Metairie Baptist Missive — August 20, 2014

Metairie Baptist Missive

August 20, 2014

“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”

 

     Good morning! We have had a great week at Metairie Baptist Church. I have enjoyed preaching through the Minor Prophets – “Majoring on the Minors.” My prayer is that our encounter with these prophets has been both convicting and encouraging. The truths found within them are timeless and profitable for our lives today. Make plans to join us this Sunday as we continue our study “Majoring on the Minors” and look specifically at the prophecy of Habakkuk. You’ll be encouraged as you hear God’s word to you through looking into His Word.

     Sunday night was busy – our business meeting and church council meeting was full of conversation and decisions. First, we elected three new deacons for the upcoming year: Bob Frechette, Joe Ensminger, and Josh Grimsley. We also approved the new slate for committees and for church leadership/ministry leadership/Bible study leadership in the upcoming year as we received the reports from the Committee on Committees and the Nominating Committee. After several months of discussion, we voted to proceed forward with the needed roof repair for the education buildings. In addition, we looked at a proposed calendar for the entire church year ahead. Thank you to the committees who have worked diligently and for all who were able to attend as we considered the business of the church.

     During the upcoming weeks, we have some exciting Sunday events planned! Keep these in mind as you make your plans to be a part of God’s workings in and through Metairie Baptist:

*August 24 – we will be hosting a luncheon for new university and seminary students in our city. The purpose is to introduce our church to these who are new in the city. More so, it is to encourage them as they make a transition into our city to find a church where God is leading them for encouragement and ministry while they are here. HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP: 1. Would you be willing to help with the luncheon by providing your favorite side dish or desert? The main entrée is being provided but we need additional dishes. You can leave your dish in the Kitchen on Sunday morning. This will allow those who are overseeing the luncheon to share it with those students in attendance. Your dish will be washed and available for you to pick up the next time you return to church! 2. Also, would you be willing to pray for these students in transition?

*August 31 – We will be remembering all that God has done for us as we participate in the Lord’s Supper. This worship time is always a special time in the life of God’s children so make plans to join us.

*Sept 7 – A New Day! We have several activities planned for this Sunday as we begin our new church year. Join us from 8:30 to 9:15 for a quick breakfast as we enjoy the family fellowship prior to our Bible Study time. During this breakfast, we will be reminded to pray for our children/youth in school, as well as those who teach. During the morning worship service we will pray specifically for those who are in school or teaching. We will also be praying for our Sunday School teachers as they begin their new year of teaching.

     By the way, Sunday School is a great way to be encouraged, to grow in Christlikeness, and to connect with the Metairie Baptist family. If you haven’t made Sunday School attendance a priority, we have a place for you. Each Sunday, greeters are in the Orion Foyer to help you find your way. You’ll be blessed by this commitment.

     In September, we will be launching our new series of Bible Studies. This year we are referring to the entire opportunity of Bible Study as “The Walk.” We believe that God can use these studies to encourage you on your walk with Christ. Multiple opportunities will be offered on Wednesday night: A women’s study led by Terry Dickson, a men’s study led by Patrick Weaver, and a discipleship study (for both men and women) led by me. In addition, our preschool, children, and youth will be involved in Bible study. On Sunday night, a new study will be launched for the women which will be led by Lisa Drumm. Various other opportunities are scattered throughout the week. In the upcoming days, we are going to provide detailed information regarding these, but I wanted you to begin to pray about God’s leading in your life towards participation.

     God has given me the great privilege of being your pastor for over nine years now (almost 11 including the interim time). I pray for you and pray that God would continue to do a great work in you and through you. I do so with the confidence expressed by Paul: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will continue it until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6)  I hope to see you tonight as we continue our study through the Gospel of Mark.

On the journey,
Thomas

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