The Missive — June 4, 2014

         One major focus is found in the life of Metairie Baptist at the present time: Vacation Bible School! We are now within a few weeks of the beginning of this most important ministry. Our VBS will begin on Sunday, June 22. The parent night will be held at the end of that week on Friday, June 27. You can help in a number ways:

        

         *Prioritize prayer for this week. Begin now to pray for those who will be working in VBS throughout the week that they would experience God’s grace, strength, and wisdom. Pray for the children who will be coming throughout the week that they would be open to hearing the truths taught. Pray for parents upon whom the students depend for transportation – and pray that the parents will hear the truths presented to their children as their children tell them with excitement of what they learned at VBS.

        

         *Pray for the parents’ night on Friday, June 27. This is a great time to introduce our church to families and to share with them the hope that we have found in Christ. We would also request that you all join us for this special night so that the parents can interact with our church family.

        

         *Volunteer to help, if you haven’t already. You can contact the church office at 504-835-2611 to volunteer – or you can contact Leah Weaver or Kathryn Burns for more information. You are needed to help in a variety of ways. Even if you are unable to attend the entire week, you can still volunteer to help on specific days.

        

         *Resources are going to be needed for crafts and for other activities. A list of items will be made available this week which will give you further ideas of what items we will need.

 

         I would like to request that you join me in praying for God’s continued guidance and encouragement through our Homeless Ministry. This has been an incredible ministry that was begun by some of the members of MBC who go each Saturday to provide a meal and to share about the hope that is found in Christ.   If you are interested in helping, please contact the church office. Especially during these summer months, a need for additional workers has arisen. In addition, if you feel led and would like to make a financial contribution to this very important ministry, you can do so by giving above your tithes and offerings to the designed item “homeless ministry.” Thanks to their efficiency and servant spirits, they are able to provide meals for about 80 people each week at the cost of about $100 per week.

 

         As you pray, would you join me in praying for a sweet member of our church who is looking for a new job. She is trained in the area of care giving; the person for whom she was caring has moved out of the city. If you know of someone who is looking for someone to help, you can either contact me or Sharon Kirk at 504-835-2611.

 

         We are always attempting to make certain that we have the most current information related to those who are experiencing illnesses, hospitalized, or in need of prayers. If you know of anyone who is in need of prayer or you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please take the initiative to contact the church office. We need your help as we attempt to stay current on these matters.

 

         We have many church family members who are walking through some challenging times.   Please continue to pray for Bob and Lillian Bowser. I had the opportunity to visit with Bob yesterday morning. We had a good visit during which I spoke briefly with him and prayed with him. I also spoke with Lillian yesterday and would ask that you continue to pray for God’s grace and strength to be evident in her life. A number of others continue to be in need of prayer – so please join us in praying. You can sign up for the prayer list by contacting the church office and requesting to receive the prayer list email.

 

         Tonight we will have a great time of fellowship and encouragement as we hear about the ministry of the Gideons during our time at 6:10 p.m.

 

Blessings to you,
Thomas

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