Access Volunteer Appreciation Month
Jun
4
Jun 25

Access Volunteer Appreciation Month

We love our volunteers! They have been faithfully serving us every Sunday! From cleaning our warehouse, taking out the trash, making coffee, and welcoming you every Sunday, they are what makes our church possible. You see them singing and playing instruments or even updating this website! They also serve our kids faithfully. We want to thank you! Every Sunday we will have a special treat for our volunteers from 9:30 - 9:45 AM before the worship gathering. Please join us in thanking them! 

6/4: "Dunk you very much" (Milk & Cookies)
6/11: Coffee Meets Bagel
6/18 (after church): "Orange you sweeter than a popsicle"
6/25: Cerealously Thank You! 

Infant Dedication/ Baptism
Jun
25
10:00 am10:00

Infant Dedication/ Baptism

Have a baby? Would you like to dedicate your infant or baptize him/her? On June 25, we'll be offering parents of young ones an opportunity to have their infants dedicated or baptized during our worship gathering.  Infant dedications are meant to be a way for parents and the community to express their commitment to raising a child in the love of Christ.  We will be doing this quarterly, so don't worry if the 6/25 date doesn't work for you. Please contact Amy Leung (amy.leung@accesslive.org) if you're interested or to learn more.

Onramp
Jul
2
12:00 pm12:00

Onramp

If you've recently started coming to Access, we'd like to invite you to our quarterly Onramp Newcomer's lunch on July 2 @ 12:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  This is a great way to learn more about Access' vision and story, and connect with other people.  Please RSVP below for lunch.  

Midsouth Conference Mission Trip to Guatemala
Jul
7
Jul 16

Midsouth Conference Mission Trip to Guatemala

Midsouth Covenant Churches, which Access is a part of, is hosting a short term mission trip to Guatemala through Merge Ministries. Merge has been taking teams to Patzicia for over 15 years now. They work primarily with two entities there. There are no age limits to this trip. Registration information and costs available through staff@accesslive.org. We have several people from Access that will be attending this trip. If interested, please contact us! 

 

Access Hangout Ministry
Jul
8
8:30 am08:30

Access Hangout Ministry

The Hangout ministry embraces each outing with our neighbors in Hermann Park like any other time among friends - with games, music, and casual conversations. If you're interested in joining, please contact hangout@accesslive.org. See this page for more information: http://www.accesslive.org/activity-groups/

A group from Access goes out each second Saturday of the month. We will meet at the Access warehouse at 8:30 AM and head out to Hermann Park at 9:30 AM together. 

Access Pathways: Invitation into Soul, Community, and Mission
Jul
8
9:00 am09:00

Access Pathways: Invitation into Soul, Community, and Mission

Join us for this one-day learning lab where you'll further your understanding of what it means to live "life with God."  Build a richer theological foundation for soul, community, and mission and leave with some practical ways to grow in these areas at Access. This learning lab is highly encouraged for all mission partners but open to all! 

Men and Women in the Church: A Perspective Based on Partnership
Jul
16
1:00 pm13:00

Men and Women in the Church: A Perspective Based on Partnership

What does the Bible have to say about the role of men and women in the church and home?  When it comes to this question, the church has largely taken two views: complementarianism and egalitarianism.  The latter view, which teaches that the Bible does not limit the leadership roles of women, will be the focus of this seminar.  Learn how a former complementarian became an egalitarian.   

Midsouth Covenant Youth Camp
Jul
30
Aug 5

Midsouth Covenant Youth Camp

The Midsouth Covenant Camp will be on July 30 – August 5, 2017 at Frontier Camp in Grapeland, TX. As always, a wonderful line-up of lessons, games and activities is planned. This seven day camp ministry is for children entering grades 2-9, with CILT leadership training for students entering grades 10-12. We have a wonderful staff, lead by Camp Director Dale “Munk” Lusk, who volunteers their time and energy to minister to campers this summer. We look forward to having camp this summer! We will post more information when we get it but for now - save the date! 

Early registration is due June 15th! 

Register here:

Global Leadership Summit
Aug
10
Aug 11

Global Leadership Summit

Every year we send a group from Access to the Global Leadership Summit.  This two-day conference features world-class leaders and experts in their fields.  Speakers this year include: Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook, Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, and Marcus Buckingham, strengths-expert and author of Now Discover Your Strengths. August 10-11 at St. Johns in River Oaks. Email john.lin@accesslive.org for more info.

A Better Country Book Release Party
Aug
27
3:00 pm15:00

A Better Country Book Release Party

Every minute 24 persons are forced from their homes due to persecution, disaster, or violence. 

Get educated about the global refugee crisis. Explore your concerns and fears. Put your faith into action. This is the goal of A Better Country, a 7-week workbook designed for personal study or small groups. You can read a more detailed description on Cindy Wu's personal website: www.cindymwu.com.

There will be a book release party on August 27, 2017 with special guests presenting at the book release: AK Besancon of houston welcomes refugees and Julie Meissner of Abba's House will share about what God is doing through their ministries and how you can get involved here in Houston.

Access Church Retreat
Oct
20
Oct 22

Access Church Retreat

This year our 2017 church retreat will be held at Pine Cove retreat center. Please save the dates on your calendar and come enjoy a family fun-filled church-wide time together. More information to come!


Mission Partner Gathering
Jun
11
12:30 pm12:30

Mission Partner Gathering

Mission Partners, join us for our upcoming Mission Partner gathering on June 11 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM.  We'll connect with one another and discuss important updates. Some of those updates will include the Love Builds capital campaign as well as an update on the design and build-out of our new location. Please join us since there will be a lot information that will be discussed at this meeting. Lunches will be available but must be preordered. Please RSVP below by June 4th. 

Connections Lunch
Jun
4
11:45 am11:45

Connections Lunch

Come join us every first Sunday of the month (except for the months with OnRamp) for lunch together as a community. We pick different locations each month and a different member of the Connections Team hosts. For this month, the host is Vincent and Kristi Tran. Please contact connectionteam@accesslive.org for more questions. We'll be posting more information as the time gets closer but for now, save the date! 

Lunch this Sunday will be at Peli Peli Kitchen on i-10. 

Mom's Brunch
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Mom's Brunch

Need a break and want to connect with other moms in our church? Come out and join us for our next Access Moms Brunch! Saturday, June 3rd @ 10am at Naoko's place. Email parents@accesslive.org for details. 

Dad's Night Out
May
27
6:30 pm18:30

Dad's Night Out

Come join us for a Dad's Night out!

Venue: Bowl & Barrel

Address: 797 Sorella Court, Houston, TX 77024

Date/Time: Saturday, May 27th, 6:30-8:30pm

Approx Cost: $28 (with shoes, but not including optional dinner)

For further info contact parents@accesslive.org. 

Access Hangout Ministry
May
20
8:30 am08:30

Access Hangout Ministry

The Hangout ministry embraces each outing with our neighbors in Hermann Park like any other time among friends - with games, music, and casual conversations. If you're interested in joining, please contact hangout@accesslive.org. See this page for more information: http://www.accesslive.org/activity-groups/

A group from Access goes out each third Saturday of the month. We will meet at the Access warehouse at 8:30 AM and head out to Hermann Park at 9:30 AM together. 

 

Love Builds: Prayer and Worship Night
May
19
7:30 pm19:30

Love Builds: Prayer and Worship Night

Access!

Mark you calendars for Friday, May 19 as we have a special Love Builds Prayer and Worship Night at our new space!  But it's completely empty and unfurnished and the bathrooms don't work, you say.  Exactly.  Our new space is totally empty (for now), but we’re going to fill it with the sounds of our prayers and songs.  So grab a flashlight and let’s come together as a community, let’s worship, let’s remember, and let’s ask God to build something beautiful with love.  Join us for what will truly be a memorable evening!

Friday, 5/19 from 7:30 - 8:30 PM @ 1888 Stebbins. 
Bring a flashlight and something durable to sit on. 
Go to the bathroom beforehand. 
Light refreshments afterwards.  

Learn more about Love Builds at accesslive.org/lovebuilds

On behalf of the staff and campaign team, 

John

Soul Care Retreat: Soul Sabbath
May
13
8:30 am08:30

Soul Care Retreat: Soul Sabbath

“Sabbath is a way of being in time where we remember who we are, remember what we know, and taste the gifts of spirit and eternity. ‘Remember the Sabbath’ means ‘Remember that everything you have received is a blessing. Remember to delight in your life, in the fruits of your labor. Remember to stop and offer thanks for the wonder of it.’ ...this is the essence of a Sabbath heart: paying attention. It is being fully present, wholly awake, in each moment.”
—Mark Buchanan (The Rest of God)

Join us as we set aside a full day to experience Sabbath rest at Leadership Transformation's next Soul Care Retreat on May 13, 2017. Lunch will be provided. 

Location: 
Cenacle Retreat House
420 North Kirkwood Rd
Houston, TX , 77079

 

Race and Community: Continuing #Conversations that Matter
Apr
23
1:00 pm13:00

Race and Community: Continuing #Conversations that Matter

Back in November, the Access Rec'ing Crew held a Learning Lab on "Race and Identity". Join us for this follow-up Lab as we explore how our racial identities and stories connect within our community, learn practical tools for addressing interpersonal racism, and develop a greater vision for racial reconciliation.

Building Campaign: Love Builds
Apr
23
May 21

Building Campaign: Love Builds

Join us starting on April 23 - May 21 for our Love Builds campaign.  

You've heard bits and pieces about our new space.  You've heard that we'll be raising funds for it.  Starting April 23, we'll be sharing the exciting vision, project and future plans that are in store for our community.  This is going to be a very significant milestone in our church's history - be a part of it!

Parents Ministry Swap
Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Parents Ministry Swap

We are hosting our annual Swap on Saturday, April 22 @ 9am at the Warehouse. Our hope is that in addition to swapping baby/kid items, this would be a place where you can connect with parents at our church and invite your friends outside our church to this event. More details regarding the event are coming soon.

For now, we wanted to let you know that we've updated some guidelines so we can have a successful event this spring. If you are planning on donating any items, please review this google doc for detailed guidelines

You can email us at parents@accesslive.org with any questions. Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Parents Ministry Team

FW 101 Retreat - Save the Date
Apr
8
Apr 9

FW 101 Retreat - Save the Date

Faithwalking is a series of courses designed to help us grow in the following areas: spiritual formation, inner healing, emotional maturity, and missional living. Access will be offering its first course, Faithwalking 101 as a two-day retreat on April 8-9. Childcare is not available. Sign up here: www.faithwalking.us/accesslive 

Learning Lab: Leaders Learn
Apr
2
11:30 am11:30

Learning Lab: Leaders Learn

Join us once a month as we draw from some of the best sessions at the Global Leadership Summit.  We’ll watch a video and then discuss how to implement these leadership principles in our own lives.  All are welcome.  Every first Sunday of the month @ 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM. 2017 dates will start January 8th. We will meet in the Sprouts room. 

Leadership and Equipping Track

Mission Partner Pathways
Apr
1
9:00 am09:00

Mission Partner Pathways

An invitation into soul, community, and mission.We invite you to attend this new learning lab which will introduce you to the key pathways which Access makes available for our mission partners to grow in your life with God.  Theological reflection is combined with discussion, interactive activities and practical application.  Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 - 12:00 PM at the warehouse.  Email john.lin@accesslive.org to rsvp by March 29.

Plant with Purpose
Mar
20
Mar 24

Plant with Purpose

One of the organizations that we support is Plant with Purpose. Pastor Ted is also on the board with this organization. If you'd like to find out more about it, come September 15 (Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at Ecclesia Church in their Firefly Studio to hear the Executive Director, Scott Sabin, speak. Light refreshments will be offered from 6:30 - 7:00 PM. 

Plant With Purpose is a Christian, development organization that partners with rural farmers and their families in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Thailand, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Baptism Class
Mar
19
12:00 pm12:00

Baptism Class

Baptism is an important step in our faith journey. Through it we identify with what Jesus did for us, die on the cross and rise to new life. Our next baptism class is on Sunday, March 19 from 12 to 2pm at the warehouse for adults and one during class time for youth/children. The baptism will take place on Easter Sunday, April 16. If you would like to learn more, contact Ted

Crafting a Rule of Life
Mar
11
9:00 am09:00

Crafting a Rule of Life

Christians today are looking to the ancient discipline of a Rule of Life to help guide and strengthen their sense of living in Christ and participating in a wider community. This workshop will include historical and theological reflections, working on your own Personal Rule of Life, and small group sharing time. We will be meeting at Fuller Texas. Registration is $15. 

 

Lent Starts - Ash Wednesday
Mar
1
7:30 pm19:30

Lent Starts - Ash Wednesday

This year, we'll be going through Lent together as a community coupled with a guide for the next forty days until Easter Sunday. We will have a special Ash Wednesday gathering in the evening with light snacks. Please come as a small group or bring your friends to start this Lent process together. We will be distributing a Lenten prayer guide during that time as well. 

Bible Say What?! How to Interpret God's Word
Feb
26
9:00 am09:00

Bible Say What?! How to Interpret God's Word

The writers of the Bible describe God's Word as food for the soul, providing nourishment and health for spiritual vitality. But let's be honest: some parts of the Bible can be hard to digest. In this brief learning lab, we'll learn some tools to better interpret and understand the Bible. No, this won't answer all your Bible questions, but you'll be better equipped to understand God's Word. 

OMF - "The Task Unfinished"
Feb
18
9:30 am09:30

OMF - "The Task Unfinished"

OMF International will be hosting a conference called "The Task Unfinished," Feb 189:30-3:30PM. This will be a one day event with Rev. Jamie Hudson Taylor IV addressing opportunities and open doors to reach East Asia with the gospel. The event will be held at West Houston Chinese Church. Register here (https://omfevents.eventsmart.com)

Parents' Ministry: Parents Night Out
Feb
17
7:00 pm19:00

Parents' Ministry: Parents Night Out

Friday, February 17th from 7pm - 9pm at Houston's First Baptist Church's party facility which includes an indoor playscape, bowling, foosball, air hockey, and a bounce house. We've rented out the facility and hope parents get some time off and kids get to have some fun! Suggested donation is $5 per child. Ages 3+ (or potty-trained) only. Last day for signups is Thursday, Feb. 16. For questions, contact Daisy Lee at dwinata@gmail.com.

We hope you can also take this opportunity to invite some friends you might be reaching out to! 

Mission Partner Info Meeting
Feb
12
12:00 pm12:00

Mission Partner Info Meeting

At Access, Mission Partners are the committed members of Access who are moving us forward in mission and learning to embody the core values of our church.  The mission partnership process is meant to be a rich discipleship experience and a way to make a deeper commitment to the church.  

If you’ve been attending Access and are interested in learning more about Mission Partnership, join us for the upcoming Info Meeting on Sunday, 2/12 from 12:00 - 2:00PM. RSVP by emailing john.lin@accesslive.org

Hope for the Nations: Reaching the World in Houston
Feb
11
10:30 am10:30

Hope for the Nations: Reaching the World in Houston

This learning lab will focus on global trends in missions. We live in an unprecedented age of interconnectedness and diversity. The nations have come to Houston—how will we reach out to them with the love of Christ? This lab includes and a visitation to a religious center + lunch before the teaching portion. We will meet Saturday, February 11, 10:30-4:30. Location: 10:30 am to 11:30 am: ISKCON Houston (Hare Krishna) temple located at 1320 W. 34th Street, Houston, TX 77018. After a guided tour we will eat lunch on site at Govinda’s Vegetarian restaurant. The lunch buffet is $11/adult, $5/child. After lunch we’ll head over to the Access warehouse for the learning lab, 1:30-4:30 pm.

Mission Partner Orientation: Soul, Community, and Mission
Jan
28
12:30 pm12:30

Mission Partner Orientation: Soul, Community, and Mission

Soul, community, and mission are at the heart of what we're trying to do at Access. In this learning lab, mission partners are guided into a deeper understanding of what following Jesus looks like in these three crucial areas. This learning lab is interactive, discussion-based, and communal. Open and encouraged for all mission partners. Snacks provided. 

New Year, New Hoops
Jan
21
7:00 pm19:00

New Year, New Hoops

Do you like to play basketball? Join us for some basketball and fun! All skill levels and ages are welcome! Our first session for 2017 is on Saturday, January 21st, from 7 PM until 9 PM. More details will be provided via email. If you're interested, please email: accessbasketballministry@gmail.com

Small Group Core Team Gathering
Jan
15
12:00 pm12:00

Small Group Core Team Gathering

This is for all small group core teams. If you serve as a facilitator or host, please join us next Sunday for our Half-Time Small Group Ministry Gathering. We'll pray for the upcoming semester, receive valuable leadership training, and share resources. Lunch will be included. Please RSVP here by January 10th. 

 

Christmas Special Events
Dec
11
Dec 24

Christmas Special Events

As we celebrate Advent and go through this season together, keep these dates on your calendar for the upcoming season. 

December 11th worship gathering at 10 AM - 11:15 AM will feature our Children's Christmas Play that they've been so faithfully preparing for our church. Come, bring friends, and be prepared to laugh and sing. 

December 24th Christmas Eve - we will have our worship gathering from 4 - 6 PM as a family to celebrate Christmas. We will NOT be having a worship gathering on Sunday, Christmas, December 25th. 

Please keep an eye out for details during announcements or in our newsletter. 

Learning Lab: Enneagram
Dec
3
9:00 am09:00

Learning Lab: Enneagram

The Enneagram is an ancient tool that distinguishes the traits of one's true-self (who we are created to be as bearers of Christ's image) from one's false-self (who we want to be or want others to think we are), as well as describes the primary way one engages relationships. It offers ways one can cultivate healthy relational interaction with God and with others. You may be familiar with other diagnostic tools such as MMPI, Meyers/Briggs, DISC, etc. The Enneagram is quite distinct in its approach. This lab will include theological reflections, small group discussions, and interaction with your Enneagram profile. Cost is $35, and includes the cost of 1 WEPSS Profile that is taken online. This Learning Lab will be at Fuller Texas. 

Thanksgiving Sunday
Nov
27
10:00 am10:00

Thanksgiving Sunday

This Thanksgiving we'll have several new things to start this season of celebration, advent, and gratitude. Baptism is an important step in our faith journey. Through it we identify with what Jesus did for us, die on the cross and rise to new life. We will also be returning to one combined service starting this Sunday so that we can celebrate the Advent season together as one church. For more information, contact staff@accesslive.org

Dads Night Out
Nov
19
5:30 pm17:30

Dads Night Out

The Parents Ministry would like to have an opportunity for dads at Access to hang out and bond with other fellow dads. So dads please join us on Nov 19 for dinner + Escape Room. The times listed are a rough estimate. If you are interested and have not received an Evite, please email parents@accesslive.org.