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Cambridge dictionary defines the word inspiration as, “someone or something that give you ideas for doing something.” Its root meaning is to “breath into.” In the case of Chevella Sampson, a hairstylist of ten years, that breath of inspiration came to her during a deeply moving spiritual transformation. “The Lord placed on my heart the urge to dig deeper,” she explained. “He called on me to study His word.” At the time, she didn’t know how God wanted her to do that. “Yet I was inspired to go to church one morning,” Chevella explains. “there I met a Belhaven University representative who told me that no matter what your course of study, Belhaven will teach you the word of Christ. I could actually feel God speaking to me.” “I was nervous. I hadn’t been in school for 25 years,” continues Chevella. “Would I be accepted How was I going to manage books, tuition, financial aid? But I wanted to learn more about the Bible, and I knew in my heart that the Christ-based curriculum at Belhaven was the right place for me. Then I called a Belhaven University counselor. It was like she completed my thoughts! All my fears were instantly put to rest. The staff made it so easy. Financial aid was available to me even before God promised me it would be. I
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A Vision into the Future
13 First Annual Katy Resurrection Run Blesses Others 18 Student Spotlight 21 Minimalism, Order, and Community 27 Katy’s Cane Island Offers Luxury Homes Near Katy’s Finest Schools 29 “Need Wisdom?” 33 Finding A Home 35 The Buzz About Katy 37 Dear Doctor 43 Classic Chevy Sugar Land 49 Child Custody: Tips for Getting Your Kids Through the Hard Part 54 Three Attributes of a Winning Husband and Father 59 Do Your Kids Know Why They Believe What They Believe? 64 Faith West Academy Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced 67 Area Church Spotlights 68 Local GEST Foundation Serving the Community 73 Cancer Free Tracy Walker Proves God Still Performs Miracles
Another summer is upon us! With this change in the season comes the blistering Texas heat, trips to the beach, and plenty of poolside barbecues. However, summer is also a season of change. Just the other day, my third child, Jeremiah Menslage, graduated from high school and is headed off to Texas A&M in the fall. Many of you reading this column have experienced the same thing; as a parent, graduations are bittersweet. On one hand, your job as a mom or dad is to raise your kid to have a good head on their shoulders, and hope that when they come of age, they are prepared to take on the adult world. When graduation rolls around, you’re filled with excitement that your baby is starting the next chapter of their young life. On the flipside, your kid leaving the nest is terrifying. We dread the emptiness of no longer having them around the house anymore, living together replaced with a bi-weekly phone call. The hardest part of parenthood is that we only have our children for a short time. We have to cherish those moments. When I began having kids, everyone warned me that my time with them was fleeting, and that they’d grow up far too fast. When I looked at my tiny kindergarteners, this was hard to believe. Now that I am close to the end of my child rearing years, I can see that they were right. Father’s Day is just around the corner! As many of you know, being a dad is not the easiest of jobs. A lot of us are kids ourselves when we start raising our own. We all make mistakes, but what counts is trying every day to be the father that God calls us to be. Young children don’t know whether or not they are rich or poor, but they do know if they are loved. Joseph R. Menslage President/Publisher Katy Christian Magazine firstname.lastname@example.org
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Minimalism, Order, and Community: Why My Husband Makes Me Uncomfortable By Jordan Harrell Two months after we got married, Clark and I moved in with his grandmother, Mama Em. The university apartment complex we were living in (Clark had yet to graduate) allowed us to move out for the summer, so in order to save a few months’ worth of rent Clark thought, “Let’s live with my grandma!” And I was like <insert wide-eyed emoji and bride and groom emoji>. I remember the decision being a hard one. Or… I remember me making the decision a hard one. We are grown-ups now. We are MARRIED now. We should be responsible for our own selves, not depend on family members. Stop mooching off of everyone else. To which Clark replied, “It’s not mooching. It’s helping each other out. Stop being prideful.” Then, there’s this irritating fact that he requires very little to function joyfully. He never packs a suitcase when we visit his parents. Instead, he just digs through whatever clothes were left from high school and uses the extra toothbrushes in the guest bath. I recall a particularly ridiculous Sunday get-up consisting of high-water Tommy Hilfiger tapered jeans, chunky brown loafers circa 1997, and a faded striped Nautica shirt two sizes too small. But he rocked that outfit like he was still 16 (and not a full-fledged 26) — with zero shame. I applauded his confidence from a safe distance across the church auditorium. This is not the actual outfit but just imagine something embarrassingly similar. (This photo was part of the fake engagement shoot we took long before we started adulting.) What I call “mooching” he calls “community.” In his mind, that’s what people do. We take care of each other. We help each other. Give and take.
As I’ve watched him throughout the years, this belief in mutual dependence that once made me feel awkward, guilty, uncomfortable, embarrassed, etc. became something of a sociological experiment. I found that relationships thrive when others feel helpful. They feel needed, important, valued. I realized my tendency to “be responsible for myself” was actually individualistic, prideful, and isolating. I also realized my desire to live independently from others naturally fed into my desire to live independently from God. Continued on page 22
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Where I tend to just handle all the things out of fear of bothering or smothering others, or just plain not wanting to surrender, Clark’s the first to reach out and say, “Hey friend, I have a favor to ask,” which gives him this uncanny ability to have deep relationships within a matter of minutes. It takes me years. A couple of years ago God began a slow work in me. I was overwhelmed. I had three tiny people who required all of me and left trails of you-name-it wherever they went. We were renting a 2,100 square foot house that was filled to the brim with stuff, most of which I didn’t even like. My house was decorated with hand-medowns from other relatives, dead or alive, and things I’d registered for pre-Pinterest and therefore pre-I-know-what-I-like-and-how-Iwant-it-to-look. And I was DROWNING in housework even though my mom and MIL, God bless them forever and ever amen, paid for my house to be cleaned once a month (if you’re in need of a baby shower gift idea, that’d be the one). So after reading a few books, watching a few documentaries, and sitting at the feet of friends a lot more like Jesus than me, I began feeling pulled toward SIMPLE. Continued on page 24
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“Need Wisdom?” By Pastor Richard Harris Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” This is truly an incredible promise, especially because I do not know anyone who does not need a little more wisdom. We all have little devices in our pockets that can provide us more information than we can ever absorb, but wisdom is more than information and knowledge. It seems to me that as our access to information has increased as a culture, wisdom has decreased. We have plenty of information. We lack wisdom. What is wisdom? A practical definition for wisdom is: the ability to apply what you know about God from His Word to the problems and opportunities of everyday life. How do we get wisdom? James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God.” The original Greek phrase literally reads, “Let him ask the constantly giving God.” Do you know God as the giving God? The whisper in the back of your mind that keeps saying, “God is withholding blessings from you” is a lie. Your God is always the giving God. The promise in James 1:5 goes on to say, “let him ask God, who gives generously.” The word generously can also mean “simply and sincerely.” Simplicity and sincerity in generosity means that our giving God gives pure gifts. He never returns a favor as payback nor does He expect a favor
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in return. God’s gifts to His children do not become debts. The good and giving God delights to give gifts to His children without calculating the return. The promise in James 1:5 ends by saying, “[God] gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” If it is that easy, then Continued on page 31
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why is wisdom so rare? James 1:6-8 provides a clarifying stipulation for receiving the wisdom promised in verse 5. James says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” Let me try to explain. God is not demanding perfect faith before He will give us wisdom. I don’t think perfect faith without ever wavering or doubting is what God requires. In the Gospels we find Jesus to be tender with doubters, ranging from John the Baptist (Matthew 11) to doubting Thomas (John 20) to the father of the sick boy who famously says, “I believe, help my unbelief ” (Mark 9). In James 2 Abraham is lifted up as a great man of faith, but his faith was not always perfect and unwavering. The overall orientation of Abraham’s life was one of faith, but Abraham certainly doubted and wavered from time to time (Genesis 17:17). So, what does this stipulation “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting” really mean? Listen to verses 7-8, “For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
The key is found in the word translated “double-minded.” Many scholars believe James coined this term because this is first time this word appears in all of Greek literature. The problem is that the double-minded person is trying to live in more than one direction at once. The doubleminded person says, “I want all of God’s wisdom and blessings, but I want my way, as well.” When God’s wisdom is pulling you in one direction and worldly wisdom is pulling you in the other, then you are going to be – as James says – “unstable in all” your ways. Imagine having one foot in one boat and the other foot in another boat and then trying to maintain your balance. Eventually, you’re going to tumble. Instead of splitting our trust between ourselves and God, why not trust the giving God wholeheartedly? If you can’t trust the One who has already given you everything, even His Son to die for you, then who can you trust? Who else has actually earned your complete trust? James 1:5 assures us that wisdom is included in all matters and all things. If anyone lacks wisdom, God says, “Come and get it!” After serving for several years as Associate Pastor of Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Houston (www.cepc.org), he became their Senior Pastor in May of 2015). Richard and Alicia have four children: Lillian, Savannah, Brantley, and Elizabeth. Besides him being a regular contributing writer for Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine, Richard has also given devotionals on KSBJ and KHCB radio stations.
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Finding A Home By Caitlin Richards Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends. A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams. The quotes that attempt to capture the essence of a home can go on and on. Searching for the perfect house to transform into a quote-worthy home can seem daunting and unattainable though. Joe Gorczyca with JLA Realty has recently established his real estate business in the Katy and Fort Bend areas but isn’t new to what it takes to create a home. After creating the quote-worthy home of his family’s dreams, Joe wants to help families, couples and singles find the quoteworthy home of their dreams. “My life is about helping people,” Joe said. “It’s part of what I have come to know about myself. It’s what gives me joy and what gives me the incentive to do what I do. It also helps me make sure that when I commit to doing something, it’s about that purpose [of helping people.]” He also added, “my faith is the foundation for everything in my life – church, family, work, and community. I have been very blessed and want to be a blessing to others.” Joe serves on the executive board for a mental health organization, leads a support group at his church, and is a published author. Collectively Joe’s past experiences have enabled him to be a one of a kind realtor in the Katy and Fort Bend areas. He came to Houston a little over 30 years ago and witnessed the tremendous growth of this area.
As a result, Joe has developed an insight into the various communities that have been a product of the area’s expansion. With his particular interest in family, Joe has a strong understanding of the schools, churches, and community groups within these communities as well. “It isn’t just about looking for a house,” Joe said. “It’s about helping families plan for their future. That’s the way I look at it.” Whether it is a growing family upgrading to a larger house or empty nesters needing to downsize, Joe seeks to understand the needs of his clients to navigate them to the home they are looking for. Part of that is helping clients sell their home as they prepare to move or find a new home to buy. Joe seeks to help those currently in the West Houston, Fulshear, Katy and Richmond areas, as well as, Sugar Land and Missouri City. Continued on page 34
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Katy, TX, June 8 – With her head held high, little industry experience, and hopes of gaining knowledge in the marketing field, Jourdan Pratt seeks after her dream summer job as a Marketing Intern at Moore Control Systems, Inc. (MCSI).
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Typhoon Texas Houston is swimming in success, according to a new report tracking attendance at the world’s top theme parks, water parks and museums. The west Houston family entertainment destination is the only newly opened waterpark to be ranked among the 20 most-attended waterparks in North America for 2016.
May 6 – 12 was National Nurses Week. For the seventh year in a row, the VFW Post 3903 Auxiliary held a Nurse Appreciation Luncheon for the nurses of OakBend Medical Center. The auxiliary invited nurses from all of OakBend Medical Center’s campuses to come to the Jackson Street Campus to be served a hot lunch.
The Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit at the Jackson Street Campus of OakBend Medical Center filled with family and friends recently as the hospital unveiled the dedication of the ACE Unit in honor of Jack & Billie Wendt.
Junior High and Senior High students from Westside Baptist Academy took the overall first place in the Texas Organization of Christian Schools state competition on Friday, March 3, 2017. in Weatherford, Texas.
Hannah Hirst, a senior at Faith West Academy, has received an appointment to USMA West Point where she will study law with plans to attend law school after gradation. She will serve a minimum of five years active duty followed by reserve duty.
The Cinco Ranch High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America brought 54 members to the State Leadership Conference held in San Antonio on March 23-25. Cinco Ranch also came back home with the Vernon Payne Award for the most outstanding chapter in the state
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Dear Doctor Dear Doctor: I’ve recently noticed blood in the toilet when having a bowel movement. Should I be concerned? This is a very common complaint amongst our patients. Although common, Omar I. Madriz, M.D. and Scott T. McKnight, M.D. it should be taken seriously. Bleeding with bowel movements, whether just on the toilet paper, mixed with the stool, and/or dripping in the toilet water is a sign of something abnormal. Your colon and rectal surgeon will want to know how long it has been going on, the frequency of the bleeding, the volume of the bleeding, whether it involves anal pain, and the color of the blood. Unfortunately, bright red blood does not always mean that the bleeding is coming from the low rectum or anus… a common misconception.
Bleeding can be a sign of benign processes like hemorrhoids, anal fissures or tears, intestinal inflammation, diverticulosis, and excessive wiping after a bowel movement, just to name a few. However, even small volumes of blood can be a sign of cancer, large polyps, or a warning sign of a heavier bleed to come. The bottom line is if you see blood, it’s best to have it checked out. Fortunately, we can often diagnose the source of the bleeding in the office with a thorough discussion of your symptoms and a physical exam. The exam should not be painful and we strive to make patients comfortable. If the evaluation requires additional testing, such as a colonoscopy, this can be arranged quickly and should be painless. Patients are comfortably sedated and can be back to their normal routines by the following day. Do not ignore the bleeding. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact our UT Physicians Colon and Rectal Clinic. Omar I. Madriz, M.D. and Scott T. McKnight, M.D. treat patients at the UT Physicians Colon and Rectal Clinic at Katy. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the clinic at 713.486.4730. Clinic location: Memorial Hermann Katy, Medical Plaza 1, 23920 Katy Freeway, Suite 580, Katy, TX 77494.
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You will find their offices on the third floor of a green building (LEED Gold Registered) on Kingsland Boulevard, and from the moment you step off the elevators you are impressed with a beautiful, healthy environment. Decorated with art from a local artist, Dixie Friend Gay, you can’t help but get vibes of the Katy Prairie. Unlike other offices, here board-certified dermatologists perform most of the cosmetic procedures. Their philosophy is to provide services to their patients that result in healthy and beautiful skin. From medical care that treats a range of skin conditions, such as acne and skin cancers to cosmetic anti-aging therapies, they have the latest equipment and training to treat their fellow Katy residents.
(Left to Right) Dr. Pauline Scott • Dr. Suzanne Bruce • Dr. Kenne Ogunmakin
One of the things that makes this dermatologists’ office different from others is their involvement with the local community. Look for Dr. Suzanne Bruce, Dr. Kenne Ogunmakin and Dr. Pauline Scott at Katy and Cinco Ranch events, and you will see them there sponsoring the sunscreen booth. They also volunteer to see Christ Clinic patients in need of skin care. During our visit, Dr. Scott explains how important sun safety is. She lives in Cinco Ranch and sees many residents who were never taught just how powerful a little bit of sunscreen can be. She shares, “Not only can it help protect against the dangers of skin cancer, but also it can delay premature aging, such as wrinkles, dark spots and dull-looking skin.” Dr. Ogunmakin points out, “All adults should be doing annual skin checks, too. We can often catch things before they become really problematic.”
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An Automobile Dealer That Does More: Classic Chevy Sugar Land By Caitlin Richards There is more to Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land than just being a dealership; they aim for excellence! As a General Motors Dealer of the Year for seven straight years, Classic Chevrolet recognizes it is their loyal customers who got them there. “Our communities give to us and the right thing to do is to give back to local organizations within the community,” Classic Chevrolet Executive Manager Jeff Sebastian said. Giving starts at the top with Classic Chevrolet Owner Tom Durant. He established the organization’s community-focused culture back in 1960 when the original Classic Chevrolet opened in downtown Fort Worth, which is now located in Grapevine. Like Durant, Sebastian believes in the responsibility a business has to its community. “We are part of the community,” Sebastian said. “We just believe in giving back. It’s what it’s all about.” Classic Chevrolet gives to the community in a variety of ways through numerous local charities and organizations. In 2015, Classic Chevrolet donated $75,000 to assist a local army veteran who needed a home. For 2016, Classic Chevrolet contributed over $300,000 to multiple charitable organizations that included the Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Senior Meals on Wheels, Kickstart Kids, Fort Bend Education Foundation, and the Sugar Land Police Officers Association to name a few.
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can be overcome by kids (remember, they’re resilient!), but it’s tough when these changes all happen at the same time. Although some change is inevitable, it’s crucial to minimize change wherever possible. For example, there is often a temptation to “cut out” family members from your spouse’s side of the family. If the kids have a strong connection to those relatives though, separation can be especially harmful and difficult for the children.
8. Promote involvement from the other parent. No one is saying you need to sing their praises every day, but it goes a long way in raising health children when both parents not only refrain from bad-mouthing each other to the children, but actively share information, send pictures, and work at instilling the importance of a relationship with both parents in their children.
5. Remove kids from violence. If there is family or domestic violence in the home, it has profound effects on children, even if they are not the subjects of the abuse. Kids should be removed from this environment and placed into safer surroundings as soon as possible. 6. Keep your significant other away until the time is right. If someone comes along while you are in the middle of a divorce, you should keep your “significant other” away from your kids at least until your divorce is finalized. Ideally, you should coordinate introduction of your significant other into your kids’ lives only after discussing with the other parent. A mental health professional or Church counselor may also be helpful here as well. 7. Be actively involved in your kids’ lives. Attend doctor appointments, school events, and extracurricular activities. Call your kids on the phone every night. Become involved with your child’s school. There are a
9. Create the best visitation arrangement for your child. Kids are disserved when parents squabble over how much time they have with their children so they can declare they “won.” Instead, the focus should always be child-centered, emphasizing a visitation schedule that serves the children’s team activities, school events, Church functions, etc. 10. Always have your children’s best interest at heart. If you follow one recommendation make it this one; the rest of thse tips all stem from it. If you and your children’s other parent focus on what matters, your kids, there will be no doubt that they will come through on the other side stronger and confident in the love of both parents.
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Three Attributes of a Winning Husband and Father By Pastor Robert Burdett Power House Church If you’re reading this article, it’s a good indication that you want to win as husband and as a father. There are many attributes of a Godly man, but in this article I will outline three. 1) Be Faithful Many a man proclaims his own loyalty and goodness, But who can find a faithful and trustworthy man? Proverbs 20:6 Are you the type of man who proclaims his own loyalty and goodness? Rather than proclaim it ourselves, it is better for our wives and children to proclaim it about us. If you are finding that they don’t really proclaim you in that way, is there something that needs to change? I know that sounds tough, but if we are to grow as husbands and fathers, we must take the time to be brutally honest with ourselves. Many times we judge ourselves by our intentions rather than by our actions. You see, actions speak while intentions are mute. What actions can you take today to demonstrate
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2) Have a Whatever It Takes Attitude Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3–4 A winning husband and father is his willingness to do whatever it takes to keep unity, joy, and harmony in the home. Let me break this down to practical things. If the dishes need to be washed, a winner does the dishes. If laundry is behind, a winner fills the gap and gets it done. Hopefully you are catching my drift on this. Godly men demonstrate selflessness, humility, and service to their wives and their children. The demonstration of these qualities leads your wife and children to do what
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3) Treat Your Family Right So then, in everything treat others the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 The Golden Rule is still true today. How we treat those who we are entrusted by God to lead will determine our ability to influence them for their good. It’s always a good practice to put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you react. This is difficult to do (especially with kids) but is so necessary, so as to not wound those we love. As I write this, I think of how I learned this the hard way. You never intend to hurt and wound, but if we are not careful and slow to speak, we can do real damage. Of course it’s nothing that God cannot heal and restore, so if you’re reading this, and you feel like you missed it, there is hope in Jesus. Make a decision today to be quick to hear and slow to speak. Decide to operate in love in every situation and trust God to do what only He can do. Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the Church. Remember He was willing to die for the Church.
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Do Your Kids Know Why They Believe What They Believe? By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein As a longtime teacher, I had the pleasure of working with thousands of kids and their families over the course of my career. I spent time with kids not only in a classroom setting (where you would be surprised what kids reveal, right there, for all their peers to hear), but also in private conversations, in small groups, on retreats and school trips where kids let down their guard and opened up. If I had to share one takeaway from those experiences, one great insight that I have gained about kids today, it is that the vast majority have opinions and belief systems that they cannot support or defend. This makes sense, of course. Without the benefit of life experiences, of mistakes made and lessons learned, of discussions with people they love and respect who represent different viewpoints, they are at a distinct disadvantage. They are operating from a place Continued on page 60
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where attitudes have been implanted and instilled by parents, friends, and the media, without the thought and reflection necessary to truly understand them. The result is kids who don’t know why they believe what they believe. This doesn’t mean they don’t have conviction. In fact, they’ll fight to defend a belief that they can’t really explain or even define. The problem with that is that those who would disagree, who would take the opposing stance, have also taken the time to educate themselves, to formulate sound arguments, and with just a few jabs, your children will be on the mat and the countdown to their defeat will have begun. As Christians, we believe in the Bible and make God the center of our lives. The Bible is our rule book, our guide for how to treat others, how to conduct ourselves, how to prioritize, and how to live. Jesus set the standard, and although we’ll never be him, we strive to do what he would do. It makes sense and provides structure and a moral compass for our children. Going to church every Sunday ensures that our children are surrounded by others who share the same beliefs, that they grow up praising God through song and prayer, and that they have spiritual leaders available to them for counsel or support. All of these measures - plus a strong Christian home - help to foster
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up in the church, went to Christian school, attended church every single Sunday, and prayed daily. And the first time a non-Christian asked me why I believed something in particular, I stammered and stuttered like a fool. Has it happened to you too? And have you done your best to help your children prepare for this inevitability so they don’t look and feel like fools? Thinking, questioning, and studying the other side are not dangerous; they are absolutely necessary. Our children need to know what other religions espouse. They need to know and understand the Bible. They need to be able to answer the most common questions others ask about our Christian beliefs. How can there be a God with so much suffering in the world? Where is your proof that God exists? How can you believe that there is only one true path to heaven? Why isn’t it good enough to just be a good person? These are questions they will hear, if they haven’t heard them already. Are they equipped to answer? This summer, while the kids are off school and have a little more free time, why not talk to them about the reasons behind their beliefs. Help them to think, to question, to study, and to learn everything they can about the most important part of their life - their Christianity. Don’t shy away from the tough questions. Embrace them, and give your kids the best gift any parent could give their children - insight into who they really are.
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Faith West Academy Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced Claire McCutcheon and Li (Alice) Wang were named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Faith West Academy Class of 2017. Claire McCutcheon, Valedictorian The valedictorian, Claire, is the daughter of Wade and Heather McCutcheon. Claire excelled in the classroom where she took Advanced Placement and Honors courses and had a four-year GPA of 4.77, as well as participated in numerous extracurricular activities. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and the National Science Honor Society. Claire was a cheerleader for the FWA Eagles that has received several State and National awards. In the fall, Claire will attend University of Texas to major in biology. Her plans are to enter Medical Science, but her specialty is undecided.
Li (Alice) Wang, Salutatorian The salutatorian, Alice, is the daughter of Hongming Wang and Yan Yang. Alice comes from the Province of Sichuan in China. She came to America for her studies during her eighth grade year. Her accumulative GPA is 4.76. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Speech and Debate Team, Choir, Book Club, International Club and the Thespian Society. She was also a member of the Color Guard and swim team. Alice will attend University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to study business administration to become an entrepreneur. Both Claire and Alice exemplify the character and achieved the academic requirements that define them as outstanding 2017 graduating seniors of Faith West Academy. Faith West Academy is an inter-denominational private Christian school offering preschool to 12th grade excellence in education.
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The Church at Cane Island is a non-denominational church in Katy, Texas. We exist to “Connect our Community to Christ.” We love our community for its rich history and its bright future. As our community grows, and our diverse population paints the beautiful tapestry of West Houston, we have a deep desire to build and maintain strong and meaningful relationships in every community. “Connecting our Community to Christ” is our motivation to build these relationships through service, fellowship, and especially the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is our call to action and our response to the command of Christ to “go and make disciples.” As a church we are blessed to connect with multiple ministries, charitable organizations, community improvement projects, and other events and programs that strive to build a better community for all of our friends and neighbors. Our desire is to meet people where they are and share the truth of God’s love for them. We are a church that doesn’t mind getting messy. When life gets messy, and it always does, there is great comfort in having a community that loves you regardless of the mess. This is our church and we pray that God will be glorified in every connection that we make to build the kingdom of Christ. We meet each week at Katy High School at 9:30AM. We serve in various ways throughout our community. Come and get with messy with us and be a part of “Connecting our Community to Christ!”
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433 Barker Cypress Rd. | Houston, TX 77094 (281) 599-9777 rocakaty.com Church on the Rock Katy held its first public meeting on September 20, 1998 at the Omni Hotel as a church plant from Church on the Rock Houston. Pastor Jorge H. Cardenas and his wife Olivia responded to the Call of God to serve as lead pastors. The ministry flourished from the start and quickly grew to about 500 members in less than five years. In 2008 the church moved to its current location.
The congregation is made up of a very diverse ethnic group, with members who are originally from many nations around the world. As part of its International Mission, Church on the Rock Katy oversees 15 churches in Central and South America. Besides the regular Sunday and Wednesday worship and Bible Studies services in English and Spanish, Church on the Rock Katy also has a Spanish Bible Seminary, a music school, a dance studio, and an International Pre-school-to K-2 in French, English and Spanish, along with indoor and outdoor soccer academies. The indoor soccer arena is considered to be one of the best for playing futzal ( indoor soccer).
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Local GEST Foundation Serving the Community After being diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2014 Michelle Perzan knew she had to make a choice and she decided to lean on her faith and have a positive attitude through her “storm”. In October 2016, she released her book called: Strength In My Storm: Faith and Breast Cancer in the hopes that she could encourage people going through their own storms. After writing her book and having so many people reach out to her, she knew she had to do more. So, Michelle and her husband Aaron created the GEST Foundation Inc., in memory of her family members that she lost to cancer. GEST: G for her mama Gemma, E for her dad Elmer and Baba Elsie, S for her oldest brother Steven and T for her maiden name Trakalo. Mission Statement: “To make a difference in the lives of cancer diagnosed individuals during their journey to recover; by providing emotional, spiritual and financial support during their storm.” Having all their family in Canada it was a challenge recovering from multiple surgeries, and she was fortunate to have her husband Aaron work from
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Cancer Free Tracy Walker Proves God Still Performs Miracles By Jessa McClure Last summer, Tracy Walker was waiting for the surgery that would hopefully remove the cancerous tumors from her pancreas and liver. Her prognosis wasn’t good, but she had faith that God was going to work in her life. She asked for prayers from friends, family, and even the Katy Christian Magazine family. And now, months later, she attributes her miraculous recovery to those prayers and the mighty hand of God. “The cancer I had was one percent rare, so the only treatment is surgery to remove the tumors. One of the four tumors in my liver was inoperable because it was in the middle of the liver and next to a nerve. That is why the prognosis was not good,” Walker said. “But because of the prayers I received, God removed that inoperable tumor.” Doctors can’t explain why the untreatable known tumor had disappeared and that two tumors not on any previous scan were present. “The liver surgeon felt the two little tumors with his hand,” she said. “His intuition, which I feel was led by God, told him to cut those tumors out. Now, I’m cancer free.” By the end of the surgery, doctors had removed half of Walker’s pancreas, her gallbladder, her spleen, 29 lymph nodes and 30 percent of her liver.
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of her tumors, she began to wonder why God had chosen to spare her life. “I kept thinking, there are so many people who have cancer and don’t make it. Why me?” It wasn’t long before she realized that her new purpose was to not only give hope to those who are facing difficult cancer diagnoses, but to tell her testimony and teach others about what she has learned about staying cancer free. “I’ve learned that hope is not a strategy. You have to take action,” she said. “The way I take action is by keeping my immune system amazing.” One of the ways Walker does this is by taking supplements, which have been proven to boost immune health. “When the three wise men visited Jesus, they offered him frankincense, myrrh, and gold. Now research has pretty much discovered that gold was turmeric,” she said. “Before my surgery I was taking up to 20 turmeric pills a day to prepare my immune system to fight.” She also believes in using food as medicine, which means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, juicing, and drinking alkaline water to rid her
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