Metairie Baptist Missive — September 30, 2015

“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”

          On Sunday, we were able to bring our study of Hebrews to a close as I preached the last sermon in the series on this letter. We were challenged to “continuously offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.” (Heb 13:15) Have you spent this week praising God for who He is and for the salvation He has provided for you, thanking God for His work in your life, and exhibiting your changed life through doing good for others – all as a part of offering up a sacrifice of praise? I encourage you to start each day with praise and to allow that habit to spread throughout your day as you continuously praise God!

I am thankful for the election of our four new deacons: Jim Brunson, Andrew Burns, Ken Koban and Errol Wilken. On Sunday, Oct. 11, we will have a Deacon Ordination service for Andrew and Ken (Jim and Errol have previously been ordained). This is a special time in which the church sets aside these men for the ministry and calling of being a deacon. Make plans to be a part of this service on Oct. 11 at 5:00 p.m. The ordained men are invited to be a part of the ordination council that afternoon at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for a reception given in their honor immediately after the ordination service.

I missed being with you on Sunday night. Business Meeting/Church Council is always one of my favorite meetings as we think forward about the ministry of Metairie Baptist.  A special thanks for Alan’s leadership throughout the meeting while I was traveling to Birmingham.

One of matters discussed at the meeting was the Fall Festival.  I am particularly excited as we approach this ministry opportunity. Each year we host the Fall Festival for our community as a safe way for them to enjoy Halloween and as a way for us to demonstrate in a tangible way our love for them. Begin now to pray for the event – and make plans to help! We will have trunk or treat, free food, and inflatables for the children. The Fall Festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. [The good news – this is a Saturday night which is followed with our being able to set our clocks back that night an hour and gain an extra hour of sleep!] You’ll have the opportunity to begin to sign up to help this week during our morning worship service by means of the tab in the bulletin. In addition, we will be providing flyers in the near future for your to utilize as you invite your friends and family.

We are sensing God’s direction in several areas of ministry opportunities. For those of you who were at the Business Meeting/Church Council, you heard of an opportunity to get involved in an international mission trip. We realize that not everyone will be able to go, but as an entire church we can support this trip and participate in one way or another. I encourage all of you to pray about God’s leadership in your life regarding this matter. If you would like more information, feel free to either contact me or the church office so we can get you in touch with Dale Garvin who is providing leadership for this ministry opportunity.

Our studies continue tonight. Join us at 6:10 p.m. for encouragement and direction in your walk with Christ. If you have been a part of the study, make continued attendance a priority! If you haven’t been able to join the studies yet, make tonight your first night – you are more than welcome and encouraged to join us. God is doing a great work in the studies. Each week I personally find myself challenged to become more like Christ, reminded of some areas of my life on which I need God’s help as He refines me, and encouraged by the mutual fellowship with others who are on the journey. These MasterLife studies have been some of the most meaningful studies in which I have had the opportunity to participate. God is utilizing them for life change!

I find it hard to believe that Christmas is coming upon us quickly! Don’t forget that Carol would like to invite you to be a part of the upcoming Christmas worship experience. Her invitation follows: It’s almost Christmas!  Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we begin rehearsals for the adult choir Christmas music.  We’ll be introducing the Christmas music for this year on Saturday, October 3.  We’ll listen to the music and rehearse from 10 am – noon in the choir room and then have lunch together in the fellowship hall.  You’ll also receive a book and listening CD at that time.  We would LOVE for you to sing with us!  If you can, please let Carol know you’ll be singing, so she can be sure to have enough books and CDs on hand and enough good food for lunch on the 3rd.  Don’t miss out!  And if you can’t join us on the 3rd, beginning on October 7th we’ll also begin using the first 15-20 minutes of each Wednesday choir rehearsal (more as we get closer to Christmas….) to learn Christmas music.  That means you don’t have to stay for the whole rehearsal if you’re only singing Christmas music.  So, please come and join us!

Our network and internet have been restored at the church! A special thanks to Jeff Aldridge for his many hours spent trying to resolve the myriad of issues. Please express your thanks to Jeff!

May God bless you today with a deeper understanding of His love for you as you live for Him!

On the journey,
Thomas

Thomas Strong III, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor
Metairie Baptist Church
401 Codifer Blvd.
Metairie, LA  70005
504-835-2611
thomas.strong@metairiebc.org

Metairie Baptist Missive — Sept 23, 2015

“The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!”

Psalm 97:1

               Good morning! I have great news for you – “The Lord reigns!” As you walk through this week, I pray that you’ll find great joy in knowing that He continues to reign and nothing will change that. Not only does that cause us to rejoice, but this fact causes us to find courage to live the life that God has called us to live. Remember: “The Lord reigns!”

I have felt God’s stirring over the past weeks and am excited about His working at Metairie Baptist. I am also thankful for your faithfulness in following after Him in your daily walk and in your corporate walk as a part of the church. Join me in continuing to pray consistently for God’s working in and through Metairie Baptist. Let’s keep our eyes open with anticipation for what God is going to do next!

We welcomed Patrick Weaver as the Minster of Youth on Sunday. I am thankful that God has brought him to MBC and that now God has led him join to our staff. Join me in praying for Patrick and Leah. Also, join me in praying for our youth – we have a great group of youth!

In the days ahead, consider these reminders:

*Church Council/Business Meeting is this Sunday night (Sept 27) at 5:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. One of the key items that will happen during the meeting is the election of new deacons who will serve for the next three years. The Deacon Selection Committee has met, considered, and prayed concerning these nominations. In addition, they met with those who are new to the deacon ministry at MBC. During the meeting, they heard the testimonies of these men as well as discussed with them in detail the expectations of a deacon. After those interviews, the committee made a decision to nominate the following men to serve as deacons for the upcoming year: Jim Brunson, Andrew Burns, Ken Koban, and Errol Wilken. You’ll have a chance to affirm this nomination as you vote at the Business Meeting on Sunday night.

*Originally we had planned (and announced last week) that we would be having a meeting for all members of all committees this Sunday. That meeting has been postponed until next month and, therefore, will not meet this week.

*We have had to adjust several meetings/events in our October schedule.

  1. The Deacon’s Meeting will take place the first Sunday of October at 5:00 p.m. – October 4.
  2. The Deacon Ordination will take place on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 5:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. The Deacon Council will meet prior to the ordination at 4:00 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the ordination service for the new deacons.
  3. A Deacon Banquet is being planned for October 18 immediately following the morning worship service. More information will be forthcoming regarding this.
  4. The Church Council/Business Meeting will take place on Oct. 25 at 5:00 p.m. This will be a great time as we finalize all the plans for the Fall Festival.

*Don’t forget that the Fall Festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You will be hearing more about the details of how you can help in the upcoming weeks. Make plans to attend and help us get the word out to your friends and neighbors.

Carol wanted me to remind you that with the fast approach of the Holiday Season comes an opportunity for you to participate in the Christmas worship presentation. Here is a note from Carol: It’s almost Christmas!  Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we begin rehearsals for the adult choir Christmas music.  We’ll be introducing the Christmas music for this year on Saturday, October 3.  We’ll listen to the music and rehearse from 10 am – noon in the choir room and then have lunch together in the fellowship hall.  You’ll also receive a book and listening CD at that time.  We would LOVE for you to sing with us!  If you can, please let Carol know you’ll be singing, so she can be sure to have enough books and CDs on hand and enough good food for lunch on the 3rd.  Don’t miss out! And if you can’t join us on the 3rd, beginning on October 7th we’ll also begin using the first 15-20 minutes of each Wednesday choir rehearsal (more as we get closer to Christmas….) to learn Christmas music.  That means you don’t have to stay for the whole rehearsal if you’re only singing Christmas music.  So, please come and join us!

Our network at church has been down for a couple of days. If you have attempted to email someone and have not had a response, it is perhaps for that reason. Feel free to call the office if we can be of any help – 504 835 2611. (By the way, many of us are accessing our email outside of the church network so we are checking emails as well).

I look forward to seeing you tonight and Sunday. I am rejoicing – “The Lord Reigns!” Enjoy your first day of Fall.

On the journey,
Thomas

Metairie Baptist Missive for Sept. 16, 2015

“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”

Good morning!  Have you enjoyed the nice weather these last few days?  It has been refreshing – and greatly appreciated at our house because they have been repairing our AC!  We have tremendously enjoyed being able to have the windows open with the cooler breeze blowing through the house.

While enjoying the weather, I have watched the news of all that is taking place around us and my heart remains heavy.  The Syrian refugee crisis is simply heart breaking to me.  To hear of the number of people who are dying while trying to find a future home which is safe causes great sadness.  Then we also hear of their difficulties of getting to a new place where they can be taken in as refugees.  The pictures of families and especially children are embedded in my mind.  In addition, I have been thinking of the families who lost loved ones during the flash flood yesterday in Utah.  On top of that, there is crime and the loss of life in our city and around the world, not to mention the continual safety threat to our police officers.  Honestly, in times like this it is tempting to simply throw up one’s hands and surrender.  Thankfully, we serve a God who is bigger than all these – and so I encourage you to continue to pray.  Pray for God’s intervention, for the protection of individuals, for right thinking of all those involved, and for the salvation of the lost.  Ultimately, God is the only one who can provide a way through these challenging times – and we know that He is able!  Don’t lose heart, but be more determined to turn to Him!

I trust you are making plans to join us tonight for our small group studies.  We will begin at 6:10 p.m.  Though the studies have started a couple of weeks ago, they are all designed for you to come as you are able.  If you haven’t been able to attend as of yet, it still is not too late.  For those of you who have been in attendance, don’t forget to make attendance a priority – each week contains important teachings that God can use to shape your life.

On Friday night (Sept. 18) beginning at 7:00 p.m., we will be hosting a Family Movie Night for all the church family as well as your friends and neighbors.  Make plans to invite those around you and join in a time of fun and fellowship.  Feel free to bring a comfortable folding chair or a blanket to sit on so you can enjoy the movie!

Saturday (Sept. 19) will be our Helping Hands Day beginning at 8:30 am.  This ministry provides help to those in our church who need minor things done around the house such as weeding a flower bed or changing light bulbs.  In addition, minor work is done around the church if time allows.  A lunch is provided at the conclusion of the time for those who give of their time and effort in Helping Hands.

Remember that our Business Meeting/Church Council has been pushed back one week.  Instead of this Sunday, the meeting will take place on Sept. 27.  This will allow the Deacon Selection Committee to complete their work so we can vote on the election of new deacons.  The list of those being nominated for new deacons next year will be found in the bulletin this Sunday.

Would you continue to pray about God’s using you in the ministries of Metairie Baptist?  Currently we have needs in several areas:  Helping with the Children’s Ministry particularly on Wednesday night, helping with Extended Teaching Care on Sunday morning during the worship service, helping with the homeless ministry particularly in the preparation of the meals on Saturday.  If you would like more information about these, please respond to this email or call the church office.  Many of these opportunities involve only helping occasionally, such as once a month.  Please join us in praying about support for these very important ministries of MBC.

Do you have any knowledge of networks or websites?  We are looking to bolster our support of the media ministry at MBC.  You can contact Carol Wilken at carol.wilken@metairiebc.org or 504-835-2611.

I have been praying for you – and look forward to seeing you soon.  As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be of any help or if we can pray specifically with you about any matters.  I am grateful to be on the journey with you.

Pressing forward,

Thomas
Thomas Strong III, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor
Metairie Baptist Church
401 Codifer Blvd.
Metairie, LA  70005

504-835-2611

thomas.strong@metairiebc.org

Metairie Baptist Missive for Sept. 9, 2015

1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. 4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.
5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God, 6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever; 7 Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free. 8 The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous; 9 The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
10 The Lord will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the Lord! (Psalm 146)

I have consistently found encouragement throughout the past weeks in the great truth that our God reigns! No matter what happens, God is still sovereign. As the Psalmist stated, “The Lord will reign forever!” I trust you’ll find great comfort, encouragement, and consistent hope in our God who reigns eternally!

Last week we got off to a great start with our small group studies on Wednesday night. The entire purpose of these groups is to challenge us in our daily lives to become more like Christ. Join us tonight at 6:10 as the studies continue. If you weren’t able to join us last week, it isn’t too late – you are more than welcome to join us.

*A group for men and women will be led by me in Room 200. We are studying “MasterLife: The Disciple’s Victory.”

*A group for men will be led by Mitch Mares in the Room 123. This group will be studying “MasterLife: The Disciple’s Personality.”

*A group for women will be led by Terry Dickson and Betty Frechette in the Parlor. The women will be studying “MasterLife: The Disciple’s Cross.”

I honestly believe that if you invest your time in these studies that God will use them to change your life. Over the past months, I have seen that very thing happen – so join us on the journey.

Consider these matters as you prepare for the weeks ahead:

*We are needing individuals who can help with our children’s ministry, particularly on Wednesday night. Would you be willing to help regularly or occasionally? You can contact Leah at Leah.Weaver@metairiebc.org or call the church office.

*Immediately following the morning worship service (Sept. 13), I would like to meet with the parents of the youth in the Parlor to talk about the steps we are taking with the youth ministry and to receive input as well. The meeting will be brief in order to allow you to enjoy lunch with your family.

*A Family Movie Night has been planned for Sept. 18 in the Fellowship Hall. More details are coming but mark your calendars so you can join the church family in a night of fellowship.

*Helping Hands has planned a work day for Saturday morning, Sept. 19. This is an opportunity to be involved in helping some of our church family with matters around their house that need attention. If you are able to help or would like more information, you can contact the church office. Janie will make certain your information/questions get to Linda Bordelon. In addition, if you are one of our senior adults and would like to request some assistance, please contact the church office. You can reach Janie at 835-2611 or office@metairiebc.org.

*The Business Meeting/Church Council for September has been pushed back a week. We will meet on Sunday night, Sept. 27, at 5:00.

Thank you for praying diligently and for giving sacrificially to the church throughout the past months. As mentioned previously, we were in a tight place financially. God’s provisions and your response have provided a very positive month for Metairie Baptist. Continue to pray and continue to give! From my heart I want you to know that I am thankful for your faithfulness in all you do. We are looking forward to the opportunities of ministry that are in the days ahead.

On the journey,
Thomas

Thomas Strong III, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor
Metairie Baptist Church
401 Codifer Blvd.
Metairie, LA  70005
504-835-2611
thomas.strong@metairiebc.org

Metairie Baptist Missive for September 2, 2015

Good morning!  I trust you are having a great week and encountering each new day as an opportunity to know God better and to be used by Him.  After a challenging week last week, I am reminded of His faithfulness in walking with us.  Thank you so much for your prayers and for your many expressions of support and encouragement.

We had an absolutely wonderful time on Sunday afternoon at the picnic.  I enjoyed just listening – there was an incredible buzz as everyone was enjoying the fellowship with one another.  A great crowd attended and there was without question plenty of food.  It was fun to watch the children enjoy their time on the waterslide, the adults engaged in conversation, and all experiencing the fellowship. Thanks to those who helped plan, brought food, helped with the set up, and helped with the cleanup.  A special thanks to Jan Kokemore for her tremendous effort in planning and organizing the event.

Tonight is the night!  We begin our small group meetings tonight as we start MasterLife.  The purpose of all these studies is to help us grow in our relationship with Christ.  Avery Willis originally developed the MasterLife process to encourage those on the mission field who had accepted Christ to grow in their relationship with Him.  But it quickly became a process that was used around the world.   Personally, I first participated in MasterLife when I spent a year in Detroit as a missionary through the Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) where I ministered to college students at Wayne State University.  God used the study to change my life radically.  [By the way, I discovered on Sunday that Clarice Starr’s brother was instrumental in the development of MasterLife as he worked with Avery Willis. He was also instrumental in the spread of the process to other countries after the development!  We have an MBC connection!]

Make plans to join us tonight – there will definitely be a group that you can join.  All the groups will begin at 6:10 p.m.  Signs will be throughout the church to help you find the location of your study.  If you are uncertain which one to attend, we will be glad to help you – just find myself or one of the staff.  Also, if you haven’t signed up yet, you are still welcome (more than welcome!) to come.

*A men’s group will be led by Mitch Mares.   They will be studying “MasterLife: The Disciple’s Personality.”

*A women’s group will be co-led by Betty Frechette and Terry Dickson.  Their study is entitled, “MasterLife: The Disciple’s Cross.”

*A group for both men and women will be led by me.  We will be studying “MasterLife: The Disicple’s Victory.”

Make plans to join us each week as we seek to become more like Christ in our daily walks.  Throughout Scriptures, we are reminded of the importance of gathering together for encouragement in our walks with Christ.  God never intended for us to try and live for Him in isolation.  Fellowship and mutual encouragement is important.  These studies will provide both that time of fellowship and encouragement for your walk!

We need your help!  As we gather together for our groups tonight, our youth, children, and preschoolers will be meeting as well.  We need some who will volunteer to help with the children, whether every week or on a rotation basis.  Would you consider helping?  You can find out more by contacting the church office at 504-835-2611 or office@metairiebc.org.  Also, you can contact Leah Weaver who provides direction for the children’s ministry at leah.weaver@metairiebc.org.  Pray with us that God would raise up those who will give of themselves for the sake of our children!

Make plans to join us Sunday.  We have a great day of worship and baptism planned.  My intention is to continue to examine some of the final verses of Hebrews.  I trust that God has used these sermons to both convince and convict us!

Praying for you especially today.  I am grateful to you and grateful for your continued walking with Christ.  Be faithful!

On the journey,
Thomas

Metairie Baptist Missive for August 19, 2015

“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”

Thank you for your prayers over the past few days – they have been busy!  We are in Faculty Workshop at Leavell College/New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as we are preparing for the new academic year.  Tomorrow we welcome the new students to campus – and then classes begin on Monday!  I am looking forward to this year as I do each year.  I greatly appreciate your prayer support as I fulfill that portion of God’s calling on my life.  This semester I will be teaching two exegetical classes —  New Testament Interpretation: Romans and New Testament Interpretation: Acts.

I am also overwhelmingly thankful for the opportunity to be your pastor.  The past 10 plus years have been challenging in many ways but fulfilling in most every way.  Thank you for your prayers – you have no idea how much the prayer support means to me as your pastor and to our entire staff.  I am grateful to minister alongside each one of them and look forward to embracing the days ahead as we seek after God’s ministry in and through Metairie Baptist.

By now, you may have heard that Daniel Guagliardo has resigned from our staff as the Minister of Youth and is taking on a new ministry opportunity in another city.  He and Sarah will be moving on August 31 so you will want to use the days ahead to express your appreciation to him for his ministry.  We are grateful for Daniel’s ministry at MBC over the past years.

Join me in praying for our youth as well as they walk through these days of transition. These days are always challenging but we have in place individuals who can keep the ministry moving forward.  In addition, pray for us as we seek after the next Minister of Youth.  God is leading and for that we are thankful!

We have been anticipating the Church Family Picnic for a long time – and now it is almost here.  Don’t forget to sign up to be a part of the picnic on Sunday, August 30, at 4:00 p.m.  The final plans are being made – and your help is needed.  Sign-up sheets are in the Orion Foyer – you can sign up to attend and indicate what you are bringing.  Also, you can sign up to help with the set-up, the serving, or the tear down phase of the picnic.  Please utilize this opportunity as a chance to invite friends and family members to experience the joy that is felt at Metairie Baptist.  We

are going to have a cake baking contest and a water slide for the children to add a little more excitement to the event!

In two weeks we will begin our new Wednesday night studies.  Please make plans to join us for one of our MasterLife courses.  Each of these studies is designed to challenge you in your walk with Christ.   A men’s group, a women’s group, and a mixed co-ed group will be offered.  These will start the first week in September and last until Thanksgiving – so make plans to join in this time of study and growth.

Join us tonight as we continue our study.  I will be talking through the final days of Paul’s third missionary journey, as well as his trip to Jerusalem which led to his arrest.  We meet in the Sanctuary at 6:10 tonight.

Don’t forget to bring cookies for the new students at seminary.  Each year we hand out cookies to welcome the new students.  If you are able to bake some, please place them in baggies containing two or three cookies – and bring them by the church tomorrow (Thursday) before noon.

Be certain of my prayers for you.  I look forward to seeing you tonight.

On the journey,
Thomas

Thomas Strong III, Ph.D.

Senior Pastor

Metairie Baptist Church

401 Codifer Blvd.

Metairie, LA  70005

504-835-2611

thomas.strong@metairiebc.org

Metairie Baptist Missive for August 12, 2015

Metairie Baptist Missive

August 12, 2015
“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”

Where did the morning go? I guess it went to the same place as the summer went! Time continues to march forward – that happens without our input. The one opportunity for input that we have is how we use the time. I challenge you to be wise in your use of time today and to use your time for His honor!

I was grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Ray Pace’s life this week. He was a great man whom God used in so many ways to encourage me and everyone who came in contact with Him. I trust that we will all be challenged by the way he lived his life – and that we would consistently remember that we are “blessed” even as Ray did throughout his entire life. Join me in continuing to pray for Jeannie and the family.

As pastor, I have the opportunity to see many people who minister behind the scenes. I wanted to express my gratitude for a group of ladies who consistently work behind the scenes without notice to provide an incredible ministry. Each time we experience a death within the church family, a group of ladies mobilize immediately to develop a plan to provide for the family during these times. This week, this group of ladies provided a breakfast for all who attended the visitation and memorial service. In addition, they went the extra mile to provide box lunches for some who were driving across the Causeway to the burial. I was one of those who was the recipient of their kindness – and it meant a great deal to me. Thank you to these ladies who give of their time and demonstrate their kindness/compassion to many. [By the way, I would call their names but out of fear of leaving someone out, I will refrain. Of course, Lillian Bowser is the one who takes the lead in this ministry!]

Don’t forget about our study tonight! We will continue to look at the Life of Paul. Last week we had the opportunity to think through Paul’s visit to Athens and Corinth on his second missionary journey. Tonight we will look at the beginning of his third missionary journey and will highlight his impact on the city of Ephesus and Corinth. Join us at 6:10 p.m. in the Sanctuary for this time together.

Sunday is going to be a great day at Metairie Baptist. Sunday School/Bible Study begins at 9:15 a.m. As I mentioned on Sunday, this is a great opportunity to connect with others and to understand better the Scriptures so that they can be applied to life! If you haven’t been attending, we will be glad to help you find a place in Bible Study on Sunday morning. After Sunday School, we will have a time to worship together. This week I am preaching from Hebrews 12. The choir will be singing, and we are going to continue our time of prayer emphasis during the service.

On Sunday night, we will meet at 5:00 for our Business Meeting/Church Council. You are all invited to attend this time – it is meant to be a time for the entire church family to come together. We will be discussing matters such as the finances of the church and hearing reports from committees as we anticipate the upcoming year. In addition, you will have the opportunity to provide input or to ask questions. This truly is a family meeting so come join in the discussion!

Our Family Picnic is taking place on August 30 at 4:00 p.m. If you haven’t made plans to attend, plan now to come and join us. You can sign up on the bulletin tab on Sunday morning, by means of the sheet in the Orion Foyer, or by calling the church office. When you sign up, indicate what side item you will be bringing so we can be prepared. A water slide is going to be provided for the children. In addition, we will be having a cake baking competition among the men – and we will all be able to enjoy the entries into the competition! Invite your friends and family to join you as we just enjoy being together.

Many of our students and teachers have returned to school this week. Other will begin classes soon. As a church, we have made a commitment to pray for them. Some of you committed to pray individually for them by picking an “apple” with their name on it during our breakfast. Continue to pray and ask for God’s blessings on their lives as they walk through this school year. Pray for encouragement in their lives and for them to be mindful of God’s working in their lives. Pray as well for their impact and witness upon the schools they attend.

I look forward to seeing you tonight and Sunday!

On the journey,
Thomas

thomas.strong@metairiebc.org