December 22, the historic Ensemble Theater will be performing Black Nativity at First Met, The Place Where You Belong! The performance will be in the sanctuary of First Met at 7 pm. The tickets for seats can be obtained by registering online (Tickets can be picked up in the front office). The $15 cost for the performance is being covered by First Met; thus the community can access this message of love for free.
Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story by writer Langston Hughes. It contained an all -black cast, which performed traditional gospel style Christmas Carols, and a few additional songs that were written specifically for the show.
Black Nativity was one of the first plays written by an African-American, and was first performed on December 11, 1961. The show has annually been performed in Boston, Massachusetts, at Tremont Temple since 1969.
The Ensemble Theater was founded by the late George Hawkins in 1976. It was created to preserve the artistic expression and diversity in the arts. The theater is over 35 years old, and has become one of Houston’s top historical institutions.
The New Members ministry congratulates the 2013 New Member Orientation Grads.
The New Members Ministry’s purpose is twofold: We help members become acquainted with the history and overall function of the church. We encourage them to move beyond a “positional membership of belonging to their new church home to a participating membership”. Danielle Jones – April Grad
To achieve this, we will study and align ourselves with the First Metropolitan Church vision statement that states: We are a family of faith, leading people to become fully developing followers of Christ by Belonging, Connecting, Growing and Serving.
We then focus on the mission of First Met which is to be a Dynamic Congregation, that Declares God’s Word to our Community and beyond; that Draws people to Christ; that leads people to Develop a godly lifestyle; and seeks to Demonstrate God’s love through service. At the end of New Member class and Network, we present you with opportunities to grow, give and serve.
The New Member Process
New members orientation consists of 3 consecutive orientation classes that are held every first, second and third Sunday of each month. On the fourth Sunday, members are welcomed to the VIP You Belong Graduation Reception.
VIP Graduate Reception
The VIP reception is on the fourth Sunday of each month to recognize the completion and transitioning of the new member. Members get to connect with ministry, Network & Fulfillment Hour leaders. Certificates of Completion are also presented.
Need to Attend Orientation?
Orientation classes are held from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the NM Room every first, second & third Sunday. The room is located in front of the Worship Center next to the bookstore. Any Worship Attendant or Greeter will be happy to escort you to the classes.
Our 2014 Orientation Classes will resume on January 5th 2014 at 9:30 am in the New Members Room. 2014 will see the return of “Breakfast with the Pastors”. To join the New Members Team in 2014, sent your request to Sister Gail Smith.
November 27, the Thanksgiving Worship Service received an injection of praise from National Recording Artist Brian Courtney Wilson. Brother Wilson, a true worshiper, bathed himself in worship in prayer and entered the service ready to share with those in attendance, his amazing life story as well as the music that God has birthed through him.
His opening song was an amazing worship song entitled “Already Here,” and continued in worship with “All I Need.” Both songs set an amazing tone for the approaching Word from our Pastor. He concluded with a song inspired by his father and his relationship with God entitled “Proud of You“.
His melodic voice, eased through verse after verse, warming the heart, and casting out anquish doubts and fears, preparing the believer for the seed of the Word brought by our own Pastor O. His song selection was a progression of love, building and encouraging the audience, reminding them of the love and presence of Christ as the reason above all circumstances to be thankful.
After a powerful message from Pastor O, entitled “The Little Things”, brother Wilson spent moments with the First Met faithful, taking pictures and swapping stories about life in Houston as well as in Chicago. As a native of Chi-town, he had an instant connection with many members who too were natives about his transition to becoming a Houstonian. His story of faith and favor served as encouragement to all to follow the voice of God; knowing that His blessings and favor rest on and follow those who are obedient to His command.
The 2013 date for “It’s Snowing on the Beltway” is December 21st, from 2pm to 5pm. This fun event, a vision of Lady O, Executive Pastor of First Met, is a joint venture from The You Belong Food Pantry, Adopt-a-Family and the Young Adult Ministry of First Met.
Bring your family out to thousands of pounds of snow, which will be delivered to the beltway and placed on our Infant Development Center playground. Kids ranging from toddlers to 12 years of age can enjoy making snow men, snow angels and the fun of making snow balls.
In addition to Santa, families will be able to meet Senior Pastor of First Met, Dr. John Ogletree, Jr, a Trustee on the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District Board and Executive Pastor Dr. Evelyn Ogletree, a college professor at Lonestar College.
You can receive a notification about “It’s Snowing on The Beltway” and other events by following us on Twitter @FirstMetChurch or on Instagram at 1stMetChurch. Our website and Facebook are also great sources of information. See you December 21st from 2pm to 5pm.
On October 12 2013, the Junior Scouts of Troop 15513 opened the year with a day camping trip to Nelda’s Farm in Trinity Texas. The girls enjoyed playing with farm animals and learning about farm life. A memorable moment for the campers was handling a new born puppy as well as feeding a chicken and watching a rooster function on the farm.
The girls got to play on a tire swing which was new to everyone. They also painted their walking sticks to prepare for their hike. With every camp opportunity it’s important to know how to start a fire, which the girls learned how to make fire starters with paper egg cartons, dryer lint and crayons.
The girls then got to explore the farm during their hike. For the next trip we will look for arrowheads by the creek where Native Americans used to reside.
The young ladies were treated to a Spaghetti dinner. The dinner was the efforts of the Leader Selena Montgomery. For breakfast, the campers had a meal called “Calamity”, which is a combination of eggs, bacon, cheese and hash browns.
Troop Leader Linda Burnett, makes sure each year, the Girl Scouts make a concerted effort to enjoy and serve nature during these camping trips. Our goal is to offer experiences the girls would normally not have the opportunity to participate. Our programs build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To unite with Troop 15510 ( K-1st), 15512 (6th – 12th) or 15513 (2nd – 5th) , contact Sister Burnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.