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Alliance for Children and Families observes National Family Week

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By Jacob Trimmer
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The Alliance for Children and Families, a Milwaukee-based human service nonprofit organization, has designated Nov. 18-24 as its annual National Family Week observance. Taking place each year during the week of Thanksgiving, National Family Week is an appropriate time to celebrate the individuals and organizations that bolster the chances of success for children, adults, and families.

National Family Week has been annually promoted by the Alliance for more than 40 years. Sam Wiley, who was a teacher and administrator in Indianapolis, Ind., founded National Family Week in 1968. The Alliance partnered with Wiley in the 1970s to promote the celebration among its members and the human-serving sector.

Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance, links National Family Week and its celebration of families to nonprofit human-serving organizations, which strengthen families.

“The Alliance and its network, due to our leadership, creative connections, effective advocacy, and ability to engage communities, are working to magnify our impact because the economic constraints merit nothing less,” Dreyfus said. “Because National Family Week takes place during the week of Thanksgiving, it is a great time to say thanks to the individuals and organizations that help children, adults, and families.”

National Family Week is just one way the Alliance leads the human-serving sector to achieve transformational impact on the lives of people of all ages. The Alliance strives to lead its network of members and the entire sector to decrease the number of people living in poverty, increase the number of people living safe and healthy lives, and put more people onto pathways for educational and employment success.

In addition to observances during the week of Thanksgiving, National Family Week goals can be used to achieve long-term family- and community-strengthening objectives. Potential program objectives include:

  • Economic self-sufficiency
  • Dependable transportation
  • Applicable education and training
  • Affordable housing

N.J. church to oversee meal distribution initiative for Sandy victims

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By Tonya Whitaker
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While several eastern coast communities continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, a New Jersey church is preparing to help those affected by the superstorm.

Liquid Church, led by Pastor Tim Lucas, is gearing up to prepare, deliver, and host Sandy Thanksgiving (#SandyThanksgiving) meals to thousands of families still significantly hurt by the storm.

Hurricane Sandy, a category 1 hurricane that made landfall in Atlantic City, N.J., on Oct. 29, was catastrophic to the Garden State. According to Eqecat Inc., the storm caused at least $6 billion in damage to the state. Thousands still remain powerless, homeless and distraught in the Long Beach Island – Atlantic City region alone.

Truckloads of relief supplies are being collected at all three campus locations of Liquid Church to transport and distribute along with the Sandy Thanksgiving meals Nov. 22 and 23.  In addition, volunteer teams will also help residents clean out their storm-devastated homes by the storm that weekend.

“Amidst all of the devastation and challenges Sandy has brought, we want to be there physically with the families of the Jersey shore this Thanksgiving in order to bring hope to those that need it most right now,” Lucas said.

Jugs of water and canned goods are being collected at all three campuses during Sunday worship services in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Nutley. Distribution of supplies is being carried out in partnership with local churches and social service agencies along the Jersey Shore.

The Morristown-based Christian church is also coordinating support from communities and organizations outside of NJ for the Sandy Thanksgiving project.  The outreach coordination leaders are asking churches across the country to consider taking up a special offering for the Hurricane Sandy victims on the upcoming Sundays – Nov. 11, 18 or 25.

Details of how churches and other organizations can support the relief efforts are available at www.SandyThanksgiving.com.

Church, nonprofit organization events for Oct. 4

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By Jacob Trimmer
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In Stafford, Texas – Living Water International (LWI) will hold a Orality Training Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the headquarters of LWI, 4001 Greenbriar Suite 200. Cost is $35 per person. Visit www.water.cc/orality to register.

In Port Arthur, Texas – The Port Arthur Christian Women will hold its luncheon, “Fall Forum,” beginning at 11:45 a.m. on Oct. 12 at the Pompano Club LeChambre Room, 330 Twin City Highway in Port Neches. Cost is $15 per person. Deanne Tanner of Nederland will bring the special music. Our inspirational speaker will be Pam Harrelson from Manderville, La.   Her theme will be “Weight Maintenance is a victory at “any” weigh. Reservations are essential for the luncheon and for the nursery, if needed, and may be made by calling Donna at 722-0951 or Mary at 962-5571 by Tuesday, Oct. 9.

In Katy, Texas – Come and her Jennifer Phillips Lawrence deliver a special message during the Kathy Christian Women’s Connection prayer coffee from 10 to 11:30  a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Life Center at The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy. in Katy. RSVP to Nancy at 281-232-8338. Bring a friend and don’t forget your Bible!

In Haltom City, Texas – The Christian Couples Conference featuring pastors Donald Lee of Dallas and Lynn Morrison of Baton Rouge, La., and Christian counselor and author Aimee Colbert of Fort Worth is slated for Oct. 6 at Grace Church, 4740 Western Center Blvd. in Haltom City.

In Fort Worth, Texas – The Fort Worth Christian Women’s Connection will hold a “Flavors of Fall” luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Mira Vista Country Club, 6600 Mira Vista Blvd., in Fort Worth. Former Miss Missouri Kali Schneiders is the guest speaker Tammy Baggett of Cartans, and Christina Majors will provide entertainment. Cost is $17. For reservations and childcare, email Patsy at fortworthwomensconnection@yahoo.com

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Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries to host free tutoring in Dallas area

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By Tonya Whitaker
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For the second year in a row, Access! Remedial Tutoring, a program of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, will hold free tutoring sessions for economically disadvantaged K-8 students in the Dallas metroplex school districts of Plano and Frisco.

Pastor Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, Inside The Pew, and Pew Talk Radio, said last summer five students took part in the two-month program, which was held at a Plano-area library.

“Students in the program will have access (hence the name) to volunteer tutors with the appropriate education in the subjects they tutor. For instance, math tutors possess engineering, computer science, or math degrees,” he said.

“We want to have people who understand the subjects 100 percent because we don’t want to confuse students; we want to help them to become competent. Grades aside, have the desire to see students achieve success in the classroom.”

Tutoring sessions begin Monday, Oct. 15, and are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For tutoring locations, to become a tutor, or to enroll a child in the program email Muse at texasedaccess@yahoo.com.

Spaces are limited for sessions; therefore, Muse suggests contacting her as soon as possible to secure a spot. Volunteers who are 17 and younger must receive parental permission to tutor, and all tutors 18 and older must undergo a criminal background and character reference checks.

To qualify for K-8 tutoring services, candidates must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Be a student in a Title I campus as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Have a family income that does not exceed the Department of Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for family size
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamp Program), Medicaid, Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), subsidized housing (Section 8)
  • Receive court-ordered child support through the Texas Attorney General’s Office

Visit www.accesstutoring.org to learn more about this program.

Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries is a tax-exempt charity founded by Muse in 1998 in Maringouin, La.

La Vonne Earl: Pastoring your sheep by protecting them from deception

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Editor’s note: The views expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Inside The Pew or Pew Talk Radio staff members.

By La Vonne Earl
Special to Inside The Pew

Protecting ones flock has many responsibilities, one of the greatest these being protecting them from deception. Deception by its very nature is enticing. It causes something to appear good, but in reality is not. However beautiful and innocent it may appear, it is a fatal enemy and our sheep must be protected. There are many churches dressing in sheep’s clothing professing to be Christian, and yet they are far from it. Knowledge is power and for this very reason God has taught us through His Word that we are to search and gain knowledge. We are also commanded to teach others once we gain this knowledge.

There is no replacement for understanding God’s Word, the Bible.  Having a solid foundation in the true gospel found in His Word is crucial. However there are many lost sheep that do not understand the Bible and therefore have fallen prey to deception. This is where those of us with an understanding of the True Gospel must be responsible in teaching the flock about deception. We must teach them how others have been deceived by perceived Christian religions.

I myself wanted a relationship with Christ and thought I was choosing Christianity when I became a Mormon. Instead I was immersed into the cult of Mormonism. Mormons appear Christian yet they themselves are blind and cannot understand the gospel of Grace. They place heavy burdens of works on their members.

Unfortunately, this education on deception is missing in many churches. The fear of being unpopular and possibly offending someone has taken precedence and has allowed deception to foster and grow. And so the truth that we know becomes watered down until it is ineffective. Accepting ALL faiths becomes the new way as true Christianity takes the back seat.

When we know something it becomes our responsibility to share it with others.  If you know that there is a nearby cliff around the corner where one will surely fall to their death and yet you fail to post a sign or to tell others of the impending danger, you become an accomplice to their death.

In the same way a good shepherd knows the safe routes, and is willing to put his own life in danger in order to protect His flock. Our good shepherd Jesus Christ gives clear guidelines in order to avoid Satan’s traps.  Well cared for sheep know the differences between a good shepherd and one that is only after building up a church, in other words the difference between truth and deception.

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9, New Living Translation).

You see, like the Pharisees that claimed to be shepherds of God’s flock, there are many false prophets, false religions and false leaders to this day. They are hypocrites that do not practice what they preach, and worse yet they may practice what they preach but their message is another gospel of Jesus Christ. “You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ” (Galatians 1:7, NLT).

The point is further elaborated in 2 Corinthians 11:4 (NLT),  “For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.”

In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind. The Pharisees claimed to be Shepherds of God and yet had just excommunicated this man that was born blind.  These “shepherds” thought they had all the answers. They thought they could see. Jesus says to them in John verses 40-41, “If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty. But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.” In other words, they did not understand the true gospel of Grace.

Jesus pointed out that the Pharisees had just excommunicated one of God’s true sheep, one that was seeking Jesus to see. They were offended that Jesus spoke of their own blindness. They could not see that Jesus was the true shepherd and was standing before them fulfilling the very prophecy they had professed to know. They were hard hearted and filled with bitterness. They had a heart prepared for murder. They were standing there with their hands full of stones ready to kill Jesus, and yet He was the one who had opened the eyes of the blind man.

These Pharisees understood the office of a shepherd and yet they were hypocrites that did not practice what they preached—much like the Mormons and others that preach deception. As pastors, leaders and followers of Christ we must search out everything and teach others so they will not be blinded by this deception.

The Pharisees threw the man Jesus had healed out of the synagogue—they threw him out of the church. They excommunicated him. Why? He was professing that Jesus was a prophet, and the Pharisees wanted to label Jesus as a sinner. The Pharisees are not the only ones that would like to label Jesus as just a man, a sinner like us.

The Mormon Church also claims that God was once a man like us, a sinner.  “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may be,” said LDS Apostle James E. Talmage.

Make no mistake, God was never a man like us; He is without sin and always has been (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This is only one of the many false teachings happening within the Mormon Church. As good shepherds we must lead these sheep out of their captivity or they will starve from lack of the true gospel, the gospel of His love and grace.

The Lord Jesus Christ opened the eyes of one who was born blind. Jesus had anointed the man’s eyes, and then told him to go wash; he did and he came away seeing. He had to wash. When our eyes are anointed to see false teachings, it is by the washing of the Word that our eyes are opened to see clearly the blessed news of the Gospel.  Jesus will open your eyes too as you seek Him.

As pastors, leaders, teachers, followers of Christ let us work together to make sure that EVERYONE is able to see. Deception causes blindness. Those of us that know the Truth are responsible to teach it.  Let us ALL pastor God’s sheep and keep them from deception.

La Vonne Earl, a resident of Newport Beach, Calif., is author of Loved into the Light, Shining God’s Light on Mormonism.  To read more on deception, visit www.lovedintotheLight.com. Her ministry website is http://www.yourkingdominheritance.com/.

Church, nonprofit organization notes for September 13

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In Fort Worth, Texas: The Fort Worth Christian Women’s Connection will hold the “September Serendipity” luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Mira Vista Country Club, 6600 Mira Vista Blvd., in Fort Worth. Linda Jacobs is the guest speaker, while Jerry and Norma Jay will provide the music. Cost is $17 per person. Reservations for childcare and attendance to the event are needed by Sept. 14. Call Patsy at 817-232-0160 or email fortworthwomensconnection@yahoo.com.

In Beaumont, Texas: The flock at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 9327 Lawhon Road in Beaumont, will celebrate its 83rd anniversary on Sept. 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. The theme will be “The Church Confronting, Embracing the Challenge of Change” (Isaiah 43:18-19). Guest will be the Rev. Roy Malveaux and the Shining Star Missionary Baptist Church of Beaumont. The Rev. David J. Trainer Sr. is senior pastor of New Bethel. The public is invited to attend.

In Katy, Texas: The Katy Christian Women’s Connection will hold a luncheon Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Club at Falcon Point, 24503 Falcon Point Drive in Katy. Lunch is $16 inclusive per person. Sally Rowe, a native of West Virginia, will speak on “How the state of her closet reflects her life.”  Reservations are required. Call 281-232-8338 or email katycwc@gmail.com by Sept. 17. Husbands are invited to attend.

In Orange, Texas: The varsity Community Christian School football squad will take on Faith Academy Knight of Bellville in Orange at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. The junior high football game begins at 5 p.m.

In Port Arthur, Texas: The Port Arthur Christian Women will hold its luncheon, titled “Dealing with Clutter in your Life” on Sept. 14, beginning at 11:45 a.m.at the Pompano Club LeChambre Room, 330 Twin City Highway, Port Neches.  The cost of lunch is $15 per person. Allen Cade from Port Neches will bring special music. Inspirational speaker will be Debbie Monaham from Lewisville, Texas.

 

ROC Crew Ministries fight homelessness in Dallas-Fort Worth

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By Tonya Whitaker
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PLANO, Texas – On Aug. 11, visitors to a Sonic location on Coit Road in Plano were not greeted to their normal roller-skating carhops. Instead, the guests were greeted by tireless workers for the homeless in Dallas and Tarrant counties.

Members of Restoring Our Communities (ROC) Crew Ministries and the Women’s House in Pleasant Grove spent most of the day delivering meals and offering condiments to guest so others who are less fortunate than themselves can get out of their situation.

The purpose of the organization is to assist families to get acclimated back into society, said founder Richard Allen Calvert.

Founded in 2002 by Calvert, an ordained AME minister, the Garland ministry began as an organization to help homeless men. However, due to the recent influx of homeless children and women, Calvert said the organization now assists families.

The ROC Crew has also partnered with other nonprofit organizations in the area, including Restoration Ministries in Fort Worth, Arlington Missions, Dallas International Street Church, and The Bridge.

The organization’s largest project is its Spiritual Enrichment And Life Development (SEALD) program. Based out of Crandall, the two-year program teaches homeless men how to transition out of their situation and into the work world.

“We teach stewardship and job skills where they can become skilled laborers when they get back into society, he said.

“We also offer peer-to-peer mentoring and, above all, discipleship as Jesus Christ told us to do,” said Calvert, who on the ministerial staff of All Nations Fellowship in Garland.

Calvert said after six months, the program participants’ transition out of the shelter and into off-site housing.

In addition to SEALD, the crew takes part in outreach programs in the community. ROC Crew partnered with Restoration Ministries of Fort Worth to hold a back-to-school party at West Point Pines Apartments in Fort Worth. Calvert said the Aug. 25 event is an extension of the Thanksgiving donations the crew provides to the residents of the apartment complex.

“There is a big need for financial resources to help the homeless,” Calvert said. “It is our responsibility to help them because they cannot help themselves.”

Calvert said he had no problem serving as a Sonic carhop on this hot Saturday. The cause is worthy to him and the others who joined him.

“We have gotten creative and intuitive with this, but we are intentional in our purpose,” he said.

To learn more about The ROC Crew Ministries, contact Calvert at 214-282-3273 or find them on Facebook and Twitter @MinistryRocCrew.

Opinion: Why your single moms ministry won’t grow

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By Jennifer Maggio
Special to Inside The Pew

The Life of a Single Mom Ministriesexists so that no single mom walks alone, regardless of race, socio-economic status, or story. Our passion is to see single mothers connected to the house of God, thriving and flourishing to live the life He intended. One way we do that is by helping churches establish long-term, healthy single moms support groups or ministries.
I consider it an honor and privilege to work beside some of largest churches and nonprofits in the world. In doing so, I have found some things that may hinder your single moms’ ministry from growing and I wanted to share them with you (and hope we have your permission to be brutally honest):
  1. Ministering only to single moms within your church will prohibit your ministry from growing. Sixty-seven percent of single moms are outside your church walls, so be sure to welcome in the community.
  2. Failing to provide a free meal and free childcare will hinder growth within your ministry. Single moms are busy and often do not have the time or money to provide childcare themselves for a Bible study. In addition, providing a meal is a great way to bless the moms and their children. (Read the book, The Church and the Single Mom by Jennifer Maggio, for ways to provide this at little to no cost.)
  3. Your meetings drone on and on. We suggest meetings to last only 90 mintues. Single moms are busy and need to be able to plan their schedule for themselves and their children.
  4. You are trying to integrate a single mom’s group on a Wednesday night or Sunday morning service. Weekday meetings are extremely hard for single parents who are juggling full-time jobs, soccer practice, second jobs, homework, and night classes. Friday, Saturday, or Sunday nights are, by far, the best nights for single moms to get out. (No homework for kids, no night-time classes, no work the next day, etc).
  5. You are afraid to change. I once heard a dynamic speaker say, “When women’s ministries turn into women’s miseries, it is time for a change.” The same is true for single moms ministries. Your church may have been doing the same thing for single moms, the same way, for 15 years. It may be time to shake it up a bit. Have some fun. Have some giggles. Give your ministry a face lift.
  6. You need to plan an “event” to get the single moms in your church and community excited. There is no better way to attract some new faces (and regain some old ones) than to have a single moms’ conference, night of beauty, night of worship, game night, or something similar.
  7. Your leadership isn’t diversified. In order to reach all single moms from all backgrounds and stories, it is important that the key leaders and volunteers within the ministry are diversified. For example, if you have exclusively 40-something divorcees in leadership positions, do not be surprised if teen moms aren’t interested. We all want to know that someone understands our story. And when a new single mom walks into your ministry, she wants to see someone in the room who looks like her. It is a simple, but true statement.
  8. The ministry leader for your single moms ministry needs equipping. Maybe she’s tired and needs some more volunteers. Maybe she was never properly trained on how to lead women. Maybe there is a wonderful teacher waiting to “bud”, but she hasn’t found her voice yet and needs some encouragement on how to do that. Or … .maybe the wrong leader is leading within the ministry. Maybe her time has drawn to a close and God is moving her into a new season of life. This last fact cannot be determined without great prayer, but it is crucial in the survival and thriving of your single moms’ ministry. Sometimes as ministry leaders who are desperate for workers (the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…), we don’t diligently seek God about who the right person is for the job. Consequently, we have some misplaced leaders within single moms’ ministries who really need to be replaced. When done properly, this is beautiful for all involved, as it frees the current leader to fulfill the role God called her to, and it allows the new leader to also fulfill her role.
Jennifer Maggio is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on single parent issues. She is an award-winning author and speaker who travels the country sharing her own riveting story. She has been featured on countless radio and television programs, and founded The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, to equip the body of Christ on how to best meet the needs of single parent families. For more information on running an effective single moms ministry, please visit http://www.thelifeofasinglemom.com.
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Church, nonprofit organization happenings for Aug. 1

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By Jacob Trimmer
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In Dallas, Texas – World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to helping children, families, and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice, will host its first State Youth Advocacy Summit for North Texas on Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Dallas Baptist University’s Pilgrim Chapel, 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy., in Dallas.  Youth in grades seven through 12 will take part in interactive advocacy workshops. Guest speakers and panelists include Lori Dixon of ABT in Action, Dr. Kristen Guillory of the University of North Texas at Dallas, and Mirna Gonzalez, associate vice president for budget and public policy at the University of Texas at Arlington. An outdoor rally featuring an NBA sports celebrity and music played by a DJ and sports activities led by the Dallas Baptist University Rec Team are planned. The summit is free but participants must register at: www.worldvision.org/insideout. For more information, contact Rafael Muñoz, Youth Development Specialist for World Vision’s North Texas field site, at rmunoz@worldvision.org or 214-991-0476. Se habla Español, llame: 214-991-0476.

In Port Arthur, Texas – United Methodist Church, 821 Freeman Ave., has a weekend events planned. It will host “Girls Night Out: Wild about Sisterhood” from 6 to 10 p.m.  at the church. The event gives ladies giving of the church and community opportunity to fellowship in Christian sisterhood through games, entertainment, and discipleship.  Regardless of your faith, it’s fun for all women of all ages. On Aug. 12, Family and Friend Day is scheduled during the 10:45 a.m. service. Contact 409-985-9977 for more information or to schedule transportation.

In Katy, Texas – The Katy Christian Women’s Connection will host a prayer breakfast from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 at The Life Center at The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch Church, 22765 Westheimer Pkwy. in Katy. The slated guest speaker is Janet Collins. RSVP to Nancy at 281-232-8338.

In Port Arthur, Texas – The Port Arthur Christian Women will hold its luncheon, “How to Receive the Ultimate Gift” on Aug. 10 beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Pompano Club LeChambre Room, 330 Twin City Highway in Port Neches. The cost of lunch is $15 per person.  Anita Lewis from Nederland will provide music special music, and Margaret Johnson from College Station will speak on “How to Receive the Ultimate Gift.”  Reservations are essential for the luncheon and for the nursery, if needed, and may be made by calling Donna at 409-722-0951 or Mary at 409-962-5571 by Aug. 7.

 

38 companies honored as ‘Best Christian Workplaces’

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By Tonya Whitaker
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Apartment Life CEO Stan Dobbs recently received some good news. Fortunately, for nine out of the past 10 years, he has received this good news.

“It has become common place around here,” Dobbs said with pride.

The Hurst, Texas, company – founded in 2000 – was one of 38 companies in the United States and Canada named the Best Christian Workplaces Institute’s Best Christian Workplaces list.

Apartment Life is not the only Texas business to make the list. 89.3 KSBJ, a contemporary Christian radio station in Humble, is also honored.

“We are ecstatic that we have been able to provide a workplace for people who believe and love the Lord,” Dobbs said. “BCWI is a great tool to assess how you are doing in terms of providing a Christian culture in the work environment.”

Through its CARES program, Dobb’s company partners with apartment management companies to create community building strategies within complexes. The teams, which include couples and singles who are professed Christians, reside in apartment complexes to specifically bring people together and make a difference in the lives’ of the residents. Dobbs said the company works with 350 complexes nationwide and 120 throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

BCWI, which began in 2002, is an independent, non-profit research organization that surveys employees of Christian organizations to determine how well they are doing. The confidential questionnaire asks about job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, the effectiveness of supervisors and management, personal growth and development, teamwork, communications, along with pay and benefits.

Al Lopus, president of BCWI, said these organizations exemplify best workplaces because they create healthy environments that engage their employees in a fun and meaningful way while making a difference for their communities

“We salute the leaders of this year’s Best Christian Workplaces for their intentional efforts to create healthy, flourishing environments for their staff. These courageous leaders pursue the high calling of being a faithful steward of their staff as well as those they serve, in good times and bad.”

The program conducts surveys in U.S., Canada and Australia. All participating organizations have a stated Christian mission and/or values. The 2012 list includes:

American Bible Society – New York, N.Y.

Apartment Life – Hurst, Texas

Ben Lippen School – Columbia, S.C.

Beulah Alliance Church – Edmonton, Alberta

Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, Tenn.

Calvary Church – Grand Rapids, Mich.

CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, Ind.

CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach)- Pittsburgh

Christian Family Care – Phoenix

Christian Leadership Alliance – San Clemente, Calif.

Church Web Works – Renton, Wash.
Community Bible Study – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Compassion Canada – London, Ontario

Concordia Publishing House – St. Louis

English Language Institute/China – Ft. Collins, Colo.

Focus on the Family (Canada) Association – Langley, B.C.

Free Will Baptist Bible College – Nashville

Grace University – Omaha, Neb.

Heritage Christian Academy – Overland Park, Kan.

HOPE International – Lancaster, Penn.

Joni & Friends – Agoura Hills, Calif.

KSBJ – Humble, Texas

Lake Ann Camp – Lake Ann, Mich.

Logos Bible Software – Bellingham, Wash.

Lutheran Church Canada, Alberta/BC District – Edmonton, Alberta

MOPS International – Denver

Olivet Nazarene University -Bourbonnais, Ill.

Phoenix Seminary – Phoenix

Samaritan Ministries – Peoria, Ill.

Santa Fe Christian Schools – Solana Beach, Calif.

SpringHill Camps – Evart, Mich.

The Navigators – Colorado Springs, Colo.

Third Millennium Ministries – Orlando, Fla.

Upward Sports – Spartanburg, S.C.

Wheaton Academy – West Chicago

Whitworth University – Spokane, Wash.

Willow Creek Community Church -Chicago

World Harvest Mission – Jenkintown, Penn.