Finally we are experiencing a break in the rain – and I am enjoying it! But I don’t think it is going to last unfortunately. At the same time, at least you and I know of something that is always consistent: “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
This Sunday is a very important Sunday at Metairie Baptist Church. First, we are expressing our appreciation to our Senior Adults – this is Senior Adult Day throughout the Southern Baptist convention. All senior adults are invited to a continental breakfast in your honor on Sunday morning, May 5. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 and you are welcome to come any time between 8:30 and 9:15. We will end the breakfast at 9:15 in order to allow you to be in your Bible studies during Sunday School. During the morning service, we will also be recognizing and praying for all our Senior Adults – thanking God for their consistent demonstration of God’s faithfulness in their lives.
Second – This Sunday we will be collecting our “Step into the Future” offering during the morning worship service to help with the purchase of the newly acquired property on the corner of Codifer and Bonnabel. For years, members of Metairie Baptist Church have anticipated a time in the future when this property could be purchased. That day became a reality a few weeks ago and now we are stepping into the future for which we have been anticipating. Will you please make prayer regarding this offering a priority? We are asking each person as they are able to give something to this offering above the regular tithe and offering as we claim the future. Everything that is given to this offering will go towards the purchase of the property. I was taught at an early age that it isn’t about the amount that is given but about the heart and the sacrifice involved – “Equal sacrifice, not equal amount.” Come and sacrificially give from your heart as God directs.
Let me remind you of a few other matters of importance at MBC:
1. We are looking for help in the kitchen with the preparation of the Fellowship Meal on Wednesday. Particularly, we are looking for volunteers who can help any time between 3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. You do not have to volunteer to work every week but your help is greatly appreciated. Please contact the church office to volunteer at 504-835-2611 or Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Would you be willing to bring $5 tonight to church in order to help the Baptist Campus Ministry as they conclude this year of ministry with their Flapjack Feast? If you aren’t familiar with this event, the BCM, under the direction of our own Beth Masters, hosts a free late night breakfast for the students at UNO and at Leavell College as they prepare for their finals. It is an opportunity for witness and for encouragement. The $5 would help purchase orange juice for the event. If you are able, bring $5 with you to church tonight – we will collect it during the Bible Studies and during supper.
3. Great Commission Training is this Sunday night at 5:00 at Metairie Baptist! Beginning this week, and continuing the first Sunday of each month, we will be having a basic, non-threatening training on how to carry out the mission of Metairie Baptist Church. You are invited and encouraged to join us this week as we discover ways to share our story of how Jesus has changed our lives.
We had a great Sunday this past week! It was a wonderful time of rejoicing in the faithful and effective ministry of Lillian Bowser as we celebrated her retirement from the Church Hostess position. Sunday was also a great time of worship and challenge, both in Sunday School and in the worship service. Thank you to all who made the effort not only to be present but who came with an open heart.
In addition, I am thankful for your faithfulness in your giving. As we started this month, you were challenged to give of your tithes and your offerings to the church as an act of worship – and you have responded in faith. Let us pray for God’s continued guidance for the finances and the ministries of the church as we desire to be faithful in all that God has called us to be and to do.
May God continue to allow His blessings and His presence to be made known at MBC and in your lives.
On the journey,