August started off with a pool party at the Quillian Center. The children had a blast splashing around, and were able to cool off in the 100+ degree weather. It was a great way to end the summer, and get ready to head back to school!
Some of our Port Houston Moms were able to enjoy a getaway weekend retreat in Galveston this August. Worship, prayer, group discussions, silence, and beach time were just some of the activities they were able to partake in. We want to thank the women of the Focolare Movement for being our guest speakers throughout the weekend. You really made this a wonderful experience for all!
Some of our teens were able to attend a mission trip to Haiti in the end of July. They beat the heat, and formed many lasting relationships with the Haitians and God. Two houses were painted, and they volunteered at a children's center. Walking around villages collecting census information was also a large part of their experience in Haiti. It was an incredible experience for all!
Our teens said goodbye to summer at a lake retreat this August. They went boating and tubing during the day, and had an absolute blast. Worship and small group time was at the center of focus, and there was much talk about renewal and transformation in their lives and relationships with God. It was a great way for our teens to bond and develop a deeper connection with Christ. We want to give a big thanks to the Kings for letting us use their lake house! It was a wonderful weekend for all!
In July, NIA hosted 3 week Arts Academy in Port Houston. Crafts, singing, dancing, drumming, drama were some of the activities provided throughout the Academy. There were more than 50 kids in attendance daily, and free lunches were provided every day. We want to give a special Thanks to Christ the King Lutheran Church for the generous grant that allowed us to purchase the necessary arts supplies and to pay for the drumming and dance instructors. Another big thanks goes to Kroger for paying for food and household supplies. Thanks to Suksa Supermercado, as well as Tamir and Philip Pena, for providing free meals, the kids loved them! And as always, thanks to our amazing volunteers, you made this experience very special!
The school year kicked off with a big school supply giveaway at the community center. Dozens of school supplies were given away for grades K-12, along with many awesome backpacks. The turnout was amazing, and many children will be able to have a successful school year with the correct supplies! A HUGE thanks to First Methodist Missions for supplying the backpacks, and Jim Adler & Associates for providing the school supplies!
We are so excited to introduce a tablet course with Superate y Triunfa into our regular fall programming. This course will teach our moms how to use a tablet, and all the fun things that come with them! Technology is such an important part of our modern world, so helping people better understand how to use it is proving to be a valuable lesson!
Rev. Kaitlyn Bowie hosted a small group with the teens of Port Houston. During these small groups, teens were able to talk about their lives and faith in a welcoming environment. Many of the teens who attended also attend the Source (contemporary worship service at FUMC). The teens feel very connected with their small group now, and had a wonderful time throughout the summer. Thanks, Rev. Bowie!
VBS in Port Houston kicked off with over 50 children in attendance. This was the first year we have hosted a VBS at the NIA Center. The kids played games like freeze tag, parachute switch, and soccer. After games, they came inside for a Bible lesson and craft. Lunch wrapped up the afternoon. We want to give a big thanks to the Cornerstone and Epworth SS classes from FUMC for donating the lunch food. It was a big hit! We can't wait for next year!