Metairie Baptist Missive
October 10, 2012
So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our friends from the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home came by to pick up the food that you generously gave to the Fall Food Round Up. While many churches have decided against participating, you went above and beyond to help. Thank you for giving generously so that this very important ministry can continue. By giving, you have become a part of the ministry – a co-laborer. Now that we have given of our groceries to the Children’s Home, let’s be certain to give of our prayer effort for their ministry. Pray for the children who have found a home at the Children’s Home, pray for the cottage parents who provide love and guidance sometimes in challenging situations, and pray for those who provide leadership, particularly Dr. Perry Hancock who serves as the Executive Director. I encourage you to look at their website to discover many varied ministries that are carried out through the LBCH – www.lbch.org.
Also, thank you to those who made time to come and be a part of the discussion at Church Council. We had an exciting time as we thought through what God is leading us to do in the days ahead. Most of the discussion centered around the Fall Festival which will occur on Wednesday night, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. Two major events were “adjusted” in order to support the ministry of the church: 1. For the month of November, VIPS will be moved to Tuesday night, Nov. 13, with the hope that we will be able to contact more people. 2. Instead of the Fifth Sunday Breakfast in December, we will have a time of fellowship prior to the Candlelight Service on Dec. 23 in order to celebrate as a family God’s gift of His son. You will hear more of these plans and others in the days ahead.
The Fall Festival is quickly coming – October 31st from 6-8 p.m. I encourage you to participate in the following ways:
1. We need volunteers to help staff the ministry event – you will find sign-up sheets in the Orion Foyer. People are needed to bring food, serve food, provide oversight of one of the inflatables, and decorate car trunks among other opportunities.
2. Please help us get the word out. The best invitation a person receives is a personal invitation – so let your family and neighbors know.
3. Make plans to join us on Sunday, Oct. 28th, at 4:30 – during the time set aside for VIPS we will be doing a blitz of the neighborhood to get the word out. Please consider giving an hour of your time to help us pass out flyers.
4. Pray – begin now to ask for God’s blessings on the ministry effort and pray for those both attending and helping.
Make plans to join us tonight as we conclude the series “Encountering the New Testament.” We will be studying Revelation. Also, on Sunday I will begin a new sermon series on Colossians: Jesus is All Sufficient! Invite your friends and family to join you for Bible study/Sunday School at 9:15 and worship at 10:30 a.m. If there is someone you haven’t seen in Sunday School or worship for a couple of weeks, make a call and let them know they were missed.
I would encourage you to join me as we continue to pray for our family and friends. *Mr. Norman Hill went home to be with the Lord on Friday. His funeral was yesterday and was a celebration of his gentle and Christlike lifestyle. As a church we have been praying for and loving Mr. Norman as a part of our homebound ministry. *Meri Maniscalco’s father passed away on Monday. A private burial service for the family is being planned, but you can join us in praying for Meri and her family during this time. *Continue to pray with us for Ruby Graham. She is at home and continually expresses gratitude for your love and prayers. Many others in our family continue to need our prayers – and you can view a more complete list on the website. The Wednesday night prayer list is posted to www.metairiebc.org each week.
I am thankful for you – thankful for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing in our lives. Don’t miss His workings – pray and always expect God to work. Paul stated it this way: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6)
See you tonight!
On the journey,