Our Neighbors in Action is proud to announce its new partnership with Hope Stone Inc., a Houston nn-profit that provides outreach and support services in our community through dance and other performing arts. Hope Stone is dedicated to improving the quality of life using the vision of "Art for All." Since its inception, Hope Stone has concentrated on areas of need, such as making artistic performances accessible to the community and offering art outreach to children at risk.
Together with Hope Stone Inc., Neighbors in Action will be providing classes in theater, drumming, spoken word and dance to the students of Port Houston Elementary on Friday afternoons. Thanks to the wonderful teachers and Hope Stone founder, Jane Weiner, for making this incredible project possible!
Join us on March 5th for a step by step instruction in painting the "Loopy Tree," provided by a professional artist who is also an expert instructor. No experience or artistic ability is needed, only that you have a desire to try your hand at painting. Come have fun and see what wonders emerge from your brushstrokes!
Thursday, March 5 5:30 - 7:00
Location: Escape and Paint
9515 W. Broadway -- Pearland
All proceeds go to Neighbors in Action. Participants must be 18 years old, or 14 if accompanied by a parent. For reservations, please visit www.escapeandpaint.com or call Escape and Paint at 832 407-0548.
Christmas is the season of giving, as evidenced by eleven Port Houston students who joined the First Methodist Youth on a mission trip to Eagle Pass, Texas on the weekend before Christmas. While some students repaired homes, others hosted a Vacation Bible School for the poverty-stricken families of this border town. More than 50 children attended! In the afternoon, our First Methodist Houston team partnered with First Methodist Eagle Pass to sort gifts and clothes for families of the neighborhood and followed by hosting a giant Christmas party for 50 Eagle Pass families. The mission trip was a very tangible way to demonstrate God's love. All were richly blessed and we are incredibly proud of our teenagers who truly worked hard to give their time and energy in helping others.
In March of 2014, something very special began in the Port Houston neighborhood. A small group of mothers committed to worship, pray, study Scripture and apply its principles to their daily lives. Not only have these women grown in knowledge, but in their boldness for the Lord. The mothers have been inspired to seek out ways to share their faith, including a worship concert they hosted in the community park and a monthly outreach to bring cheer and compassion to residents of a local nursing home.
2015 promises to be an amazing year as the Port Houston Moms' Small Group continues their spiritual growth under the leadership and teaching of Rev. Sara Reyes from Kingwood United Methodist Church. Rev. Reyes' ministry focuses on Hispanic women, entitled "Virtuous Hispanic Women Institute." Her mission is to help Hispanic women experience and discover the transforming power of God in their lives through formation and empowerment. A ten-month study curriculum covers key topics, such as self-esteem, being a mother and wife, finances, and more.
We are anxiously anticipating all that is ahead,knowing that as we dig deeper into God's word, he reveals to us His plans for our lives. Classes will meet on Mondays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. If you speak Spanish and would like to join, or if you can help with child care during our meetings, please contact Kathrin Meier at email@example.com.
On December 17, Neighbors in Action hosted its annual Christmas party at First Methodist Houston, inviting all families involved in the Port Houston outreach. More than 120 children and adults enjoyed food and drinks, games, photos with Santa, and listening to the Christmas story while sipping hot chocolate. The children experienced the joy of giving as they selected and wrapped Christmas gifts for their parents. The evening culminated as each child received a special Christmas gift from Neighbors in Action.
What many in attendance that night did not know was that in the morning prior to the party, the parents were able to come to the community center to "shop" for fabulous gifts for their childen in exchange for an hour of volunteer service at NIA.
We want to thank First Methodist Houston, Kingwood UMC, A & A Diesel Truck Equipment, St. Peter's UMC, State Representative Ana Hernandez, and the many volunteers who purchased gifts for the children, supported the party financially, or helped host the celebration . . . and for all of your prayers for the families and children of Port Houston.