Free The Captives

To cap off our Generous Life series the elders of CityView church decided to do something unprecedented in the history of the church. On January 27th CityView took an entire Sunday offering and gave it to our new partner, Free the Captives.

Free the Captives is a faith-based anti-human trafficking 501(c)(3) non-profit that fights the exploitation and trafficking of Houston’s youth. We engage and mobilize the Christian community while partnering with non-profits, law enforcement, and government agencies in the fight against modern day slavery.

We wanted to partner with this organization and demonstrate generosity in a big way. We’re excited to work with Free the Captives and do our part to help with their mission.

Year End Giving

This holiday season, we thank everyone who has supported CityView Church of Pearland this past year with their time, talent, and financial contributions and look forward to your continued support in 2019.

Often there is confusion related to contributions made around the end of the calendar year. I hope the information below is helpful.

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YEAR END GIVING

  • Tax-deductible contributions (“contributions”) must be claimed in the year they are delivered to CityView Church.
  • If you need a convenient way to make regular offerings or if you plan to make an additional gift before the end of the year, we encourage you to look into our electronic giving options. As the pace of life speeds up, especially around the holidays, you may find electronic giving a most welcome way to make contributions. Visit CityView Church Offices or contact the church at 281.607.9323 for more information.  Online contributions (http://cityviewtx.infellowship.com) can be made at any time PRIOR to January 1, 2019 and will be included in your 2018 contribution statement.
  • Contributions mailed (postmarked) on or before December 31, 2018 will be included in your 2018 contribution statement.
  • Contributions made (delivered) to CityView Church on January 1 or later will be included in your 2019 contribution statement.
  • You must have records to prove you made a tax deductible contribution to CityView.
  • For individual cash or check or online contributions LESS THAN $250 you must have a bank record (cancelled check) or a receipt from CityView Church for each contribution less than $250.
  • For individual cash or check or online contributions of $250 or MORE, you must have a written receipt from CityView for each contribution.  A contribution statement from CityView listing each individual contribution satisfies this requirement.  There is no need to have a separate receipt from CityView for each contribution.
  • If you have made individual contributions to CityView of $250 or MORE, DO NOT FILE YOUR 2018 FEDERAL INCOME TAX RETURN UNTIL YOU RECEIVE THE CONTRIBUTION STATEMENT FROM CityView.  CityView contribution statements for 2017 will be mailed on or before January 31, 2019.
  • If you have made or you are considering making a contribution of non-cash property (stocks, bonds, jewelry, real estate, etc) to CityView, please contact Jason Crandall, Lead Pastor, at jason@cityviewpearland.com for further information.
  • Contributions to the Building Fund should indicate “Property” fund in the memo of your check, on the envelope if giving cash, or allocated to the Property account if giving online.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have further questions. Thank you for your continued financial support of God’s mission at CityView Church to make gospel-centered disciples of Jesus and plant 100 churches in 25 years.
Jason Crandall

Lead Pastor

email: jason@cityviewpearland.com

phone: 281.607.9323

Christmas Offering

Christmas Offering

From November 1 to December 31 CityView is holding its Second Christmas Offering.  We are setting a goal of $100,000 that will be divided into three specific areas:

  1. General Fund – Money given to the Christmas Offering will help offset the budgetary needs of CityView.  As always every dollar given to CityView goes to making disciples.
  2. Missions – CityView is uniquely focused on church planting.  We are wanting to help get our church planting resident, Nate Law, off to a great start as he prayerfully plans to plant a church.
  3. CityView’s Building and Property Fund – CityView bought 5 acres of land in 2017 and we are taking prayerful steps to build on that property.

Ways to give:

1.) You can give to the Christmas Offering via our online portal.

2.) You can give during worship on Sunday.  We meet at 3121 Manvel Road Pearland, TX 77584

3.) You can mail a check to our PO Box.  10223 Broadway Street Suite P359 Pearland, TX 77584

Questions? Email Pastor Jason at Jason@cityviewpearland.com

Christmas Offering Update – November 16

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Christmas Offering Update

First, on December 10th we are going to take our very first Christmas Offering.  Our goal for this offering is to raise $25,000 towards our property fund.  We are asking for everyone to pray how God might have them participate.

 

Second, We’ve already received our first gifts towards the Christmas offering.  $500 has already come in.  If you won’t be there on December 10th or already know what God might have you give then you can drop a check in the offering bucket on Sunday marked “Property Fund” or by giving through our online system.

 

Third, a VERY generous donor has given us a great gift!  They are doing a matching donation for the first $5,000 given to the property fund.  So if you give $1, they give $1.  If you give $500, they give $500.  If you give $1000, they give $1000.

Please be praying about how you might participate in CityView’s Christmas Offering.

 

 

Christmas Offering Update – November 16 from CityView Church on Vimeo.

Struggling with Fruit… What’s the Root?

 

On Sunday, October 8th we kicked off our This Is Us series talking about how are fruit (sinful actions) have roots (beliefs about God).  You can watch the sermon here or Download it here.

The truth is that we all struggle with sinful fruit in our lives.  You can’t just do battle with the fruit of sin any more than you can do battle with the symptoms of a deadly infection.  The battle must be fought at the root of the problem.  In an effort to be very applicable over the next couple weeks please submit some fruit (sinful actions) that you struggle with so that we can trace it back to the root. 

THIS WILL BE COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.  We aren’t asking for ANY contact information and this will only be viewed by Pastor Jason. 

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Flag Football and Dance Camp


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Come join us at Silverlake Recreation Center for either a Flag Football Day Camp or a Dance Camp sponsored by CityView Church.  Learn the foundations of football and dance during this SAFE and FREE day camp.

  • When: June 6th -9th. 10am-12pm.
  • Where: Silverlake Recreation Center
  • Who: Boys and Girls in Kindergarten – 5th Grade
  • How Much?: FREE!
  • For more information or to signup fill out the form below OR call 713.204.0692

Sign Up Form:

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CityView MEDICAL RELEASE FORM

Discern The Culture: 13 Reasons Why 

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I would like to address a current social issue that our students are facing in hopes that it encourages and equips you to open the lines of communication with your teenager.

Recently, Netflix released a new teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, in which the main character has died by suicide and sends tapes to people in her life explaining how their actions lead to her choice to end her life. I believe it is important to understand that suicide is connected to mental illness and the two must be recognized as concurrent conditions. Bullying often plays a role, but it is not the sole reason behind a suicide. This show does not reveal any connections between mental illness and suicide, it does not show young people what positive actions they can take to receive help and it focuses on placing blame on others.

This week I have been deeply disturbed by the premise of this show and it’s irresponsibility with its handling of teenaged suicide. It ignores what research reveals in cases of suicide prevention, specifically almost all of the research-based guidelines for depicting suicide in media conducted by the World Health Organization. Ultimately, the final episode focuses on illustrating the girl’s suicide in graphic detail. This is widely known to increase the risk of suicide, specifically imitative.

For many, your teens may have already seen the show. Make sure you talk to them about the nature of its content. Sensationalizing suicide is harmful and can have a drastic impact on the brains of our children. The frontal lobes of their brains have not completed growth and as a result rational thought is often diminished. This is just one of the reasons why what appears to be a simple TV show can profoundly influence your teen’s actions.

 

Most Importantly

Additionally, if your child struggles with mental illness talk to them about how precious they are to God. Remind them that we bear His image, the image of the One who created all of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:27). Not only that, but His actions have proven to us His faithfulness and His word assures us that He is concerned with even the smallest details of our lives (Matthew 6:26).

When it comes to struggling with lies about our worth, we must remember to rely solely on Truth. Even in the midst of the most severe anxiety and deep depression, God’s word will not return void. Meditate on Scripture, not the fallacies of this dark, lost world in which we live.

If you need any help with knowing how to talk to your children, want some resources or need assistance with finding a mental health professional email me at kaitlynthompson118@gmail.com

By Kaitlyn Thompson
Kaitlyn is a social worker in League City. She and her husband Chase lead our student ministry at CityView Church in Pearland, TX.

 

CityView Owns Land!

Prayerfully, we set out in January of 2016 to find a long-term home for CityView Church of Pearland.  After months of searching CityView Church owns land!  We were able to close on the land the last week of January and we now own 5 acres.  The 5 acre tract is located on Manvel Road (1128) and roughly 500ft from the Bailey intersection near Massey Ranch Elementary School.  The land is mostly cleared and undeveloped.  This is a gigantic blessing for us and a monumental step forward and the only one we have to thank is our Lord who made it possible.  5-acres-1128-bailey

Next Step

We kicked off our prayerful search for land on our 2nd Anniversary.  Because God is faithful and gracious to us we were able to announce the purchase of land on our 3rd Anniversary.  Now we begin looking at our next step.

What If…

What if we were able to break ground on our property by our 4th Anniversary? What if we could talk about God’s faithfulness to us again and show it in tangible ways to our community here in Pearland?

What if on our 5th Anniversary we were celebrating inside of our own building? Wouldn’t that be unbelievable?  It almost seems too far beyond us.  It is.

It is beyond us.  But that’s what CityView Church is about.  We want to look beyond ourselves and see God act in big, powerful ways that get Him glory.  That’s the idea behind our vision of making gospel-centered disciples of Jesus and planting 100 churches in 25 years in the Houston area.  That sounds too big for us, but we’re doing it.  CityView has sent 3 planters since it’s founding. The fourth planter is on the way.  Lord willing Nathan Law will be on the ground this Spring serving at CityView and preparing to plant a church in the near future.

We need God to show up to make the big vision of CityView happen.  We need to rely on Him in this smaller plan of a long-term home for CityView as well.  We’ve seen him do amazing things already.  He’s used us in the planting of churches in Houston already.  He can use us as stewards of his resources again in this endeavor.

Now What?

On February 5, 2017 I asked the people of CityView to pray about how they might sacrifice for this plan of a long-term home for CityView Pearland and shared our goal of raising $207,500 in the calendar year 2017. We asked our people to pray and commit.  We believe this goal can be accomplished if the people of this church come together and sacrifice for the vision of what God is doing in Pearland and Houston through CityView Church.

If you’re interested in contributing, we’d appreciate it!  You can do it here: CityViewTX.infellowship.com

Christ is all,

Pastor Jason

Big Announcement!

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We set out in January to find a long-term home for CityView Church.  After months of searching CityView Church has a contract on land!  We have diligently been searching and looking and the Lord has brought us to a piece of land.  The 5 acre tract is located on Manvel Road (1128) and roughly 500ft from the Bailey intersection near Massey Ranch Elementary School.  5-acres-1128-bailey

Currently, we are working through a 90 day feasibility period that will give us a good understanding of whether or not we will be able to build what we’d like on the property.  Please praise God with us and continue to pray for us as we walk through this feasibility period.

Praises:

  • Praise God for his goodness to us (regardless of property)
  • Praise God for helping us find a property that checked all of our boxes in terms of location and is UNDER the planned budget.
  • Praise God for the opportunity this presents us as a church.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that this feasibility period would go smoothly and we’d have clear understanding of what it will cost to build on this land.
  • Pray that there won’t be hidden costs.
  • Pray that if this is God’s property for us that it will be used for His glory for many years to come.

We will provide more updates as they become available.

Christ is all,

Pastor Jason
Lead Pastor