Metairie Missive

I love the verse when Paul states: “Being confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 1:6)  These words remind me of two encouraging truths:  1.  God isn’t finished with us yet – we are a work in progress as He creates us to be His workmanship.  2.  He isn’t going to stop working on us and in us until we meet Him face to face.  Today, I encourage you to notice the work that God is doing within you so that in turn you can be used by Him to make a difference in this world.

For the Mothers among us, I trust you had a great day of celebration on Sunday.  A special thanks to a group of ladies who prepared the treats for all the “Misses” of Metairie Baptist.  Thanks also to the ladies who prepared the beautiful bouquets as we honored our mothers with seniority.  AND a special congratulations to our mothers with most seniority who were recognized!

A few reminders for the upcoming week:

*.  Sunday is “Graduate Recognition Day.”  If you know of someone who is graduating, please send their information to the office today as we are making final preparations for the service.

*.  The Gathering is next Sunday, May 27.  We will be having a special focus upon our mission endeavor as well as spending time in prayer for VBS and the Crossover Block Party.  Make plans now to attend.

*.  I find it hard to believe, but VBS is almost here.  Remember that VBS is June 3-8.  If you would like to sign up someone or if you would like to tell someone how to sign up, refer them to www.metairiebc.org/vbs.  Also, you can call the office and Melissa will be glad to help provide any needed information.  FOR THE CHURCH FAMILY, we ask two things of you:  1.  If you are able to volunteer, please contact the church office.  We still have some needs.  2.  Most of all, we need to make certain the week of VBS is bathed in prayer.  Would you begin praying for God’s work in the lives of the children, for their safety, and for the workers?  Over the years, more children hear about Christ during VBS and make decisions as a result of that time than any other happening at church.

*.  Our church is hosting a “Crossover Block Party” on June 16.  With the Southern Baptist Convention coming to town, we have been asked (and excitingly accepted) to host a block party for our community to remind them of the joy that is found in Christ.  On that Saturday, there will be Block Parties held simultaneously throughout the city which will be hosted by various churches.  You are needed to help with the block party we are hosting!  Would you join us in prayer walking our neighborhood, in participating in the block party, or supporting the block party in another way?  You can contact the church office or, specifically, contact Mitch – mitch.mares@metairiebc.org or 504-835-2611.

*.  If you are interested in attending the SBC meeting to be held at the New Orleans Convention Center on June 19-20, please let me know.  We can send as many as we would like, but only 10 can be voting messengers.  At the next business meeting we will need to elect these messengers.  Again, you can contact the office or email me at thomas.strong@metairiebc.org.

*.  Finally – don’t forget about mission endeavor for the month of May.  Bring your gently used and clean shoes, shorts, and shirts to be used by the Friendship House.  You may also bring snacks for them to utilize in their ministry. 

I look forward to seeing you tonight as we continue our study “Encountering the New Testament.”  During our Bible study time, we have been looking at each book of the New Testament individually to discover the purpose and meaning behind the writing of the book.  Tonight we look at Paul’s letter to Titus!

As we close, would you be in prayer for many of our church family that are experiencing challenges at the present.  In case you have not heard, Becky Loch is at EJGH after going through a surgery/procedure yesterday as a result of a fall.  Laverne McMillan continues to recover from her knee replacement surgery and is at EJGH as well.  Marianne Barnhill likewise is recovering from her knee replacement surgery at home.  Many others have gone through medical procedures and tests during the past week.  For all of these we are praying for God’s continuing encouragement, peace, and grace to be felt in their lives.  Join me in praying for them – and don’t forget to let them know of your love and prayers.

May God bless you richly,

Thomas

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