Good morning! Fall weather in New Orleans is wonderfully refreshing! I have also discovered in my own life how refreshing it is to worship God and to thank Him for who He is and for all He has done for us. My prayer is that you would likewise continually be refreshed as you focus on Him in the days ahead and worship Him both corporately and privately for who He is!
We had a great Church Council/Business Meeting on Sunday night. Thank you to all who made attendance a priority. During the meeting, we were encouraged by hearing testimonies regarding some special ministry opportunities over the past week. Pat Trembley reminded us of the success of the Global Fest which provided over $26,000 for the ministry of Global Maritime. Terry Dickson told us of the meaningful time that the ladies had on their retreat. Daniel Guagliardo shared how God had used the Youth Retreat as a time of both challenge and encouragement for our youth. Patrick Weaver reminded of us of a wonderful ministry that developed as a result of God’s burdening the hearts of some men within the church. The result is that a ministry of feeding the homeless has become an effective time not only of meeting the physical needs of some in our city, but it has also become a great opportunity to share the love of God with them. We heard other encouraging committee reports and ministry reports that reminded us of God’s working both in and through Metairie Baptist.
THE FALL FESTIVAL IS ALMOST HERE! You can help in the following ways:
*This Sunday at 4:00 p.m. we will have a blitz of our community to put invitations on the doors of the homes in our area. If you would like to help before Sunday, you can pick up a package early and blitz early – the packages of invitations and maps are available in the Orion Foyer.
*We need to get the word out. Take flyers to invite your neighbors, the school friends of your children or yourself, and your family members.
*Candy is needed – lots of candy. As you stop by the store this week, would you pick up an extra bag and bring to the church so that we will have plenty to give away?
*Volunteers are needed. Make plans to join us as we demonstrate our love to our community on Thursday, October 31 – you are needed!
*Pray for all who will participate and all who will help – that God’s unconditional love will be demonstrated clearly through service and smiles (as well as word).
We are also in the process of developing a new church directory. This Sunday, October 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you are encouraged to call the church office to set up an appointment to have your picture made. You can call the office at 504-835-2611. Sign up sheets are also available in the Orion Foyer. Make certain that you are a part of this opportunity – and by signing up, you will receive a free portrait.
On November 3, we will be setting aside a special time to pray for the Christians all around the world who are experiencing persecution. Because of the freedom we enjoy, I am afraid that we forget that our freedom to worship as we choose is not the norm around the world. Daily, people lose their lives because of their belief in Jesus Christ. Our prayer is that this special time of prayer will remind us of the necessity of praying consistently for those who are facing persecution.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday. As I preach this Sunday, I will bring to a conclusion the series on the letter to the Galatians. I also look forward to seeing you tonight for Bible study and fellowship!
On the journey,