GIVE | SERVE

Expanding Marine View Missions

For decades now, Marine View has helped to equip Christian ministries such as Bikes for Kids, Living Grace Church, World Vision, Mission Aviation Fellowship, Hands for Peacemaking and many other Christian outreaches through the congregation’s unwavering commitment to missions.

Now a new shift in how Marine View executes its missions work promises to make that commitment even stronger.

“Our commitment to serving and giving is part of the DNA at Marine View," says Pastor Jesse. "Working with the amazing folks on the mission team, we’ve set out to ensure that the foundation of service and generosity that has been so strong at Marine View over the years continues to be a thriving part of our life together going forward.”

From the church’s inception, Marine View has served those in need, in its earliest days giving generously from the church budget to the presbytery to support independent Christian ministries. Once the Mission Team was formed in the late 1970's, team members assumed the responsibility of discerning how funds set aside for mission should be distributed to local and international ministries.

This year a new approach to missions is emerging that’s designed to further expand the impact of Marine View’s mission giving and service. Dick Shenk, who has served on the Mission Team for some 30 years, says there are many more mission opportunities for Marine View to meet needs in our local communities and around the world. To grow MVP missions, he says, the church will “divide the mission area into serving and giving . . . one recruiting people to do mission outreach activities and another focusing on the [distribution of funds].”

Marine View Elder Ed Hong has been a big part of helping the team explore this new vision for mission. “By dividing the work of the Mission Team into two teams – the Serve Team and the Give Team – we will be able to help the congregation to serve and practice generosity more effectively.”

Currently, five people serve on the Mission Team. The new vision would expand that number to 12 people serving on two teams—6 who mobilize people to work on projects – the Serve Team; and 6 who discern how to distribute funds from the Marine View budget to support those projects – the Give Team.

Dick says the expanding Mission Team is looking for new ideas that can help Marine View to be even more effective and to “seize mission opportunities where they exist.” For example, in the past Marine View has served on Habitat for Humanity team house builds, and Dick says Marine View has an opportunity to once again serve by building these homes. The idea is to equip the Marine View congregation to pursue the opportunities to serve and give that they are passionate about.

The Give/Serve Team is hosting an “open house” Summer of Fun gathering on Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm. You’re invited to come and discover more about this new approach to mission as we continue to build on the legacy and commitment to local and global Mission at Marine View.

For more information please contact Elder Ed Hong. edshong@gmail.com

Posted on July 14, 2018 .

Easter Weekend at Marine View

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It's almost here - the time of year where we stop to celebrate and reflect on the heart of the Christian faith. On Easter weekend, we gather to consider the implications of the news about Jesus for our lives today. You see, at the heart of Christianity is news about a person and an event. The person is Jesus Christ, and the event is his death and resurrection. If the news is true, if Jesus really died for our sin, and if God really raised him from the dead - then everything Jesus said and did and taught about God, about himself, about us, about the world we live in can be trusted. And that's good news because what Jesus says is that he loves us and wants to give meaning and purpose to our lives through our relationship with him. 

So whether you're a believer or a skeptic or somewhere in between, we invite you to join us on Easter weekend to consider the implications of Jesus for your own life and faith.

Here's a brief breakdown of Easter Weekend Events and Service Times:

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Why did Jesus have to die?

All ages experience and time of reflection, as we consider the implications of Jesus' death for our lives today. March 30 at 7:00 pm. Nursery is open. Elementary and Middle School youth are invited to begin the service in the Sanctuary before moving into a Good Friday experience in the Fellowship Area designed with them in mind.

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Family fun!

Marine View's annual Easter Egg Extravaganza with activities and fun designed for families with children: Birth - 5th grade. Door open at 10:00 am. Egg hunt schedule: 10:30 am (elementary), 11:00 am (preschool), and 11:30 am (all-ages). East Campus Building. Rain or shine we'll be celebrating together!

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Middle and High School

MV Youth presents the first ever night time egg hunt. Event starts at 7:00 pm in the Marine View East Campus building.  

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Easter Sunday

9:00 am and 10:15 am

Nursery is open for children preschool age and younger. Elementary age children are invited to join us in the Sanctuary for an all-ages Easter celebration. We know kids tend to wiggle, and we're glad about that - so we hope you and your kids will feel right at home! Activity bags will be provided. Should you need to step out of the service with your child for a moment, there will be guided activities available in the Fellowship Area and you can participate in the service through the live feed. 

Have questions or need clarification on dates, times and locations above - please reach out by commenting below or contacting the Marine View Church office. Whether you join in for one event or all, we look forward to welcoming you this Easter weekend!

Posted on March 20, 2018 .

Hurricane Harvey Relief - Pray, Give, Serve.

 Pictured above - fellow ECO congregations in the greater Houston Area.  Click for more .

Pictured above - fellow ECO congregations in the greater Houston Area. Click for more.

With the recent crisis in Southeast Texas, the Marine View Session invites you to join in on the relief effort. The Session has discussed three ways we would like to ask you to get involved:

Pray.

Pray for the people and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Pray for the relief effort, first-responders, and for those who are now without homes. Pray for ECO churches (located above - click link for details on each congregation) in the greater Houston area as they reach out to love and serve their communities. ECO (Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians) is the denominational network to which Marine View is connected.

Give.

Give financial support through Marine View's Harvey Relief Fund or through World Renew (ECO's disaster relief partner). Marine View is currently working to identify local ECO churches in the greater Houston directly effected by the hurricane. Our plan is to offer financial support to an ECO congregation and to partner with them over the course of the relief and rebuilding effort.

Serve.

As with Hurricane Katrina, the relief effort in Southeast Texas will be ongoing for potentially years to come. We invite you to consider traveling to the region to serve those in need. We will keep you informed about this opportunity as the situation unfolds and as specific needs arise. 

It is important that as we reach out during this crisis, that we remember and pray for the other significant issues and challenges facing our nation. From the polarized political landscape, to the issues of racism and violence seen in Charlottesville, and protests and rallies around the country, it is clear that sharing the message of God's love through our words and actions is needed. Consider how God is calling you to love and serve others. Look at your sphere of influence and ask: How can I share the love and grace of Jesus Christ with those around me? How can I work for the good of my community, my neighbors, for those in need? As followers of Jesus, we have the opportunity reach out with God's love to a broken and hurting world. 

Thank you for considering how you can reach wider with God's love!

Pastor Jesse Skiffington

Posted on September 1, 2017 .