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Inside This Issue: 2012 Katy Christian Magazine Christian Camp Guide

Faithfully Serving West Houston and Katy

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Fa m i l y Fr i e n d l y Ne w s w i t h a n E t e r n a l Pu r p o s e April / May 2012 • Complimentary

Inside this Issue: 2012 Christian Camp Directory Christian Business Profile:

Katy Family Dentists Katy Christian Magazine’s 2012 Texas Primary Endorsements Local Pastor Profile:

Robert Crutchfield Raising Good Teens in an Internet World What’s So Great About Fame?

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Letter From The Publisher

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A Special Mom Becomes an Author

10 Christian Business Profile: Dr. Joey Hall of Katy Family Dentists 12 Good “Clean” Fun 16 When It’s Time for Hospice 19 Local Christian Student Profiles 21 Pastor Profile: Robert Crutchfield 22 Raising Good Teens in an Internet World 26 2012 Christian Voters’ Guide 33 Natural Solutions for IBS 35 Faith West Senior Named National Merit Finalist 36 What’s So Great About Fame? 41 Politics and Religion 44 2012 Christian Summer Camp Guide 51 Calendar of Events 54 Tech for Vets 56 Two from Katy Advance to Elks State Hoops Shoot

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Spring is in the air! We’ve just experienced the blessings of Easter. Ahead lies that all-so-very special occasion -- Mother’s Day -- which is fast approaching May 13th. It seems like only yesterday that my four children had their loving mother in their lives. Unexpectedly, the Lord took Nicole in a car accident, leaving me with an 8, 10, 12 and 14-year-old. It is faith, trust and hope in the afterlife that has guided my family through the tragedy. My children are such blessings and Nicole’s legacy lives on through our two sons and two daughters. We at Katy Christian Magazine honor all mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-laws in this issue, as life isn’t quite the same without these revered maternal figures. We pay tribute to our veterans, as well. Memorial Day will be held May 28th this year. It’s definitely a time of contemplation . . . and celebration. You’ll find our April/May 2012 issue full of beneficial articles and news. We honor two wonderful mothers, T. Denise Clary, a Christian children’s book author, and Kerryl Ann Frank, a music artist. We also tell you about Jason Rorie and his efforts on behalf of the returning military -- Tech for Vets, a 501c3, refurbishes computers for veterans. With spring comes thoughts of our kiddos, who are getting closer to the end of another school year. With them in mind we feature Tank’s Paintball -- a venue for good “clean” fun this spring and summer. And because many children will have free time on their hands over summer break, we also interview an Internet safety expert, Charles Mazzini, who addresses cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, online dangers and the importance of parental oversight against online cyber-paths. We feature wonderful Christian students, a Christian business, a pastor who is “planting,” and lots of colorful commentary on everything from health to politics. This issue also features a robust voter’s guide, so sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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A Special Mom Becomes An Author By Melanie Saxton We thought it would be especially appropriate to feature T. Denise Clary for our Mother’s Day issue. This wife, mother, attorney, Realtor and author has a goal built on faith: To write and promote Christian children’s literature. Clary is a California native who has traveled the world and grew up in the Middle East as a little girl (ages three to eight). After practicing law for ten years, she earned her real estate license and eventually became an author. She is a Fort Bend County resident and wife and proud mother of three children, ages 2, 11, and 14. A childhood talent Even as a child, Clary had a passion for writing short stories and poems and has many fond memories of creating and drawing. Hers was the only bedroom with a walk-in closet, and it felt magical to create in that space. She entered her first school writing competition at age nine and was challenged to write and illustrate her very own book. “I was so heart broken when I didn’t win, and ironically, I remember the storyline of the winning book, but can’t remember the storyline of the book I wrote. No wonder I didn’t win!” quips Clary. She certainly didn’t let it stop her.

Liked to Complain, Mr. Pitt & Lickety’s Split, My Forgivefullness, and Nitti Gritti Smitty. Each focuses on ethics, character and Christian values, encouraging young readers to do the right thing. Inspiration Clary was raised in a Christian household and hales from from a long line of spiritually strong Christian women. “I have many fond memories of my grandma Daisy reading and teaching us grandkids Bible passages, while storytelling of her own life experiences,” says Clary. She also remembers living in Saudi Arabia and attending “town meetings” because it was against the law to attend “church” in that country. It had to be kept secret. Clary grew up attending several different church denominations. “What I learned is that different Christian denominations may look and dress differently, have varying church policies, and even worship and praise differently,” says Clary. “But they all have one common

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thread . . . that is, proclaiming Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and that the Bible IS the Word of God. This proclamation is what I follow to guide my life today and raise my children.” Clary and her family attend Grace Fellowship Church of Katy. The summer of 2007 changed everything for soon-to-beauthor Clary. “I was one month out of closing my law practice. For nine years I was in the legal world, but now I found myself at home. The first month as a quasi stay-at-home mom I found myself cooking, cleaning, picking up kids from carpool . . . and quite BORED to death. I had been so busy for nearly nine years, and now I just found myself at home on the verge of an anxiety attack. I didn’t know what to do with myself.” She remembers sitting at my computer one night and staring at it blankly. She checked her email for the 100th time that day and noticed a new email from a friend regarding book publishing. Asking the Lord “I remember saying out loud, “Huh, wouldn’t it be interesting to write a children’s book . . . a Christian children’s book!” says Clary.

“Although I hadn’t written stories since I was a child (in my ‘magically creative’ closet), the desire to write children’s stories never went away. I really desired to write something on a more positive level for my children. I remember asking and praying to the Lord that if He would just give me some words . . . stories . . . I would write them down and go from there.” Thus were born books that uplift, guide and bless the children who read them. God is so faithful to answer our pleas, and Clary’s head was FILLED with many words and story ideas after that initial sleepless night. Her books came to life. “Out of the six books I’d written, four were published as eBooks and placed for sale on Amazon. I’m happy to report that the four books have been doing fairly well in their short publishing life. At one point, one of my books rose as high in rank to the #4 slot in the ‘Inspirational” category on Amazon!!” Heaven is For Real (hardcover & eBook), published by Thomas Nelson and, The Beginner’s Bible published by Harper Collins, took the #1 to #3 slots respectively. Interestingly, a book by Max Lucado was ranked in the #5 slot. “To say that one of my titles was right behind those popular books, and close in rank to one of Lucado’s books, is truly a gift from God! I can only hope and pray that the momentum continues,” exclaims the author. We wish this multi-talented mom a very happy Mother’s Day and also thank her for her work on behalf of Christian children’s literature. Learn more about Clary and her wonderful children’s books at tdeniseclarybooks. blogspot.com or find her out on Facebook at facebook.com/TDClaryBooks. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/TDeniseClary.

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Christian Business Profile: : Dr. Joey Hall of Katy Family Dentists By Melanie Saxton Dr. Joey Hall is an active dentist, dad and deacon in the community. He and his family are members of Kingsland Baptist Church. Being a deacon gives him an opportunity to serve his church family and the people of Katy. “Christ called us to be servants first. What’s important is the impact we can make helping others,” says Hall, who puts this philosophy into practice . . . at his practice -- Katy Family Dentists. As a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and a member of the American Dental Association, he and his team are committed to providing the best in dental care in a relaxed atmosphere. Part of serving a community’s dental needs requires keeping up with the constant progress of technology. The techniques, innovations, safety and successful treatment in all areas of Dentistry is continuously evolving. Therefore, Dr. Hall pursues continuing education through the AGD and other organizations. The AGD is an organization of over 35,000 Dentists. He recently received their Fellowship Award by completing more than 500 hours of education and passing a comprehensive written exam. Caring for his patent’s oral health is a mission -- from cleanings to gum care to invisalign. But Hall has much more invested in his patient’s health: His blog addresses surprising insights linking oral health and overall wellness or disease. His practice embraces cutting edge technology and is completely digital. Dr. Hall grew up in Sugar Land, attended Texas A&M University, and remained an Aggie even while completing his dental training at the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. His own kids are Aggies, as well. Katie is 21 and a senior, son Corey is 18 and a freshman, and daughter Bailey attends Taylor High School. Dentistry runs in the family, and Dr. Hall worked with his father in their Galleria-area family practice for ten years after graduation. Then he opened a second office in the Katy community where he lives with his wife of 25 years, Brenda, and their children. He practices full time in Katy and is also involved in local dental organizations and study clubs. Katy Family Dentists is located a t21703 Kingsland Blvd., Suite 104, Katy, TX 77450. Phone Dr. Hall at 281-398-3432 and visit his website at www.katyfamilydentists.com/281-398-3432.

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Westgreen just past Kingsland and is a premiere paintball facility, because he built it as only a paintball enthusiast could. “I started playing in 1990 regularly with friends and then ventured into the competition side of the game. Before long I was hooked on the sport,” says Tankersley. “The Houston area at that time only had 2 fields operating as

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morale and keeps all the staff on their toes. I could not have come this far without the help and support of my family and friends.” Tankersley has always worked with youth groups and finds it is a great team-building sport that brings out the RAMBO in everyone. “it helps build friendships and develops trust among team mates. Some entered feeling scared of the game, but once they jump in and play they are hooked,” says Tankersley. “I can only say that you will feel the rush of the game and it will leave you with memories for quite awhile.” The fields and staging areas are designed with safety in mind, while providing the ultimate playing experience. A pro shop, convenience store and snow cone stand are on the premises, as well as indoor restroom facilities for men and women. Tanks Paintball Park was built for parties, from birthdays to corporate events. As Tankersley proudly states, “We’ve worked hard to earn the reputation as the most challenging and comfortable paintball facility in the Houston area.” Tank’s Paintball Park is located at 899 Westgreen Blvd,, Katy, TX 77450-5871. Call them at 281-492-2301 or visit www.tankspaintball.com.

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When is it time for hospice? In most cases hospice agencies will not accept a patient until there is a diagnosis that the patient has less than a year to live. Hospice becomes an option when death is inevitable, but life is not yet over. One interesting facet about hospice care is that hospice teams care for the families as well as the patient. Many agencies even extend these services beyond the time of the patient’s passing. Even though hospice has been in this country for over 35 years many people are still unaware of it as an option. Many also fear that the cost of hospice will be out of their reach at a time when a family’s finances are already stretched especially thin. The good news is that hospice care is rarely more and often less expensive than end of life care would otherwise be. This, in part, is because hospice agencies are often nonprofit and make use of volunteer professionals. Hospice professionals have expertise in end of life care that can make their services less expensive than you might think. Another misconception is that because hospice cannot provide a cure, nothing else can be done. This is not the case. Hospice teams are experts at palliative care. Both pain and nutrition, for example, can be managed to make the patient’s last days as comfortable as possible. A big concern is that families will have to change physicians to enter

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hospice. This also is untrue. Many, if not most, hospice agencies will work with the physician of choice. Hospice is a method of treatment, not a place. In fact, hospice or palliative care is delivered in a wide variety of settings. Hospice teams work in hospitals, nursing homes and dedicated facilities. Many patients receive care in their own homes where they are surrounded by their families and familiar settings. Where do we find hospice? Your physician may be a good place to start. If your loved one is hospitalized, they may have a social worker who can refer you to a local agency. As in all times of difficulty, don’t be afraid to ask your pastor. Pastors by nature of their calling keep up with resources in the community. As our society ages, things like hospice are becoming a lot more common. When someone you love is near death, hospice can ease the transition. More communities are finding themselves home to hospice agencies. Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield is the founding pastor of Compassion Church of Katy and is a Fire and EMS Chaplain. Visit http://faithinspires.wordpress.com to learn more or call 281-660-4294.

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Local Christian Student Highlights Hunter Boan

Chris Haier

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Samuel Mote

Classification: Sophomore Faith West Academy

Hunter is 5-years-old and has been attending Katy’s Early Childhood Enrichment Center for 3 years. He will be starting Kindergarten in the fall at Franz Elementary. He is a wonderful big brother to his 2 year-old-sister, Harley, and enjoys showing her everything he knows. Hunter is a very active boy and enjoys outside activities at the park. He also plays soccer and baseball. His family are big Texans fans and love the watch football games and eat popcorn. He is also is very much into writing and learning about animals. In fact, one of his best friends is the family pet, Cooper the cat. Hunter loves going to church on Sundays and attends Crosspoint on Westgreen. Every week he reminds his mommy about going to church. Hunter loves telling her and Harley that Jesus is everywhere and points to the sky to explain where God lives. During Christmas, his favorite activity is setting up the little barn with Mary, the wise men, the animals and of course, baby Jesus in the manger. Hunter is just learning about the Bible and always recites his favorite prayer before dinner: “God is great, God is good, let us thank Him for our food, Amen.” Through this brotherly example his little sister is catching on and enjoys saying the prayer with him (which makes their mother very proud).

Starting something new is always an adventure and that has really proven true for Chris Haier, 16, of Katy. He joined the FFA because he has a love for the outdoors, wildlife, hunting, and fishing. He had never raised cattle, but he thought it would be fun. So he entered the calf scramble at the Houston, Ft. Worth, and Austin rodeos. He used some of the skills that he had learned in football (tackling), weight lifting (the strength to wrestle a 240 pound calf to the ground), and agility training (to be able to react quickly to the calf ’s moves) to be among the winners at all three rodeos. Chris enjoys wake boarding and dirt biking (KTM 250cc), but football remains his favorite sport. His favorite music is country (Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton). Chris is a member of Kingsland Baptist Church. He reads the Bible daily and his favorite Bible verses are found in Galatians 3:23-29 and Joshua 1:9 (‘have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”). After high school Chris would like to go to Texas A&M or Auburn to study to be a civil engineer.

Classification: Senior Faith West Academy

Samuel Mote, Valedictorian of the FWA Class of 2012, has plans to attend Texas A&M to major in electrical engineering. But his plans don’t stop there. He said of his ambition; “Honestly, most of my ultimate goals are based in the success of the U.S. Military. I plan and hope to design weapons, artillery, or mechanics that make the life of a soldier safer. Safer soldiers come from stronger armies, and stronger armies are the backbone of any powerful nation.” Some of his recent accomplishments and memberships are: Class of 2012 Valedictorian (4.74 GPA); National Merit Scholarship Finalist; awarded 1st place for Math and 2nd place for Number Sense at the recent TAPPS District competition; a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, ComedySportz team; and technical support for the youth ministries at Second Baptist. Samuel is a member of Second Baptist Church and his favorite Bible verse is II Samuel 22:2-3, “The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior— from violent people you save me”.

Katy Christian Magazine will be highlighting local Christian students each issue and we need your help! We’re currently accepting nominations for outstanding elementary, middle school, and high school students to be featured in Katy Christian Magazine. To nominate yourself or someone else, please send an email to joseph@houstonchristianmagazine.com with a short bio and photo. The students bio should include their name, school, grade, church, and life goals. If applicable, please include information about sports, hobbies, and activities as well.

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Pastor Profile: Reverend Robert Crutchfield of Compassion Church of Katy By Melanie Saxton

Reverend Robert A. Crutchfield was ordained by St. Luke’s Evangelical Christian Ministries in 1998. He founded Kingdom Relationship Ministries that same year, endeavoring to help people use their faith to build their relationships. From there he has worked with the first responder community in chaplaincy roles, impacting the lives of those who serve. Currently he is chief chaplain at Christ 4 Responders, a member of the advisory board at Defense of Houston, and founding pastor at Compassion Church of Katy. Planting and a Prayer “We’ve been organizing for a year,” says Crutchfield of Compassion Church. “We are all about the priesthood of the believer, starting with premise that all have fallen short and no one is perfect. So our approach is to meet people where they are and apply Biblical principles to get them to where they need to be.” For instance, Crutchfield believes that some of the best alcohol counselors are recovering alcoholics who have actually experienced the journey. His new church is in the planting phase as seed money is raised and a meeting place is located. “We are a new kind of church, specifically ministering to those experiencing crisis. Our mission is to empower our members to minister as living vessels of Christ’s compassion, and starting from nothing we are working to build an active, Christ-loving, life-changing kind of church right here in our own home town.” He invites the community to get involved as the excitement builds. 2011 was also a remarkable year for Crutchfield’s now-famous “The First Responder’s Prayer.” Christian Author Loree Lough used Crutchfield’s prayer in her novel “From Ashes to Honor.” The book follows NYPD officer Austin Finley, who lost both his job and his brother after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Crutchfield wrote the prayer just prior to being elected as Katy Fire Department Chaplain

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in 2008, and as the author researched the premise of her book she located the prayer and cited it in her author’s notes as well and referencing it in the body of the novel. “This little prayer has appeared on several websites, and station walls since I wrote it, and I’m honored that it also appears in Ms. Lough’s book,” says Crutchfield. A Lifetime of Service “I never did like being on the sidelines in times of emergency,” says Crutchfield, who also previously served four years as chaplain-general of the Order of St. Isidore of Seville. In addition, he served with Red Cross Disaster Services in the early 80s and later in the Military Police Corps -Texas State Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “It’s an honor to serve and impact the lives of others,” he says, adding, “We all have opportunities to help one another, some right at the doorstep of church.” Always an active member of his community he served for several years as vice-president of the Recreation Board for the City of Galena Park, Texas (his hometown). From 1992-1994 he was chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the Harris County (Texas) Republican Party. From 1994-1996 he served as chairman of the Republican Party for the Sixth State Senate District. He has also served on numerous other boards and committees. A Loving Family at Home and at KCM Crutchfield’s wife, Leslie Karen Hunt-Crutchfield, is retired from The Katy Times and the couple have two daughters and five beloved grandchildren. He is also a Katy Christian Magazine columnist. Check out his hospice article in this edition. Find out more about Compassion Church of Katy at their new website which is still partially under construction -- www.compassionchurchkaty.org. You can find them on Facebook and also visit www.christ4responders.org.

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Raising Good Teens in an Internet World By Melanie Saxton In this day and age of Internet use we often hear precautionary tales played out in the media -- stories that deeply affect how we, as parents, should respond in a world dominated by the all-pervasive Internet. While the Internet is a useful tool allowing for networking, information gathering and even e-commerce, there are downsides. The misuse of unsecure websites, social media and even texting have made headlines, worrying us all. One weak moment, one indiscretion, one lapse in judgment . . . our sons and daughters can pay dearly for succumbing to online peer pressure, phishing schemes and evil geniuses who pray on young Internet users. Cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying are threats, as is online targeting by predators. For this reason, we went to an Internet expert for answers. Child filters “Many parents find themselves less knowledgeable about computer use than their children,” says Charles Mazzini, owner of Hyperlinks Media. “Today’s children exist in a

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he says. “Constantly enforce rules by appealing to your child’s core ethics and values. Encourage them to resist temptations and follow the Golden Rule. It isn’t easy. Cyber-bullying is an ongoing issue. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblir are popular online communities but can lead to inappropriate content and images, so guidance is the key. Explain that your child’s reputation online is just as valuable as their reputation in school and church. It may go against the current social climate of “anything goes,” but endeavor to teach your children that future employers can harvest a great deal of online commentary and make decisions to hire and fire based on what they find,” cautions Mazzini. Passwords and Access Is it appropriate to ask for your child’s password and login informa-

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tion in order to occasionally “pop in” to view online interactions? “Yes,” says Mazzini. “It is definitely appropriate for minors to be guided, despite those (including some online communities) who protest parental oversight. Interfacing is a privilege, not a right. Not everyone in the world has the best interests of your child at heart—and that’s where you come in.” Teachable moments about civil discourse,

sure you see the “active” seals on a website, and teach your teens to do the same. If you are not sure of their security and the site also offers PayPal, Google or Yahoo checkout, always opt to pay through those.”

reputation, and values often result when parents become involved. Shaping children into responsible online citizens is the goal, despite social and peer pressure.

The Guide Log on to www.hyperlinkswebsites.com/internet-safety.php for a free easy-reference guide to Internet protocol. “We list resources for parents and those who use computers in their daily lives,” says Mazzini. “This guide offers practical insights that can make a difference in a world fueled by Internet commerce. Interacting with safety and savvy is the goal!”

Hacking Online commerce is the wave of the future. Kids want to buy online due to the creative marketing of companies and brilliant sales campaigns that target their demographic. “From eBay to cosmetics to magazines, the offerings are dazzling,” says Mazzini. “But not everyone who wants a piece of your child’s allowance (which may end up on your credit card) has e-commerce credentialing. To defeat hackers who harvest and misuse financial data, it is wise to transact only on websites offering SSL Security (https) and PCI compliance. Make

Privacy Policy Also look for an “active” privacy policy seal on the website before entering your information. “California, for instance, requires businesses to carry these seals if they capture any type of information on their websites,” says Mazzini. “But not every state follows suit. For this reason, we refer you to www.hyperlinkswebsites.com/ecommerce/privacy-policy-generator.php. Information on privacy policies are explained. Another great resource is www.truste.com/consumerprivacy/personal-privacy-tips.”

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Christian Voters’ Guide

Katy Christian Magazine has endorsed the following candidates. We encourage you to take this guide with you to the voting booth and share it with family, friends, and co-workers. Regardless of your political affiliation, Katy Christian Magazine encourages you to participate in the political process and pray for elected officials at the state, local, and national levels. The views and endorsements expressed are those of Katy Christian Magazine and do not necessarily reflect the views of our advertisers.

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2012 Endorsed Races President

Rick Santorum

United States Senator

Ted Cruz

U.S. Representative District 7

John Culberson

U.S. Representative District 8

Kevin Brady

U.S. Representative District 10

Michael McCaul

U.S. Representative District 22

Pete Olson

Railroad Commissioner

Warren Chisum

Railroad Commissioner, Unexpired Term

Barry Smitherman

Justice Supreme Court Place 2

Don R. Willett

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David Medina

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Nathan L. Hecht

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Sharon Keller

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7

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State Board of Education District 6

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State Board of Education District 8

Barbara Cargill

State Senator District 7

Dan Patrick

State Senator District 17

Joan Huffman

State Senator District 18

Glenn Hegar

State Representative Dist. 132

Bill Callegari

State Representative Dist. 133

Jim Murphy

State Representative Dist. 136

Mano DeAyala

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Dwayne Bohac

State Representative Dist. 150

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Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 6

Harvey G. Brown, Jr

Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 7

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Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 8

Michael C. Massengale

Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 9

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Justice 14th Court of Appeals Place 3

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Martha Hill Jamison

Justice 14th Court of Appeals Place 6

Bill Boyce

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John Donovan

District Judge 11th District

Michael West

District Judge 61st District

Jeff Hastings

District Judge 80th District

Richard Risinger

District Judge 125th District

John Coselli

District Judge 127th District

Russell Lloyd

District Judge 129th District

Michael Landrum

District Judge 133rd District

Lamar McCorkle

District Judge 151st District

John Wittenmyer, Leif Olson

District Judge 152nd District

Janet Townsley

District Judge 164th District

Sophia Mafrige

District Judge 165th District

Elizabeth Ray

Monzon

District Judge 174th District

Robert Summerlin, Joe Vinas

District Judge 176th District

Stacey Bond

District Judge 177th District

Ryan Patrick

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Roger Bridgwater

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Ken Wise

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Renee Magee

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Brock Thomas

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Brad Hart

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Steve Radack

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R. Jack Cagle

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Ron Hickman

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Robert ‘Bob’ Van Pelt

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Phil Sandlin

Harris County Republican Party Chairman

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Natural Solutions for IBS By Steven F. Hotze, M.D Hotze Health & Wellness Center Have you been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? If you suffer from symptoms such as constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn and indigestion, you may be surprised to learn that there’s one simple solution -- a cure-all to these various pesky symptoms. A simple change in your diet could eliminate these problems for the rest of your life, so please don’t reach for that little purple pill until you hear me out. When clinicians use the word “syndrome,” as in irritable bowel syndrome, they are referring to a collection of symptoms, not just one or two. However, mainstream medicine has labeled your collection of symptoms as a syndrome. Far too often a label is placed on a group of symptoms, but it’s far from a real diagnosis. You have been labeled, but you have NOT been diagnosed. What’s really going on here? Has your underlying problem been cured or have you simply been given a name for your persistent painful symptoms? To illustrate, since lab work and all other obvious signs seem normal, conventional doctors prescribe drugs for each symptom described, and then label the symptoms or groups of symptoms as the official

diagnosis: IBS. In reality, all that has been accomplished here is that a name or label has been given to your collection of health ailments (symptoms), while completely ignoring the root cause of these symptoms. The doctor is simply prescribing drugs to address each individual symptom yet not treating the underlying cause. This approach completely ignores what is causing you to be constipated, bloated, or experiencing diarrhea in the first place. Common symptoms associated with IBS include abdominal pain, or abdominal discomfort, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas. Additional symptoms associated with IBS that do not affect the intestines include headaches, fatigue, anxiety, depression and urinary symptoms. Now let’s take a look at common and wide ranging symptoms of yeast overgrowth. The abdominal symptoms typically associated with yeast sensitivity are abdominal bloating, belching, excessive gas, abdominal cramps, abdominal pain and indigestion. In the digestive tract, yeast can cause such symptoms as cramping, constipation, heartburn and diarrhea. In addition to gastrointestinal symptoms, yeast overgrowth can cause headaches, fatigue, skin rashes, immune suppression, depression and joint pain. Have you noticed a connection between these two groups of symptoms? In many cases, it’s quite common to find that the patient’s real

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Faith West Senior Named National Merit Finalist possessed an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earned SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying performance. More than 1.5 million high school juniors in over 22,000 high schools nationwide entered the 2011-12 NMSC by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This year’s finalists comprise less than one percent of all United States high school seniors and include entrants with the highest scores in each state. Merit Scholarship winners for 2012 will be announced between April-July 2012. Three types of scholarships are offered. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by about 240 corporations and businesses for finalists who meet their specific criteria. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. Mote is the valedictorian for the Faith West Academy Class of 2012, earning a 4.74 grade point average. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the football team, and the ComedySportz team. After graduation, he plans to attend Texas A&M and major in electrical engineering.

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What’s So Great About Fame? By Dr. K. Lynn Lewis, Executive Vice-President/Provost The Bible Seminary “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” – Jesus, in John 10:14 So you want to be famous. Why? Perhaps you equate fame with success. After all, if your name is in the papers, in magazines, and bantered about on TV, then you must be successful. At something. Good or bad, legal or criminal, profitable or unprofitable, dead or alive, at least people know your name and think you are somebody worth talking about.

scrutiny, as has been the case in the recent blowout “Kony 212” video that went viral generating an unprecedented more than 100 million views in a few short weeks in March 2012. The founders of the fairly young, quite productive organization, Invisible Children, were castigated for their successes and failures, as well as for many potentially great causes they have not yet attempted to address. Of course, the purpose of their video was to help make the number one fugitive most wanted by the International Criminal Court “famous” – i.e. not respected – in hopes it would help lead to his arrest for brazenly terrorizing hundreds of thousands of citizens in several African nations over the last quarter century. Indeed, thousands of criminals are “famous” for their crimes, but not respected. Their names are known, but their lives are not celebrated or remembered with joy, but with pain and sorrow and regret and shame.

A quick glance at the newspaper and recap of names in lead stories in the news makes me think maybe fame does not always, or even usually, equate with success. Crime, grand failures, horrors and tragedies, scandals, disease, and unusual death – these are not generally headlining stories of success.

Even those whose endeavors are worthy, and perhaps whose lives are admirable in some way, find that fame often brings heavy burdens such as loss of privacy, vast conspiracies of rumors, stalkers, and mongers of all types. Fame Boulevard is littered with poster stars of abuse, deceit, depression, divorce, and ugly or untimely death.

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But, fame does not always bring riches, as evidenced by the following persons who died mostly penniless and unknown in their own lifetime: Johannes Gutenberg, credited with inventing the printing press and changing the face of mass communication. Herman Melville, author of the classic famed novel, Moby Dick. Oskar Schindler, inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film Schindler’s List. Clarence Saunders, founder of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores and inventor of the modern grocery store. Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the television.

Even when fame does bring riches, the list of those who have succumbed to destructive lifestyles made possible and exacerbated by their riches is quite extensive. Perhaps you assume more fame means more friends. Perhaps, but even in these days where we can gauge our “fame” by our number of Facebook friends, LinkedIn connections, Twitter followers, and YouTube views, how many even within anthropologist Robin Dunbar’s number of 150 (the suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships) are truly friends? Even more interesting is the number of famous people who have indicated that in truth, they live lonely lives. Outwardly, they are surrounded by fame, riches, and flocks of adoring fans, but inwardly, fame has ruined them, poisoned their minds, and stolen their souls. Perhaps, then, fame is mostly overrated. In fact, in all the history of the world and across the whole of your life, there is only one person who truly needs to know your name - Jesus Christ. Even if you are completely unknown to the rest of all humanity, but Jesus calls you by name and knows you as a friend, that is not only enough, it is the only fame that matters. Dr. K. Lynn Lewis serves as the Executive Vice-President/Provost of The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. For more information, visit TheBibleSeminary.org or e-mail Lynn.Lewis@TheBibleSeminary.org.

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Politics and Religion: The Integrity of Love By Mark Williamson I am continually and increasingly awe-struck with Jesus’ character qualities in general, and especially in His restraint when dealing with enemies -- something we usually do not see in politics, even from Christians with Christian positions. We too often want to fight politically, even legally, for our positions, and in some cases there is nothing wrong with that and much right about it (when appropriate) in defense of our Christian nation and heritage, the undermining of which is our downfall and the very reason our nation is suffering on so many levels! It is natural to want to protect our nation, heritage, children, families, etc. when we’re under assault! Loving Your Enemies But the Word says to overcome evil with good. Love your enemies. Bless those that curse you. Is the political/governmental realm exempt? Obviously not! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a lays out the definition of what love is, and simultaneously lays down an inviting, loving invitation to a life-long challenge to pursue it. Not in the taking of it from others (though we

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Walking the Walk I wonder where we would be as a nation if more Christians would walk in this behavior consistently. I wonder where our political culture would be if we Christians showed more love toward our enemies instead of suing them. I wonder if the directive to “overcome evil with good” wouldn’t work better if we actually tried and exhibited the “good.” I am not suggesting compromise at all. May it never be! Jesus loved all, never compromised, and yet the sinners – the prostitutes and tax collectors – flocked to Him! We’re considered a “hate group” and know this is a preposterous accusation, but we were told the world would know us by our love. Have they missed it? Or have we? As one member of my church and supporter of my ministry recently said (and I paraphrase) “People have met the God who hates sin! It’s time they meet the God who loves them!” Mark Williamson is the Founder and President of Foundation Restoration Ministries and Federal Intercessors, educational and intercessory ministries dedicated to the restoration of Biblical truth, righteousness and justice in the nation and culture, reaching even the highest offices of the Federal government. The views expressed in this column are his personal opinions and observations. Learn more, join the prayer cause, or support the ministry at www.federalintercessors.net. You may contact him directly at mark.williamson@federalintercessors.net, or at 713722-4301.

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with Lord and their fellowship with each other. Multiple meeting rooms, creative sleeping facilities, excellent food, and numerous outdoor activities offer a variety of options from which to choose. We have 51 uniquely decorated private rooms, nine traditional bunk rooms, and twelve conference areas. During the retreat season, we can accommodate up to 375 guests. During the summer, our maximum is 500. Camp Tejas is a nondenominational Christian camp and retreat center. We are here to meet the needs of our guests and provide them with the foremost in retreat hospitality. Our desire is to serve to the best of our ability.

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The Drama Kids program is specially designed to build self confidence, as well as strong speaking and acting skills through the fun of drama. We believe that enthusiastic students who speak out clearly and relate confidently with their peers develop skills that make the journey through life much easier. Above all, our drama classes are fast paced, great fun, and have new activities every day which include improvisations, miniscripts, speech training, character analysis, theater games and creative movement. Drama Kids offers classes weekly in Katy and West Houston through out the school year, as well as fantastically fun summer camps. This summer we have several different themes to choose from for ages 4 thru 17. We have full and half day camps available! For more information on our summer camp or our school year round program please visit our website at www.Dramakids. com/tx1 or call us at 281-829-8887.

FaithWest Academy 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 281-391-5433 faithwest.org

You won’t have to travel far for your child to enjoy a Christ-centered day camp. There is one right here in Katy - Camp West! Our camps have traditional sports, extreme activities and exciting water-centered events for children entering K-6th grade. See the website for information on before & after care and private swimming lessons!

Fort Bend Tae-Kwon-Do 6840 S. Mason Rd. Katy, TX 77450 281-599-3331 FortBendTkd.com

Summer Fun with a Kick! If you’re looking for something different to keep your kids active this summer, then look no further than Fort Bend TaeKwonDo! We have classes all summer long for preschoolers, kids, teens and adults that develop focus, strength and confidence in a fun, positive environment. Classes are divided by ages and by ranks in order to meet the needs of all students, and students enjoy personalized attention from the nationally-certified instructors. Students can attend an unlimited number of classes as well! We’re open 6 days a week and have every level of class every day. Toward the end of summer, most students will be ready to test for the next belt rank. More importantly, though, they’ll learn courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit while having a great time all summer. For more information, please visit our website at FortBendTkd. com, call us at 281-599-3331 or e-mail us at info@FortBendTkd.com.

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Grandma’s House Child Development Center 14840 Branch Forest Dr. Houston, Texas 77082 281-496-3105 westoaksprivate.com

Grandma’s House Child Care Center and West Oaks Private School has been West Houston’s premier child care center for over 25 years. We are situated on three beautiful acres and also have our own gymnasium. We are conveniently located off of Highway 6 near West Oaks Mall with easy access from Katy, Richmond, Sugarland and West Houston.

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are warmly greeted, given an afternoon snack, assisted with homework and enjoy outdoor and indoor activities. Registration is now available for our Summer Day Camp beginning in June (5 days a week, 7am-6pm, ages 2-12) which offer many activities including arts and crafts, music, dance, sports camps and field trips. Houston Northwest Community Center summer sports camps are also open to children not enrolled in the Summer Day Camp. GED and ESL classes are available for adults year round with classes taught by qualified instructors through Harris County. HNwCC has a vision for the future that includes a food pantry, full time affordable and quality childcare, counseling services… Our commitment is to make a difference in our community, one life at a time! For further information visit our website at HNwCC.org.

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Houston Northwest Community Center is a nonprofit organization with a vision to inspire and equip people in our community to change their future. Houston Northwest Community Center is dedicated to helping people in all walks of life and levels of education by providing quality educational, health and recreational programs. Current programs include an active afterschool program caring for children ranging in age from 5-12. Children

Students are invited to enroll in art classes taught by professional illustrators, designers, and artist. We accept students starting at age 6yrs. We have created a list of adult, teens, and kids art classes for you to choose from. Teen & kids schedules follow local school

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i9 Sports Camps

3091 College Park Drive, Suite 240-23 The Woodlands, Texas 77384 281-398-7529 i9sports.com Your child will have a great time in our fun filled week-long camps offered throughout the summer for boys and girls ages 4-14! Great for beginner and intermediate levels. The camps are from 8:30-11:30 am, Monday through Friday. Camps are offered the following weeks: June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 2327, and August 6-10. Choose from flag football, soccer, or basketball: FLAG FOOTBALL - Our flag football camp covers aspects such as player positions, offensive and defensive drills and schemes, passing, receiving, quarterbacking, defending a receiver, flag pulling skills, and scrimmaging. Camp will be at Beck Junior High. SOCCER - Soccer camp familiarizes participants with passing, shooting, dribbling, offensive and defensive drills and positioning, playing goalie, and scrimmaging. Camp will be at Beck Junior High.

bling, and offensive & defensive sets. Camp will be at Creech Elementary. Sign up today and keep your kids active this summer! For more information and to sign up, visit www.i9sports.com or call (281) 398-PLAY (7529).

KVPAC Summer Programs 2501 South Mason Road #290 Katy, TX 77450 281-829-2787 kvpac.org

KVPAC summer programs are skillbased instructional activities in theatre and visual arts. Creative seekers choose either half/full day classes. Ages 3-18. Member discounts are available. Performance provides instruction in acting, voice and choreography. Students are cast, rehearse and perform. No experience is necessary. Choose from PRODUCTIONS or STORYBOOK THEATRE. Technique introduces the fundamentals of theatre skills that creatively build self-esteem. Choose from MODELING, VOICE, ACTING/ TECHNICAL, DRAMA QUEEN (girls), ADVENTURE KIDS (boys), & IMAGINE THAT. All Performing Arts classes make presentations on last day. Art Exploration offers the dazzling world of exploratory art not found in stuffy old museums. These classes are for clever hands with active imaginations using varied art mediums. Choose from

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SUGAR & SPICE, WILD THINGS, & IMAGINE ART. Art Focus provides a bevy of alternatives in both art materials and various classic instructions. Choose from THEMED MIXEDMEDIA, TECHNIQUE CLASSES, & LEARNING THRU ART. All Visual Arts classes present Gallery shows on last day. PreK includes gentle introduction to drama, delightfully messy art projects, music, storytelling and academic preschool games. Mini presentations on last day. Choose from ART SMART! or LET’S PRETEND.

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REGISTER TODAY FOR OUR KATY SUMMER CAMPS. Week-long camps for boys and girls ages 4-14! Great for beginner and intermediate levels 8:30-11:30 a.m. - Monday - Friday June 4-8, June 18-22, July 9-13, July 23-27, and August 6-10 Choose from flag football, soccer, or basketball

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Mission Bend Christian Academy 3710 Highway 6, South Houston, TX 77082 281-497-4057 kvpac.org

Mission Bend Christian Academy’s mission is to bring children into a nurturing environment, build a sound spiritual, academic, social, and physical foundation, and to send forth strong Christian leaders. Mission Bend Christian Academy is dedicated to serving children. The school strives to provide a loving environment enabling students to grow spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. The academically sound Christian program develops good character, strong moral values, and a love for learning. MBCA plans and develops curriculum taught within a caring and creative environment. The programs are carefully designed to enlarge a child’s repertoire of knowledge and skills, to increase self-confidence, and promote curiosity and initiative. In the past 30 years, well over 3000 children have received a quality education in our safe, caring, Christian environment. MBCA believes children are the most important investment in the future, our #1 resource. Visit us at soon at 3710 Highway 6, South, Houston, TX 77082

( Just North of the Westpark Tollway) or call to set up a tour or receive additional information (281-497-4057). We look forward to hearing from you. To know us is to love us!

Tiger Land Child Care Center

5315 E. 5th St. Katy, TX 77493 281-391-8750 www.tigerlandpreschool.com Tiger Land has been a terrific place for Katy’s children to grow and play for over 25 years. Our summer camp program is for children who have completed Pre-Kindergarten through 12 years old. The children participate in two to three field trips per week to places that include swimming, bowling, laser tag, skating, the park, the movies and other fun trips. We also offer in-house field trips that include water slides, animal shows, and field day competitions. Throughout the summer, our campers plan and organize a carnival that they put on for our younger pre-school and pre-kindergarten children. While not involved in field trips, the children participate in a number of on-site activities including arts and craft projects, cooking projects, various sports, outdoor play time, and games. Flexible scheduling and family discounts are available.

Written Engineering curriculum uses LEGO and K’NEX educational building kits to teach MATH and SCIENCE. Our students learn to build simple machines and MOTORIZE them and perform scientific experiments.

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Summer Fun Days is open to ages 2 before June 1, 2012 through entering kindergarten.

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Both camps on June 6, 7 & 8 and June 13, 14 & 15 • Registration through the school office April 10 - May 10

Call for more details or come by for a tour of the school. Director, Laurie Mattingly • bcumschool@yahoo.com 16000 Rippling Water Dr., Houston, TX 77084 • 281-463-2969 www.bearcreekumc.org/ministries/preschool BCUMCS is open to all children regardless of race, nationality or creed and is nonprofit, nonsectarian, and nonpolitical.

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West Oaks Private School

14840 Branch Forest Dr. Houston, TX 77082 281-496-3105 westoaksprivate.com Each summer West Oaks Private School (in affiliation with Grandma’s House Child Care) offers a fantastic summer program for children who have completed Kindergarten through 12 years old. Our program presents children with “hands on” activities that encourage curiosity and exploration. While in Center, your child will dive into an exciting world of arts & crafts, music, science and other activities. We have two acres of park like playgrounds and an airconditioned gym for summer sports. The children also participate in field trips three to four times a week to places that include swimming, bowling, skating, the movies, and the museums. We offer flexible scheduling to meet your needs.

on 7 Football! Registration ends June 6. SUMMER SPORTS & SPECIALTY CAMPS. Let your child attend a week-long camp this summer that is geared toward your child’s specific interests. Visit ymcahouston.org/katy for a list of camps. For more information, visit ymcahouston.org/katy or call 281-392-5055. View the complete 2012 Katy Christian Magazine Christian Camp Directory on our website, katychristianmagazine.com.

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Katy Christian Magazine Calendar of Events April 2012 Middle School Weekend Apr 13 - 15 Camp Peniel 6716 E. FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654 www.camppeniel.org Camp Peniel, where God is known, and lives are changed. Prepare for exciting adventures on 382 acres of the beautiful hill country! Swim in our lake, hike, ride horses, or challenge yourself on the zip line! We are a nondenominational camp whose sole purpose is to reach today’s youth for Christ. Every week of camp should be a life changing experience because of the extreme fun experienced and the Bible training received. Our mission is to challenge campers to strengthen their personal relationship with Christ while experiencing Adventure... With A Purpose! Cinderella Apr 17 - May 25 A.D. Players Grace Theatre 2710 W. Alabama Houston, TX 77098

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A. D. Players Children’s Theater presents Cinderella. April 17 - May 25 at A. D. Players Grace Theater located at 2710 W. Alabama. For tickets call the Box Office at 713-526-2721 or visit adplayers. org. Cost: $7-10, with discounts for groups of 10 or more.

Parents of children ages newborn through 18 years old are encouraged to attend this informative event where they will have the opportunity to choose between ten different breakout sessions led by inspiring and experienced speakers. While you are engaged, equipped and encouraged you have the option to reserve childcare for children between birth – 5th grade. More info and registration online at www.thefellowship. org/events. Single Parent: $20 / Couple: $25 / Childcare $15-$20 with reservations.

Pope John XXIII High School Annual Golf Tournament Apr 23 | 11:30 a.m. Pine Forest Country Club www.pj23.org The Pope John XXIII High School Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, April 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pine Forest Country Club. Foursomes are available for $600 and individual entries for $150. Super tickets for entries into the putting, long drive, and hole-in-one tournaments are $30. For more information, please email Gillian Kruse at gkruse@pj23.org or call Julie Koch at 281-787-9634. Parent Summit 2012 Apr 28 | 9:00 a.m. - Noon The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Katy, TX 77450

Faith West Academy’s Annual Silent and Live Auction Apr 28 | 6:00 p.m. Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 www.faithwest.org The 11th Annual Faith West Academy Silent and Live Auction will be held Saturday, April 28, 6:00 PM at 2225 Porter Road. Silent auction, a dinner by Katy Outback Steakhouse, live auction, 1955 Ford

T-Bird raffle, and games (modeled after some classic television game shows) with fabulous prizes will be part of the night’s activities. Auction items may be viewed at www.faithwest.org. Cost for event is $35/ person or $280/table of eight and childcare available at no charge. Reservations required, R.S.V.P. by calling Cheryl at 281-391-5683, ext. 226.

May 2012 The Beams Are Creaking May 2 - June 6 A.D. Players Grace Theatre 2710 W. Alabama Houston, TX 77098 www.adplayers.org A. D. Players presents The Beams Are Creaking, the story of German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. May 2 - June 10, at A. D. Players Grace Theater located at 2710 W. Alabama. For tickets call the Box Office at 713-526-2721 or visit adplayers.org. Cost: $22-41, with discounts for seniors and groups of 10 or more. Camp Katy Camp Expo!

May 5 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Camp Katy Main Campus (Tiger Square) 6193 Highway Blvd Suite# 209 Katy, TX 77494 www.campkaty.com Join Camp Katy friends and staff for an afternoon of camp adventure! We’ll be showcasing a number of our camps to give kids (and parents) a closer look at what they’ll be getting into this summer at Camp Katy! This event is free! Visit www.campkaty.com for more information. Faith West Academy Open House May 18 | 7:00 p.m. Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 www.faithwest.org Faith West Academywill host a Community Open House on Tuesday, May 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Faith West Academy is an accredited, inter-denominational, private Christian school that started educating youth in 1982. Faith West Academy offers a strong core curriculum for Preschool (age 3) through 12th grade. Accelerated

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courses are offered for 7th -12th grade students. A competitive athletic program, under TAPPS accreditation, is available for our high school students, as well as performing & visual arts, choir, band, and cheerleading. For information, please contact FWA at 281-391-5683 x229 or visit website at www.faithwest.org.

Free Water Safety Event May 19 |10 am - Noon Cinco Ranch High School Natatorium 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX Katy, TX 77450 www.katyaquatics.org Dive Into Summer with the Make A Splash Festival! A FREE Water Safety Event for the Whole Community Hosted by KATY Aquatics and Texas Children’s Hospital (West Campus)

June 2012 Faith West Academy Eighth Grade Ceremony June 1 | 6:00 p.m. Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 www.faithwest.org

Faith West Academy will promote eighth graders to the high school June 1st. Ceremonies begin at 6:00 PM at the Faith West Academy auditorium, 2225 Porter Road in Katy. For information, please contact FWA at 281-391-5683 or visit website at www.faithwest.org. Dual Camp 1 June 3 - 9 Camp Peniel 6716 E. FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654 www.camppeniel.org Camp Peniel, where God is known, and lives are changed. Prepare for exciting adventures on 382 acres of the beautiful hill country! Swim in our lake, hike, ride horses, or challenge yourself on the zip line! We are a nondenominational camp whose sole purpose is to reach today’s youth for Christ. Every week of camp should be a life changing experience because of the extreme fun experienced and the Bible training received. Our mission is to challenge campers to strengthen their personal relationship with Christ while experiencing Adventure... With A Purpose! Vacation Bible School June 4 – 7 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. First Baptist Church of Katy 600 Pin Oak Rd Katy, TX 77494

www.fbckaty.com Come encounter God’s awesome power with us! Ages: completed K-5th. Register online at www. fbckaty.com/vbs Cowboy Church Women Annual Conference June 8 - 9 All Around Cowboys Church 5812 Crosstree Ln Sealy, TX 77474 www.allaroundcowboychurch.com Cowboy Church Women (CIA) will be having our annual Conference with guest Sandy Trice & Jenny Free. A wonderful time is had by all. Tools 4 Teens Summer Camp 2012 June 11 – 14 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church 22765 Westheimer Parkway Katy, TX 77450 www.tools4lifebooks.org

Boy’s Camp 1 June 17 - 23 Camp Peniel 6716 E. FM 1431 Marble Falls, TX 78654 www.camppeniel.org

Prepare for exciting adventures on 382 acres of the beautiful hill country! Swim in our lake, hike, ride horses, or challenge yourself on the zip line! We are a nondenominational camp whose sole purpose is to reach today’s youth for Christ. Every week of camp should be a life changing experience because of the extreme fun experienced and the Bible training received. Our mission is to challenge campers to strengthen their personal relationship with Christ while experiencing Adventure... With A Purpose! Vacation Bible School June 25 - 28 CrossPoint Westgreen 700 S. Westgreen Blvd Katy, TX 77450 www.crosspt.org/vbs

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Tools 4 Teens Summer Camp 2012 July 9 – 12 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church 22765 Westheimer Parkway Katy, TX 77450 www.tools4lifebooks.org

Recurring Events PreSchool Playhouse Mondays | 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Chick-fil-A - Mason Road 369 S Mason Rd Katy, TX 77450 cfarestaurant.com/masonroad 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!

Camp Invention June 25 – 29 | 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rainard School 11059 Timberline Road Houston, TX 77043 www.campinvention.org

KidzConnection Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Rd. Katy, TX 77493

Think like an inventor, solve realworld challenges and design your own cool gadgets in this hands on day camp for students entering grades 1-6.

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West Houston Women’s Bible Study Tuesdays | 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BridgePoint Bible Church 13277 Katy Freeway • Houston Please join the women at BridgePoint Bible Church as we study God’s Word on Tuesday mornings. Our purpose and desire is: Teaching the Word of God. Reaching the community for Christ. Uniting together in a loving and supportive environment. Holy Spirit Services Saturdays | 7 p.m. New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church 6830 North Eldridge Pkwy #107 Houston, TX 77041 www.annott.org In His Presence Ministries is holding weekly Holy Spirit worship and miracle services every Saturday night at 7 pm. Meetings are located at New Destiny Christian Fellowship Church. Prophetic, dream interpretation and healing teams will be ministering at each service. Come and get a touch from God. Service will be broadcast live on the web at www.annott.org.

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Tech for Vets and a Memorial Day Tribute By Melanie Saxton

“Helping Those Who Have Served Their Country.”

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veterans must wait until a computer can be refurbished and shipped. Tech For Vets also used the funds raised from their successful FundaGeek campaign to pay for repair parts, to purchase refurbished laptop and desktop systems, and to ship them where they are needed. “Shipping costs are astronomical, especially when we send computers across the country,” says Rorie. “All donations are tax-deductible and very much appreciated as we find ways to meet the needs of veterans who seek technology.” If you are a military veteran and need assistance with getting computer devices, please contact Tech for Vets. 16350 Park Ten Place, Suite 213 Houston, TX 77084 281-653-7726 info@techforvets.org www.techforvets.org Caption: Tech for Vets Director Jason Rorie (right) accepts a donation from local business owner Charles Mazzini.

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Two from Katy Advancing to Elks State Hoop Shoot One week after the Katy Elks lodge hosted its annual free throw “Hoop Shoot”, two of the six winners who had advanced to District competition are now on their way to State to vie for the next level contest, Regional. Any who survive these two rounds will be Nationals bound in Springfield, MA this summer. Macy Ray, winner in the 12-13 girls category, and Bennett Hanks, 8-9 boys winner, will be representing the Gulf Coast Disrtict this week-end in Dallas. This is Bennett’s first trip to State while Macy will be enjoying her third time there. Last year Macy advanced to National competition where she placed fourth. Katy has always provided strong competition to other Elks Lodges in the “Hoop Shoot” scholarship program. Rick McCool, along with his wife Shirley, have spear-headed the local “Hoop Shoot” for over 30 years, a number of which Rick has also served as District chair. This will be their final year to direct any “Hoop Shoot” activities since Rick has chosen to “retire.” Knowing Rick, he will still be available to help but he is turning the local and district chairs over to Dan Tass, along with the help of his wife Gail, to direct the winning tradition that has been set by Katy area youth and the Katy Elks Lodge. Caption: Bennet Hanks, Boys’ 8-9 yr. old winner; Rick McCool, District Director of “Hoop Shoot”; Macy Ray, Girls’ 12-13 yr. old winner

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