Our Neighbors in Action Youth Group had an amazing time at the First Methodist Student Ministry Winter Retreat. We were blessed with good weather, lots of fun, and great worship. Our speakers challenged us to think about our own Journey, lay down the things (or people) that are leading us in the wrong direction, and recognize that growing in our faith requires sacrifice. Thanks for everybody who supported us with this retreat! It was a blessing for everybody involved!
Neighbors in Action hosted a community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner at Port Houston Elementary School on November 17. Parents and children feasted on traditional Thanksgiving fare with all the trimmings and plenty of delicious desserts. While the children enjoyed crafts and face painting, the adults participated in a Christmas craft. Sweet musical notes filled the air, thanks to the St. Peter's Youth Choir. The highlight of the event came as Port Houston mother Carmen Garcia sang a solo with her daughter, Leslie. NIA is indebted to the many sponsors and volunteers from the community, area churches, and school staff who made this festive occasion possible.
On November 1, eleven volunteers from Lakewood United Methodist Church came to Port Houston to repair the home of an elderly couple in the neighborhood. The group replaced windows, built new stairs, repaired the roof and cleaned the yard. The homeowners were very grateful for the support, "This is such a blessing for us!" Thank you, Lakewood UMC, for your time, dedication, and generosity to make this project possible.
With a growing heart of care and compassion, the NIA Houston Moms' Small Group has begun to organize service projects for mothers from the neighborhood. Once a month, the women visit a local nursing home to reach out to elderly residents who are often lonely and have very few visitors. The Port Houston mothers paint nails and cut hair, as well as host bingo parties and Christian karaoke hours. It is a blessing to serve Jesus in this very special way!
We are currently looking for regular volunteers for our kids and youth programs. No Spanish is required! You can help in many ways:
- teach Kids Bible study on Mondays or Tuesdays (6 - 7p.m.) together with other volunteers
- teach Youth Bible Study (boys or girls) on Wednesday evenings (6 - 8:00p.m.)
- help with child care for Mom's Bible Study on Mondays (9 - 11a.m.)
- provide meals on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (at 6p.m.) for all the children / teenagers that come to the programs
- serve food for children on Mondays - Thursdays (6p.m.).
If God is calling you to serve in Port Houston and you can commit to volunteer on a regular basis, please contact Kathrin Meier at 832-343-8105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.