After a long and exciting summer, we are thrilled to be back with our regular programs for children, teenagers and parents! NIA has even started some additional programs this school year: We will have a second Kids Bible study on Monday night in addition to our Tuesday night Bible study. NIA will also continue its guitar class on Tuesday afternoons and its Friday night cooking class hosted byboth Port Houston volunteers and volunteers from other parts of the city.
The teenagers will continue with their Bible study on Wednesday night, and have also started to get together on Thursday nights for service projects at Star of Hope, as well as movie nights and fellowship time. The group also serves at the Houston Food Bank once a month, and has started to join the First Methodist Youth Group for worship on Sunday mornings and for retreats. At the same time, NIA is continuing its computer class for adults twice a week for 3 hours each. One of our highlights is the Moms Small Group, where we get together on Monday mornings to sing songs of worship, share about our faith and read the Bible together.
On August 21, Bill Adler from the law firm Jim Adler and Associates came to Neighbors in Action to hand out school supplies to all children and teenagers attending our regular programs. More than 60 children received supplies for the new school year and were excited to hear Mr. Adler talk about the importance of education. We also enjoyed the visit of Ms. Sheela Childs who came to represent Councilman Ed Gonzalez. Neighbors in Action and Port Houston families would like to give a heartfelt Thanks to Jim Adler and Associates for supporting our organization and the children of the neighborhood!God bless you!
In August, a group of Port Houston students joined the First Methodist Youth Group on their lake retreat in Livingston, TX. The teenagers stayed in a lake house of a First Methodist church member, and had a blast with all the different outdoor activities. Everybody enjoyed worshipping and sharing in small groups. Thanks to everybody who made this retreat possible!
In July and August, Neighbors in Action hosted four weeks of VBS in the community park. The kids enjoyed crafts, games, Bible lessons, bounce castles, and food, and, most importantly, learned about God's love for them and their community. We ended the summer with a pool party at Quillian Center! Neighbors in Action would like to thank everybody who made our Port Houston Vacation Bible School possible: The First Methodist Children's and Students' Ministries from both campuses, West University UMC Students' Ministry, Peter's UMC Student Ministries, and First Methodist Hispanic Ministry for organizing and hosting all activities; as well as everybody who donated lunches, snacks, and sponsored the Quillian Pool Party!A special thanks goes to Kroger for sponsoring one week of VBS!
During the whole month of July, First Methodist Houston collected school supplies and backpacks for Port Houston students in need. On August 24, a group of church members came to the neighborhood to hand out the items in the community park. The drive was open for the whole community, and 100 children received all necessary supplies for their first day of school. Thank you for all your generous donations and your heart for the Port Houston community!
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