Metairie Baptist Missive for April 8, 2015

Metairie Baptist Missive

April 8, 2015

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

Good morning!  What a wonderful time of worship we had at Metairie Baptist Church on Easter Sunday as we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus!  The Lord is risen indeed!  My prayer is that we have all been reminded consistently throughout this week of the great gift of our salvation.  Throughout the week I have been singing songs like “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Up From the Grave,” “In Christ Alone,” and “Victory in Jesus.”  Thank you to all who helped lead in worship on Sunday, especially our Youth (KG2 – Kristin, Song, and Lillian).  The day was meaningful!

Tonight is an important night as we begin the final phase of our planning for Family Ministry Day.  Please join us in the Fellowship Hall at 6:10 p.m. as we talk through the details of the upcoming day.  Dale Garvin and Patrick Weaver will be leading us as we plan, pray, and organize.  This is a great time to get the big picture of the day and then discover where God would have you involved.  I believe that tonight will help us as we move towards Family Ministry Day (April 25) to be better prepared for the day.  Join us tonight!

As a part of Family Ministry Day, a group will be making Compassion Kits.  These are packages of food items that can be given to those on the street who are in need and hungry.  You can help by bringing the items that will be utilized for these packages.  Please bring any of the following during the next two weeks and leave in the Orion Foyer boxes:

Bottled water
Small bags of chips (lunch size)
Applesauce (lunch size)
Fruit cups (lunch size)
Beef jerky
Snack crackers such as peanut butter or cheese crackers
Raisins (individual boxes)
Individually wrapped hard candy
Wet wipes (small packages)

Thank you for your help in collecting these.  During Family Ministry Day, the kits will be assembled and made available to be given to those in need.

At the March Business Meeting, the church decided to consider adopting the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 as the doctrinal statement of the church.  Currently, the church does not have an adopted doctrinal statement.  We will begin the process of discussing this matter at the Business Meeting on Sunday, April 19, at 5:00.  You can pick up a copy of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 in the Orion Foyer if you would like to review it.  It is also available online at www.sbc.net.  Take the opportunity to read through this statement and come prepared to discuss this matter at the upcoming Business Meeting/Church Council.  Please be aware that since this is a matter of great importance (and a constitutional amendment) the discussion will take place over the next weeks ahead.

I wanted to share with you some great news from Carol Wilken.  Carol wrote:  “We are very excited to welcome Donna Settoon on board in our music ministry as MBC’s new pianist!  Donna comes to us with a great deal of experience in piano performance, piano instruction, and church accompanying with both piano and organ.  She came to know Christ at the young age of eight years old and desires to serve the Lord fully with her talents. You will enjoy getting to know Donna, and I hope you will give her a great big MBC welcome!”  I join Carol in welcoming Donna to our ministry team and am excited about the days ahead.  Join me in not only welcoming Donna but in praying for her and all involved in the worship ministry at Metairie Baptist.

Vacation Bible School will be happening at Metairie Baptist before we know it!  This Sunday (April 12) a meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. for all interested in VBS.  Makes plans to join Leah Weaver and Kathryn Burns as they unveil the theme, the plans, and how you can be a part of this exciting time.

Remember these other upcoming happenings at MBC:

*  Deacons Meeting will be held this Sunday, April 12, at 5 p.m.

*  ”Brown Bags and Books” will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, April 14 at 11:30 a.m.

*  Helping Hands will meet on Saturday, April 18 beginning at 9 a.m. to give some attention to areas around the church that need painting and cleaning.  All are invited to be a part of this!

*  A Youth Jambalaya Fundraiser for Centrifuge Sunday will be held on April 19 after the morning worship service. The deadline to buy tickets is Wednesday, April 15. Cost is $8.00 per dinner.

The next few weeks are going to be busy at Metairie Baptist.  Pray about what God would have you to be a part of – and make plans now.  I personally want to encourage you to be a part of the Family Ministry Day.  This has always been a special day as we come together as a church to do ministry to those around us.  It is a great time of encouragement and a great time of fellowship.   Remember – Saturday, April 25 is the day!

I look forward to seeing you tonight.  Be certain of my prayers for you.  I am excited about God’s working in our midst – don’t miss what He is trying to do within you and through you!  “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” (Rom 12:1-3)

On the journey,
Thomas

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