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2014 Christian Voters’ Guide


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Greetings to our readers and advertisers! Winter weather isn’t the only thing heating up as we publish this issue — the March 4th primaries are heading our way! It’s more important than ever to elect conservatives into office, and this is a great opportunity to invite candidates to share their views. We are honored to feature four hopefuls who are running for the Texas House out of District 132: Justin Perryman, Mike Schofield, Ann Hodge and Michael Franks. Read ahead as they speak from the heart. We also share community news in our expanded social column, “The Buzz About Katy.” Our active community is supportive of so many causes, and it’s wonderful to share such uplifting events. As always, we include articles from our contributing writers, including our “Dear Doctor” column, student profiles, a pastor profile and more! We hope you enjoy this issue, and that it further spreads “family-friendly news with an eternal purpose.” That is our ultimate mission in each and every issue. May You Be Richly Blessed, Joseph R. Menslage President/Publisher Katy Christian Magazine | (281) 741-8317

Letter From The Editor The months of February and March are particularly endearing as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. It just so happens that my own sister’s family (and their dog) experienced an incredible journey of “lost and found,” which we dubbed “Puppy Love” — a twist on the traditional Valentine’s love story, all wrapped up in “fur.” It made an extra special hero out of Sheriff ’s Deputy Stephen Jimenez (and caused such a social media stir)… and we just had to share it! We also located an Irish Katyite who uncovered some remarkable discoveries on her family tree. We feature her and her daughter on our cover, and it turns out that the Irish had quite a bit to do with the founding of our country. Read our cover story to see how the television show “Who Do You Think You Are?” ultimately led to their membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. We also share a different “take” on our Pastor Profile, this time featuring an ordained minister who serves Katy in a business suit. Enjoy this and more as our February/March issue hits the stands. We hope it blesses you and your families. Melanie Saxton Editor Katy Christian Magazine

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Christian Business Profile: Sammy Vela of Sammy’s Sports Grill By Melanie Saxton Sammy Vela is a sports fan who has always been surrounded by great cooking. He learned in his “mama’s kitchen” at an early age what it meant to “cook with love.” Exceptional cuisine became his passion, and he always knew that someday he’d be a restaurateur. “It was a calling,” says Sammy, who credits his desire to serve others and his passion for great

food. He learned restaurant management from the ground up as a teenager after accepting his first “official” job at a fast-food establishment – and never looked back. “I learned about speed, efficiency and service, and took those skills to other restaurants,” he says. Most notably, he was employed at Outback over the course of 15 years. His plan was to “piece it all together” and discover the secret of how (and how not) to operate a restaurant. He realized that customers simply wanted a night out to mingle or just to escape the pressures of the office. He opened Sammy’s Sports Grill (formerly Stadia Sports Grill) in Villagio to the delight of Katyites who wanted a local place to dine, watch games on big screen televisions, and enjoy a family-friendly environment. “We are your home away from home—and we do the cooking for you,” he says, noting that it really is all about family. His wife Berta and

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Irish in Katy By Melanie Saxton They say we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but for some it’s a year-round honor. Meet a family that recently discovered the depth of their Irish roots — with a surprising link to the American Revolution! Holly McCarthy Chervnsik knew she was Irish, but never dreamed the McCarthy clan could be traced back to nobility. She assumed her ancestors would be linked to the mass starvation, disease and emigration of the Great Potato Famine between 1845 and 1852. Her father, Austin Terry McCarthy, often said, “Don’t dig too far into the family tree… you’ll probably find a bunch of horse thieves!” But this couldn’t have been further from the truth, as she was about to discover. From the Kings of Munster Holly decided to investigate her lineage after watching the popular television show Who Do You Think You Are, and began unraveling a remarkable story of culture, heritage and faith. “My husband Robert comes from Eastern European stock (Czech), and I come from Western European stock (mostly Celtic), and I wanted to sort


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son Daniel, who was born in 1679. A Family of Early Episcopalians Daniel became a military Captain, Speaker of the House of Burgesses, an esquire, and a volunteer in the Episcopalian Church. He married Elizabeth Pope and acquired land, a large library and multiple houses. His gravestone reads, “Here lyeth the body of Daniel McCarty, who departed this life the forth of May, 1724, in the forty-fifth year of his age. He was endowed with many virtues and good qualifi-

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an example of “God and Country” that I’ve shared with Nadia, who will someday use our research for a school project.” Proud Parents As Holly uncovered each new ancestor and their role in American history, she shared the information with her parents, Terry and Ellen McCarthy. “My Mom and Dad are on cloud nine,” notes Holly. “It’s very special that they are learning about our ancestors at this stage, because they’ve literally waited a lifetime to understand

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Meet the Candidates! By Bill Kneer As the March 4 primary fast approaches, four local candidates are vying for the hearts and minds of families in Katy, Cy-Fair and parts of Houston. At stake is the District 132 Republican seat in the Texas House of Representatives, which will be vacated when State Representative Bill Callegari retires. We invited this notable slate of contenders to weigh in on the issues and speak from the heart. We feature each in the order of the Harris County Republican Party ballet draw: Justin Perryman, Mike Schofield, Ann Hodge and Michael Franks — and wish them well in their run for office!

Justin Perryman Hi, I’m Justin Perryman, a practicing small business attorney and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Army National Guard. I have devoted my life to serving others and want to extend that service to Texans who live, work, worship and raise families in District 132. I care deeply about our district and my goal is to become your next Texas House Representative. Why vote for me? Many political leaders talk about leadership and service. I have lived it by serving our nation as a U.S. Army veteran, military attorney and soldier. I deployed twice in the Middle East and Afghanistan and am trained to navigate a complex legal system. I am a candidate who fully understands how proposed legislation in Austin (and Washington) will affect our lives and future. On my honor, I will vote in favor of laws that benefit the families and businesses in District 132. As a local resident and voter, I’ve been politically active for over a decade with the Katy Area Republicans, the Tea Party, and as campaign manager for retiring State Representative Bill Callegari. Recently the National Rifle Association gave me an “A” rating for my stance on responsible gun ownership and strong support of the 2nd Amendment. Most importantly, I’m the proud father of two sons, both enrolled in Katy ISD, and want the best possible future for all our children. As a true conservative, both fiscally and socially, I believe “government that governs less, governs best.” Along with most Texans, I share the sentiment that heavy-handed government has no place in our lives, with Obamacare as a prime example. I stand for: • Pro-Business, Pro-Jobs

• 2nd Amendment Rights • Cost-Effective Education and School Choice • Pro-Life Initiatives • Family and Faith Initiatives • Strong Local Leadership • Support of our Military I stand against: • Burdensome Government regulation • Unfair Tax Burden on the Middle Class and Small Businesses • Weak Borders, Drugs, Human Trafficking • Gun Control With your help I will represent the good people of District 132 at the State Capitol. As the best-qualified Republican candidate, my mission is to safeguard our future liberties, preserve our uniquely independent Texas heritage, and ensure our district remains an ideal place to raise our families. Your voice matters. Your vote matters. What issues do you face in District 132? What is working? What can be improved? Please email and visit to support my campaign.

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We live in very trying times. Our core beliefs of individual liberty, personal responsibility and traditional family values are under constant attack. The shame of it is that one of the primary attackers is the same federal government that was set up to protect our traditional values and way of life. From Obamacare, in which the federal government is taking away the right of our families to make their own health insurance decisions, to attacks on state’s laws limiting abortions, to constant attempts to undermine our Second Amendment rights to own a gun, our own government is attacking our freedoms. We need to defend the Constitutional system of state’s rights and individual liberty while we still can. When President Obama pushed states to give up control over their budgets by vastly expanding Medicaid, it was Texas that stood up and said “No.” Our Texas legislature is one of the main bulwarks that can stand up to protect our freedoms. We need leaders in the Texas legislature who know how to stand up to the federal government and to those who would expand our state government by spending more of your hard-earned money – and who know how to win. For the past six sessions of the legislature, I served as an advisor to Governor Perry. I was his lead advisor on the Voter ID bill, which will

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help insure fair elections; the eminent domain bills that protect your private property rights; tort reform; and the Tenth Amendment bills that seek to protect us from federal attacks on the rights of states and the people. As a result of this work over the past decade, I am the one candidate with the experience and the expertise to be effective in defending our rights in the legislature from the very first day. I know how the legislature works and I know how to get things done. That is why I have been endorsed by Texas Right to Life and Texans for Lawsuit Reform. They have seen what I have already done while working for the Governor and they know how much more I can do as your representative to fight to keep government from encroaching on our rights. You don’t have to wonder if I will really do what I promised – I’ve already been hard at work doing it. I would greatly appreciate your support and your vote to be your state representative. Please visit

Ann Hodge I am running for office because the people of Katy deserve a conservative leader with deep roots in our community who will get results for them in the Texas legislature. I am proud to be a pro-life, pro-family, pro-Second Amendment conservative who is guided by Paul’s words in Galatians 6: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” I have done my best to apply that philosophy in every endeavor, and it has driven my efforts to improve our community over the past 30 years. As the President and CEO of the Katy Chamber of Commerce for nearly 15 years, I have dedicated my career to bringing jobs and opportunity to our area. When it comes to the economy, I know that government’s role is to create an environment where employers are free to flourish – then get out of the way. As a fiscal conservative, I believe that Texas can and must live within its means. I will go to Austin to fight for low taxes, Truth in Budgeting and responsible spending so that our economy remains the best in the nation. I will also fight for wise investments in infrastructure, like our roads and water supply, because government should do a few things and do them well. We need to fund critical transportation projects with a stable source of revenue that doesn’t leave future generations under a mountain of debt. As a member of the Katy ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Regents for Pope John XXIII High School, I know how important good schools are to our community. In fact, our outstanding school districts are a top reason so many people continue to move here. But we can make them even better by empowering local parents and teachers with more control and restoring sanity to the state’s testing standards. And we should also expand charter schools and vocational programs, so that every child is ready for college or a career after graduation. February / March 2014

To me, the chance to serve as your state representative is simply the next step in a lifetime devoted to making our community a better place to live, work and raise a family. And if you elect me, I promise you I will never grow weary in doing good. Please visit

Michael Franks As a Christian, Christ should be the center of politics – Everything else comes second. I was raised in a small, old fashioned community on the edge of Wharton County in Newgulf, Texas. It was an idyllic upbringing, kind of like “Leave it to Beaver” meets “Mayberry”. My parents had me later in life, giving me the privilege of being reared by the “Greatest Generation.” We were taught America’s greatness was: God, Honor, & Duty. My grandfather was a well-known preacher and theologian in the 1940s - 1960s. I was saved at the age of 10. But, as a teenager around 18, I felt a tug at the heart and reconfirmed my salvation. While some young people go off to college and go the wrong direction, I went the right direction, deepening my faith in Christ. Christianity shaped my political worldview. Many politicians check off surveys and “say all the right things.” The Bible talks about those who want to “tickle ears” with what people want to hear, but are not truly grounded in any core ideology. The founding fathers were grounded in their faith, crediting God as the basis of the American Republic. It’s time we sent those with the same vision, resolve and fortitude to Austin. The battle for the soul of our nation is raging, and I have done my best to have an impact. I spearheaded the statewide, get-out-the-vote effort for the successful Texas Marriage Amendment in 2005, defining Marriage between “One Man and One Woman.” I have stood in rallies with fellow pro-lifers against planned parenthood and the evil abortion lobby. As a part of US BorderWatch, I have stood on the steps of the Capitol speaking out against illegal immigration. I stand for Property tax reform. It is immoral for government to keep taxing us for the “right” to live in our own homes. My family are active members of Central Baptist Church and the music ministry. Prior, long time choir member at Second Baptist. Stacy, my wife, has played the guitar and been a praise team leader and Sunday school teacher. I own the Texas GOP Store, servicing Republican campaigns across Texas, like US Senator Ted Cruz as well as US Senator Rand Paul. Signs of Easter is our secondary business. We are in Christian bookstores nationally, including LifeWay, Members of the International Christian Bookstore Association and manufacture the “He is Risen!” Easter Crosses. Please visit

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Menopause and Heart Disease By Dr. Jean Ekwenibe As we age, our bodies and healthcare needs change. This can lead to concerns, and this “Dear Doctor” column is devoted to answering question patients may have regarding the tie between menopause and heart disease. Dear Doctor, I have gone through menopause and am concerned about my health... Question: Am I now at increased risk for heart disease? Why? Answer: Menopause occurs when a woman’s monthly cycle comes to an end and she is no longer able to reproduce. As we get older, we all have increased risk for heart disease, but this risk is more evident in women who have gone through menopause. Many doctors and scientists believe that pre-menopausal women who are able to produce estrogen have a protective effect against heart disease; this is partly due to the ability of estrogen to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL (good cholesterol). After menopause, estrogen levels significantly decrease and the risk of coronary heart disease in a woman becomes equivalent with a man’s risk. Question: Should I take estrogen replacement? Answer: Several studies have taken a closer look to determine

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whether post-menopausal women benefit from estrogen replacement therapy in order to prevent cardiovascular disease. Two notable research studies were the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement study (HERS) and the Women’s Health Initiative Estrogen Plus Progestin Study (WHI). Both studies showed no benefit from hormone replacement regarding cardiovascular risk and rather revealed increased harm. The harmful side effects included increased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, breast cancer and pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung). As a result of these findings from the HERS and WHI studies, hormone therapy is no longer recommended to prevent coronary heart disease in women, and doctors are guided to treat symptoms of menopause with the lowest dose of hormones for the shortest amount of time. Question: How do I lower my risk for heart disease? Answer: Following a healthy lifestyle and minimizing the risk factors associated with coronary heart disease will help to significantly lower your risk over time. This includes good nutrition, regular exercise, smoking cessation, normal blood pressure measurements, and low cholesterol levels. It is important to meet with a doctor regularly for a thorough assessment and to talk about your personal risks. Dr. Jean Ekwenibe is a Cardiologist for the UT Health Science Center Houston and provides patient care at UT Physicians at Cinco Ranch, located at 23923 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 77494. To schedule an appointment please call 713486-5300.

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Pastor Profile: Henry Dibrell By Ann Baker Although we generally envision pastors laboring behind the pulpit, some clergy work in the secular world. Meet one man of the cloth who serves in a business suit. Henry Dibrell is an ordained minister who can perform marriages, baptisms and administer sacraments. But at this point in his career he is best known as a Katy ISD school board member and executive director of the Amobi Okoye Foundation. As a youth, all Dibrell wanted to do was serve God. He felt he could do this best by leading and achieving. His mother had a third grade education and his stepfather made it to the eighth grade. “It is because my parents lacked academically that they pushed, prodded and encouraged me to get my college degree and become what I am today,” he says.

Dibrell earned a B. S. in marketing and then answered the call to ministry. He became licensed at Turning Point Ministries International in 1993. Soon afterward he became a Certified Behavioral Counselor at The Institute for Motivational Living. He accepted a position as Executive Pastor of Heights Assembly of God and was responsible for event planning, grant preparation, financial management, marketing, as well as ecclesiastical duties. His service there led to a position as the Executive Director of the Kingdom Builders Prayer Institute overseeing marketing, public/community relations, database management, and program design. He knew that one day he would one day put his Christian values to good use in politics. As an African American who is a fiscally and socially conservative, he hopes his example will inspire others to uphold traditional American values. He and his wife Delia encourage scholastic excellence in their four children, and Dibrell’s nonprofit work impacts children in our community and around the world. Learn more at

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Katy Christian Magazine’s 2014 Voter’s Guide This issue, we’re highlighting our endorsements for local, regional, and state-wide races. We believe that Christians have the opportunity to make a difference in the political process and we encourage you to participate by voting, volunteering, or getting involved. For a complete list of endorsements, visit our website at United States Senator Steve Stockman

Land Commissioner George P. Bush

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 Jani Jo Wood

U.S. Representative District 7 John Culberson

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 David Newell

U.S. Representative District 10 Michael McCaul

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton

State Board of Education District 4 Dorothy Olmos

U.S. Representative District 22 Pete Olson

Chief Justice Supreme Court Robert Talton

State Senator District 7 Paul Bettencourt

Governor Greg Abbott

Justice Supreme Court Place 6 Jeff Brown

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

Justice Supreme Court Place 7 Jeff Boyd

State Representative Dist. 132 Justin D. Perryman Ann Hodge

Attorney General Barry Smitherman

Justice Supreme Court Place 8 Sharon McCally

Comptroller Glenn Hegar

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 Bert Richardson

State Representative Dist. 149 Nghi T. Ho State Representative Dist. 150 Debbie Riddle

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Chief Justice 14th Court of Appeals Kem Thompson Frost

District Judge 209th District Mike McSpadden

District Judge 295th District Caroline E. Baker

Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 3 Russell Lloyd

District Judge 228th District Marc Carter

Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 5 Laura Carter Higley

District Judge 230th District Brad Hart

District Judge 334th District, Unexpired Term Grant Dorfman

Justice 14th Court of Appeals Place 4 Marc Brown

District Judge 232nd District Mary Lou Keel

Justice 14th Court of Appeals Place 7 Ken Wise

District Judge 234th District Wesley Ward

District Judge 55th District Jeff Shadwick

District Judge 245th District Roy L. Moore

District Judge 113th District Michael Landrum

District Judge 246th District Charley Prine

District Judge 157th District Randy Wilson

District Judge 247th District John Schmude

District Judge 180th District Catherine Evans

District Judge 248th District Katherine Cabaniss

District Judge 182nd District Jeannine Barr

District Judge 257th District Judy Warne

District Judge 183rd District Vanessa Velasquez

District Judge 262nd District Denise Bradley

District Judge 184th District Jan Krocker

District Judge 263rd District Robert Summerlin

District Judge 185th District Susan Brown

District Judge 269th District Dan Hinde

District Judge 189th District Bill Burke

District Judge 270th District Brent Gamble

District Judge 190th District Patricia J. Kerrigan

District Judge 280th District Lynn Bradshaw Hull

District Judge 208th District Denise Collins

District Judge 281st District Sylvia Matthews

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Family District Judge 308th District James Lombardino Family District Judge 309th District Sheri Y. Dean Family District Judge 310th District Lisa A. Millard Family District Judge 311th District Denise Pratt Anthony Magdaleno Family District Judge 312th District David Farr Family District Judge 313th District Glenn Devlin Family District Judge 314th District John F. Phillips Family District Judge 315th District Michael “Mike” Schneider District Attorney Devon Anderson County Judge Ed Emmett County Civil Court at Law No. 1 Debra Ibarra Mayfield County Civil Court at Law No. 2 Theresa Chang County Civil Court at Law No. 3 Linda Storey

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County Civil Court at Law No. 4 Roberta Lloyd

County Criminal Court at Law No. 10 Tonya Rolland McLaughlin

District Clerk Chris Daniel

County Criminal Court at Law No. 1 Paula Goodhart

County Criminal Court at Law No. 11 Diane Bull

County Clerk Stan Stanart

County Criminal Court at Law No. 2 Bill Harmon

County Criminal Court at Law No. 12 Robin Brown

County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez

County Criminal Court at Law No. 3 Natalie C. Fleming

County Criminal Court at Law No. 13 Don Smyth

County School Trustee At Large Place 5 Mike Wolfe

County Criminal Court at Law No. 4 John Clinton

County Criminal Court at Law No. 14 Mike Fields

County School Trustee At Large Place 7 Dianne Williams

County Criminal Court at Law No. 5 Margaret Stewart Harris

County Criminal Court at Law No. 15 Jean Spradling Hughes County Probate Court No. 1 Loyd Wright

County Commissioner Pct. 2 Jack Morman

County Criminal Court at Law No. 6 Larry Standley County Criminal Court at Law No. 7 Pam Derbyshire County Criminal Court at Law No. 8 Jay Karahan

County Probate Court No. 2 Mike Wood County Probate Court No. 3 Rory Robert Olsen

County Commissioner Pct. 4 R. Jack Cagle Justice of the Peace Pct. 5, Place 2 Jeff Williams Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill

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Best Qualifications to Serve as Judge Most Relevant Experience in the Race Experienced Trial Attorney Former Assistant District Attorney Built a Successful Criminal Law Practice from the Ground Up ✷ Recent Win in the 1st Court of Appeals ✷ Prepared on Day One to Serve as Judge ✷ ✷ ✷ ✷ ✷

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Submit Your Photos and Captions! By Melanie Saxton Did anyone snap pictures of snow in Katy? These winter freezing spells have closed schools and sent shivers up our spines. But how wonderful to see snow in our neck of the woods! Share your photos and we’ll include them in our next issue. Calling all heroes! Do you know of someone who has accomplished something amazing on behalf of others? This can include men, women, children — or even a brave dog, cat, horse or bird! We’d like to hear about it and give them a shout out. Just send us photos and a brief description. Perhaps we’ll even feature them in an article! Are you a part of a group or organization? Do you attend networking meetings? Have you had fun at a recent event or community gathering? Send us photos of small groups with captions, and we’ll try to include it in our social column! Do you have a story of faith and courage? Do you know of someone with a remarkable Christian testimony? Submit stories of local Godly men and women who inspire others — and we’ll consider it for a future feature. Also email us their contact information

(phone, email address) so we can follow up with them. Lastly, we love to hear about your favorite Christian music and Christian artists. This can include people of faith who work in film and music. Is there a new trending band or faith-based film you’ve recently seen? Let us know! Email your submissions to We’d love to hear from you!

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The Buzz About Katy Breast Cancer Awareness is a year-round event in Katy. This issue we flash back to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and also kick off 2014 with mammograms and survivor meetings. There’s also sports and student news, a Biggest Loser challenge, a fun “Tacky Sweater” contest, and a bakery event featured on TLC’s Bakery Boss! The Arc of Katy attended the Katy Chamber Gala, and Pat Wilson of The Katy News was awarded the KBA’s 2013 Member of the Year. Enjoy the Buzz about Katy!

Friends and fans joined Drew and Carla Rogers of Cy-Fair for a live viewing of TLC’s “Bakery Boss.” Buddy Valastro visited Drew’s Pastry Place, which was featured on air January 20th.

Pictured are Katy Norris, Alvin Cox, Jean Machann and Pat Wilson at a KBA luncheon. Congratulations to Pat Wilson of The Katy News, who was awarded KBA’s 2013 Member of the Year.

406 pounds later, contestants in Katy’s Biggest Loser Challenge showed off their weight loss. Alex Young lost 49 pounds and 18 inches! Tina Rose lost 36.8 pounds and 18.5 inches! Congratulations to the Ageless Med Spa winners! Photo courtesy of West Houston Photography.

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Jennifer, Susan, and John, with Alexa standing in front, represented the Arc of Katy at the Katy Chamber Gala in January. What a wonderful group of ambassadors!

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Katy ISD board members Henry Dibrell and Bryan Michalsky joined local school children and NFL Center Eric Heitmann at the Play 60 event on Central Green held at La Centerra in January.

Coach Jeff Tesone and junior Emily Yoder pose after the Pope John XXIII State Cross Country TAPPS Championships. Emily was the star Lady Lion finishing 6th overall in a field of 157 runners, 25 seconds out of first place! Photo credit Kathy Yoder.

Monica Cerda-Juarez, Nurse Navigator at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy, embraces breast cancer survivors Yvette Lara and Linda Stone at the start of the Pink Lighting event at LaCenterra.

Faith West Academy eighth grader Andrew Spigener (center) won the school-level HoustonPBS Spelling Bee and is pictured with Rylie Marlow and Jonathan Rightmire.

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Katy Christian Magazine Calendar of Events February Mission to the City – Houston Feb. 24 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Bridgepoint Bible Church 13277 Katy Fwy. Houston, TX 77079 The Church in North America today finds itself living in an increasingly post-Christian context. The Hendricks Center of Dallas Theological Seminary is pleased to host Mission to the City – Houston. Explore with us how the Church can faithfully embrace its exilic nature and recover the original essence of discipleship. Together we can intentionally follow Jesus as compelling, Spirit-filled communities on a mission.

Recurring Events C3 Networking Group The C3 Networking Group serving Katy / West Houston meets twice a month for food, fellowship, and business networking. Visit www. c3networking,org for our next meeting times and locations. PreSchool Playhouse Mondays | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chick-fil-A - Mason Road 369 S Mason Rd Katy, TX 77450 Join us for arts & crafts, singing, dancing, story time, and play dough each week. Complimentary coffee while your little ones play. It’s Fun for Kids, Fellowship for Mom!

KidzConnection Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Rd. Katy, TX 77493 KidzConnection is an evening that includes worship, games, live characters, object lessons, and tons of fun for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Pizza provided for a $3 charge. Contact Allen Strickland at astrickland@faithwest. org for more information or visit www.fwakidzconnection.blogspot. com. Family Fun Night Wednesdays | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Chick-fil-A - Mason Road 369 S Mason Rd Katy, TX 77450

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“But i don’t FEEL normal!” Carol’s Story I always thought I had a thyroid problem. Ever since the first set of symptoms started revealing themselves, which began right after the birth of our third child, I knew something was off. Exhaustion began to slowly creep up on me until it finally consumed me. It was draining. I have never experienced anything quite like it. No matter how many naps I took or how long I slept, it was still there. At first I blamed the fact that I was raising three children and holding down a full time job…who wouldn’t be exhausted? Then the next phase of symptoms began to roll in. I was cold all the time! It would be August in Texas and I’d be wearing a jacket to work. My hair and eyebrows began to thin out. Oh, and the brain fog. I honestly thought my memory loss was the first sign that I had Alzheimer’s. Over coffee with a friend, something I was consuming way too much of, I discussed with her what was happening to me. She said that it sounded like a thyroid issue, something I had always thought. Naturally, I went to my doctor, explained my symptoms and told him that I thought I was hypothyroid. He ran some tests, took blood work and scheduled my recheck. Two weeks later he told me that my blood work was normal. “But I don’t feel normal,” I told him. “Are you sure those results are right?” His answer was “yes,” and he offered me a prescription for an antidepressant. I told him, “No way!” While online, I stumbled upon the Hotze Health & Wellness Center website. It felt like it was written for me. I discovered that they used an innovative approach in diagnosing and treating hypothyroidism. I scheduled my appointment and was blown away by their professionalism. They explained to me that my symptoms were very common in women in my age group. They discovered that I had an imbalance in my female hormones that adversely affected my body’s ability to use thyroid hormones. I was prescribed bio-identical progesterone, estrogen and natural thyroid medication.

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Puppy Love By Melanie Saxton With Valentine’s Day upon us, two high school sweethearts are especially thankful for a furry, four-legged friend named Jewlz. This nine-year-old dog, a Boxer, caused a social media blitz over Thanksgiving, brought several communities together, and also made a special hero out of Sheriff ’s Deputy Stephen Jimenez. The “sweethearts” are Chris and Mark Koehn. If you are an animal advocate, you’ll appreciate their deep devotion to a family pet who survived a harrowing story of “lost and found.” The Backstory It all started with the Koehn’s first dog, Piper. Chris had always been a “cat person” and was not a big fan of dogs… until Hurricane Katrina swept Katy in 2005. The family prepared to evacuate to their condo in Conroe, but before leaving Mark secured the outside perimeter of their house. That’s when he learned that a litter of Boxer puppies was

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about to be abandoned in a neighbor’s garage. Impulsively, he took one of the pups home while other neighbors rescued the rest. When he brought “Piper” through the front door, Chris was caught totally off guard. “I could not believe he brought home a puppy in the middle of a hurricane!” she recalls. “We loaded two children, three cats, and 8-week-old Piper into our SUV and headed to Conroe.” A “Boxer” Fan So thanks to Piper, Chris became a “dog person” – or rather a “Boxer person” – in a big way! She became a supporter of Lone Star Boxer Rescue and learned about Jelwz, who had endured the hard luck life of a stray on the streets of Baytown. Suffering a broken jaw, she was picked up by the pound and faced euthanasia. Lone Star Boxer Rescue stepped in with a foster family, and when Chris visited the LSBR website she noticed Jewlz’ picture. Both Piper and Jewlz were the same age (nearly two years old) – and it was

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love at first sight. The Koehn teens, Carly and Hohlt, quickly turned the frightened, broken-jawed vagabond into a sweet, wiggling furry friend. Once healed of heartworms, Jewlz was living the good life amidst a family who treated her and Piper like “man’s best friends.” Thanksgiving Torment Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2013. Daughter Carly (now 23) was an animal paramedic living in East Bernard. Son Hohlt (20) was away at college in Hawaii. Chris and Mark had sold their empty nest and downsized to the same condo that spared them from Hurricane Katrina. Rather than boarding their “geriatric” dogs, (now nearly nine years old) during a Thanksgiving vacation to Arkansas, they left them with Carly in East Bernard. Imagine how Carly must have felt coming home from work to find her gate in ruins. Piper had remained in the backyard… but Jewlz was missing. Perhaps her old street habits kicked in, for apparently she had crashed the gate to chase a deer or other wild animal. Carly had the horrible task of informing her parents, who abruptly turned around and headed

back. Chris was hysterical. She and Mark walked the backwoods in freezing rain with a flashlight — all night, every night, the entire week. They appealed to family and friends to spread the word. Two days went by, then three. There was no turkey dinner, for the Koehn family was too caught up in the search for Jewlz… and too busy hoping for a miracle. Prayers and Posts Chris and Mark’s son, Hohlt, prayed long distance from Hawaii and posted Jewlz’ reward poster on Facebook to all his old friends in Katy. Other Facebook posts appeared from residents in East Bernard, Conroe, Houston, Austin, Katy, Fulshear, Sugar Land and beyond. Soon the image of Jewlz in her pink collar went viral. Over 1,000 shares occurred on social media, including posts from nearly every rescue group in the Houston area and many throughout the state. It was obvious that an exponential amount of prayers from perfect strangers went up for the poor dog. Chris and Mark plastered East Bernard with flyers and asked postal carriers, UPS delivery drivers, and animal shelters to keep a look out. They also called the Wharton County Sheriff ’s Department. Hero Deputy Stephen Jimenez Five days into Jewlz’ disappearance, the Koehn’s headed back to Conroe exhausted, defeated and utterly devastated. But that same day, Deputy Stephen Jimenez went to the East Bernard Sonic for lunch. He had already heard about Jewlz and couldn’t help but notice a “lost Boxer” poster taped to the drive-thru menu. Making his rounds later that day, he spotted a dog limping along seven miles out of town… wearing a pink collar. Sure enough, the tag said “Jewlz.” He scooped her up and called Chris and Mark. The Koehn’s (and Piper) headed back to East Bernard, an hour and a half drive from Conroe. Deputy Jimenez waited for them while still on his rounds and was dispatched to a call. Jewlz rode shotgun,

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for he wasn’t about to let her out of his sight! After they all met up, Chris and Mark realized how deeply Jewlz had suffered. The freezing rain, the lack of food and shelter, and the miles she roamed had nearly done her in. Her legs were swollen and the pads on her feet were tattered. Part of her ear was missing and she had a gash on one flank.

although her muzzle and forehead whitened noticeably.

Miraculous Recovery Mark put her in the backseat with Piper as Chris hugged Deputy Jimenez, thanking him for being their hero. Had he not been so vigilant, Jewlz would have died lost and all alone. As they headed back to Conroe, Mark noticed Jewlz wasn’t moving and feared she had passed away. Piper kept nudging her. They pulled over, felt a heart beat, and consulted with their vet by cell phone. Jewlz was in shock and needed hydration, warmth, rest and healing. Chris notes that Jewlz’ is one tough dog to survive five days of the cold, wet weather in the wilderness of East Bernard. She recuperated with a clean bill of health and her spirits bounced back,

A Grateful, Loving Family “I want to thank my family and friends for all their outreach on Facebook. I wish I could hug every single person who helped find Jewlz,” says Chris. “Good people like Paige Holsapple and other animal rescuers took a personal interest. Justin Perryman, who is running for office in my former district, took the time to post Jewlz’ poster and help find her, which was brought to my attention by my son in Hawaii! Isn’t it amazing how Facebook connects us all across the miles?” Katy Christian Magazine also posted her photo, as did some area businesses. The Wharton County Sheriff ’s Department shared the news of her rescue. Dozens of people checked up to see how she was doing after she was miraculously found. A few weeks after Jewlz came home, the Koehn’s celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary. Jewlz rang in Christmas and New Year’s with the family. Now at Valentine’s, the Koehn’s rejoice in sharing their “puppy love” story and note that they are very, very blessed.

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Katy and Houston Business Leaders Plant Native Texas Trees By Melanie Saxton West Katy Netweavers, a Katy-based business networking group, has partnered with Trees for Houston. The goal? To provide shade at a low-

income student camp. Camp Eagle at Faith West Academy’s LakeWest Park underwent a flurry of activity in November as volunteers added native Texas trees and shade for camp participants. Community business support and partnerships throughout the greater Katy and Houston area made it possible, including Green Grove Group Sustainability Solutions, a Houston-based Left to right: Deborah Stelly with Edward Jones (from Katy), Josephine Aasnes with Nerium Products (from Fulshear), John Simpson with sustainability integration and consulting firm. Rhine Energy (from Sealy), Kirk Righmire with Faith West Academy (from Katy), Tajana Mesic with Green Grove Group Sustainability According to Green Grove Group’s president Solutions (from Fulshear), John Elum with Gr8 Insurance (from Fulshear), Newell Cheatheam with Newell’s Designs (from Katy), Laure Elum with Gr8 Insurance (from Fulshear), Eric Ford and crew with Superior Lawn Care and Landscaping (from Katy) and West Katy Netweavers’ founder Tajana Mesic, “Being a good corporate citizen starts at home provide beautification for surroundings in the Katy area. through giving back in our own community. By work Faith West’s Public Relations Director Kirk Rightmire notes, “Faith ing together with Trees for Houston and Faith West Academy, we hope West Academy and Community Center has positioned itself to bless to raise awareness of environmental sustainability while providing a lastand provide resources for tomorrow’s leaders. Through education, athleting benefit to the Houston and Fort Bend County communities.” Trees ics, training, job placement, summer camp programs and a facility availfor Houston Executive Director Barry J. Ward says, “Trees For Houston able to the community at little or no cost, our goal is to change lives.” The is glad to see organizations and businesses like West Katy Netweavers trees will provide fun, shade and beauty to the kids of Faith West, Camp and Green Grove Group working at the grass roots level to enhance our West and Camp Eagle for generations to come. community and leading by example.” Learn more at, The tree planting brought together a diverse team of business, and www.greengrovegroup. leaders from the Katy, Fulshear and Houston areas to plant, mulch and com. stake a grove of native Texas trees in three hours. By planting local native trees, the community helps to increase air quality, decreased run off and

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