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Fa m i l y Fr i e n d l y Ne w s w i t h a n E t e r n a l Pu r p o s e December 2012 / January 2013 • Complimentary

2013 Christian School Directory Heaven is for Real: A Conversation with Todd Burpo

In”sights” into Opthalmology Pastor Profile

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Politics & Religion Where Do We Go from Here?

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15 Dear Doctor: In”sights” into Opthalmology 16 Razzle, Dazzle, Frazzle: The gift everyone wants, but few enjoy 18 Aimee Morvant, Dramatist 22 Local Christian Student Highlights 25 Pastor Profile: Frank Carroll, Trinity Apostolic Faith Church 28 The International Bilingual Hymns Project and a New School Year 32 The Spot Hangout 35 Let’s Send Emily to Bulembu, Swaziland! 36 2013 Christian School Directory

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The election is behind us and winter is upon us, bringing with it the ancient and everlasting story of Jesus’ birth. I love this time of year. Cooler weather and a strong sense of family (and good food) will surely usher in new memories and milestones. How blessed we are that Jesus puts the “holy” in our holidays. We can also look to the prospect of a brand new year. It will be interesting to see what God has in store for us. As our future unfolds, we can remember, This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Truly, we have much to rejoice in, for we have each other — a strong, supportive community of believers and Christian businesses who care about “the reason for the season.” I hope you enjoy our December/January edition. We interviewed Todd Burpo, author of Heaven is for Real. What a treat that was! Another interesting interview involves Peter Ramsey, the director of the new motion picture, The Rise of the Guardians. This family-friendly film has been released in time for the holidays.

42 A Chat with Director Peter Ramsey 46 Katy Christian Magazine Calendar of Events 48 Politics and Religion: Where Do We Go From Here?

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Christmas Giving By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Ever year around this time there are those lucky enough to receive a big bonus. There are others who find themselves in need of an additional tax deduction at the end of the year. Either way, in this season of giving people’s minds may turn to gift giving that will have a positive impact beyond their own communities. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in this situation, I have some ideas for you. World Vision (donate.worldvision.org): This worldwide Christian humanitarian organization offers a whole catalog of ideas for giving. Examples include clean water in areas that have none, animals which can provide food, income or transportation in underdeveloped parts of the world, or emergency aid in areas struck by natural disaster. They have gifts from $25 to as much as you can prayerfully spare. Angel Tree (http://www.prisonfellowship.org/programs/angel-tree/): A ministry of Prison Fellowship, Angel Tree provides Christmas presents to children of people behind bars in order to remind them that God loves them in spite of what their parents did. Angel Tree exists in part as a way to help keep criminal behavior from continuing from one generation of a family to the next. Angel Tree is an

option both for individual Christians and entire congregations. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF.org): Mission Aviation Fellowship is a Christian organization that provides planes and pilots to parts of the world that would otherwise be unreachable. A gift to MAF is a way to help spread the Gospel to remote places that are woefully underserved. Last year they transported 98,610 passengers (mostly pastors and missionaries) and delivered 8.16 million pounds of cargo to hard-to-reach areas around the world. They offer gift opportunities from as little as five dollars. There has never been a better Christmas to consider giving beyond your own family or community. The need is great everywhere we look. I hope these ideas will help as you prayerfully consider your year end giving. Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield is pastor of Compassion Church of Katy and Editor of the blog Faith That Inspires Action (http://faithinspires.wordpress.com) which has been read in over 141 different countries.

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Nearly ten years ago on March of 2003, a four-yearold boy suffered a burst appendix and nearly died due to a life-threatening infection. For his parents, it was a living nightmare. Emergency surgery was Colton’s only option. He barely survived, but lived to share his remarkable journey from unconsciousness to heaven.

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she said, “We’ll go with the 12-year-old.” KCM: How has Colton’s revelation affected you personally? TB: So much of the book speaks to men. So many men have questions, doubts and fears. Colton met my granddad in heaven, who was killed in car wreck two days after giving his life to Christ. My mom didn’t know about this and spent 28 years worrying about his soul . . . that is, until Colton saw him in heaven. This impacted me deeply. I’m a wrestling coach, too, and not a soft-serve kind of Christian. This book gives all men a lot to think about. The message is, we all need to be upfront with our families. Some men pass on that, and I hope that the book helps them love their families enough to have that kind of open talk. The peace is incredible for everyone.

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TB: For a Christian audience, Heaven is for Real is so impacting because of the raw innocence of a child. When you read it, you know the kid wasn’t influenced by adults. After all, you don’t teach your child “what heaven looks like” at three years and 10 months.

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from Atlanta to Denver, and a lady stared at me. She leaned over and said, “Did you write a book?” I responded, “Yes, did you like it?” She said, “I’m Palestinian, and I took the book back to Palestine. For the first time we talked about God and no one got in a fight.” It was a blessing that she shared that. Heaven is for Real has 37 translations and is going around the world to China, Russia, Africa, and as a matter of fact, someone from Norway mentioned they read it. It makes me think about Europe. The Christian population in Europe is so small, but a testimony from an innocent kid is making headway. KCM: What lessons does the book teach? TB: A mother told me once, “i had an abortion.” This was a mother who realized Colton had met his miscarried sister. There are unborn children in heaven. It never really dawned on me that some parents are scared to death to meet their kids in heaven. But the Lord finally spoke to me: “This woman is gong to be presented blameless to my Father.” The world has hurts and pains, and heaven changes everything. KCM: Speaking of “heaven changes everything,” we hear a sequel has been written.

KCM: What about the critics and skeptics? TB: Heaven is for Real is a testimony. Testimony doesn’t replace scripture, but God does tell us to share our faith and our journey. It is touching many lives. Some may attack Colton because they don’t “need” us to tell them about heaven. I’ve been really disappointed in some pastors I used to respect who have lashed out without reaching out. They haven’t investigated, called us, or anything. It seems they have their theological positions to guard. KCM: How does Colton handle the critics? TB: i think God prepared him for it. He seems to accept it. “You can believe what you want,” he says. “But that doesn’t change what I saw.” From atheists and old-fashioned cynics to pharisees, he just takes it in stride. In fact, he is the inspiration behind Heaven is for Real for Kids — a book that asks the question, “What if a generation of kids grew up looking forward to heaven?” All three books share on different levels and become sources that make meaningful gifts. KCM: What is your ultimate hope as you write your books?

TB: Yes, we just finished another book entitled exactly that — Heaven Changes Everything. It’s not so much about Colton’s story, which focused on his early years. The sequel has a richer vocabulary and the flow is different. My wife Sonja wrote a third of the book and shares her miscarriage to connect with others who have suffered loss. It is a devotional with forty-three small chapters with scripture verses.

TB: The whole world needs to know that heaven truly is for real. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit exist, and people need to have Jesus in their hearts to get there. Colton’s testimony is Biblically sound and causes people to ask themselves, “Can I make a difference in way I prepare for heaven while on earth?” Me, a simple kid from Nebraska, can’t make that happen. Only God can.

KCM: Why do you think Sonja’s story resonates?

KCM: What’s next for the Burpo family?

TB: First and foremost, Sonja miscarried our daughter and Colton met his sister in heaven. That’s huge. The sequel was published just this October and takes things to the next level. Already we have received feedback from readers. A lady wrote to us that she and her husband talked about their miscarriage for the first time after 17 years of silence. Another woman finally received emotional healing after 15 years. We knew Heaven Changes Everything would speak to women, but it also speaks to men.

TB: We are working with Sony now to make a movie. The hope is that it will be released for the holidays in 2013. What an opportunity to talk about who is the God of heaven. God wants to take people to heaven. To have that discussion in movie theaters next year instead of just churches — wow! A lot of people want to know what we’ll write next. Personally, I want to take a break. We ask people to pray for us that this testimony translates correctly.

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Razzle, Dazzle, Frazzle: The gift everyone wants, but few enjoy By Dr. K. Lynn Lewis The holidays are upon us. Feasts, celebrations, presents, family and friends — a new year with new opportunities awaits. Yet, many seem so frantic. Life is lived at such a fast pace that days, weeks, months and years pass by in a blur. We juggle acquaintances, hurry to meetings, attend events and tackle projects. The volume is loud as everyone and everything demands undivided attention. We find ourselves constantly overworking and seeking ways to get ahead so we can finally rest, looking forward to that elusive break. How nice it would be to kick back and enjoy life a little. Shoppers dazzled by advertised prospects voluntarily leave their comfortable homes and delicious meals to dive headlong into fierce, crowded retail battles. The quest is to find the earliest, cheapest gifts — or even last minute gifts regardless of cost — for families and friends. The irony is, we have an unopened gift. It is the opportunity given to us freely every week to exit the fray. For some, this concept is an anomaly, a strange ritual thrust upon them by a mean God and zealous people who have no understanding of reality. For others, it seems like a great idea, but completely unworkable in today’s society.

This gift is none other than the Sabbath. This day was meant to edify and bring us that elusive rest — that departure from chaos. In fact, many holy days (holidays) were to last as long as a week during which there was to be no regular work, but rather joyous feasting, celebration and worship. Grilled meat, fresh bread and vegetables, abundant drink, rest and worship sounds like a good thing, but so many are loathe to consider this 4th commandment a gift, or fully embrace it as a routine practice in life. I am amazed at how often God refers to the command and concept

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of Sabbath in Scripture. From the account of creation in Genesis to the promise of a new creation in Revelation, God reiterates His design and intent to provide rest, especially to those who are faithful.

staring at the wall.” Harvey B. Mackay shares Lesson 44 in “Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive,” recognizing what God has instructed all along. Take a break, and good things can happen.

Moses is instructed to direct the entire nation to celebrate the Sabbath every week. He is reminded that even though the Lord created and owns the entire world, even He can take break and rest. The Lord instructed us to prepare double on the sixth day, then shut everything down to rest ourselves and honor Him on the seventh day.

God believes in His design so much that He actually promises good things to those who open this weekly gift. He warns of bad things for those who ignore the Commandment. We can fight it, but we are not a people of our own design, nor do we control most of what happens in the universe.

David recognized God’s bountiful blessing in his life when he noted appreciatively, “He makes me lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23). Remember that feeling, perhaps when you were a kid, of just laying in the grass and not having a single care in the world?

Our culture is full of much razzle, dazzle, and frazzle, but God wills that we fill our lives with meaningful work and intentional rest that glorifies Him.

My parents and grandparents used to make me take naps as a youngster. I remember trying to find ways to fake naps, or avoid them altogether, as if that was a good thing. However, now that I am older and wiser, and like citizens of many cultures around the world, I believe everyone should take a break every day after lunch. On top of that, we can embrace one day a week that is completely different, markedly unselfish, holy, and restful. Evidence exists that those who take time to sharpen their axe can cut more wood in a given time span. They are wiser than those who insist on whacking away with a duller tool. As one highly acclaimed author asserts in one of his management books, “Some of your best people may spend some of their best time

So, how about opening the gift of the Sabbath this year? Lay aside yourself, your plans, your regular work, and for at least one day a week, do nothing. Then, if anyone asks you what you are doing, say, “Nothing. Nothing today. Today is a day to honor the Lord. Today is a holy day, a day separate, given as a gift for me, for us, for everyone.” Indeed, tomorrow and the remaining five days of the week will include hard work to bring glory to God in all that we do. But, today, why don’t you join me in exiting the fray? Let’s ignore the razzle and dazzle, avoid the frazzle, and do nothing, together, today, all day, once a week, every week all year, for the glory of God.” Dr. K. Lynn Lewis serves as Executive Director/Provost of The Bible Seminary located at 2655 S. Mason Road, Katy, TX 77450. 281-646-1109 (O) | 281646-1110 (F) | 832-525-5244 (C) lynn.lewis@thebibleseminary.org | www. thebibleseminary.org

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Aimee Morvant, Dramatist by viewing it through the lens of faith. By Ruth Towns

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Her performance was deeply touching. In Women of the New Testament — Experiencing Jesus through the eyes of the Daughter of Jairus, Anna the Prophetess & Martha of Bethany, Morvant shared the journey of these special women. From humorous to inspiring, her unique perspective helps audiences to experience God’s presence in new ways: Snapshots of God in the Everyday Do you wonder why God doesn’t speak to you the way he spoke to people in Biblical times? Perhaps He is speaking to you, just in a different language. Explore how to listen for God’s voice and see His hand in the events of everyday life. Bridge the gap between your spiritual and physical lives as the ordinary becomes the extraordinary

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Her dramas include: • Not Great Works, But Great Love: St. Therese of Lisieux • Mary’s Prayer: Mary the Mother of Jesus • Women of the New Testament: Anna, Martha , Daughter of Jairus • Margaret Mary’s Mission: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Aimee began writing and performing skits and songs for Vacation Bible School in high school. While in college, she spoke and performed at youth events, participated in clown ministry, and photographed/produced slide shows for Vacation Bible School and retreats. Now she, her husband and four children live in Sugar Land. Aimee continues her ministry through days of prayer, retreats, and regional and national conferences, as well as through presentations at schools and other faith organizations. She is actively involved in her parish’s Vacation Bible School and women’s retreats teams and in Theresians International. She is currently working on her first book: Snapshots of God in the Everyday. More information on Aimee can be found at www.AimeeMorvant.com.

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Local Christian Student Highlights Ryan Dinkler

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Dinkler, 17, is a senior at Faith West Academy listed his two major accomplishments in high school as his team swimming winning the State title last year and be honored at the 2012 Homecoming as the “Most Representative Male Student” of the senior class. The honor is bestowed each year to a deserving student that exemplifies outstanding character and integrity. “It was extremely humbling in both of these circumstances,” Dinkler said. “It was a simple reminder that I am extremely blessed.”

If you walk into the cheer gym after school during the Varsity Cheer team’s practice you will see a special sight….sophomore Samantha Moore practicing with her squad. Samantha began cheering when she was 5 years old. She cheered off and on until Jr. High and has been cheering ever since. According to Samantha one of the best parts of being a Varsity cheerleader is having so many older girls around to be role models for her. It also help that cheer is a fun activity after school be excited about.

Ryan’s ambition of being called to do international mission work and some day pastor a church. Dinkler has already been on five mission trips, to include Alaska and Columbia, and plans to go to South Africa summer of ‘13.

On Monday nights you will find Samantha on the Houston Christian campus participating in Discipleship Groups. Discipleship Groups (known to Houston Christian students as ‘D-Groups’) is an opportunity for underclassmen to be mentored by upperclassmen as they walk through the Bible together. Samantha’s favorite part of D-Groups is the opportunity each week to set aside thoughts of school and homework and having time to talk about her spiritual life with her classmates.

He is inspired by Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. “A friend told me about him and I like the (methodology) way he pastors a church,” he said of Driscoll. “I want to be just like him.” Other models would be W. A. Criswell, who founded Criswell College as a place to train a new generation of Bible preachers. Dinkler will be going to Criswell in the fall of 2013. Dinkler is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the chapel band. In sports he plays for the Golf team (scores in the mid-80’s), swim team (excel s in free style and helped the boys team secure the State Championship 2011-12), and has a passion for football. Unfortunately, wide receiver Dinkler was sidelined this year because of a neck injury he sustained last year.

Attending Houston Christian is a family affair as her brother, Cameron, graduated from Houston Christian in May ‘12. Upon graduating from High School, Samantha hopes to become a pediatrician. Samantha attends the West campus of Second Baptist Church in Katy. Samantha’s favorite scripture is, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV.

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parties. The results are astounding, and many parents may not be aware of the new religious freedoms their children now have due to a case entitled Morgan vs. Swanson. As many parents with children enrolled in public schools may know, there was a time when “holiday parties” excluded any mention of Christ, regardless of the fact that our Lord put “Christ” in the word “Christmas.” No stickers of the nativity, no pencils heralding “Merry Christmas,’ and no cookies adorned with the star of Bethlehem were allowed in classroom parties. These parties were forcefully secular, despite the wishes of so many parents and children. This all changed thanks to a lawsuit derived in Plano, Texas. The result? Your publicly-enrolled students now can celebrate their faith openly in school during classroom parties. The facts and decision follow: Morgan v. Swanson: A Victory for Students Facts/Issues: In Plano, Texas, starting in 2001, school district officials began refusing to allow elementary school students to distribute material that had a religious viewpoint to their classmates. At one 2001 “winter break” party, an elementary school principal, Lynn Swanson, citing orders from district officials, confiscated a student’s goody bags because they included a pencil with the legend “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season.” At a 2003 party, Swanson and other school officials took away a student’s gift bags because they contained candy cane–shaped pens with an attached card explaining the religious origins of candy canes. Swanson also forbade students from writing “Merry Christmas” on cards sent to retirement homes.

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At another school in 2004, the principal, Jackie Bomchill, prohibited a student from giving tickets to a Christian drama to her friends. She threatened to call the police when the same student asked to distribute pencils with “Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For the Bible Tells Me So” during her class birthday party. The principal also threatened to expel the young girl if she attempted to distribute “Jesus pencils” again. The principal did allow her to give out pencils embellished with a moon design. As a result of these incidents, parents sued, claiming that their children had been subject to unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination. The primary allegation of the suit was that the principals had in the past and continued in the present to enforce a ban on the distribution of religious messages by students on school grounds. The principals sought dismissal of the suit on the grounds of qualified immunity. They argued that there was no unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination based on religion because elementary school students do not possess free speech rights within the school environment and, alternatively, that such a right was not clearly established at the time the principals enforced the ban on distribution of religious materials. A federal district court in Texas denied the principals’ motion to dismiss based on qualified immunity. Ruling/Rationale: The inquiry was limited to determining ”whether it was clearly established at the time of the alleged misconduct that elementary school students have a First Amendment right to be free from religious-viewpoint discrimination while at school.” The panel rejected the principals’ argument that neither the U.S. Supreme Court nor the Fifth Circuit “has ever extended First Amendment ‘freedom of speech’ protection to the distribution of

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effect becoming an illegal alien in a foreign land. “I started dreaming in Spanish!” he says. Leaving but returning a year later to bring Stella to the United States, he married her the next day in Utah. This Katy area couple have much to celebrate. Their 25th wedding anniversary occurred July 6, and at the age of 58 (he’s now 59) Alan cut their first music CD. But their music isn’t ordinary, nor is their ministry.

Across the Nations It was as if God was preparing Alan through earlier years spent in travel and cultural immersion. “I went on to work in 30 countries around the world, with people from over 70 different nations, on every continent except Antarctica,” says Alan. “I worked in Latin America for nearly four years total during about 20 visits to Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile.”

Following God’s Lead With this rich background in the Spanish culture, it made sense to follow where God led him. Alan, after a lay off, began working in Health and Human Services but also focused on what he loves: composing lyrics in music in both Spanish and English. “It occurred to me that there is a huge need throughout America and other countries for music that rhymes in English and can be translated to many other languages.” In fact, language is a passion. He’s an English major who obtained his teaching certificate in ‘96. Targeting Christian music to children and adults who enjoy it, but also learn from it, is the mission. It seems that God took the combined talents and experiences of both Alan and Stella to launch a special project.

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Let’s Send Emily to Bulembu, Swaziland! By Joseph Menslage Emily Saxton is a 16-year-old high school junior who aspires to be a nurse. She very much wants to travel with Mission Discovery to Bulembu, Swaziland from July 11 - 22, 2013 to serve the orphans of this village. Her duties will involve cleaning, painting and helping to renovate homes that house eight orphans each, plus foster parents and grandparents. She will tutor children in the afternoons and help wherever needed. But there is also a medical component to Emily’s trip. As a future nurse, Emily will see first hand the AIDS pandemic and the efforts of volunteers who are ushering Bulembu into a self-sustaining community. This is a mission trip like no other. Here’s a little about Bulembu (http://bulembu.org): On the border that separates South Africa from Swaziland is the community of Bulembu. Once a thriving mining town, Bulembu was abandoned in 2001 along with its hospital and 1,200 homes. A group of individuals purchased the town with a grand vision—the advancement of God’s kingdom in Swaziland. The goal is to renovate of as many homes as necessary to house 2,000 children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, teach AIDS awareness, and create a self-sustaining community. Swaziland has the highest percentage of AIDS of any country in the world. So far, 300 children have found a home, a world-class education, and top-tier medical treatment at Bulembu.

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Schools Bear Creek United Methodist Preschool

1600 Ripping Water Dr Houston, TX 77084 281-463-2969 www.bearcreek.org/ministries/preschool Bear Creek UMC School has been a leading school in the Bear Creek area for over 25 years. Our philosophy incorporates the understanding that each child has a unique learning style and stage of development; and they learn best through hands on experiences. This awareness that children learn best through play and discovery, through rich experiences to observe and participate, is known as “The Bear Creek Way”. Our youngest students are 12 months old prior to the first of September and we have classes through kindergarten. Our hours are 9AM to 1PM or 2PM and there are 2 day, 3 day and 4 day options. Our Transition class meets five days a week for five year olds would benefit from “the gift of an extra year to grow” before entering kindergarten. We offer a family friendly community in a Christian atmosphere that is nurturing for the children as well as the parents. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved in the classroom and with other school families through special events and field trips.

Best Kids Academy 21915 Royal Montreal Dr. Katy, TX 77450 832-437-1777 www.bestkidsacademy.com

Best Kids Montessori Academy is an environment rich with culture and compassion leading with Certified Educators. We offer a Montessori program for children ages 12 months to 5-years-old. Chinese is a part of our Montessori daily curriculum. Additionally we provide after-school pick up for local area schools.There are a variety of

enrichment classes we offer to children ages 3 to 13.The enrichment classes are as follows but not limited to: Art, Chess, Dance, and Kung Fu. Simplified Mandarin classes are available beginning at age 2 on Saturdays. Our facility includes an indoor gym for hot or rainy days, a dance room with floor to ceiling mirrors, and much more! Come for a tour and see what Best Kids can offer your family!

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910 Village Square Dr Tomball, TX 77375 281-547-0405 www.buildingrainbowsdayschool.com Building Rainbows Pre-School is celebrating its 30th year in Cypress and 1st year anniversary in Tomball. Come by to see the warm, comfortable feeling of our Cypress location which is located on two shaded acres off of a residential street, or our modern, state-of-the-art facility located directly across from the Tomball Post Office. Our cypress location accepts children from 14 months through school age and provides transportation to and from many Cy Fair ISD elementary schools as well as Covenant Academy. Our Tomball location accepts children from six weeks through school age and provides transportation to nearby elementary schools in the Tomball, Magnolia and Klein school districts.

Faithwest Academy 2225 Porter Rd Katy, TX 77493 281-391-5683 www.faithwest.org

Faith West Academy is the oldest and largest private school in Katy. Faith West Academy, has an enrollment of over 550 students in preschool through 12th grade. The school operates on the principles of the Christian faith and incorporates these principles in its purposes, goals, procedures and operations. The interdenominational student body

is rooted in Christianity representing over 130 area churches. FWA is fully accredited through International Christian Accrediting Association. The teaching staff is fully degreed in academic disciplines from elementary to high school. Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools State Teacher of the Year 2005 and State Coach of the Year 1996 & 2006 are on staff. FWA students enjoy a full range of academic, extracurricular, and spiritual needs. From athletics to academics, from music to missions, from clubs to chapel our students are encouraged to express their uniqueness.

Famewell Montessori School 2317 Settlers Way Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-980-1489 www.famewellschool.com

Classes for ages 18 months to 5 years provide a hands-on developmental approach to learning. Bilingual environment offers English and Chinese classes daily. After-school and Chinese classes also are available to kids in preK through grade 9 and provide an academic atmosphere where students complete their homework and participate in extracurricular activities such as Chinese classes, English and math enhancement exercises and TAKS practices. Transportation is available to and from area schools.

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and learn to fulfill their potential. We offer full time, half day, 2 & 3 day, after school, and summer programs.

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Grandma’s House Child Care Center and West Oaks Private School has been West Houston’s premier child care center for almost 30 years. We are situated on three beautiful acres and also have our own gymnasium. We are conveniently located off of Highway 6 near West Oaks Mall with easy access from Katy, Richmond, Sugar Land and West Houston. We provide care for infants through school age children and provide before and after school transportation to a number of Alief and Fort Bend ISD schools. We also have a summer camp program for children who have completed Kindergarten through the age of twelve that includes up to three field trips per week to exciting entertainment destinations like roller skating, bowling, swimming and the movies.

Houston Christian High School

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tional college preparatory high school, Houston Christian is accredited by The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS), and recently joined SPC for athletics. Supported by caring teachers, mentors and role models, Houston Christian features a combination of distinctive programs, spiritual life focus, and award-winning arts and athletics. Additionally, leadership development is a distinct and intentional component of every student’s training at Houston Christian. Graduates of Houston Christian attend an ever-expanding list of top colleges and universities in Texas and throughout the United States. About the Campus Situated on a beautifully appointed 45-acre, state-of-the-art, collegiate-style campus, HC is conveniently located at the intersection of W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. and Kempwood Drive. For more information about the school and the admissions process, please call 713-580-6020 or visit www. houstonchristian.org.

Memorial Lutheran Preschool 5810 Third St. Katy, TX 77493 281-391-0172 www.mlckaty.com

Memorial Lutheran Preschool is located in the Heart of Katy at the corner of 4th St & Avenue “D”. We have been serving the Katy community by providing preschool opportunities for Toddlers through Pre-K since 1993. We strive for the children to Grow in God and Learn in Love. We believe that: every child is a gift from God; regardless of circumstance, every child should know Jesus loves them; every child has the potential to learn and to develop spiritually, emotionally, cognitively and physically; and Jesus is the foundation of everything we teach.

Memorial Lutheran School 5800 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77057 713-782-4022 www.mlchouston.org

Memorial Lutheran School, is a Classical Christian School established in 1980 by Memorial Lutheran Church, and offers programs for Infants through 8th Grade. Memorial Lutheran School is located in the Galleria area at 5800 Westheimer @ Bering Drive. All students are involved in weekly chapel and daily religious instruction. The curriculum includes Latin (beginning in 3rd grade); a strong music program that includes Orchestra, Band, Choir

and Chimes; strong academics in History, Math, Hands-on Science and comprehensive Language Arts (Writing, Grammar, Spelling and Vocabulary). Our technology program includes a computer lab that houses an entire class and iPad2’s that travel to the classrooms for Pre-School 3 through 8th grade. Learning begins at all levels, including our Infant and Early Start programs. Extended hours beyond the school day are offered.

Mission Bend Christian Academy

3710 Highway 6 South Houston, TX 77082 281-497-4057 www.missionbendchristianacademy.org Located on Highway 6, South close to the Westpark Tollway, Mission Bend Christian Academy is dedicated to serving children. The school began as a vision to create a place within the community where children could grow and learn in a safe, nurturing environment and experience Christian love. Our program throughout is designed to broaden a child’s repertoire of knowledge and skills, increase self-confidence and promote curiosity and initiative. An academically sound curriculum challenges our Early Childhood students

and our Elementary and Middle School students with a wide range of concepts and skills. Our school strives to provide a loving environment enabling our students to grow spiritually, academically, socially, and physically while developing good character, strong moral values and a love for learning. Mission Bend Christian Academy is a diverse environment, which recognizes its diversity as a valued educational resource. Mission Bend Christian Academy is currently enrolling toddlers through seventh grade students and is a loving ministry of Mission Bend United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas. In partnership with parents and the church, Mission Bend Christian Academy strives to provide a quality, affordable education. Supporting a Christian worldview, students are equipped and empowered to become leaders in their communities. We believe children are the most important investment in the future…our #1 resource.

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place where children are nurtured and shown God’s love. We are committed to offer the best possible preschool program, with Christian faith and values to our church and community. Our center offers a developmentally appropriate program focusing on the growth of the whole child: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. Well-qualified teachers, low teacher turn-over, small teacher to child ratios, nutritious home cooked meals and weekly chapel make The Learning Center at Living Word unique and a great family choice. We are thankful to be partners with parents in raising healthy, happy, and faith-filled children. We are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs. The school is open year around, Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. Preschool classes are available for 2, 3 and 5-day enrollments serving 12 month through 5 year olds. A Before/ After School program is also available for local elementary schools.

Tiger Land Preschool 5315 E 5th St. Katy, TX 77493 281-391-8750 www.tigerlandpreschool.com

Tiger Land has been Katy’s Child Care Center for more than 28 years with many of our teachers and staff having been here for more than 10 years. Located in the heart of Old Katy, Tiger Land is situated in a large stand-alone building with separate age-appropriate playgrounds. Tiger Land is easily accessed from I-10 (the Katy Freeway) or Highway 99 (the Grand Parkway) and our families come from many of the communities in the immediate area such as WoodCreek Reserve, Cinco Ranch, Williamsburg, Firethorne and as far away as Sealy, Brookshire, Fulshear and Columbus. We offer full-time care for infants from six-weeks-old through twelve-years-old. Tiger Land also provides before and after school care for children attending many of the Katy ISD elementary schools as well as to Faith West Academy and Aristoi Academy. Through a partnership with the Katy Independent School District, we also provide opportunities for 16 children from Katy’s PPCD program to be integrated into our Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.

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preschool and childcare center, committed to teaching our children Christian values, while educating and nurturing. We teach A Beka curriculum, and have low ratios. We opened in November 2004 and many of our teachers have been here since day one! Several staff has been teaching for 30+ years, and many have obtained their CDA’s. All are thoroughly screened, and trained. Our school is currently enrolling children 6 weeks to 12 years old for full time or part time programs. We provide nutritionally balanced breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. We transport school-aged children to and from local schools south of I-10, and offer Summer Camp. We are located off South Mason Road, and are nestled safely in the beautiful Estates of Chesterfield community. Our center has 3 large playgrounds that are age appropriate. Unique to our center is our indoor playground! It is a great place for the children to play, and escape bad weather. We also boast a gymnasium, where we offer dance class, sports, and soccer classes-all available at your request.

After School Programs Bricks 4 Kidz

832-443-7350 www.bricks4kidzkaty.com For some kids, nothing is more fun than learning, building and playing with . . . LEGO® Bricks! Many parents want to steer their children away from video gaming systems and the television. One program, Bricks 4 Kidz, was started for that purpose – to provide the outlet that helps children have fun while they learn. Bricks 4 Kidz introduces children to the principles of science, technology, engineering, architecture and math through the use of LEGOs. “Our programs provide a fully integrated learning program suitable for children ages 3-12+,” says Harpreet Chawla. Her new business provides after-school classes, camps, field trips, family fun nights and birthday parties to families in the West Houston area. “Our curriculum was designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals and is based on the S.T.E.M program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math),” says Chawla. “We also have tones of fun using LEGO® bricks. Children work with exciting themes such as machines, outer space , inventions,mosaics and many more, all designed to trigger their lively and creative imaginations and to build their self-confidence.”

Champion Gymnastics Academy 2004 S. Mason Rd. Katy, TX 77450 281-392-3577 www.champgym.com

Champion Gymnastics Academy was established by Kellie & Hideo Mizoguchi in the summer of 1996. For the first three years they were located in the Willowbrook area off FM 1960. In the fall of 1999, they relocated to a brand new 16,000 square foot facility in west Houston. Today they are in a terrific new facility at 2004 South Mason Rd., just south of Highland Knolls. Mizo and Kellie have put together a qualified staff dedicated to helping each young athlete attain his or her gymnastics objective, whatever their dream may be; international competition or simply to improve strength, flexibility and conditioning for other athletic pursuits. The gym offers programs for physical development for tiny tots and beginners to the rigorous artistry of an elite team.

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

We are a full time martial arts school unlike any other. You will train your body, focus your mind, and have a great time! We opened in April, 2010 and offer the highest level of Martial Arts training. Martial Arts teaches important life skills and is a great way to get physically fit and stay in shape. We are located in Katy, Texas and serve the Richmond, Mission Bend, and southwest Houston communities. Our program is great for all ages. Whether you just want to get in shape or be a serious competitor, come check us out today. Classes are divided by age and skill level. From SuperHeroes (4-5 1/2), Kids (6-10), Teens (11-15), and Adults (16+), we offer a versatile program and flexible schedule that is great for all families. We are a proud member school of Taekwondo America, one of the nation’s leading martial arts associations. We follow Taekwondo America’s national curriculum and standards to insure the best instruction for our students.

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At the Y, we’ve always known that positive change only comes about when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. All of our programs and community initiatives fall into one or more of the following focus areas: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts 5627 3rd St. Katy, TX 77493 979-732-1223 www.lucearts.com

Luce (“Loochay”) Conservatory of Fine Arts was established in 2012 by Gladysue Hovis and Jeremiah Moore. With their professional experience in dance and art, respectively, they decided to collaboratively develop a place where people of all ages and skill levels could further their artistic endeavors. Whether they be children looking to discover new interests, people looking for a creative outlet, or someone seeking professional training, Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts is designed to serve all levels of study. Those who choose to study at Luce Conservatory of Fine Arts will find a family friendly environment that encourages creativity and self expression, while promoting strong moral character and discipline.

The Spot Hangout 16305 Kensington Dr. Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.thespothangout.com

The Spot is the premier teen hangout in the Fort Bend county area. We’re a multi-use facility dedicated to teenagers 12 to 17 years old. Experience the fun and excitement of our facility. You can study after school, eat in our cafe, party with us on special event nights, have your birthday party here with a live DJ, or just hang out with friends. Some of our special events include Dance night, Comedy night, Poetry/Spoken word night, Karaoke night, live performances from local teen groups and bands, and much more! Check out our Calendar for upcoming events! Let us plan your next party!

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A Chat with Director Peter Ramsey By Ruth Towns It isn’t often that we interview a movie director, let alone the first African-American to direct a big budget CG-animated major motion picture. Here’s a look into the heart of Peter Ramsey, director of Rise of the Guardians. “I was raised Catholic and have great respect and a love for the things I was taught and know about the Christian faith,” says Ramsey. “For me, those who profess faith can connect with this movie because it is about values.” Ramsey is a family man who has been married over 20 years. He has three children—a set of 16-yearold twins (a boy and a girl) and a 20-year-old son in art school. His goal was to make a family-friendly movie that appeals to everyone. “The interesting thing for me is that the movie relates to holiday characters who represent very basic values and a message that can uplift anyone in any religion,” says Ramsey. The movie’s underlying themes involve hope, wonder, memories, loyalty, important lessons in maturing, and the power of dreams and imagination. Over 400 people worked on the project. Of this Dream Works Studios film Ramsey says, “Real people make movies, and many of us who worked so hard on Rise of the Guardians have families and kids. Everyone felt so good and so proud, and all had

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happiness, doubt, conflict—all toward idea of respecting a notion of belief. Perhaps people who revisit what it’s like to feel like a kid again will come out of the theater believing. Perhaps this could be their first experience with faith— believing in something and living by it and seeing results.” The story is adapted from ‘Guardians of the Childhood’ by renowned author Williams Joyce and his bestselling book series. The film is dedicated to his daughter Mary Katherine Joyce, who in 2010 died tragically at the age of 18 from a brain tumor. She had once asked her father if he thought Santa Claus had ever met the Easter Bunny, and from there sprung the concept. In the film, the characters of our childhoods are surprisingly re-imagined and work against “type.” In fact, the characters are “Guardians,”—super heroes who safeguard the children of the world from harm. The Easter Bunny (Bunnymund) is 7-feet-tall and no-nonsense. “North” is the nickname for Santa Claus, a real tough guy. “After all,” says Ramsey, “There’s this guy who delivers presents to kids all over world—with reindeers. That’s crazy! So we made him a wild man.” There’s also the seemingly harmless and silent little Sandman, whose outward appearance hides his ample skills in defense of the children. Plus, there’s the Tooth fairy who seems to be part hummingbird. They need Jack Frost to join their ranks against “Pitch,” the villain Nightmare King, who seeks to terrify the children of the world. The problem is, Jack doesn’t believe in the Guardians, despite the fact he’s been hand-picked by the Man on the Moon to do just that.

Says Ramsey of his career as an African-American in Hollywood: “My journey has been great and I’ve never experienced anything that felt like an obstacle, though obviously others who came before me were not as lucky. Growing up in central Los Angeles a stone’s throw from Hollywood, I didn’t know it would be possible. A series of lucky breaks opened doors, and I walked through, beginning by doing something creative, like story boards, and helping directors lay out movies. When they see you do a good job, they’re supportive.” His advice is to never stop trying and to follow your dreams. Rise of the Guardians is in theaters now for the holidays.

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Anything Goes Dec. 14-15 | 7:00 p.m. Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center 2501 S. Mason Rd. #290 Katy, TX 77450 www.kvpac.org

Live presentations of the true meaning of the Christmas Tree, Candy Canes, St. Nick, and the very special birthday of Jesus! JH & HS students will be participating in “Elf” movie night.

The age-old tale of Boy-MeetsGirl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better. This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s delightful scores including It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. It is a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES! Anything Goes Dec. 15-16 | 2:00 p.m. Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center 2501 S. Mason Rd. #290 Katy, TX 77450 www.kvpac.org The age-old tale of Boy-MeetsGirl and the complications which ensue intrigue every audience, and no musical puts it on stage better. This show is an amusing story wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s delightful scores including It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. It is a wonder that all the romances are sorted out and disaster is averted aboard the magical ship where ANYTHING GOES! Christmas Cantata Dec. 16 | 6:30 p.m. Bear Creek United Methodist Church 16000 Rippling Water Dr. Houston, TX 77084 bearcreekumc.org The Bear Creek United Methodist Church Chancel Choir will present A Service of Lessons and Carols, featuring John Leavitt’s “What Child Is This?” The concert is free and open to the public. Christmas Cafe & Musical Performance Dec. 16 | 6:30 p.m. Westland Baptist Church 1407 W. Grand Pkwy Katy, TX 77494 westland.cc Join Westland Baptist Church for our Christmas Cafe & musical performance, “Behold the Lamb of God”. Family Christmas Celebration Dec. 19 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Westland Baptist Church 1407 W. Grand Pkwy

Nutcracker Dec. 21 | 7:00 p.m. Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center 2501 S. Mason Rd. #290 Katy, TX 77450 www.kvpac.org KVPAC provides you with the most memorable and entertaining LIVE theatre experiences, conveniently located right here in your own home town of Katy. Join us!

Christmas Eve Services Dec. 24 Bear Creek United Methodist Church 16000 Rippling Water Dr. Houston, TX 77084 bearcreekumc.org

22, Apr. 5 & 19, May. 3 & 17 | 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church 4600 FM 359 Richmond, TX 77406 http://www.faithumc.org/Ministry. aspx?ministry=faithfulmoms

Family Service 5:00 p.m., Contemporary Service 7:00 p.m., Traditional Service 9:00 p.m., Traditional Service 11:00 p.m.

Faithful Moms is a Christian based organization of mothers who come together for fellowship, camaraderie and support in a safe, positive environment. At Faithful Moms, we provide childcare, crafts, guest speakers, food and an opportunity to build lasting relationships with other Christian mothers. Monthly MNOs & playdates are scheduled.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24 | 6:30 p.m. Westland Baptist Church 1407 W. Grand Pkwy Katy, TX 77494 westland.cc Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

Nutcracker Dec. 22 | 12:00 p.m. Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center 2501 S. Mason Rd. #290 Katy, TX 77450 www.kvpac.org

Extra Holiday Matches at ComedySportz Dec. 26 & 27 | 8:00 p.m. ComedySportz Arena 901 Town & Country Blvd Houston, TX 77024 www.comedysportzhouston.com

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Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with friends, family, or out-of-town guests, ComedySportz is a holiday tradition sure to make everyone feel festive, since it’s clean comedy appropriate for everyone! The ComedySportz Arena will be open for extra matches filled with all things merry and bright during December 2012, so there’s no excuse not to share the gift of laughter!

Extra Holiday Matches at ComedySportz Dec. 23 | 3:00 p.m. ComedySportz Arena 901 Town & Country Blvd Houston, TX 77024 www.comedysportzhouston.com Whether you’re celebrating the holidays with friends, family, or out-of-town guests, ComedySportz is a holiday tradition sure to make everyone feel festive, since it’s clean comedy appropriate for everyone! The ComedySportz Arena will be open for extra matches filled with all things merry and bright during December 2012, so there’s no excuse not to share the gift of laughter! Christmas Eve @ CrossPoint Dec. 24 | 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. CrossPoint Westgreen 700 S. Westgreen Blvd Katy, TX 77450 www.crosspt.org Christmas Eve at either of our locations will be awesome! Christmas fun for the whole family, in-laws too. Christmas Eve @ CrossPoint Dec. 24 | 5:00 p.m. CrossPoint EightTen 1106 Witte Road Houston, TX 77055 www.crosspt.org Join us at either location for an amazing family Christmas celebration.

Ring in the New Year at ComedySportz! Dec. 31 | 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ComedySportz Arena 901 Town & Country Blvd Houston, TX 77024 www.comedysportzhouston.com ComedySportz has the perfect New Year’s Eve party planned for you! Grab your friends and family and head to the ComedySportz Arena for our 8pm and 10:30pm shows on Monday, December 31st. We’ll provide the party hats, the noise makers, the streamers and the sparkling cider. You supply the suggestions! Just like the rest of the year, both of these ComedySportz matches will be appropriate for ages 6+ and fun for everyone! Tickets are just $16 for adults, $14 for students, seniors and military. Reservations are highly recommended - tickets are going fast! - and can be made by calling 713-868-1444 or purchase anytime online.

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Men’s Breakfast Jan. 12 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Clay Hills Shopping Center 16211 Clay Road, Suite 270 Houston, TX 77084 Men’s Breakfast meets on the second Saturday of each month. For more information you may email men@annott.org. Girlz Gone Right Jan. 18-19 Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston 1450 E. Summitry Circle Katy, TX 77449 http://conta.cc/Zoc0uU Pregnancy Help Center is pleased to bring Pam Stenzel to town for GIRLZ GONE RIGHT *Right Foundation *Right Character *Right Relationships* HOUSTON, we have a problem! Hear a powerful message about becoming a REAL WOMAN of God and being Transformed by God’s word, instead of being conformed to the world. Straight talk to girls about BEING the right girl...not just FINDING the right guy, about cherishing important relationships and being a great daughter and a truly good friend. Pam’s talk, based on James 1: 19-25, is a frank discussion to help teen girls realize that the development of their character is far more important then cultivating outward beauty. Faith West Open House Jan. 26| 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 77493 www.faithwest.org Faith West Academy is an accredited, inter-denominational, private Christian school that started educating youth in 1982. Faith West Academy offers a strong core curriculum for Preschool (age 3) through 12th grade. Accelerated courses are offered for 7th -12th grade students. A competitive athletic program, under TAPPS accreditation, is available for our high school students, as well as performing & visual arts, choir,

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band, and cheerleading. Holy Rosary Catholic School Open House Jan. 27 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Holy Rosary Catholic School 1408 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 www.holyrosary-school.org Since 1941, HRCS has been offering excellence in education for Pre Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Witness our students and their work at the Religion Fair. Take a tour of our campus guided by our Student Ambassadors. Come and learn why Holy Rosary Catholic School is the Good News in Education. Holy Rosary Catholic School Prospective Parent Night Jan. 29 | 7:00 p.m. Holy Rosary Catholic School 1408 James Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 www.HolyRosary-School.org Since 1941, Holy Rosary Catholic School has been offering excellence in education for Pre Kindergarten through 8th Grade. We are dedicated to the spiritual, academic, physical and emotional growth of all students. Join us at Prospective Parent’s Night and see why HRCS is the Good News in Education. Kindergarten: “A Year of Magic” Jan. 31 | 6:30 p.m. Bear Creek United Methodist Church School 16000 Rippling Water Drive Houston, TX 77084 www.bearcreekumc.org/ministries/ preschool Come hear from our kindergarten team about the wonder of kindergarten at Bear Creek United Methodist Church School! Bring friends! Current enrollment at BCUMCS is not a requirement for registration. Public registration is Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

February 2013 Reformed Theological Seminary Spring Courses Begins Feb. 1 Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church 8300 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024 www.rts.edu/Houston Reformed Theological Seminary Houston is offering three courses during the 2013 Spring semester. If you are interested in taking Greek 2, Covenant Theology or Systematic Theology 3 (Ecclesiology and the Sacraments) please email Matt Stahl at mstahl@rts.edu or call 832-377-1675. We look forward to seeing you in class! 2013 Wellness Summit Feb. 2 | 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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JW Marriott Houston 5150 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77056 www.HotzeHWC.com/RSVP Isn’t it time to make your wellness resolutions a reality? Dr. Steven Hotze is educating men and women on ways to achieve optimal health and wellness, naturally. Come listen and participate in his powerful discussion to learn how you can get your life back in 2013! Register today as seating is limited for this complimentary presentation: www.HotzeHWC.com/RSVP. Girlfriends Giggle Feb. 7 | 6:30 – 11:00 p.m. Fluor Diva Den One Fluor Daniel Drive Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.fortbendwomenscenter.org/ en/event/girlfriends-giggle Giggle, hosted by STARS, is the Fort Bend County Women’s Center “Grown Up Girls’ Pajama Party” that has raised nearly $450,000 to assist survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children since its inception in 2005. This party gives women the chance to hang out with their best girlfriends while indulging themselves with massages, new

hair styles, make-up tips and much more. Plan to shop to your heart’s content for home decor, clothes and shoes! Come hungry because Fort Bend’s best restaurants will be there serving up some delicious food. And no one can forget the good deals at our auction. All proceeds go toward providing free and confidential emergency shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, and other supportive services provided by the Women’s Center. Faith West Theater Troupe presents “Totally Red” Feb. 8-9 | 7:00 p.m. Faith West Auditorium 2225 Porter Road Katy, TX 777493 www.faithwest.org Totally RED! features Red Riding Hood and the wolf as you’ve never seen them! The familiar story of wit and deception is retold in several styles, ranging from storybook to melodrama, 1680s Elizabethan to 1980s hiphop and American musical genres. With a street-smart heroine and a ravenous poser on the loose, this humorous new twist on the beloved fairy tale is anything but Grimm!

Pedaling the Prairie Bike Ride Feb. 9 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Waller County Fairgrounds 22000 Fairground Road Hempstead, TX 77445 www.pedalingtheprairie.org The seventh annual Pedaling the Prairie is a BP MS150 recommended ride and all proceeds benefit the athletic department of Faith West Academy. The ride travels along several courses ranging from a 24-mile beginner ride to over a 71-mile endurance ride. The various routes take you around the Monaville, Pattison, and Bellville areas. You can expect to experience the prairie, rolling meadows, rural flatlands, and some hills. For information about sponsorships or to register, you may contact Cheryl Aronson or Cathy Sturm on 281-391-5683 - ext 226. Annual Gala and Auction Feb. 9 | 6:00 p.m. Pope John XXIII High School 1800 W Grand Parkway Katy, TX 77449 www.pj23.org Come out to a festive luau to support the student programs at Pope John XXIII High School! The

Katy ServeFest 2013 Feb. 16 & Feb. 23 | 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Cinco Ranch Church of Christ 6655 South Mason Katy, TX 77450 www.katyservefest.org

school’s ninth annual gala and auction, Aloha!, will be held at the school on Saturday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $100 per attendee or $1,500 for a table of ten. Contact the Office of Advancement at the school for more information at info@pj23.org. Father/Son Weekends Feb. 15-17 or 22-24 | 6:30 p.m. Frontier Camp 131 Frontier Camp Grapeland, TX 75844 frontiercamp.org Frontier Camp offers 2 Father/Son weekends in February. We combine great Christian teaching with the kind of fun that Frontier Camp is known for, all in an environment that brings families and friends together. Our goal is always to make this year’s retreat better than the last…and, with a lot of answered prayer, it happens! The speakers are excellent, the activities are a blast, the food is great, and the company is second to none…your family! Whether your family has been attending for years or you are looking for a way to experience Frontier Camp first hand, we hope that you will consider joining us this year!

Please take a moment to mark your calendars for our upcoming Katy ServeFest on February 16 and 23, 2013. We are still finalizing locations at this point, but we anticipate being at the Katy YMCA’s Camp Cinco, Hip Hop Hope in Brookshire and out in the community serving the elderly, widows and single moms by blessing them with some exterior maintenance work and landscaping. You won’t want to miss out on this incredible day to Serve and Share with us! FFPS Spring Season Sign Up Now Open www.FFPS.org “Fun-Fair-Positive Soccer (FFPS) registration is now OPEN for its Spring 2013 Season for girls and boys, 4 to 18 yr old (4’s must turn 5 by Dec. 31, 2013). Games begin April 6 and end May 25. To sign up go to www.FFPS.org. Any questions call Jack at 713-907-4907”.

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matter anymore? After the November election, a question needs to asked: “Where do we go from here?” In answer, the Lord seems to primarily be saying, “Jesus.” I think we do not realize how far we’ve fallen in our personal lives and in our nation. Even before the election, I’ve seen and heard how urgent it is that we repent, but realistically,

How could this happen? Whatever happened to America? What ever happened to honesty, integrity, adherence to higher and lofty goals? Have we tipped the scales, where the anarchist mentality of the “Occupy movement” is beginning to carry the day? Are the “47%” of takers to be written off, as Romney wrongly implied? Does truth and consequences

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repent for what? Given the proper meaning of the word “repent” and the whole of moral perspective, it is strategically true. To repent means to change one’s mind. And one thing we need to change our minds about is compromise. Think of how many Christians are in bondage to pornography. How many Christians simply lie daily as a convenience? How many Christians don’t really care to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but rather give them over to cell phones, video games, sports and any other amusing distraction? How about divorce? What about marital and family disorder? How about how Christian business owners treat and pay their employees? How about Christian employees doing their best on the job for their employer “as unto Christ,” regardless of how they’re treated? In short, how about maturity? Not to mention, we do not help the poor as we’re supposed to. We leave it to the government, when it is mostly none of their business. People are in some way going to appreciate and “glorify” whoever helps them in their time of need, be it Jesus, or government. A generation or two of the latter leads to a bondage to government entitlements. Government is NOT God, though many in government want to be seen as such, especially now. As a nation we continue to allow abortion and teach the stupid, but deadly, lie of evolution. We make “conservative” arguments about how some things ought to be, but do so largely without stating that it is God who says “such and such.” We make “good arguments” without making the case that it is God who lays out for us the way things should be in our personal lives, culture and society, and it is to Him that we are accountable. It seems many people want to practice the “Christian religion” but do not seek the heart relationship nor the trust and obedience of doing things God’s way, at least not in the sense that they want Christianity genuinely impacting their everyday life. As I’ve said for many years, there is nothing wrong with America that is not wrong in the church. God and His Word are the very foundation and life of this nation. But perhaps we’ve become more like the churches in Revelations, especially the church in Ephesus, who did many things right, but had lost its first love. Now at the same time, evil is being increasingly unleashed on many levels. Just look at Israel and the Middle East. Many dynamics are on the pathway and “coming to a head.” The attacks against Christ and

answer will take some real wisdom and backbone, learned from the word of God. Republicans have had their share of holding the House, Senate, and the White House over the last two or three decades, but have never defunded Planned Parenthood, or even PBS, for that matter. What good are claims of truth and righteousness that are never acted upon? It’s time they grew a spine! So where do we go from here? Re-evaluation, Re-examination, Repentance, Re-direction, Renewal! May God help us to get it right, in truth and love for those who are lost and hurting, the renewal of America, and especially for His glory and honor! Trust and rest in the reality that God is for us, and not against us. God will take care of His own, even if we are facing increased tribulation on this earth. God is love. He is faithful. And He cannot and will not deny Himself. Mark Williamson is the Founder and President of Foundation Restoration Ministries and Federal Intercessors, educational and intercessory ministries dedicated to the restoration of Biblical truth, righteousness and justice in the nation and culture, reaching even the highest offices of the Federal government. The views expressed in this column are his personal opinions and observations. Learn more, join the prayer cause, or support the ministry at www.federalintercessors.net. You may contact him directly at mark.williamson@federalintercessors.net, or at 713722-4301.

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