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 gathering on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in the Marine View Fellowship Area. 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.

Posted on November 26, 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 .

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 .