Posts by City Church

4th Sunday Meals

On the 4th Sunday of each month, our City Groups gather together to share a meal in host homes around the city. Two City Groups are paired at each location in an effort to help our community meet as many people at City Church as possible.

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The Supernatural-Born Performer

Ever since I can remember I have loved to sing for anyone who would listen! I remember watching an old “home video” when I was singing my heart out into the hose of an active vacuum cleaner. As a natural-born performer, I quickly learned that a good performance merits affirmation, accolades and attention, but a poor performance can lead to criticism, condemnation and feelings of failure.

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Baptisms and First Communions | spring 2018

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

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Updates from IJM

Our partnership with IJM sent the organization's Mumbai team into some of the darkest corners of the modern-day sex trade—where girls and young women are deceived, humiliated and sold for a profit over and over. Whether in a dirty brothel or hidden in a private apartment, victims of sex trafficking face unspeakable violence and abuse, and they are taught they cannot trust the world around them.

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City Youth and the Beatitudes

This spring our City Youth are studying the Beatitudes during our Sunday night Bible study. We will be using Iain Duguid’s Heroes of Heroes: Seeing Christ in the Beatitudes as a guide. While we encourage students to get a copy of the book to read on their own, it is not necessary. We will provide a handout each week that summarizes the lesson for the following Sunday that can be used for preparation.

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City Church Care Team

I first met Shirley when she came for prayer, asking me to pray for the Lord to provide the money she needed for rent in two weeks. She explained that she had become injured and could not physically do her job and was almost at the end of her savings. She lived alone, had no family, and had moved to the city to pursue her career. I asked if I could meet with her further and help her think through her short term and long term plan for being able to live on her own.

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Marathon Sunday parking

Due to the Houston marathon this Sunday, our usual surface lot may be unavailable, and street parking will be limited, so plan to use the GreenStreet garage (1377 Fannin with entrances on Fannin and Clay).

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Baptisms & First Communions | fall 2017

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

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City Kids + City Youth events
Find out what our City Kids and City Youth ministries have planned for the end of the calendar year. Reference this list to stay in-the-know on retreats, service projects and Christmas parties.
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Fall 2017 at City Church

Want to know what's happening throughout the fall at City Church? Here's your guide to navigate the next few months of gatherings and events.

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Resources for coping after a natural disaster
Here are a few basic resources for coping with natural disasters.
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Hurricane Harvey Updates

All weekend events are canceled, and House of Blues will be closed on Sunday, August 27. Please stay safe, and reach out to us at care@citychurch.org if a need arises.

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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

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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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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Why Isn’t Giving Easy?

Recently someone shared with me that they considered me to be a generous person. On the outside I smiled and said those were kind words, but on the inside I was thinking, “if they only knew my internal struggle of giving with a generous heart.”

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Worship services at MATCH
Due to the Super Bowl being in town and the NFL occupying the entire GreenStreet complex, City Church has the opportunity to use a new arts venue in Midtown called MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston) to worship for the next two Sundays. We will NOT meet at House of Blues.
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Marathon Sunday parking - January 15, 2017

Due to the Houston marathon this Sunday, our usual surface lot will be unavailable, and street parking will be limited, so plan to use the GreenStreet garage (1301 Main Street with entrances on Fannin and Clay).

 

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Family Ministry Update

Jennifer Welch, our extraordinary Children's Coordinator recently moved from part time work to a full time position at City Church. She increased her hours in our growing children's ministry, enabling her to not only continue the excellent Sunday morning programming but also devote time during the week to spending time with families, organizing family events and planning City Kids summer activities. Additionally, Jennifer will begin assisting with our City Youth. 

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Welcome New Members

On November 6th, we were thrilled to welcome 49 people into City Church membership. The group partook in membership vows and were recognized during our worship service. 

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City Kids Thanksgiving Project

By Sarah Lee

I am a professional carpool mom.  I like to refer to my car as “my office,” and it is often filled with kids and animal crackers.  I usually see my office as nothing more than a simple mode of transportation. While driving, my main task is to field questions—usually too many to count and most of which I have no idea how to answer.  My oldest daughter is the queen of questions:

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Oaklawn Service Project Recap

By Curtis Castleberry, Assistant Pastor at Oaklawn Presbyterian

On Saturday, October 29th, Oaklawn Presbyterian Church had the great privilege of partnering with City Church to do some much needed work on our church home. Our playground is now safer, more functional, and much more attractive because of the work we did to beautify and makeover the area. Our nursery is now much more organized and clean. Our storage container is clean, and now, the contents of the container are fully accessible.

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Consider Serving with City Kids

As parents of four young children (ages nine, seven, six and five), children’s ministry has been very important to our family. Initially, I thought of it as a temporary relief from parenting for one to two hours each Sunday. I genuinely, and somewhat selfishly, looked forward to that time each week.

 

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July-October 2016 Baptisms & First Communions

Join us in celebration for those who were baptized and received First Communion during the months of July-October 2016.

 

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City Church Houston fall kickoff

See a quick snapshot of the start of our fall groups, happenings and events.

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Final Summer Events

Get involved at City Church throughout July and August by coming to our final events of the summer. All ages welcome at all events. Visit our calendar to learn more. 

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June 2016 Baptisms

Join us in celebration for the baptisms of Ella and Alexander Fortunov. 

 

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May 2016 baptisms, first communions and graduating seniors

Join us in celebration for those who were baptized, received First Communion or graduated from high school in May 2016.

 

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Summer in the City Kickoff Picnic

The City Church community had a blast at our recent Summer in the City Kickoff Picnic at Hermann Park.

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Pentecost Sunday 2016

On Sunday, May 15, we experienced a special Pentecost worship service that included a scripture reading from the book of Acts in 9 different languages. 

 

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Who is my neighbor?

In Luke 10, an expert in the law posed an honest question to Jesus, albeit with some ulterior motives. In turn, Jesus responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan where we see the Samaritan showing mercy to the individual in need, and he ultimately proves to be his neighbor. 

 

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Work | Faith Forum audio

Listen to the full audio from our Work | Faith Forum from Sunday, April 24. This event featured Katherine Leary Alsdorf, founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Center for Faith & Work (CFW) in New York City and co-author of Every Good Endeavor with Tim Keller. During this session, Katherine helped us explore a robust vision for the integration of faith and work. 

 

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Membership Sunday

On April 10, we experienced an amazing time of recognition for our charter member class.

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Easter at City Church

City Church recently experienced its first Easter at the House of Blues. Listen to Leo Schuster's Easter sermon, and see our photos from the morning here:

 

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Roll Up Your Sleeves

For years I’ve been looking for a church community that I could call home. City Church is the first community I’ve been a part of in a long time that I feel connected to. I feel like I belong here. That’s partly because of how I’ve been welcomed and loved, but it’s also due in part to how I’ve invested myself here. 

 

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Unless You Change

Having a kid has been the biggest help to my prayer life. And not because of the challenges or costs of raising a child. Every day my son reminds me of what I am supposed to be as a Christian. While he loves to play trucks, he cares more about just being with me. We will watch the same video one hundred times over because he wants to share it with me. Whatever he needs - even if he is capable to get it on his own - he asks me first. Why? Because it means daddy is with him. Every laugh, every smile, every “did you see that, daddy?” is the Lord tapping me on my shoulder. “You’ve grown old,” he says. 

 

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City Church parking this Sunday

Street parking and our usual surface lot will be unavailable so plan to use the GreenStreet garage (entrances on Fannin and Clay), free with validation. Save the ticket from the parking garage entrance, and pick up a validation within the worship space at City Church. You will need both your ticket and validation to exit the garage.

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THE FOURTH WEEK IN ADVENT: DEC. 20-24

“Advent is a coming, not our coming to God, but his to us. We cannot come to God, he is beyond our reach; but he can come to us, for we are not beneath his mercy. Even in another life, as St. John sees it in his vision, we do not rise to God, but he descends to us, and dwells humanly among human creatures, in the glorious man, Jesus Christ. And that will be his last coming; so we shall be his people, and he everlastingly our God, our God-with-us, our Emmanuel. He will so come, but he is come already, he comes always: in our fellow-Christian (even in a child, says Christ), in his word, invisibly in our souls, more visibly in the sacrament. Opening ourselves to him, we call him in: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; O come, Emmanuel.”

 

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THE THIRD WEEK IN ADVENT: DEC. 13-19

“Jesus gave his body and blood to his disciples in bread and wine. Amazed at such a token, and little understanding what they did, Peter, John and the rest reached out their hands and took their master and their God. Whatever else they knew or did not know, they knew they were committed to him, body and soul; they were consenting that he should die for them, and that they, somehow, should live it out. The rooster had not crowed twice that night before Peter thrice denied, but still he knew he was committed to Christ, for Christ had given him his body and his blood. Christ’s body and blood lived in him, and Christ forgave him; there was no breaking of the sacramental tie. We are not worthy of Christ, but we are bound to Christ. With all the sincerity of our minds let us renew the bond, and pray to live for him who has died for us.”

 

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THE SECOND WEEK IN ADVENT: DEC. 6-12

“Advent brings Christmas, judgment runs out into mercy. For the God who saves us and the God who judges us is one God. We are not, even, condemned by his severity and redeemed by his compassion; what judges us is what redeems us, the love of God. What is it that will break our hearts on judgment day? Is it not the vision, suddenly unrolled, of how he has loved the friends we have neglected, of how he has loved us, and we have not loved him in return; how, when we came (as now) before his altar, he gave us himself, and we gave him half—penitences, or resolutions too weak to commit our wills? But while love thus judges us by being what it is, the same love redeems us by effecting what it does. Love shares flesh and blood with us in this present world, that the eyes which look us through at last may find in us a better substance than our vanity.”

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THE FIRST WEEK IN ADVENT: NOV. 29 - DEC. 5

“Our journey sets out from God in our creation, and returns to God at the final judgment. As the bird rises from the earth to fly, and must some time return to the earth from which it rose; so God sends us forth to fly, and we must fall back into the hands of God at last. But God does not wait for the failure of our flight and the expiry of our days to drop us back into his lap. He goes himself to meet us and everywhere confronts us. Where is the countenance which we must finally look in the eyes, and not be able to turn away our head? It smiles up at Mary from the cradle, it calls Peter from the nets, it looks on him with grief when he has denied his master. Our judge meets us at every step of our way, with forgiveness on his lips and succor in his hands. He offers us these things while there is yet time. Every day opportunity shortens, our scope for learning our Redeemer’s love is narrowed by twenty-four hours, and we come nearer to the end of our journey, when we shall fall into the hands of the living God and touch the heart of the devouring fire.”

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Welcome to the season of Advent

Welcome to the season of Advent! A time to sing, “come, Lord Jesus, come, and be born in our hearts today.” A time to embrace mystery; to become a child again.

 

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Family Block Party

On Sunday, October 18, we gathered at Colonial Park for the City Church Family Block Party. We enjoyed pizza, ultimate frisbee, a bounce house and time spent with friends. 

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Serving Houston at the Emergency Aid Coalition

On Saturday, October 17, City Church volunteers served at the Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC) here in Houston. This group helped the EAC make sack lunches, fill grocery orders and measure and hang up clothes for the 350 homeless and low income families that they serve.

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CITY CHURCH COMMUNITIES: MOLLY SCHUBERT’S STORY

This past July I moved back to Houston and was searching for a new church and Christian community. Soon after being introduced to City Church by one of my best friends, I immediately felt that God was using this church to shed His light into the depths of this city.

 

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City Church Communities: Katie Ashby's Story

Psalm 133 opens with the exclamation, “How good it is when brothers dwell together in unity!” What comes to your mind when you consider relational wholeness and unity? Imagine a scene that most captures this desire for you. Who is there? What are you thinking, feeling, doing? Why is the scene so compelling? Are you giving and receiving? What is it that allows everyone to be unified? 

 

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City Church Communities: Mark and Erica DiBella’s Story

Communities are former strangers turned friends through shared experiences—rich times of vulnerability and openness. We have found no better way to make fast friends out of strangers than breaking bread together. 

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Ministry Teams at City Church

Learn more about our ministry teams at City Church, and sign up to volunteer here.

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City Kids

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Mathew 13:1-3

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Parking at City Church

We know that parking downtown can sometimes be difficult. That's why we're providing four options to consider as you make your way to the House of Blues on Sunday mornings for City Church worship.

 

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Tim Keller: On City Church

"Leo is an unusually gifted and skillful pastoral leader, and I believe that his time here in Manhattan has given him many valuable insights into urban ministry that will equip him to be even more effective in Houston, a city he already knows so well."

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City Church adds youth director to staff team

We are thrilled to announce Brandon Davidson is joining our staff team as Youth Director and Pastoral Associate. Brandon will spend this fall getting to know families with youth while working to shape the vision and programs for our youth ministry.

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City Church Hires Team to Lead Children’s Ministry

We love children at City Church and have placed a high priority on identifying an exceptional team to lead this ministry. We are therefore delighted to announce that Kim Stephenson will be joining our staff as the Director of Children’s Ministry and Spring Rawlings will serve as a consultant to us. 

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