Posts with the category “covid19”

"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
In-person worship canceled this Sunday, June 28th
by Jackie McDonald on June 26th, 2020
Dear Church Family,Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo today asked faith leaders to do their part to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Your health and safety, and that of our community, is of utmost importance, so we have elected to cancel in-person worship at our campus this Sunday, June 28.Judge Hidalgo announced today that the COVID-19 Threat Level system has been increased to Level 1. Level 1 sig...  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 Beta Test for In Person Worship Coming June 7th!
by Jackie McDonald on May 18th, 2020
Church Family,Thanks for your incredible patience and flexibility during this season. You continue to bless me with your willing spirit and generous heart. I love each of you.As I mentioned in my email two weeks ago, our goal through the process of returning is to move at the speed of a family.After prayer, research and discussion, your Elders believe that we have reached a point where we can take...  Read More
Roadmap to Reopen
by Jackie McDonald on May 5th, 2020
Dear Church Family,Over the last several weeks, your elders have worked to craft a plan that will chart a path for us to return to in-person ministry and worship at HNW. I’m writing today to share both the plan and some of the reasoning behind our decisions.Earlier this week we sent out a survey to hear from you, and you responded. We heard from hundreds of families. One thing that really encourag...  Read More
Virtual Communion
by Jackie McDonald on April 9th, 2020
Good Friday is nearly upon us.Each year as we gather to remember the crucifixion, we also gather around the Table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.We plan to do the same this year, simply in front of our respective devices.And I want to ask you to join me.The Lord’s Supper—also known as Communion—was a meal Jesus instituted the night before he was crucified. It is something that each of us look forw...  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
How to Create a Watch Party on Facebook!
by Jackie McDonald on March 26th, 2020
One of the ways you can help Houston look more like Heaven is by hosting “Watch Partys” on Facebook whenever we go LIVE on Sunday mornings. Or when Pastor Steve goes live with a Q&A and/or prayer time. This will help us reach as many people as possible to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ!You might be asking “What is a Watch Party?” Great question!“Watch Party is a new way for people to watch videos...  Read More
HNW transitioning to online services
by Jackie McDonald on March 12th, 2020
Church Family,Out of an abundance of caution and love for our vulnerable, elderly and each of you, we have elected to suspend live worship services and on-campus activities until further notice.Pastor Steve’s message can be viewed on Facebook this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The message will also be posted to the website and Houston NW Church app.We encourage you to submit your tithes and offe...  Read More