Word Encounter 2018

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21 Days of Prayer

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August 5 – 25, 2018


“As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.” Psalm 55:16-17 (NIV)


First Met join us in prayer at 6 AM, Noon, and 6 PM each day through Saturday, August 25th. Pray as individuals, families, groups of friends and/or ministries.

Use your “Pray First” prayer guide which includes instruction and guidance on the following:

* The Lord’s Prayer

* Tabernacle Prayer

* Praying Scripture

* The Prayer of Jabez

* Warfare Prayers

* Praying for Those Who Need God

* Personal Prayer Focus

Join the Prayer Ministry each morning at 6-7 AM. You don’t have to remain on the line for the whole hour. You may pray aloud or listen and pray silently. The number is: 1 (605) 475-6700; the Code is: 2776394#.

Faith Forward Newsletter June 2018

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Volume II, June 2018 Issue

From Our Pastors


Hello First Met Family!

We hope you’re as excited as we are that we are nearing the last year of our initial Faith Forward Capital Campaign. Many of you have pledged and sacrificially given over and above your tithes and offerings for our new sanctuary.  Thank you for your faithfulness!pastorladyo

Over the last two years, we have experienced many blessings! We believe it is because of our faith pledge and our sacrificial giving. We are reminded of the song ‘You can’t beat God giving’ and can say we have not wanted for anything! Our seeds sown into Faith Forward have already come back to us in so many ways!

Now with the last year upon us, I want to encourage you to complete what you have begun. And, if you haven’t joined the hundreds of members who have pledged and given sacrificially, now is the time to do so. You’ll want to be part of those who were used by God to fulfill His vision.

This month in June, we have two exciting dates that you’ll want to focus upon:

1.   June 3rd is our ‘Reveal Day.’ Before your very eyes, you’ll see the glorious
sanctuary that we will build for the Lord. It will be a building that will glorify our
God and showcase our Faith, Obedience and Sacrifice.

2.  June 24th is our ‘Day of Extravagant Giving’. Every member and family will
have the opportunity to emulate the people of God in Exodus 35 along with
1 Chronicles 29, who gave extravagantly for the building of God’s house of worship.
It’s going to be a joyous occasion for us all as we took for a record setting Day of
          Extravagant Giving that will span the history of First Met!

Our word to you is: ‘Push to Finish Strong!’ This is a call to Persevere, Unite, Sacrifice, and Hope! God has been good and gracious to each of us and He expects all of us to give in response to His kingdom! Therefore, everyone (young, young adults, middle aged, seniors, married, single, widowed) should give their very best offerings to finish strong this last year.

We are asking that you follow our lead, with faith and extravagantly give. This sanctuary will serve as God’s place on the Beltway to transform the lives of individuals and families in our community and city. Let’s Finish Strong and do this together! He has chosen to use each of us to be a part of what He is doing.


Enthusiastically Yours,
Pastor & Lady O

Where Are We Today?


Calendar of June Events

June 3rd
Pledge Reveal Day
(Bring back cards completed)

June 10th
Prayer & Rally Sunday
Deacon’s Challenge Update

June 17th
Personal Testimony
Deacon’s Challenge Update

June 24th
Day of Extravagant Giving
(Celebrate and bring God our best offering)
– Top Ten Deacon Family
– 100% participation
– Spirit Rally

Meet the Faith Forward Team


Faith Forward Team (L to R): Daniel Johnson, Jeffrey Gant, Deborah Gant, Stacey Milton & Henry Milton. (also Frank & Yolanda McCammon, Sharon Blue & Linda Burnett)

Thank you for your pledge and support of the
Faith Forward Capital Campaign. Let’s finish strong!

Faith Forward: December 2017

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Message From our Pastors

First Met, we are so excited about the month of December: The Magnificent Gift. We know all of you will do your best to help us reach our goal by New Year’s Eve. Your Magnificent Gift is going to bring us closer to building our sanctuary.

Please pray and join the campaign to build our new sanctuary. Feel free to call the church office at 713-983-7878 for additional information.

With Great Expectations,

Pastor & Lady O


‘The Magnificent Gift’

As we quickly approach the end of the year, we want to make sure we have fulfilled our pledges and are meeting the goal of our capital campaign 2017.

In the month of December, we are asking all members to catch up and/or begin to give to the building campaign. For the next four Sundays, we’re asking each of you to contribute towards ‘The Magnificent Gift’ offering. On the first four Sundays (December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd) an offering appeal will be given during the worship service, along with a testimony encouraging everyone to bring their Magnificent Gift.

Please be prepared to bring your magnificent Gift each week or you may pay in a lump sum.

On December 31st (New Year’s Eve) we will celebrate the end of the Magnificent Gift giving and announce our final tally.

If you haven’t pledged or you’re new to First Met, we will have a table in the foyer each Sunday to visit and get all of our questions answered as to how you too can get on board to fulfilling this Great Vision for our new sanctuary.

Where are we Today?


10 Homes; 1 Effort (#fmchaiti2017)

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Our 10 missionaries departed for Haiti Thursday, July 20.

Team Leader Lynette Francois wrote, “Today I’m headed on a mission trip to Haiti…this time to build 10 homes for needy families and help lead them to Christ”.  Missionary3Missionary Francois leads this 3rd effort in 4 years to change the lives of the people of Haiti with the love of Christ.  Following the footsteps of her mother, Missionary Bertha Vaughn, whom is making her final trip to Haiti, she served along side of her eldest son Nehemiah on the previous 2 efforts, and makes this 3rd trip with her youngest son Isaiah.

Like the last trip, families are being used.  On this trip, our very own Pastor & First Lady are serving, Minister & First Lady Sowel, and Ebony & Symone Barnes as mother and daughter.   God has used these efforts to build within our families the seeds of sacrifice and suffering that have lead to spiritual growth and Kingdom advancement.

Our team hit the ground running.  They rolled up their sleeves to maximize their time an to achieve their goal of blessing 10 families with a home from the money raised by our missionaries.  Each member relied upon the Lord to give them strength as they worked in extremely hot conditions, and without some of the modern technology we have grown accustomed to.


Sister Francois records that our missionaries were able to meet 9 of 10 of the families that the homes are being built for.  A reception hosted for them allowed each family to be prayed for, worshiped with and loved on.  Sister Francois says, “More photos to come of the families (and the kids) later in the week. Ages range from 4 days to 78 years old”.

Our team continued to pour into the residents assisting with the local Vacation Bible School (VBS) effort.

Mrs. Maudie and Lady O assisting children with the VBS craft.

The theme was drawn from the story of Jonah and the Whale.  Our group worked side by side with staff with the residents of Haiti to make fun crafts, shoot some hoops, ministering through praise dance, as well as teaching the lessons.


The residents were amazed at the creativity of the team and the curriculum.  Each was attentive and excited about the lesson they were learning about Christ as the made things they could take home to remind them of the love of Christ expressed through the VBS program.   

Sister Eboni Barnes and daughter Symone took the time to learn and teach different praise dance routines to the teenagers at the camp.  Sister Francois said this was “An experience they will remember for a lifetime. “missionary12

#fmchaiti2017  #firstmetchurch