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Letter from the Publisher It’s hard to believe, but another school year is upon us, and summer is almost over! To tell you the truth, I am always excited when our first autumn cool front passes through, and summer ends. Summers here are ridiculously hot. Volume XIV, Issue V

6 Bible Trivia 8 Seeing a New School Year Through Magic Eyes 13 70 Years of Remembering Why 15 Taking Inventory 20 How to Have The Fall of a Lifetime 25 Growing the Jeff Haas Mazda Family 28 How I Build the Infrastructure of My Spiritual Life, and Why You Should Do the Same 35 Student Perspective: Advice for Starting High School 38 A.D. Players: Delighting Theatergoers For Over 50 Years 41 Traveling Texan: Alisa Murray’s Top Ten Best of Texas Vacation Spots 44 The Buzz About Katy 48 Politics & Religion

This issue features our annual Back to School resource guide. Be sure to check this out; we’ve spotlighted many great schools and after school activities that could help your child get connected. On a more serious note, our nation is in the midst of a spiritual crisis. I've lived on this planet for nearly 56 years, and I have never seen as much deeply displayed hatred as what I see now. Mass shootings and other horrendous acts of violence have become commonplace in our nation, and no one is talking about the root cause. If you wear a MAGA hat or shirt in public these days, you are often assaulted, or worse. Our problems will be solved by neither Republicans nor Democrats. All they do (particularly the Democrats) is further fuel our crisis. As far as I'm concerned, the media plays a big part in our nation’s predicament. It pits rich against poor, men against women, black against white, and so on, and then speculates about why people commit hateful acts. The media calls our President a traitor, felon and racist, and when he defends himself, it is outraged. To begin healing our country, we need a great revival. Revival begins with the church, and in order for the church to make an impact, we must not be ashamed of the Gospel. Take action by leading others to Christ. Then and only then will we see a difference in our land.

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Seeing a New School Year Through Magic Eyes By Dr. Rebecca Deurlein Remember those hidden 3D pictures that were all the rage in the 1990’s? If you stared at the seemingly randomly designed picture (aptly called Magic Eyes) long enough, a hidden image popped out of the design. After that, you didn’t have to work quite so hard to see it. Some never could, despite repeated efforts. The key, as it turned out, was to not try so hard, to relax your eyes and let the vision come to you. I wonder sometimes if perhaps we should encourage our overly stressed, overly anxious teenagers to do the same. I wonder if, just maybe, they are trying too hard. After all, suicide is now the number one killer of teenagers, and child psychologists report a steady and alarming increase in young people in need of counseling for stress-related problems. Kids are unhappy bundles of anxiety and perhaps it’s time that stopped. For one thing, teens are very aware that they Continued on page 8

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We insist on well-rounded kids who are adept in a number of areas: arts, athletics, volunteerism, leadership, and academic achievement. Think about the pressure this puts on children. It’s not enough that they discover their strengths and foster them; we now expect them to have strengths in every area and become masters of all of them. You know what they say about jacks of all trade, right? Now step back and look at the picture of your child’s future. How is what they see different from what we see? And how can we make the picture more clear for everyone involved? It begins with listening to our kids and really hearing what they have to say. If Brittany really wants to go to culinary school, why are you pushing her into pharmacy? Because I have news for you – I’ve met many Brittanys, and after you spend $100,000 sending them through years of college, they will eventually end up in… culinary school. So listen first. Save yourself the money and heartache and them the stress and unhappiness and allow them to make decisions about their own futures. Once they have, do everything you can to provide them with the resources they need to successfully reach their goals. But make sure that they are the ones doing the work. They must earn their dreams. You can lovingly support them, but it’s their sweat that must get them to their goal. When you give your kids ownership of their futures, you’ll be surprised at the very interesting thing that happens next. They will have LESS stress and anxiety as they gain more control over their choices and responsibilities. My point is that everyone needs to quit trying so hard. Relax and look for the vision. As Christians we would paraphrase this idea as “Let go and let God.” Pray for your children and encourage them to do the same. With prayer and surrender, God will reveal a plan and pro-

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70 Years of Remembering Why By Caitlin Richards For 70 years, St. Mark Lutheran Church and School has served their neighborhood community and beyond. The way St. Mark serves today while celebrating their 70th anniversary may look different than it did on their 10th anniversary or 50th anniversary, but the heart of why they serve is still the same. “The thing about being an established congregation is the why of our existence never changes,” St. Mark’s Senior Pastor Matt Popovits said. “We have an incredible and deep legacy, and a deep knowledge of why we are called to do the ministry we are called to do. And the why for us is for as many families as possible to know they are loved by God – that is our why.” Though the ministries St. Mark has offered over the years have changed, they continue to be a place for families to come and be connected to a faith community. Since St. Mark’s founding pastor started gathering people together in 1949, St. Mark has not only been a community of faith but also a school. The number of students at St. Mark Lutheran School has grown over the years, so much so, more students were learning in portable buildings than in the original school structure. However, that all changed in 2018 when their nearly 400 students were learning inside

new classrooms of St. Mark’s brand-new school building. “The first year of ministry in the new school building was really exciting,” Popovits said. “It is a beautiful space for students to grow and learn.” Accredited by The National Lutheran School Accreditation ComContinued on page 14

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mission, which is recognized by the Texas Education Association, St. Mark currently offers care for children as young as six weeks and education for pre-school through the eighth grade. Their mission is to introduce students and their families to a life changing relationship

with Jesus through scholarship, ministry and leadership. St. Mark’s 18-acre campus encompasses four universal athletic fields, a gym and multiple playgrounds. The fully networked campus also offers a computer lab, Smartboards 1:1 iPads for 6th through 8th grade students and classroom iPads for kindergarten through 5th grade. The 2019 school year will have some new faces around the campus. St. Mark is excited to welcome a new admissions coordinator, Jennifer Bradford, and a new principal, Heidi Jerry. “We have a lot of really great people joining our team,” Popovits said. “We are really blessed to have an exciting season of opportunity and change here.” St. Mark’s School isn’t the only ministry experiencing growth and change at St. Mark. Within the church, they are evaluating how to be a creative, energetic and outgoing ministry. This includes the experience they offer on Sunday mornings to the other ministries they offer. A new worship arts director, Anthony Lenzy, has joined the St. Mark team, and St. Mark is gearing up for renovations of their

sanctuary and other areas of service to be bright and welcoming to their neighbors. “We have a lot of stuff going on here,” Popovits said. “The church and school are going through an exciting period of growth and change. Everything from how can we create an atmosphere on a Sunday morning that is creative, welcoming and fun, but also what we are doing as a church to be engaged in the neighborhood.” In the past, St. Mark has focused on human care work by partnering with other organizations in Houston. Popovits said they love those partnerships but also want to be in the lives of the families in their immediate neighborhood whose worries are school, groceries and getting their kids from one thing to the next. “We are doing a lot of work to figure out what it means for us to be a resource to them, and a fun connection and community to them,” Popovits said. “That’s what this next year is all about for us.” An unique part of St. Mark is the way they serve their devout congregation, some of whom attended for 50 years, while welcoming new families. The motivation, the heart and the why has remained the same for St. Mark for 70 years even though the how may be changing today. “We want to be known as the place where Houston families can connect with the life changing love of Jesus,” Popovits said. “We want to be a resource to Houston families. And God has blessed us with the opportunity to have new people join our team, new ministries, and a new way of doing ministry on Sunday morning that will hopefully help us to deeply connect to the hearts of parents and kids.” For more information about St. Mark Lutheran Church, visit stmarkhouston.org. To learn more about St. Mark Lutheran School visit gostmark.org. St. Mark is also active on Facebook at St. Mark Lutheran Church & School - Houston. To preview some of their Sunday messages, catch their radio broadcast at 9 p.m. on 100.7 FM The Word KKHT five nights a week. Photos credit: Photo of Pastor Popovits by Heather Ingram, Associate Portrait Artist shooting for Alisa Murray Photography @ alisamurray.comHeather Ingram. Photo of students provided by St. Mark Lutheran School.

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Taking Inventory By Lori Joiner Each week at my home, I meet with a few women I am discipling. One of the women has an extended family with numerous issues involving deep hurt, dysfunction and downright craziness. She is burdened with each situation and through tears, she unpacked several for me this past week as we were meeting. After listening to her, I said, “You are burdened by things you can’t control. You are upset about things you cannot change on your own. There is so much going on here, I believe you need to take inventory. She said, “Inventory? What do you mean?” I explained to her that she needs to take time to differentiate between what she could control and what she could not control. What she can’t control, she needs to give to God. I pulled out a sheet of paper for us to begin and then drew a line down the middle from top to bottom. The left column, I titled “Things I Cannot Control.” The right column, on the other hand, I titled “Things I Can Control.” I Continued on page 16

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encouraged her to write down each item she had shared with me under one heading or the other. A part of her list looked like this: Things I Cannot Control: • If my sister gets a divorce • Whether she gets custody of her children or not • If I get mean text messages from my brother-in-law • If there is tension at the next family holiday gathering Things I Can Control: • How much I pray for my sister’s marriage • The amount I pray for placement of my nephews in a loving environment • How I respond to mean text messages • How I conduct myself at the next family gathering • The amount of time I spend reading God’s Word • Whether I am baited into family drama or not I love that the Bible teaches us we can go to God with any prayers or requests, especially the things we feel powerless to change. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” We completed her list together and then presented each request to God. Each item she could not control she gave to God in prayer, thus trusting Him to work on her behalf with His perfect wisdom. I could tell as she prayed, the peace of God was filling her heart. After we prayed, I encouraged her to then focus her energy on the Continued on page 18

The Demon The massive Demon walked the hall slowly eyeing the preacher. Left and right wings, both touching the walls. The demon’s eyes were the color of fire, body the color of red lava. It’s deep grunts, sending chills down the pastor’s spine. His hand trembled while holding the cross with Jesus body on it. “Been a long time since I had a human snack.” the Demon chuckled. “Silence you beast I have the authority_” “ You are made of Clay and I of fire. Man is the lowest substance on the planet.” It snarled. Showing teeth, the creature charged ramming the minister up against the wall. The pastor dropped the cross to the floor, crying out in horror.

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items on the right side of her list, the things she can control. Is there an area of your life you need to take inventory of today? What do you need to give God in prayer? What can you focus your energies on more productively? I’ve likewise had to take my own advice. When I fear a situation, when I stress about a problem, I think, “Lori, what do you need to give to God in prayer? What are you worrying about that you cannot control?” You know the curious thing is, every time I take inventory and give to God the things I feel powerless to change, I always find peace. He is the one that can make a difference with His unlimited power and love. When I give things to God, what I should focus on seems a bit more doable. Why not pull out a piece of paper now? Take inventory of the situation or burden that is stealing your joy today. Lori Joiner is an author, speaker and discipleship coach in Katy, Texas. When not writing, you can find her teaching group fitness classes at the YMCA, walking their chocolate lab with her husband Alan or playing board games with her two sons. You can reach out to her at LoriJoinerMinistries.org.

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It’s so easy to be busier at living life, but are we getting better? We all know there’s no substitute for relationships with others. So why aren’t we doing more of what brings us joy and fulfillment? When we do make time for one another, we often either fill it with distractions or we spend more time trying to figure out what to do than actually doing it. At Parkway Fellowship we decided to create a list of ideas, each with three different levels of awesome for you do with those you care about. These were inspired by several of our Pastors on staff. Now you can look back and say “Wow, this really was the Fall of a Lifetime.” We’ve also included some honorable mentions and quick go-to activities. Be Crafty & Be Bold • Level 1: Decorate your own shirts and take funny pics. • Level 2: Decorate a shirt for someone else and you all have to wear it out somewhere in public. • Level 3: Make a Goodwill/second hand store trip and see who can come out looking the craziest. Then go shopping and out to eat wearing your outfits. Go Crazy Indoors • Level 1: Dinner Roulette. Someone chooses the appetizer, someone chooses the drinks, someone chooses the dessert. Someone has to clean up. • Level 2: Do a Nacho bar. Play Spanish music and wear mustaches. Everyone can only speak with Spanish accents the entire time. Then close with your own interpretive dancing to the music. • Level 3: Get four families together to do a progressive dinner. Do a

Walk In the Park & Picnic Pack some snacks, waters and a nice picnic lunch and visit the following places. • Level 1: Seaborne Creek Park – One of the largest nature areas in Fort Bend County. Has a large walking trail, fishing pond, nature trails, and more. This is also the place where the city of Rosenberg hosts its annual Fourth of July fireworks show. • Level 2: Sugar Land Memorial Park Trail – In addition to a couple of large dog parks, pavilions, a great walking trail, memorial monument and more, there is a nature biking/walking trail hidden at one end. Just past the dog park, follow the trail all the way down to the tree line. There’s even a spot you can climb down right on the bank of the Brazos. • Level 3: Brazos Bend State Park – This place is filled with multiple hiking trails and a myriad of nature to take in. The George Observatory, a popular star gazing spot with high powered telescopes, is also located on site. You can definitely spend an entire day here. Look and See • Level 1: Do a scavenger Hunt in your house. • Level 2: Make a list of several random things and give yourself a timer and see how many you can cross off of your list. • Level 3: Try Letterboxing/Geocaching. There are several free apps that you can use for this. Pick one and get started. Hide and Seek • Level 1: At home • Level 2: In the park • Level 3: Go to a big store like At Home or Home Depot. These places are awesome to play hide and seek, especially with kids. • Give it a Twist: Play Hide and Seek, but do it in reverse (one person hides and everyone else tries to find them.) The last person to find the Continued on page 22

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Movie Time • Level 1: Watch a movie at home on Netflix, Hulu, or Redbox. • Level 2: Catch dinner and a movie at Studio Movie Grill in La Centerra. • Level 3: Make your own movie and do throw a premier party with the family. Honorable Mentions • Make your own gourmet popcorn • Make popsicles • Build a fort and watch a movie • Make your own pizza, wearing decorated paper towel chef hats. Quick Go-to Games • Uno • Twister • Yahtzee • Jenga • I declare war • Why/because – pass out a folded piece of paper to each participant. Have each person write a random question that starts with “Why…” Collect the papers, scramble them up, turn them over, and repass them out. Have everyone write a random sentence that starts with “Because…” Collect the papers and read each question and the random answers on the other side.

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Growing the Jeff Haas Mazda Family By Caitlin Richards When Jeff Haas bought the Mazda dealership in 1991, he told the employees one thing - to treat everyone like his friends and family because they probably were. Jeff Haas Mazda has been operating that way ever since. The original store was built in 1986 and was the first standalone Mazda dealership in Texas. As Jeff Haas Mazda, the dealership has been remodeled twice and expanded to adjacent properties. Due to loyal and new customers, Jeff Haas Mazda is now relocating to better serve their customer’s needs. “We have just outgrown our location,” Todd Crabtree, Jeff Haas Mazda general manager said. “We need more space and our customers need more and deserve better. Mazda’s goal is to be a premium brand within another six to 10 years. This dealership doesn’t give the customers the experience they need. So, the move is for our customers, our employees, and for Mazda.” The new location between Barker Cypress and Highway 6 is going to be the flagship Mazda store in the country. Mazda dealerships typically are smaller in size. However, that will not be the case with Jeff Haas Mazda. Crabtree started working at the original Mazda dealership in 1986 as a salesman and has learned a lot along. He gets

to be a part of making the new store even bigger and better. “It is going to be very rewarding at the end of the journey when we get everything right,” Crabtree said. “There are certain things that most car dealerships have now that we don’t have room for here. It is going to be the largest Mazda store in the U.S. by far.” The new store has plans for a business development center, training room, service department upgrades, and much more. All of course are for the customer - to give them the best possible experience. “The brand deserves it, and the customers deserve it,” Crabtree said. “We want the Katy community to know they are going to get what they deserve – a state of the art dealership with the amenities of a luxury car dealership without having to pay the luxury car price.” Mazda is planning on building a manufacturing plant in Alabama, which Crabtree said will put another 400,000 Mazda vehicles on the market to sell. Being able to be a part of that growth, is something Jeff Haas Mazda is looking forward to. Even though Jeff Haas Mazda is growing and expanding, it will still be a family-owned store. Crabtree has been with Mazda since 1989 and still isn’t the most senior employee. He said there are a lot of mechanics, service managers, part managers and the receptionist have all been there longer. “We have that feeling that we are family owned,” Crabtree said. “We take care of each other. A lot of our employees have been here for a long time. That just speaks to how we take care of our employees, Continued on page 27

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How I Build the Infrastructure of My Spiritual Life, and Why You Should Do the Same By Pastor Robert Burdett The foundation of a building determines the longevity of the entire structure. So it is with building a strong life. As men of God we must ensure that we are rooted in faith and can sustain the weight of the responsibility of leading our families. Much like any skyscraper, the foundation of our spiritual lives is where our strength derives from, and it must be built with intention and purpose. A strong spiritual foundation is impossible without first pursuing a relationship with God. Salvation is essential, but once we accept salvation, we must implement and develop key habits in our lives in order to build something that will last. Here are five pillars of infrastructure that can help focus your intentions as you break ground for God. 1. Develop a Discipline of Daily Devotion We need to establish a daily habit of reading the word of

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It is not enough to flit about the surface of His word. You must read scripture as though it is a personal conversation between you and the Lord God, every time. With genuine thanks and praise, bring your concerns to Him in prayer, and when you read the bible and go about your day, expect to hear a word back. Expect revelation. 2. Develop a Lifestyle of Stewardship Men, as believers, we must operate with the understanding that we are not owners of anything but simply stewards. Even our wives and our children are not truly “ours”, but God’s, and He has blessed us by their presence in our lives. We must steward these blessings, and all blessings, as the Lord commands. This is an important truth that will rearrange your priorities and determine how you spend your time, talent and treasure. “Each of you should use whatever you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV God gifts each one of us with time, talent, and treasure. These gifts do not define who we are, but rather they define how we are Continued on page 30

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to do the Lord’s work. If you are blessed with a powerful speaking presence, then use it to speak the gospel. If people love your singing, your writing, or your party planning skills, do all this in pursuit of Godly goals. If you have been entrusted with a vast fortune, do not let it sit useless in a bank account, but invest it in the Lord’s work. If the creator has blessed you with a career that affords you the luxury of abundant free time, get involved in ministry work that speaks to your talents and your heart. No gift is frivolous when used to further the kingdom. Dr. Edwin Louis Cole said that if you show him a man’s day planner and checkbook, he could tell you where the heart of that man is. How we spend our time and our money, reveals what is really important to us. By developing ourselves into stewards, we begin to transform our selfish nature into a Christ-like, self- less nature. We need this in order to begin to be image bearers of

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A.D. Players: Delighting Theatergoers For Over 50 Years By Jennifer Dean A.D. Players Theater has been a part of the Houston community for over 50 years. For the first 49 of those, it functioned under the leadership of Founder and Artistic Director Jeannette Clift George. George, originally from Houston, had made her stamp on the New York scene and returned back to Houston as part of the Ford Grant to build a resident company of actors at The Alley Theater. She worked closely with Nina Vance (Artistic Director of the Alley) and as the years went by she decided she wanted to build her own Regional Theater but with a slightly different foundation. One of faith in Jesus Christ. Jeannette Clift George was known as a prolific actress and playwright, but her Bible teaching around the city and her role as Corrie Ten Boom in the film The Hiding Place put her on the map of Christian circles as an influencer for Christ in the Arts.

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founder of Studio Tenn, a successful theater in Nashville. His wife Emily is a member of the faculty at Houston Baptist University and most recently directed and choreographed the A.D. Players production of West Side Story. “Making the decision to move to Houston was one of the hardest things we have ever done.” said Speck. “I grew up in Dallas, and had some not great memories of Texas. I really felt like the Lord could call me anywhere but here. Emily felt the same way. After our first visit to Houston her response was, Well…we aren’t moving there! But over the next few weeks God did an amazing work in both of our lives. He prepared the way, before we were even ready. I can say without a doubt, the last two years in Houston have been answers to prayers we didn’t even know we had. I am thrilled about the momentum of A.D. Players, and the people we have met through the theater community, our church, and in the Katy area have quickly made Houston home.” Kevin’s story was a little different. Kevin came to work at A.D. Players as an intern in the summer of 1999. After having studied acting in Dallas at KD Studios Actors Conservatory, and pounding the pavement of Commercial and TV auditions he felt the Lord call him to audition for a theater company in Houston he had never heard of, A.D. Players. Soon enough, he was in Houston working as an intern. In 2000, he met his soon to be wife, Jennifer, who had also come to work at A.D. Players as an intern the next year. Over the next four years they worked together and acted together until Jennifer took a position in Communications and Worship at their church. Kevin remained at the theater, working his way up through different jobs over the years. Gaining more and more experience, understanding and insight into the company. Jeannette and Kevin built a special relationship, especially in the last years of her life. Dean said, “I think there

is often a gap of understanding between leadership and employee. I didn’t always understand or agree with Mrs. George, but I could see her love for the company and her love for the Lord. In her last years, she became a very special person to me and Jennifer. Now that I am in the role of Artistic Director, I often remember things she said and they have taken on an entirely new meaning. It is a privilege that the Board saw value in me to assume this role, to take the knowledge I had of this company’s past, to pair it with Jake’s outside experience, and allow us to build on this work. I am often overwhelmed, but primarily really excited about the work that is being done, and what is ahead. I hope Houston, and the Nation eventually, will be just as excited!” Kevin’s wife Jennifer came back to work at the A.D. Players as their Marketing Director just over a year ago, and she continues to act and direct around town. They have one 3-year-old daughter (Lilian Vera) and moved to Sugar Land in May of 2018. “We love it out here! Our neighbors are wonderful, the community is so friendly. We feel very blessed to be here.” said Dean about their new residence in Fort Bend. A.D. Players wrapped up their production of West Side Story the end of July, and will be in rehearsals for their commissioned World Premiere of The Hiding Place this September. Their new building, The George Theater, sits on the corner of Westheimer and Yorktown in the Galleria. Tickets are on sale now for all of their shows in the 2019-2020 season. The Hiding Place is a beautiful story of hope and forgiveness, set during World War II, and sure to be one you won’t want to miss.

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Alisa Murray’s Top Ten Best of Texas Vacation Spots By Alisa Murray Alisa Murray Travel Design As the fall months are upon us, it is time to start planning vacations for the upcoming holidays and last-minute summer celebrations. Texas has so many opportunities for fun, from beaches and camping, to urban adventures. Here’s my top 10 best vacation spots in our Lone Star State! 1. Austin – For the music lover it’s hands down and a toe tappin’ Austin City Limits where you’ll never be bored with the tunes coming from our capital city so aptly named “Live Music Capital of the World.” There’s plenty of good eats and great concerts not to mention the shopping on South Congress Avenue and the bar crawling along 6th street. 2. San Antonio – For history buffs it’s got to be the Alamo and a ride down the river on the Riverwalk Boats. If the kiddos are still looking to ride more rides they’ll find plenty at the Six Flags Fiesta Texas Park. You’ll find your perfect tacos and margaritas as you stroll through the many shops by the river too. Hotel Emma located in the Pear Brewery area is one of my Continued on page 42

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spot has it all. You can wind down an afternoon of sunbathing and jet skiing with a cold pint and a plate full of fresh oysters seaside. Stay at the Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historical Park, and get that last waterslide in at the Schlitterbahn waterpark. 5. Galveston – Galveston is another fantastic beach lovers choice and you’ll find many lovely shops along the Historic Strand District.

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There’s also Moody Gardens and rides for all ages at the Pleasure Pier. 6. Big Bend National Park – For those that like to camp and enjoy the outdoors fully. This is a lot more quiet but a real treat with all the wildlife to watch. You’ll want to make sure to hike the South Rim, stop by Santa Elena Canyon and bring your camera! 7. Fredericksburg – For those that love antiques and wines this is your place! Downtown you’ll find a shopper’s paradise. A great camping spot is Enchanted Rock State Natural Area which has the perfect balance of opportunities for hikers and climbers of all levels. 8. Garner State Park – For the Texan that likes to boot scoot and ride along the river. You’ll find a cabin is the perfect accommodations for you and your family and after a day in the sunshine you can dance the night away at one of the park’s nightly gathering. 9. Corpus Christi – For both the sunbather and the historically charmed, this city has the best of both. You’ll enjoy white sandy beaches with plenty of great restaurants and a visit to USS Lexington for a lesson back in time at the Navy aircraft carrier used in World War II. 10. New Braunfels – Of course, no list of Texas best spots could

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Do you know about an event happening in the Katy area? Share your photos with us and they could be published in The Buzz About Katy! Email your photos with a short description to joseph@houstonchristianmagazine.com. 1) St. John XXIII College Preparatory hosted iCan Bike camp in its competition June 3-7, 2019. iCan Bike uses adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program, trained individuals, and upwards of 100 volunteers to enable children, eight years of age and older, with disabilities to learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Many of the volunteers are from local high schools, with more than a dozen students from St. John XXIII College Preparatory. 2) St. John XXIII College Preparatory students participated in a recent iCan Bike camp where they helped individuals with disabilities learn to ride a two-wheeled bike. 3) Students from Calvary Episcopal Preparatory traveled to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth recently to compete in the Private Schools Interscholastic association (PSIA) Academic Meet. 4) CEP student, Zita Chinwuba, placed 3rd in Spelling and 8th in Mathematics during the Private Schools Interscholastic association (PSIA) Academic Meet in Fort Worth. 5) Showcase Gymnastics head coach and owner, Cheryl Cupples, prays over a group of 72 Katyarea athletes on their last day of group practice before Nationals.

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Politics & Religion: Moral or Economic Leader? By Gary Gillen There are people, and not just liberals, who dislike President Trump so ferociously that they cannot give him credit for any of his successes. There is a conversation we need to have with our children about how we select leaders and what we should expect of them. After eight years of President Obama’s war on business regulations, which cost jobs and hurt retired savers and businesses, many voters in 2016 were looking for a president who understood business. Donald Trump fit that bill, and he has not disappointed on that score. In his first two years in office, he has done amazing things with the economy, such as giving every working American a raise through lower taxes. Democrats and the liberal media want you to think that you didn’t benefit from Trump’s presidency, but you did. Our unemployment rates are lower than ever; today, the number of vacant jobs outweigh the number of unemployed Americans. Hispanic, black, female and youth employment rates are all higher than ever before. Entrepreneur-

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tred of Trump by liberals is so strong that they have abandoned their moral compasses. Earlier this year, Special Counsel Robert Mueller held a press conference following the release of his report on the investigation into Russian interference in our elections. He carefully gave the Russians he’d indicted (but who will never face trial) the benefit of being innocent until proven guilty. This was a right that he

pointedly denied the President. Perhaps this was Mueller’s method of retribution after the President called his investigation a “witch hunt.” Yet, I did not see a single liberal media outlet call Mueller out for this hypocrisy. You might reasonably ask why liberals hate the President so much. I believe this hatred is existential to them. President Trump is simply doing what he said he would; he is reducing taxes and business regulations, and allowing us to decide how to spend our own money. These freedoms entice hatred and fear in liberals. You see, their power comes from victimhood and the politics of division and envy. If people feel empowered and successful, they stop being victims whom the liberals can exploit. When an individual feels success, the politics of envy subside. When they learn the dignity of work, they begin to recognize their value. We must educate our children about how it feels to have value; one experiences dignity from contributing to our society. We must teach them the importance of fair play; our society is hinged on fairness. We also must remind them of the golden rule: Treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Most importantly, we must explain to them the essentialness of being independent. It is dangerous to blindly follow others who tell you what to think. We must teach our children how to think, so that they can think for themselves.

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CAS also offers popular camps during summer, Christmas and spring break. This year, CAS is starting a unique art program called “Drawn to His Presence.” This program is for the artistic Christian who wants to use their talents to Praise the Lord, and to reach out and touch others that need Him. This can become a personal outreach ministry or simply inspire individuals to build a closer creative relationship with the Lord. CAS is excited to start a new chapter in its story with a brand-new location on South Fry Road, just off Mason Road. It is beautiful spot that CAS can’t wait to share with the local community. Sign up for classes in person, over the phone, or online!

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school and the home. CCS offers a well-balanced education including award winning programs in academics, fine arts and athletics. Students develop a strong foundation in reading and writing skills, critical thinking, the ability to apply mathematical concepts, and a broad understanding of the sciences and humanities. For upperclassmen, the curriculum is designed to increase collegereadiness by providing the academic background needed to succeed in a degree program at a college or university. CCS students consistently score above the national averages in both the SAT and ACT. Honors level courses, as well as dual credit and AP classes, are available. Call today to schedule a tour of Cypress Christian School!

Eagles on the Rock Academy 18 months – 8 years old

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Sitting on a spacious 7.5-acre campus, Eagles on the Rock Academy provides students with a high-quality Christian education while maintaining reasonable prices. ERA has a low student-to-teacher ratio, which allows for a more personalized learning experience. Teachers are dedicated to creating an environment that balances responsibility and freedom, in which students can grow in honesty, integrity and respect. At ERA, youth from 18-months-old to 8-years-old receive a high level, trilingual education. An additional grade level will be opened each year in order to further serve the community. ERA follows the curriculum set forth by the French Ministry of Education, which encourages analytic and critical thinking; this curriculum is then adapted in Spanish and English. Students study the same themes and books in each language, taught by qualified educators in each target language. In addition to its immersive and diverse curriculum, ERA offers students unique classes in gardening, music, choir, fitness, applied art, drama/theater, and introductory science courses. Classrooms are large and bright, and all teachers are highly skilled. At ERA, all students are challenged both cognitively and spiritually. Register for the upcoming school year today

Faith West Academy 3 years old – 12th grade

2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-5683 faithwest.org facebook.com/FaithWestAcademy

Since 1982, Katy’s oldest and largest private school, Faith West Academy, continues to uphold core values of reverence for God; respect for ourselves, others and authority, and responsibility for one’s actions. FWA is inter-denominational and is known for its high academic standards and Christian Worldview education. FWA provides a safe, Christian environment for preschool (starting at age 3) through 12th grade. As an extension of the preschool, FWA hosts a popular Mother’s Day Out Program that enrolls students as early as 15-months-old. FWA serves a growing number of international students seeking studies in America by providing them with on-campus boarding facilities. The FWA motto is Excellence Without Compromise! To help students develop spiritually, FWA offers weekly chapel, daily Bible classes and Biblical integration in all classes. FWA also offers strong core curriculum, Accelerated, Pre-Advanced Placement, and Advanced Placed courses for 6th -12th grade students, individualized learning where advanced or struggling students move at a pace that fits their abilities, and “A la Carte” classes for home-schooled junior high and high school students. To promote physical and artistic excellence, FWA offers weekly PE and music classes, along with daily outdoor recesses for elementary school students. Junior high and high school students can engage in many different competitive athletic programs. Schedule a tour with FWA right away!

Fort Bend Christian Academy Pre-K – 12th grade

1250 Seventh Street Sugar Land, TX 77478 (281) 263-9105 fortbendchristian.org facebook.com/FortBendChristian

Fort Bend Christian Academy is the first choice for committed Christian families in Fort Bend County and the surrounding Houston area. FBCA is a pre-k through grade 12 school located on a 35-acre campus in the heart of Sugar Land, Texas. Students at FBCA receive an academically challenging course of study with curriculum designed to provide a superior spiritual and intellectual environment. Fifty different Honors and Advanced Placement classes are offered at the upper school level, and middle school students with accelerated educational development may also participate in

an honors curriculum. Spiritually, academically and professionally qualified, all teaching staff are certified educators, many possessing a master’s degree or higher. FBCA features enrichment classes, competitive athletics, before and after school programs, nationally-recognized clubs and exceptional community service and philanthropic involvement. Students hold multiple state championships in athletics and fine arts. The school has produced a number of National Merit Scholars, and 100% of graduates enroll in college or enlist in the military, with most students attending their first-choice university. Alumni serve in various career fields, and many obtain postgraduate degrees in law, medicine, engineering and more. Come experience FBCA for yourself and discover your passions, your place and your purpose!

Marine Military Academy 7th – 12th grade

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Marine Military Academy has been helping boys realize their full potential since 1965. MMA offers both solutions and opportunities. The purpose at MMA is to inspire positive academic, physical and moral growth. To achieve this, MMA provides a disciplined, distraction-free setting that allows cadets to focus on their educational and personal development. Throughout this journey, cadets learn to take ownership of their lives and develop the tools they need to succeed; not only in college, but in life. The proven educational model at MMA helps boys earn higher grades, develop exceptional character and maturity, and plan their short and long-term goals for the future. The student body consists of 7th grade through 12th grade, with an optional post-graduate year. MMA also offers a four-week summer camp program for boys, ages 11 – 18. MMA is a family made up of staff, teachers, drill instructors, coaches, parents and mentors, all working to provide an environment that ensures academic success and helps young men mature and to have fun. MMA is a choice for young men from all over the country and the world. MMA does not discriminate based on race, religion or national origin. For more information, call MMA today!

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Primrose School of Woodcreek Reserve Preschool

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1516 Pech Road Houston, TX 77055 (713) 468-2623 gostmark.org facebook.com/stmarkhouston St. Mark Lutheran School knows that you want your kids to be confident and successful. In order to achieve that, you need a school with an atmosphere that promotes well-rounded growth. The problem is that many schools only focus on academics, which causes students to feel anxious and overwhelmed. At St. Mark, students are taught how to thrive both academically and emotionally. St. Mark has a history of preparing students for the next step in their education. Since 2004, 17 St. Mark graduates were named valedictorian or salutatorian at five local high schools. Visit St. Mark so your student can quit feeling anxious and instead thrive in an environment that will set them up for long-term success. Schedule a tour today!

The Bible Seminary Adults

2655 S. Mason Road Katy, TX 77450 (281) 646-1109 thebibleseminary.org facebook.com/thebibleseminary Founded in 2008, The Bible Seminary strives to provide adults with a learning environment and support services that enable students to pursue a Christian education while learning how to lead a Christ-like life. Programs at TLS include Bible Certificate, Licensed Professional, Dual Degree Completion, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity. TLS exists to glory God by training Christian believers in a context of biblical community in all 66 books in the Bible, so that they can serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission by the power of God’s Spirit. At TLS, a journey of theological education glorifies the Lord, is rooted in His Word, and nurtures an intimate, faithful and trusting relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. TLS helps students cultivate a contextual and increasingly profound understanding of God, creation and the intangible. Students will graduate equipped with relevant experiences, knowledge, relationships, training and tools for a lifetime of ministry leadership. Students at TLS learn to incorporate the seven core values – the Lordship of Christ, the Bible as the fully true Word of God, Prayer, Unreached Peoples, the Local Church, Community and Compassion. Pursue new spiritual heights at TLS today!

West Oaks Private School 6 weeks – 12 years old

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West Oaks Private Pre-School, founded in 1984, views each child as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing for growth and development. The center creates an environment in which children can grow cognitively, physically, emotionally and socially at their own rate. Young children learn by acting upon their environment – exploring, testing, observing – and by watching others. The specific learning needs of children come first at West Oaks. At West Oaks, teachers and staff are specialists in early childhood development. The West Oaks team is passionate about working with young children, is responsive to their needs, and encourages them as they become increasingly more self-sufficient and independent. West Oaks believes in balancing its curriculum with enrichment activities which are aimed at opening a child’s artistic and creative awareness and talents. The West Oaks curriculum recognizes that children thrive in environments where they’re provided multiple avenues to learn, grow and progress. Students practice decision making by selecting activities from a variety of learning centers. They express themselves creatively through art, music, dramatic play and use of unstructured material. Children participate in physical activities to develop fine and gross motor skills, and engage in language arts, math, reading and science. The developmentally appropriate learning methods at West Oaks, combined with what parents teach their children, form the foundation from which they become lifelong learners. That journey is filled with questioning, instead of just answering. Schedule a tour today!

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Wisely Music Learning offers individual and group music lessons for toddlers through students 14 years old. We help students at all levels – from beginning to advanced – improve their skills with voice, piano, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, electric bass, double bass, drums and drumline percussion. Individual lessons are offered in 30, 45, and 60-minute blocks based on an individual student’s age and skill level. During individual lessons, students are able to take advantage of the instructor’s full attention and quickly learn music skill and theory. Music Together ® is our mixed-age music class, for children from birth through age 5— and the grownups who love them! Gathering babies, toddlers, and preschoolers together makes each class fun for all. There are lots of group activities for kids out there, but Music Together ® offers a true family music class for the youngest infant to the oldest great-grandparent, and everyone in between. Imagine an extended family with a dozen or more kids and a bunch of caring adults, and you’ll get the idea!

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Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy is a private Christian school where children are more than just numbers. Each student is a special, unique and beloved child of God. The teachers see their vocation as a true calling, not just a job. They know that every child is a gift from God and that He has entrusted them to provide a faith-based education that promotes spiritual growth and academic excellence. The teachers integrate the intangibles of faith, morals, ethics and service in the classroom as each student pursues a solid academic foundation that prepares them for today, tomorrow and eternity. Westlake is a fully accredited and continuously growing college preparatory school. It serves students in the Katy, Richmond and Fort Bend areas. Westlake offers vigorous extracurricular activities, such as volleyball, soccer and basketball. Reach out today with any questions

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Whatever they want to accomplish, we meet them where they are and help them get there.” Clients can start as young as 6th grade. Deurlein said that most of her younger clients struggle with organization and really benefit from help in that area, along with study skills, prioritizing, and focusing. “Once kids hit high school, we have teachers available for support in every subject area. We have outstanding success with our SAT and ACT Prep courses. And our kids overwhelmingly get into the college of their choice with our application and college essay assistance programs. We even help kids earn scholarships, both through their university and nationwide.” Deurlein attributes the business’s success to the team of educators on her staff. She only wanted the best of the best, so she called former co-workers, all with 20+ years’ experience and proven results; explained her business model; and invited them to join her team. Video conferencing in from Houston, Atlanta, Pennsylvania, Chicago, and even Buenos Aries, Argentina, the teachers meet with kids from all over the nation at whatever time works for them. “Busy kids and parents love it,” Deurlein said, “because no one has to drive anywhere

or waste time getting to a location. They can be in their pajamas or baseball uniform, eating a bowl of cereal, with a dog in their lap, and we’re perfectly fine with that. The more comfortable they are, the more they can concentrate on instruction.” Deurlein herself taught in award-winning schools in five different states and her students consistently out-performed their peers on standardized and AP exams. After a lifetime of teaching and working with curriculum, Deurlein saw the results when teachers connected with their students and spent time with them. “I had no desire to create a quick-fix learning center where kids use a study guide and are clumped in with other kids of varying abilities and knowledge. How does that help kids reach their full potential? Our program is customized to each client. The team’s warmth, acceptance, and extensive experience with teens helps them to build relationships and motivate their students to mastery.” In addition, Deurlein works with parents to help them connect to their kids and be better sources of support. She recognizes how hard this age group can be on the family dynamic and strives to take the burden of “nagging” off the parents and transfer it to herself. She Continued on page 58

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Fluor Corporation Instrumental in Building Local Autism Nonprofit By Julie Shaw Noel Hope for Three Every dream starts with inspiration, a little bit of hope, and most times, someone that steps up to help. Hope For Three, a Fort Bend county nonprofit focusing exclusively on autism spectrum disorder, was inspired by a family of six, with identical triplets on the autism spectrum. The mother, Hope, and her husband Eric endured the heartbreaking process of discovering this disorder at an early age. The signs became concerning when at two and half, Lakin, the little leader of the group, could no longer recite her ABC’s, did not want to play with her siblings and quit making eye contact. Within six months of this happening the other two girls began showing the same characteristics. The search for the right doctors, insurance, schooling and support, cost the family mentally, physically, emotionally and financially. Family friend, Darla Farmer, was one of the first to recognize the family needed support. She founded Hope For Three, Hope for the mother’s name, and the three girls, in 2011 to provide resources, referrals and support in the form of financial aid,

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