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ON THE COVER: Top: FREE FAMILY MOVIE MATINEE for winter break at the Sienna Branch Library, on Friday, January 3, beginning at 1:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. The special feature is a fantasy adventure film, released in 2013, starring James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics. Putting his magical talents to use through illusion, ingenuity, and even a bit of wizardry, Diggs transforms himself not only into a great and
Jason and Laura Seifert teach their children, Beth and Ben, about the importance of giving by serving together at Second Mile Mission Center.
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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital breaks ground for emergency care center
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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital began groundbreaking on a new 9,600-square-foot emergency care center on Highway 6 in Missouri City, between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities—signifying their first development in Missouri City. The facility is scheduled to open in summer 2014, and will house 10 treatment rooms and the latest technology in diagnostic imaging equipment. The opening of the emergency care center will improve access to emergent care for Missouri City residents while also offering the latest and most sophisticated services and technology posDr. Sonhui Chung & the staff of Eye Connection would like to invite you and your family to our sible. The new center will also offer resioffice to meet Dr. Chung and the staff; you will dents faster access to inpatient care at the also receive special savings on eyewear & main hospital campus, if needed. eyecare products! “This is an exciting development because it gives us a physical presence in the heart of the fast-growing Missouri City community,” said Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO Chris Siebenaler. “The Glasses • Contact Lenses • LASIK Co-Management • Pediatrics new emergency care center will give Missouri City residents a first-class Sienna Office medical facility within minutes of their 8880 Hwy 6, Suite 200 homes.” Missouri City, TX 77459 The emergency care center is Phone: 281.778.2020 just one of five major projects planned between now and summer 2014 that will expand the hospital’s physical footprint, significantly enhance its ability to serve patients across Fort Bend and surrounding counties and add a number To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, please visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland, and visit our Facebook page at FB.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information. of new jobs.
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Singers Join Fort Bend Symphony To Spread Christmas Cheer
Fort Bend Symphony musicians, joyously preparing for the Sunday, Dec. 8 Deck the Halls Christmas concert, include John Gearhart, harp; Patricia Guzman, cello; Aimee Peterson, co-concertmistress; and Chelsea Keaton, bass clarinet.
This year’s Deck the Halls concert, presented by the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, will be more magical than ever as the St. Laurence Chamber Singers join the orchestra in this special holiday presentation. This popular concert begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Stafford Centre. Some of the seasonal favorites on the program include Sleigh Ride, The Christmas Song, Frosty the Snowman and Christmas Fantasia. FBSO will accompany the St. Laurence Singers as they sing Hallelujah Chorus, Carol of the Bells and several additional selections. The concert also features an audience sing-along to We Wish You A Merry Christmas. Other special guests include Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella narrating Twas the Night Before Christmas, plus photo opportunities with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. This year’s concert is under the direction of associate conductor Dr. Dominique Royem. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., she will share some programming notes during an informal time called “Beyond the Baton.” For best seats, purchase tickets early at fbso.org or call (281) 276-9642. Reserved seats for adults begin at $12 with discounts for adults 55 and over, students, military and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free with a reserved ticket. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford.
TEACHING KIDS 'TIS BETTER TO GIVE A Message from Houston's First Baptist Church
For starters, parents should not limit their definition of giving to only gestures that involve money. While financial contributions are appreciated, some children may not have money to donate themselves. And if the parent is writing the check, the child may not learn the lesson. “Teaching children about the importance of giving can be fun for them and their parents,” says Katie Walker with the Children’s Ministry at the Sienna Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church. “One of the most important things to do is to choose something where the child can be actively involved and — ideally — where they can see how their giving makes a difference.” Local Charities Fort Bend County has numerous charities and churches that offer opportunities for volunteers to pitch in and help – either for a onetime event or on an on-going basis. Jason and Laura Seifert have enjoyed taking their children to serve in the food pantry at Second Mile Mission Center (secondmile.org). As Christmas nears, children’s wish lists seem to grow longer by the day as new commercials and catalogs promote the latest “must have” items. For parents, it can be a dizzying effort to keep up with the wishes, to find the items, and to budget accordingly. A recent national survey said parents planned to spend an average of $271 for Christmas gifts per child. One in 10 parents planned to spend over $500 — double the national average. The amount varies from family to family based on the ages and numbers of children. Regardless, the fact remains that Americans spend a lot of their money — and time — on gifts for kids at Christmas. But at some point during the Christmas season as the receipts pile up, each parent experiences that moment when they stop and ask themselves, “Is this what it’s all about?” While fighting traffic, standing in line, or searching for “sold out” items online, moms and dads wonder if all the presents under the tree are sending the right message. It’s true that Christmas is about giving — but why are our children usually only on the receiving end of the holiday? What can parents do to teach them about giving?
For over 20 years, Second Mile has provided food, clothing, household items, spiritual counseling, and health care for needy residents of Fort Bend County. The Seiferts give back together as a family by spending some time sorting out donations, stocking shelves, and doing other tasks to support the mission. “It’s an eye-opener for our kids to know that there are people right here in our community who need help,” says Laura. “They get to see and touch the food that will go to people in need.” “Since they’re kids, they still have their list of wishes and wants, and that’s OK,” Jason adds, “but our prayer is that by serving at Second Mile they would understand that it’s more important to help others than to just get more stuff for ourselves.” Look Next Door An opportunity for your child to give of their time and service may be as close as a neighbor on your street. Is there an elderly person for whom you could run an errand? Someone who needs help with yard work? A single mom who would appreciate a free babysitter? Parents and children should go together and approach neighbors about any potential ways they can help them.
If the idea of doing yard work doesn’t inspire your child, consider inviting other parents and their children to serve with you. Ask your child whom he or she would want to join in on the project then reach out to that family. When the work is done, you can go get ice cream and offer words of encouragement to the kids for the work they did. In addition to doing chores for others, you and your child could surprise neighbors with an unexpected treat. For example, take a wagon loaded with cold bottles of water and snacks around your neighborhood and hand them out to people as they work in their yards — even to the hired lawn care workers, too! Ask your children what other ideas they have and allow them to “own” the project. Long-Term Commitments If you want the act of giving to extend beyond seasonal opportunities or moments when a neighbor has a need, consider making a long-term commitment to giving as a family. One such option is to sponsor a child through Compassion International. As a family, go to the Compassion website (compassion.com) and search for a child you want to sponsor. Allow your child to search for a child by their location in the world, gender, age range, or birthday. They can also search for children with special needs, ones who have been orphaned, and those affected by HIV/AIDS. A monthly donation of less than $50 provides your sponsored child with food and water, medical care, educational opportunities, and life-skills training. To get your children involved, place a jar in a visible spot in your home with your sponsored child’s picture attached. Encourage your children to put their change or a portion of their allowance money in the jar throughout the month. (Mom and Dad might have to make up the difference!) Once your sponsorship is established, you’ll be able to exchange letters and photos with the child. Your children will see the impact their contributions are making. Having a sponsored child may teach them to think of others, illustrate how a small amount can go a long way, and introduce them to needs around the world.
“Teaching your children to give can be an uphill battle if all they ever do is receive,” says Jeff Rees, Campus Pastor of the Sienna Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church. “Parents will see their children ‘get it’ if they model what it means to give of their time and talents and include their children along the way. They’ll see their children experience the joy that comes from giving.”
LAY A FOUNDATION The Sienna Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church offers Life Bible Studies and other programs for kids from birth through 12th grade that can provide a foundation for a lifetime of giving. Sienna Campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church 4309 Sienna Parkway Missouri City, TX 77459 Sundays Life Bible Studies @ 9:30a & 11a Worship Services @ 9:30a & 11a HoustonsFirst.org/Sienna
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