Metairie Missive

Metairie Baptist Missive
So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.

                On this day, I am reminded of two Scriptures that are so appropriate regardless of the winner of last night’s election.  David says in Psalm 27:1:  “Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord.”  Also, remember the verse from Sunday – Col. 1:17:  “Jesus is before all things and in Him all things hold together.”  I will not dwell on the elections this morning in this missive but want to remind you of three things:  1. We are to pray for our leaders as we place our complete confidence and trust in God.  2.  If we were as passionate about the Gospel as we are about our politics, our country would really be different!  3.  Our responsibility is to take the light into the world and to influence the culture through our lives and our words!

                On a different note — Well Done!  I am so thankful for your participation in the ministry of the Fall Festival.  It was a great sight to see so many children and adults from our community.  We had approximately 300 people present – and many of you came to support the ministry.  Thank you for your giving hearts that gave of your resources, your time, and your effort.  Your investment in the lives of the individuals will be long lasting, even a kind word spoken is a seed that God can use.  As your pastor, I am very proud  of your ministry and very thankful for your hearts!

                We had a great Church Council on Sunday evening, November 4.  Many matters were discussed.  For example, we talked about ways to improve the effectiveness of the festival for the years to come.  We believe that it is important to continue to evaluate so that we can do things more effectively each time we do them.  In addition, we discussed other matters of which you will be hearing more about in the future:  matters such as the continual use of our website as a ministry tool, our holiday schedule, and the possible re-tooling of Wednesday nights as a time of more decisive discipleship.

                Please take note of these upcoming matters as we consider the days ahead:

                *.  Tonight I will begin the study entitled “Theological Bombshells:  A Look at the Parables.”  In addition, we will spend time tonight in prayer for our church ministries and for our friends.  Join us at 6:10 in the sanctuary.

                *.  The Ladies Retreat is this weekend.  I encourage you to make every effort to attend and go with hearts that are ready to be impacted by God as you study through the book of Ruth.  You can contact the ladies on the women’s ministry team or the church office for more information.  The group will be leaving Friday and returning on Saturday.  Join me in praying for this exciting retreat.

                *.  Our mission project for this month is the compilation of Compassion Kits.  We pass numerous individuals on the side of the road who are asking for help because they are hungry.  It is often difficult to know how to respond, but these kits, which contain some basic food items as well as Scripture, prove to be a great source of help.  You are encouraged to bring the following items according to the month of your birth (though you are more than welcome to bring any of the items listed regardless of your birth month):  January through April (canned meat); May and June (Granola bars); July and August (peanut butter/cheese and crackers); September and October (fruit snacks); November and December (Chapstick).  Buckets are available in the Orion Foyer for you to donate these items.

                *.  Sunday will be a special day as we have planned a Deacon Ordination service at 6:00 in the Sanctuary.  I am thankful for those men who give of their time and talents to be deacons/servants at the church.  On Sunday, we will ordain three men into the deacon ministry.  Ordination is a time when the church through prayer sets aside these men and affirms their call to this vital ministry of the church.  Make every effort to be a part of this special service.  Also, an Ordination Council will occur at 4:30 p.m. – all ordained men of the church are invited and encouraged to attend.  After the Ordination Service, a reception is being  in honor of the  newly ordained deacons in the Fellowship Hall.

                As your pastor, I want to encourage you to be faithful in your attendance and in your giving to the church.  The holiday season is upon us but we want to make certain that church remains a key commitment in our lives.  Also, your continued support of the church financially is so vital.  At the present time, our giving is running behind our expenses and we would like to be able to close the gap by the end of the year in order that the ministries of the church would continue unhindered.  Would you join me in making this a matter of prayer and then responding as God leads?

                I look forward to seeing you tonight.
On the journey,
Thomas

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