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Calendar of Events
Transformative Justice Coalition Summit
Pastors Four Cities, Four Life-Changing Screenings!
Parker admits estimate wrong on drainage fee
MarriageSavers Conference: June 27-30
Update on Texas Taxpayer Savings Grants

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Transformative Justice Coalition Summit
Pastors, Judges, Law Enforcement Officials, Ministry Resource Leaders - please join us!

Pastors, Judges, Law Enforcement Officials, Ministry Resource Leaders –

please join us!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

St. John the Divine Episcopal ,

2450 River Oaks Blvd. Houston, TX

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

$15 per person


RSVP to Dave Welch at 832-688-9166, Andy Cherry at 281-989-3665, by fax to 832-688-8484 or email


NOTE:  This is an interactive discussion and please be prepared for active participation – we want your input!


As we have discussed at two previous summits involving leaders from HPD, Harris County Sheriff, District Attorney, Criminal Courts, ministry experts and key pastors, there is no greater "combat zone" ministry reaching hurting and broken lives to bring healing than the people our judges, city and county law enforcement officers and prosecutors deal with every day.  Our goal is to better coordinate church involvement from the "street level" by working with and through our men and women in the above entities to transform lives from troubled families to incarcerated and post-release mentoring.  To do that we must equip more churches with critical training.  Only change from the inside out will stop the generational cycle of destruction, and true change involves spirit and soul.

Our objective - have a regional inventory of fully trained and ready congregations in every corner of greater Houston and Harris County to which our judges and officers can direct, send or even sentence those who need help.

Please join us to provide your input as a “minister” in your field of service to help get more “boots on the ground” and bring transformation where it is needed most!

RSVP to by Monday, June 13 or call 832-688-9166

Pastors Four Cities, Four Life-Changing Screenings!

“They were stolen from their homes, locked in chains and taken across an ocean. And for more than 200 years, their blood and sweat would help to build the richest and most powerful nation the world has ever known…But when slavery ended, their welcome was over.”

Come watch one of the most powerful documentaries of our time of how powerful elites have conspired for over 150 years to commit racial genocide – and still are TODAY.

Will the church follow the footsteps of Martin Luther, Deitrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King Jr. – or be silent and complicit?  Will you stand?  First, you must know the truth and we urge you to set aside this time for your city’s screening!

WHAT:  Maafa 21 – Black Genocide in the 21st Century (video documentary)

WHO: Special Guest – Rev. Clenard Childress (Senior Pastor, New Calvary Baptist, Montclair, NJ; President, Life Education And Resource Network; founder,

WHEN:  HOUSTON - Thursday, June 23 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am

  (Cullen Missionary Baptist Church, 13223 Cullen Blvd.)


               BEAUMONT Thursday, June 23:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  (Antioch Baptist Church, 3305 Washington Blvd.)


              SAN ANTONIO Friday, June 24:  9:00 am – 11:00 am

 (Greater Pilgrim's Rest Baptist, 503 Corliss St.)


  AUSTIN Friday, June 24:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 (Greater Calvary Bible Church, 6510 Berkman Dr.)

Parker admits estimate wrong on drainage fee
by Chris Moran

(EDITOR'S NOTE) The article below about Houston Mayor Annise Parker is further evidence of just how broken Prop 1 has been from the beginning as Coalition For a Greater Houston (Houston Area Pastor Council has been a pivotal part) repeatedly exposed.  The devastating size of the commercial drainage fee bills has yet to be given proper attention!  The flawed numbers the mayor is just now admitting to were exposed months ago by former and current Tax Assessor/Collectors respectively, Paul Bettencourt and Don Sumners, but ignored by all city leadership but councilmen Mike Sullivan and C.O. Bradford.


Pastors and church leaders - please do not forget that you would have been receiving the five and six figure drainage fee bills if not for the coalition effort of which this ministry was a central part.


The implementation ordinance and the fee can be corrected by a new city council and mayor - hence our next major priority.  We cannot have godly and good government unless we choose godly and good leaders to serve in the decision-making positions.  We the church have been irresponsible in the city of Houston on that count – but no more.  It is time.


We are now calling on every pastor in every church that the name of Jesus Christ and practices the authority of the Holy Scriptures to join us in taking responsibility for the spiritual, moral, cultural and political condition of our communities.


That means we CALL godly men to run for public office.  That means we EQUIP them to run and serve effectively.  It means we PREPARE them to govern in the fear of God and respect for our state and federal Constitutions.  It means we VOTE – every eligible citizen in every church, in every election.  We are without excuse.


Parker admits estimate wrong on drainage fee...

MarriageSavers Conference: June 27-30

Come Learn to Divorce-Proof Your Church &

 Cut Your Community’s Divorce Rates in Half



To:       Texas Friends of Marriage Savers

Fm:      Mike & Harriet McManus  (


Join Marriage Savers at the Healthy Marriages, Healthy Families conference in Houston June 27-30, (sponsored by National Assn. for Relationship and Marriage Education NARME), boasting an impressive lineup of 165 Workshops. (See Registration details below).


Marriage Savers invites you to attend any of our three workshops. The most significant is a two-day Training Seminar (#272) on June 27-28, entitled Divorce-Proof Your Church & Community Certification ProgramAttendees will be certified in PREPARE-ENRICH, which will enable participants to train couples to be marriage mentors in their church.  You will also learn how to create a Community Marriage Policy -  how it can help churches better prepare, enrich or restore marriages.  On average CMP city divorce rates fell 17.5% in seven years, and some by 50%. Cohabitation dropped by a third, and marriage rates rose.

Update on Texas Taxpayer Savings Grants
Combines budget savings and educational opportunities

Texas Lawmakers,


Taxpayer Savings Grants can save the state over $2 billion this biennium to help

plug the current budget shortfall. Taxpayer Savings Grants are a voluntary

statewide program that would allow parents to transfer their child from a public

school to a private school and use a Taxpayer Savings Grant to pay the tuition.

The amount of the grant is equal to 60% of state average school operating

expenditures or actual tuition, whichever is less.


Researchers John Merrifield and Joseph Bast estimate that Taxpayer Savings

Grants would save Texas more than $2 billion over the next two years. Their

findings are contained in the recent report, “Budget Impact of the Texas

Taxpayers’ Savings Grant Program,” published by The Heartland Institute and the E. G. West Institute for Effective Schooling.


Taxpayer Savings Grants would provide educational services to the same number of students at a significant savings to taxpayers. In fact, it would provide preferred educational services to Texas students. Those preferring to go to public schools would be free to do so. Likewise, eligible parents preferring alternative

educational services would have that choice as well. State taxpayers save money and parents gain a choice. It’s a win-win.






Some questions about federal funding and federal IDEA regulations affecting private schools have recently come up. Let me assure you, there is no federal funding in the Taxpayer Savings Grants proposal and this means there are no strings from the federal ...

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