upon their parents and grand parents.
As for the tour, the students will visit some of Americas finest institutions. In Baton Rouge, the colleges slated for visits are LSU, Southern & Louisiana Culinary Institute and in New Orleans, Xavier, Dillard & Tulane. The institutions combined represents a wide range of studies and collectively will expose our students to a variety of campuses and campus living.
The cost for the tour is $275.00. The cost covers the tour, travel, lodging and meals on camp grounds.
The holidays have been joyous, but have for some created memories via moments of sadness through the loss of a loved one. 2014, in its greatness, has mirrored past years in bringing life into the world and bringing life into eternity.
As a support for those who have and are experiencing grief, First Met has started a Griefshare support group. Griefshare connects both newly grieving and those who are progressing through the grieving process. Each session features the testimony of others, instructional videos and spiritual insights as to how to move through the grieving process, support others while they are grieving as well as and scriptural support while one places the piece of their new world back together.
The new session of Griefshare started Jan 6th and ends April 14th. The sessions start at 6:30 pm and end at 8:30 pm. For more information about Griefshare, email Brenda Tucker-Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 22, The Place Where You Belong was honored to host a 2013 performance of Black Nativity. The Vision from Pastor O, was to bring to life the Christmas Story through an anointed group, providing Christmas enlightenment as well as entertainment. The Ensemble Theatre of Houston was no disappointment.
The Cast was stocked full of talented voices, amazing dancers and great actors and actresses. Directed by Eileen J. Morris, the cast of Black Nativity brought the Christmas story to life with renditions of Oh What a Wonderful Child, Silent Night, Mary Did You Know, Total Praise and many others soulful Christmas songs and melodies.
The amazing dance numbers fit well into the performance, showing the full range of all on stage. Each actor and actress displayed talent and ability well beyond the expectation of the audience, bringing smiles and applause from all presence. Spotlighted was anointed vessels Lashanna Leonard and Samanta West, both who’s solos covered the with of the stage, conquering each place their foot trod. Their routines was graceful, and as one attendant labeled them, “angelic”.
A powerful performance by JoAnne Davis-Jones set the tone for the entire evening. Her energy and powerful voice insured the audience that their attendance was no accident and would not be an evening without purpose and or fulfillment. Midway through the production, Tommie Harper III brought the audience to their feet, mastering the falsetto solo in a rendition of Temptations rendition of Silent Night.
The night was brought to a boil with a duet by Constance Washington and Brandon Johnson, as they performed a First Met Favorite, Mary Did You Know. This song is near and dear to First Met, as our Pastor O’s solo tradition each Christmas. The song displayed the talent of both soloist, and was under girded by the harmony of the entire cast. This lead to the powerful concluding number Total Praise, which featured the backing of the amazing First Met Choir. The full power of the voices was the perfect conclusion to the night.