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 .

Celebrating Growing Faith

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We celebrated growing faith with Bob Boren (center above) on Sunday, November 20. Here are a few words from Bob about his experience at Marine View and his growing relationship with Jesus: 

For many years, I have been on a mission to be a better man, and by extension, a better Christian. With much reading, pondering and soul searching, I have decided to embrace the idea; the mission of Marine View Church, of going deeper in my relationship with Jesus, and reaching wider with God’s love.

Beginning in early 2013, I began attending Marine View Church, in an effort to make some sense of my life, and the tragedy of my impending divorce. I chose Marine View Church because of their outreach with their Jazz Live concerts. I have learned much, and have grown much, too.

I am not some starry eyed zealot, choosing some belief du jour. Rather, this has been nearly a lifetime journey of investigation, beginning before I could write cursively! I didn’t read just one Bible. I own many. My favorite is the Companion Bible, by Bullinger. And concordances and dictionaries. Strong’s is a favorite.  I looked at comparative religion books. Catholic catechism. Writings of Luther. This has been a calm, and measured, investigation, into my relationship with my Creator.

What can I tell you, of my development? I found a church, a group of leaders, a group of people, that welcomed me, and allowed me to develop as a Christian, at my pace. As I attended more and more services, I became aware of a presence, and messages, and coincidences I could not ignore. I listened to many sermons. Messages I felt were written and directed, solely for me, helping me evolve as a Christian, and as a man. Events, and circumstances, that aligned with this path, that would make me say, “Hmmm. Is that you, God, speaking to me?” 

Some 60 years ago, I was baptized, as an infant. I came to the conclusion, several weeks ago, that I wanted to make an adult affirmation, perhaps a rededication, of that event. This has been problematic, for I am an introvert at rest, and an extroverted introvert when needed. In talks with senior pastor Jesse Skiffington, I decided that total immersion in Puget Sound, in the midst of November, at Dash Point Dock was more immersion than I desired. Instead, a “dunking on the dais”; a definite moistening, though, and took place on Sunday, November 20, 2016, shortly after 9:00 am.

- Bob Boren

Posted on December 1, 2016 .