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 .

Marine View Christian Preschool

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The summer is coming to an end and we are looking forward to another year at Marine View Christian Preschool. We are excited that all of our staff from last year will be returning this year and we have expanded our program to include an afternoon class for three and four year olds.  We will have an enrollment of 70+ preschoolers joining us this fall! 

This past week has brought forth some exciting changes to the preschool playground and entrance area. We were selected to participate in a community partnership project through Lowe's Heroes to renovate our outdoor play space. We are hoping to encourage our students to engage in sensory play with more a more natural emphasis (playing with mud, dirt, sand, rocks, sticks). We are extremely thankful to have been selected for this opportunity to make our preschool space more aesthetically pleasing without the expense!

We are looking forward to the year ahead. The staff will be back in classrooms the first week of September, participating in training and getting classrooms ready. Our first day of preschool will be September 12th. We are always grateful for the partnership of the church community and hoping to see some new faces as volunteers this school year. 
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Sharon Christen
Director
Marine View Christian Preschool

Posted on August 17, 2017 .

Easter Weekend - Celebrating Together at Marine View

What a great weekend of celebration together at Marine View! Thanks to all those who helped make Easter weekend a successful time of reflection, fun, celebration, and thanksgiving by serving and participating in worship and activities. 

Here Is What We Did

Good Friday Service - A group of 125 gathered to remember and reflect on the meaning and significance of Jesus' death on a cross for the forgiveness of sin. We shared in communion together and 55 of you nailed confessions of sin and selfishness to the cross. Together we remembered that 'We Were There.' Though we left in silence, sitting in the shadow of the cross - we left with the hope of Easter Sunday to come.

Easter Eggstravaganza - Our 7th annual Easter Eggstravaganza was incredibly fun.  Energy and excitement were present throughout the East Campus building as folks from the across the generations at Marine View came together to serve our community.   Here are some of the highlights of what we accomplished together: 

  • We stuffed and hid over 4500 eggs for kids to find. 
  • We gave away 40 Golden Egg prizes. 
  • We welcomed over 140 kids and their families. 
  • We provided a fun experience for over 89 children, not from Marine View.
  • We made connections with 20 families who are seeking to learn more about Marine View's ministry.
  • We helped children discover the surprise ending of the Easter story through our 5 hands-on learning activities.  
  • We came together to serve families with a team consisting of 32 volunteers giving a total of over 80 hours

Easter Sunday - We worshipped together with nearly 500 in attendance - celebrating the heart of the Christian faith - the good news about Jesus' death and resurrection. We welcomed Marine View regulars, guests, and visiting family. The Marine View Children's Ministry Team hosted 83 children in our children's environments - celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus through songs, crafts, and the story of the first Easter. 

Thank you to all those who served and gave their time to help make Easter weekend a meaningful time or worship, fun, and celebration. We are grateful for a community like Marine View committed to sharing the love and hope of Jesus Christ with each other and those around us. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel as we serve Christ together. 

Blessings in Christ, 

The Marine View Staff

 

Posted on April 20, 2017 .