Posts with the category “family”

"Whew What a Ride!" by Lorie Detter
by Jackie McDonald on September 23rd, 2020
by Lorie Detter I was a World War II baby. I grew up in a home with hard-working parents, but we lived at the poverty level. My church upbringing was very legalistic, and I worked hard to be “perfect.” I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. They impressed on me that getting saved was the goal, and I walked the aisle at age 8. The rules were many: no shorts, no makeup, no swimsuits, long dress...  Read More
Scattered Church
by Jackie McDonald on August 27th, 2020
At least one HNW Life Group created a "scattered church" experience in their cul-de-sac this past weekend. Kacie Ticer explains: "A few weeks ago, Ben and I began kicking around the idea of pulling our Life Group together for a worship service. When Pastor Steve encouraged the church to begin gathering in small groups outdoors, we envisioned what that would look like and how it would give us an op...  Read More
Celebrating God's Faithfulness
by Jackie McDonald on July 28th, 2020
Diagnosis day. D-day as some of my fellow spina bifida moms call it. On July 17, 2019, Matt and I were at a routine OB appointment (that he initially wasn't going to be able to attend) to have a quick check-up and ultrasound to look at our sweet baby. It was honestly like a date for us because, with small children, any time you get alone together is a date.We had our ultrasound and met with my OB....  Read More
Roadmap to Reopen
by Jackie McDonald on May 28th, 2020
Dear Church Family,We look forward to our first in-person worship service – Beta Test Sunday – on June 7 at 9 a.m. The registration link for Beta Test Sunday will open at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 29, and can be accessed via the eNews or on the Roadmap to Reopen web page. Seating will be limited to 300, and we anticipate that seats will fill quickly.In order to take care of our church family, we’ve ta...  Read More
Our Pandemic Life!
by Jackie McDonald on May 27th, 2020
We’ve been enjoying time together during “pandemic life” — walking, running and biking outdoors. Our sunny Houston weather has been amazing! Rylan and I routinely go on Costco dates each week. But we’ve also each been working on our own projects that are transforming us into unique individuals.Rylan (HNW’s Student Pastor) continues to lead students in their virtual ministry and only has slowed dow...  Read More
My Pandemic Life
by Jackie McDonald on May 21st, 2020
I have the honor of being the Director of Counseling at Houston Northwest Church. As I write this we are on day 68 of being at home as a family. During those 68 days, there have been ups and downs, lessons and growing pains. We have two teenage boys who have been distance learning through Tomball ISD. That has actually been smoother than we ever thought it would be! They have been very responsible...  Read More
HNW Cancels $3 Million in Medical Debt
by Jackie McDonald on April 29th, 2020
Houston Northwest Church’s funding of $30,000 eliminated $3M of medical debt in Texas. More than 1,360 individuals in northwest Houston recently received a letter from RIP Medical Debt letting them know their outstanding medical debt had been paid in full. The letter explained that they no longer owed the debt and the forgiveness of the debt was a no-strings-attached gift. The letter also shared t...  Read More
My name is Tim Snow, and I am a recovering alcoholic.
by Jackie McDonald on April 22nd, 2020
My name is Tim Snow, and I am a recovering alcoholic. On August 14, 2019, after a 23-year drinking career, I hit rock bottom. My health was failing. My faith was just about gone. My career was on a downfall. Most importantly, I was very close to losing my family. At this point, my wife…  Read More
Chalk Art Encouragement
by Jackie McDonald on March 31st, 2020
Chalk Art Encouragement #WeLoveHou by Sandi Bothum One of the things I love about Houston NW Church is our vision of making Houston more like heaven by helping Houstonians become more like Jesus. And I love the culture of service. I loved HNW’s response to Hurricane Harvey and how as a church we poured into…  Read More
Meet Christine McKnight
by Jackie McDonald on February 13th, 2020
Christine McKnight has attended HNW for 10 years and has served on the Kids First Impressions Team for the last nine years. She continues to serve because of the life-changing impact she knows firsthand that kids ministry can have for families.At a young age, McKnight lived in Iceland with her family because her father was in the Air Force.“[My parents] both knew the Lord, but they were not living...  Read More