September 28, 2013, Girl Scout Troop 15513, took a trip to Galveston Texas for their Adopt a Beach Clean up. Troop Leader Linda Burnett & Group Leader, Monica Martin took 4 troop members across the Gulf of Mexico on the Bolivar Peninsula Ferry to a private shore line to assist a community in removing trash and debris from the shore line.
The troop experienced both the beauty of Gods creation, and the un-appreciation shown from His creation. On the ferry, the young ladies enjoyed the gentle cool breeze provided by the ferry, along with a wonderful view of dolphins breaking the water of the gulf. After the ride, the young ladies walked the shore line, armed with trash bags, gloves and good old fashion woman power. They combed the area, helping the habitat remain clean, and gathering materials to be recycled. Working as a team, they formed a strategy to work the coast.
As the girls broke for lunch, they received encouragement from each other as well as their leaders. Troop member Layla expressed, “we needed the encouragement, because the work was challenging. It was also discouraging because a person on the shore line, threw a piece of trash on the ground despite seeing their efforts to clean. Sister Burnett & Sister Martin both expressed their pride in the girls effort, reminding them that their efforts were both beneficial and not in vain.
The girls scouts continue to look for new ways to impact the environment. Their determination and hard work are sure to extend the life of the local habitation. To unite with Troop 15510 ( K-1st), 15512 (6th – 12th) or 15513 (2nd – 5th) , contact Sister Burnett at email@example.com.
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.
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.