VESSELS OF BEAUTY

In his book “For the Beauty of The Church,” David O. Taylor answers the question ‘What is art for?’ by declaring that, strictly speaking, it isn’t for anything; going on to say that it’s “gratuitous,” except for its function as a “vessel of beauty.” In another chapter, he asks rhetorically of the gospel’s meaning “what if he himself has taken the initiative, become the sacrifice, torn the temple veil? What is left but gloriously unuseful prayer and praise?”

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building relationships with bridge builders

The mission of City Church is to renew Houston by bringing beauty into broken places. Recently, I joined twenty middle and high school students to do just that. Under the leadership of Blake Thomas and Jennifer Welch, we participated in an experience called Bridge Builders. I did not know what to expect. On previous mission trips that I’ve been on, the focus has been manual labor - building fences, mulching playgrounds, painting houses…stuff like that. Community service is important, but it’s pretty easy to return to a rather normal, undisturbed life, when it’s over.

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5 ways to give

Check out five ways you can give to City Church. Thanks for supporting our mission and ministry as we bring the beauty of Christ to broken places.

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Baptisms and First Communions | June 2017

Join us in celebration for those who recently were baptized or received First Communion.

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Integrating Faith and Work

Integrating Faith and Work

by Roger Cooner

When I was a kid I loved two things - drawing and playing baseball. When I was about 14 and basically clueless, I was completely pre-occupied with comic books and television. My dad, knowing my strengths, and that my baseball career would top out on the Bellaire High School baseball team, said I should consider being an architect. As soon as I realized that an architect draws and designs buildings, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. I now realize how fortunate and unusual this is; to know the career path I would follow at 14. I was able to set my course through high school and beyond.

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Bridge Builders youth mission trip

Our youth participated in Bridge-Builders, an inner city mission trip in Houston, June 14-17 here at the Forge. Bridge-Builders is as a unique opportunity to be a part of a service-learning experience designed to provide teens an urban immersion experience in the Third Ward neighborhood.

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Staff Update

I am delighted to let you know that Valerie Tompson has accepted the position of Executive Director at City Church and will begin effective immediately. She will work closely with me to champion the vision and values of City Church, provide overall strategic leadership, and direct the staff in all ministry areas. We are extraordinarily blessed to have someone as talented as Valerie serve our young, growing church in this new role.

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Tough Sayings of Jesus

A four week study on the tough sayings of Jesus is quite simply, not nearly long enough. Proverbs 27:6 says, “wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.” Jesus is a true friend. He wounds us to heal us.

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SUMMER IN THE CITY: 2017

Want to know what's happening throughout the summer at City Church? Here's your all-things-summer guide!

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Sign up to serve

The church isn’t a building, It’s a body…the body of Christ, made up of many people. An important part of belonging to that body is serving in a practical way on Sundays. Serving in the church is more than volunteering. For those of us who are Christians, we are called to be ministers of the gospel, and a fantastic way to do that is by serving in our church.

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