Greetings! I trust that you have been having a good weekand that you have been constantly reminded of God’s love for you. Since this is the month when “love” is beingemphasized all around us (with Valentine’s Day upcoming), I have felt Godleading me to preach on love for the month of February. The title of the seriesis “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Last Sunday we were reminded of God’s love for us as found in John 3. Make plans tojoin us this Sunday as we look at what it means to love God – more than life itself (as seen in John 12).
I wanted to remind you of several important happenings in the weeks ahead:
1. Our Associate Pastor Search Committee announced this past Sunday morning thatthey will be making a presentation and recommendation at a called business meeting to be held on Feb. 15th. This is an exciting time as we contemplate God’s work among us. I would encourageyou to make attendance at this meeting a priority. In the meantime, I would encourage you tocontinue to pray for God’s working in Metairie Baptist. I personally look forward to our discussions in the days ahead.
2. This Sunday night (Feb. 12th) is Church Council. We will be meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. If you have never been to a council meeting, or if you attendevery month, I encourage you to come and join us. This meeting is a great time to hear of ministryplans for the entire church, to dream of new opportunities, and to be a part of evaluating what has been done (with an eye to the future). The meeting is open to all (and committee chair persons are strongly encouraged to attend). Come see what God is doing among us and be apart of His working at MBC.
3. We are currently collecting cereal to be used for the homeless and hungry in our city. This project was initiated at the Gathering inJanuary and we will continue to collect throughout the month of February. You may leave your donations in the monthbuckets in the Orion Foyer.
4. Recently we heard of a need at Friendship House – they are in need of socks (new orgently used). The homeless individualsto whom they minister do not have a means to wash their socks – so they appreciate a fresh pair of socks. This also serves as an encouragement to them and a reminder that someone cares forthem. If you would like to donate apair, you can leave them in the Orion Foyer. As always, we are aware that not everyone can participate in each andevery ministry, but we want to provide opportunities so you can participate inthe ones God leads you toward.
Let Psalm 19:14 be your guide for this day and the days ahead: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Be certain of my prayers for you on the journey,