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 email@example.com.
Each Christmas, First Met participates in the Adopt-a-Family project. This project connects people from the church and community with needy families who lack the resources to buy gifts for their youth. For many of these families, these gifts will be the only ones received during the holiday season.
The team has already identified some needy families, in which we can share the love of Christ with. These families are made up of a variety of family units in Northwest Houston and Acres Homes, but all have one common trait; their need for assistance making the holidays special for their youth.
To help these families, we are asking, those who are able to, prayerfully help a family from our community this Christmas. Children can be adopted by an individual or as a group or ministry. Groups can also adopt a family, as some of our identified families have multiple children who are in need of a holiday blessing.
Forms will be available in the church foyer and can be obtained online through the Adopt a Family team. Choose to show the love of Christ through personal sacrifice and gift giving. All gifts must be delivered to the church by Saturday December 15th. Gifts will be distributed on Saturday December 21st. For more information, please contact Sister Jackie Henry at 832-588-0505.
December 4th, the Griefshare ministry at First Met will host a Griefshare ministry for the body of Christ. The meeting that normally meets on Monday, will meet Wednesday at 7:00 pm to allow the congregation to experience the power of these meetings. Griefshare is a powerful ministry tool that allows the community to be in relationship with one another, sharing in the pain, and working through the grief. The group is private, but the affects of the private meetings result in public rejoicing.
You might be thinking, why the special meeting? I’m glad you asked. There is a sad tradition for many during the holidays. While some are joyous, celebrating, roaming from party to party and enjoying the company of others, some throw their a private part at home. Dr. Elaine Aron said in the article, Attending to the Undervalued Self, “There is nothing bleaker, or more dangerous to survival, than being alone in the cold, physically or emotionally hungry, left out, while others are gathered around the fire, sharing food and gifts and above all, love.” Many find themselves removing themselves from the company of others, to marinate in their hurt and pain, driving themselves into dark corners; many crashing into depression.
“Those suffering from any type of holiday depression or stress can benefit from increased social support during this time of year. Counseling or support groups can also be beneficial” says Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD. Because of this, ministries like Griefshare are able to serve as a powerful group to battle the individual nature and dangers of grief.
The last session of Griefshare will be December 9, in the Upstairs Fellowship Hall of First Met. The special Griefshare event is one that should not be missed. The video, message and dialogue are ones that will be beneficial to all. To find out more about the meeting on December 4th, email Sister Brenda Harvey. Come and let the support of the body aid you in avoiding the darkness of the holidays.