Spring Break College Tour 2014; Firsthand

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SpringBreakFlyerThe 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.

Students will be lodging at Camp Istrouma.   The camp is filed with activities!  Options for Swimming, Climbing Walls, Low Ropes Courses, Canoeing, & new to the camp Paintball.

The cost for the tour is $275.00.  The cost covers the tour, travel, lodging and meals on camp grounds.

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GriefShare New Session

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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.

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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 bjtucker-harvey@sbcglobal.net.

Ensemble Brings the Nativity to Life

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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.JoAnne Davis-Jones

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.Lashanna Leonard

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.

L to R Top Brandon Johnson, Tommie Harper III, Samantha West, Werner Richmond, Bottom L to R JoAnne Davis-Jones, Constance Washington & LaShanna Leonard

L to R Top Brandon Johnson, Tommie Harper III, Samantha West, Werner Richmond, Bottom L to R JoAnne Davis-Jones, Constance Washington & LaShanna Leonard

Snow on the Beltway

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December 21, 2013 First Metropolitan hosted our Annual Christmas Event, “Snow on the Beltway”.  This year it had a slit twist to it. The weather just so happened to storm on the beltway, but without a hassle we moved our event indoors to assure that we could still put a smile on every child’s face. Santa's Lap

With over 200 children in attendance it was destined to be a magnificent experience for all involved.  With the help of our food pantry, and community sponsors we distributed over 500 toys.  Guest were able to take pictures with Santa, participate in Christmas games, eat cookies & hot chocolate, as well as pizza sponsored by Pizza Hut.  It was a beautiful visual to see each guest (including parents) go home with bags of gifts.  Santa took pictures with each child and gathered a list of their “Christmas List”.  Santa was elated to grant the children with their wishes of dolls, teddy bears, gift certificates, make-up kits, coloring books, Crayola’s, trucks, and so much more.
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Pastor O & Lady O greeted each guest, and our evangelism ministry provided prayer to those who requested.  FMC Food Pantry did an amazing job of gathering families in the community who could use a lending hand during the Holiday season.  Amongst gifts, families also went home with food items to prepare a great Holiday meal.  We would also like to send a special thanks to KFMC News for provided everyone with great coverage and assisting in advertising.
Although we could not predict the thunderstorm that took place prior to “Snow on the Beltway”, we knew that God was smiling down on us as we ended the event with clear skies and sunny weather. God has a special way of letting us know that he is happy.

Pastor O & Lady O, and the entire First Met staff would like to Happy New Year.  We will see you all at our New Year’s Eve service on December 31st at 8:30 pm.

Serving Brownies with a Smile!

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On November 2, 2013 it was all about service.  The Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors volunteered to host Brownie Magic.  Brownie Magic is an opportunity for Brownie Girl Scouts to experience Girl Scouts.  The program provides 35 minute sessions on crafts, science, hiking, songs and games and a look at the girl scout drill team the Green Starlettes.  There were over four hundred girls registered to attend the event.  Our young ladies, served as camp host.  Their service required them to learn the camp ground rules, terrain, events/activities and schedule, prior to the arrival of the other campers.  Elianah said, “It took a lot of work and patience to serve the other troops.  We learned how to serve with a smile.”  Their efforts helped Brownie Magic participants access the fun elements of the camp ground, and to return without injury, maintaining order and keeping the camp on schedule.  Brownie Magic Flag CeremonyThe Junior girls lead the flag ceremony.  Sister Burnett was proud of the leadership skills the girls were exhibiting during this event.  She said, “It’s what we talked about at every meeting when we say to live by the Girl Scout Law.  They were living it.”  Other volunteers included Selena Montgomery, Monica Martin, Alex Poole, Quinita Ogletree, Michelle Muhammad and Yolanda Tisdom, Fred and Gerard Burnett came out and helped direct parking which was no easy task.  Sister Burnett continued, “I thank all the volunteers for supporting this effort.  It was a great experience for the girls and the leaders.”Brownie Magic Flag Ceremony

After Brownie Magic, the troop enjoyed the camp amenities.  Layla recalled, “I saw a deer at the camp, and one morning, we saw an armadillo outside of our cabin.”  The girls had an opportunity sleep in cabins and tell stories at night.  Sister Burnett recounted, “They were not allowed to tell ghost stories”. As always the Senior Girl Scouts (9th – 10th grade) took pride in modeling camp etiquette and wilderness survival, while teaching Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes how to enjoy nature.  Adaiah said, “I got to play around and enjoy nature!  I was excited because I finally got to go camping!”