UH Bridges Christmas Party [Help Needed]

This Saturday, December 2nd, Bridges Int’l is excited to host a Christmas Party for their international student friends! Their hope is that as they celebrate Christmas with their students and share the gospel through the Christmas story that many will learn the truth of Jesus and believe in Him. They need help with food for the Christmas party. Will you consider helping?

Here are the things needed:

Main Dishes:  Rice with veggies, Spaghetti with sauce (no meat), Macaroni & Cheese, Vegetable Lasagna, Red Beans with Rice (no pork), and Chicken (baked/fried)

Side Dishes:  Sweet or Mashed Potatoes, Beans or Peas, Asian Noodles Summer Squash Corn or any other vegetable

Salads:  Potato Salad, Carrots, Apple, Raisin, Raw Veggies, Spinach Salad

Desserts:  Cookies, Pies, Cakes, Fresh Fruit

If you do not want to prepare food, money is acceptable and needed to purchase extra food such as ethnic food or pizzas.

They need the food by 4:00 p.m. (this Saturday, Dec. 2nd) at the BSM (4801 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77004)

Also, you are welcome to attend the Christmas party (5-9pm) and help with set up before or clean up after the party.

Please e-mail Lily Wu at lily.wu@bridgesinternational.com or call her at 318-525-6708 (cell#) with any questions.

Thank you so much for considering their need!

Bridges’ biggest need is prayer. Please pray for the following:

  • that God will help the UH Bridges staff with all the details and planning for the Christmas party
  • for God to soften the hearts of the international students to be open to Jesus
  • for many students to accept Christ through hearing the gospel and the true meaning of Christmas

Feeding B4 Feasting 2017

This is Cornerstone’s 11th year to host our Feeding B4 Feasting event. The purpose of Feeding B4 Feasting is to provide Thanksgiving meals for the hungry before we enjoy our own feasts. This year, our meals will be provided to Katy Christian Ministries, who will distribute them to the least, lost and left behind in the Katy ISD area. Our goal is to put together 16 boxed Thanksgiving meals.  Please consider helping in the following ways:

• Sign up to bring menu items by visiting:   SignUpGenius-Feeding B4 Feasting 2017
• You may leave your donations in the red barrel in the church office.
• In lieu of providing food (particularly perishables like turkeys, pies, breads, etc) consider donating a gift card from HEB.
• Write a letter to the family who will receive the meal.
• Include a favorite recipe with all the ingredients with a special note as to why it’s a family tradition.
• Pray for the families receiving the meals.

The CSCK families will spend the morning of November 12th decorating boxes and writing letters and prayers to the KCM customers.

Arc Open House August 10

Summer break is almost over.  This means the Arc of Katy will soon be leaving us.  It has been a wonderful summer full of crafts, food, and play time.

We have one last event with the Arc.  We are providing a reception at their annual Open House on Thursday, August 10 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Everyone is invited to join the celebration.  Doniece Russell is coordinating the reception.  She would like everyone to know she still needs a few volunteers to help at the event and a few food items are still needed.  To sign up, please visit:  Arc Open House Sign Up 

Thank you to everyone who has pitched in with our efforts to bless and encourage the Arc of Katy during their stay here on campus.  Especially:

  • Cosecha de Vida for moving their worship out of the gym for the summer
  • Linda Cover and Lee Williams for creating wonderful lunches
  • May Gourlay and Tucker Kutzer for providing recreation
  • Doniece Russell for helping out with Community Crafts and coordinating the Open House

The campers and staff at the Arc of Katy have told us over and over how they look forward to their summers here at Cornerstone.  Not only because they love the facilities, but because of the way we love on them while they are here.  Their campers are truly some of the happiest people we know.  If you have not spent time with them, you are missing out on a great blessing.

Baby Bottles Due THIS Sunday, June 18

If you have a PHC baby bottle please return it this Sunday, June 18, even if it is still empty.  You may return them to the basket in the foyer of the Sanctuary.  Thank you for supporting the Pregnancy Help Center.

Baby Bottle Blessings

Fill a baby bottle and be a blessing!  The Pregnancy Help Center of Katy offers free services and ultrasounds to mothers in an unplanned pregnancy situation, as well as programs and ministries to help guide good life skills and godly choices. Your small change makes a big difference, so take home a baby bottle today and return it by Father’s Day.

Congressional Leaders Release Letter Requesting Andrew Brunson’s Freedom

By:  epcepnews

The Foreign Affairs committees of the United States House and Senate issued a press release on February 16 calling for the immediate release of EPC teaching Elder Andrew Brunson. The press release urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to grant Brunson’s freedom was signed by 78 members of Congress and includes both Republicans and Democrats.


Brunson was detained in October 2016 and falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” in December. He has been held for more than four months despite the charging documents presenting no evidence against him.

U.S. Senate Letter to Turkey Garners 77 Signatures to Release Andrew Brunson

By:  epcepnews

An open letter from the U.S. Senate to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, has garnered 77 signatures from members of the Unites States Congress. The letter requests that EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson, “an American citizen who has been unjustly detained in Turkey, be immediately released and deported.”

Signatories to the letter remind Erdoğan that Brunson’s imprisonment “has been raised repeatedly by U.S. Government officials with officials of the Government of Turkey. Unfortunately, high-level efforts to secure Mr. Brunson’s release have been unsuccessful. We have closely followed developments with this case, and are deeply disappointed.”

The letter was led by Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representatives Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“I continue to be very grateful for our friends on Capitol Hill,” said Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk. “The letter they have drafted sends a very clear message that we want nothing less than Andrew safely back in the United States soon.”

Click here to read the full text of the letter, which is expected to be released by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to national media outlets on February 16.

Other Senators who have signed are Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), John Boozman (R-Ariz.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ron Paul (R-Ky.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), James E. Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Roger F. Wicker (R-Miss.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.);

Representatives who have signed are Robert B. Aderholt (R-Ala.), Brian Babin (R-Texas), Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Brendan F. Boyle (D-Pa.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.), Gerry E. Connolly (D-Va.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Bill Flores (R-Texas), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Thomas A. Garrett Jr. (R-Va.), George Holding (R-N.C.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.), David P. Joyce (R-Ohio), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), Tom Marino (R-Pa.), James P. McGovern (D-Mass.), Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), David E. Price (D-N.C.), Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.), Steve Russell (R-Okla.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.), and David G. Valadao (R-Calif.).

Signature Counter on Andrew Brunson Petition Now Registering

By:  epcepnews

For the first time since it launched on February 6, the White House petition to free Andrew Brunson is now indicating more than one signature. On February 14, the counter moved from 1 to 208 in the late afternoon (EST), then slowly grew in number to approximately 1200 by 10:00 p.m. As of Wednesday morning, the petition was registering more than 3,800 signatures. The petition needs 100,000 signatures by March 8 to receive a response from the White House.

The petition is available at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/forgotten-american-turkey.

Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk, is requesting that all EPC churches inform the members of their congregations about Brunson’s situation.

“If your church has an email newsletter, would you consider using it to make your congregation aware of Andrew’s situation and this action they can take on his behalf?” he said. “A quick way to bring your people up to speed is to share our EPConnection articles and our Facebook page.”

These are available at www.epconnection.org/?s=brunson  and www.facebook/EPChurch.

Individuals are encouraged to share these articles among their social media networks, and include the hashtag #ForgottenAmericanInTurkey and the Twitter handles @WhiteHouse and @realDonaldTrump as they share these links.

White House petition suffers glitch; Trump to talk with Erdoğan

By:  epcepnews

Technical issues have plagued the “Forgotten American in Turkey” petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/forgotten-american-turkey since it launched on February 6. While tested prior to release, when published it was discovered that the signature counter does not register an accurate count. The petition was initiated in an effort to bring EPC teaching elder Andrew Brunson’s imprisonment in Turkey to the attention of the White House. Brunson was arrested in October 2016 and falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization” in December.

In the meantime, EPC leadership learned this morning that President Trump is scheduled to speak by phone with Turkish President Recep Erdoğan at 4:00 p.m. EST on February 7. It is not known if Brunson’s situation will be discussed.

White House petitions must reach 100,000 signatures within 30 days of launch to be considered for response by White House officials, so the inaccurate counter may hinder this effort to reach President Trump. Until the counter problem is resolved, those interested in reaching the White House are encouraged to use www.whitehouse.gov/contact#page.


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