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?
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”. Missionary 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.
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. “
The New Members ministry congratulates the 2016 2nd Quarter 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”.
To achieve this, we will study and align ourselves with the FMC 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?
NM Orientation classes are held from 9:30am to 10:30am 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.
Congratulations to all our 2nd Quarter Graduates
Terrance & Joy Hurst
Pastor John Buckingham
Greetings First Met,
Grace and peace to you and your family this Christmas season! Lady O and I want to express our sincere appreciation for your love, leadership and continued membership here at First Met. Your commitment to serve, promote and attend worship services/events throughout the year has made First Met a strong light in this community. We’ve experienced many mountain top moments this year, along with a few valleys. Through it all God has sustained us and caused all things to work together for our good. With his grace and favor we are finishing strong! We give all Glory to God!
As we prepare for 2016, I see God moving us towards something “Big”, so I want to challenge you to get ready. In reviewing the blessings God has given to us personally and as a church family, I have had to look at our giving and realize it has been a challenge for many of our members. We have a very strong core group of members who are committed tithers, but the majority of our members are non-tithers and a good group are not even good givers. With God’s favor and wisdom, we have remained strong! I don’t believe our giving for 2015 is an accurate reflection of how great God has been to us. While I am not one to ask for money, nor do I believe in strong tactics to get members to give, I do believe it is my responsibility as your Pastor to make you aware of your giving, teach you biblical truths and compel you to change your ways and honor God. God is going to do Big things, but we must do Big things with what He gives us.
So as we close this year and prepare for 2016 there are a few things I must ask of you: 1. Reflect on your giving last year and compare what you gave to what you should have given. This is easy. If you make 60, 000 dollars a year, your giving should be at least 6,000.00 by the end of December. 2. Pray and give God what is due Him. So simply put, give a gift to your church that reflects God’s blessings to you. If you are a tither, Lady O and I sincerely thank you for your steadfast support. We could have not made it without you! I am asking that you pray and give a gift that honors God. First Met, we must end the year strong and honorably. In 2016, We want God to bless us, bless our families, and bless our church. We cannot rob God and expect Him to bless us, so let’s honor God with our time, talent and treasure. Something Big is coming our way so we must Get Ready!
We have had a wonderful year, but the truth is we faced some giving challenges such as low giving and two months of stormy weather which caused extremely low attendance on those Sundays. When the majority of members are absent and forget to send in their tithes and offerings, the budget is not met. This process places the church in a position of trying to make up and catch up with the budget. Just like your household, the church needs a set amount of funds to function and meet the budgeted monthly expenses. When you are absent or when you forget to give, the bills still have to be paid. I am asking you to commit to giving a set amount every month to your church home. We create the budget based on expected funds from our members, therefore I am asking each of you to put God first in your giving by setting up automatic bill pay online: so when you are absent your church’s budget will be met. We must make sure God’s House is always taken care of. This honors God! “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you. Close the year with a steadfast giving attitude. Finish Strong”!
During the year, some of you became relaxed in your financial commitment to the kingdom of God. Sometimes distractions or devastation’s happen in our lives. Whatever the case, the past cannot be relived. Even though you missed some months in your giving, you still have December to make up and catch up, so Finish strong! In the next few weeks give in a manner that pleases the Lord. ‘Don’t give it all to the mall! Finish strong!
Christmas is all about giving. God saw the great need of mankind and gave His only begotten Son to us. “For God so loved the world that he gave His only Son…” (John 3:16) On the 25th of December, we celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ. Why not bring a special gift to the Lord this season? After, all it’s His birthday. Bring Him a gift worthy of who He is to you and all mankind. “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
December is going to be an exciting month at First Met. Our young people with present a special Christmas worship on the 13th at both services. On Wednesday the 16th at 7:30 pm, we have our Annual Church Conference. The theme for the meeting is: God’s Up to Something Big! You’ll want to be present to hear and see what we expect God to do in 2016 with Discipleship, Evangelism, Youth, Marriages, Vision 2020, Facilities, Budget and Leadership. Don’t miss the Church Conference!
First Met has always been a giving church to others. This year, we sent Peanut Butter and built four homes for Haiti, we gave to Single Mothers, College Students, teachers, peace officers, back to school supplies, … Oh, don’t forget our big outreach to the community giving toys to needy families and: “Snow on the Beltway.” I know you will continue to give again this year. Finish Strong!
We are excited to bring to our campus again the Ensemble Theater’s production of “What Child is This?” on the 20th at 7 pm. So get here early and be in your seats for a night to remember. On Christmas Day at 10 am,, let’s gather to worship our savior on His Big Day. Each year our Christmas worship is so mystical and magnificent. It is a tradition you’ll want to make and keep. Your family will be so blessed!
December will close the year with our “Watchnight” Service, preceded by our Chili and Gumbo cook off/feast. Eating starts at 8 pm and worship at 10. See you in church this December.
First Met! It’s time to give God praise for the 2015 Peanut Butter for Haiti Campaign! Missionary Francois write, “Hallelujah! The grand total for the PB4 Haiti campaign is $3,000.02.”
Your compassion and sacrifice has lead to a collective effort that will display the love of Christ through First Met that will provide approximately 750 jars of Peanut Butter to needy families in Haiti.
Missionary Francois has initiated the order through Smuckers, with the shipping and arrival to be released once financial and clerical details are concluded.
We praise God for each of you! At First Met, we are blessed to be a blessing! Thank you for your sacrifice!
Let us continue in our effort to bless the people of Haiti by pressing forward with the Haiti Home Project. Last year, we were able to build 4 homes. This year, lets provide shelter for more families!
For $20, you can sponsor a cement building block. Missionary Francois recalls, “It takes 660 blocks to complete a home.”
Click the link to donate. All donations are tax deductible.
The goal is 10 homes to change the lives of 10 families.
Please forward to your network, after you donate. Thanks so much!!
First Met Church