Metairie Baptist Missive for Sept. 16, 2015

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

Good morning!  Have you enjoyed the nice weather these last few days?  It has been refreshing – and greatly appreciated at our house because they have been repairing our AC!  We have tremendously enjoyed being able to have the windows open with the cooler breeze blowing through the house.

While enjoying the weather, I have watched the news of all that is taking place around us and my heart remains heavy.  The Syrian refugee crisis is simply heart breaking to me.  To hear of the number of people who are dying while trying to find a future home which is safe causes great sadness.  Then we also hear of their difficulties of getting to a new place where they can be taken in as refugees.  The pictures of families and especially children are embedded in my mind.  In addition, I have been thinking of the families who lost loved ones during the flash flood yesterday in Utah.  On top of that, there is crime and the loss of life in our city and around the world, not to mention the continual safety threat to our police officers.  Honestly, in times like this it is tempting to simply throw up one’s hands and surrender.  Thankfully, we serve a God who is bigger than all these – and so I encourage you to continue to pray.  Pray for God’s intervention, for the protection of individuals, for right thinking of all those involved, and for the salvation of the lost.  Ultimately, God is the only one who can provide a way through these challenging times – and we know that He is able!  Don’t lose heart, but be more determined to turn to Him!

I trust you are making plans to join us tonight for our small group studies.  We will begin at 6:10 p.m.  Though the studies have started a couple of weeks ago, they are all designed for you to come as you are able.  If you haven’t been able to attend as of yet, it still is not too late.  For those of you who have been in attendance, don’t forget to make attendance a priority – each week contains important teachings that God can use to shape your life.

On Friday night (Sept. 18) beginning at 7:00 p.m., we will be hosting a Family Movie Night for all the church family as well as your friends and neighbors.  Make plans to invite those around you and join in a time of fun and fellowship.  Feel free to bring a comfortable folding chair or a blanket to sit on so you can enjoy the movie!

Saturday (Sept. 19) will be our Helping Hands Day beginning at 8:30 am.  This ministry provides help to those in our church who need minor things done around the house such as weeding a flower bed or changing light bulbs.  In addition, minor work is done around the church if time allows.  A lunch is provided at the conclusion of the time for those who give of their time and effort in Helping Hands.

Remember that our Business Meeting/Church Council has been pushed back one week.  Instead of this Sunday, the meeting will take place on Sept. 27.  This will allow the Deacon Selection Committee to complete their work so we can vote on the election of new deacons.  The list of those being nominated for new deacons next year will be found in the bulletin this Sunday.

Would you continue to pray about God’s using you in the ministries of Metairie Baptist?  Currently we have needs in several areas:  Helping with the Children’s Ministry particularly on Wednesday night, helping with Extended Teaching Care on Sunday morning during the worship service, helping with the homeless ministry particularly in the preparation of the meals on Saturday.  If you would like more information about these, please respond to this email or call the church office.  Many of these opportunities involve only helping occasionally, such as once a month.  Please join us in praying about support for these very important ministries of MBC.

Do you have any knowledge of networks or websites?  We are looking to bolster our support of the media ministry at MBC.  You can contact Carol Wilken at or 504-835-2611.

I have been praying for you – and look forward to seeing you soon.  As always, don’t hesitate to let us know if we can be of any help or if we can pray specifically with you about any matters.  I am grateful to be on the journey with you.

Pressing forward,

Thomas Strong III, Ph.D.
Senior Pastor
Metairie Baptist Church
401 Codifer Blvd.
Metairie, LA  70005



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