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Cambridge dictionary defines the word inspiration as, “someone or something that give you ideas for doing something.” Its root meaning is to “breath into.” In the case of Chevella Sampson, a hairstylist of ten years, that breath of inspiration came to her during a deeply moving spiritual transformation. “The Lord placed on my heart the urge to dig deeper,” she explained. “He called on me to study His word.” At the time, she didn’t know how God wanted her to do that. “Yet I was inspired to go to church one morning,” Chevella explains. “there I met a Belhaven University representative who told me that no matter what your course of study, Belhaven will teach you the word of Christ. I could actually feel God speaking to me.” “I was nervous. I hadn’t been in school for 25 years,” continues Chevella. “Would I be accepted How was I going to manage books, tuition, financial aid? But I wanted to learn more about the Bible, and I knew in my heart that the Christ-based curriculum at Belhaven was the right place for me. Then I called a Belhaven University counselor. It was like she completed my thoughts! All my fears were instantly put to rest. The staff made it so easy. Financial aid was available to me even before God promised me it would be. I

was overjoyed – and most importantly, I knew this was where I belonged.” Today, Chevella has been at Belhaven for two years. “Everybody seems like family They know your name and they want you to succeed. My professors have an open-door policy. If you need guidance, guidance will be provided to you. But it’s the Biblical perspective that’s super important. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how much you’ve got it together –or even if you don’t have it together. Having a Biblical perspective in your education not only allows you to expand your career, it fulfills a purpose in life no matter what talent you have. Talent is no good without purpose. And your purpose is to know the word of Christ.” For Houston residents who want to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree quickly and affordably, Belhaven University is the answer to a quality adult studies program. Both degree programs are tailored to the needs of busy working adults. Belhaven students graduate with the tools they need to stay competitive in today’s global economy, and they do it with all the love and support of the word of God. “Belhaven is everything you expect in a God-inspired learning environment,” Chevella says. “You will feel so at home here.”

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Greetings! The air is getting crisper, leaves are shedding from trees, and Christmas lights decorate our streets welcoming us into this beautiful and exciting time of the year. Much has changed in our nation since the last time we spoke. With his landslide victory on November 8th, Donald J. Trump will become our 45th President! Our magazines would like not only to congratulate him, but to encourage each and every one of our readers to keep him in constant prayer. Pray not only for the safety of him and his family, but that God will use his time in office to further His will. Usually when there is a Presidential election, only about half the population are happy with the results. There have been some elections where I was jubilant, and some where I was depressed and discouraged. I believe that the problems that face our country will not be solved simply by having a Republican or Democrat as President, but by turning back to the Judeo- Christian principles that our nation were founded on. It is my hope that Presidentelect Trump is the man for the job. Katy Christian Magazine and Fort Bend Christian Magazine would also like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As walkers in Christ, this is our Season! While out and about at the mall or shopping for groceries, you may find yourself humming along to the tune of “O Holy Night” or “Joy to the World” playing over the loudspeakers. Songs like these celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. However, I often wonder how many people mindlessly listen Christmas songs, without considering what this sacred day is truly about. When my children were young, my wife and I would read the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke to them out loud on Christmas Eve. We described Christ’s birth to them, and explained the need for His sacrifice on the cross. We would then go to the candlelight service on Christmas Eve at First Baptist Church in Houston to honor God. This tradition was amongst the fondest memories I have. Sadly, we do live in a consumerist and secular world, where the vast majority is more concerned with what’s under the tree than who died on the Cross. I believe it is our responsibility as believers to instill in our children both a love of Christ, and a recognition for what Christmas is truly about. Never take Christ out of Christmas! Joseph R. Menslage President/Publisher Fort Bend Christian Magazine

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What Does Christmas Mean to You? By Pastor Sonny Rice All Around Cowboy Church It’s already December and with it, all the joys of Christmas are in the air. But what is the true meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, maybe some snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets (or the country roads where I live)? Is this really Christmas? For some, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Christmas dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some. But this is what it was for me: A while back, Christmas didn’t mean too much to me. It was a time for good food, hunting with the boys, and some of the family coming by. Christmas Eve and day were just days to me. The day after Christmas was a day to get ready to go to the next horse show, which started on Jan. 1st of the next year. So everything started over again. The same as all the other years; no meaning, other than my




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can go to,” Laura said. “I really feel like I have made them proud by having it there for them to take clients, customers and friends too.” Outside of the Houston restaurant, Laura and her husband own the Vince Young Steak House in Austin where they first began their restaurant career. Through their restaurant business, Laura said they try and do things like Mack does. Mack’s children are each continuing on his legacy. They seem to depict the many qualities and characteristics that make up Mack in their own unique way. “Success doesn’t mean money,” Laura said. “It doesn’t mean being a celebrity and it doesn’t mean any of those things that a lot of people equate with success. It means being happy, enjoying your life and doing better for others. And he instilled that in all of us.” Mack is still Mack. Neither time nor success has ever changed that. As to how he got to where he is today, he simply says that’s just how the free enterprise system works and that God is good. Although, he doesn’t take for granted the Houston community that has helped him get there. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” Mack said. “They are the alpha and omega of Gallery Furniture, along with the good Lord looking over us. If we can keep the faith, grow the business and help the people then we are doing something right.” Well Mack has been doing it right for 30 plus years and his legacy is there to prove it. “My dad is one of a kind,” Elizabeth said. “Sure, I am biased to say that because I’m his daughter, but I think the Houston community would say the same thing.”

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When Motherhood Feels Like a Waiting Room: Settling Into My Present Instead of Waiting for My Next By Jordan Harrell When we moved this past summer, it didn’t take long for my husband to find the Goodwill Superstore down the street. This guy is very impressed by a good deal. On his last trip, he brought home an $8 Easy Bake Oven. Now, my girls LOVE to help me cook and are constantly asking to make “real food by myself” so initially I thought, “Way to go, Clark!” But then I realized… Neither child can read a recipe. Neither child can measure. Neither child can wash dishes or clean up messes without help. Clark just got two little girls really excited about this crap and then left them with me for four months while he coached football. TAKE IT BACK. Just kidding. I’m not a total Fun-Sucker. A few days ago, I agreed to let the girls make something that looked a lot like melted poo but was in fact brownies. I told them to grab a chair and push it up to the counter. While the chairs began stuttering across the tile floor, I saw a wave of competitiveness flood the girls’ eyes. I then watched them jockey back and forth for the honor of First Child to the Counter. Charlee, being older, arrived first and proceeded to push her chair

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directly in front of the mixing bowl. Hattie, realizing defeat, immediately collapsed to the floor in all her three-year-old glory. After making sure she hadn’t been shot, I asked her what was wrong. That was where I was going to put my chaaaaiiiirrr. There’s no roooooom for me now. I won’t be able to see annyyyythhiiinnnggg!!! I assured her I would scoot the bowl over and make sure they could both see. “Do you think I would only let Charlee mix?” No, she replied. “Doesn’t mommy always let you both help?” Yes, she replied. “I love you both. I don’t care more about Charlee than you and I don’t care more about you than Charlee. I will make sure y’all both get a turn because I love you both. But you have to be patient.” Hattie hesitantly pushed her chair up and kindly (if you can be kind and whiny at the same time) reminded me that she couldn’t see inside the bowl. I scooted the bowl over and thought, This is a trust issue. This is an issue of her not trusting my fairness, not trusting that I will give her a turn. So she feels the need to take matters into her own hands. Sharing is hard. We work and work on it with our kids because we want them to be likable and have friends, but we think WE get it — we think we know how to graciously let others have what we want. But we don’t. We know how to share toys, french fries, clothes (if we really like someone). But we have a really hard time sharing success. We think a lot like little Hattie: That should have been me. There’s no room for ME now. WHEN WILL IT BE MY TURN? But really, it’s an issue of trust. We don’t trust our Father. We don’t trust that there’s enough to go around. We don’t trust that our success is in his hands and not our own. We don’t trust that if we rest in him, he will raise us up. We don’t trust his timing. So it becomes ME vs. EVERYONE ELSE. And in our grieving at everyone else’s good news we lose the ability to rejoice in it because we

become so obsessed with GETTING OURS. That’s not how it works. I love, love, love the way Glennon Doyle Melton puts it: “Think abundance – always think abundance. Belief in abundance is the source of all generosity and peace. Know that there is enough. Know that you are enough. Know that you have enough. Enough time, enough talent, enough love. You can’t miss your boat. It’s yours. It stays docked till you’re ready. The only boat you can miss is someone else’s. Let them have theirs while you wait for the boat made for you. God’s never early and never late. And know that love and life are patient. And that God and life are forever tries.” OF COURSE. I CAN’T MISS MY OWN BOAT. What freedom that gives me! Freedom to stop working so hard. Freedom to let go. Freedom to bless others. Freedom to find joy in my current circumstances. Freedom to appreciate the process. Freedom to exhale. Freedom to rejoice in the arrival of others’ boats, even if mine keeps not coming, because I know that “God is never early and never late” and this is not some huge competition. We are on the same team. I am determining that I will trust in abundance, that there is always enough to go around. Motherhood is fraught with illusions of passing boats, convincing me that this is just a time of waiting: waiting for my boat, waiting for my turn, waiting for my next, like motherhood is just an in-between stage. I anticipate and prepare for the “after our kids…” instead of investing and digging into the NOW. Motherhood is so much more than a lobby or a waiting room or a queue.

It’s so easy to believe that while you are changing diapers and playing baby dolls everyone else is floating past you. But Mama? Don’t you believe that lie. What you are doing is important. This is kingdom work. My hope is that we can all collectively work toward one goal: bringing His kingdom down to Earth. And “just being a mom” is enough. Trust his process above your own and know that in your faithfulness, your boat, the one upon which God has already written your name, will not pass you by. At the news of others’ success, if you are tempted to wonder, “WHEN, GOD? When will it be my turn?” Just as I told Hattie, God wants you to know, “I love you both. I don’t care more about _____ than you and I don’t care more about you than _____. I will make sure y’all both get a turn because I love you both. But you have to be patient.” Settle into your motherhood. Settle into your God. Lean into both and allow them to be exactly what you need in this moment.’ Jordan and her husband Clark live in North Richland Hills, TX with their three kids, ages 4, 3, and 1. She is a teacher turned stay-at-home-mom and attempts to blog on the blessed occasion that all three kids’ naps align. For stories that will make you feel better about yourself, visit her blog at

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Bear Creek Lead Pastor Helps Church “Unleash” the Gospel to the Community, World By Jessa McClure After growing up on a farm in west Texas, Lead Pastor David Welch of Bear Creek Church in Katy, made his way to Texas Tech University on a path toward law school. But as he dug deeper into his studies, God began to reveal a new path. “In the middle of my [college years] I began to experience what I felt was a call from God into the ministry,” Welch said. “I sort of struggled with that a while, and then just surrendered myself to it.” From the home of the Red Raiders, Welch chose Southerwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, and began his work in ministry. “I served in various staff roles both in Dallas and Fort Worth, and then spent many years in Little Rock, AR, serving in multiple roles,” he said. “Then in 2001, Bear Creek called me and so we came here. And we’ve been here for 15 years.” Welch brought along his wife and two young daughters, and the family soon settled into the Katy area, finding where they fit best as part of the ministry as a whole. “When we first came, there were about 650 to 700 on a typical Sunday,” the pastor said. “Then, we began ministering, wide open, just watching for what the Lord wanted to do.”

This has been the church’s inspiration from the beginning. They want to be focus on the vision that God has for them. Their first big move was to move the entire body of believers to a new building that would allow for expansion. “We relocated from Clay Road to Fry Road,” Welch said. “We were able to almost quadruple our land size. And God began to do some really wonderful things.”


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The church now ministers to more than 2500 people on a given Sunday and Welch has seen how God has brought more people to himself. The pastor said God has moved through what the church calls a “revisioning process.” “In the 15 years since I’ve been here, we’ve gone through five revisioning processes,” he said. “A huge part of my role [in this process] is to ask, what’s next for us, and discerning that and bringing other spiritual leaders in on that and vision that with our church.” The church’s newest vision is called Unleashed, and it is Welch’s prayer that the church will do 10 big things in the next three-to-five years to make the congregation more gospel-centered. These goals will hopefully help to better impact their community, the city, and the world. “We really vision to start a significant ministry to the Spanish-speaking population around us,” he said. “That means every Sunday, having a high-quality, Spanish-speaking worship service and Spanish grow groups.” They also hope to grow their already busy counseling ministry. “We think that the gospel can be really effective in people’s lives through a counseling ministry,” Welch said. “And much of that counseling is offered at no charge.” Although the pastor has helped usher in a new day for Bear Creek Church, he’s most excited about the way the congregation has transformed over the last 15 years. “[The church] has gone from a very white church to a very ethnicallydiverse church, and it has been so healthy and so vibrant,” he said. “That’s really quite rare in America for a church to be really culturally and ethnically diverse.” Welch hopes that his investment in the church’s visioning process will help to keep the church centered on the gospel and following after Jesus’ example in this atmosphere of diversity. Even though it can be difficult to wait on God as he leads the church

towards new visions, the pastor said it is amazing to see people’s lives changed when those visions come to fruition.

“We watch people’s lives transform all the time when they come to Christ and learn to live this way,” he said. “It is unbelievable when people who are struggling with wounds, spiritual or emotional, addictions, or those who are going through a lot of pain, have a genuine encounter with the gospel and learn to live that out. It brings me so much joy to be a part of that.” If you’d like to come listen to Pastor Welch on a Sunday morning, visit Bear Creek Church at 5901 N Fry Rd, Katy, TX 77449 at 9, 10:15, or 11:30 a.m.

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Bridging the Gap By Caitlin Richards Love & Joy Personal Care Home is making a space for a part of the Houston community who needs it the most. Through home and community services, assisted living, and group homes, Love & Joy is providing a place for the intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD) and mentally ill population. “We are a pillow to the community, especially as it relates to providing services to this group of people and providing the community with jobs,” Shelia Swirczynski, Love & Joy CEO said. Love & Joy’s overall goal is to continue providing quality care regardless of the funding status of individuals. Within these populations, there are non-funded and funded individuals. “What makes us different is that we serve the non-funded,” Shelia said. “They need the care just as much as the funded populations, but because of long waiting lists to the IDD population and lack of funding to the mentally ill populations, they fall a gap of being unserved.” Love and Joy desires to get volunteers to assist with the growth of the non-funded program. “We are in need of volunteers to assist with nursing, administration, and community outings,” Shelia said. “There are so many ways to get involved and connected with our organization.” Shelia’s mother, Lover Compton, founded Love & Joy over 20 years ago to serve the greater Houston area. Lover had half of her siblings affected by mental illness, plus two of her own children.

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Transition, Humility and Prayer By Stephanie Leggett Director of Community Relations, The Great Southwest Prayer Center Humility Our first President, the venerated George Washington, set an American tradition into motion when he stepped down from the presidential office on March 4, 1797. Many stood in awe as he willingly, purposefully, yielded power to America’s second president, John Adams. History tells us that when England’s King George III heard that Washington intended to return to farming he was perplexed. King George’s response was “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” Indeed, it takes humility and grace to transfer authority. And it takes grace from both sides of the electorate, grace from the American people. Timothy speaks to authority; “First of all, then, I urge that supplication, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2: 1-4 So, we, as Americans, choose to give honor and respect to those chosen by the people to serve. Regardless of who we voted for. We have heard for months about how the presidential candidates are the least popular in modern history. We’ve heard how they are arrogant, crass, lacking compassion, crooked and elitist. To quote Augustus McCrae

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having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:1-4 Unity and deference to one another is what God is asking of us. That means we need to reach out. We need to learn to listen again. We need to pray for the grace to reach out in kindness to people who are different than we are. I pray we can begin to embrace people of different races, different ideology, different socioeconomic backgrounds, different educational levels, even different religions. Our wide diversity is one of America’s greatest assets! I thank God for His vast creativity in making us all so different and yet we are all made in His image. (Genesis 1:27) If we can remember how to listen, then we can then begin to hear. If we can hear, then we can begin to understand. This is a high calling and we will need wisdom and grace. Thankfully God is generous with his wisdom when we ask. (James 1:5) And wisdom serves us well. “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18 Gentleness, mercy, sincerity, and peace. That sounds like a welcome change to me. We can take our lead from our founding father and act in humility. And in doing so we follow the same example that he followed. The example set for us in the good book. “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:5-7. Let this be our prayer. Amen.

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The Faith West Academy drum line attended the TAPPS Drum Line Contest in Waco, TX on Monday, Oct. 24. They placed Runner Up (2nd) place in their competition. This was their first year to compete and also received the following individual awards. Lucas Campbell-Best Cymbals, Caleb Mendoza-Best Tenor and all four Bass Drummers, Thomas Kontilis, Princeton Woods, Lauren Boatright and Adam Harth.

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The Bayou Belles Charity Service Organization recently hosted a gala called, “Making Magic in Mango” which benefitted child abuse. Sponsors included Texas Children’s Child Abuse Unit, Centerra Ranch Montessori School, Dr. & Mrs. Terry and Ronda O’Connorm, and Mr. & Mrs. Byron and Angeline Auzenne.

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Fort Bend Christian Academy hosted it’s annual Tackling a Cure varsity football game for breast cancer awareness on September 30, 2016. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, the cheerleaders held a Pink Out pep rally and sported pink pompoms and hair ribbons. For the game, the football players wore pink wristbands.

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for a long time.” The singer began writing songs when he received his first guitar at the age of 15, and has developed a style that he says is a mix of Dave Matthews, contemporary Christian, and indie rock. He said his musical sound has evolved out of his desire to not only relay the messages of God’s Word, but also to make music that is enjoyable to listen to. “I try to make music that isn’t boring,” he said. “But I want it to be more than catchy. I want the music to be engaging on a deeper level, as opposed to notes that just make you feel good. “ Montgomery draws inspiration for these meaningful songs from his own struggles with finding salvation in a world that self-obsessed. “I didn’t start out with the focus to make every song somehow about the gospel, but I feel like that with these songs, each one of them kind of presents the gospel in some way,” he said. “I think that is why people are responding to them in the way that they are. It’s the power of our salvation.” The singer said he also draws inspiration for his music from the stories of other people. He imagines himself in their shoes and writes from that perspective. Montgomery has already had marked success in the Christian music world, performing his music for audiences in the Houston area. He even kicked off the release of his EP with a concert on Nov. 5, where he played to a crowd of more than 250 people. “It was a really great event,” he said. “It was a great opportunity to

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means sometimes missing dinner and bedtime with the kids. She has been willing to sacrifice that time for me.” Montgomery’s extended family has also helped out in a number of ways as he’s pursued his musical dreams. “If my wife was working and I needed to go do something, I could drop the kids off at my in-laws’ or with my mom,” he said. “They’re all super supportive.” The singer said his family and friends even contributed to his GoFundMe campaign when he was raising money to complete work on the album. Because so many have supported and prayed for him on his journey in the music world, he wants others to feel that same love and support when they listen to his music. “My hope is that in the end, God’s name is glorified and that people’s lives are changed,” he said. “God can use the songs that I write and the music I create to draw people closer to Himself. That’s my goal.”

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Dear Doctor: Should My Child Get a Flu Vaccine? By Dr. Anuradha Rai Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. Getting vaccinated early before flu activity begins, helps protect you once the flu activity begins in your community. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body’s immune system to fully respond and for you to be protected. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by end of October. However, December is not too late to have your child vaccinated for the 2016-2017 flu season. Vaccination is effective in reducing outpatient medical visits for illness caused by circulating influenza virus by 50 to 75%. Historically, 80 to 85% of pediatric deaths have been in unvaccinated children 6 months or older. In the past 10 seasons, rates of hospitalizations for children younger than 5 years have exceeded rates for children older than 5 years of age. Vaccination remains the best available preventive measure against influenza for your child.

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Katy Resurrection Run Adds New Sponsors By Caitlin Richards The Katy Resurrection Run hosted by Faith West and Katy/Fort Bend Christian Magazines is off to a great start. More community partners are stepping up to support the Run through sponsorships. A total of six community partners are joining title sponsors B&B Butchers and Restaurant as sponsors. “It is amazing to see how each of these businesses are using their gifts to help the community,” Joseph Menslage, Katy/ Fort Bend Christian Magazines publisher and Katy Resurrection Run founder said. “We are thrilled and thankful to have their support.” State Farm Insurance Agent Matt Schomburg and State Representative John Zerwas have joined the team as bronze sponsors. Katy News and Covering Katy will be media sponsors, and ER Katy will be the medical sponsor. Christian trial lawyers, Simmons and Fletcher deserve an honorable mention for their generosity. Each of these community partners is equally excited to be a part of the inaugural event. “It is more of a blessing to be able to give back to the community that has supported our business for so long,” Schomburg said. “Plus, knowing that they are out there doing good things for different non-profits makes us feel good to be a part of it.” By supporting the Run these businesses will be supporting the many organizations Faith West’s Eagle Initiative supports. The Eagle Initiative is Faith West’s outreach to the community where they give Faith West camp and school scholarships, and partner with numerous community

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In fact, most would choose social media and friends over responsibilities any day of the week. They need parents to guide them and remind them, without nagging or taking over their calendar. The skill of prioritizing is so important to their lives that you would be negligent if you didn’t teach it to them. Think about the many times in your life when you’ve had to determine what is most crucial and then work to that end in order to keep your job, pay your bills, or maintain your sanity. You must teach this to your kids. Never expect that they will be able to figure this out on their own. 3. Help your kids by setting them up with a personal calendar where they can enter due dates, homework, activities and events.

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Project SMILE By Carolyn Engelke Tarver Project SMILE is a community outreach, primarily to children, in memory of my son Stan Engelke. Stan died at age of 17 in a freakish accident in May, 1983. I began Project SMILE (Stan’s Memory Includes Loving Everyone) that December by taking gifts to 12 children at a Youth Center. In 1984, I began going door to door in various Fort Bend neighborhoods, gathering information about children in need. Project SMILE since has expanded; we now have volunteers in each neighborhood. Thanks to the invaluable aid of special assistant Eva Donalson and volunteer Dave Grice, we are able to keep our database updated. Within the past 33 years, thousands of children have received school supplies and Christmas gifts from a generous and caring community through Project SMILE. For the past 21 years, Project SMILE has been supported by Santa’s Exchange. We counted the children benefitted by our outreach for a five-year period and, during that time, 14,667 children received three gifts each at Christmas. Project SMILE also does a lot of outreach work through Bethel Ministry. These projects are supported by many wonderful organizations such as Sugar Land Baptist Church, the Oyster Creek Rotary Club, Sugar Land Lions Club, and Sugar Land/Fort Bend Optimist Clubs. We’re also supported by the Sugar Land Rotary Club, Sugar Land Exchange Club, and Fort Bend Exchange Club, which are service clubs that make up Santa’s Exchange. They have now been

joined by Toys for Tots and Second Mile. In Book of Isaiah, God told His people that He would give them a crown of beauty for ashes. Through Project SMILE, God has shown me that beauty can arise from the ashes of tragedy. He has shown that through the efforts of many generous and service-minded people who have made Project SMILE a beautiful tribute to my son Stan, as well as a great blessing to thousands of children whose smiling faces reflect their joy in receiving school supplies and Christmas gifts.

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While I will never forget the horror of Stan’s death, I will always remember the blessing of his birth. He brought me more joy and happiness - with a few challenges along the way - than I could have dreamed possible. His death reminded me anew about priorities; the most important thing in life is the relationships you build (first to our Creator, and then to each other), not material possessions or anything of the secular world. Through my son, I learned the true meaning of love that is so intense that it is almost sacred - love that can only be exceeded by God’s love for us all. All of my love and hopes and dreams were in my precious son, and the pain of his death never leaves me, but the joy of his life is always present in my heart. I am thankful that I know he lives forever in the presence of our Risen Lord and I WILL SEE HIM AGAIN! What a glorious day

that will be! Because Stan was my only child, I won’t be a grandmother. However, I am so very grateful that I will always be Stan’s Mother. He gave me more beautiful memories in his 17 years than a lot of mothers have in a whole lifetime. Even if I knew I would lose him, I would run the risk again. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to the many caring and altruistic people of our great community who make Project SMILE possible. I wish them all a Blessed and Merry Christmas! For additional information about Project SMILE and how you can help, contact Carolyn Engelke Tarver at (281) 491-5234 or email

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Our “Participant Ribbon” Nation By Gary Gillen They didn’t like the results. Half of the country didn’t. They hadn’t liked the candidate. They weren’t alone. They were devastated and couldn’t even go to class the next morning. They needed a safe place. Some elite colleges offered counseling. Some professors cancelled tests or forgave absences. This, I believe, is the fault of my generation. We didn’t want to see our children disappointed. We couldn’t face the hurt in their eyes when they did not get what they wanted. Some of my generation thought spanking cruel; that corporal punishment was degrading. So it started with tantrums. You’ve seen them, children on the floor screaming…in public. Parents ignoring the screams. Other shoppers trying to block out the noise. Teaching children that it is acceptable behavior to create chaos. Ignoring the right of others to go about their business in peace. As they grew up these same parents defended their children from

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recall that when my daughter asked permission to start the first Republican Club at her high school she was also required to find students to start a Democrat Club. While I had a great teacher in High School social studies who taught us not what to think but how to think, that is often not the case today. Then some colleges allowed their faculties to become so liberal that students with opposing views weren’t challenged to defend their beliefs but were intimidated to be quiet. And the students have been taught to be victims. Victims of racism, sexism, even –isms we haven’t heard of. And we come to today. Students need “safe places.” Incivility is common on some campuses. Speakers, almost always conservative, are refused entry or heckled. Many colleges have ceased to be laboratories of thought, places of great debate about important issues. Some have become petty places of censorship. Places where independent thought is discouraged and only groupthink is allowed. For days after Donald Trump won the election for President of the United States protesters, some young, naïve and coddled others professional anarchists, protested. They blocked roads and highways making life difficult for thousands trying to go about their business. Like the child in the grocery store having a tantrum, they screamed for attention. It is time for parents to call their children and explain to them that they don’t always get their way; that they will face adversity in life. That in life there are no participant ribbons.

Then in high school these same parents looked away as their children questioned authority. And it wasn’t enough to question, they also accused and disrespected their teachers, speakers and the administration. So administrators began to respond to every complaint of these children. I

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2017 Christian School Directory We’ve compiled a list of some of the top Christian schools and after school programs in the Katy area. For a complete listing of schools, visit our website at Berean Christian Academy 1407 West Grand Parkway South Katy, TX 77494 (346) 307-7491

Berean Christian Academy (BCA) is a full-time school located at Westland Baptist Church in Katy. BCA is named after the noble Bereans of Acts 17:11. We are a non denominational, private Christian school currently hosting students in grades K-4, with plans to expand. BCA features small class sizes and a curriculum that exceeds State standards to prepare students to matriculate to a variety of schooling environments, including public, private, and home schools. BCA educates students within a Christ-centered worldview, producing students who are well prepared to live their lives for the glory of Christ and

benefit of others. A BCA foundation helps students recognize Truth, Goodness, and Beauty through God’s Creation. This is achieved through strong academic, extracurricular, and character programs that foster our students’ intellectual, spiritual, social, physical, and emotional development. BCA employs degreed, certified teachers who have a passion for teaching. They work in conjunction with parents for the well-being of our students. Classes are less than 12 students, and tuition is amongst the lowest in the region! BCA, a 501(c)(3) charity, is currently pursuing accreditation with AdvancED (SACS). Call 346307-7491 or visit www.bereanchristianacademy. org today to schedule a tour. It’s a great day to be a Berean!

Capstone Classical Academy 1507 Ricefield Dr #210 Houston, TX 77084 (832) 314-1400

Capstone Classical Academy opened its nontraditional school in August 2009 with only 4 students. Since then, we have grown to house over 50 students in grades 5-12. With a maximum student body of 74 students, Capstone offers students a stress-free, bully-free personal learning environment. Students from both large school settings and home schooling alike have found a place where their different learning styles are appreciated. Teachers mold the curriculum around their students’ unique learning styles, rather than molding children to fit a rigid curriculum. Our campus proudly promotes the 3M’s…Manners, Morals, and

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Motivation, and our teachers help students realize that one must possess all three to be successful. The National Association of Private Schools accredits Capstone, as our goals match the expectations of this faith-based organization. We have students from all religions, as we do not teach religion, but have a faith-based premise on our campus. With our “at home” feel on campus, students are free to learn and develop into the person God created them to be. Our Open Enrollment year-round allows students to enter our school at any point in the school year. Acceptance is based on interviews, as opposed to placement test scores. Students on the autism spectrum have been quite successful in our small setting and are accepted on an individual basis. Students enjoy a 4-day school week with Funfilled Enrichment Fridays offering an option for students to experience theme-based activities, develop study skills and receive tutoring. Please contact us with any inquiries, thank you for your consideration!

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6 years old, educating in French, Spanish, and English. Eagles on the Rock follows the preschool curriculum of the Ministère Français de l’Éducation Nationale. This curriculum is adapted in Spanish and English. Children will study the same themes and books (or similar) in each language, taught by qualified teachers in each target language. We proudly offer low student to teacher ratios, and place upmost importance on providing spacious and bright classes to facilitate learning. On our 7.5 acre campus, not only will students receive excellent classroom instruction in French/Spanish/English, but each child will also access unique electives: Farm Discovery (Goats, Sheep, Pot Belly Pigs on campus), Gardening (greenhouse and outdoor), Music (Kinder Music Curriculum), Choir, P.E. (Soccer Coach), Applied Art, Drama/Theater, and Introduction to Sciences. With these exclusive programs, Eagles on the Rock fosters unique and creative learners who are well-prepared for life! Contact us for additional information.

been blessed with the gift of providing nurturing childcare to families in Texas and Louisiana for over 14 years. Her love and passion for children is shown through her day to day interactions with parents, students and teachers at Enchantment Kids F.A.L.C. located in Katy, Texas. She places a strong emphasis on the educational growth and development of children ensuring they are equipped with the necessary tools for them to excel. We pride ourselves on developing personable relationships with families, providing a warm and inviting environment giving parents and guardians the peace of mind knowing their child is safe, secure and supervised at all times. Our Mission and G.O.A.L. – Enchantment Kids exist to provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for infants, preschoolers and school-aged children. We offer a stimulating Early Care and Fine Arts educational curriculum which promotes every child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. We aim to teach the fundamental skills necessary for all children to become leaders, motivators, and educational explorers! Our goal is to provide Genuine care to all children, by offering programs that will Organically develop and raise Academic confidence, while creating lifelong learners!

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Faith West Academy 2225 Porter Rd Katy, TX 77493 (281) 391-5683

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 action. Located on 42 acres just east of the city of Katy, 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.

Foundations Academy 20817 Westheimer Pkwy. Katy, TX 77450 (281) 599-1200

Foundations Academy is owned and operated by families who are actively involved in local churches, including volunteering as Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and are active Deacons. At Founda-

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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 of land, and 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.

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An educational child care program offering children 6 weeks to 12 years, fun, hands-on experiential learning opportunities in a safe and stimulating environment. Kiddie Academy’s extended hours of operation and developmentally appropriate curriculum are just a few reasons why it is a favorite among parents, for early education. When it comes to learning, Kiddie Academy is committed to educating the whole child: cognitively, emotionally, socially, and physically. Kiddie Academy believes that children learn best when they are able to use their whole bodies, explore freely, talk about what they are learning, organize their thoughts, and interact with others. The centerbased learning approach utilized in classrooms aligns perfectly with children’s natural curiosity and provides them with numerous opportunities to find solutions, solve problems, and accomplish tasks based on individual strengths and needs.

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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. Our Mission is to support, encourage and connect families in Jesus by providing a foundation of Christ-centered academic learning, equipping them to be His witnesses and make disciples wherever they go.

Primrose Academy at Wood Creek Reserve

1249 FM 1463 Katy, TX 77494 (281) 371-0099 At Primrose Academy, we pay close attention to all facets of a child’s growth including social, emotional, physical, creative, cognitive and character development. Our proprietary programs in music, art, gardening, life skills and foreign language were developed especially for our curriculum. When it comes to helping your child reach their full potential, we leave no stone unskipped, unpainted or unturned. Primrose Academy recognizes that each child learns in different ways. The Primrose Balanced Learning approach provides teachers with the tools and guidance to accommodate children’s natural curiosity and to fully support each child while building problem solving skills and confidence. We offer a well-rounded and extensive classes in Language and Literacy, Physical Development, Science and Engineering, Social Studies, Social and Emotional Development, Creative Arts, and Math. We accept children from infancy to kindergarten. Please contact us with any questions!

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Rising Star Academy proudly offers a unique, hands-on learning environment for your children. Early childhood years are crucial for cognitive and emotional development, and at Rising Star, qualified teachers provide nurturing and fun lesson plans catered toward making children fall in love with learning. Additionally, we recognize the importance of raising your children as creative individuals, and developing their specific interests. This is why Rising Star offers a variety of enrichment programs, including music, Spanish, and dance/gymnastics to foster a well-rounded student. Programs like these, along with our emphasis on a positive learning experience, are why we are called “home away from home!” We accept students from infancy to 12 years of age. Please contact us with any questions; we thank you for your consideration!

Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy 23300 Bellaire Blvd Richmond, TX 77406 (281) 341-9910

Westlake Preparatory Lutheran Academy is a private Christian school that places emphasis on individual development in person and in relationship with God. Our teachers pride themselves in not only their exceptional training, but also in belief that teaching is more than a job- it’s a calling. We believe that every child is a gift from God and He has entrusted us in providing them with a faithbased and academically stimulating education.

The Learning Center 3700 S. Mason Rd Katy, TX 77450 (281) 392- 2273

The Learning Center is an outreach ministry of Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church, and has been serving the surrounding community since 1997. The Learning Center seeks to provide a safe place where children are nurtured and shown God’s love. Our commitment to offer the best possible program, with Christian faith and values, is a strong one. Our center offers a developmentally appropriate program focusing on growth of the whole child, physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually. We offer extended care schedules, as well as Parent’s Day Out part-time programs. Please come by, meet our staff, and take a tour of our school. We are open Monday-Friday, 6:30am-

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Recipe: Christmas Ham Ingredients • 1 (12 lb.) bone-in ham • 1/2 c. whole cloves • 1 (20 oz.) can pineapple rings in heavy syrup • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar • 1 (12 fluid oz.) can lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage • 1 (4 oz.) jar chopped maraschino cherries Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 2. Place ham in a roasting pan. Score the rind of the ham with a diamond pattern. Press a clove into the center of each diamond. Drain the juice from the pineapple rings into a medium bowl, and stir in the brown sugar and lemon-lime soda. Coat the ham with this mixture. Arrange the pineapple rings over the outside of the ham. Place a maraschino cherry in the center of each pineapple ring, and secure with a toothpick. 3. Bake uncovered for 4 to 5 hours, basting frequently with the juices, until the internal temperature of the ham is 160 degrees. Be sure the meat thermometer is not touching the bone. Remove toothpicks before serving. Tip: You can use aluminum foil to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier. Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hrs.


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