The Metairie Baptist Missive — July 2, 2014

     This week has been quite an adjustment! I have this sense that I need to be heading to church every night for VBS! Thanks again to all for the tremendous work you put into last week at Vacation Bible School. We had a great time of sharing about who Jesus is and His plan for all. Your prayers were important, and God responded. Continue to pray for those who were present last week.

     Sunday was a great day. Personally, I always enjoy the opportunity to remember what God has done for us as we participate in the Lord’s Supper; it was truly a time of worship. I am also rejoicing in Samantha Graci’s decision to “choose life” on Sunday. What a wonderful day of worship!

     We also had a good business meeting/church council. Thank you to all who made attendance a priority. Some important decisions were made of which you will hear in the upcoming days, such as the decision to put up for sell the Orion rental property. In the days ahead, we are preparing to make a decision about the roof repair for the education building – so please make this a matter of prayer and be prepared to participate in the upcoming discussions.

     Make plans to join us tonight for the Fellowship Supper and for Bible Study. Over the next few weeks, I will be leading a study on selected passages in the Gospel of Mark. Bring your Bibles and join us in the Fellowship Hall – the study begins at 6:10 p.m. By the way, reservations for the Fellowship Meal are not required during the summer – so join us!

     This Sunday, I will begin a series on the Minor Prophets – starting with Hosea. Though they are called “minor” due to their length, the messages they contain are “major” messages of truth for us. If you are unable to attend each week, you can hear the messages online at

     Ladies – don’t forget to sign up for your upcoming event which will take place on July 12. More information is available on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board. This will be a great time of fellowship and crafts!

     Remember – if you have an emergency and need to get in touch with the staff or with someone at the church after hours, please contact the Samaritan Ministry who will relay those messages to the appropriate people. You can contact Andrea Neesley at 504-737-1410 or 504-458-5405; she is available to help 24 hours a day!

     We will be gathering on this Saturday to remember the life of Mr. Bob Bowser. He was a godly man with an incredible smile and a constant voice of encouragement. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Memorial Service will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary. The family has asked for memorial donations to be made to Metairie Baptist in lieu of flowers. Also, Mr. Bob’s favorite color was red – and the family has asked that you would wear red in honor of Mr. Bob if you are able. Join me as we continue to pray for Mrs. Lillian and the entire family.

     I am thankful for what God is doing in and through Metairie Baptist Church. Let’s keep praying and keep placing ourselves in a place where God can use us in the days ahead for His honor.

On the journey,

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