Church announces Adopt-a-School partnership with Hoover ES

August 21, 2017

Hoover Elementary School principal Michelle Rice signs an Adopt-a-School partnership form while New Life Church lead pastor Steve Weaver looks on after signing on Aug. 21, officially partnering the new school with neighboring church.
Hoover Elementary School principal Michelle Rice signs an Adopt-a-School partnership form while New Life Church lead pastor Steve Weaver looks on after signing on Aug. 21, officially partnering the new school with neighboring church.

Aug. 21, 2017—Staff members from Cypress’ New Life Church visited Hoover Elementary School on Aug. 21 to surprise the staff with the official announcement that it would enter into an Adopt-a-School partnership with the neighboring CFISD campus.

CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program pairs schools with community and business partners to utilize resources of the community to strengthen and enrich the quality of education for students. New Life Church is Hoover’s first partner – the school opens this fall.

Steve Weaver (center), lead pastor at New Life Church, addresses the Hoover Elementary School faculty after the neighboring church announced its partnership with the new school on Aug. 21 through CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program.
Steve Weaver (center), lead pastor at New Life Church, addresses the Hoover Elementary School faculty after the neighboring church announced its partnership with the new school on Aug. 21 through CFISD’s Adopt-a-School program.

Located less than two miles from Hoover on FM 529, New Life Church and its staff – led by Lead Pastor Steve Weaver – had a vision that included four key components in building a relationship with its community. One is partnering with the community, Weaver said, moving the church outside of its walls.

“It’s to share God’s love for people and our community by our actions in a practical sense,” Weaver said. “Kind of like share the Gospel everywhere you go and use words when necessary. That’s why we’re here and we’re thrilled this opened up. It’s like God provided an opportunity for us to show the school, show the staff, show the community that they matter to God and they matter to us.”

The initial meeting came by chance. Hoover principal Michelle Rice conducted interviews for the new campus at a local coffee shop. She eventually met and sat with co-pastors Jordan (Steve’s son) and Sydney Weaver.

Steve Weaver (left), New Life Church lead pastor, Michelle Rice, Hoover Elementary School principal, and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, present their certificates after the new school and neighboring church formalized an Adopt-a-School partnership on Aug. 21.
Steve Weaver (left), New Life Church lead pastor, Michelle Rice, Hoover Elementary School principal, and Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, present their certificates after the new school and neighboring church formalized an Adopt-a-School partnership on Aug. 21.

A meeting soon turned into a partnership.

“I think it was something that both of us were looking for and needed to happen,” Rice said. “You have people that are willing, care about us and are vested just like we are. They’re as vested in this as we are because they want to give back to the community.”

Steve Weaver (center), New Life Church lead pastor, meets with Hoover faculty after the neighboring church formalized an Adopt-a-School partnership with the school on Aug. 21.

Asher Weaver, the grandson of New Life Church Lead Pastor Steve Weaver, hands out treats to Hoover Elementary School faculty after the church and school formalized an Adopt-A-School partnership on Aug. 21.
Asher Weaver, the grandson of New Life Church Lead Pastor Steve Weaver, hands out treats to Hoover Elementary School faculty after the church and school formalized an Adopt-A-School partnership on Aug. 21.

Hoover Elementary School faculty and New Life Church staff and volunteers cheer for a photo after the new school and neighboring church formalized their Adopt-a-School partnership on Aug. 21.
Hoover Elementary School faculty and New Life Church staff and volunteers cheer for a photo after the new school and neighboring church formalized their Adopt-a-School partnership on Aug. 21.

For more information on the Adopt-a-School program, contact Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations, at 281-894-3951 or [email protected].

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