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Family Friendly News with an Eternal Purpose Inside this Issue:

Celebrate Easter at the Katy Resurrection Run What My Son’s Toy Spider Reminded Me About God

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Letter from the Publisher Volume XIV, Issue IV

6 Bible Trivia 7 Celebrate Easter at the Katy Resurrection Run 12 Get to Know the Candidates for Katy Mayor 19 Dear Doctor 20 Be Drawn to His Presence at Carson’s Art School 25 This Easter Season 28 The Power of an Invite 30 Love Thy Neighbor: The Medical-Spiritual Connection 33 The Proof is in the Puke – God Doesn’t Always Answer Our Prayers 36 Helping Your Kids Make the Most of Summer 40 Local, Convenient, Chic with Dapper Dearest 41 The Buzz About Katy 47 Understanding Man’s (and Woman’s!) Best Friend 50 What My Son’s Toy Spider Reminded Me About God 55 The Best Tips for Traveling Abroad 56 A Mortuary Served Up with a Side of Ministry 62 Clothed by Faith Provides Clothing to Neighbors in Need 65 Marine Military Academy 68 Sherwood Forest Faire Presents: Medieval Trivia! 69 Katy and Bend 70 2019 Summer Camp & VBS Guide

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the second quarter of 2019! In less than two months, another school year will be in the books. This is a momentous moment in my life because my youngest daughter Naomi will be graduating high school. By summer’s end, I will officially be an “Empty Nester.” My how the years have flown by! Most of us live life as though we are going to live forever. We work, build a career/business, raise our families, build a house… all without ever thinking that one day, we will all die. Our existence on this planet is fleeting, and too often we become obsessed with the secular world. Building our lives on Earth is important, but what have we done to assure that we will have Eternal Life when that day arrives? And if we have assurance of salvation, have we stored up any treasures in Heaven? 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6: 19-21 (NKJV) A friend of mine recently revealed to me a stack of one-dollar bills that he carries in his car to give to the homeless when he sees them. I know that living in a city, we become desensitized to homelessness. Many of you may think that if you were to give a homeless person money, they would inevitably use it for drugs or alcohol. Perhaps they might, but perhaps they won’t. Even if they do misuse the gift, that’s between them and God. God judges our hearts and we will not miss out on His blessings if our intentions are pure. Katy Mayoral election is on May 4 and Katy has the opportunity to stay with the status quo, or move in a different direction. This issue, we allowed both candidates, Bill Hastings and current mayor Chuck Brawner, an opportunity to lay out their visions for Katy. I don’t really know Mayor Brawner, but I know that Bill Hastings’ wife, Susan, has been part of Katy Christian Ministries for years. I also know that Bill Hastings is active in Westside Christian Chamber of Commerce and his church. On April 20, Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine are hosting the Second Katy Resurrection Run held at Faith West Academy. You can find the details in this issue or on our website at www.resurrectionrunkaty.com. It’s for a great cause and we really need your participation to make this event a success. We also pray that your family and you will have a blessed Easter Sunday. It was because of Christ sacrifice on the cross that we might have Eternal Life. Joseph R. Menslage President/Publisher Katy Christian Magazine Cover Photo: Jeanna Bickerstaff, Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at Faith West Academy, and her family. Photo by Heather Ingram, Associate Portrait Artist shooting for Alisa Murray Photography @ alisamurray.com

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Test Your Easter Bible Knowledge By Answering the Questions Below. DOWN 1) When a soldier pierced Jesus’ crucified body, what flowed out? (Hint: 3 words)

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Answers: 1) Blood and water, 2) Golgotha, 3) Pitcher of water , 4) Rooster, 5) Joseph of Arimathea, 6) Thomas, 7) Caiaphas, 8) Barabbas, 9) Mary Magdalene, 10) Stones

2) Where was Jesus crucified? 3) What was the man carrying whom Peter and John followed to prepare the upper room for Passover? (Hint: 3 words)

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4) Which animal’s crow was the sign that Jesus gave Peter in stating that he would deny Him? 5

6) Which disciple said he would not believe Jesus had risen unless he could see the nail marks in His hands? 7) Who was the chief priest who had Jesus arrested? 7

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8) What was the name of the prisoner the people wanted released instead of Jesus? 9) To whom did Jesus first appear after His resurrection? (Hint: 2 words) 10) As Jesus rode into Jerusalem (on Palm Sunday), what did He say would cry out if His disciples didn’t? 10

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Celebrate Easter at the Katy Resurrection Run By Caitlin Richards The countdown is on for the Second Annual Katy Resurrection Run on Saturday, April 20, 2019. With a certified course on Faith West Academy’s beautiful 40-acre campus, the 5K run and 1K family walk/run is a great way for families to celebrate the Easter weekend while giving back to their community! “We are planning a really fun, family friendly, Christ-centered event,” said Joseph Menslage, Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazine’s publisher and Katy Resurrection Run founder. “We want the Katy community to come out and enjoy it, while helping us give back.” All of the funds raised from the Resurrection Run will go toward Faith West’s Eagle Initiative, which supports various local organizations. This includes Caring 4 Katy, Good Shepherd, Sunshine Kids and Sunshine thru the Rain. The certified course makes the Resurrection Run a great event for runners looking for credits for marathons. The Resurrection Run is one of the few 5K runs in the Katy and Fort Bend area that is a certified course, said Menslage. However, you don’t have to be an experienced runner to participate. “Most of us are not even active runners, but we wanted to come out to support the cause and do something fun together to celebrate the Easter season,” said past participant and Owner of Showcase Continued on page 9

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Gymnastics in Katy, Cheryl Cupples. Cupples attended the inaugural Resurrection Run with her coworkers at Showcase Gymnastics. One of the most memorable parts of the Resurrection Run was how the event kicked off with a devotional, Cupples recalled. “Starting with the devotional was cool, because it reminded us of why we were there and what the Easter story means for us all,” Cupples said. Additionally, Cupples said that the Resurrection Run’s course was both easy to follow and picturesque. A large portion of the course is around the park and lake by the Faith West Academy campus. “It was very scenic,” Cupples said. “You weren’t just running

through random neighborhood streets. It was nice to be running while surrounded by nature. I really enjoyed that part of the Resurrection Run.” Participating in the Resurrection Run is certainly enjoyable, but it is also a meaningful experience. With proceeds being donated to the Eagle Initiative, participants are able to make an impact that is far reaching. Many of the sponsored organizations benefit children and families from downtown and greater Houston. “The Resurrection Run greatly impacts the community of Katy because we do a lot of community outreach through Eagle Initiative,” said Gary Kerr, the founder and president of Faith West. “It really reaches into the community and tries to meet the needs of the Katy community in a variety of ways.” The Resurrection Run would not be possible without its sponsors who generously give their support. Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine team up with Faith West Academy to host the event, along with several other community sponsors. The 2019 title sponsor is Belhaven University. When Belhaven heard about the Resurrection Run’s mission to bring hope and resources to children and their families in the community, they knew they had to help in any way possible. “It is all about the kids,” said Erica Scardino, the director of admissions and student services for Belhaven University’s adult, graduate and online division. “The charities that the Eagle Initiative supports do amazing work. We are excited to work alongside Faith West and Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazines to accomplish their fundraising goal.” Other community sponsors for 2019 include Ad Webvertising, Cane Island, Drymalla Construction Company and Holiday World. Continued on page 10

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“Together, we are able to make the Resurrection Run happen,” Menslage said. “We can’t do it all on our own though. We need the Katy community too. We hope everyone from experienced runners to families looking for something fun to do will sign up to participate in the run.” Participants can receive a $10 discount on their registration by signing up early. To register, visit resurrectionrunkaty.com. Special discounts are offered to first responders and military service members with an ID. Make plans to celebrate this Easter weekend by bringing your family to participate in the Katy Resurrection Run. In addition to the run, there will be a variety of other entertainment, including live

music and fantastic food from the Resurrections Run’s other generous sponsors. “It is natural that during the Easter season, which celebrates the resurrection of our Lord and symbolically new life, that we think of ways we can help lives, touch people and sacrifice in order to help others,” Kerr said. “That is the great thing about the Resurrection Run: it really is a natural expression of the heart of Christ.” For additional information about the Katy Resurrection Run, visit the Facebook page @ResurrectionRunKaty.

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Get to Know the Candidates for Katy Mayor By Joseph Menslage This May, Katy residents return to the polls to decide on a Mayor. The candidates, Bill Hastings, former Katy police chief and Chuck Brawner, current Katy mayor, each have decades of experience.

Katy Christian Magazine asked each of the candidates to share more about their background, qualifications, and plans for the future. We encourage you to get to know each of the candidates and to participate in the voting process this May. Early voting runs April 22-30. Election Day is May 4. Regardless of how the race unfolds, Katy has a bright future ahead and either of these men will serve Katy well.

Bill Hastings Candidate for Katy Mayor

Preserving Our Past with An Eye for the Future Motivated with a heart for service, Bill Hastings would be honored to continue serving the Katy Community as the next mayor. The growth that we are experiencing in Katy has exceeded our expectations. What I have learned during my 43-year career in public safety for the City of Katy is that residents want their voices heard on issues that affect the place that they call home and to know that their opinions matter. I have always valued the relationships I have built in Katy and if

I am elected to the office of Mayor I plan to build on the trust and confidence that citizens have placed in me and make good on all of Continued on page 15

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the concerns that preserve and protect all residents. When I moved to Katy in the early 70s, this town was a very small, productive rice farming community. The rapid growth that we have witnessed has placed even more importance on the increased responsibilities that fall upon our leaders. As your mayor I will be committed to preserving the small-town atmosphere while managing positive growth. The safety of our citizens is my top priority. By providing all of the resources needed to our emergency services by way of workforce and equipment, we can lower response times and offer heightened protection for our families and businesses. The infrastructure of the city is paramount to the safety and enjoyment of our families and is also an important focal point for me if I am elected. I will be addressing this with measures to prevent flooding and update and improve aging water and sewer lines, roadways and sidewalks. As far as management of growth, I will encourage smart growth that would ensure we maintain the small-town atmosphere and excellent city services that people moved to Katy to experience. I would also concentrate efforts to expand our parks and recreation program. I will encourage cohesiveness by promoting improved communication between our city, citizens, and businesses with regard to code enforcement, permitting issues and trash services and be 100% available to and responsive to community members. My wife, Susan Denise and I have been married for 32 years. We have raised our five children in Katy and now spend invaluable time with our nine grandchildren. Susan Denise is the director of the Crisis Center at Katy Christian Ministries. We attend Katy Community Fellowship Church and are both motivated with hearts of service. Having attended 400+ city council meetings during my 43-year career with the City of Katy, I have developed an interest in city government and a desire to serve in a leadership capacity beyond public safety. I would be honored to continue my service to the citizens and business owners in the City of Katy as your mayor. Pd. Pol. Ad by Bill Hastings Campaign, Sandy Schmidt, Treasurer.

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Chuck Brawner Katy Mayor

Committed to Keeping Katy on the Right Track for Our Families Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner is seeking a second term to serve the city of Katy as Mayor in the May 4 city elections. “Serving Katy has been a distinct honor and I would be humbled to serve one more term to complete the work we have begun together,” said Chuck. “The families of Katy were at the center of my campaign when I ran for Mayor and our Katy families remain the center of my re-election campaign to keep Katy on the right track.” Chuck has made significant progress since his 2017 election 2017 in fighting flooding. Plans were deep in the works when Hurricane Harvey hit in the fall of 2017. When Hurricane Harvey hit, Chuck went into action working with emergency management crews, police and fire, the Texas National Guard and elected officials from around the area to rescue and protect as many Katy citizens as humanly possible. Chuck has worked with Congressman Michael McCaul and others to work to protect Katy for the long-term in Harvey’s aftermath - among them exploring solutions to secure the Cypress Watershed and calling for more efforts to unite in the region to prevent flooding of Katy. Chuck, as Mayor, has instituted more accountability with the contractors to get the job done on time or pay penalties - a campaign promise kept. The Katy Times said the city has been “proactive in terms of working toward finding solutions for flooding issues for its citizens” (Katy Times, Aug. 28, 2018). Chuck wants to keep it that way and keep projects moving toward completion on time and on schedule. It is a commitment he takes to heart, overseeing progress and personally

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visiting the locations to assess implementation. Katy families and residents have suffered from flooding for far too long,” Chuck said. “When I was elected, fighting flooding was one of my top priorities and will continue to be. We are finding solutions with our neighboring counties to work together to protect families from devastating floods. We are pushing for improved drainage and street repair for our neighborhoods. We have brought more life-saving equipment into Katy should we get hit again and we have helped folks across Katy rebuild after Harvey.” Under Chuck’s leadership as Mayor, long-term flood prevention, stormwater planning and infrastructure improvements are being implemented without a tax increase or tax rate increase to Katy taxpayers. Chuck has sought ways to not raise taxes in Harvey recovery by leveraging commercial development while preserving Katy’s hometown identity.

As a former police chief, ensuring the safety of Katy families and residents is another significant service Chuck sought to improve. He oversaw the building of the second fire station that had been long-delayed. This station has reduced response times for families and neigh-

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borhoods in its service area. While a member of City Council, Chuck had begun a grant process to cover the costs for more firefighters. This grant was approved and the city was able to hire more firefighters to keep Katy safe, saving the city $2.1 million. Katy Fire Department’s ranking has improved under Chuck’s leadership. Within 30 hours of this fire station’s Grand Opening, the life of a 3-year-old toddler, who was drowning in a nearby hotel pool, was saved when first responders were able to get to the scene within moments. Bringing increased lifesaving services to Katy is a goal Chuck will keep advancing in a second term. Chuck has always looked for ways to save money for Katy and its taxpayers on City Council and as Mayor. He scrutinizes the department budgets to determine where costs can be streamlined and waste eliminated. Chuck has expected high standards of service and integrity of city employees as Mayor and has settled for no less on behalf of the taxpayers of the city.

“I committed to keep Katy on the right track when I ran for Mayor and we have worked tirelessly to make that happen, improving our public safety, our roads and drainage, our flood management systems, our way of doing business with city employees and with our contractors - all while staying within our budget and not increasing taxes,” said Chuck. “We are managing the growth so that people love living here to raise their family. Katy is the best place to find a forever house and build a life. We want to keep it that way. I would be honored to Continued on page 18

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serve one more term as Mayor of this wonderful city we call home.” Chuck is endorsed in his campaign by Katy residents, military veterans, fire firefighters and police. In December of 2016, Chuck retired as the Chief of Police at Spring Branch ISD after 21 years. Chuck served on the Katy City Council from 2013-2017, was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2014 by former Mayor Fabol Hughes and elected Katy Mayor in May of 2017.

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Dear Doctor: What is Tremor and What Are My Treatment Options? By Dr. Raja Mehanna What is tremor? Known as shaking, tremor is an involuntary motion of the arms, legs or head. There are two types of tremors. An action tremor (in the arms) happens when you shake while trying to use your arms during activities like eating, writing or using a screw driver. A rest tremor is involuntarily shaking when your arms are not moving from activities like sitting, resting or watching TV. Is tremor always due to Parkinson’s disease? No. Tremor can be the result of Parkinson’s disease, but also other disorders such as essential tremor, dystonia or even medications. How can we differentiate them? It’s difficult to distinguish. Tremor can be due to many causes: Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and others. It would be best to see a movement disorder specialist, like a neurologist that specializes in movement disorders, to get the right diagnosis. Treatments are not the same for all types of tremor. What treatments are there? Treatments vary based on the cause of tremor. But it can include medications, injections of botulinum toxins (such as Botox®) or brain surgery called Deep Brain Stimulation. Your movement disorder specialist can tailor the treatment to the type of tremor you have and its impact on your daily life. Brain surgery? That sounds frightening! Not at all. Deep Brain Stimulation has been used in Europe for more than 30 years, and has been FDA approved in the U.S. for more than 20 years. At our center, we perform one or two of these surgeries per week. Any potential candidates for the surgery will need to be

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Practiced artists are welcomed, along with creative individuals looking to learn art. With the program, the inspiration and context of creating is faith-based. “We want people to be comfortable and confident in the fundamentals [of art] first,” Carson said. “So we first go through how to draw and other basic fundamentals. After that, we really start to dive into the creating.” Practiced artists who do not need fundamental lessons will jump straight into the creation portion of the program. There are three categories within the program: praise and worship, biblical study and community outreach. Everything created in the program falls within the context of these three categories. “Praise and worship is creating from a place of praise and worship,” Carson said. “Biblical study creates images from scriptures to help tell their story and meaning with symbolism. Then, community outreach is where you take these creative images to the community, to share messages in a unique and memorable way.” The program also incorporates several themes to help inspire creation. Carson reported that classes often start with a scripture project, where participants pick a favorite scripture to study and reflect on. He teaches participants what it is like to brainstorm and arrive to a place of creation. “We have something we came up with called the SAVE method,” Continued on page 23

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The Power of an Invite By Lori Joiner Glazed doughnuts. Ok, glazed doughnuts and cute guys kept me coming to church in the beginning. But what initially got in the doors was an invitation. I moved to a new city just before my junior year of high school and the Powell family, two doors down from my new home, invited me to their church. I was living with my dad and stepmom, who did not attend church, and I wondered if God could help me in some way. As a party girl, who had been kicked out of high school the year before, I had certainly prayed to God to get me out of many jams. I accepted the invitation. Each Sunday morning that followed, after a long night of partying, I dragged myself out of bed for the glazed doughnuts and cute guys that were consistently at church. I would make my way to the Powell’s home for a ride. After a few months of this routine, the youth director shared with me that God loves me and has a plan for my life. As he spoke, there was a stirring in my heart. I sank to my knees and admitted to God that I was a sinner and asked for His forgiveness. I asked Jesus to come into my life and to make me the person He wanted me to be. The rest, they say, is history.

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Local, Convenient, Chic with Dapper Dearest By Caitlin Richards Busy schedules leave little room for doing anything but the necessities. As a working professional, mom and wife, Karla Hutchinson found herself with no time to shop for stylish looks. “Finding time to go to the mall or boutiques to shop for myself just doesn’t happen,” Hutchinson said. “I have to do the majority of my shopping online at boutiques from all over.” A long commute and heaps of homework occupied Hutchinson’s weeknights, while birthday parties and sporting events filled her weekends. However, she was far from alone in this situation. Many of her co-workers, friends and fellow moms were faced the same time deficit. “I thought to myself, maybe I could start an online boutique that is actually local here in Katy,” Hutchinson said. “It wouldn’t be an actual brick and mortar boutique, but an online boutique with local ties that is trusted by people in the Katy area.” Before she knew it, Dapper Dearest went live in May of 2018 as Katy’s own online boutique. Dapper Dearest is for all women looking for chic style at affordable prices with a convenient shopping experience. “At first, I thought it was going to be something small, just for my friends,” Hutchinson said. “I already shopped a lot online and knew the brands and designers to buy from. It all just came together and has actually turned into something more than I had ever dreamed.” Hutchinson operates the entire business from her home. Shoppers can trust their stylish finds are coming directly from Katy, Texas, as op-

posed to an offsite warehouse. Additionally, while her online boutique is thriving, Hutchinson still maintains a full-time job in the oil and gas industry. “All of the orders go out the next day,” Hutchinson said. “So I come home, print labels and ship everything out. I stay busy. It is a good thing Continued on page 43

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I get to shop as part of my work with Dapper Dearest.” Surprisingly, Katy is no longer the market with the most purchases. In the beginning it certainly was, but as Dapper Dearest has grown, so has its presence in the national market. Dapper Dearest has shoppers from nearly all 50 states, as well as some international customers. “I have people from pretty much every state making purchases,” Hutchinson said. “Panama is the farthest I have shipped and I think there have been maybe six states who have not purchased from Dapper Dearest.” Although Dapper Dearest has a broad reach, it is committed to the Katy community and being the local, online shopping solution for the ladies of Katy. Most of the boutique’s models are local Katy women, and the photographer is a local Katy resident, Tiffany Nicole (@tifnay.nicole on

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Understanding Man’s (and Woman’s!) Best Friend By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein If you’ve ever thought of your dog as nearly human, you’re not far from the truth. Just as there are psychology and experiences that shape us into who we are today, the same applies to dogs. They behave and communicate based on their past experiences and current reactions. To understand this is to create a unique relationship with your pet that brings out the best in both of you. Will Anderson, owner of Canine Initiative Training, finds the psychology of dogs fascinating. But then again, Will has always been a dog lover. While serving in the Marine Corps, Will met dog handlers and was fascinated by their ability to work with canines of all breeds and ages. He became curious about how dogs process information and are able to learn and thoroughly enjoy scent detection. Will had grown up with wolf hybrids and trained a wolf hybrid pup while in the Corps. When he got out of the military, he began his formal studies on animal behavioral science under two world-renowned dog trainers: Jessie Gabriel and Robb Dunn. Under their tutelage, he studied all forms of training in preparation for opening his own business. Continued on page 48

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“My goal is to educate and to bridge the gap of communication between person and dog,” Will said. “There is no best friend out there that we can’t communicate with, yet we continue to expect things out of our dogs without communicating with them properly.” Will explained that dogs process cause and effect - if I sit up, I’ll get a treat - and are excellent readers of non-verbal body language. But their cause and effect understanding is limited to between 1.2 and 1.5 seconds. That means that unless you catch your dog in the act, he or she is unlikely to connect an act with a reward or a punishment. “The biggest mistake people make with their pets is not understanding that dogs live in the moment and there is no gray area for them. It’s a rule or not. Dogs can’t make a connection unless the cause and effect is immediate, clear, and consistent,” said Will. So if you dog has an accident in the house and you discover it an hour later, it does no good to show it to your dog and make your displeasure known. He won’t make the connection and will, instead, become even more confused. Knowing this and understanding what makes each dog tick is crucial to bringing out the best in your dog. At Canine Initiative Training, Will works with all breeds, all ages, and all members of the family to build communication skills between family members and their

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What My Son’s Toy Spider Reminded Me About God By Jordan Harrell My son got to pick a toy out of the treasure box last week at preschool, and for the third week in a row, he brought home an ugly plastic glowin-the-dark spider. (Because two are not enough.) I was thrilled to see we now had another tiny toy he’d grow attached to, lose, and cry hysterically about when it can’t be found in our always-cleanand-tidy home. As happened the first two times around, he sprinted to his closet as soon as we got home shouting, “MOMMMM!!! COME ON!!! MOOOMMM!!!! LET’S SEE IF IT WOKS!!!!” Then, we stood there in his tiny closet, oohing and ahhing together at the faint green glow. Throughout the next few days, until we lost them all (or “the cleaning lady” threw them away), he’d take one of those spiders into his closet and shout for anyone within earshot to come look. It blew his mind every single time. But every now and then, he’d notice the glow starting to fade. He knew what that meant. He’d go set it under the lamp on the side table—it needed to soak up some more light before it could glow again. He’d leave it there for a while, then come grab it, run back to his closet and yell out again, “MOMMMM!!! COME LOOK!!!! IT’S BWIGHT NOW, MOM!!!!”

It never got old. I’m lying. It did. It did get old. That spider was MADE to glow, to shine light in dark places. That is its purpose. That’s what makes it awesome. It was created (probably in China) to be a *glowing* spider, not a boring, un-glowing spider. Now, you might see that spider laying in the middle of a well-lit room and assume it’s just an everyday, run-of-the-mill plastic spider. If you saw it in the light, you’d never know it was special because IT DOES NOT WORK IN THE LIGHT. Glow-in-the-light is not a thing, you guys. Okay, so of course, yes, you know where I’m going with this. We are the spiders. Blah blah blah. But ALSO. So are our kids. Our kids are (eventually) meant to shine in dark places. Our prayer is that our home is a place of light. A safe haven. A place that constantly reminds them of their belovedness and their belongingness and their complete and total need for Jesus. SO THAT... they can glow. SO THAT... they can shine in dark places. SO THAT... they can go out among the hurting and the broken and the hopeless and be who they were created to be. SO THAT... someday, we can let go and trust completely (or fake it and pray, at least) that their light will outshine the darkness outside. But we also know that inevitably the darkness will weigh on them, exhaust them, feel altogether overwhelming and their light will start to Continued on page 52

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fade. Because they are not the source of the light, only the reflector of it. So they’ll have to plug back into the source. Fill back up with the goodness of a loving God and be reminded of his truths and his promises. And then, again, we’ll have to let them go. Or, if you’ll indulge my

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The Best Tips for Traveling Abroad By Alisa Murray Alisa Murray Travel Design Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. – John Steinbeck Over the years I have traveled a lot. As a Travel Agent and Travel Designer, I really enjoy discovering fabulous places and, more importantly, passing on advice and tips that will make my clients vacations more stress-free and enjoyable. There’s a lot of planning that goes into crafting the perfect itinerary. What I would recommend for adults is obviously different than what I would recommend for families, however, there are some general tips you can follow to ensure you each have a memorable experience. When traveling overseas, it is vital to think about time of travel both in the scheduling of the locations right down to sleeping schedules to make sure you are not grumpy and jet lagged. I always begin looking for flights 6 months in advance of travel and check regularly for the best fares. I recommend that flights be booked direct if at all possible, especially with children. When that is not possible, I try to get the flight transfers to occur at times that allow for the most sleeping, i.e. during your family’s normal sleep patterns. I also encourage you to plan to travel during the winter when it is off season so there’s the highest potential for a few extra seats as not many people are traveling and there’s at least chance of an extra seat that can be stretched out on to… you got it… sleep! Prior to leaving for your trip there’s a few things that you can do that will help prepare both yourself and your children for adventures. The smaller the children are the more you’ll want to prepare them, so everyone has a great time and knows what to expect. Knowledge of what is going to happen is key to a happy traveling family! I recommend that you create a visual board of places you will be visiting, activities that you have planned and even prepare foods and listen to music of that place that you are fix’in to travel to. If there’s going to be a giraffe or a shark involved, you’ll find a lot less fear if you talk about that beforehand. Once you have arrived you will want to have pre-arranged transfers from the airport to your initial destination so there’s no scary transfer with luggage into a taxi or unfamiliar bus. This is easily set up in advance and when you are jet lagged it’s worth the money to be safe and stress-free so you can settle in and gear up for a great adventure. Speaking of destinations… I always recommend that you stay near the center of the city that you are learning about. Yes the hotels are a bit cheaper on the outskirts, however you end up paying to get yourself to and fro and in the long run it is more economical and a better experience by staying near to the attractions that have drawn you to list. I also recommend that you carry cash. You will still want to carry cards but having cash on hand and having it exchanged prior to your departure will avoid fees and stress when you need to pick up April / May 2019

something like a snack from a little local shop or take the bus. Buses in Europe do not take cards generally so this just makes your experience easier by planning ahead. Your cell phone is an important tool when traveling abroad because you can use it to map out where you are, find unique places that only the locals frequent…even utilize a translating app but racking up roaming fees can be a huge whack on your budget. Be sure that you call your cellar carrier before leaving and pay for the extended plan which is cheaper than roaming and well worth the price. Aside from destination entrance fees at museums and other attractions the biggest hit to your travel budget will always be food. Dinning out daily can be very expensive so I suggest you purchase snacks that can be a quick meal during the day and go to places that the locals go to pay what the locals pay! Of course, you can splurge here and there this is a vacation of course, but you’ll save a ton by being moderate in how and where you dine. Also if you are staying at a Airbnb, then by all means, l ask around about shopping at the local markets and do some cooking for yourself! Keep on wandering. it’s good for your soul~

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A Mortuary Served Up with a Side of Ministry By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein Flavor Church isn’t like any church you’ve experienced and “The Chef Pastor” who leads it is as unique as they come. Chef Pastor Errol Clay is in the unique position of leading both a church and a mortuary, and both provide an avenue in which to minister to the spiritually hungry. The food of choice? The Word of God. In March, Clay and his wife celebrated 20 years of ministry. On Easter Sunday they will move Flavor Church out of the mortuary chapel and into McNeill Elementary School located in the Richmond/Katy area, just near FM 1093 & S. Mason Road. The clientele at Clay’s is diverse and he finds himself providing the same amount of ministry to his mortuary families as he does to those he’s called to serve through the church. Clay feels that’s especially important in this day and age. “When l was growing up, attending church was a common Sunday practice and the people who didn’t were often looked upon as misguided heathens. These days, people look at you like Texans fans in the Cowboys stadium in Arlington when you tell them that you’re a regular church attender,” Clay said. “It seems like church attendance has been replaced with the Internet and Social Media Church, Little League, Netflix and a

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plethora of other carnal Sunday fillers like pursuing hobbies and attending the newest festival, which are all things that I too occasionally indulge in.” The result, according to Clay, is that when challenges hit people unexpectedly for instance, the death of a loved one - nonchurched individuals collapse under the heavy weight and pressure of grief. “They should have Christ to stand on, but instead, many are hopeless, because they’ve never established any deeper connections that can be found within a faith-based community like Flavor Church.” He sees this in the funeral business and feels fortunate that he is able to minister to those who come to him for burial services. “Many times before we can even begin to make funeral arrangements, we have to first come to a stop and do some much needed Christ-like ministry. This often involves my wife and I sharing a quick word of prayer and a hug. For some families this little ministry on the side is all that they need to move forward.” Clay points to Robin B, who saw the need for a “Mortuary Served Up with a Side of Ministry.” She craved a connection to Christ past the cremation, so much so that after her husband passed away in November 2018, she became a member of Flavor Church and is now one of their top door greeters. Even atheist and agnostic families note that they sense a difference in Clay’s approach and appreciate his non-intrusive ministry as they are saying goodbye to a loved one.

It’s important to Clay to offer more than embalmings, cremations, funerals, and memorials. Families also get 24/7 direct access to caring, praying Christian pastors who are funeral professionals. Clay describes himself and his wife as Christians and humans who have had to bury both sets of their parents, have endured 13 miscarriages, and have had Continued on page 59

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Clothed by Faith Provides Clothing to Neighbors in Need By Lily Palmer Exec. Director of Business Development Clothed by Faith is a local nonprofit in Katy, TX that provides those in need with gently-used and new clothing. CBF was founded by Abi Fourie in 2013, and for the past 6 years has brought tremendous support to our community. The mission at CBF is to demonstrate God’s love through the provision of a week’s worth of clothing. Both families and individuals can register online or in person to start their own closet based on their needs. Volunteers then create customized care packages with clothes for every age and size. Clothed by Faith was recently blessed with an anonymous donation facilitated by Kingsland Baptist Church for renovations and upgrades. The renovation has allowed this wonderful organization to expand over the past few months to now include a boutique space, in which women over 18 can schedule an appointment to select their own clothing, shoes, and accessories. This new women’s selection area has been a fantastic new addition, allowing volunteers to provide additional ministry services to the women they are serving. By holding meaningful conversations with the

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Sherwood Forest Faire Presents: Medieval Trivia! Test your knowledge of Medieval Trivia by answering the questions below: 1. Robin Hood lived during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart - what century is that? a.) Late 1100s b.) Early 1200s c.) Mid 1300s d.) Early 1400s 2. What kind of wood was Robin Hood’s bow made of? a.) Pine b.) Yew c.) Cedar d.) Oak 3. What was the most common job for peasants in the Middle ages? a.) Craftsman b.) Knight c.) Blacksmith d.) Farmer 4. What is a blacksmith apprentice’s first project? a.) Make a sword for the knight b.) Create your own blacksmith tools c.) Clean up after the mentor blacksmith d.) Tend to the fire 5. What did they call a candle maker in the Middle Ages? a.) Candlier b.) Wax Smith c.) Chandler d.) Coif

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Katy & Bend was created by Johnny Hawkins. Since 1986, over 32,000 of his cartoons have appeared in leading publications such as Christianity Today, Today’s Christian Living, Guideposts, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, Faith Today, Focus on the Family and over 900 other publications.

Dealers Fate Dillon’s hand wouldn’t stop trembling while holding the flashlight. Every snap of the twig and ducking under tree branches created more fear, his muddy boots splashed in cold ankle-deep water puddles, followed by natures symphony of frogs, crickets, crows, and owls. Up ahead his flashlight shone on an old looking home, with lights on inside. Feeling relieved he quick-footed out the woods onto the gravel trail ahead. Dillon took off his hat and soaked black jacket. The last thing he wanted to do was look suspicious knocking on someone’s door at 9:00 p.m. Dillon wasn’t a saint he escaped with his life after a drug deal went wrong. Witnessing the murder of his friend, they also returned fire at Dillon chasing him off into the woods. Finally, Dillon reached the porch steps of the old home resting briefly. Before he could knock on the door, it opened slowly on its own. “Hello anybody in there? I need help,” he said walking in with caution. Inside the abandoned home, pictures and trinkets were on the floor, along with flipped damaged furniture. Dillon stopped dead in his tracks when he heard shuffling feet coming from the end of the hall leading to the bedrooms. Out of nowhere, a headless woman emerged with her left hand raised holding a bloody butcher knife, stumbling into a power walk towards Dillon. “AAHH” he yelled from the top of his lungs. -JLR-Writer-

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2019 Summer Camp & VBS Guide We've compiled a list of the top Christian Summer Camps and local VBS dates across the area. Check out the list below or at KatyChristianMagazine.com.

Summer Camps Camp West 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-5683 faithwest.org/camp-west

Camp West is a fun and exciting summer day camp located on the Faith West campus at 2225 Porter Road

in Katy, Texas! Our facilities include a great sports complex with a double gymnasium, a rock wall, two ball fields, sand volleyball courts, and swimming lakes. Camp West is open to all children entering kindergarten through entering 8th grade! Kindergarten campers will be separated from 1st – 8th grade campers. The 2019 camp season includes hands-on science, arts and crafts, group games, outdoor experiences and challenges, and lake time. New activities this year include nature fun, fishing tournament, archery (for 3rd grade and up) and paintball (for 6th grade and up). The kids are taken through age appropriate activities that are geared for their development level. At the beginning and end of each day, all the children are brought together for group games, songs and/or special events. Visit the website today for more information!

Carson’s Art School 5131 S. Fry Rd. Katy, TX 77450 (281) 507-3039 carsonsartschool.com

This summer, from May 27 to August 31, Carson’s Art School is hosting an enriching summer camp for your kids! The summer camp program is taught on an individual basis and is adjusted to each student’s skill level and unique interests. Extra attention is devoted to students when they don’t understand

a concept or want to discover a new approach to their artwork. Kids will use a grid method to draw and then transfer to board for coloring. Teens will start out with advanced drawing lessons to help them draw a realistic animal and face, and then they’ll move onto using colored pencils or painting. When they sign up for more than one week, the next camp will pick up where they left off! Students enjoy Carson’s Art School so much that they often enroll for Fall Art Programs for after school, or for the all year long Saturday classes. For more information, visit www.carsonsartschool.com.

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to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Your child’s daily schedule will include language practice (English, French and Spanish), hands-on art (music, dance, paint, craft or garden), sports (P.E., soccer, gymnastics or games), science or math, and Legos. Register your toddlers and kids today because spots will fill up swiftly!

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This summer enroll your kids ages 18 months - 5th grade at the Eagles on the Rock Academy Summer Camp for an enjoyable and educational experience! This invigorating camp will be held from July 1 - July 26, from 8:30 a.m.

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Help your Pre-K through 5th grade kids bust the summer boredom at Fort Bend Christian Academy’s summer camps! They will make new friends, learn something new and have FUN. It all starts on May 28! Morning classes include Arts, Computer, Sports and Games. Afternoon field trips include Altitude Trampoline Park, Constellation Field, Lifetime Fitness, Pump it Up and Urban Air Trampoline Park. Fort Bend Christian Academy also hosts a boy’s basketball camp (grades 1 - 6) and a girl’s basketball camp (grades 3 - 8). Visit their website to enroll today!

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This year, the theme for Living Water Christian School’s summer camp is “Exploring God.” Kids will explore their relationships with the Lord by playing sports, going on field trips, engaging in arts and crafts, and having a ridiculous amount of fun! This summer at LWCS, your children will enjoy new friendships, museums, swimming and movies - all while learning valuable lessons about God. This fabulous summer camp will be held from June 3 - August 9 (Monday through Friday) for all children ages 5 - 12 years old. Contact (281) 238-8946 or registrar@ livingwaterschool.org for more details.

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Grandma’s House and West Oaks Private School offer a fantastic summer camp program for children ages 5 - 12 years old. Each day. your child will dive into the exciting world of art and crafts, music and cooking activities. They will also take fun and educational trips 1 to 2 times a week to places such as museums, swimming, bowling, skating, movies, and much more. The team at Grandma’s House is dedicated to providing children with experiences beyond the classroom. The teachers are committed to education and

The annual Marine Military Academy Summer Camp offers school boys ages 11-18 from around the world the opportunity to converge at MMA for four weeks of authentic Marine adventures and lifelong memories and friendships. Under the guidance of experienced Marines and athletic coaches, campers learn to work as a team and develop leadership skills and self-discipline through a series of fun and safe outdoor challenges designed to maximize physical fitness, mental sharpness and self-confidence. From

Music Production Summer Camp (1 Week) Our music production summer camp gives students a hands-on experience with workflows in modern music production. They’ll learn how to record, mix, edit, and produce their own digital tracks and music videos. Classes run Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. One-week classes begin 6/24 & 7/08. Students ages 10 - 16.

Suzuki String Summer Camp (1 Week) For violin, viola, cello and double bass students of all levels – from Suzuki book 1 and up. Camp runs one week, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday thru Saturday with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday. Students will be assigned in a group class according to their corresponding book levels and will develop the sensibility to support and listen each other in solo repertories. Classes run 6/11-15 & 6/18-22. Open to students age 6 and up. Learn More at

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reveille to lights out, MMA Summer Camp will challenge your son as he navigates his way through a host of extraordinary individual and team activities, such as rappelling, high ropes, paintball and much more. Enroll your son today so that this summer, he’ll discover the Marine inside himself. Visit the MMA website for more details.

Pirate’s Bay Waterpark 5300 E Rd. Baytown, TX 77521 (281) 422-1153 baytown.org/piratesbay

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Jump In! It’s time for summer fun at Pirate’s Bay. This Texas-sized waterpark features attractions for everyone including a zero-beach entry, large Pirate themed water play center complete with a large dumping bucket, an awesome array of spray nozzles, tot slides, water guns, and a 671-foot-long lazy river and two large slide towers. Tower activities include fun for both the little ones and daredevils with everything from run-out slides to racing tubes. It’s an adventure unlike any other! For more information, call (281) 422-1153.

Primrose School of Woodcreek Reserve 1249 FM 1463 Katy, TX 77494 (281) 371-0099 primroseschools.com/schools/ woodcreek-reserve

At Primrose School’s Summer Adventure Club, children become engineers, artists, explorers and more as they discover the joys of design thinking, a fun and innovative way to learn. Engineering design challenges, experiments and themed activities await as children unlock new ways of thinking—all while having a blast! The Summer Adventure Club is perfect for children ages Kindergarten - 5th Grade. Kids will engage in dynamic activities such as building robots and coding them to life, engineering their own toy cars, designing beautiful and

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kinetic art, creating their own music videos, and much more. Ready for your kids to have the best summer ever? Schedule a tour of the school today!

St. Lawrence Catholic School 2630 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479 (281) 980-0500 stlaurenceschool.org

Summer is right around the corner and this year, St. Lawrence Catholic School is offering a variety of enrichment summer camps! Each camp runs for a week from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., but one-time registrations are offered. Beginning June 3, an Art Camp will be held for all young artists ages K - 5th grade. Starting June 10, your children of all grades can become closer to the Lord with the Vacation Bible School After Care program. Beginning June 17, your little chef, grade 3 - 6, can join in on a decadent Cooking Camp experience! On July 8th, children from grades 2 - 5 can begin discovering their inner scientists in the Mad Science camp! Finally, beginning July 15, K - 3rd grade kids can develop their reading skills in the Reading Enrichment Camp. Contact kmcchesney@ stlawrence.org or (813) 879-5090 to secure your child’s spot in the program of their choice today!

Sherwood Forest Faire PO Box 10816 Houston, TX 77206 (512) 222-6680 sherwoodforestsummercamp.com

Enroll your kids at Sherwood Forest Faire’s 6-day long, sleepover summer camp for a transformative summer experience. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. Campers will work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills that were essential to daily living in the medieval era. No modern entertainment devices

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will be available. Every member of our team undergoes a strict screening and application process, background check, and is required to participate in Child Safety Awareness Training. Our nurse is on site 24/7, we have first aid and CPR trained staff, and our pool is closely monitored by a certified lifeguard. Meals are prepared by food industry professionals and we are fully state certified. Visit our website today for more details.

True Knight Academy 1730 Williams Trace Blvd., Suite H Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (281) 978-6056 trueknight.org

the primary goal of bringing each child to their fullest potential. Children and youth with a wide range of disabilities will thrive at TKA, including students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Disorders, Kinesthetic learners, ADD/ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Communication Disorder, Development Delays and students who need a small classroom. Students at TKA are provided individualized programs and sensory-based activities to meet their specific needs. TKA also offers an after-school program, tutoring and exciting field trips. Students of all races, colors, and national or ethnic origins are welcome. Call to schedule a tour today!

Wellspring Children’s Academy 18518 Green Land Way Houston, TX 77084 (281) 954-9925 wellspringchildrensacademy.com True Knight Academy, which provides “A Special Education for Your Special Kids,” is enrolling kids in its camp program today! The TKA mission statement is to provide students with disabilities an individualized program in a Christian atmosphere. TKA serves students from a Kindergarten functioning level to 23-years-old, with

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Would you like to give your child a summer to remember? Are you looking for a place that offers your child a safe, fun and educational experience while school is out this summer? During Wellspring Children’s Academy’s World Odyssey Summer Adventure 2019, children will learn about various countries like Australia, Brazil, England and Denmark as they take a virtual journey around the world. Most importantly, they’ll have a lot of fun while they’re learning! Each week, adventurers will participate in weekly challenges, explore cultural topics, and take fun field trips related to what they learn. The variety of activities keeps children engaged and entertained while they’re learning. Why take an adventure with us? This all-inclusive summer camp program includes meals and snacks, themed T-shirts, field trips and all activity supplies! Camp sizes are small (18 students to 1 teacher). Your child will have a blast all summer long in our fun, educational and structured environment! We welcome all children ages 6 - 12, but space is limited, so contact us today to learn more!

Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy

Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy’s Kamp ROAR is a stimulating summer day camp which offers 3 weeks of summer fun for young children ages 2-8! At Kamp ROAR, campers are taught how to R.O.A.R. - Respect, Obedience, Accountability, and Ready to Learn. Kamp ROAR provides young campers with the fundamental experiences of developing friendships, creating amazing arts and crafts, learning teambuilding skills, fun and fellowship in a loving environment. You do not have to be a WPA student to attend Kamp ROAR; everyone is welcome! WPA also offers Big ROAR, a thrilling and enriching summer camp for children and youth grades 3 - 8. Read more about these programs online!

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Summer VBS Calvary Episcopal Church 806 Thompson Rd. Richmond, TX 77469 (281) 342-2147 calvaryrichmond.org

belongs.” Luke 18:16 After the regular school year ends, Calvary Episcopal Church operates a Vacation Bible School on the church and school campus. The VBS runs for four days and is open to all - members of Calvary, friends and family, and children from the greater Richmond/ Rosenberg community.

Parkway Fellowship 27043 FM 1093 Rd. Richmond, TX 77406 (832) 222-9282 parkwayfellowship.com

Jump into the best week ever as Parkway Fellowship presents Power Up, the most awesome VBS you’ve ever played. This summer, from June 23 - 26, we’ll learn how to plug in and know God! We’ll have hilarious skits, energetic worship time, interactive crafts, bible stories, games, snacks and more. This is the summer event your kids won’t want to miss. Registration at our two locations (Katy and Richmond) just booted up, and your kids will get bonus credits for registering early! Visit www. parkwayfellowship.com/VBS for more details.

St. Mark’s Church and School “But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God

1515 Hillendahl Houston, TX 77055 (713) 468-2623 stmarkhouston.org/vbs

St. Mark Houston, located near I-10 and Wirt Road in Spring Branch is excited to host ROAR! VBS June 10-14 from 9 am -12 pm for children 3 years - 5th grade. At ROAR! VBS, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Registration is now open at stmarkhouston.org/ vbs! Questions? Please email vbs@ stmarkhouston.org or call (713) 468-2623.

Tallowood Baptist Church 555 Tallowood Rd. Houston, Texas 77024 (713) 468-8241 tallowood.org/vbs

Join Tallowood Baptist Church for their free VBS week as they step back in time to Athens, exploring some of the adventures that the Apostle Paul experienced! Kids will participate in a memorable Bible-times Marketplace, sing catchy songs, play fun games, enjoy tasty snacks and learn about missions. It’s Vacation Bible School time! This free event is open to all children entering kindergarten (5 years by August 31, 2019) through those who have completed fifth grade. Make plans for your 6th – 12th grade kids to engage in a week of fun this summer at Camp Tallowood! They will experience worship by Jessica Bird and the Tallowood band, guest speaker Ryan Fontenot, meaningful bible studies, growing in their relationship with Christ, zip lines, rock climbing, water slides, recreation, rappelling and more! Tallowood Baptist Church also offers summer camp for K - 8th grades and Camp Rookie for ages 3.5 - 6. Visit their website for more information!

happens here Is giving back important to your family? At Fort Bend Christian Academy, students learn in a global environment, embrace diversity and develop a passion for philanthropy. Learn more about our unique opportunities to serve locally, throughout the U.S. and abroad. Schedule a visit today!

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