Stories

Mariners Posada Offers a Prelude to Christmas

There was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph on that first Christmas, but Mariners will have plenty of room for the Coastside community at a traditional Posada celebration from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the church and nearby neighborhoods. You, your family...

Surrendering to Christ’s Persistent Invitation

Garold “Murph” Murphy lived life on his own terms for more than 60 years before he finally asked Christ to enter his life. He has battled addiction, relationship and other issues common to the world, and never felt very good about himself. “I just got tired. I’d had...

Mariners’ Generosity Shared To Our Community

Part of Ivette Moctezuma’s role at Mariners is to build bridges from our church to the Latino community in Half Moon Bay. Last year we sponsored a Financial Peace class with associates of Bay City Flowers. It was very successful and plans for a class this fall was in...

Meeting God Amid the Beauty of His Creation

God is constantly at hand, but sometimes the distractions of life and the world obscure his presence. Like many of us, Jim Davis says he feels closest to God when out alone in His creation. Jim recalls a particularly powerful connection one summer while working as a...

Sharing God’s Blessings to Grow His Church

God’s path for his church and its impact often isn’t clear to Christ’s followers until we look over our shoulders. Seven years ago, Joaquin Hernandez felt God call him to begin a new church here on the Coastside. With support and encouragement from his brothers,...

God’s Plan Opens New Vistas Via LifeGroup

The Coastside was comfortably familiar to Kathy Oler when she returned to Half Moon Bay in 2013 after 24 years in Arizona – the mountains and ocean, family and friends, church and community. Not that much had changed. But God had a new and unfamiliar plan in store for...

New Wave – Evangelism Matters

“Paul Richardson, Lead Pastor at Mariners, was in college the first time God used him to bring others to Christ. The new believers were 9 years old. He recently had committed his life to serving Christ and had pledged to embrace the first service opportunity to come...

Hope In Action Stories Touched My Life

“From where I was, it seemed like the picnic was really great,” stated Collene Meador. “I had fun walking around and getting stories from people.” Collene offered to capture people’s experiences during the picnic in how they served on Hope In Action day.  “I learned a...

An Opportunity to Plant Faith Seeds at Day Camp

Summer Day Camp has brought children at Mariners and their friends on the Coastside closer to Christ for more than 15 years. Taylor Duncan, who will minister to children as a Day Camp station leader for the first time this year, recalls how important the experience...

New Wave – Because Youth Matter

Curt Vanderstelt, youth pastor at Mariners, found a heart for his ministry when he was a teen-ager. “I had a youth pastor, Chip, that came to our church during a very important time in my life,” Curt said. “Chip’s influence and example showed me God’s love in very...

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