August is Helping Hands Month


Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, Inc. is an Emergency Food Pantry and Clothing Closet. Founded in 1985 by local churches.

Our Mission is to feed and clothe those in need in West Fort Bend County. Our goal is to provide assistance temporarily until the individual or family becomes self-sufficient.
It is part of our Christian calling to minister to those in need. We are supported by donations of food, money and clothing. These donations come from churches, private individuals, civic organizations, private foundations and corporations.

We are a Houston Food Bank Partner Agency. When funds are available, we purchase food items from The Houston Food Bank and other local suppliers . We also purchase undergarments and diapers.

We are a founding partner of the Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System which helps coordinate care for the persons most in need in our County. Through this Collaborative we help to distribute school supplies, backpacks and shoes to low income students at the University of Houston Sugar Land Campus. Our third annual Back to School Bash is Saturday August 19th. Through this collaborative we collect new toys that are distributed usually Christmas Eve at 5 locations around Fort Bend County…. Santa Claus is Coming to Fort Bend County.

The Population of Fort Bend County is growing very quickly. We have seen 11,950 persons January thru July, which is 3,700 families many of which need to come for our help each month. This number includes 679 sacks for our transient clients who can come receive a day’s worth of food twice a week.

Helping Hands now has the blueprints to expand our current building by 20 feet. This will allow additional space in the Clothing Closet as well as additional refrigeration space in the Food Pantry.
Helping Hands continues to work on creating a database to store client information electronically. The added building space will have an area dedicated to volunteer data entry.

Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands is VERY LOW on food items, by summer the shelves become bare. We have seen almost an 11% increase of food requests so far this year. If this trend continues we anticipate serving 6885 food requests for 2017.

Diane Clark
Executive Director
Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, Inc.
P. O. Box 1268 (physical 902 Collins Road) Richmond, TX 77469
E-mail: hhfoodnb@comcast.net
www.roserichhelpinghands.org
281-232-4904 metro 281-341-7536 or agency cell 281-202-4255
https://www.facebook.com/roserichhelpinghands

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Invitation to our Confirmation Class of 2018

Youth on the brink of adulthood experience many radical changes in their lives: Puberty is when parents start acting weird. Revisiting the faith you were brought up in or exploring your spirituality for the first time are great opportunities during this important period in life.

Confirmation traditionally has been a youth’s approval and reaffirmation of the Baptism they received as an infant. Nowadays it can also be a preparatory journey for Baptism itself. It is both challenging and fun. This class requires a commitment to participate the entire school year and includes:

• Confirmation Class from September 2017 through May 2018
• Confirmation Camp at Slumber Falls, February 2018
• Confirmation on Pentecost, May 20, 2018

If you want to be a part of this journey please come to a first
Information Meeting
on Sunday, September 3, 2017 right after church.
That day we will have a chance to get to know each other and see if one evening per week or a Sunday afternoon per month work better for the group. Youth who are interested need a guardian’s consent.

For additional information or to RSVP please feel free to contact me.

Blessings,

Rev. Daniel Haas

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God’s Super Heroes


What makes a super hero? Well, at Vacation Bible School we have 35 super heroes descending on the church all week. They all come with their unique super powers. What makes them super is that God calls them to extraordinary things. They learn more about biblical super heroes like David who has heart, like Abigail who has courage, and like Jesus who inspires wisdom and hope and gives the power of the Holy Spirit.

Funeral Service for Clara Narramore

Funeral services for Clara Narramore will be held here at St. John’s UCC on Wednesday, August 9th at 2:00 p.m. with the burial at Davis-Greenlawn Cemetery, followed by a reception back here in the Parish Hall.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 8th at Garmany Funeral Home on 4th Street in Rosenberg, 5:00-7:00 PM.

VBS next week! It’s not too late to sign up! Everybody welcome!


Everyone age 4 and up is invited to discover their strength in God with St. John’s United Church of Christ for Hero Central VBS! To register please go to 2017.cokesburyvbs.com/stjohnsunitedchurchofchrist. For more information about our Vacation Bible School, or to register, call John’s UCC at (281) 342-5159, or email office@stjohnsunitedchurchofchrist.org.

This entire week is at no cost to you:
08/07/2017 to 08/11/2017, 9-12 o’clock

“Do good! Seek peace and go after it!” Psalm 34:14b, CEB

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On Evolution and how not to read the Bible

I am a huge fan of the Big Bang Theory, both the TV show and the actual theory. On the TV show Dr. Sheldon Cooper is a theoretical physicist who at times has to deal with his Bible-thumping mother from Texas. Sheldon’s mom represents a character that only exists in pockets of American society that in many ways disconnect from contemporary discourse. No, creationism, young Earth theory, intelligent design or whatever name people may give their brainchild is not based on Biblical theology or scientific reality.

As a theologian I am most interested in how people approach the Bible and I guess that is really at the core of the creationism debate. Let me be clear: The Bible is not a handbook! It does not tell you how to live your life. It does not tell you how the world came to be and it most certainly does not replace scientific research and study. When you want to find out how the universe came to be, you should ask Dr. Sheldon Cooper and not his mother.

Let’s start in the beginning: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1 NRSV). Of course, children take this literally and I cannot blame them. I did as an eight-year-old. I also had a He-Man action figure that could literally fly. The story of the seven days of creation to a child may well be about how the world came to be. But as critical thinking evolves in our brains it should be the latest in adolescence that we leave our childish thinking behind, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 NRSV).

Hopefully our youth get a decent Christian education that enlightens them that the Bible is not one book but rather a library of all kinds of literary products that has evolved over 1,000 years in three different languages on two different continents. The seven day narrative at the beginning was written by priests during the Babylonian exile in the 6th century BCE. The narrative has a very clear purpose: Its climax is to set aside the seventh day as a Sabbath to God. Or in modern English: Pastors are telling their flock to go to church on Sunday.

Priests are really good at doing religious stuff. Scientists are really good and doing scientific stuff. They can talk to each and find differences and similarities in their respective fields. After all modern science is a brainchild of middle age scholasticism. But the truth is that God wants us to be experts in our field and respect other experts in their fields, “Let every man abide in the same vocation wherein he was called.” (1 Corinthians 7:20 GNV). An argumentative shortcut does not do justice to either Biblical theology or scientific reality.

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