21 DAYS OF PRAYER
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#.
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