Posts with the category “family”
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner
by Jackie McDonald on April 11th, 2021
The Application of Grace by Steve Bezner. Click to read more!
Meet Cassidy Odom, HNW's new Kids Minister
by Karen Stamps on April 7th, 2021
Cassi has served in ministry for the past 15 years and has also partnered with schools to extend a positive message to kids outside of weekly church gatherings. Cassi desires for every child to have an opportunity to fall in love with Jesus at a young age.
by Jackie McDonald on January 20th, 2021
ESL at Houston Northwest Church launches on February 9! This practical ministry will allow HNW to serve our neighbors from all over the world. Currently 34 students representing 9 countries will join HNW as ESL students. We expect to see this number grow as momentum builds in the community. Support is needed as this ministry continues to grow. The major need is prayer for the students and teachers ...
Ministry Partner Spotlight: New Life Adoptions
by Jackie McDonald on January 14th, 2021
Ministry Partner Spotlight: New Life AdoptionsIn the United States alone, 50% of unplanned pregnancies end in abortion. For 48%, the decision is made for parenting or allowing a family member to raise the child. Only 2% of unplanned pregnancies end in adoption.New Life Adoptions, one of Houston Northwest Church's ministry partners, exists to come alongside a life that has been shattered by the new...
Priscilla Fletcher #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 17th, 2020
My name is Priscilla Fletcher and this is #mysalvationstory. When I was 8 years old, I started going to church with my best friend and her family. I would go with them every Sunday, and when I was 11 years old I went forward during an alter call and asked the Lord to come into my heart. If I'm honest, I really didn’t fully understand what I had just done, and I went about my life doing things kids...
Robin Scott #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 16th, 2020
My name is Robin Scott and this is #mysalvationstory.My family is Louisiana Creole which means I grew up going to a Catholic church. I always felt there was more to God than what I experienced each Sunday. I wanted to know Him in a deeper way. In high school, I became less interested in going to the church I was accustomed to. One day during my senior year of high school my boyfriend at the time (...
Dan Worrell #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 11th, 2020
My name is Dan Worrell and this is #mysalvationstory. I was raised going to church with my parents and siblings and started learning Bible stories at an early age. When I was in the 3rd grade, my heart and mind began looking at Jesus differently. I asked my parents questions like "What happens to us when we die?" "What does it mean that Jesus died for me?" "What is sin?" One evening my mom and dad...
Karen Stamps #mysalvationstory
by Jackie McDonald on November 3rd, 2020
My name is Karen Stamps and this is #mysalvationstory.
"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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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…
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…
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...